Articles by Brian

They Call Me RINO

Posted: November 1, 2019 by Brian Johnston

Just before the election, I was the object of scorn from my Republican friends that knew I was voting third-party, “You know, you might as well just go ahead and vote for Hillary.” Fascinatingly enough, I got a similar chiding in the days following the election from my Democrat friends, “Hope you’re happy. Might as well have just voted for Trump.” The great irony here is the idea that both sides seemed to accuse me of somehow cutting off my nose to spite my face. Whether it was perceived as disloyalty to my own party or disloyalty to America, neither tribe could stand the likes of me.

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Aloof to the Truth: I’m Old and America Scares the Hell Out of Me

Posted: January 14, 2019 by Brian Johnston

While we bend over backward to turn our college campuses into ‘safe spaces’ free from words and ideas that make young people uncomfortable, it seems that the number of words and ideas that offend is growing exponentially, and that our penchant for outrage is boundless. We are awash in narcissism, documenting our every move on social media, yet somehow we suffer from low self-esteem at the same time. It’s almost as if all the candy-coating and bubble wrap in the world can’t actually protect our young people from reality!

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Proversatin’ Ain’t Easy

Posted: November 30, 2018 by Brian Johnston

It’s been some time since I’ve posted anything new here at The Proversation. This hasn’t exactly been intentional, but I am struggling to find places where my words can gain traction internally. Very simply, I’m finding the current climate of divisiveness difficult to navigate while maintaining my proversational mindset.

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More Useable Nukes?!?

Posted: July 27, 2018 by Brian Johnston

The current version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) being considered has a provision providing $88 million in funding to develop a low-yield Trident warhead. These weapons are often referred to as 'more useable' nukes. If nuclear weapons have kept us safe for some 70 years, it's because the threshold for their use has remained impossibly high. Messing with that equation is a dangerous game, and it's the opposite of the one we ought to be playing.

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Toldja So?

Posted: June 5, 2018 by Brian Johnston

Many of my more conservative friends have been waiting for their ‘toldja so’ moment with me. Noting that this is the first time in my life that I didn’t pull the trigger for the GOP Presidential candidate, people who know me well have been racking up talking points for why I should be liking what I see and why I ought to reconsider my vote when the opportunity to re-elect Trump comes in two and a half years. Are they correct?

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Memorial Day Reflections

Posted: May 28, 2018 by Brian Johnston

Our military is constantly engaged in conflict all around the globe with no actual Congressional declaration of war. Few of us ever dare to call the actions of our military into question, lest we’re branded unpatriotic or anti-American.

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