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28 December 2014 - On the Proactive Avoidance of Relationship Regret
I’m sometimes asked whether I get depressed about not having married or sired offspring. Usually well-intentioned, the question nevertheless is curious, insofar as it rests on two assumptions: First, that marriage and family are normative and deviation therefrom is a sign of loss or defect, and second, that I am unaware of what I’m missing so therefore I should pine for it.
26 May 2014 - Epochs, Ideology and the Things That Matter
I want conservatives, in particular, to advance a coherent framework that tells me what kind of America we aspire to in the year 2114. Don’t recite policy — recite the principles that policy will be shaped by.
04 May 2014 - Donald Sterling and the Consequences of Disallowed Opinions
There’s an increasingly virulent strain of moral absolutism afoot in contemporary political discourse. It’s not isolated to the Left or the Right. Rather, it infests the entire debate. This absolutism casts people with whom we disagree not just as errant, but as inferior — as not deserving of basic human dignity and to whom no quarter shall be offered.
25 December 2013 - Blessings, Old and New
Christmas isn’t about gifts, or decorations, or cookies or anything else. More than anything, it’s a state of mind that says two things simultaneously. First, in that ancient Christian tradition, we are invited to reflect on the miracle of life and the saving power of innocence in the face of worldly adversity. Second, we are called to impose our own meaning on the world around us, to choose to find reasons for joy … or not.
08 September 2013 - On Security, Liberty and Government Action
We can have better security policies that don’t impinge upon citizen liberty. The question is, Will we do the right thing, even though it’s harder, or do the convenient thing that’s less effective but easier to demagogue?
25 August 2013 - Bradley Manning and the Politics of Gender Identification
The press, by hopping without question aboard the “she is now Chelsea” bandwagon, puts its own ideological interests ahead of the public good. The situation serves as a bit of a tell in the culture wars: You can infer quite a bit about a publication based on how it handles the Bradley/Chelsea question — whether the point’s ignored, accepted without comment or handled as an alias.
29 July 2013 - G.R.’s Third Ward Race: Thoughts about @TuffelmireforGR and @ElectSenita
Lenear would probably be less accessible but also do less violence to my belief system. Tuffelmire would probably be easy to engage but he’d be an activist in government for policies that I oppose.
14 July 2013 - Grand Rapids Isn’t Portand
Drip by drip, the things that made Grand Rapids great are being eroded in service to a faux cosmopolitanism prevalent among our current batch of leaders. Apparently, it’s not enough to have a great city if we’re not whispered about with envy among the Professional Planning Apparatchiks at various national conventions and left-leaning think tanks.
30 June 2013 - Thoughts re: SCOTUS Rulings on DOMA/Prop8
Last week witnessed a rainbow-colored celebration coupled with furrowed brows after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and kicked back California’s Proposition 8 case back because plaintiffs lacked standing.