American, Texan, or Other?

Alexander Hamilton was blessed, though it didn’t feel like it to him during his life, to not have burden of a “home state.” His awkward birth, outside both marriage and the Colonies, allowed him to think of himself first and foremost as an American, and as a New Yorker a distant second, if at all.…

The Media is the Enemy and Other Dangerous Notions

When a president, or anyone for that matter, does something that no president has ever done before, there are usually two possibilities: First, that the individual in question has come up with a brilliant idea never before considered by his predecessors, or two, that he has come up with a bad idea, never adopted by…

In Defense of Political Correctness, Mostly, Kind of…

It is politically correct these days to rail against, well, being politically correct. We see people bombastically pronouncing political correctness as an evil affronting all that is good and decent in society. We see extreme pronouncements of self-righteous rage and sanctimonious cheerleading. We toss around the term “snowflake” to mean anyone we think is not…

On Circular Firing Squads and Republican Primaries

  (This column first appeared on ColoradoPolitics.com) For the past month, I’ve written about my 2008 run for the US Congress. These essays have looked inward, at my campaign and the lessons I learned from running. In this essay, please allow me an outward look at my Republican opponents, and to let me swap out…

On Running for Congress

So you want to run for office? (note: The essay below was originally posted on Coloradopolitics.com, to which I recently became a columnist. In addition to other essays,  I will repost my CP columns here, a day or two after they appear on line.)   In 2008, (see logo above!) it was my honor, and…