Archive for November 2012

The Politics of the Clothesline

Yesterday I ambled towards my cottage, returning from putting the cattle out to pasture for the evening. The sun was sinking low in the Texas sky, turning the clouds to faint orange and brilliant pink. As I neared my humble abode, I saw my ...

The Next Conservatism (redux)

Back in 2007, Republicans were smarting over a mid-term defeat. Paul Weyrich and Gary S. Lind offered an analysis that sounds like it could have been written today: The only surprise about the Republican debacle in the 2006 congressional el...

On ‘The Fall’ and That Obama Video

Yes, yes. I know the election is over and, as a third-party voter myself, I don’t believe I’ll smell like sour grapes here regarding the results, but still there’s something about that Obama video. It’s the one where actress Lena Dunham com...

Reflections on the Revolution in America

This article first appeared in Ethika Politika, the Journal of the Center for Morality in Public Life.  To all appearances, nothing happened. On Monday, we had a Democratic President, a Democratic Senate, and a Republican House, and on Wedn...

FPR in NYT

In the NYT this morning, David Brooks has a column titled “The Conservative Future.”  While many on the main-stream right are despairing over the dismal results of the election, there are a few “hot spots” that point...

On Thanks-Giving

Hidden Springs Lane. It’s been a long political season. Some Americans are excited about the prospect of an Obama second term. Others are despondent. Many on both sides are exhausted. As the nation decompresses from what seemed a nearly int...