Monthly Archives: January 2018

The Conservative Case for Women’s Issues

The year 2018 will be the year of the woman and conservatives should not be afraid. The culture war is over and we lost. Rather than fretting about the past, conservatives need to address today’s realities. Though we lost the culture war, we were not wrong about it. Family is the fundamental unit of society and everyone pays the price for ignoring it. But it has been ignored and we are paying the price. Conservatives will either accept this reality or ignore it to our further societal and political detriment. read more

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Work, Medicaid and the Ecology of Prosperity

Ecologies are all around us – and not just the environmental kind. So many human experiences are part of ecologies that if we alter Point A, Point Z is impacted. My favorite example is the ecology of freedom. Freedom is best understood as a network of human experiences that, when in equilibrium, we can say justifiably that we are living as a free people.

Individual liberty is not freedom but individual liberty is a part of freedom’s ecology. Without it we are not free but neither are we free if that is all we have. Our freedom is comprised of various elements of our lives such as the ability to transact, the ownership of property, the common good, community and, most importantly, being our better selves. read more

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Donald DACA

If you think Donald Trump is fit to be President of the United States, try writing about a relatively simple public policy that Trump is trying to explain. Clarity is nearly impossible. Even when he yells and points and pounds a podium to emphasize where he stands on an issue, there is no reason to believe him or that he even knows what he is talking about.

A Trump policy that should be absolutely ingrained in the minds of voters is building a wall on our southern border with Mexico. For two years now, all we have heard from Trump is the need for a huge wall to keep out the bad guys. And, now, that time has come. read more

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The Problem with Outsiders

Many popular comedies, past and present, are centered on people, different from the mainstream crowd, looking to fit in. A great example was the 1960s comedy The Beverley Hillbillies. Its theme song describes the whole show – hillbillies strike oil and move to Beverley Hills where they find their back-woods customs and simplistic lives are completely out of place.

These comedies endure through many seasons of tension between the perceived assets of the outsider versus liabilities. In the case of the hillbillies, they had lots of money and quite a few of their neighbors were willing to overlook what they saw as eccentricities to share in that wealth. Alas, no benefit ultimately could overcome the differences. read more

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