Trump Supporter: Analysis of a Loyalist

Trump Supporter: Analysis of a Loyalist

Thursday night, I went to a Masonic meeting at Naval Yard Lodge #4 in Washington, DC. After the meeting, I missed the last train to Virginia because I was in fellowship with the Brothers. Thanks to a last minute assist from Susan McKinney, I was able to get a taxi back to Virginia. What ensued the minute I got in the taxi, I would say is the best and most politically exciting experience of my life. I had a real conversation on politics, with a real person, who isn’t a ‘Beltway Insider’ or a ‘Political Consultant/Lobbyist/Politician’, it was an average citizen, trying to feed their average family, and worrying about the future of them and other average Americans. Continue reading

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Shadows of a Colossus: A Perverse Want and Death Conspiracies

Shadows of a Colossus: A Perverse Want and Death Conspiracies

For all those who have not heard in the last couple of days, recent ‘twists’ in the situation involving the passing of Justice Scalia have led some outlets on the fringe to create a fiction that Obama had Scalia killed, Clinton or someone else had him killed, or that he was murdered for some particular totalitarian purpose. This brings me to the topic of deaths and how people try to justify a meaning in the death of someone, whether they be someone they love or someone they hate, it is not an uncommon thing in humanity to believe that someone died for a purpose, especially when the death is brutal, sudden, or untimely (timely for some). Continue reading

Shadows of a Colossus Part II: The Death of Scalia

Shadows of a Colossus Part II: The Death of Scalia

Tonight, to my shock and surprise, I learned a few moments ago of the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The man was brilliant to many, frustrating to others, and loveable and sarcastic to all. Whatever his opinions made you think, the friendship we all saw between him and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were of the highest value to many in politics, the idea that two people who couldn’t disagree more could be so great in friendship and humanity is something that I think all of us would like to have. Continue reading

A Michigan Law on Sexual Repression or on Animal Cruelty?

A Michigan Law on Sexual Repression or on Animal Cruelty?

Greetings everyone, today is ELECTION Day in New Hampshire, so I will probably comment on that today or tomorrow as it goes down. In the meantime, some of you have been posting this really interesting story about how Michigan, the state and not it’s universities, has passed a law banning non-hetero-normative forms of sexuality. Meaning Michigan opposes homosexuality with it’s new animal cruelty law. Continue reading

Attack Ads: How NOT to do them

Attack Ads: How NOT to do them

Today on Facebook, I saw an interesting video being passed around by my friends who like Marco Rubio. It compares two exchanges recently, one with Marco Rubio and a child; the other with Chris Christie and a young woman. It tries to spin it as how the two candidates treat kids, but that’s where things go south really quickly. The Marco Rubio exchange is with a 9-year old, an actual child. The Chris Christie exchange is with an 18-year old woman, maybe young, but still an adult woman.

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My Appearances on the Square Circle

My Appearances on the Square Circle

Last night, I appeared on the Square Circle again, which serves as a non-partisan roundtable on political discussions. I enjoyed last night, like I enjoyed two months ago. It’s a somber reminder however that my father passed away two months ago. In fact, December 11th was the night he was rushed to the hospital, and by the time I informed everyone of this video back on December 12th, he was already gone. I enjoy being on the Square Circle, but for me, as a son, it hurts the most to know my father will never get to tell me what he thought of my appearances on television until it doesn’t matter anymore.

For those who haven’t seen the first of my appearances, I am posting the link here.

And because my dad really liked the band Heart, here’s a song that I enjoy and I remember him liking as well.

There a bittersweet joy I have in doing these appearances. I know I can reach more people and maybe the example of civil discussion with folks will sway minds. But for my father to never tell me ‘good job’, or ‘you could have said this’, that hole will never heal. It may dull in the pain, but it will always be there. I honestly enjoy doing these shows and I hope that they are enjoyable and thought-engaging for folks.