Inventive Literature has its Own Rules

I once wrote a poem that was more or less symbolic or allegorical, about flying serpents invading a holy place that represents a woman’s innocence. In the throes of composition, I wrote that the serpents, even after they died, still twitched or loosed a howl. Later on, I came under the impression that I had…

Liberals and the Common Man

Part One This discussion will follow from the conclusions and definitions offered in the preceding discussion. There, I defined conservatism as holding values that are so basic to human nature you don’t need to be especially sophisticated to understand and feel them. I identified liberality as one of those values, but noted that it requires…

Nation Is Not Church

  “Forgive,” the Church’s founder said. “Don’t judge or punish. I’ll atone.” For centuries the Christian Church refused to cast the first stone. “Do good,” our great apostle warned. “The king holds not the sword in vain.” So Christian nations asked for earthly justice from the one who’d reign. Now times have changed. The saints…

The Marginalized

Housebreakers, murderers, rapists and frauds Are pushed to the margins, unheard and alone. Hypocrites! Think of the fact we’re all flawed And give these poor fellows a big megaphone.