Race is an exhausting topic, which up to now has led me to avoid blogging about it head on. But now we have the George Floyd protests and the election and Father's Day coming up, and I'm feeling a lot of pressure to get more articulate about race. I've only written two sentences and already … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Race
A lot of questions are being raised during the current virus situation about the value of a college education. Education feels like an optional activity, one that can be delayed and postponed until it is safer for such non-essential activities. Amid this squishiness of sentiment toward education, particularly college eduction, we have a mass exodus … Continue reading In defense of face-to-face lectures
This is a post for the Love and Family section of this blog, as well as Politics in the News. In light of the drug epidemic our country is facing, it seems worth while to work through our thoughts on possible ways forward in order to better evaluate our country's political dialogue and policy responses. … Continue reading Thoughts on the Drug Epidemic
The vital importance of the American soldier in the past seemed much more self-evident than it does today. From the Revolution to World War II, the United States soldier carried a reputation and esteem that went nearly unquestioned -- at least in the popular imagination of today. Today, however, we need to force it a … Continue reading Has Weapons Technology Diminished the American Soldier?
Behold, the power of belief is revealed, and there, thrown aside, is the truth. The word enthusiasm represents to many people energy and passion. It has a more extreme sense, indicating a sort of enflaming of the spirit or becoming filled with spirit, or filled with a god. Enthusiasm in sound and meaning is related to … Continue reading On enthusiasm for the Bible, for Trump, and other things
There is a real tension between talking and doing. In the present election cycle, establishment politicians are the talkers, and who are the doers? Well, Trump and his supporters, who are going to "make America great again." But notice that just as politicians have their reputation for not getting anything done, Trump and his supporters … Continue reading Protecting your Heart from Itself: A Response to “Let’s Talk?”
In a recent interview, Jerry Springer opined that the public's dislike of Washington has been brewing for so long that it was inevitable that an outsider would be chosen to shake things up. Springer smartly observed that such a person would have to be famous, and the main ways of getting famous are through sports … Continue reading Trump, Jerry Springer, and the Destruction of Our Cultural Institutions
Trump's Wall is similar to JFK's call to put a man on the moon. It is big, it is ambitious, and it is declared in the face of tremendous skepticism. It promises a great sense of accomplishment for our nation, a great act of self-assertion. Gingrich last time around tried something like this in proposing … Continue reading Trump and the Wall
There is tremendous confusion over the authority of religion. Gay marriage is now legal in the United States after a long and bitter culture battle. ISIS is a serious threat, making religion seem uniquely accommodating to extremism and hence an unfortunate institution altogether. Scripture is constantly under scrutiny by those looking to either smear it … Continue reading 3 End of Year Observations
Graham is the senior senator from South Carolina, < 1% in national polls, and I'm finishing a Ph.D. in political science applying for academic jobs. So why am I doing this?