Essential

Must-reads from the Bubbler

Our romance with the US is gone

People take the Founding Fathers for granted. It was a long time ago. The Constitution seems obvious nowadays. We take it for granted. Who’s read the Federalist papers? The Founding Fathers were slave owners. Who are the Founding Fathers? Et cetera, et cetera. If you ever read any of the writings of the Founding Fathers, especially the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution, you’ll see that aside from the philosophies and ideas they express, there’s a true passion. This country was a labor of love to them. It was a project. It was truly an experiment. There was nothing…

Read More

Can we all stop righting wrongs?

This morning, I was half-listening to a local news report in which they were speaking to a worker who said to the interviewer, “I’m just trying to right the wrong.” I don’t know what the news story was, and I don’t have a clue what wrong she was trying to right, but I couldn’t help but think, can we all just stop trying to right wrongs for a minute? I think that’s one of our country’s biggest problems right now is everyone thinking they have to get involved in everyone else’s business and right all their wrongs. And since…

Read More

If you can’t beat ’em…

Conservatives should be spending their time, right now, reaching out to illegal immigrants and assimilating them to American culture. When the internet was in its infancy, the newspaper industry’s approach was to resist putting their content online because they didn’t want to cannibalize the print edition. They thought if people could find it online, they wouldn’t purchase the newspaper. The newspaper industry had an opportunity to be on the forefront of citizen journalism and maintain, if not elevate, their importance as a news source. Instead, they chose to fight a war against an opponent that wasn’t even playing. They…

Read More

Focus on inspiration

It’s clear Democrats have chosen to own victimization. It’s in our news, in our entertainment, and in our schools. I just received this week’s email from our school principal, and as usual, it’s a weekly newsletter full of highlighting the victims. There’s notes from the counselors about how teens can manage their stress and anxiety. There’s a note from the librarian recommending “All American Boys,” which is a book with alternating chapters – one written by a white high school boy and every subsequent chapter by a black high school boy. Then there’s a note from the principal about…

Read More

What’s phase two for BLM?

I think it’s safe to say at this point that we’re well into phase one of the BLM movement. The first step was to get every business in town to fly the banner. Whether they believe the hype or just don’t want to be burned to the ground, businesses and neighborhoods have painted the letters B-L-M over their doorways in lamb’s blood in hopes that the mob will pass them by. Everyone feels all bad and self conscious about all of their interactions with anyone who’s not exactly like them. Tall people are making sure they don’t offend short…

Read More

As long as you’re thinking

Today, I changed The Bubbler site subhead from “I don’t care what you think, as long as you’re thinking,” to “More than 700 timeless posts on conservative thinking.” That’s right, I hit the 700 post mark today, and I couldn’t be more excited. While I’ve been writing this for nearly three years, the ideas captured in The Bubbler have been developing and brewing for more than 30 years. While there are many sites dedicated to conservative reactions to the news and issues of the day, I thought there was a gaping hole regarding conservative thought. Conservatives often assume their…

Read More

CPAC: Marketing? What marketing?

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is happening this weekend in Florida, and as usual, it’s a who’s who of Republicans and conservatives. Even Donald Trump will be speaking. As I was regretting my inability to attend, I was looking at the conference session agenda, and not at all surprised to learn that there was not one session on marketing. Not. One. I guess, you could argue for two possibilities: Front Porch Politics: How to talk about issues without starting a back alley brawl, featuring Scott Presler (who’s out there doing the hard work and making things happen) Red…

Read More

Parenting is the answer

In response to observations or complaints about the amount of critical race theory, transgenderism, and sex education being taught in our public schools, many conservatives will say: “Take them out of public schools and homeschool them.” Easier said than done. Especially if your child is hip deep in extracurricular activities with good friends. Even those who start off homeschooling, they still have to find outlets for sports, music instruction, clubs, and other activities that provide their child an opportunity to meet, work, and play with other children. But even if you did take your child out of public schools,…

Read More

OK, let’s just say racism is rampant

If racism were as rampant as Democrat politicians, school districts, and leftist cultural icons are telling everyone it is, then doesn’t that make the millions of significant accomplishments by black Americans just that much more impressive. If all of our systems are built specifically to hold back black people, and white supremacists are running wild, populating companies and institutions across the country, does that mean the tales of successful black Americans are extraordinary and worth telling. Doesn’t that make those people heroes to be emulated? Barack Obama was elected President not once, but twice. Oprah Winfrey has held an…

Read More

Have we over-corrected?

Given the historical nature of the subzero cold we’ve experienced across the United States over the past few weeks, one has to wonder: Have we over-corrected? A few decades ago, when it was still called “global warming,” we were convinced we only had 5, 10, 12, 18, 25, or 32 years (depending on who was doing the predicting) to get it corrected before the ice caps melted and the world was flooded. The path to solving this problem was to stop using hairspray, stop driving Hummers, start driving a Prius, stop using freon, eat organic foods, install solar panels…

Read More