Failure to Launch

The GOP failure to begin the unwinding of Obamacare was predictable. They acted like Democrats, saying “just trust me” and tried to ram through a bill that 1) didn’t actually repeal anything and 2) felt too much like a sleight of hand act – a bait and switch. They waited too late to bring up…

Reversal of Fortunes

Western civilization is not in decline – it is in reversal. Western civilization was not born with fully formed ideas of individual freedoms and a liberty protected by a government dependent on its people. It evolved into those positions over centuries of constant learning – and that learning included making mistakes – like slavery. Most…

First World Problems

Americans have the worst case of #firstworldproblems in history. Prosperity has spread so far and wide that we now have time to waste of frivolities like safe spaces, microaggressions and chasing phantom wrongs. Our successful are wildly successful, America is still a place where a person can be stone cold broke today and bathed in…

A Sense of Propriety

“We blush for the impudence and rudeness of another, though he himself appears to have no sense of the impropriety of his own behaviour; because we cannot help feeling with what confusion we ourselves should be covered, had we behaved in so absurd a manner.” ~ Adam Smith, “Of the Sense of Propriety” (1759) “These…

Oppressive Chaos

Please indulge me in a bit of personal recollection and reflection – it does have a rational purpose, you have my solemn word on that. My mom died in 2004 of complications of Parkinson’s Disease and dementia. I grew up in a loving household with a magnificent extended family close by but after 24 years…

Politics is War by Other Means

“While our country remains untainted with the principles and manners which are now producing desolation in so many parts of the world; while she continues sincere, and incapable of insidious and impious policy, we shall have the strongest reason to rejoice in the local destination assigned us by Providence.” ~ John Adams, Letter to the…

Borders

This was brought about by #ADayWithoutImmigrants – which is really just an excuse to try to celebrate illegal immigration by commingling it with legal immigration and claiming that conservatives are against legal immigration. I am a proponent of strong borders. I was asked why I think that and it seems to be rooted in that…