Category Archives: Conservative Thought

Squirming Conservatives

It’s been a long dry spell for Republicans. The first George Bush, in spite of his masterful handling of our first war with Saddam Hussein, couldn’t get himself reelected. We got eight years of Bill Clinton, and it spite of … Continue reading

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The Experience of Authority

“There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.” ~ Edward Abbey Yes, those of us who grew up back east took California entirely on faith. Pittsburgh was dreary and dark, and California … Continue reading

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Considering Norquist’s Bathtub

It’s not like no one noticed. After the recent sixteen-day government shutdown, when we also came close to choosing to refuse to let the administrative branch pay the bills that the legislative branch had rung up over all the years, … Continue reading

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Funeral Preparations

In late 1938 and into the early part of 1939, down the hill in Culver City, on the massive soundstages at MGM – now Sony-TriStar-Colombia – everyone was in Oz, except for those who were at Tara. The studio was … Continue reading

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Illusions Passing

The decision to move to Hollywood on 1994 was based on a deep sense of irony. After many careers – English teacher, human resources specialist, programmer then software developer, then systems manager – and after two divorces – finding a … Continue reading

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On Stopping History

William F. Buckley once said that a conservative is “someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.” That was … Continue reading

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The High Cost of Cool

For those of us who grew up in the Ozzie and Harriet fifties and came of age in the long-hair stop-the-war counterculture late sixties, there was always the matter of cool. James Dean was cool, and then Peter Gunn was … Continue reading

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