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‘Today you get to say I told you so.’

‘Today sir, I don’t want to…but I did bloody tell you.’” — Alfred Pennyworth

It is difficult to overestimate how pessimistic I felt about the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency when his candidacy caught fire in 2015. Taking into account his temperament, his incoherent and bizarre ideology, and his openly authoritarian instincts I thought him not only unfit, but a genuine threat to the people and government of the United States should he accede to the presidency. …


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Drawing back the bed’s four-poster curtains, the old man immediately felt the sunlight flooding the bed-chamber. Shadows from the windowpanes played against the walls, which had been recently finished and painted after years of growing chipped, wrinkled, and cracked. Slowly clambering out and removing his night-cap, he paused for a moment as a thought crept into his mind. Exactly one year ago this very morning, he had woken up and prepared for another ordinary day at his place of his business. Nothing to anticipate, and certainly nothing to celebrate. …


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“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’” — Romans 12:19

“‘Deserves it!’ I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” — J.R.R. Tolkien

Earlier this month, the federal government carried out three executions, exercising its death-penalty prerogative for the first time in seventeen years. The three inmates executed — Daniel Lee, Wesley Purkey, and Dustin Honken — had all been found guilty of the sorts of crimes for which the death penalty is reserved: murder, rape, kidnapping, attempting to set up a “white ethnostate” in Mr. …


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“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.” — Proverbs 12:1

“No, Walter, you’re not wrong, you’re just an asshole.” — Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski

Confederate statues are once again in the news, which gives me pause. A few years back, when this controversy was rearing its head nationwide, I decided to make my thoughts on the subject known in The Federalist, a conservative news site that regularly accepts pieces from freelance writers (as a libertarian at the edges of the conservative umbrella, I once felt I had a home there - why I no longer feel that way is a story for another day). …


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“Whoever says to the guilty, ‘You are innocent,’ will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations. But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come on them.” — Proverbs 24:24–25

“Grandpappy told my pappy ‘Back in my day son, a man had to answer for the wicked that he’d done.’” — Willie Nelson

The killing of George Floyd and episodes of malicious, tyrannical behavior by police amid subsequent protests have demonstrated a raft of problems with distubing prevalence in police departments across the country. Racism, an excessive and escalatory propensity for violence, senses of alienation and hostility toward the citizens they are charged with serving, a lack of respect for essential rights; these are played out on screen when we watch an officer kneel on a prostrated man’s neck and suffocate him; when we see police kill innocents like Breonna Taylor and David McAtee without consequence; when we see officers manhandle and nearly kill a lone, unarmed senior citizen; when we see a man standing still and professing his compassion and empathy for the officers in front of him dragged away in handcuffs. …


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“Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’” Genesis 2:18

Recently, a meme has been recurring in my news feed. I’m not sure where exactly it originated, but here it is:

If I wanted to be a pedantic concern-troll in criticizing this, I would point out that for many people being asked and/or forced to sit on one’s couch also means losing one’s job, or at least one’s paycheck. I’m not going to do that though, because it’s unproductive and because I know this meme is a joke. However, I do think it is worth taking seriously the difficulties that arise from the social distancing measures we are taking in response to COVID-19, even for those who are able to work from home and economically capable of riding out the pandemic. While they obviously pale in comparison to the trials of war, they are trials of their own kind which are not to be downplayed. …

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Matt Boomer

Recovering Californian; adopted Texan; forever Irish.

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