On Not Starting A Nuclear War

It’s a key, not a button. That is how you launch a nuclear tipped ICBM. You turn a key. My military career started off as a missile launch officer, one of the “finger on the button” people, except there wasn’t a button. To utterly destroy the enemy, to reduce civilization to cinders, to seal the…

The Brilliance of Donald Trump

Our current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has been accused by some of not being the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree. Donald Trump has given the American people compelling evidence (on a number of occasions) that his mental perspicacity may not be at the high level of other occupants of the White House. He…

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…