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Ed Psych Phd student. USMC Reserve/IraqVet. I like wonky politics, but I also have feet on mid-western ground: literally and figuratively. Research: Motivation

The rise of populism in America has created an opportunity as well as tumult. In order to address the concerns of this movement, we must understand it and the people that form the bedrock of this political group. This article is approaching our current populist movement from a conservative perspective and with conservative solutions. I believe there are three pillars of populism: comfort, materialism, and class conflict.

Comfort

Comfort holds the first position due to its influence on the human psyche. Humans adapt easily to new normals and quickly forget how difficult that past actually was. This reminds me of 2014…


I’m not the biggest Rush Limbaugh fan. I’m not the most devoted or even a frequent listener. That doesn’t mean that he didn’t influence me as he did many others. I did like to listen to Rush when the opportunity arose, at least for the first hour. Mainly, I appreciated his insight into the daily news. Over the years, I have been a more consistent listener of Mark Levin until 2017. I still have great respect for Rush and Mark, but there is something belittling about daily politics.

I have long wanted to be a radio talk show host. My…


A modern, scientific version of conservatism.

I hesitate to use the river analogy, but nothing better came to me while I took my walk in the woods. I’m sure it has been used many times before, but I hope to use the analogy to argue for conservatism in a new way. Lets begin.

Human society is like a river. Left unmolested, the strongest current bends the river by slowly eroding away the edges. Once through the bend however, the edges form anew. …


Originally, I had planned to write a positive piece about creativity in life and its importance to conservatism. Due to the inauguration, I’ll admit the election had came back to mind several times this week, including trying to read every article in the Wall Street Journal that discussed it. Then, this video cemented my mind change on my weekly subject: https://thenationalpulse.com/breaking/rand-paul-vote-fraud/

(FYI, I have no idea what The National Pulse is, but I’m only interested in the video posted).

First, let me say I’m not a Q or whatever the hell they call themselves.

Rand Paul is 100% correct in…


Why does dignity matter?

In the difficult moments of life, dignity reassures us of our worth and enables us to persist. The lack of dignity can cause hopelessness. Loosely defined, dignity is the intrinsic worth of a person. An individual has value to themselves. It is an affirmation of personhood and identity within a community.

While searching for a palatable description of dignity, I stumbled across this text by Alphonso Lingis in The Humanistic Psychologist: “…[dignity] can only appear as a side effect of doing other things well, aiming at outside objectives.” Lingis’ description of patience also guides us in…


I have struggled with this reality for several years, and it seems to be getting worse, not better. Simply, many Americans wish we had a monarchy instead of a republic. You see the same impulse on the left and the right (i.e. Bush, Clinton, cult of Obama, and now the cult of Trump). There is talk in the cult of Trump that Trump Jr. should run in 2024, if Sr. chooses not to. Are there no other options? There are plenty, but I believe we are restricted due to our investment in politics (usually very little, although more so in…


As a whole, humanity lives longer than ever. The most recent impressive gains has been in the 3rd world, but the west has been steadily increasing in age due to lower death rates and lower fertility rates. This phenomena is welcome, but it is completely foreign to the human condition.

Childhood death rates have gone from around 3,000 per 100,00 to less than 100 per 100,000. That amount of alleviated suffering is incalculable.

American deaths from wars have declined greatly since WWII and more so in Iraq and Afghanistan. Homicide is way down from highs in the 90s along with…


The short answer is most people. But this depends on your definition of authoritarianism. In most contexts authoritarianism is a governmental system of centralized government that controls the populace. For this definition, it is safe to say that at least 1/3 of Americans want the government to control everything. Well, almost everything. Few people would give up control that they believed they have, especially in their personal lives. However, many would trade control for security. Far from being unusual or extreme, this is the human condition. The state of nature is fraught with mortal perils. It might not be as…


First, lets define some terms. In my opinion, a “normiecon” is a conservative regardless of Trump and his influence. Many call this a ‘sometimes’ Trumper. That is probably the most accurate characterization in the current vernacular. Trump has enacted some great policies and his boisterousness and vulgarity has distracted from some truly historic accomplishments. Post election refers specifically to lawsuits in battleground states, the evidence presented (or necessary), and the press conferences/media circus during this time.

Calm down. Seriously, calm TF down. As of right now it is 11/23/2020. Presidential elections aren't certified until mid December, and Presidents aren't sworn…


I agree that using or implying the use of power by an American president to investigate a political rival abroad is improper. The risk is clear in French’s article: “How easy would it be for a nation desperate for American aid to make a “finding” of wrongdoing that assists the very man who controls the receipt of vital military aid?” (https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/09/the-ukraine-story-isnt-a-story-about-the-media/)

1. Improper is not illegal.

2. Not illegal does not mean conservatives should ignore it or explain it away.

Sadly, what other options are there? Ukraine has stated that it will open the investigation with an “official request” from…

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