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: This is How It’s Supposed to Work!

The House vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican plan to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, has been postponed because the AHCA was put together too quickly, without ensuring buy-in from enough members of the House to get it passed.

But keep in mind that the AHCA was created...Read More »

Thinking Out Loud: Impeach The Donald!

Granted, Republicans talked of impeaching President Obama, but not after his first month in office.  President Trump barely knows his way around the White House and already Democrats are talking about impeaching him, or invoking the 25th Amendment to replace him.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA.) said on CNN, “He [Trump] needs...Read More »

Thinking Out Loud: Trump’s Economic Ignorance

Steven Mnuchin, President Trump’s secretary of the Treasury, and Wilbur Ross, his secretary of Commerce, have their critics and their defenders, but both men were highly successful in their previous fields.  Mnuchin was a partner at Goldman Sachs; Ross is a self-made billionaire who bought troubled companies, restructured them, sold...Read More »

Thinking Out Loud: Hollywood Hypocrisy

“Woke up this morning, my jacuzzi didn’t work. / Then the Butler quit on me, man. Can you believe that? The jerk.

Must have been my artistic temperament he couldn’t take. / How come no one wants to give me a break?”  – Dire Straits, “Millionaire Blues”

While I have serious...Read More »

Thinking Out Loud: The Ban on Trump’s Immigration Ban

So both Judge James Robart and the U.S. Court of Appeals (9th District) agree that President Trump cannot legally ban immigrants from seven terrorist nations from entering the country.

Certainly Trump’s ban was amateurishly planned and administered, banning as it did people with valid green cards and visas (which was subsequently...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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