So youâ€™ve just been elected to the stateÂ legislature. Here are some things you should know and be prepared for. (These are based on my own experiences and observation in the political arena and are my own opinions, not those of any other individualÂ or organization.) 1. This is not a career. This is not your identity.… Continue reading Advice to New Legislators
The year was 1603. The previous monarch, Queen Elizabeth I, had just died with no direct heir and England had already endured years of instability. Elizabeth had taken the throne after the tumultuous reign of her half-sister, Mary I (also known as Bloody Mary), and had revived the fledgling English Reformation Mary had tried to… Continue reading It’s Actually Not the Most Important Election of Our Lifetime
I am currently in the middle of the biography of Napoleon Bonaparte, and was struck by what he said to the French legislature during his coup. At this particular moment, he was trying to convince the legislature to scrap the constitution and give him control of the French government: You are on a volcano. The… Continue reading Lessons from Napoleon: Statesmen Don’t Ask You To Ignore History
If only we had more politicians who thought for themselves, like Mayor Pike. If you pay any attention at all to politics, you’ve probably noticed that politicians speak a very specific language, refined over decades of political tradition specifically for the purpose of getting you to elect them and allow them to spend your money… Continue reading The Citizen’s Guide to Politician Talk
After a loooong day yesterday live-tweeting the #SCBudget debate, here are a few lessons/thoughts in no particular orderÂ (click here for an analysisÂ of the original Ways and Means budget): 1. Mandating a certain amount of revenue every year for roads sounds like a good idea, but practically speaking it just wonâ€™t happen. Or the local government… Continue reading Lessons from the 2016 #SCBudget Debate
Last week the Senate (temporarily) ended weeks of gridlock on the roads issue with a compromise amendment that removed the gas tax bill, among other things.
This may sound like a huge conservative victory, but unfortunately it isnâ€™t. Hereâ€™s why.
Believe it or not, Carson and Fiorina actually agree on this more than you might think. In spite of what you might be reading on Facebook, their positions do not disqualify either one from being a viable option for conservatives. Iâ€™m going to analyze their positions closely in just a minute, but first letâ€™s set… Continue reading Carson vs. Fiorina: Should a Muslim be President?
When we Southerners do something, we do itÂ big and loud. That includes scandal, drama, and controversy. As I’ve watched the ongoing Confederate flag debate since my last post, here are some additional thoughts that have come to mind, in no particular order. 1. This was a cultivated controversy. There wasn’t any talk about the Confederate… Continue reading Additional Thoughts on the Confederate Flag Debate
There have been a number of responses to the tragic Charleston shooting earlier this week. There’s been an outpouring of grief, support, prayer, and most lately, renewed calls for the complete removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds. This is understandable. The guy was obviously a white supremacist and his car had a… Continue reading Why Removing the Confederate Flag Is the Wrong Response to the Charleston Shooting
Thereâ€™s a lot of buzz about how a Convention of States (CoS) to amend the Constitution is the perfect solution for an out-of-control Federal government. The ugly truth, however, is that a Convention of States wouldnâ€™t fix anything and would in all likelihood make things much worse. Hereâ€™s why. 1. The current Constitution isnâ€™t… Continue reading Why I donâ€™t support a Convention of States