I love this high school picture of my Mom. Among all the things she accomplished in her life, she was a writer of plays, novels and inspiring letters. She was also an avid reader, who surrounded herself (and her kids) with books. She was consistently thoughtful, passionate and principled. I strive to follow her example.
My own reading and writing has most often been connected to my work. As a lawyer, I read the law and wrote mind-numbing contracts and prospectuses. As an investment banker and businessman, I have studied financial reports and industrial analysis, and written book-length descriptions of companies and projects.
Then I ran for the U.S. Senate in 2016. This was a drink-from-a-firehose education, like doing a post-graduate program in months instead of years.
With this experience came deeper understanding of the issues we confront as Idahoans and Americans. It also motivated me to a passionate purpose: to promote factual clarity and reason in what appears to be an officially-sanctioned atmosphere of “fake news” and fallacy.
In the clearest and simplest terms I can muster, I seek to correct factual misrepresentation and logical absurdity–and to beat back the impending threats to our most fundamental values.
For these reasons, I have written about honesty, trust, acceptance, compassion, respect and decency. I have given priority to exposing the factual errors and illogic behind travel bans, “extreme vetting,” “repeal and replace,” and the “Con-Con” movement that threatens to muck up our Constitution.
The Idaho Statesman and the Post-Register have been exceedingly gracious in publishing my work (and I will continue to submit articles to those and other papers). However, I am looking for a more constant outlet to strenuously defend our values and to persistently expose falsehoods and fallacies, including those emanating from our state and federal governments.
To blog or not to blog? I will blog, and I hope you will join me.