Nov 172015

This blog post is making the rounds. It’s hit me from a couple of places. The author took longer with it than I would have, so I’m glad he wrote it. Maybe I’ll figure out how to resonate with the populace to such a degree one day.

God be with friends and family of those lost in the murderous terrorist attacks in Paris.

A sensible foreign policy speaks to both the United States’ role in the world and its border security (which are really two sides of the same thing). The bottom line is that there is going to be a biggest kid on the block. Recorded history bears this out. Either there is an unambiguous strongest power, or widespread war.

Can you name a period to the contrary?

If I may twist a well-known axiom about politics: you may not be interested in foreign relations, but foreign relations are interested in you. It is dangerous and naive to think that minimizing American influence in the world is desirable. There are two big reasons:

  • All countries do not share our world view. For the United States to desire mutually beneficial trade relationships and no “meddling” in others’ affairs sounds great—until you consider that there are a great many people in the world still interested in taking by force, if they think they can get away with it.

    “I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.” – Margaret Thatcher

    Lasting peace tends to result from complete surrender of the vanquished, and nothing short of it.

  • The biggest kid on the block promulgates values more effectively than any other. Fashionable to hate on the U.S., but as bad a beating as personal liberty has taken, where does it still have the best chance in the world? The United States influencing is better than any other country in the world influencing. Do you disagree?

No, I’m not the least bit interested in declaring war on Islam at large. I know too many adherents who are good people.

But I am interested in a president—in a world—unafraid to state the obvious fact that terrorist acts are overwhelmingly committed by radical Islamic fundamentalists. I am interested in a president—in a world—unafraid to point out that even standard grade school curricula in Saudi Arabia contain appalling hatred and intolerance, inconsistent with civilized society.

I am interested in a president—in a world—who shall name the enemy, fearlessly, and defeat it.

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Nov 162015

Facebook wasn’t a great place for political discussion when I left two years ago. I think it’s gotten worse since, actually.

I’ve actually lamented here before that the political exchange on Facebook is a dangerous one because, above and beyond the risk of damaged personal relationships, it carries with it the illusion that you’ve actually engaged.

It’s a great thing for a viewpoint to withstand genuine critical and examination and survive. But that’s nearly never what happens on Facebook, is it? Ever see a mind changed? I have, but it’s rare. Most of the time there’s a lot of red meat flying around, with negligible persuasion occurring. Then, slink off. Last time until the next time.

I’m trying to stay mostly out of it this time around on Facebook. I mean, I’m not keeping secrets. I call myself what I believe I am on my profile, and sometimes a like or comment on someone else’s stuff might tip my hand. But I just don’t want to spend extended time on Facebook arguing politics. is a good place for it, though!

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Nov 102015

I’ve not looked too deeply into the precise origin of the notion that plain red cup wrappers instead of red cup wrappers with snowflakes are an attack on Christmas, but I’ve picked up enough here and there to be satisfied that it’s not as presented. It’s viral marketing, or a joke, or something similar. The […]

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Nov 042015

I have a personal profile on Facebook again. It’s been more than two years since that was the case, and the page has been gone for almost a year. Why return? It’s simple, really. When I left, I had significant privacy concerns with Facebook. I still do, but now, they’re just another head on […]

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