Book!

February 24, 2015

Having spent most of my career at the intersection of culture & politics, standing up for what’s right in the trenches of the culture wars, I can tell you that I have seen and learned a lot along the way. I’ve decided to share my experiences and thoughts about them in a book, and I’m pleased to announce that NO HOPE: Why I Left the GOP (and Why You Should Too) will be published in the fall by Skyhorse Publishing.

I can’t wait to share my behind-the-scenes stories, and the ugly truth I learned from my dealings with some of the biggest names in the conservative movement and the Republican Party. That ugly truth ultimately led me to leave the GOP last year. I’ll also take the opportunity to give my take on the current political landscape, and I will lay out my vision for a path forward in 2016 and beyond.

All of my gratitude and thanks go to my agent Christopher Rhodes, with the James Fitzgerald Agency, for hanging in there with me and brokering the publishing deal, and to Krishan Trotman, my editor at Skyhorse, for having the courage to take the risk to make this important project a reality. Thank you!

Now, I have to get to work to finish the book so that we can get it out in October – right smack dab in the middle of 2016 GOP presidential primary campaign. (Yes, I do have some very interesting stories about several of the candidates.)

You’ll be hearing more from me soon!

 

UPDATE! – You can now pre-order it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

Obama’s Evolution

February 11, 2015

I appeared on HuffPost Live earlier today to join in a discussion over recent revelations that President Obama was (allegedly) secretly a supporter of civil marriage for gay couples, even though he held the public position against it in the 2008 campaign.

Honestly, I can’t condemn him for taking the most politically palatable position he could at the time, one in favor of civil unions. If I condemned him for that, then I would be very very busy trying to hold many other politicians to the same standard on that issue. Not only that, we can’t forget just how fast this issue has moved. I just don’t think that we should judge the actions taken in the past by today’s cultural standards and norms.  Continue Reading…

Race (Again)

January 29, 2015

I’m speechless. Honestly, I don’t really have any comments about this heartbreaking story from my old hometown of Rapid City, South Dakota. (That’s the part of the world where I went to high school and college.)

Read this Associated Press story about an incident of ugly racial slurs and taunts directed at a group of school children from the Pine Ridge Reservation who were at a hockey game. The outing to the game was a reward for the students’ academic achievement.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Police Department has identified at least one person who is accused of harassing grade-school students from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation at a minor league hockey game.

Authorities are considering filing charges in the alleged incident during a Rapid City Rush game last Saturday, according to Police Chief Karl Jegeris.

“We’re going to be looking at assault. We’re going to look at the hate crimes statutes. We will look at the child abuse statutes. And, we will look at any other relevant statutes,” Jegeris said. He did not reveal the name of the person identified.

Chaperones for the students from the American Horse K-8 school in Allen said students were subjected to racial slurs and sprayed with beer. Fifty-seven students and eight chaperones attended the game. Some parents complained to Rapid City police, and the department opened an investigation Tuesday.

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Kansas

January 20, 2015

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I am very pleased to announce that I am going to be a Dole Fellow at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas this semester. I going to be leading a once-a-week afternoon study group entitled, “All Politics is Personal: 
A Gay Conservative Looks at the Culture Wars.”

The program is not for academic credit and it’s free and open to anyone to attend. I’ll have a special guest joining the group most weeks. We’ll announce who they’ll be once I get them confirmed.

Below is the description and the schedule. –

All Politics is Personal:
A Gay Conservative Looks at the Culture Wars

All politics is personal, but not all political issues are equal. Some issues, and the political dynamics around them, deal with who we are and how we live. These cultural issues are more personal and emotional than other issues in the public square. This study group will take a look at a few of the most contentious cultural issues of our time, and how the evolution of societal standards and norms can divide us politically.

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Holding Hands

January 9, 2015

Panti Bliss (aka Rory O’Neill) absolutely brings it during this recent TEDx Talk -“All the Little Things.” Panti is 45 and fed up!

Please, please watch it. It’s important.

 

Nature Walk

January 5, 2015

My brother and I started our New Year right this year. Yesterday, we hiked around in the woods on a property our dad recently bought in Kentucky. It’s just beautiful.

Here is a little bit of it to help start your week off with some calm –

Happy New Year

December 26, 2014

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope that 2015 brings you prosperity and that all your dreams are realized.

See you next year!

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Dinosaur 13

December 14, 2014

SueCNN Films’ “Dinosaur 13” is a great documentary about the federal government’s seizure of Sue, the Tyrannosaurus discovered by a team of paleontologists from The Black Hills Institute. It is one of the most outrageous stories of government overreach you have heard. CNN premiered it on Thursday night and will air it again this evening, December 14, at 9 pm and 11 pm Eastern Time.

I watched it the other night, and it brought back a ton of memories for me. I lived in the Black Hills in South Dakota back when the controversy around Sue took place. I was a student at Black Hills State University then. The story of Sue was a big story in the local news for most of the 1990s there. Continue Reading…