Clear Gun Laws, Not Clear Backpacks

This post was inspired in part by Khal Spencer’s blog posts about the gun debate and in great part to yesterday’s March For Our Lives. First, let me start off by saying that I’m a gun owner. There was even a time, several decades ago, when I joined the NRA. I thought it was dedicated … Continue reading Clear Gun Laws, Not Clear Backpacks

Facebook, Privacy, and the Constitution

I have to admit I’ve never been a big fan of Facebook, primarily for issues of privacy. I’ve largely avoided it altogether since 2016, and I consider it useful for only a few things: as a place to digitally grieve with old friends (my sister passed away recently, and Facebook is one of the places … Continue reading Facebook, Privacy, and the Constitution

Understanding America First

The America First movement is not new; it dates back to isolationist policy from before WWII. The America First Committee (AFC) had almost a million members at its peak. Most Americans didn’t want to get dragged into European wars, much as many Americans today don’t want to get dragged into foreign wars. It had a … Continue reading Understanding America First

Polling is not Leadership

On January 14 I attended an Indivisible event in Durham NC, where several speakers representing the FlipNC coalition presented strategies for breaking the supermajority in North Carolina. Their primary goal is to reduce the number of Republican seats below 60%, which would enable the Governor’s veto power and restore checks and balances. (My experience at … Continue reading Polling is not Leadership