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The 2nd Amendment

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” ….. Let’s start with some basic history of the 2nd Amendment. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights and was... Read more »

Conservative media

Conservative media, its manipulation of reality and the minds of millions of Americans, is the biggest problem facing our country. I know what you’re thinking: “come on, the biggest problem isn’t conservative media. That’s silly. The biggest problem is our debt or Iran getting a nuclear weapon or similar”. But that is not the case... Read more »

Capital punishment

I used to be pro-death penalty but not so much anymore. Don’t get me wrong, if someones guilt is 100% certain, ie, the person admits guilt and there is no doubt at all (think anti-government, right wing nut Tim McVeigh), I do think the death penalty is appropriate. But excepting this rare situation I am... Read more »
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Prostitution

Do you believe that private business transactions between two consenting adults should be legal? If so, you should be for the legalization of prostitution. Before I proceed, no one, including myself, is advocating that all prostitution be legal. No one wants 15 year old girls on the street servicing old men from the suburbs in... Read more »

Medicinal marijuana

The federal legalization of medicinal marijuana is favored by the vast majority of Americans:(http://justsaynow.firedoglake.com/2011/11/18/77-percent-support-medical-marijuana/). But many if not most republicans are against this. They hypocritically scream about liberty and freedom but then insist that they be able to get in between a doctor and his patient. This is absurd. Just as it is absurd for... Read more »

Prayer in public school

This is one of republicans favorite “go to” issues used to demonize democrats. They state that liberals are fighting Christianity and Christians liberty in particular by not allowing prayer in public school classrooms. First, let us lay the groundwork for this discussion. We are not talking about religious schools here. There has never been an... Read more »
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The liberal "War on Christmas"

About 10 years ago I started hearing right wing talk radio hosts complain about liberals starting a “War On Christmas”. They based their accusation on the fact that many retailers were removing the “Merry Christmas” signs in store fronts and replacing them with “Happy Holidays”. The self described conservative “entertainers” claimed this was an affront... Read more »

Conservatives against a person's right to die

Conservatives are against a person’s right to die (euthanasia/death with dignity/Hemlock Society) . They take this anti-liberty position due to their religious belief that states “only God can take life”. For those unfamiliar, what a “right to die” refers to is a persons right to control his or her life, or death, in the case... Read more »

Conservatives against science

Conservatives are not against all science, just the tenets that conflict with their two goals, make money and push Christianity. Before I begin I will recommend reading both “The Republican War On Science” and “The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science – and Reality” by Chris Mooney. They’re great books and detail... Read more »
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Conservatives against gay rights

Conservatives are against most gay rights: Conservatives adamantly oppose rights for gay and lesbian people. Their position is based, not surprisingly, on their religion. They constantly talk about the bible and how it clearly says being gay is an “abomination”. I have also heard conservatives describe homosexuals as “abominations”, “pedophiles”, “deviants”, “disgusting”, “perverts”, “anti-God” among... Read more »
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    Born in Charlotte NC, raised in Atlanta Ga and attended college at Auburn University in Alabama where I earned a bachelors degree in political science and public administration. I had planned to attend law school after graduation but after four years of undergrad work the thought of getting right back into a classroom held little interest for me. Instead I spent several years in a variety of positions in customer service, retail and the financial industry. Eventually I ended up in aviation, specifically as a pilot, earning the ratings of instructor, commercial and Airline Transport Pilot. With that came jobs flying single engine trainers, light multi-engine aircraft, turbo-props, regional jets and my current job at the helm of an MD-83. Besides the aforementioned cities I have also resided in Houston, Dallas, Boston, Miami/Ft Lauderdale, Orlando, Cincinnati and now the City of Chicago. I've traveled extensively, having been in every major American city at least a dozen times and also many international destinations. While I enjoy flying jet airplanes I've realized over the years that my true love is government. I read voraciously every day, various newspapers, periodicals and non-fiction publications. Some of my favorite authors are great thinkers like Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Friedman, Deepak Chopra, Fareed Zakaria, Dr Sanjay Gupta, Christopher Hitchens, Steven Levitt and of course the geniuses Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking. I have a great admiration for intelligence, educational achievement and a thorough knowledge of the world and its peoples. Finally, I must also admit spending a significant amount of time listening to talk radio and TV, both liberal and conservative. Unfortunately most of it is juvenile and misrepresents reality but listening to it keeps me informed of what the average Joe on the street is thinking. In summary, I love studying and debating politics. My education, both formal and informal, combined with extensive travel and exposure to various cultures and people, gives me significant knowledge and experience on which to base my opinions and arguments. My goal with this blog is to engage with other rationale and reasonable thinkers who love our country and wish to see it move forward via logical public policy initiatives.

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