Thank You For Your Service

For decades the national Republican Party literally owned the political debate over national security issues. Polls repeatedly indicated...

Show Up, Ask a Question…

Republican Congressman Greg Walden represents a vast swath of Oregon in the House of Representatives. His huge district stretches from...

Have We No Decency…

It is difficult to escape the feeling that the United States has reached an inflection point: mass shootings now a regular, sickening...

Our Grandkids are Going to Hate Us…

House and Senate leaders and the president apparently reached a two-year budget agreement this week that increases federal spending by...

The Fault Is Ours…

This piece first appeared in the Lewiston, Idaho Tribune ———– Historians, philosophers and ethicists have been debating for nearly 60...

Focus…

It is often said – and correctly so – that we live in tumultuous times. Our devices spew forth a never-ending avalanche of information,...

One Speaks Up…

One of the great ironies of modern American conservatism is that the party that claims to champion “limited government” is really in a...

Too Smart to be President…

I have always thought that Bill Bradley, the one-time United States senator from New Jersey, could have been a great president....

Just Say No…

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo is about to get his moment in the wacky spotlight of U.S. Senate confirmation politics. Barring some last-minute...

A Carnival of Buncombe

The journalist and social critic H.L. Mencken was made for the Trump era. Unfortunately Mencken, a guy given to using words such as...

The Last Non-Despised President…

“The nation has become spectacularly meaner, to the point that George H. W. Bush is likely to be remembered as the last President of the...

We Never Learn…

Note: My column this week in the Lewiston, Idaho Tribune ———– Just when it seems that our politics can’t possibly produce yet one more...

The Open Secret…

The President of the United States is a deranged liar who surrounds himself with sycophants. He is also functionally illiterate and...

The Careless People…

“They were careless people. They smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or...

American Carnage…

“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” Donald J. Trump Inaugural Speech, 2017 ———- “We trust what we know in our...

Amusing Ourselves to Death…

“Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.” ― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World ———— I have...

Conscience of a Conservative…

“We were party to a very big lie…Seemingly overnight, we became willing to roll back the ideas on the global economy that have given...

It’s Simple: Quit…

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel...

Who Knew It Could Be So Complicated…

“More than a third of Americans believe that Medicaid is akin to welfare, with the implicit subtext that racial and ethnic minorities are...

Duty, Honor, Country…

“Frequently, people who go along a treasonous path do not know they are on a treasonous path until it is too late.” Former CIA director...