John Barnes

John Barnes

About John Barnes

John Barnes writes sporadically from his home in the Rocky Mountains.

A Soldier’s Grandson

By |2019-06-11T15:40:57-05:00April 9th, 2018|Categories: Family, History, John Barnes, Timeless Essays, War, World War II|

Those soldiers gave my grandfather’s graveside service a gravity and dignity it would have lacked otherwise. They shared a bond with him that I can never understand, for I am a soldier’s grandson but not a soldier. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join John Barnes as [...]

A Soldier’s Grandson

By |2016-11-11T09:06:28-05:00July 5th, 2015|Categories: Family, History, John Barnes, Veterans Day, War|

A former coworker once referred to me as a “late adopter.” I suppose that’s true. Long after the popularity of the TV miniseries “Band of Brothers” crested, my wife and I started watching it. Not long after we finished, I happened to see it at the store for a reasonable price so I bought [...]

Christmas Cheer

By |2014-12-10T10:45:07-05:00December 15th, 2012|Categories: Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, John Barnes|

A number of my fellow travelers have recommended books for Christmas gifts. Here are some ideas for gifts that will enhance the reading experience. Cigars. In the movie Crimson Tide, Gene Hackman’s character, the captain of a nuclear submarine, tells his executive officer (Denzel Washington) not to grow too fond of cigars because “they’re more expensive than [...]

R.A. Lafferty: The Sack of Rome

By |2016-11-26T09:52:14-05:00May 23rd, 2012|Categories: John Barnes, Quotation, Rome|

Brad Birzer’s article A New Dark Age mentioned the 410 sack of Rome by the Visigoths, the event that prompted St. Augustine to pen City of God. Brad’s article brought to mind the closing passage from one of my favorite works of history: by R.A. Lafferty “There is a term placed on everything, even the [...]

Obama Contra Ecclesia

By |2016-08-03T10:37:36-05:00February 23rd, 2012|Categories: Catholicism, Christendom, John Barnes, Politics|

As the federal government draws ever nearer to the precipice of insolvency, the ability of the powers-that-be to purchase political support in an election year becomes increasingly difficult. Instead, our rulers look to the “freebies” — policy moves that, while far-reaching, cost the public treasury little (at least directly or immediately). This is just [...]

‘Merciful towards the absurd’: Remembering William F. Buckley Jr.

By |2013-12-30T08:55:47-05:00February 4th, 2012|Categories: Catholicism, John Barnes, William F. Buckley Jr.|

Bill Buckley in his study.Photo courtesy of the New York Times. I married a woman far more organized than I am. Only three months into our nuptials, I’m still reeling from the reorganization my (our) residence is undergoing now that she lives here, too. It’s becoming a home rather than merely a [...]

Whittaker Chambers: Reverence and Awe

By |2016-11-26T09:52:18-05:00February 2nd, 2012|Categories: John Barnes, Quotation|Tags: |

Spending time at the state capitol recently reminded me just how easily men are misled into embracing ideologies of every sort, and how much damage is done to our civilization as a result. The experience prompted me to open my Whittaker Chambers book from college — Witness — and thumb through to one of my favorite parts: [...]

A Conservatism of Hope: Response from the trenches

By |2015-05-19T23:16:02-05:00October 20th, 2011|Categories: Cicero, Classics, Conservatism, John Barnes, Politics, Russell Kirk|

A response to “A Conservatism of Hope? Still?” “The greatest is love,” we are told. “The most difficult is hope,” we could also say. The view from the public policy world is increasingly grim, I confess.  Mark Steyn, commenting on the sad ensemble constituting the GOP presidential field, captured the problem recently: “It’s very [...]