Thinking Out Loud

Bruce’s perspective on today’s news, public policy issues and political controversies, with an emphasis on how they relate to America’s founding principles

The Blog

A knowledge of history, especially the origins of our constitutional republic, can have a profound effect on one’s understanding of today’s politics and public policy issues. Thinking Out Loud is Bruce’s (mostly conservative) take on the modern-day issues related to the Constitution, governmental power, politics, the law, culture, religion and the like.

This is where you’ll find commentary on issues making today’s headlines, such as Obamacare, immigration, government shutdowns, the current state and future of the Republican party, gun ownership and the Second Amendment, and more. In Thinking Out Loud, Bruce deftly juxtaposes the laws and principles on which our country was founded with today’s current events and controversies — the result is what everyone is talking about! 

What’s the Issue?
Is there a news story making headlines that you’d like Bruce’s take on?  Email Bruce or engage him on social media through the icons at the top of this page, and include a link to the story, and/or your questions and comments about the constitutionality of the issue, what our Founding Fathers would think about it, or anything else you’d like Bruce to weigh in on.  Your suggestion may show up in a future Thinking Out Loud, or at the very least – incite a lively discussion with him and his other friends and colleagues on social media!

Thinking Out Loud: The Impasse with North Korea

For several reasons I now believe the chances of a diplomatic solution to North Korea’s attempts to achieve a nuclear weapons program are past “slim” and at the doorstep of “none.”   North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un’s ultimate goal is to unite both North and South Korea under his police-state rule,...Read More »


Thinking Out Loud: Which Way the Climate-Change Wind Blows

It’s as predictable as night following day.  Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit Texas and Florida with record-breaking force and climate-change believers claim this proves global warming is real.  In response, climate-change deniers note that these two hurricanes are the first to reach Category 4 and 5 levels in more than...Read More »


Thinking Out Loud: A Solution to the DACA Dilemma

Lost in the hysteria over President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is that he hasn’t actually ended it, but postponed the decision for six months, giving Congress time to work up a constitutionally sanctioned alternative to an executive order that President Obama had...Read More »


Thinking Out Loud: The Real America

Living in the Washington, D.C.-metro area can be depressing, especially for a conservative such as myself.  Washington is a company town.  The federal government is the company, and 90 percent of the people living here either work for the government, or work for companies that provide products or services to...Read More »


Thinking Out Loud: “On Many Sides”

To state the obvious, the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, two weeks ago was inexcusable, and the white supremacists, including James Field, who deliberately crashed his car into a crowd, killing one and injuring 19 others, should be condemned for the ignorant racist thugs they are, and Fields should...Read More »


 

Read the Buzz

In Defense of Lobbyists” was the best argument I have heard so far in praise of lobbyists. Well done”. – John Hoskinson

Reading Thinking Out Loud, if anyone asks me what your real area of expertise is, I would say without question, the Constitution.” -Frank Allen

Your [Thinking Out Loud] on the stifling bureaucracy was spot on. I can only hope that somewhere there is a solution to today's stultifying bureaucratic load. Please keep on writing. You have an excellent style and you are filling a need.” - Paul F. Davis, LTC USAF Retired Chemical Engineer

Your Thinking Out Loud satire on Secretary Sebelius writing a letter explaining to the millions of people why they have lost their current insurance coverage thanks to Obamacare was both funny and sad. What a monumental mistake that was, and what a bunch of lies Obama and the Democrats told the American people.” – Mike Decker

Subscribe to one or all of Bruce’s writings!

Get the latest from Bruce's History Lessons in your inbox. Subscribe Now