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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Sunday digest: 2-28-21

Thank you for giving us some of your valuable time to read The Bubbler. The Bubbler now contains 700 thought-provoking posts about conservatism. While there are hundreds of sites that report or comment on the news from a conservative perspective, this is the only place the explores who conservatives are, what they think, and why they think it. We also focus on marketing conservatism and how unfortunately bad conservatives are at doing that. We aim to help by inspiring new marketing ideas and themes that would resonate with a majority of Americans. With so much great content that may…

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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…

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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…

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Proactively afraid

When I was a teenager, my Dad told me this story one night when he arrived home from work. That morning, his boss arrived at work in his downtown Dallas headquarters to find there was scaffolding along the front of the building. “Why is this scaffolding here?” he asked one of the workers. “Oh, no,” the worker thought, “The President wants the scaffolding gone.” That same day, the President walked out of the building at lunch to find the scaffolding had all been torn down. “Where did the scaffolding go?” he asked a worker. “Oh, no,” the worker thought, “he…

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Give people the information they need

Twice in the last week, I found myself in a position where I had information that was not going to be received well by another. In each case, I had to make the decision to either tell them, which would almost certainly make them angry, or hold on to the information and spare them the anger and distraction. In each case, I ended up telling them. Before I told them, I had this very conversation with them. Would you rather I tell you something that is going to anger you, but give you information that will potentially allow you…

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Conservatism: a movement without a leader

President Trump did more for marketing the conservative movement in four years than the Republican Party has done in the last 50 years. And he didn’t even know he was doing it. To my knowledge, President Trump has never considered himself a leader of the conservative movement. Based on listening to hundreds of hours of his speeches, I’m not really sure he even understands the philosophy. More specifically, I think his actions are rooted in conservatism, and I think the things he talks about are conservative points of view, but he does it with a lack of awareness that…

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