He’s a country-boy, through and through, but he’s an educated hick, possessed of some modicum of refinement. Though registered as a Republican, he makes Larry Craig look like the poster boy for the party (because of his ideology, rather than his airport bathroom comportment). An orthodox Papist, he finds himself, consequently, to be an heterodox patriot, loyal, first, to the Faith; then to family and friends; thereafter, first to North Judson, Indiana, and the Midwest, and then, more distantly, to the abstraction called America; he’s never a nationalist. On some occasions, he sincerely espouses the opposing point-of-view; sometimes, though, he’s just a contrarian s.o.b. He lists, alphabetically, Aristotle, Hilaire Belloc, Wendell Berry, Edmund Burke, Jane Jacobs, Russell Kirk, James Howard Kunstler, and Wilhelm Röpke amongst those who, additional to the Teachings of the Holy Mother Church, have most shaped his political outlook.