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My Conservatism

I don’t ask for help if I can avoid it, and I take pride in my work, whatever it might be. I told my kids how, as a recruit in boot camp, I had to clean the latrine. The Drill Instructor came in, looked around, asked if he could drink safely from the commode .  .  Sir, Yes Sir!  Will it make me puke, private?  The DI will not puke, Sir!  Thank God he didn’t ask me to drink it, because that I wouldn’t...

Absolutes!

It’s an old debate, the idea whether we should have absolutes governing our lives, like the Ten Commandments or Constitution.  I’m one who favors a few absolutes to hang my hat on. I’m not OK with the modernism/relativism running rampant today. I believe rules, conventions and laws that hold up over time have intrinsic values that may/may not be apparent. Still, they are well-founded and inestimably important, for how...

The Hate Thing

Recently a well known talk show host asked his guests what the deal was with hate speak? He opined everybody does it, asking why we sink to this level? Why did certain people goad the worst in us, evoking distrust, disgust and hate? Liberals rant that republicans don’t care about the poor or women!  Latinos can’t possibly be republicans! The GOP will throw granny off a cliff! The rich don’t pay enough! They hate that!...