Month: April 2016

Alabama’s conservatives must face some unpleasant facts

George Orwell once explained that his ability to write about politics – and what was obviously the source of his willingness to so sternly critique fellow socialists – came from his “power of facing unpleasant facts.” His revulsion to political tribalism and his refusal to rationalize abuses of power led…

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A conservative’s guide to opposing commencement speakers

The bright and tree-lined road leading into the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s main entrance is named for something its students should always pursue: Knowledge. Unfortunately, a few of them seem to have already left campus along a dimmer, narrower route: Ignorance. A graduate of UAH recently launched a petition…

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Huntsville’s ban on book learning will backfire

Ray Bradbury ain’t got nothing on Huntsville’s government schools. Sure, the author may have imagined a dystopian future in which books were abolished in Fahrenheit 451, but this school system in north Alabama is actually pulling it off. And now it’s getting worse. After switching from physical books to a…

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Dr. Trumplove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Donald

I was initially open-minded about Donald Trump’s presidential campaign because any unease about his inexperience with policy issues was balanced against the man’s dazzling success everywhere else. I like a winner just as much as the next guy, but I mostly liked Trump’s emphatic promise to build a wall across…

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