“Men Without Chests”: the lies of Jonathon Gruber, and the practices of Gary Polland

I grew-up in a society in which truth, though always difficult to discern through the prism of varying perceptions, was objectively knowable; right was different, and objectively discernable, from wrong; wrong means could never justify right ends; and society could only function properly in the long-run if its underlying relationships were built on the trust […]

“And Now, the Real Work Begins” (…and some words about Steve Munisteri and the RPT)

It is still a little overwhelming when I think about the gains Republicans made in last week’s mid-term elections. With control of both houses of Congress, 67 state legislative chambers, at least 31 governorships, and a majority of Republican-appointed justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, we have the best chance in many years of producing […]

Paul Ryan and The Way Forward for America

Review by Steve Parkhurst Congressman Paul Ryan’s first book hit the market back in August. The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea, on its face, the name may not mean much. Inside, there is much to be learned and even more to be explored. This book is a serious, important work. By a serious, consequential leader. First, […]

Local debt bleeding us dry

Dear Editor:Come November, while most people focus on candidates, our local officials bleed us dry with bond proposals and proportions. Some to save the roads, some to save our children. But, don’t be fooled, the lack of any real discussion on these issues is always done so we blindly bury ourselves in more and more […]

Up Close and Personal: A Return to Outcry in the Barrio

After a visit to Outcry in the Barrio in April, a return visit has increased the understanding of what this ministry is doing. By Steve Parkhurst It is summer time in San Antonio. Mid-July, the 15th to be exact. The temperature approaches 100 degrees. It is a Texas summer day to be sure.Pastor Roman Herrera, […]

Mercy, Trust, and the Future of the Republican Party – Part 2

I want to follow-up on some comments to my last article, both on this site, and on the Houston Chronicle’s website after David re-posted the article there because of the implications for the Republican Party.  Then, I want to offer some personal thoughts about the 100th Anniversary this month of the start of the “Great […]

Amnesty supporter- “we’re not goin’ nowhere!”—until HPD arrives

This amnesty supporter did not believe in the law-abiding civil society for reasons he was unable to articulately communicate—that is, of course, until HPD arrived on the scene. Perhaps actions sometimes speak louder than words. Watch the amnesty supporter dressed in the black t-shirt and khaki shorts scream: “we’re not goin’ no where! —we’re gonna […]