Recent Pieces from Ordinary Times and Harry’s Place

From Ordinary Times:

Will the Chavistas Please Stand Up?

The radical left always wants to “overturn the system” but rarely acknowledges how often it fails with disastrous results.

DC Movies Could Learn a lot From Woody Allen

DC needs to go back to film school and study one of the masters.

On Nesting and Steam Vacs

The moment you know you have reached middle age, and are happy to do so.

Alt-Right Memes Go Mainstream

The Alt-Right has capably pushed its memes into the mainstream. Can it succeed when limited to its own platforms?

Trump and the Conservative Disposition

In light of Trump’s most recent loathsome statements, it is clear the Republican Party has fewer actual conservatives than it wishes to admit.

In Praise of Left-Wing Candidates

We disregard left-wing criticism of the political and economic system at our own peril.

The White Party

The success of Trump demonstrates just how committed white Americans are to ethnic nationalism.

Trump Won Because of Pokémon

It’s abundantly clear that the Nintendo property is responsible for Trump’s victory if you just believe everything I say.

Playing Final Fantasy 15 With Kids

Where a father attempts to review the new Final Fantasy game.

From Harry’s Place:

Dealing with the “Alt-Right”

McCain, Trump, and Glavin on Syria


Response to Fatherhood and Conservatism

Mike Dwyer at Ordinary Times has published a thorough response to my previous piece on fatherhood and conservatism. Here is just a bit:

I greatly enjoyed the essay from guest author Roland Dodds and admired his honesty in explaining how parenthood has affected his political leanings. In the grand tradition of Ordinary Times and the League before it, a thoughtful response seemed fitting.

My own swing towards conservatism occurred right around my oldest daughter’s second birthday, though I’m not sure if the two events can be fairly linked. While I have told the story of becoming a pro-lifer on the day she was born, my overall politics remained firmly left-leaning.Then I had a falling out at my union job, began to see the ills of misguided social policy, Clinton lied under oath and I decided it was time for me to part ways with the Democratic party.

For nearly 20 years I was a devout Republican, finding myself agreeing with their concerns about the rapid pace of change in American society and worrying what kind of world my daughters would grow up in. I became fond of saying that the Right was a place for fathers who only wanted to keep their children safe and it is in remembering that compulsion that I found Roland’s post so interesting.

Read it all here.

(Image: Venetian family fresco)