The Kill List and The Choice

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Some conservatives seem baffled that I’m not signed up for the Good Ship Romney yet. I’m not “undecided.” I’m waiting to see if he asserts or rejects the right–claimed by Obama–of creating a kill list that includes American citizens, without even providing evidence of their crimes. I’m waiting to get some flicker of a sense [Read More...]

Civility and the New Media

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The Knights of Columbus has an ongoing Campaign for Civility that aims to promote a more civil discourse in American politics, and I just contributed two pieces to their efforts. The goal is to dial down the rancor that characterizes so much political dialog, and which has contributed to the hardening divisions between ideological opponents. Civility is not always easy, and [Read More...]

This Guy for President: 2016

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I think I’ve been pretty clear about my disdain for our two party system, particularly for the way in which the Republican Party has abandoned core principles of conservatism in favor of corporatism and imperialism. I like Ron Paul, but more in a nutty-uncle way than in a leader-of-the-free-world way. Honestly, America doesn’t need a [Read More...]

To Answer a Question

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Why, after George W. Bush made so many mistakes and violated so many core principles of conservatism, do some of us still think so fondly of him? Because he’s a good man, and no reasonable person could doubt that he loves this country and her people in all our messy weirdness. Because I can’t imagine [Read More...]

I’ve Been Memed

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Thanks to Allison for making this! I was also impressed by these balanced and sane thoughts from John Michael Talbot, via his public Facebook page. We may disagree on how to achieve certain goals, but I absolutely agree with the sentiments and the spirit. This needs to be the starting point for anyone who hopes to heal [Read More...]

The Inter-Nicene Creed: On Warring Catholics UPDATED

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I learned today from some commenter that I’m a member of the “Catholic middle.” I also learned from the same person that I’m a whore for the mammon of public approval, which is high-larious considering the poison that floods my comboxes on a daily basis. It’s always fun to have complete strangers tell you who [Read More...]

Finally, A Political Pairing I Can Believe In!

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I thought Clint was terrific, but then again I hate political speeches. After days of tightly scripted and overly-rehearsed political pap, it was strange, raw, clearly improvised, and honest. With every other speaker, the stage direction is tangible: “mention America, pause dramatically, look up and to the left with a misty gaze as though you’re remembering [Read More...]

Ryan, Rand, and the Catholic Angle UPDATED

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Even though I misspent about a decade calling myself a Libertarian and paying party dues, I was never suckered in by that nasty old witch Ayn Rand and her cult of personality. Objectivism is a philosophy for college students and people who don’t have kids. A modest sense of enlightened self-interest is not necessarily an [Read More...]


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