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I Don't drink the Kool-Aid. For anyone.

An Open Letter to Sean Hannity

October 27, 2016

Dear Mr. Hannity, I just listened to the tirade you launched on your October 26 against people like me. You’re “pi**ed”. You’ve “had it” with those of us you call “Nevertrumper jerks”. We’re “idiots”, people who “think (we’re) freaking geniuses”, that we’re “the most principled people on the face of the earth”. You got so…

An Open Letter to the Writers of Open Letters

August 27, 2016

Wayne Grudem. James Garlow. Wayne Allyn Root. James Patrick Riley. An anonymous pastor’s wife. Jefrey Breshears. Over the course of the past few weeks, I’ve read “open letters” (or the equivalent, if not so named) from each of these folks (all “Christian” of some stripe), all with the same theme: Donald Drumpf is a flawed…

The Idea of Trump

April 23, 2016

I was wrong. With regard to Donald Trump, I was spectacularly wrong. I considered Donald Trump to be a spectacularly unqualified, crude, amoral, fundamentally unserious buffoon, bereft of constitutional understanding or of any concept of how one might govern this country as president. I considered his presidential campaign to be a sideshow and a joke.…

Mike, Me, and the Death of the Republican Party

March 17, 2016

I like Mike Gallagher. Not past-tense, but present-tense; I think he’s a great guy, and while I’ve had my disagreements with him in the past–and said so on this blog once or twice, and at least once, pre-Facebook days, he responded here–I’ve been a long-time listener. He loves Uber; I hope I pick him up…

The Way the Conversation Should Go (Abbreviated Version)

February 23, 2016

Somewhere in a remote, undisclosed location, four Republican candidates gather under cover of darkness… Marco (or Ted): “Men, I think you all know why I’ve called you here today. We all love our country, and we all are know that neither this country nor the conservative movement could tolerate a “President Trump”. We, men, have…

Peyton Manning is the Greatest Quarterback of All-Time*

February 7, 2016

Today, I believe we will watch Peyton Manning play his final NFL game; in fact, given his obviously-declining performance, I hope today is his final game, particularly if the Broncos win the Super Bowl, as I will be cheering hard for them to do. One of the things that has long interested me regarding my…

A midterm soliloquy.

Clarity: 7 Stanzas at Midterm

By Byron / November 16, 2022 /

Hail! The midterms are here; Let us greet them with cheer, As we suffer this national frump. We’ve got problems galore, Folks in pain, and what’s more, The Dems run D.C.; one big clump! ___ The border, inflation, Too much crime in our nation; The voters will know who to dump: Pelosi, and Schumer, And…

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Conservative? Yes, I’m 62 and Unequivocally Still a Conservative*

By Byron / July 1, 2022 /

Conservative Politics Silence I have not had a lot to say about political things recently. Oh, sure, there’ve been a few cultural issues (which have political implications) upon which I’ve weighed in, but when it comes to partisan politics, I’ve been pretty silent. Get used to it. Politics occupies way too large a place in…

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Leaving the Church over Roe?

By Byron / June 30, 2022 /

A friend recently shared with me a piece of correspondence he had had with a young lady whom he had known since childhood. In her note to him, she shared her anger and frustration with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe, and one of the things she said and reiterated is something I’ve heard…

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On Roe and Motives

By Byron / June 27, 2022 /

Roe v. Wade has now been overturned by the Supreme Court, and predictably, there are people who are thankful and happy that this has happened–I am among that number–and others who decry the decision. We knew this was coming, and so it’s no surprise to anyone. Some who support the decision have reacted inappropriately; I…

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What Can we Do?

By Byron / June 3, 2022 /

I haven’t had anything yet to say on the recent spate of horrific mass shootings, the most recent being the killing of four in a doctor’s office in Tulsa. One main reason is that I’ve decided that since the “hot take” is often the WRONG take (which doesn’t stop many from insisting on speaking, often…

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