America’s Best Days: A Hopeful Optimism

It is widely acknowledged by many Americans, regardless of ideological bent, or religious affiliation, that our nation is in deep trouble.  While America has encountered significant challenges over its 240 year history, never before has it faced so many self-inflicted wounds that pose such serious if not lethal threats to our nation.  I do not underestimate the monumental perils our nation faced during our civil war or even World War II.   But the threats of today are different, and perhaps Read more [...]

Opting out of my Faith: Not Optional

I am growing sick, tired and saddened over the aggressive discrimination, attacks and overt bigotry towards Christians and those who hold to an orthodox theology that has been in place for over 5,000 years that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Up until a few years ago, this orthodox view was (and perhaps still is) mainstream in America. (And for the record, holding to the orthodox view of marriage is not akin to slavery or racism, so please don't even devolve to such a silly Read more [...]

Bob Corker Devolves on Same-Sex Marriage

“Devolve:  to degenerate or deteriorate gradually; to change gradually for the worse; decline; deteriorate." Ten years ago Bob Corker, former Chattanooga Mayor, was meeting with his staff and advisors to formulate a strategy that would enable him to move from local politics to one of the highest profile stages in the nation.  As Bob met with his team they discussed policy issues, formulated strategies, and staked out the positions he sensed would enable him to prevail in his goal to win the position Read more [...]

Obama’s Lost Love Letters to Michelle?

As I’ve thought about the many statements Barack Obama has made about America since he was catapulted onto the national stage, the question about whether Obama loves America has never been one with which I have grappled.  Many of us who read about Obama and studied him closely back in his early years of national prominence were frustrated and saddened that the statements he made about our nation, that most of the 330 million Americans love, were never challenged by the majority of the populace, Read more [...]

Praying for Barack Obama

Those who know me are well aware of the fact that my life  is characterized by my interest in government, both locally and nationally.  In fact, if one were to scan my many posts on Facebook or my blog, or were able to examine the hundreds of conversations I’ve had throughout 2014, there would be no shortage of instances wherein my focus and criticism was directed at President Barack Obama.  (To be honest though, I’ve had plenty of less than positive comments for many Republican leaders Read more [...]

Republicans: Are You Listening?

As someone whose first vote was for Ronald Reagan in 1980, I can honestly say that I have consistently sought after the most conservative candidate I could find, but all too often I found myself voting for the lesser of two evils. But in 2009 the political landscape changed. When the Republicans could only muster up a miserable option by the name of John McCain to run against a socialist-Marxist by the name of Barack Obama, tens of millions of grassroots Americans said enough is enough. The Read more [...]

Confusing Equality: When Two Doesn’t Equal Two

Following Thursday’s vote on the Domestic Partnership Ordinance referendum, I want to thank the citizens of Chattanooga for showing up at the polls to express their will on such an important issue.  Whether you were For or Against the ordinance, the fact that you shared your views, campaigned for your cause and voted your conscience reflects what our Founders desired:  an active citizenry engaged in directing their government.  And contrary to the voices of some, I, along with the hundreds Read more [...]

Vote AGAINST the Domestic Partnership Ordinance: An Issue of Faith, Finance, and Fairness

There is not much that has elicited such a divide and strong emotion for many residents of Chattanooga as the Domestic Partnership Ordinance.  Last November it narrowly passed by a city council vote of 5-4 but it was immediately blocked when a Petition was signed by over 11,000 voters.  As a result it is up to Chattanooga voters on August 7 to decide whether to pass or permanently defeat the ordinance that would extend health benefits to city employee’s girlfriends and boyfriends (either same-sex Read more [...]

Lamar: Don’t Tread on US

The Chattanoogan.com website is a great place to read what's on the minds of people in the community so I frequently peruse its Opinion page. This week I read an interesting piece that was chiding grassroots citizens for their "less than civil" activities when they held a "No Amnesty" Rally at a Lamar Alexander event in Chattanooga. First, let me say I was at the Rally of grassroots citizens who gathered peacefully outside the Rib & Loin Restaurant at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon with signs, banners Read more [...]

The Puzzling Omission in Weston Wamp’s website

In my desire to be an informed voter I routinely look to a candidate’s “Issues” page on their website in order to understand what it is they believe and what they value… or at least what they claim to value.  But one can often find that what is openly stated on a candidate's website can at times be as important as what is left unsaid. Over the years, I have gleaned a lot by this review. So I found it both interesting and informative when I recently reviewed the websites for the two Read more [...]