Our Duty To America’s Vets

One of the few issues that seem, at least on the surface, to unite Democrats and Republicans is the need, or more correctly the duty, to care for our veterans. From the aged warriors of the World War II era to the youthful veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, there is usually a common call to…

In Defense of Bureaucrats

The next time you see my old college roommate, Mr. G, be sure to thank him. For whether you know it or not, you are grateful to Mr. G for his hard work as a career bureaucrat with the Colorado state government. He has made your daily life much better – and your lives quieter…

How to Win a Political Argument

Did you see what I did there with the title? I said I’ll explain how to win a political argument, but I’m not really going to, because, well, you can’t. And the reason why is in part why we are in such a dark place politically. Way back in the before time – you know,…

Not Me…

As I type these words, the good people of Alabama are going to the polls to decide who will become their next United States Senator. By the time you read these words, you will know whether the folks from Huntsville to Mobile, from Tuscaloosa to Columbus, have picked a man whom a number of women…

Good People

I was planning this week to write another column on various perceived shenanigans going on within our state and national governments. But today I am going to write about something else: good people. This is in part because of the season, but more specifically because I learned just a couple of hours ago about the…

The Most Un-American Thing

There is a great deal I could write about this week regarding national politics – such as a President thinking it witty to tell a Pocahontas joke to a group of Native American war heroes, or the increasingly interesting race to become the next governor of Colorado. I could write about the dangerous and draconian…

Patriotism by Proxy

Back in the mid 1990’s, I was sent by the Air Force Academy to the University of Michigan to pursue a Ph.D., after which I returned to the USAFA faculty to continue teaching. During that grad school stint, we chose to live in a small town about 45 minutes north of Ann Arbor. We enjoyed…

Impeachment by Another Name

The Democratic Party has a great friend in the White House. And before I go any further on the main point, may I jump onto the rickety soapbox of the Grammarian? To my friends on the Right, please stop saying “the Democrat Party.” It’s the Democratic Party. The shorter version stems from GOP leaders attempting…

Respecting the Military

Some weeks ago I wrote on the topic of what I called “bold hypocrisy” and argued that too many of our national leaders –your own partisanship can help you decide which ones – are guilty of some pretty stunning levels of hypocrisy. And so it will likely come as no surprise, dear reader, when I…