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September 13, 2019

The following was written by Bob Burch, my friend and frequent guest on the podcast who last appear on Episode 39 – Variety vs Equality.

I have read about the tiff between Democrat presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke and Meghan McCain on the topic of how gun owning Americans will react to the proposed gun confiscations and red flag laws.  And my first thought was that it is frightening how prophetic history can be.

I have been reading Volkogonov’s b...

August 30, 2019

Here’s a scenario you may have never mulled over: You’re having a conversation with a complete stranger when he announces, in no uncertain terms, that he’s a Nazi.

Should you punch him?

Doubtless, we’re highly unlikely to ever face this situation as the Nazi regime was punched into oblivion over half a century ago.  But I was surprised to learn just how many Should You Punch Nazis? articles are out there.  With the rise of the alt-Right and white s...

August 23, 2019

I'm taking the week off from the blog as I prepare for another series.  Here are some intriguing, inspiring, thought-provoking, and powerful quotes from conservative thinkers to tide you over until I return:

G. K. Chesterton, English writer/philosopher

“It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.”

“Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God.”

“Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discus...

August 16, 2019

This week’s post will be a relatively short one as I’m coming off of a five-part series on how conservatives differ from liberals.  But a Twitter thread shared by Vince Coglianese, Editorial Director at the Daily Caller, caught my attention.  The thread consisted of little to no commentary but listed stat after stat, article after article, depicting an alarmingly dire plight for Millennials.

Here’s a sample:

July 23, 2019

The following was written by guest blogger Justin Stapley.  His bio appears at the the end of the post.

Last month here at the Saving Elephants blog, my good friend Josh Lewis weighed in on the growing conflict among American conservatives over the continuing viability of classical liberal ideas.  I agree with many things in his piece.  Observers of this ever-increasing conflict might find it interesting to note that while Josh admits he is “compe...

June 28, 2019

As I was watching the Democratic debates this week I found myself asking, why are presidential debates boring and hard to sit through?  Was it always this way?  While political pundits will be dissecting and analyzing the candidates’ responses for days to come, I’d like to offer some observations on the state of presidential debates themselves.

Last I checked, the New York Times has identified twenty-four candidates seeking the Democratic nominati...

June 21, 2019

I’m old enough to remember an era when those on the Right who had disagreements responded with tools such as reason, discussion, and persuasion.  On occasion debates offered in good faith would descend into name-calling, but this was the exception and not the rule.  Today, far too many bypass the toolkit and go straight to name-calling.  When that doesn’t work, they descend to threats and intimidation.

I had such an encounter recently an...

June 14, 2019

There is a debate currently raging within Western conservatism that has the potential to erupt in a full-fledged civil war.  Both sides—in my opinion—have legitimate beefs with the other side and come from intellectually-sound foundations.  But one side—again, in my opinion—is largely occupied by representatives teetering on the edge of operating in bad faith and at risk of abandoning any semblance of conservatism whatsoever.  Let me begin with w...

June 7, 2019

I’m taking time away from blogging this week due to some unanticipated interruptions, but I didn’t want to leave you hanging with nothing.  So here’s a link to a recent article by blogger Kimberly Ross on What If Conservatives Ran Social Media?

There is growing discontent regarding efforts by social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to “censor” some on the Right.  At first, I suspected this was the flavor-of-the-week in an era of endles...

May 24, 2019

For those of us who enjoy talking politics, conversations with likeminded friends often involve a certain degree of whimsical solving the world’s problems.  I say whimsical because we know good and well whatever solutions we offer up aren’t actually going to be put into practice in full force because—for starters—we’re not in charge.  These conversations have an air of ill-fated hope, much like friends who divulge what they’d do if they just happ...

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