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Domine, non sum dignus

King David and Eric Greitens

People have an innate sense of justice.   One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,3 and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba,the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4 Then David sent messengers to get her. Read more →

Liberals Are Not the Enemy

Forgive me. I say “liberal” sometimes when I mean something else. My mistake is habit, not irony. (Irony would require some intent on my part.) I grew up disparaging liberalism. I grew up reading and watching William F. Buckley Jr., for whom liberalism was the enemy. In the post-WWII era, the liberalism of the day was a problem. But it was never the problem. The problem in Western Civilization was a faction that used liberalism as cover. Read more →

How to Neuter a Crossing Guard

This is for my conservative friends who are celebrating the healthcare bill’s demise. You’ll want to read it all. Let’s begin with a little story about a crossing guard. Imagine you are standing at a dangerous intersection now. Cars whizzing by nonstop in all 4 directions. You feel powerless and frustrated. There are no structural safeguards, no physical barriers, to keep us from getting hit. There is a crossing guard, though. Read more →

How to Tell a Lie

You had to laugh. Claire McCaskill jumped on Twitter to announce she’d never met the Russian ambassador to the US. Before that, she jumped on Twitter to brag about being so damned important and vital that the Russian ambassador sought her oracle-like guidance. After people mocked and scorned her silly lie, Claire McCaskill made up more lies to cover the first lie. You know, like a liar. Senator McCaskill believes Jeff Sessions should resign for not telling a lie. Read more →

The Left’s Newfound Love of States’ Rights

Every Constitutional conservative knows there’s no such thing as “states’ rights.” Only people have rights. Governments have powers. People have the right to grant government powers. Governments have no power to assume powers not granted by the people. Anyone who says “states’ rights” needs a basic course in political philosophy. For years, a few conservatives mistakenly defended “states’ rights” when they meant to say “federalism.” When conservatives made this error, the left jumped all over them. Read more →

Donna Brazile’s Corrupt Silent Partner

Since its revelation in WikiLeaks two weeks ago, Donna Brazile has been justly excoriated for cheating on behalf of Hillary Clinton by passing along a debate question. However, an important aspect to this story has been overlooked. As the saying goes, it takes two to tango. Yes, Donna Brazile sent a critically beneficial piece of information - but Hillary Clinton accepted it. Mrs. Clinton accepted it (stealing), used it (cheating), and said nothing (lying). Read more →

Why does Ted Cruz’s Speech Bother Me So Much?

I’m trying to put my finger on exactly why I found Ted Cruz’s remarks Wednesday night so incredibly distasteful. The Pledge thing is a goodly part of it. Simply put, the parties to the Pledge Ted Cruz signed were only Ted Cruz and the RNC (by extension, you can probably include the delegates and voters, too). The Pledge promised support, including data, from the RNC in exchange for Ted Cruz’s endorsement of the eventual nominee. Read more →

How Conservatives Abandoned Principles Over Trump

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about “principles” lately. Ted Cruz’s entire campaign centered “conservative principles” and being a “principled conservative.” Lately, though, most of that “principles” talk is about how Donald Trump has caused good conservatives to abandon their principles. Maybe that’s true. In fact, I’m starting to believe it. The one principle that many conservatives have abandoned and encouraged others to abandon: keeping your word. The lead advocate for abandoning this principle of keeping one’s word is Jonah Goldberg of National Review and the American Enterprise Institute. Read more →

Print Edition of Fight to Evolve Now Available on Amazon. Rush!

Most of my readers asked for a print edition of my new book, Fight to Evolve: The Government’s Secret War on NTX. Great news! Your book is waiting for you on Amazon. It’s just $17.99, and you’ll be happy to know that I don’t get a penny from the sales. All proceeds go to the Coalition for Safer Drinking and its fight to reduce alcohol’s negative effects on health. If you, like me, prefer electronic books, you can get the Kindle version of Fight to Evolve for just $3. Read more →

The Conversion Odyssey

John Dos Passos has a mesmerizing name. The “John” doesn’t fit the “Dos Passos,” does it? Shouldn’t be Juan Dos Passos? But John Dos Passos was one of the Four Horsemen of American literature in the first half of the 20th century. And all four horsemen were Nomads, according to generational historians Howe and Strauss. The Nomads Wander Left to Right I’m a Nomad, too. Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Dos Passos. Read more →