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The Left’s First Political Assassination of a Trump Official

We saw the first political assassination of a Trump administration official this past week. Gratefully, it was only “political,” but it was an assassination, nonetheless, as intelligence insiders leaked content of calls between the new National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, and the Russian Ambassador. The media fanned the flames forcing the resignation of Flynn, thereby revealing the left’s modus operandi ...

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The Demise of Civility

With all too few exceptions, the level of political and cultural discourse across our fair land has devolved to a level so unpalatable and uncivil as to discourage any serious discussion of the salient issues of our time. Rather than a cogent, civilized discussion of the issues and possible solutions, most political exchanges immediately resort to acrimonious name-calling, ad hominem ...

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The “Muslim Ban” That Isn’t

The political left, and other disingenuous fellow Americans, have revolted and taken to the streets this week over the “Muslim Ban.” The problem with their reaction is that the premises of their outrage are based in a fictional representation of President Trump’s Executive Order (EO), exacerbated or magnified by an emotional response to what is a logical and prudent order. ...

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Trump’s First Week Reversing Obama Policies

“The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action,” the new U.S. President, Donald J. Trump, said in his inaugural address. And true to his word, his actions during his first week of office have been conducted at break-neck speed. While not everyone may agree with what he’s doing, he certainly can’t be accused of resting on his electoral laurels. ...

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America’s Peaceful Transfer of Power

The peaceful and orderly transition of power, or passing of the presidential torch, from one administration to the next has been a hallmark tradition of the American republic. However, this week there were many whose animus and disrespect for the President-Elect eclipsed their respect for our American traditions and institutions. By attempting to delegitimize the election of the 45th President ...

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Barack Obama’s Fantasy Farewell Speech

Listening to Barack Obama’s “Farewell Address” this week was a painful exercise of masochism. Not only was it inordinately long and unwarrantedly replete with self-adulation, but the detachment from reality and sheer mendacity throughout was just too much for anyone with even a cursory grasp of the facts. And he regrettably made it clear that it wasn’t really a farewell ...

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“Russian Hacking” of U.S. Election Is Fake News

The mainstream media narrative regarding “fake news” is awash with duplicity, and frankly, they seem to be the main purveyors of it. Case in point, fully half of Hillary Clinton voters have been deceptively convinced by the media, that Russia “tampered with vote tallies in order to get Donald Trump elected President,” according to a poll conducted by YouGov and ...

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We Can Make Christmas Merry!

The challenges and vicissitudes of life are great and sometimes seem insurmountable and beyond our ability to cope, let alone overcome them. Yet, in the midst of this special holiday season especially, it behooves us to take time to make a personal assessment of how we view our lot in life. Sometimes it is just a matter of perspective – ...

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The False Labels The Left Heaps on Donald Trump and His Supporters

The mainstream media has been parroting the mantra from the left that Donald Trump is to be feared, that he’s despicable, and they’ve attached a series of accusations against him accordingly. To them, he’s a racist, misogynist, bigot, Islamophobe, fascist, and xenophobe, at least. They take the aspersions one step further, and claim those who voted for him are just ...

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The Left Should Despise Castro – Not Idolize Him

It was truly shocking to observe the posthumous praise heaped upon Fidel Castro this past week upon announcement of his death. Major “news” outlets, celebrities, and politicians lavished the now deceased leader with praise and accolades that, absent knowledge of the tyrant he really was, might lead a more gullible populace to believe he was Sister Teresa’s brother. Those heaping ...

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Gratitude Is the Way to Improved Attitude

Much of what we read here is dedicated to analyzing, opining, and criticizing elements of the body politic and problems with the world, our nation, and our community. In spite of all that we find that needs fixing around us, one of the most lamentable things we could do is fail to acknowledge and be grateful for all that we ...

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Hate Crimes and Bigotry of the Left

The abject bigotry on public display across our fair land since the election should be alarming to all sentient and cognitively functional Americans. The level of hatred directed not just toward President-Elect Trump, but against his supporters or even those who merely voted for him, has been elevated to little less than an ideological pogrom born of hate and bigotry ...

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“The Forgotten Man,” No Longer Forgotten!

To those on the East coast or the left coast, the rest of the nation is merely “fly-over country.” It’s comprised of common men and women who work hard, want to raise their families in a safe and free country, and want the government to quit striving to micromanage their lives. We are the ones for whom the ruling class ...

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Idaho’s HJR 5 and General Election Preview

I’m inundated with requests each election cycle on my voting rationale and suggestions. I’m always humbled and honored by such requests, and it’s a heavy burden. But since I approach governance, and politics in general, from a classical-liberal perspective, it’s a matter of logic based on our founding principles, and not based on mere opinion. Every voter is different, has ...

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Importance of Voting, Down-Ballot Voting, and Conservative Unity

Notwithstanding the understandable ambivalence toward the presidential race, down-ballot races should provide ample incentive for all Americans to show up at the polls this election cycle. Conservative unity for congressional, state, and local races is imperative to prevent the continued erosion of individual liberty, and to sustain our founding principles. Samuel Adams said of our right to vote, “Let each ...

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