Category Archives: American Culture

Conservative first, then a Republican

 conservativeConservative first, then a Republican is how I have always identified myself. In all fairness, I have always registered as a Republican since my 18th birthday in 1988. With great pride, I voted for George H. W. Bush twice. But before you quit reading any further, I will not vote for candidates for any public office that do not share my conservative values. While this is something I have always shared in private with friends and family, this is the first time I have shared this publicly.

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Artificial constructs within American Liberalism

Artificial constructs have been around since the birth of political parties within early modern Europe. A simplistic definition of an artificial construct is something that is not real, but has a meaning that can be seen or understood by the observer. The appeal of using artificial constructs is that they do not have to be based on actual fact. They simply must give the appearance of being grounded in some element of truth. They also must be easily explained and presented in such a manner where there can be no real discussion of the facts.

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The death of civil discourse

Civil discourse has been a long-standing tradition in American politics and society. Since the campaign season that began in 2007, civil discourse has suffered a slow and agonizing death. Last night I had an experience that not only infuriated me but led me block someone who had “friended” me on Facebook. It wasn’t that I disagreed with this person’s opinion as much as I objected to personal attacks because I did not share their view of racial relations or economics within the United States. 

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