Robert Meyer column
Robert Meyer is a hardy soul who hails from the Cheesehead country of the upper midwest. Robert is known by his opponents as a "clever rhetorician" who often exposes the fallacies of knee-jerk arguments presented in local papers. Seeking to develop precepts for every aspect of life based on a conservative Christian worldview Robert often gleans inspiration from looking off his back deck, over the scenic Fox river and recalling the wise counsel of those who mentored him. He can be contacted at Junkyarddog58@msn.com.


Voting for Trump from a Christian perspective
Robert Meyer
November 14, 2016

Many people have questioned how someone who claims to be a Christian can vote for Donald Trump. Below, I've offered some explanation of that under a variety of . . .


The king's horse has spoken: An American Brexit
Robert Meyer
November 12, 2016

I am reminded of an anecdote about a man who had committed some offence against the king of his land. He is sentenced to be executed by the king, but requests a . . .


God is not a Republican
Robert Meyer
October 11, 2016

With the presidential election season upon us, you're likely to see a bumper sticker sporting the slogan "God is not a Republican." Variations of this theme . . .


Posting forums a refuge for obnoxious behavior
Robert Meyer
September 19, 2016

For many years I've done a periodical editorial spot for a local radio station. Once last year, my theme was the idea that the semi-anonymity accorded by . . .


Think biblically rather than politically
Robert Meyer
August 10, 2016

In these days and times, it is difficult for Bible-believing folk to see anything positive to cheer about in the culture or via the political process. Many are . . .


Gun control and celebrating diversity won't curtail terrorism
Robert Meyer
July 1, 2016

I have never been a firearms enthusiast, sportsman or avid hunter. I live in a rural area and when I'm outside doing yard work, I can hear the rapid discharge . . .


"Voter suppression" another red herring
Robert Meyer
June 21, 2016

"There are lies, damned lies and statistics." This is a declaration attributed to Benjamin Disraeli, the 19th century British statesman, illustrating that . . .


Abuse of the WWJD imperative
Robert Meyer
May 31, 2016

The popular Christian imperative WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) is based on a 19th century book by Charles M. Sheldon., In His Steps. The book is actually the story . . .


Was Christianity responsible for the Holocaust?
Robert Meyer
May 23, 2016

Recently a poster I encountered asserted the common claim that Christianity was largely responsible for the Holocaust, while pointing out the harm caused by . . .


Why the Senate leadership must not cave on Garland
Robert Meyer
May 14, 2016

Recently, we have witnessed a debate on whether the Senate should vote on Obama's SCOTUS nomination Merrick Garland. But the better question is whether they . . .


Wisconsin's Supreme Court election is about judicial philosophy
Robert Meyer
March 31, 2016

I am delighted the competition for the GOP nomination between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump isn't over just yet. This is not because I am hoping for a brokered . . .


Scalia tragedy provides opportunity for redemption
Robert Meyer
February 17, 2016

As I turned on the television Saturday night, February 13th, I was stunned to discover that Justice Antonin Scalia, a man for whom I hold the greatest reverence . . .


"Making a Murderer" documentary shows the power of advocacy journalism
Robert Meyer
February 11, 2016

Several years ago while waiting in a doctor's office, a man asked if I wanted to read the newspaper he had. I told him I was only interested in the editorial . . .


Was America the creation of Deism? Part 3
Robert Meyer
February 2, 2016

There are those few who contend that the big problem in Christianity vs. Deism debate, is that both sides are wrong about the religious nature of the founding . . .


The Trump Card or Bernie?
Robert Meyer
January 18, 2016

Donald Trump is far from my ideal of the perfect, or even the prototype of a strongly endorsable candidate. Yet one cannot help but marvel at Trump's staying . . .


Was America the creation of deism? Part 2
Robert Meyer
December 23, 2015

Phrases used in the Declaration of Independence are said to be of deist nomenclature. The fact is that many of the phases used in the Declaration had fixed . . .


Non-partisanship, "credible" authority and truth by consensus
Robert Meyer
December 21, 2015

Three things which make me perpetually suspicious are claims of non-partisanship, "credible" authority and truth by consensus. A common tactic employed by . . .


Was America the creation of deism? Part 1
Robert Meyer
December 16, 2015

A byproduct spun off from the cultural wars, is the question of what philosophical underpinnings influenced America's founding. Ask most college educated folk . . .


Confusing theocracy with church/state separation
Robert Meyer
November 5, 2015

Liberals and secularists frequently and haphazardly shoot from the hip, when they claim ad nauseam, that certain activities violate the "separation between . . .


Judicial activism leads to depotism
Robert Meyer
September 23, 2015

Judicial activism is the outgrowth of a theory of law known as Legal Positivism. It began to take hold after the Civil War when the president of Harvard . . .


Christianity & civil disobedience Part II
Robert Meyer
September 19, 2015

Before we delve into an example of civil disobedience, we should touch on how the government and religious consciousness came to be so adversarial. A . . .


Christianity & civil disobedience Part I
Robert Meyer
September 14, 2015

Kim Davis, the county clerk from Kentucky who was jailed for refusing to process marriage license applications for same-sex couples, offers a poignant segue . . .


All education is inherently a religious enterprise
Robert Meyer
June 18, 2015

As more support for educational vouchers gains ascendancy, the talking points against them become increasingly shrill. The epitome of this trend might well . . .


Why Congress is dysfunctional
Robert Meyer
April 22, 2015

We have heard complaints about the "do nothing congress" for the past several presidential administrations. Indeed, we frequently see that congressional . . .


RFRA's do not license class discrimination
Robert Meyer
April 14, 2015

The recent passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana has caused a disproportionate amount of push back considering a similar law was passed . . .


Walker Derangement Syndrome reaching fever pitch
Robert Meyer
March 18, 2015

Scott Walker got elected as governor of Wisconsin without a college degree. That has the usual purveyors of snide remarks, such as democratic provocateur, . . .


Obama shouldn't use selective history to minimize current atrocities
Robert Meyer
February 17, 2015

Obama's recent comments at a national prayer breakfast raised a host of critical eyebrows. The most offending comment from the president's address was as . . .


The passing of my atheist friend
Robert Meyer
January 8, 2015

On December 11th, Robert Nordlander, a household name to anyone who habitually read the opinion pages in the Appleton Post-Crescent, passed away after a . . .


Rioting versus racism
Robert Meyer
December 19, 2014

The United States has had a long history with the ugly stains of racial prejudice and institutional discrimination on its collective conscience, particularly . . .


Analysis of the 2014 elections
Robert Meyer
November 19, 2014

The public and pundits alike, tend to read too much into the results of a particular election because society has fallen for the romantic notion that the . . .


Ask not about Republicans
Robert Meyer
October 4, 2014

A dubious editorial pastime these days involves political progressives offering their suggestions about rescuing the Republican Party from extinction. Of course . . .


Government must not facilitate illegal immigration
Robert Meyer
August 19, 2014

I participate in a forum where my local newspaper asks a group of people to comment on an issue the newspaper chooses on a rotating basis. My group of . . .


Hobby Lobby decision chagrins liberals
Robert Meyer
July 16, 2014

The recent Hobby Lobby SCOTUS decision has brought about a hue and cry representing a chorus of scorched cats. It becomes almost impossible to exaggerate the . . .


Religion has a rightful place in public affairs
Robert Meyer
July 9, 2014

Recently I read a post that stated something I have heard numerous times; "religious convictions have no place in influencing legislation in a secular society." . . .


Voter ID opposition is irrational
Robert Meyer
May 22, 2014

Only a few years ago, I never imagined anyone would be opposed to verifying the identity of voters, or that the issue could be so heavily politicized. I would . . .


There's no neutrality in public education
Robert Meyer
May 21, 2014

Recently, I have seen both pro and con editorial pieces regarding the proposed expansion of educational vouchers in Wisconsin. Those critical of educational . . .


Freedom From Religion Foundation: Smash-mouth atheism
Robert Meyer
April 19, 2014

In a recent local letter to the editor, Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Madison, Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation, promotes the tenor . . .


Met the Beatles again
Robert Meyer
February 28, 2014

On Sunday February 9th, 1964, I sat in my small rocking chair in the living room of my family home. An older sister was there, as were my parents, who stopped . . .


The logical tension of atheistic materialism
Robert Meyer
February 17, 2014

Mr. N is well known in my locality, as an atheist who writes letters to the editor, often making rhetorical arguments impugning Christianity. In a recent . . .


In defense of "fundamentalism"
Robert Meyer
January 7, 2014

In the world of cultural semantics, there is probably not a phrase that rings with more pejorative innuendo than the term "fundamentalism." It should be noted . . .


War on Christmas v. religious liberty
Robert Meyer
January 2, 2014

While listening to the radio in my car several days ago, I heard about a new poll where a small majority of people said that there actually is no war on . . .


Pope's Time Magazine recognition is ominous
Robert Meyer
December 16, 2013

A big pre-Christmas news story was that Roman Catholic leader Pope Francis was named Time Magazine's "Person of the Year." That happening requires an . . .


Tribute for my father
Robert Meyer
November 6, 2013

I am writing this piece to commemorate the life of my father, Robert E. Meyer Sr., who passed away Oct.29th. You won't long remember much of what I write here . . .


Red-letter Christianity or red flag socialism?
Robert Meyer
October 5, 2013

Recently a Community Column writer for a local paper wrote an opinion piece denouncing conservative politicians for not complying with the "Red-Letter" . . .


Cultural deconstruction of Christianity
Robert Meyer
September 12, 2013

I couldn't agree more with the sentiments expressed regarding in the recent op-ed by Christine M. Flowers "Around the world, the cross is in the crosshairs."  . . .


Obama perpetuates racial dissonance
Robert Meyer
August 21, 2013

We are all exhausted from the Zimmerman v. Martin media fiasco, but need to indulge it once again as a prelude into this piece. I have no first-hand . . .


Modern "equality" activism unlike civil rights movement
Robert Meyer
July 23, 2013

My Father and I were discussing how perceptions have changed over the years. He has been retired over 30 years now. He told me that once the big talk at his . . .


Trading liberty for security revisited
Robert Meyer
June 17, 2013

It has been years since I received so many inquiries regarding a piece I wrote. The controversy surrounding domestic surveillance abuses has resulted in many . . .


Philosophical aspects of climate change controversy
Robert Meyer
May 18, 2013

Several editorial works have appeared recently, once again addressing the give and take of global warming/climate change concerns. Few of us have the . . .


"School choice" threatens ideological hegemony
Robert Meyer
April 13, 2013

Recently a 15 year-old attending school within the Appleton, Wisconsin School District, made both local and national news for alleging that he faced harassment . . .


Liberal birth control policies stuck on stupid
Robert Meyer
February 14, 2013

Every time someone writes a piece observing the destruction of the traditional family, you can be assured it will be greeted with the typical chorus of . . .


What the Republicans shouldn't do
Robert Meyer
January 29, 2013

With yet another stinging presidential defeat barely in the rear view mirror, pundits are making dangerous and inadvisable suggestions about the future of the . . .


Issues of reproductive rights and gun control represent failed approaches
Robert Meyer
January 17, 2013

Two recent hot button issues, "reproductive rights" and gun control, represent examples of failed methods for dealing with cultural problems. It's no mystery . . .


Never let a crisis go to waste
Robert Meyer
December 30, 2012

The Sandy Hook tragedy presents yet the latest example of the liberal political strategist's adage "Never let a crisis go to waste." This slaughter of young . . .


Tax policy and the 'fiscal cliff'
Robert Meyer
December 14, 2012

There has been controversy among those interested in economics as to which tax policies have been more beneficial to the economy: Those supported by past . . .


The Democratic Party left Kennedy
Robert Meyer
November 27, 2012

I remember in 1986, when I was a lot less politically savvy. When looking back at the Reagan years up until that time, I thought to myself "At least they can . . .


Green Bay Bishop warns "cafeteria" Catholics
Robert Meyer
November 6, 2012

Bishop David Ricken of the Catholic Diocese in Green Bay, Wisconsin has been roundly criticized for saying in a letter to his flock, that they could jeopardize . . .


Can we legislate morality
Robert Meyer
October 11, 2012

Recently a writer of a letter to the editor opined about a columnist who criticized the pro-life position, smearing it recklessly with predictable stereotypes . . .


We must ask if we are on God's side
Robert Meyer
September 25, 2012

A Community Columnist for a local paper wrote a piece reasoning that since this year's presidential election revolved around economic issues, we ought to survey . . .


Why I won't be voting for Obama
Robert Meyer
September 14, 2012

Just over three years ago I believed there was no way Obama could never win re-election. But if the election for president was held today, Obama would likely . . .


The Ryan effect
Robert Meyer
August 16, 2012

In the early morning hours of Saturday, August 11th, republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced his running mate selection to be Wisconsin . . .


The fall of the house of Roberts
Robert Meyer
July 8, 2012

Unless you are Rip Van Winkle, you have heard an earful about how Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, has sided with the liberal wing in declaring . . .


Walking tall in Wisconsin
Robert Meyer
June 10, 2012

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is the first governor in history to survive a recall election. Of course, that isn't saying much when we consider how few . . .


"Buffet Rule" recipe for economic envy
Robert Meyer
April 24, 2012

While the U. S. Senate lacked the votes to pass the "Buffet Rule," it turns out that Obama, like Warren Buffet, probably paid a lower percentage on his federal . . .


George Washington reproves Obama on "Supreme " comments
Robert Meyer
April 10, 2012

Recently, President Obama gave an address, jawboning the Supreme Court after they heard deliberations regarding the constitutionality of the Health Care Bill. . . .


Churches must have liberty of conscience
Robert Meyer
March 7, 2012

A new issue has surfaced in the long rhetorical political battle. A question of religious liberty has been turned into a circus of shameless political innuendo, . . .


The tragedy of Christopher Hitchens
Robert Meyer
February 10, 2012

A local writer wrote a recent column praising the late journalist Christopher Hitchens, who passed away last December 15th. In reading a number of the writer's . . .


Recall election in Wisconsin a national bellwether
Robert Meyer
January 31, 2012

Political opponents of Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin announced they had nearly double the amount of signatures legally required to proceed with a recall . . .


The Tebow Effect: the current magnet for religious bigotry
Robert Meyer
December 31, 2011

Tim Tebow is simply the latest super magnet for attracting the sentiments of religious bigotry. There has already been discussion Ad Naseum pertaining to a . . .


There's really no war on Christmas is there?
Robert Meyer
December 19, 2011

During this Christmas season, the Madison, Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation(hereafter referred to as "FFRF") made another installment in their . . .


"Occupy" movement attempts to justify envy
Robert Meyer
November 28, 2011

Unfortunately the "Occupy" movement is becoming more violent in its orientation. What was once billed as a liberal incarnation of the Tea Party, has become a . . .


Occupy Wall Street: Face-painting, bongos, and drum circles
Robert Meyer
October 27, 2011

Face-painting, bongos and drum circles in New York, on Wall-street, and now even on Main Street in many of America's smaller cities. Is this a movement of . . .


Marginalizing Christianity by quoting Jesus
Robert Meyer
October 10, 2011

If you are an avid reader of newspaper editorial columns, you can't help but notice two reoccurring themes that come around with nauseating regularity. Both of . . .


The heart of political disagreement
Robert Meyer
September 22, 2011

Nearly all disputes about political economic issues, boil down to differences in philosophies regarding the nature of the legitimate role of government. When I . . .


Compromise often is a losing proposition
Robert Meyer
August 18, 2011

In the aftermath of the wrangling over increasing the federal debt ceiling, the editorial topic du jour seems heavily invested in lauding the "virtue" of . . .


Obama's bodacious budgetary bluff
Robert Meyer
July 27, 2011

See Obama with poker face and dark shades, stoically warning us about the dire repercussions of ignoring his call to raise the debt limit. Come the middle of . . .


Weiner incident highlights moral apathy
Robert Meyer
June 29, 2011

Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner did something morally commendable — he finally decided to resign his office. In this piece I will make no . . .


Why opposition against voter ID is indefensible
Robert Meyer
May 23, 2011

Recently the legislature in the state of Wisconsin passed a law requiring ID to vote, with certain specified exceptions. Many people have voiced their opinion . . .


The killing of Osama Bin Laden: revenge or justice?
Robert Meyer
May 9, 2011

In light of the jubilant celebrations all over America, spawned by the announcement that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by Navy Seals, we have to assess the . . .


Total meltdown of citizenship in Wisconsin
Robert Meyer
April 4, 2011

The state of Wisconsin has suffered a meltdown. I am happy to report it was not a meltdown of their nuclear reactors such as Japan experienced after its recent . . .


"Greece" is the word in Madison
Robert Meyer
March 14, 2011

In mid-February, political turmoil crashed up on the shores of Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin and surged all the way to the capitol grounds. Last year, when . . .


The legend of Green Bay's "Jolly Rodgers"
Robert Meyer
February 9, 2011

Okay, this is not a story about the legendary pirate flag, but rather a commentary honoring the Super bowl champion quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay . . .


Recent calls for civility are only rhetorical
Robert Meyer
February 8, 2011

This column is about old news, and has been overshadowed in the news cycle because of the recent upheaval in the Middle east. Yet this issue is one that will be . . .


Hope for change in the new Congress
Robert Meyer
January 5, 2011

For over two years, conservatives have been anticipating this moment, the first step to reinstall representatives in Congress which will hopefully put us back . . .


Thoughts about the "best deal we could get"
Robert Meyer
December 12, 2010

As of this writing, it is difficult to speculate on whether or not the Democrats in Congress will pass the deal to maintain current tax rates, as agreed upon by . . .


Election results about ideology as much as economy
Robert Meyer
November 16, 2010

A recent editorial theme that is overworked among the soothsayers of conventional wisdom, is suggesting that newly elected conservatives have a short time to . . .


Wisconsin's election results move state forward
Robert Meyer
November 4, 2010

The recent election brought about mixed results based upon my expectations. Pending the outcome of the undecided Senate races at the time of this writing, the U . . .


Conservatives not recommitting to failed policies
Robert Meyer
October 13, 2010

As of this writing, the election is only a few weeks away. At this point it doesn't pay to make any outrageous projection for the 2010 mid term elections. I'll . . .


Delaware Republican primary: A 2008 mentality applied to a 2010 reality
Robert Meyer
September 20, 2010

It's already old news that Christine O' Donnell won the Delaware Republican primary in upset fashion. It took less than two seconds flat for the establishment . . .


Ground Zero mosque not about religious freedom
Robert Meyer
September 2, 2010

The Ground Zero mosque controversy has been erroneously portrayed by certain news pundits as being an issue about religious freedom. Of course this is another . . .


Lifest: "social justice" invades midwest
Robert Meyer
August 14, 2010

In a recent letter to the editor of my local newspaper, Valley Scene columnist (a liberal arts and entertainment tabloid) Mr.N, a prominent local atheist, . . .


Racism in the Tea Party or a tempest in a tea pot?
Robert Meyer
July 20, 2010

To many political observers, it probably appeared that the Tea Party movement came out of the woodwork or even thin air. But the roots of the movement go back . . .


Sympathy for socialism and secularism
Robert Meyer
June 22, 2010

I write a monthly column for a local arts and entertainment tabloid with a decidedly liberal slant. A fellow columnist, who I'll call Mr. N panned a new book in . . .


Arizona took off its rainbow shades
Robert Meyer
June 18, 2010

Most of the arguments over the heated immigration issue take on a similar form. People claim that Arizona's new law allows police to racially profile Hispanics. . . .


How Bart Stupak mirrors Neville Chamberlain
Robert Meyer
April 12, 2010

It was once claimed that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. In his time, Neville Chamberlain was probably the poster child for such a sentiment. In . . .


Brights: The lights are on, but is anyone home?
Robert Meyer
March 19, 2010

Recently, I received an E-mail from a gentleman who described himself as a "Bright." Just in case you are not familiar with the term, it is not slang for an . . .


No 'Hail to the Chief' on Presidents Day
Robert Meyer
February 16, 2010

Up until now, you probably have noticed that I have not engaged in much criticism of president Obama. I suppose it could be said that for me the honeymoon . . .


The "immorality" of voting against health insurance reform
Robert Meyer
January 14, 2010

An editorial writer recently sought to make a point about the federal health care legislation, giving us an anecdotal story about a Republican congressman who . . .


Away with the manger!
Robert Meyer
December 18, 2009

A frequent contributor to my local newspaper wrote a piece before Christmas urging that religious Nativity displays don't belong on government property. Since . . .


Answering bogus charges against Christianity
Robert Meyer
November 5, 2009

A recent vitriolic anti-Christian editorial brought out the usual boiler-plate responses from both sides of the ideological continuum. One respondent argued . . .


The fundamental disagreement between the religious right and religious left
Robert Meyer
October 13, 2009

There has much conversation in recent years about both the religious right and religious left, as to why their views differ. Since both movements claim to be . . .


Health insurance reform: socialism American-style
Robert Meyer
September 17, 2009

One of the drawbacks of the current health care debate is that this issue is debated in terms of facts (which side is dishonest or misinformed about provisions . . .


Freedom from religion: deconstructing the First Amendment
Robert Meyer
August 20, 2009

When my local newspaper published the an article related to the latest folly of the Madison Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation, under the heading  . . .


Global warming: religion or science?
Robert Meyer
July 22, 2009

If we have seen it once, we have seen it a thousand times: somebody writes an editorial claiming that man-made global warming is a irrefutable scientific fact, . . .


"Originalism" is not conservative judicial activism
Robert Meyer
June 16, 2009

Recent diatribes have appeared in the media criticizing and misrepresenting the rationale of those opposed to the Sotomayor nomination to the Supreme Court.  . . .


My personal trial by fire
Robert Meyer
May 27, 2009

Every now and then, some event in life occurs that changes your entire outlook on things. Such an event merits writing about despite the fact that it deviates . . .


The state establishment of atheism?
Robert Meyer
January 26, 2009

Along with the "coming out" of militant atheism in recent years, there has been a growing perception that freedom of religion is tantamount to public freedom . . .


Criticism of Warren invitation unwarranted
Robert Meyer
January 20, 2009

To the consternation and disappointment of many ardent Obama supporters, Rick Warren, the famous mega-church evangelical author, was asked to officiate at the . . .


Media fails to criticize inappropriate Christmas season dissent
Robert Meyer
December 25, 2008

Virtually every year at this time, an issue over Christmas displays on public property, or some related church and state issue pops up. I call discussion of . . .


Republicans come to a fork in the road
Robert Meyer
December 4, 2008

In the wake of the November election's repudiation of Republicans, there is a controversy among pundits about what Republicans need to do to stage a legislative . . .


Political obfuscation in the stem-cell research issue
Robert Meyer
November 26, 2008

One of the most common complaints registered during the recent election season, is that certain policy positions of political candidates are wrongly . . .


Liberals misunderstand the pro-life position
Robert Meyer
November 19, 2008

In the aftermath of this year's electoral train wreck for conservatives, my local newspaper has published a few editorial letters by people trying to offer . . .


A time for purging
Robert Meyer
November 7, 2008

On election night, just after Barack Obama was declared the President-elect, Fox News interviewed Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, who is thought to be a rising . . .


Will conspiracy theories be used to explain election results?
Robert Meyer
November 3, 2008

My call-in editorial was posted in Saturday's edition of a local newspaper, intended as a satirical presentation of some conspiracy theories which I have heard . . .


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