immigration

Time, Tide, and Terror

Time, Tide, and Terror

Albert Camus, Atheism, autonomy, Change, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Education, Guns, Ideology, immigration, Minorities, Politics, racism, Second Amendment, Spirituality, terrorism, Tolerance
Hard as it is to believe – hard as it is for even me to believe – there was once a time when I was a conservative. I was quite conservative all the way through my undergraduate years, during the time when I was writing a weekly column “Looking Forward” for the Wichita Eagle and Beacon newspaper in Wichita, KS, all through graduate school, and for a brief time even after my wife Diane and I moved to Seattle from Boston. I even voted for Ronald Reagan … twice. No more. In fact, for most of the Seattle years – we moved here in 1989 – I have been moving to the left with vertiginous speed. You can now locate me, ideologically, somewhere to the left of Elizabeth Warren, most likely in Bernie Sanders / Kshama Sawant territory. Obvious question … Why? The short answer is Fear … or, rather, not
And Speaking of Immigration …

And Speaking of Immigration …

citizenship, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Freedom, humor, Ideology, immigration, law, Politics, republic, Satire / parody, Spirituality
… which I wasn’t, but now that I have your attention … I have a solution for, probably not all, but certainly a major portion of the undocumented immigrant issue. Now, before you fling yourself supine upon the floor, slobbering with gratitude, and wailing “O mighty and beneficent Skeptic-in-Residence! I wish God had made me cool like you!”, please hear me out. First of all, I hope you were not wearing sandals when you read the stuff in quotes in the previous sentence. Messy. But secondly … I think one reason people come across the border, hide in the shadows of American society, and never get around to taking the citizenship test and “going legal” is because the citizenship test is so … well … there’s really no nice way to say this … because the US citizenship test is so boooo-rrrring. So