Category: Partisan Politics

Jan 11, 2021
By Michael Rupured
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Alternative Reality

I am not a Republican. Although registered as a Democrat, I’m not a dyed-in-the-wool supporter. I’m not big on identity politics and am not a single-issue voter, but freely admit support for gay issues often moves me to vote for Democrats. I believe in the party system. Leadership positions I’ve held have shown me the value of diverse points of view. Hearing opinions other than mine has been extremely helpful and often moved me to alter my position or even change my mind. Solving problems requires agreement on the facts of the matter. Differences of opinion about how to respond to those facts are legitimate and worth discussing. Manufactured facts shut down the process and eliminate any hope of a …

May 23, 2016
By Michael Rupured

This Bathroom Business

The push for transgender rights is much in the news these days. The guidance issued to schools by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education provoked a flurry of fear-mongering commentary from opposition groups. You’d think the world was coming to an end. Science has established that gender, sexual preference, and gender identity are three completely different animals. The switches are set one way or the other in the womb. The Lord works in mysterious ways. Sometimes they line up the same way, and sometimes they don’t. Shortly after North Carolina’s governor signed the transgender bathroom bill into law, I posted a comment on Facebook saying I was unwilling to patronize a state or business that discriminates. I was commenting …

Apr 11, 2016
By Michael Rupured
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The Curse of Complexity

Nothing is simple any longer. Nearly everything is infinitely more complicated than was the case twenty or thirty years ago. Hardly a day goes by without an encounter with something complex enough to make my head explode. Take my medical flexible spending account — please. Tax-free dollars are transferred with each paycheck to an account I access with a debit card to pay for medical expenses. But any time I use the damn thing to pay a doctor bill, I get an email message telling me to upload receipts or the charge will be denied. Wait a minute. We’re talking about charges made at a doctor’s office — like me and my doctors have a big scam going to steal my money! The …

Aug 19, 2015
By Michael Rupured

Trumping the Presidency

If you’re breathing and have seen or heard even a few minutes of national news, you know Donald Trump is running for President of the United States. Again. This time is different. He’s actually leading in the polls. Granted, the election is still more than a year away. A lot can happen between now and November 2016. Pundits say the odds of Trump becoming the GOP nominee are slim to none. Perhaps, but he’s maintained his lead for much longer than anyone (save the Don himself) would have predicted before the big debate. Donald Trump is, first and foremost, a media figure. Yes, he’s also a successful businessman, but reality television made him the household name he is today. Consequently, …

Apr 10, 2012
By Michael Rupured


So Rick “Frothy Mix” Santorum is out of the race. My faith in humanity has been partially restored. I say partially because he did manage to win several state primaries. What were those people thinking??? Part of me kinda sorta hoped he’d be the Republican nominee. If the GOP wants a borderline fascist candidate who seems intent on returning us to the sixties, I say let them have it. But then I worried about where I’d move if he actually managed to win the election. I’ve lived in the hot and humid deep south too long to move to Canada, and unless I learn Spanish, there just aren’t a lot of options. Santorum’s departure leaves Mitt “Etch-a-Sketch” Romney and Ron …

Mar 22, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Why I’ll Never Rule the World

After reading some of my recent posts, quite a few people suggested that I run for political office. I appreciate the vote of confidence, but it ain’t gonna happen. Try as you might, you’ll never be able to talk me into it either. Here are just a few of the reasons why I would never run for political office. 1. Geography. If I had my druthers, I’d jump right into the big time and run for President. But you can’t do that. You have to work your way up through local elections. I’m a gay liberal in a conservative state and an agnostic living in the Bible belt. I couldn’t get elected as the dogcatcher. 2. Finances. With enough money, I …

Feb 22, 2012
By Michael Rupured

God Bless America

I hear and read a lot from the right about how we pinko communist liberals are out to destroy the American way of life. Cries from the left to address income inequality are dissed as socialism. Attempts by progressives to regulate industry, whether financial services or energy, are shot down as job killers. Supporters of gay marriage, birth control, and the freedom to choose an abortion are demonized as unChristian and anti-religion. Global warming is a hoax. The lady doth protest too much, methinks. The man, too. The left supports equality, freedom, and individual rights. Folks on the left are not inclined to believe that businesses are people, too. In fact, a common cry from the left is the need …

Jan 17, 2012
By Michael Rupured

The Longest Year

The older I get, the more quickly each year seems to pass. Unless of course, it’s an election year. It’s a long, long, time until November, and between now and then, we’re going to be inundated with nasty and mostly untrue attack ads. Liberal and conservative are not just names hurled from one end of the political spectrum to the other. They represent different points of view about how to solve problems and move our country forward. There are real and significant differences between these opposing points of view. Neither end of the continuum is always right or always wrong. Real problems require solutions that draw upon the best ideas from both ends. Compromise is an essential ingredient to solving …

Oct 09, 2011
By Michael Rupured

You Talking to Me???

So the big Values Voter Summit wrapped up today in Washington, DC.  The summit is billed as the premier event for conservatives and a “must attend” event for any Republican running for President. Since I’m neither conservative nor a candidate for president, I didn’t go. The summit was sponsored by several organizations identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as hate groups including the Family Resource Council and the American Family Association. Additional sponsors include Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University and the Institute for American Values. Nazis, skinheads, and the Ku Klux Klan apparently missed out on this great opportunity to meet with like-minded individuals. I’ve seen a lot of reports from the summit and checked out the web site. What …

Aug 07, 2011
By Michael Rupured
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Where Angels Fear to Tread

According to Miss Manners, talking about politics or religion is impolite. Why? Because people passionately hold onto views in both areas, often with little or nothing to back them up.  Daring to talk about religion or politics is walking where angels fear to tread. Today I’m taking a walk on the wild side. Miss Manners can sue me, if she’s even still around. Far as I can tell, the notion of polite society vanished when states turned red or blue. Our nation has become increasingly polarized. The people we elect to public office are largely responsible for the great divide.  Cable “news” and talk radio make things worse. Talking to each other, debating differences of opinion, and seeking compromise are …