A reflection on the compelling ideology without a real purpose.

In 2017, after I had left the Republican Party, I was seeking a new political home. It would be two years and an introduction to Elizabeth Warren’s policy ideas before I was comfortable enough to join the Democratic Party, but along the way, I had a stop with the Libertarian Party. Now, any good libertarian will tell you there’s a difference between the ideological “small-L” libertarians and the “big-L” Libertarian members of the Party. But I was a “small-L” libertarian as a Republican Party member, having supported the legalization of…


American freedoms have never been secured by acting within the system.

Last weekend, California Representative Katie Porter held an outdoor town hall. A place and platform to share ideas, to speak to and address a member of American elected leadership, town halls are one of the best ways for American citizens to engage in the peaceful process of a liberated society. In a free society, ideas reign. In a liberal democracy, where tolerance and mediation are king, debates can happen peacefully as we deliberate the courses we wish to take as a group. We take a vote, the winning group…


America has a Christian problem.

Mealtime was sacred in my family growing up. Everyone would come to the table, mom and dad would have set dishes out for everyone and the community bowls would sit in the middle. We’d take our seats, the room would calm, we would take our neighbors’ hands, and we would pray. Pray for what? Thanks, mostly, but that question loomed over my head for every meal that I can remember as a child. My sister’s eyes were squeezed really hard, my brothers had theirs shut too, mom and dad’s eyes were shut as one of…


Strength is half the story. Kindness is the balance.

I was not a morning person growing up. In truth, I’m still not much of a morning person. I’ve always found that they kind of annoyed me, that I was grouchy in the morning and everyone should be the same just until I am able to wake up and brush my teeth and pour a cup of hot coffee. In many ways, my mom and I are very similar, but this is not one of them. I remember mornings in the school year where mom would bound down the hallway, dogs…


Policing in the United States has made liberty a laughable fantasy for too many.

“Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.” — John Locke

Every once in a while the United States of America shows us what it is, truly. It reveals itself from under the mint-green veneer of “bring me your tired, your poor,” and shows that dark and rotting underbelly that exists beneath the talk of life, liberty, and property. Beneath the symbolism, the patriotic odes to itself, and the self-serving desire to never reflect on the realism…


The only way to handle a fascist uprising is to crush them so thoroughly they cannot rise again.

“A good plan executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week.” -Gen. George S. Patton

This week we watched as, bearing tarnished and altered versions of the American flag and the flag of their king Trump, rioters and insurrectionists assaulted the seat of American power at the U.S. Capitol. …


The Christian case for Progressive Government

Growing up in the Church can leave many scarred and traumatized by the enactment of the Word of God. It can also cause deep conflicts within our own faith, and how that faith intersects with other parts of our lives. As the progressive, openly bisexual son of a pastor, I understand that conflict in a very real and meaningful way. As I write this, my more progressive readers and those within the LGBTQ community will find some things in here that may bring some of those feelings and traumas back to the surface. It…


How I became a Progressive after being a Tea Party Conservative

We’ve all been there. You were sitting at your computer, looking at your pay stub, and you got angry about taxes. You wondered what your money could possibly be doing in Washington. Maybe you turned on the news that night and saw the latest campaign finance violation, or the bill written by lobbyists that could generously be described as lining the pockets of those who never even had to look at their paychecks. Maybe it was the healthcare debate in 2008 and 2009, in the midst of the TARP…


The President has one in the chamber, and he’s pointing it at Democracy.

As the walls close in on President Trump, his behavior becomes more and more unhinged.

The President of the United States went back to the White House on Monday.

Five years ago, you’d have read that sentence and you might have thought it was a silly thing to note. Of course the President went back to the White House on Monday, that’s his home. But in the age of Trump, it was a full news event. Why? Because the President tacitly admitted by his actions that he cannot protect the American public any more than he can protect himself. The President caught…


The incompatibility of the evangelical political movement and democratic society

“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” -Hebrews 11:1

I’m not a religious man. I don’t go to church on Sundays anymore, and I don’t pray to a Christian god, but I grew up in the teachings of the church. I was baptized in evangelicalism and confirmed in a fervent Christian faith which developed ultra-conservative politics for the first 23 years of my life. I was an evangelical conservative. I was staunchly against gay marriage, despite wrestling with my own sexuality. I was…

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