The Party of Lincoln

Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter series was a great wizard, by all accounts. He was the only wizard that Voldemort (the bad guy) ever feared, and he was well-respected by his enemies, allies, and pupils. Read More…

How Left is Too Left?

My grandfather got sick a few weeks ago, so my family and I spent a lot of time in the hospital. While we were there, as so often happens, there was another family that we saw pretty regularly. We didn’t interact with them too much, but they were friendly. They seemed like a good, southern, Christian family. Read More…

Conflating Military Might and Colin Kaepernick

My older brother is a lieutenant in the US Navy.

For as long as I’ve known my brother, he’s always been obsessed with the military. He was always going on about fighter jets and helicopters, wartime carriers and submarines. He’d tell me stories about military strategy and how we won this battle and that, and I’d listen, but sometimes only half paying attention. Read More…

McCain and the Aisle

We all know by now that Senator John McCain has passed away over the weekend. Every living US President has offered condolences to his family, including (finally) President Trump. His colleagues have issued statements of support for a man who many of them considered to be a friend, and the news cycle has been dominated by tales of his heroism and courage. His legacy as a world-class “maverick” is forever imprinted on the hearts of Americans. Read More…

“Or Even Worse, [Words] Can Teach Hate”

What’s interesting about the whole ordeal at the US-Mexico border is not only how it came to be, but the messaging that got us to this point. If it wasn’t so terrifying, I’d be impressed. Most people polled in the country are opposed to the way these Central Americans are being treated at our border, but 55% of Republicans support the policy of family separation, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll. Read More…