About

My purpose in establishing this blog is to have a place to express my views (and those of more learned people) and to learn from readers — liberals, moderates, and conservatives — on various issues that are related to politics, religion, culture, etc., in America. I really want to understand why people hold the views they do, and welcome reasoned arguments that will change or expand my own mind about issues.

I consider myself to be  a conservative — “True” conservatives would consider me a moderate — and “Far Right” conservatives would, no doubt, consider me a liberal.

I also use this forum to refer readers to excellent essays and observations by REAL writers, people who know how to say things much better than I am able to do.

Recognizing that we often feel passionate about our beliefs, I intend, to the extent that notice is taken of this blog, to allow passion to come through in responses, but only in a gentlemanly or ladylike manner. I reserve the right to delete any postings that I consider in bad taste (cursing, name-calling, etc., etc.)

 

6 Responses to “About”

  1. Null November 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    This is exactly what I’m looking for and what I try to maintain on my blog! The partisan divide in America has been horrible for years now and political debates are too often filled with vicious personal attacks that just make everyone even more partisan. It is difficult to maintain one’s civility when attacked personally, but I try to remember that leftists do want to make America a better place (albeit a different version of a “better place” than I imagine). To that end I too wish to, as you eloquently put it, “discuss politics with civility and reason”.

    I’ve been reading some of your past posts and I really like the subject matter of politics and Christianity. I especially like the fact that you cite so many individuals I admire — Thomas Sowell, C. S. Lewis, Walter Williams, etc. Keep up the good work! I look forward to more of your posts.

    • illero November 7, 2012 at 11:22 am #

      Thank you for visiting my blog, and for your response. Sometimes I am embarrassed by doing more referencing and excerpting of the works of Sowell, Lewis, Williams, Stossel, and others, and less of stating original thoughts. However, as I mentioned in a posting a while back, I rely on (or excuse myself using) the wisdom of Michel de Montaigne. Several hundred years ago, he made the simple point that why should he struggle to construct wise statements with original prose when so many have already shown that they can express the thought better. I look forward to reading your postings, also.

      • William Lawson December 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

        Exactly! And beyond the quality of thought, or who best (or first) expressed it, the even greater challenge is how to effectively–and most thoughtfully–broadcast it. Because only then can others begin to digest, refine, and perhaps even begin meaningfully employing it. Or so we hope! Right? 😉

      • illero December 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

        Indeed, William — thanks for dropping by. I hope you find something interesting here.

  2. Malcolm Greenhill February 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Thank you for following Malcolm’s Corner and liking ‘Being Good and Doing Evil’.

  3. Maria Tatham, a gentle iconoclast August 11, 2017 at 9:57 am #

    illero, thank you for visiting my blog and subscribing. I hope you find something there that is helpful!

    I enjoyed reading this and the comments, and will be sending a link to your blog to my husband.

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