Some information about me:

My favorite living American (excluding family members) is Brian Lamb. My favorite historians (excluding friends and mentors) are Eric Foner, David Hackett Fischer, Robert Remini, Gordon Wood, Richard Norton Smith, Joseph Ellis and Victor Davis Hanson. My favorite historical period is Early National. My favorite eighteenth-century American is George Washington; in the c. 19: JQA, Jackson & Lincoln; c. 20: Teddy (TR), MLK, and RR. Other heroes: Tom Landry, John Wooden, Grant Teaff, Nolan Ryan, Muhammad Ali, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson.

I have always proudly self-identified as a conservative, but I am mindful that some of my conservative brethren look askance at many of my positions. In the coming split in modern conservatism, my pronounced bent toward libertarianism and evangelicalism may necessitate my estrangement from the movement (but the initiative won't come from me).

I am an American traditionalist and a Southern Baptist. I believe with all my heart in limited government, but my convictions are tempered with a nineteenth-century Whig sensibility. That is, I wonder if Henry Clay's "American System" and a little evangelical fervor might not be the recipe for national revival. I believe in the republican virtues of the Revolution: frugality, integrity, industry, patience, and subordination of self-interest to the public interest (although I often fail to live out those ideals).

I believe in tradition, in general, and the American tradition, in particular, which I contend celebrates synthesis and compromise as well as innovation, independent thought and principled stands. I think Alexis de Tocqueville had it right when he said (and I paraphrase) that the genius of American politics is the ability of the electorate to tack back and forth, adjusting and correcting.

I believe that history has the power to save our collective American soul.

PS: I do not actually own a farm (nor do I possess the requisite skill to maintain one). The sobriquet, A Waco Farmer, is derivative of John Dickinson’s “Letters from a Pennsylvania Farmer” and a paean to the affinity of the Founders for agrarian republicanism.