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

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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! 

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Thinking Out Loud: The Comey Firing

President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey was handled terribly.  Comey’s firing is justifiable (I’ll get to that), but public-relations wise, it should have been done after Trump’s inauguration, not after the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was gathering steam and raising its profile. ...Read More »

Thinking Out Loud: College Campus Crazies VI

Another chapter in my ongoing series, how political correctness and our ever-evolving cultural standards have caused both students and faculty on our nation’s college campuses to go crazy.

The “Diversity Training” program at Clemson University has decreed that, “Expecting people to show up on time is racist.”  So college professors expecting...Read More »

Thinking Out Loud: Charging Bull Versus Fearless Girl

As you probably know, fearlessly facing the Charging Bull sculpture that stands in Bowling Green Park outside of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, is Fearless Girl, with her hands on her hips and her confident stare, as if to say to Charging Bull, “You don’t...Read More »

Thinking Out Loud: Tax Reform is Long Overdue

Now that around half of us — today only about 50 percent of adult American pay a federal income tax; large numbers of the rest receive government benefits funded by those taxes — have completed our income tax forms, or paid an accountant to complete them for us, two things...Read More »

Thinking Out Loud: God Bless the Hashtag

In the small town of Greenfield, Indiana, the local high school recently began a fundraising drive to pay for a new football field, prompting an anonymous group to notify the Greenfield school board that it wished to donate $50,000 to help build the field, with one proviso.  The group was...Read More »


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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

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