On National Security

On National Security

One thing our leading politicians agree on: our past national leaders from both parties have given us the strongest, most sophisticated armed forces in the world, arguably in the history of the world. There is some discussion about, is it enough? Is it enough that our military spending exceeds that of the next seven countries […]

Political Polling

Political Polling

If you are one of those among us who look at the Presidential race and wonder who’s winning this week, then you are probably familiar with the multitude of “preference polls” that purport to say that, for example, Hillary Clinton leads at present by 48% to 42% among registered voters. You might very well ask […]

Understanding the Vote Your Conscience Movement

Understanding the Vote Your Conscience Movement

Last week when I posted on social media my article about a Democrat challenging the establishment, referencing my contemplations on Donald Trump winning the Republican Nomination for President, and why he chose to run in the fractured Republican Party, I used the hashtags #VoteYourConscience and #NeverTrump, encouraging some of my friends in that movement to […]

Politics and Paranoia

Politics and Paranoia

Anyone who has been paying even the slightest attention to presidential politics this year is aware that we as a nation are faced with choosing between two very flawed candidates. The strongest and most persuasive argument either one has, boils down to this: Vote for me, because the alternative is much worse. Political pundits of […]

If You Were a Democrat Wanting to Challenge The Establishment

If You Were a Democrat Wanting to Challenge The Establishment

Hypothetical – if you were a Democrat, who witnessed first-hand treason which within your own party……….. If you were a Democrat, who had seen up close and personal crony capitalism benefiting both parties while holding small business owners back, and despite being a self-made billionaire you tend to get along with blue collar folks best…… […]

Do Campaign Contributions Influence Votes?

Do Campaign Contributions Influence Votes?

There was an article in the North Augusta paper just after the party primaries, about campaign contributions. The issue is not easily summarized, but it was about automobile dealerships having lost a recent court case; the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that charging “closing fees” when selling an automobile (the case involved a fee of […]

Thoughts About the Conventions, Part Two

Thoughts About the Conventions, Part Two

Tomorrow will be three weeks since the Republican National Convention ended, and two weeks since Democrat Convention ended.  It was a privilege to be an alternate delegate from the 3rd Congressional District of South Carolina to the RNC event in Cleveland. Last week (linked) I shared my initial thoughts on the results of the Republican […]

Thoughts About the Conventions, Part One

Thoughts About the Conventions, Part One

I am sitting at the Cleveland Airport, about to go home. The ‪#‎RNCinCLE convention has been over for 90 hours. After having the privilege to participate in it, I have yet to comment much on it. I took the weekend to think about it, and decided this morning not to do my weekly column for […]

Prejudice, 2016 Style

Prejudice, 2016 Style

Those of us who grew up in Edgefield County in the 20th Century know what prejudice is. When we grew up, it was all around us – some of us recipients, some caught up in it, and others thinking that we ourselves were somehow not involved – but, of course, we were. Racial prejudice is […]

Democracy in Troubled Times

Democracy in Troubled Times

It seems that each week this summer brings news of more troubles, more examples of man’s inhumanity to man. This past week was no different, with mass killings in the beautiful French Riviera; an attempted military coup in Turkey, a NATO ally, with perhaps a thousand dead; and in our own country the killing of […]

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