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Eat the Elephant, Part II: Inches Apart, Separated by Miles

Monday, July 27th, 2009

As I mentioned in a previous article, I did not vote for President Obama—but I do have hope that his election will present an opportunity for race relations in this country to finally clear some long-standing hurdles. If you haven’t read Part I yet, please take a moment to do so. In an effort to… »

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The Fantasy of the “Soul Mate”

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

NOTE: This was originally published in The State Newspaper, July 9, 2009. As a Christian family man, I was disheartened to see a once-principled man choosing to risk everything in his life for a temporary thrill. How could Mark Sanford allow himself to veer so far off track? The given explanation is that Sanford’s mistress… »

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Mark Sanford and “Leadership”

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

I have so many thoughts about the Mark Sanford story that I’m not sure where to begin.  I am frustrated by yet another “conservative” failing our values in such grand, hypocritical fashion.  I am disappointed by the unfulfilled expectations I had when Sanford was elected.  I am perplexed by the arrogance of politicians who think… »

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Empathy and the Supreme Court

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Few things that I’ve heard in recent memory have frightened me as much as President Obama’s expressed desire to appoint an “empathetic” judge to the Supreme Court—and if you know and appreciate anything about the structure of how this country was founded and how it is supposed to work, then it should frighten you too. … »

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The Big Tent Fallacy

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

I’ve heard enough.  I’m not sure who first put forth the idea that the Republican party should be a “Big Tent”, but I’m about ready to pack mine up and move out.  For those of you who may not be clear on the meaning of the “big tent” philosophy, it’s basically this:  our party is… »

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Eaten by a Ping Pong Table

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Elementary school was a tough time for me.  Not scholastically—I was quite smart.  No, the tough part was the physical toll life took on my little boy body.  I’ve previously referenced my four broken arms during first through fifth grade.    In first grade, I was hanging from a board that my brother and Brian… »

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Imminent Doom! Fear du Jour

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Swine flu!  Ebola!  SARS!  Flesh-eating bacteria!  Pandemic!  Asteroids!  Killer bees!  Y2K!  Nuclear war!  Trans fat!  Ice age!  Global warming!    It’s always something.  There is a culture of people in this world who wouldn’t know what to do if they didn’t have something to worry—or better yet, panic—about.  All the hyperbole, all the doom and… »

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We Don’t Live in a Democracy Part I

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.  When I was in school, I had absolutely no interest in history.  To be honest, I didn’t have a real interest in many of my classes.  It was only after college and my involvement in political campaigns that I became enthralled in the deeper meanings… »

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Why am I a Conservative? Part I

Friday, April 24th, 2009

My name is Cliff.  And I’m a conservative.  I feel like I should be in a 12-step program to acknowledge and turn away from my shame.  The term “conservative” is a bad word anymore.  We’ve been branded as bigots and hatemongers.  Despite the recent election results, I assure you the conservative movement is not dead. … »

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Abortion Laws Don’t Add Up

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Men and women are not equal.  I think it’s high time everyone stops the politically correct pandering to women and just admit the truth.  Women are helpless, indecisive, and irrational, and should therefore not be held accountable for their actions.  Lest you think I’m crazy, or merely arrogantly chauvinistic, let me assure you I am… »

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“Don’t kid yourself, Jimmy. If a cow ever got the chance, he’d eat you and everyone you care about!” — Troy McClure

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