Category: Politics

In Search of the Democrats

It’s taken some time for the Trump Administration to hit their stride on talking points.

They’ve been chaotic and prone to self-inflicted wounds like the firings of an FBI Director and much of the original cabinet. Countless, voluntary “un-presidential” tweets haven’t helped much either. Continue reading “In Search of the Democrats”

God and Politics

January 4th, 2010.

That was my hardest day. It’s not close.

In a parking lot behind SEAL Team One I said goodbye to my wife.

It had been a month since my 3-year old son Aidan had been diagnosed with Autism. He stopped talking when I left for Iraq that summer. The Team sent me home to be with my family for Christmas. That had passed. And it was time to go back. Continue reading “God and Politics”

Roy Moore is What Happens When No One Believes Anything

The incentive system in politics has a structural flaw.

Our elected representatives are aptly named. They represent our values or our policy preferences.

Hopefully both.

Those representatives are people though; subject to all the perverse flaws that we people have. Sometimes we get stuck with bad apples. Continue reading “Roy Moore is What Happens When No One Believes Anything”

Thoughts and Prayers

I try not to write about gun violence.  The gun violence won’t let me though.

In the three years I’ve hosted this blog, I’ve written 200 essays, give or take. 11 of them have been in the wake of mass shootings so sensationally horrific that writing about anything else would have been inappropriate.

Here’s number 12.  Continue reading “Thoughts and Prayers”

The Cost of Low Standards

Lincoln stood on the East Portico of the Capitol in 1865 and told a country that had lost a half million of its sons to war in less than four years that more pain was coming.

“Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

The heartbreaking message was clear:  This isn’t over. But you’ve followed me here. Now follow me further through the pain of our collective sin of slavery. Continue reading “The Cost of Low Standards”

It’s Not Revolt. It’s Consolidation

The Republican Party isn’t fractured.

It’s consolidating.

The recent criticisms of the president and announcements that Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee won’t be seeking re-election do not represent a revolt.

They’re a surrender.  Continue reading “It’s Not Revolt. It’s Consolidation”