• policy and conscience

    began as a personal reflection on our attitudes towards politics in this country. When considering the ideological debates and cultural wars that we find ourselves engaged in, I was struck by how frequently our social agendas seem unmoored from our stated priorities and values. The aim of this blog, then, is to examine how our views on economic prosperity, social justice, and human dignity are reflected in the legislative policy and societal attitudes we pursue, and how individuals of conscience might be more intentional in shaping the national dialogue in which we all participate.
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marriage equality in the 2012 election

 “At a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” -Barack Obama, President of the United States The news media exploded with that statement, as earlier this week Barack Obama became the first … Continue reading


While I have enjoyed writing over these past few months, the constraints of reality are preventing me from maintaining that pace.  Contrary to popular opinion, medical school actually takes up a significant amount of time.  In light of that, I’ll reluctantly need to put my blogging on hold for the next few months; I hope … Continue reading

on the gop’s new vision for medicare

To all those who have been regularly checking in over the past few weeks, I thank you for your continued interest and support.  Recent obligations in life have kept me from writing as often as I’d like, and my updates have lapsed as a result.  Much has happened on the national stage while I’ve been … Continue reading

conflict in north africa

conflict in north africa

War… war never changes. -Fallout About a month now has passed since the UN Security Council adopted resolution 1973, authorizing the establishment of a no-fly zone over Libya [1].  At the time, both the UNSC and the Obama administration framed this intervention as a humanitarian effort in which a coalition of nations would implement a … Continue reading

shifting tones in the abortion debate

shifting tones in the abortion debate

“Never let a problem to be solved become more important than the person to be loved.” -Barbara Johnson Few topics stoke passion from either end of the ideological spectrum as quickly and reliably as that of abortion.  This comes as no surprise; when the debate ranges over life and death, autonomy and individual freedoms, strong … Continue reading

a second look at the american dream

a second look at the american dream

“A bedrock American principle is the idea that all individuals should have the opportunity to succeed on the basis of their own effort, skill, and ingenuity.” -Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve The American dream is a cornerstone of how we conceive our nation, a driving force since the colonies were first established.  It … Continue reading


proposals and priorities

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. -Gospel of Matthew, 6:21 Money has a funny way of clarifying things.  You see, whether you’re a politician in Washington or a plebeian at home, it’s easy to pay lip service to a host of ideals so long as no actual sacrifice is involved. … Continue reading

class consciousness

class consciousness and the american psyche

“Quando dou comida aos pobres chamam-me santo.  Quando pergunto por que eles são pobres chamam-me de comunista.” -Hélder Câmara, Archbishop of Recife America has a problem with class.  This is not to say that Americans are uncouth or have a penchant for truancy, but rather that the American public, as a whole, has a difficult … Continue reading


the cost of repealing health reform

“Medicine may be hard, but health insurance is simple… The subject’s famed complexity is a function of the forces protecting the status quo, not the issue itself.” -Ezra Klein When first brainstorming ideas for this blog, it seemed inevitable that the subject of health care in the United States would eventually come up.  What I … Continue reading

DC skyline


“Politics is not an end, but a means. It is not a product, but a process. It is the art of government. Like other values it has its counterfeits. So much emphasis has been placed upon the false that the significance of the true has been obscured and politics has come to convey the meaning … Continue reading