Since May 22, 2000

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Let's just say that I'm an anti-war (although I proudly wore the uniform for many years), slightly Green (in my personal life, that is), old-fashioned traditionalist. I have no idea what it means anymore to be a conservative, so I don't claim to be one.

I hate taxes, I hate it when people kill babies, and I hate the constant expansion of government and politics into every aspect of our lives.

I think that whether someone is conservative is better shown by how one lives than by how one talks politically. There are few things more conservative than minding one's own business, and expecting others to mind their own...

I love living out West, and spending as much time as far from civilization as I can. I love the feel of grass and soil under my boots, and I love the endless, open, empty vistas. I love growing things.

I love reading books -- the older, the better.

I'd rather spend time with my family discussing music than discussing politics.

I have to admit, though, that the night Tom Daschle got sent packing was one of the happiest of my life.

I'd rather sit in the morning and drink a cup of coffee with my wife and talk about what we just read in the Bible than to get depressed by reading the newspaper.

There are few things more old-fashioned than being an Eastern Orthodox Christian, so it's not surprising that this is where I ended up -- in services where time itself stops (and you don't even need to stand athwart it, yelling "stop!" to make it happen.)

When politicians disappoint me, I never forget the words of the Psalmist: "Trust ye not in princes, nor in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation."

I believe that there are three things that every person has to have in order to be content: Something to do, someone to love, and someplace to be.

I love the poetry of Wendell Berry and T.S. Eliot.

I love the music of Rachmaninov and the novels of Dostoevsky.

I love Greek food.

I think that being an old-fashioned traditionalist is far more about what one loves than about what one hates.