Category Archives: Conservatism

The New Impossibility of Seriousness

So, that Democratic congressman from the city – there’s only one real city, you know – finally resigned – over those photos of his stuff, along with supplemental text messages, that he had sent to selected ladies – or because … Continue reading

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Political Amnesia and Olfactory Impairment

When most of your family are Palin-Beck Republicans, and hang on every word Sean Hannity says on Fox News, you learn to keep your mouth shut. Any talk of domestic, foreign, or economic policy is met with sneers, and you’ll … Continue reading

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Sweet Imaginary Reason

It has come up before. It’s Isaiah 1:18 – “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall … Continue reading

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On the Hunt for Conservative Principles

Everyone wants to understand their surroundings – that’s just basic survival. When you’re in regular contact with those who think things through differently than you might, who hold basic, bedrock assumptions that you find questionable, and value what you find … Continue reading

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Figuring Them Out

Gandalf said it – “Hobbits really are amazing creatures. You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you.” The same thing goes for political … Continue reading

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The Persistence of Resentment

Sometimes there’s just something in the air, and everyone seems to come to the same conclusion all at once, without prompting of any sort. What was perhaps implicit suddenly becomes quite explicit – and it’s not that great minds think … Continue reading

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Preliminary Notes on a Unified Theory of Everything

The setting was odd – the evening of Friday the 13th – a second-rate seafood dive on the water, down in the Marina, meeting up, finally, with old friends from forty years ago. Since college in the sixties we’d gone … Continue reading

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