Thoughts on Service and Honor

My Grandfather during WW2

We do our best to teach our future leaders that they should value everyone equally, but that equality takes on an entirely different dimension when you realize that the value of the person who is saving you from heat exhaustion has nothing to do with their level of education or tax bracket. Our next generation of leaders could benefit greatly from that kind of education. Continue reading

Why I Won’t Be Reading Go Set a Watchman

There is something fetid and rotten in our culture that cannot abide virtuous icons like Atticus or my grandmother. We turn our heroes into anti-heroes. We deny their nobility and valor, claiming that we are making them more “complex” or more “real.” What we actually mean is that we have given up on the possibility of true virtue and integrity Continue reading

Dear 47 Senators

You are interested in vituperative grandstanding for the purpose of single-minded political gain. On the other hand, we are doing our best to act with the values that make our country great: character, integrity, loyalty, and duty. If you decide to grow up and act like Americans, maybe you’ll begin to understand. Continue reading

On Loyalty and Secrecy

  Many of my friends – all fellow liberals – have been shocked by the vehemence with which I have condemned Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden.  Because of my generally liberal politics, their assumption is that I would value the men’s apparent act of conscience – their desire to see… Continue reading

Bryan Fischer Does Not Speak for Christianity

  I haven’t written anything about yesterday’s horrendous events in Newtown, Connecticut because a number of writers with far more skill and wisdom than I continue to produce outstanding, thoughtful, compassionate commentary that I think will be invaluable in guiding our citizens as we grieve.  As a general rule, I… Continue reading