Something of Value

  In my last blog I said what we individual and collectively think about God—the strength or weakness of our faith—is based upon the pillars supporting belief in the idea, i.e., the Bible and Church teachings. If either, or both, of these are becoming less credible in the context of what we know and understand today (Modernity), the “idea” formed from these sources weakens. Faith is impaired. Personal religious doubt…

From the author: why this book?

  From the author: why this book? Because, quite frankly, it seems almost self-evident that modern religious laypeople quietly harboring doubt, and those openly skeptical as well as those who have already backed away from today’s Church (the so called “nones”) deserve a fresh perspective on what many contend is a declining (Christian) Church and its depiction of divinity; the book in the author’s view offers this, in its somewhat…

Excerpts from God Versus the Idea of God

“It’s acceptable today to express skepticism—just why I’m not sure—but not outright disbelief. I’ve hunkered down behind the cloak of skepticism for years. Now seems the time to shed it. While taking this overt action may invite criticism, even ostracism, fortunately today no longer burning at the stake (Hallelujah!).” “If an infinite and perfect God (by definition) exists outside of time (history)—always has, does and always will—while finite mankind exists…

Sovereignty as the Law of the Land: What Good is it?

Sovereignty of the people is still the law of the land, but it has become somewhat of an illusion. I hate to cry wolf, but the continuing failure of ideological politics and the resulting disappointment of ideological government is a reality that really deserves greater recognition by those ultimately responsible for it, the American voter. Perpetuating our present political alternatives seems only likely to prolong our dissatisfaction and to frustrate…

An Open Letter to the American Public at Large

  It seems somewhat pointless to highlight, yet again, specific political maladies let alone all such ills affecting our society. They are manifold. But the system which engenders them is designed to protect itself in spite of great disillusionment of those the system is supposed to benefit, and in spite of a systemic mode of self-correction—the vote. What of public opinion demonstrating this public disillusionment? Gallup points out that public…

Syria – Oops, Not Again?

  I write championing an Independent political option. So, how do political Independents feel about the US getting further involved in the Syrian conflict? If, as projected, Independents represent the full spectrum of moderate American political feelings, then we are mostly against further involvement. But, at what price? Gallup has (mostly) been told, “. . . the events in Syria are none of the United States’ business, that the U.S….

Good Cop, Bad Cop: Who Can We Believe?

”For our ideas to win [out] we have to govern. And if we don’t win [elections], we don’t govern. I’m going to do everything I can to win.”  Wow, now that’s insight! This is the not-much-new-here gospel according to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Mr. Christie confided to the Republican National Committee (RNC), in a private address in Boston recently, that GOP candidates should “hew to conservative economic themes and…

Political Independents: Seeing But Not Believing

Here’s a head-scratcher for you: Official voter registration records in at least 29 states show significant numbers of people registering to vote as political Independents, or who decline to declare a political party affiliation. Opinion polls, at least those of the Gallup organization, consistently list three political groups, Republicans, Democrats and political Independents, responding to their survey questions. Nightly news—on all stations and/or channels, periodicals and newspapers speak and write…

What’s the Significance of Elections?

Well, you might say, it’s to make a choice, decide between alternatives, and you’d beright.To elect someone, or something, is to demonstrate a preference. In politics, the significance of elections is to determine just who the majority (voting) prefers to lead government for a set period of time. “Who” in our political system, generally means which political party. Does this mean that whichever party gets the most votes wins, the…

Bitch, Bitch, Bitch!

Politics & Government Today: Are They Really As Bad As It Looks? Yeah, unfortunately, it does seem to most (if not necessarily to the politicians) to be as bad as it looks.  Somewhere along the line, the purpose of government has gotten sidetracked. Our politicians now focus not on what to govern but ideologically how to govern. The result, as we see, is not pretty. Two experienced Congressional watchdogs believe…

GOD VERSUS THE IDEA OF GOD is available in soft cover or
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BOOM! is available in soft cover or hard back editions online and through your favorite local bookseller, nationally.



“TR Harry is like the friendly 'prof' who turns classes into light but memorable learning experiences. That’s pretty much the way he writes. In BOOM! (his 3rd book) his theme is political choice, and how to infuse 21st century US party politics with classical utilitarian values such as to loosen government’s shackles of polarizing ideology. TR’s arguments favoring an Independent voter platform as a viable option for the land we love will ring convincingly for readers across the political spectrum.”
-Serena Howlett, JD, MPH

“Thomas Harry has a knack for taking a seemingly difficult to understand situation and turning it into a story made easy to follow and understand. Harry offers a simple assessment of what the system has become and how our society has reacted to its shift from getting on with governing to simply getting elected. Thomas Richard Harry’s book should be required reading for anyone currently in public office, anyone intending to run for office, and everyone registered to vote, regardless of their politics.”
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