In 1861, the United States was divided between those who wanted to end slavery and those who wanted to keep it. Nearly every issue was viewed through the lens of slavery. Had that paradigm remained in place, it would have been nearly impossible to keep the country together. Thus, Abraham Lincoln spoke of the great experiment that was the United States: a government of the people, by the people and for the people. He did not crusade against slavery as much as he could have. He said, “[i]f I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.” Even though (or perhaps because) Lincoln knew that there was a correct side to the slavery issue, he rose above it. He reminded the country that if the United States failed, the world would lose something. And before his end, Lincoln accomplished the greatest paradigm shift in American history: a grammatical one. Before the war, the common phrase was, “the United States are . . . ” however after the war, the common phrase became, “the United States is . . . ”

The mission of this blog is to attempt to rise above the fray of the political cycle. Ninety-five percent of people issuing opinions on controversial topics would have us believe that there is an easy answer: theirs. However, if the answers were obvious, the topics usually wouldn’t be so controversial. Thus, in this space, I attempt to articulate the most reasonable arguments on both sides of a controversial issue before coming to a conclusion. And perhaps, on occasion, we can come to some new and better ways of looking at tough issues.

Finally, I attempt to face issues that do not lend themselves to my easy resolution. Read a liberal blog and you will hear plenty about which environmental policies could best reduce global warming, but rarely will you read about what the government could do to make the United States a better place to do business. Read a conservative blog and you will find the reverse. It is easy for a conservative to talk about business, but it is not interesting. We know how that movie ends: lower taxes, reduced regulation. We know how the liberal environmental movie ends too: clean energy, carbon taxes. Thus, this blog will be a movie without so clear of an ending, and its characters will not fall neatly into the categories of good and evil.

As always, enjoy.


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