A Need for “Persuasion”

Ideally? Washington politicians would read and discuss Jane Austen’s Persuasion.  Practically? Practically, our leaders are too busy failing to read and learn, so they might embrace the concept of persuasion.  Sadly, this is tough because persuasion attacks two prejudices of this time. Too many of us confuse strong beliefs, strongly defended, with pig-headedness and close-mindedness. Since persuasion attempts [Read More...]

Grand Old Problem

I did not vote for President Obama, twice, I did not vote for Bill Clinton, twice, and I regret none of those four choices. My family has been overwhelmingly Republican since Lincoln made our home a state. When Virginia and the Democrats rebelled, we seceded from Virginia and joined the Grand Old Party to save [Read More...]

Mr. Putin? Any Ideas?

The wily Brownshirt in the Kremlin, Mr. Putin, saved us from an immediate debacle in Syria. He must be wondering if Mr. Obama is going to call and ask him to deal with Congress and the government shutdown. Sadly for the President, Putin is unlikely to help, because as our Interim Leader he would have [Read More...]

The End of His Tenure

If he were leading a discussion class on Syria, warfare, and the last twenty years of American policy, I would give Professor Obama high marks. It is impossible for anyone in class to guess his position or views: he has defended many of them. He has eloquently argued for peace in his time, war in [Read More...]

How many dead Christians?

How many dead Christians are acceptable in order to teach Assad a lesson? This administration should quantify the suffering so Congress can know what they are authorizing. Chemical weapons are bad and ideally we would have boxed Assad in long ago on these weapons of mass destruction. Sadly, we did not and now the poison [Read More...]

No Syrian Intervention

Syrian intervention is wrong. God help me I cannot support it. Our President sets our foreign policy and has information citizens do not have. Constitutional government has evolved to give the President broad powers to strike militarily. As a result, patriotic Christians tend to support the President when he requests military action. I have done [Read More...]

Not the Vladimir Russia Needs

Saint Vladimir the Great helped create Christian Russia. Given the standards of the time, he was an effective and just ruler. The same cannot be said for Vladimir Putin. Saint Vladimir brought the Kievan Rus into the Byzantine commonwealth by his conversion to Orthodoxy giving the Rus nation access to a broader cultural world. No [Read More...]

Out of Many One

States and the federal government should abandon any mandated common educational core: even common cores I like. I am the sort of person who might be expected to support federal or statewide “common core” standards: I am the founder of a “great works” program and the chief academic officer of HBU: the school with the [Read More...]

Hope: Ten Things To Hope

The President is in trouble. How do we know? International news organizations, disposed to like the President, are beginning to worry about him. And yet what American would wish for another failed President? By a failed presidency, I do not mean policy or decisions. I never voted for this President and I oppose his agenda, [Read More...]

Primary Mark Sanford

If you love Mark Sanford, primary him. Mark Sanford is unfit to serve in Congress and it is shame that the voters of South Carolina were faced with such dismal choices in the last election: a vacuous leftist versus a verminous righty. Of course, Republican primary voters brought it on themselves by not voting in [Read More...]


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