I was born in 1985 to a mixed family in Upstate, NY. That is, from family with a Catholic Union Democrat and a Southern Baptist Republican. I grew up smack dab in the middle of the liberal leviathan that is the northeast, and witnessed first hand its failings; crumbling infrastructure, a structurally and operationally deteriorating education system, and an ever more invasive social welfare state which drove young talent (including yours truly) from NY by the hundreds of thousands—and left those behind over-taxed, under-employed, and over-regulated. Even still, I was somewhat sheltered from this influence in that my sleepy, quaint hometown seemed somewhat insulated from the competing influences of New England and New York City.
I was raised with a front seat viewing of the cultural war taking place in America today—one which pits paradigms of conservatism and liberalism in a no-holds barred fight to the death. I am blessed with a view of what is truly important: faith, family, friends and holding true to what works. I am charged, I feel, by the one true God with a passion for making a difference in a world of injustices. I graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University in 2006 with a B.A. in Political Science. Interning for a short time in the Belt Way in 2006 under Karl Rove in the White House’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, my passion for using politics and the power of the keyboard as a vehicle to change things for the better intensified.
In Washington, D.C., I met my wonderful wife, Katie, and we were married in 2007. I have since worked as a Special Investigator retained by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and I live in Knoxville, TN, the very buckle of the Bible Belt. Hopping from one belt to another has been a shock, and my exile as a yankee in a thoroughly red-state is a shock to the system in some respects, but grants me a superior understanding of the differences and the challenges faced by Americans in the culture war.
Influenced greatly by conservative thinkers such as Thomas Sowell, Alexander Hamilton, and Edmund Burke, my writing attempts to encompass a staunch conservatism socially, fiscally, and philosophically, matching my fierce certainty with a biting, sassy style. I will try to update as often as I can with pithy remarks and thoughts on all things poltical, current and relevant.