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Give Humility a Chance

This week has killed my spirit a little bit. It began when I turned forty on Saturday.  The day itself was fun, but it marked a moment in my life I’d been dreading somewhat this entire year.  Mid-life is officially upon me, and I have little to show for it.  Yes, I have great friends and […]

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My Thought Evolution on Freedom: Remembering 9/11

Two obvious points: 1) Its been a really long time since I’ve blogged!  2) Obviously, its the 14th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11/2001. I’ll skip the boring and lame reasons for #1 and focus on #2 today.  Every year on 9/11 I feel like I should have something profound to say. I never really […]

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Tearing Down the Two Party System Benefits All

As a Minnesota Native, I disagreed with almost everything the late Democratic Senator Paul Wellstone tried to do as a politician.  But I, along with many of his colleagues on both sides of the isle, respected him for his principled stances on issues he passionately believed in.  He was an ideologue who made no apologies […]

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Executive Branch Hypocrisy

  The other day, as I finally got around to finishing up my latest copy of reason magazine (not capitalized intentionally), I apparently had saved the best for last.  If you have time to read anything on my blog this week, pick reason’s interview (by Matt Welch) of the politically left’s Jeremy Scahill as he outlines […]

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Remembering 9/11 Differently on the 12th Anniversary

So, its 9/11 today, obviously, and for the first time since it happened, I am feeling… ambivalent.  I still remember that day.  And I think its important to remember what happened, but over the past few years, my perspective on the day’s meaning and our nation’s response to the tragedy has changed quite a bit, […]

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The Forgotten Risks of Liberty: Honoring the Original Patriots

On this day 237 years ago a midst the heat of a Philadelphia summer, the Continental Congress officially adopted Thomas Jefferson’s beautifully crafted words and Declared Independence from King George and Britain. Americans have celebrated that day ever since as our Independence Day. While it has become a day of outdoor fun and family get-togethers, […]

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