Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | March 25, 2015

This is what the Bravery of a Lesser Magistrate Looks Like

James Atticus Bowden:

We – Southerners and descendants of Scots – need to live up to our legacy of courage and fidelity to truth.

Originally posted on Christian Heritage News & Commentary:

By Pastor Matt Trewhella – Posted at The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate:


On Monday, March 23rd, 2015, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore spoke to hundreds in Texas who had gathered in defense of God’s created order for marriage, including scores of state officials. In his comments he stated – “But if I should hold back my opinions at such a time as this, I would consider myself guilty of treason toward my country — and an act of disloyalty to the majesty of heaven Whom I revere above all earthly kings.” Words of great weight because he is willing to hazard his own life for what is right and needed. Judge Moore has – as Seutonius said of lower magistrates who defy the immoral decrees of higher authorities – “grabbed the wolf by the ears.”

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Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | March 24, 2015

President Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz announces he is running for POTUS

Sen. Ted Cruz announces he is running for POTUS

Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced he is running for President of these United States of America yesterday in Virginia.  He started his campaign at the largest Christian university in the world – Liberty University.  On the anniversary of socialist Obamacare being signed into law and Revolutionary Virginia patriot Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech.  Ted Cruz wants to reverse the socialism and restore our freedoms – and the Rule of Law.

Cruz knows what needs to be done.   His twenty years of political experience includes successful arguments before the Supreme Court.  He has a brilliant legal mind.  Honed at Princeton and Harvard – true to Harvard’s motto “Veritas”.  Unblemished  with sores of political correctness and uninfected by the cancer of liberal human secularism.  But, better educated as a Conservative of conviction and better armed in Christian apologetics.  (I have an affinity for him as another double Ivy who came to the same conclusions ideologically, politically and pragmatically.)

Cruz has the courage to do what must be done.  His Christian testimony – strengthened by the example of his immigrant father’s walk in faith – indicates where his strength comes from.  His walk will be his witness.

Cruz isn’t the candidate for just the Evangelicals.   He is far more than a Cuban, Texan Huckabee or Santorum.  Cruz can’t save these United States.  Lord Jesus Christ is the only savior for men or nations.  Cruz will serve these United States.  Cruz will reignite the flame of liberty for America.  He will restore the Constitution and the Rule of Law.

A new fire for liberty under the Rule of Law

A new fire for liberty under the Rule of Law

No other candidate can do it with his vision or focus.  Other candidates could be quite acceptable – like Gov. Scott Walker.  Even though polls place Cruz in single digits with Republicans and across all Americans, his grassfire is lit.  The energy of his enemies on his own Republican side is indicative of strength, not weakness.  He will prove worthy of their venom.  Because – Cruz can crush the weak career politicians, corrupt political class, and incestuous Establishment Republicans.

For years a majority of Americans have looked for another Reagan.  Cruz isn’t Reagan.  He isn’t as folksy charming.  He doesn’t have the executive experience as a Governor.  Cruz has the hindsight of seeing Reagan’s mistakes trusting Democrats.  He has a much more powerful intellect to analyze what must be done – and how.   Cruz isn’t Reagan, but:

The Media mocks Cruz, just like they did Reagan.

The Establishment Republicans hate Cruz, just like they did Reagan.

The Democrat politicians fear Cruz, just like they did Reagan.

The Liberals detest Cruz, just like they did Reagan.


Ted Cruz is bold, bright, focused – and armed with the truth.

Ted Cruz won’t save America.  Only Americans can turn around America.  Americans can start by voting for Ted Cruz to serve America like few have done before.  This election may be our last chance to restore liberty under the Rule of Law.

Place a hedge of protection and the temporal crown of victory on him and his.

Place a hedge of protection and the temporal crown of victory on him and his.

Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | March 17, 2015

When Our Irish Eyes Are Smiling

My Daddy's Irish (and Scottish) eyes

My Daddy’s Irish (and Scottish) eyes

St. Patrick’s Day 2015.

I changed my profile pic on Facebook because my recent picture looks so much like my Daddy it’s creepy.  I cropped to the eyes above, but everything including the tilt of the head was my father – except his eyes were green, not blue.  His eyes had that focus.  And they smiled.

His Irish eyes were Southern eyes.  I remember Daddy singing ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘When Irish Eyes Are Smiling’.  That’s about as explicitly Irish as he got.  The rest of his Irishness was strained through 200 years of Southern-ness to his birth in 1919.  His Scot-Irish grandmother Maley said, “We’re Arash” in her West Tennessee accent.

If our clan’s character traits of stubbornness, fierce independence, family pride and loyalty are Scot-Irish, then so be it.  Maybe it’s just “us’n”.  Daddy’s quick temper could’ve been Celtic – Scot-Irish or Scottish – or just him.  Oh, and he had a bit of blarney with his joke and story telling.

Regardless of their origin, when his Irish eyes were smiling others did too.  Family and folks loved my Daddy.

When I die, I hope my children, grandchildren, Clan kin and friends remember me as my Celtic eyes smiling.

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My late wife Nellie’s maiden name was Kyle.  She was Scot-Irish too.   A lot.

Nellie's Irish Eyes - and English, German and Amer-Indiian

Nellie’s Irish Eyes – and English, German and Amer-Indiian

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Nellie Katherine’s eyes were part of the smile that lit up her face.  Almost all of her pictures shine with her beautiful smiling eyes.  Her smiles define the vimeo we made for her memorial.  Then, she passed her smiling eyes down.  Here’s how we look almost 300 years removed from the Auld Sod.

Our Irish Eyes

Our Family’s Irish Eyes

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We had eyes for each other for the whole of our adult lives.  The gleam in our eyes became the fruit of lives.

This meeting of the eyes

This meeting of the eyes


38 years later

38 years later


The new light of Nellie's eyes

The new light of Nellie’s eyes

St. Patrick’s Day and every day is made its best when our Irish eyes are laughing.  We love to laugh.

Best when our Irish eyes are laughing

Best when our Irish eyes are laughing

Yeah, we’re Irish.  Scot-Irish.  Culture commands.  We are who we are.  After 300 years here, I know we wear orange and drink green beer on this day.  Happy St Patrick’s Day 2015!  And, God Save the South.


Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | March 15, 2015

My Ides of March 2015


Ides of March.  It's here again.

Ides of March. It’s here again.

Last year I said how different that Ides of March was for me.

In 2013 I explained why the Ides of March is for me.

You will read and write

You will read and write

This year, 2015,  I’m in better health and spirits than in the weeks after burying my late wife.   Thank You, Lord Jesus Christ for Your healing power through time.

I have more to read and write than ever.  I best be about it.

Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | March 3, 2015

Leader of the Free World – and Western Civilization: 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu - de facto leader of the West.

Benjamin Netanyahu – de facto leader of the West.

Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | February 21, 2015

End of the Longest Year

On February 21, 2013, my late wife – Nellie Katherine Kyle Bowden, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  Thus, today endeth the longest year of my life.  My life, not ours.  And, so it went.

The long mourning from her death on December 9th, 2013 to her funeral was followed by a full year of grieving.  One year.  Nellie, the great grieving counselor, said it takes two full years to get to the new normal.  She was right.  Once again – she’d note.

Here is what we said at her funeral:

Here is what Dr. John Snow said:

The longest year has its pictures on my Facebook page.  I aim to write out the story “A Grief Felt” – a tangent from C.S. Lewis’  Beloved’s loss.  I think I need to walk the walk for the full 2 years, before I know what path I’ve trod.

The Good Lord blessed me with a new place to live through this longest year.  I call it ‘Sanctuary’, because it is.  I give thanks to Lord Jesus Christ often – every day here.  I behold the beauty of His natural world, The Bay, every hour I breath here.

Family, friends, church family and allies have shared their prayers, lovingkindness and caring.  I’m grateful.

I’m much, much healthier than I was.  I’ve done my duties as best I could.

I’m leaving unsaid what grieving for Nellie was and is.  I’m a man of words and I don’t have the words.

Let me say this: In a year of fitful and troubled sleep, I’ve been surprised to see my wife just a few times in dreams.  The last one,quite recently – which was clearly a dream and not a vision – made me so happy.  I got to hear her voice.  She asked me if I was ready to come home.  I said “Yes” and kissed her.  It was so wonderful to see and hear her.

Today, at the end of the full year of grieving, I’m grieving still.

I’m not holding on to grief as a way of life.  I’m not clinging to memories to avoid living life.  Quite the contrary.  I’m living with as much high energy, enthusiasm, disciplined passion and focused engagement as ever.

Then, why did I watch Nellie’s vimeo on this anniversary of her burial?  Why did I cry a keening lament through every minute?  Because I can see clearly through my tears, that I’m still married to my wife of our whole life.

The longest year was but one year.  It was awfully, horribly long without her.  In another year I should see clearly again, but differently.

I love you, Nellie.

Nellie Katherine Kyle Bowden's words in her Bible in her hand.

Nellie Katherine Kyle Bowden’s words in her Bible in her hand.

Singing "My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose" from a sheet to use the right words, not the ones I made up when I sang it to Nellie in private.  Her 65th and last birthday - Sep 2013.

Singing “My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose” from a sheet to use the right words, not the ones I made up when I sang it to Nellie in private. Her 65th and last birthday – Sep 2013.

Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | February 9, 2015

Obama’s High Horse of History and Theology

Barry Soetero knows about high horses - arrogance, envy, hatred, revenge and more

Barry Soetero knows about high horses – arrogance, envy, hatred, revenge and more

I downloaded the transcript of the speech delivered by President Barack Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast, February 5, 2015. I wanted to see his exact words for myself.

Barry Soetero had some good things to say. Not kidding. But, he dripped his poison into everyone’s ecumenical coffee.

POTUS’s killer lines were, “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

The past sins of Christians don’t award moral equivalency, good standing among civilized people, for the present barbarism of Islamists. Even if the ancient wrongs were done in the name of Jesus.

First, the Crusades were a counter-offensive to Islam’s robbing, rapine and arsonist, murderous attacks – after 300 years. Their worst failings were the lack of success in rolling Islam back all the way past the Indus River.

Second, slavery and racism, which aren’t unique to Christianity, were eliminated by Christians motivated by their Christianity. Slavery still is sanctioned in the dark corners of Islam.

Fundamentally, any thousand year old wartime atrocities aren’t a permanent stain of shame. Especially, after Christianity had their Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment and 3 Great Awakenings and Islam has not. Today, Christianity is quite civilized – the very bulwark of Western Civilization. ISIL follows the Koran – literally. ISIL is indicative of how barbaric Islam is – by comparison.

When he actually criticized ISIL, he failed to mention their barbaric crimes against Christians.

POTUS says the “sectarian war in Syria, the murder of Muslims and Christians in Nigeria, religious war in the Central African Republic, a rising tide of anti-Semitism and hate crimes in Europe” are perpetrated in the name of “religion” – instead of naming Islam as the culprit.

When he says “people of faith, reconcile these realities — the profound good, the strength, the tenacity, the compassion and love that can flow from all of our faiths”, he is making the moral equivalency of all religions are alike.

When POTUS says there are “those who seek to hijack religious for their own murderous ends”, he denies the murderous original intent of Islam – as is written in the Koran.

He added, “So this is not unique to one group or one religion.” Yet, today, barbarism is unique to Islamists.

He got truly stupid, theologically, with “I believe that the starting point of faith is some doubt — not being so full of yourself and so confident that you are right and that God speaks only to us, and doesn’t speak to others, that God only cares about us and doesn’t care about others, that somehow we alone are in possession of the truth.” See Hebrews 11:1 for the definition of faith. Jesus said he is the light, the way, and the truth – not the doubt, the confused insecurity and the shared partial truth.

POTUS spewed more theological babble, “Our job is not to ask that God respond to our notion of truth — our job is to be true to Him, His word, and His commandments. And we should assume humbly that we’re confused and don’t always know what we’re doing and we’re staggering and stumbling towards Him, and have some humility in that process.” No, we Christians should follow Him, His Word and His Commandments with bold courage and great joy. Trust and obey – in Biblical clarity with confidence.

He says “that means we have to speak up against those who would misuse His name to justify oppression, or violence, or hatred with that fierce certainty. No God condones terror. No grievance justifies the taking of innocent lives, or the oppression of those who are weaker or fewer in number.” But, he fails to name the guilty – the Muslims.

He presumes again the moral equivalency that all people of faith have freedom of religion in common. They don’t. “And so, as people of faith, we are summoned to push back against those who try to distort our religion — any religion — for their own nihilistic ends. And here at home and around the world, we will constantly reaffirm that fundamental freedom — freedom of religion — the right to practice our faith how we choose, to change our faith if we choose, to practice no faith at all if we choose, and to do so free of persecution and fear and discrimination.” Islam rejects the freedom of religion.

He “calls for each of us to exercise civility and restraint and judgment. And if, in fact, we defend the legal right of a person to insult another’s religion, we’re equally obligated to use our free speech to condemn such insults and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with religious communities, particularly religious minorities who are the targets of such attacks. Just because you have the right to say something doesn’t mean the rest of us shouldn’t question those who would insult others in the name of free speech.” Except, when the truth is an insult, it’s a moral obligation to keep speaking the truth – like Mohammed was an illiterate, murdering, raping, robbing, genocidal pedophile – and let the defenders of the indefensible be insulted.

He’s right there every religion has some version of the Golden Rule. But, none have the uniqueness of the Christian Golden Rule.

Barry Soetero is confused, or ignorant, about history and theology. He does know high horses. He lives on his own high horse of pathological narcissism and absolute ideological allegiance to socialist, racist Human Secularism.

Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | February 4, 2015

Vote No on Con Con, Virginia

Changing the Constitution

Changing the Constitution

Vote No on the Con Con

February 4th, 2015 the Virginia General Assembly votes on the Constitutional Convention of States. Please tell your representatives in the House and Senate, who are supposed to represent You – the Sovereign of Virginia, to vote “No.”

You don’t have to tell the Delegates and Senators why. Just tell them to vote “NO!”

The majority of Virginia’s Delegates and Senators are mere politicians. With few exceptions. Likewise, the Congress is for pols. It’s how you get elected. Be a career politician. Or, buy your way in – and quickly kowtow to The Establishment. These politicians are the problem. Not the Constitution.

New words aren’t necessary to fix the Constitution. The issues can’t be solved with words. It’ll take will.   The kind of will that gives the cowards of Congress and genial dunces of the General Assembly the vapors. The kind of will needed for the state and federal legislators to do their duty requires election upon election of patriots – for a revolutionary season of 12 to 20 years.

Consider our friends, the Republicans.

Virginia Republicans in the General Assembly gave us the two largest tax increases in Virginia history. When the Attorney General didn’t follow his oath of office to defend the Virginia Constitution, they did nothing. Nothing.

Virginia Republicans in the Congress voted to fully fund Obama and his un-Constitutional actions – except for Brat and Rigell – on the procedural vote that mattered and sanctimoniously voted against budget when it didn’t matter. When Federal judges took their pen to Virginia’s Constitution to attack marriage with arrogant impunity, they did nothing. Nothing.

Con-Con doesn’t fix our friends, the Republicans. Elections will.

The Virginia Senate is about to vote on re-defining husband and wife in all legal documents and across the Commonwealth. Republicans hold the majority in the Virginia Senate. Con-con, more words, won’t stop such foolishness.

Honorable men and women think changing the rules matters. But, it doesn’t matter when the people in power have little or no regard for the Rule of Law.

The best of amendments from a Constitutional Convention won’t keep the Federal Judiciary, Executive and Legislature from ignoring them, violating them, or modifying them. There is no assurance, whatsoever, the amendments will be good, let alone the best possible. The Con-Con could be an epic disaster. And, given the stature of today’s politicians, the Convention would most likely be awful.

Conservatives of good will, sound minds, and brave hearts are wasting time and energy on the Con Con. The Constitution isn’t the problem. People are the problem. Professional politicians, especially our Establishment Republicans, must be replaced with real Patriots – Constitutional Republicans.

Let’s follow up the election of David Brat in the 7th Congressional District with a Revolutionary Season of elections.   Virginia must lead again.

James Atticus Bowden

Poquoson, VA

James Bowden is a long-time Republican activist, writer and elected party official. He served as Chairman of his city committee, 1st CD and on the State Central Committee. He taught American Government at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.

Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | January 12, 2015

Our Civilization is AWOL

40 Leaders Lead the  March in Paris.  America is absent.

40 Leaders Lead the March in Paris. America is absent.

After Muslim barbarians murdered people in Paris for mocking Mohammed, there was a massive unity march in France.  The 3 million people across France were the largest march in French history.  40 leaders from across the world, including some Muslim rulers, marched against Islamist terrorism.   America’s ambassador, a former financial bundler for candidate Obama, represented the US.  The President, Veep, Secretary of State and Attorney General – who was already in Paris – didn’t show up.  America was Absent Without Leave – AWOL.  It’s a court-martial offense in the Army.  It’s an abdication of leadership for the US in the World.

It’s nice the leaders and so many people marched on Sunday.  Lovely.

It would have been better if the President of the United States had been front and center, arm in arm with the French President, to lead the wartime coalition of Western Civilization and its Muslim allies prosecuting expeditions against ISIS in the Middle East, Boko Haram in Africa and the Taliban in Afghanistan.   A Coalition dedicated to exterminating specific Islamist threats.  A Coalition prepared to mount new expeditions – to fight campaigns, win and go home – against any future threat.  A Coalition of the West.  Committed to protecting, preserving, and sustaining Western Civilization.

Western Civilization is AWOL on the World War Against Islamism.  Some countries are fighting limited engagements – like the US bombing ISIS – in an unlimited war of national and civilization survival.

That may change.

Europe may wake up.  Maybe.

Europe may wake up. Maybe.

Many of the People across Europe – and in Australia – are waking up.  Populist movements are growing.  The Liberal, Socialist leaders hate these movements.  They call them “racists.”  That’s like a Muslim calling someone an Infidel – or worse.

Meanwhile, ungoverned “no-go” zones ruled by Muslims – and their Sharia Law – grow across Europe.  Muslims violate laws against polygamy, female genital mutilation, and “hate” speech with impunity.  No government challenges them.  The same leaders who marched on Sunday, will do nothing today, Monday, to establish their own sovereignty – their rule of law – in their own countries.

As an Army Futurist, I’ve known for a long time there would be a time of reckoning when the Muslim population bomb burst in Europe.  I just don’t know when it will happen.  There are a number of ways the reckoning could play out.

Western Civilization will commit suicide or fight and survive.  Western Civilization should do much more – and better.  The West, lead by the US, should be a still ascending Civilization – empowered by a powerful Judeo-Christian, Capitalist, classical liberal Democracy-based culture.

Presently, our Western Civilization is AWOL from its real duty station.

Islam is the enemy of Western Civilization.  Most Muslims aren’t the enemy.  But, their Islamic ideology and identity, which includes a religion, is antithetical and anathema to the West.  Until Islam has a Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment and Great Awakenings, it is Barbarian compared to Western Civilization.   Today, the Barbarians aren’t at the gates, they are within the walls and approaching the castle keep.

The West needs leaders to stand in the gap of the walls – and fight.   At home within the walls and outside abroad.

Pray the People of Europe elect new leaders to stop the Muslim invasion of immigrants, restore national sovereignty, promote cultural confidence, encourage conversion to Christianity, and demand assimilation into the superior culture of Western Civilization.  And, send expeditionary forces to exterminate every militant Islamist threat – cutting off the head of the snakes – wherever they arise.

Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | January 1, 2015

2014, A Very Different Year

Merry CHRISTmas 2014 and Happy New Year 2015

Merry CHRISTmas 2014 and Happy New Year 2015

The CHRISTmas card I haven’t sent out yet, tells the tale of 2014.

It was a very different year indeed.

It was a very different year indeed.

It was a year of grieving and beauty.  Deep grieving and remarkable, breath-taking beauty.

My 61 blogposts reflect much of the grieving and beauty – and a glimpse of interests, hopes, concerns and commitment to life beyond my small sphere.  And, always throughout another year, bond servant relationship and worship of Lord Jesus Christ.

Grieving my late wife, Nellie Katherine Kyle Bowden, is about honoring her, our deep desire, our marriage and family – the whole of our adult lives –  to grieve in as great a measure as we loved.  The many tears I mentioned were a cleansing expression of love, not a wallowing self-pity.  As much as I wrote about crying for her, I actually wept far more.

2014 was way station by signpost by mile marker of life without her.  The long, long hard path was expected.  Lived and endured.  So it was for all of her family, friends and loved ones who knew her.  Yet, as oft noted from her Bible, in her hand, “God never wastes our sufferings.”   He didn’t.  He gave Grace.  He provided strength and purpose.

There were new, different family hardships and challenges.  This is called life.

He surrounded me with unspeakable beauty.

He gave me Sanctuary.  Just a house – a material thing – I know.  But a place to live where beauty of God’s created world, Nature alive on The Bay, is around me day and night.  Here, too, he placed my oldest daughter and 3 grandchildren – the living beauty of God’s love.

This beauty seen by the eye and held in the heart is greater than grief.  The beloved living are life itself.  Life is about love, because life is about relationships.  First, Unconditional Love – Grace – from God to self.  Then, from self to spouse.  From self to family.  On to friends, neighbors, and all – in agape love.

The year may have been sad, missing and hurt upon sad, missing and hurt for me – and death sucks – as I wrote often.  But, I also wrote that love is more powerful than death.  I lived it in 2014.  Far more powerful.

Look at this stunning picture of my youngest Grandchild.

Granddaughter Bonnie Kyle Buchanan - for 2015 and beyond

Granddaughter Bonnie Kyle Buchanan – for 2015 and beyond

Bonnie is 2 years old.  When she is 80, people will look at this picture and exclaim, “Bonnie, this is so you!”

She is the picture of the power of love in life, past death, and for the promise of Heaven.  Look at her eyes, her gentle smile, her posture.  This is Bonnie Kyle Buchanan showing herself to the camera’s eye.  This baby girl will become quite a woman.

I could wax on and on about my love for this angel baby.  Her beauty symbolizes the beauty of life in 2014 and promise of more to come in 2015 and beyond.

God’s promises are always kept.  Every single one.  Forever.

As I shared in the invocation at my USMA Class mini-reunion, one fulfilled promise is that the young lions become old bulls.  This old bull still cares deeply about my Clan, community, Commonwealth, and Country – as well as all the world for Christ.

2014 was a year of hope for America for a good election result.

2014 was a year of shame for Western Civilization for failing to rise as one to defeat and utterly destroy – to kill to the last man – every Muslim jihadist soldier of ISIS.  The bombing and advising half-measures are a shameful witness to the lack of courage, moral resolve, and vision which all the West should have – to save every suffering Christian within striking distance of the ISIS devils.

We should all be ashamed.  I am.

2015 is a new year.  God will provide.

Grieving will continue, but it’s different.  I struggle with creating a new identity.  I still feel married.  Companionship brings new relationship – with healing and growing.

I’m much more healthy.  Bound and determined to be more healthy indeed.

Ready for God’s Will.   Up for doing my duties better.

Blessed to be face to face, daily, by such beauty with my beloveds and The Bay.

Grateful for God’s Word – like II Corinthians 1:3-4 and Psalm 30.

Life is short.  "I ain't dead yet."

Life is short. “I ain’t dead yet.”

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