Austin Rhodes

Austin Rhodes


Southern Red States More Diverse Than Yankee Blues

Southern Red States More Diverse Than Yankee Blues

As someone constantly defending conservative ideas and concepts in government and education, one criticism I have consistently heard from detractors concerning “red states” (those that historically support conservative political candidates and causes) is that our collective intellect is suspect, and proof of that can be found in our historically poor education systems. They point to […]

The Best? The Worst? The Internet!

The Best? The Worst? The Internet!

In terms of gender, the internet has to be a woman. (Women being perhaps the only other “thing” in the universe that has brought me absolute delight and absolute disgust, in the same day, the same hour, the same moment.) It is the single greatest, and the single worst, invention in my lifetime. Your favorite […]

The Mayor’s Rude Awakening

The Mayor’s Rude Awakening

Dear Mr. Mayor: Rough week, huh? You found out the hard way that no matter what “deals or arrangements” you have with your fellow elected officials, if you don’t have those discussions in the light of day, and hopefully in front of lots of witnesses (and reporters), you might as well not bother having them. […]

Real Conservatives Are Not Scared of Gay Marriage

Real Conservatives Are Not Scared of Gay Marriage

Despite the best efforts of a few dinosaurs, it appears the federal courts will soon be bulldozing the last restrictions on same-sex marriage in America. Alabama’s restrictions will soon be history, and you better believe Georgia’s won’t be far behind. I got over my misguided objections a while back, and officially announced it in this […]

Thurmond’s Fear Trumped His Fight

Thurmond’s Fear Trumped His Fight

Say what you want about the rather “uneven” personal and professional life of late conservative icon Strom Thurmond, Sr., the man was bold as a legislator and, as an attorney, fearless in the courtroom. In Washington, Senator Thurmond’s willingness to push his conservative political agenda against all who stood in opposition put him in constant conflict […]

Neighborhood Angst Can Inspire Political Revolution

Neighborhood Angst Can Inspire Political Revolution

If you are sitting back at a distance, watching the current school rezoning squabbles in Columbia County, thinking that it is “much ado about nothing,” don’t be too quick to dismiss the discord. Similar “small” skirmishes in our metro area have given birth to snowballing citizen movements that have seen laws and policies changed, and […]

War Is Hell… Film at 11

War Is Hell… Film at 11

The only thing worse than critiquing something (a restaurant, a film, a book) with which you are largely unfamiliar is heaping tons of praise on similarly uncharted material. I have not seen “American Sniper” so I cannot and will not recommend that you see it. At least not based on the merits of the picture itself. […]

Can Senator Jones Solve This Problem?

Can Senator Jones Solve This Problem?

Former Richmond County Solicitor Harold Jones was sworn in this week as the new District 22 state senator, succeeding Hardie Davis, the man who has become Augusta’s newest mayor. As a Democrat serving in a Republican-controlled state government, Senator Jones will be limited in what he can pursue as far as wide, sweeping legislation goes, but […]

Make an Example of the Jeep-Driving Jerk

Make an Example of the Jeep-Driving Jerk

Photo Caption: The reported “weapon of destruction” 16-year-old Logan Barker is accused of using to destroy a BMX park under construction in Columbia County. The vehicle was borrowed from his 18-year-old brother. This picture was taken well before the alleged crime, the ironic presence of the police car in the background is nothing less than prophetic.   […]

Just Behave Yourdamnself

Just Behave Yourdamnself

A funny thing happened on the way to naming this column. This piece was going to be called “Fighting With Cops; You Lose Every Time,” but then I remembered, when politicians and community activists get involved, any ridiculous outcome is possible. The nation has been turned upside down because of the now notorious cases that resulted […]