I’m of the opinion the Boy Scouts are fine to have openly gay scouts but should continue to prohibit openly gay leaders for the safety of the scouts. My reasoning? We wouldn’t want to send straight adult men on overnight campouts with a troop of teenage girls. Likewise, I find it most prudent not to have gay leaders on overnight excursions with teenage boys. Someone posted an article recently that tries to show this fear is trivial and that gay men are no different than straight men. Here’s the link: http://www.psmag.com/culture/do-gay-men-have-more-sexual-interest-in-children-than-straight-men-do-62127/.
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Math & Politics: A Simple Explanation Of A Complex System

Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Math was one of my favorite subjects in school. I know that makes me different than most other people, but I liked it because I was good at it. The problems and worksheets were very simple. The teacher gave you a problem and asked for the solution. You gave your answer and wrote out step by step how you arrived there. There was one right answer and one way to arrive at it. I loved the simplicity compared to open ended questions in English like “what did the author mean here?” Any number of answers to that question, none necessarily right or wrong. Too subjective for my liking.

But what does math have to do with politics? It is a simple way to explain what has become a complex situation. Politics is nothing like traditional math, the kind I just spoke of. It’s a bit different, but incredibly simple.
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The Absolutely Backwards Thinking With Gun Control

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

President Obama and Vice President Biden announced several new regulations they want to implement regarding gun control. Some of these proposals are quite good. We should require criminal background checks on anyone purchasing a gun. I had a criminal background check before I could move in to my apartment. The least we can do is make sure criminals can’t get their hands on a gun by walking in to a store. And the increased access to mental health services will go a long way in diagnosing those with problems and making sure they don’t have access to guns in their home. But some of these other proposals? Backwards thinking.
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Government Spending & Our Perpetual Fiscal Crisis

Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ever since the summer of 2011 the U.S. national debt and government spending in general have been at the forefront of almost any political discussion. Recently the gun control debate has heated up, but government spending, debt ceilings, fiscal cliffs and other issues are still the principal point of most political discussion. The funny thing about all of this is that Congress has an approval rating of just 17%. In a recent survey by Public Policy Polling, it was discovered that traffic jams, cockroaches and even Nickelback were more popular than Congress. Think about that. Nickelback. And yet these same people who so vehemently disapprove of Congress keep re-electing the same Senators and the same Representative. But then why do we have a fiscal problem at all?
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The Obvious & Fair Solution To Our Gun Problem

Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012

In the wake of last week’s shooting, we are hearing renewed calls for the debate on gun control to be had in Washington. Don’t be fooled. Those calling for the debate are really calling for gun control, not a debate on one. They just want a debate because in the aftermath of a tragedy such as Newtown, they know they can win the debate. Then of course the opposite end of the spectrum comes out in full force to remind us that if just one teacher had been armed the tragedy could easily have been averted. Both sides have merit. But what is the solution to our obvious gun problem?
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