The Last Ship and our Oath of Office

While watching The Last Ship: Scuttle, Captain Slattery of the Nathan James said the following: “We always have a choice.” The situation was the same as that faced by officers of all ranks and types throughout history: Should we follow orders when they conflict with law, instruction, regulation, and even what society at large would […]

Separation of Church and State – Revisited

Ok, I’ve thought about it, and here’s what I think: First the Constitution specifically forbids any religious test (Article VI, Section 3). So, Jeff Sessions was wrong on that point. You cannot exclude any candidate for public office or government appointee on the basis of their religious beliefs (or lack thereof).   HOWEVER, “separation of […]

Solving America’s Problems Requires Clear Thinking

Yesterday I stumbled across a rather insightful editorial by Bart Hinkle at the Richmond Times.  He demonstrated such clear thinking that I wrote the author a letter, presented here with minor corrections for spelling, punctuation, and grammar: I found your recent article to be very insightful.  It is a fascinating look at what ails America […]

Second Amendment Definitions: Well Regulated – Militia – Arms – Shall

Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court have continually tripped over the meaning of these four simple words: well regulated militia arms shall Their ineptitude astounds me.  The only plausible explanation is that instead of examining what the words actually mean, and supporting and defending them as required by their oaths of office and the […]

The Easy Alternative to ObamaCare

We HAVE a “real alternative” to ObamaCare. It’s called Medicaid, “a social health care program for families and individuals with low income and limited resources.” Unfortunately, like the Veterans Administration, it’s largely mismanaged.When something’s not working properly in the government, however, you DO NOT:1. Create something new to run alongside it.2. Throw money at it […]

The Supreme Court is NOT the Final Arbiter

A friend recently stated “SCOTUS is the final arbitrator [sic] of whether it is correct or not. The checks and balances ends there.” He was wrong.  Here’s my reply: You’re usually right on target, so I’m really surprised you missed this one by a mile. So, if you would, please tell me again what what […]