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Introduction and Contents

Chimp writing a new Pious Eye site post. It’s time for another letter drop and general update. As has been the case in past “X prompts letters” posts, references to the “U-T” are to my local paper, the San Diego Union-Tribune, referred to in various posts on the site as the “U-T,” the “SDUT,” and the “Union-Tribune,” as well as (without malice) “liner for birdcages.” A linked content list follows for your convenience.

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Will, Sensibility, and Tangents

Declaration of Independence

Below: some preliminary remarks on a terminological issue related to a book in progress. The book: George Will’s The Conservative Sensibility (New York: Hachette Books, 2019). The issue: “This is a republic, not a democracy—let’s keep it that way!” to quote a John Birch Society sticker you’ve probably never seen. The content: main remarks and tangents.

Main Remarks ^

In The Conservative Sensibility, Will brings together various strands of discussion that have grown (more…)

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Compulsiveness Prompts Letters, Emails, and (So Much) More

Scribe at DeskWelcome to this latest edition in my “…Prompts Letter(s)” series. The materials following should bring you and this site up to date.

Not addressed in detail in my various items below, though touched upon by one of them, is the efforts by Democrats to claim the moral high ground based on Trump’s long history of poor personal morals and on the simultaneous widespread support of Trump by self-identified evangelical Christians. As indicated in prior Pious Eye site posts, I left the Republican (more…)

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Random Topics Prompt Letters

colorful fist raising colorful, very large pencilI’ve continued to enjoy my new letters-to-the-editor hobby, though none of the letters I sent this past week has made it into print. (Nor has any of them shown up on the paper’s Web site, assuming the site’s search function isn’t missing anything.) While my outside-the-mainstream views and direct contradiction of the Opinion page’s editorial staff could play a role, I think the main reason none of this latest batch has been printed is that the paper receives lots of letters (more…)

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I took some time to check the San Diego Union-Tribune (SDUT) site to see if any of my printed, or my unprinted, letters or other submissions had ended up being posted there. It turns out a few of the printed ones have (all title are those assigned by the paper’s editors): (1) “Your Say | Facebook’s future? Tech giant brought it on itself” (I meant for this particular tech giant to represent all the recently censorship-happy giants; the word limit for this “essay” was (more…)

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Racialized Open-Border Rhetoric Prompts Letters

Dignified gentlman with letter he has just writtenMy trending-left local paper, the San Diego Union-Tribune (SDUT), sometimes known in the past as the U-T San Diego, recently made a point of selecting syndicated editorials that insist on interpreting all support for physical barriers at the border, and all suggestions that unlimited and uncontrolled immigration might have drawbacks, as racially motivated. I felt obligated to write letters to this paper, unnatural though it is for me to express my thoughts in just 150 words (the paper’s limit). Alas, (more…)

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Just How Evil Is Tucker Carlson?

The Devil shows a man some smutThe mainstream media were briefly abuzz last week over left-liberal Media Matters’ unearthing of some old Tucker Carlson audio. Media Matters’ Madeline Peltz begins her related article (topically organized transcript collection) with a summary of Carlson’s bad behavior, part of which reads as follows:

Between 2006 and 2011, Tucker Carlson spent approximately an hour a week calling in to Bubba the Love Sponge [BTLS], a popular shock jock radio program where he spoke with the hosts about (more…)

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Re Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal: socialist fever dreams that can never be realized solve nothing. We need a Green Nuke Deal: “nuclear power is the only carbon-free technology that has proven capability, and which is demonstrably scalable at a rate that can contribute significantly to solving the [alleged] climate problem [assuming it exists and is caused and solvable by humans]”(Tom M. L. Wigley, Ph.D., meteorologist and theoretical physicist, Nuclear Energy Fact Sheet, Energy (more…)

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I just posted a comment on Craig Huey’s site concerning a handy resource.

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“…the voice of one crying in the wilderness…”: It’s been a year, but the major parties remain as fiscally irresponsible as ever. Rand Paul’s 2018 plea still resonates: http://ow.ly/Le8030nLfUk.

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Shall We Listen to the Peacemakers?

photo of peace symbol and torn sheet of paper with word peace on itImage: “All we are saying is give peace a chance. John Lennon,” photo by Kate Ter Haar via Flicker, cropped, resized, and stretched a bit. Used under the Attribution 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license (CC BY 2.0).

Advocates of a less interventionist U.S. foreign policy, such as Ron Paul, have long argued that foreign hostility against the United States, and with it attempts by terrorists to attack the U.S., would be much more rare if America had not so long insisted on interfering in the (more…)

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E-Letter Prompts E-Letter: “Natural” Law & Rights

rocks on a beach seem to form a human faceImage: based on a Wikimedia Commons photo by Vitold Muratov, used under the Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 license. Derivative work by David M. Hodges, reusable under the same license terms.

On 04 February, I received an interesting fundraising email from the national office of the political party with which I’m affiliated, the Constitution Party. Written by Nicholas Kontgas and titled “Roadmap to Socialism: The Democratic plan to bring about a socialist revolution in the United States,” the (more…)

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Representative Democracy ≠ Republic

Venn diagram of sets R and RDThe United States was not founded as just a “representative democracy,” nor is “representative democracy” a synonym for “republic.” The point of the American Republic established by the U.S. Constitution is that free and sovereign individuals ceded to their federal (covenantal) state only a limited, explicitly enumerated, set of powers through that legal document.[1] Ours is, or at its founding was, a government of laws, not of men, whether those men be the majority of (more…)

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