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Political games in repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

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I don’t know which was the bigger snow job – the winter storm in the Northeast last week, or the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) last month.

If you are willing to think outside your comfort zone, read on, but fair warning, my views on repealing the prohibition on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military just might alienate everyone on both sides of the argument. Read More»

Bipartisanship is overrated

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Every time I see TV pundits discussing politics and lamenting how one of the parties is obstructing the other’s “progress,” I have to wonder whether they are shills for the blocked party or merely naive children. Our system was designed purposely to be slow in making change, with one side blocking the other when government is divided among divergent views. Read More»

Fiddling while America burns

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Count me as a conservative pleased at the results of the recent election, but fully expecting to be disappointed by my own Republican Party.

How many struggles between Republicans and Democrats will be over foundation issues that really matter? Who will take up the cause of regaining control over a bloated and arrogant federal government that uses the fig leaf of the Commerce Clause to justify reaching into every crevice of our lives? Who will champion returning the federal government to the constraints of its enumerated powers in the constitution? Probably nobody. Read More»

Diminishing ranks of veterans

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Veterans Day brings back the memory that when I was a boy more than half the men I knew had served their country. Now, when you factor out aging and dying veteran bubbles of WWII, Korea and Vietnam, by my estimate less than 5 percent of our citizens will know what it means to serve.

While the all-volunteer military wants to keep it that way, I doubt making military service rare is good for the country. Read More»

Can we keep this republic?

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As mid-term elections draw near, the chatter of TV news escalates in points and counter-points of the political tug-of-war. Whether you are on the left or right in the arguments, if you can set aside pre-conceived notions long enough to read this column, please consider that much of the noise completely misses the larger point. Read More»

The arrogance of power and an April morning

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Whether you are liberal or conservative, you should be troubled by the increasingly common power grabs in our nation’s capital.

Maybe the framers of the U.S. Constitution were particularly insightful on human nature when they gave limited, enumerated powers to the federal government and reserved all other powers for the people and the states. I think the framers feared the corrupting influence of power, having just fought a war for independence from a king who created taxes and laws at the stroke of a pen that oppressed British subjects in America. Read More»

Never forget the sacrifices made for you

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Last week Timothy Parker wrote that we do not spend sufficient time honoring our parents and grandparents for their sacrifice in WWII when they saved the world. I couldn’t agree more.

Maybe Mr. Parker, who wrote of his father’s WWII service, won’t mind my piggybacking to write about my father, also a Navy man.

Dad was a Navy corpsman on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. That’s all I knew growing up because Dad was a simple man, not a blabbermouth like me, and he didn’t talk about it. Read More»

Hands off private property like gas golf carts

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Last week I wrote of the prospect of banning gas golf carts in Peachtree City because some say they are noisy and stink, and that it seems symptomatic of the nanny-state drift of expecting government to solve our every petty problem.

What about the private property rights of those who own gas golf carts? When should government be compelled to intrude into a citizen’s private property? Read More»

Tyranny of the majority on display in PTC

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The Peachtree City Council is considering a ban on gas-driven golf carts, granting preference to 95 percent of the people like me who purchased an electric golf cart.

I know the mayor and City Council members are good people, working hard for all of us with the best intentions. But I do hope those leaning toward the gas golf cart ban will consider what may appear at first to be an outrageous observation, that this tiny and local golf cart issue is symptomatic of a national breakdown in what we expect our government to do. Read More»

Businesses vote ‘no confidence’ in Obama

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As I watch Obama administration officials, and the President himself, talk on TV news about stimulating the economy, holding jobs summits and discussing techniques to motivate business to hire new employees, I can’t help but wonder if it were a Broadway production whether it would be classified as a comedy or a tragedy. Maybe a farce. Read More»

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