Until science can answer the question: “How was the universe formed?” (and more importantly “Why?”) it should limit its interests to the physical/objective world.  Leave the spiritual/subjective (including morality) to the metaphysicists (yes, there are such people).


The basis of everything including morality is TRUTH, an absolute.  Truth is simply what is.  It is monistic, not dualistic; it has no opposite, only an absence of it. Untruths are its absence, not its opposite, just as nothing is the absence of something and darkness of light.  Right/wrong and good/bad are opposites—both subjective.


Honesty is applied truth—not debatable.  Ideally, ethics deals with honesty and therefore truth.  Morality is defined by some as applied ethics, tying it inextricably to truth, but in the real world it deals with right/wrong and good/bad, both subjective values.  Scientific laws are insufficient to account



Conservatism is not a political issue, nor is what follows a political treatise; it’s more basic than that.  The foundation for conservatism is history and original intent—a return to the basics, ethics being the most basic.  Anyone can do it.

Any society needs a system of rules within which its members can operate to the general benefit. These rules are founded in its values and articulated in its privileges.  The rules of all successful societies including our own begin in ethics and are adapted to the society’s needs and wishes.

Our own rules trace their origin to a paramount need for freedom.  Our laws are founded in a Declaration of Independence from our mother country and empowered by a Constitution written by individuals with a strong moral and ethical base “in order to form a more perfect union.”

Drawing upon the


The following is excerpted from the book To Tell The Truth… Ethics Unwrapped.  We will continue to provide excerpts from the book in future posts.  In the meantime you may wish to read the entire book (?!) 


You are the most important person in your life.  But who are you, really?  Well, who you are is what you do with what you are-–the gender, race, and distinctive physical makeup you were born with:  male, female, black, white, tall, short, whatever, a totally unique human being in the same world with countless other totally unique human beings, each with a brain weighing in the neighborhood of three pounds and the same universal truths to work with. You breathe air and your heart pumps blood.  Gravity works as well for you as for anyone else. Your



[Much of what follows is by way of Walter Russell Mead and Tony Abbott (former Australian Prime Minister) in recent Opinion articles in The Wall Street Journal]


American presidents since World War II have largely preserved the liberal internationalism of the times – until now.  Donald Trump is a revisionist who’s changing the approach of America to the global order, shifting it from the concept of ‘leading from behind’ employed by his predecessor to a more active role.  America now assumes a position of leadership even distinct from that of Ronald Reagan, a position that is shaking up both world and national politics.

Realizing that the Washington Swamp includes major media as well as both political parties, the president has taken to social media to communicate directly with the general population that supports him.  In this effort he has shaken


Worried about North Korea? Please don’t. The worst that could happen is too grim to contemplate. One can only assume that clearer heads will prevail because, if they don’t, the world will be too messy to clean up.

Let’s assume that China will prevail and ‘The North’ will be brought down to size. Let’s assume as well that Trump will mean what he says. So far he has. There are too many ways to stop North Korea in its tracks. All it takes is balls, and we finally have them.

Missiles can be fouled at their source; cyber warfare is real. The Mother of All Bombs has a family as well. ‘The North’ has been tolerated as far as possible. Now it’s pay-up time and, if that’s not done, Iran lies on the near horizon. One nuclear bomb is too much. It’s time to bring this arms race to

An Exercise In Ethics – LET TRUMP BE TRUMP

Let Trump be Trump.

There’s a new book out by this name, and at least the title says volumes.  Seldom have we seen a phenomenon like Trump.  He communicates personally by social media, ignoring the press like the plague it has turned out to be.  They, along with the rest of the Washington Establishment, literally hate him for his unconventionality because they can’t control him, so much so that there’s a well-established movement to impeach him.

The result is a President Of The People.  Whether or not he can survive outside the establishment will be seen, but so far he’s accomplished quite a lot of what he promised, and will continue to do so for as long as he has the support of those he represents.

So let Trump be Trump!

He can win, you know.  And the world will be better for it.