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Happy Environmental Alarmism (Earth) Day!

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The forty-sixth Earth Day is being celebrated this week in over 160 nations around the world. The notion that we are stewards of our planet, and must nurture and protect it as we utilize the resources she provides us is both logical and moral, and should be universally embraced. But from its inception, radical political and often disparate causes and ...

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Lack of Civility in Politics and Public Discourse

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The biggest casualties of the current election cycle are not the fifteen candidates who have dropped out. The biggest casualties are civility and reason. The dearth of civility displayed by the candidates toward the others has been abysmal, and is exceeded only by that displayed by their faithful adherents to one another. In such a toxic environment, reason seems incapable ...

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Could We Please Address the Important Issues?

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The discourse on the presidential race has devolved to a point that the most pressing issues seem totally lost in the verbal brawls between candidates. The economic threats and risks to the republic should be the centerpiece of the campaign, for both parties, rather than relegated to a footnote to their public statements. We have nearly $19 trillion in debt ...

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Possible Drama for GOP Convention

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This could be the first year in a long time that a major political party convention actually serves the function of producing a nominee, rather than simply being a coronation of a nominee. For many who are emotionally invested in a certain outcome from the conventions this year, the angst and outright anger is nearly palpable. But it’s unwarranted, as ...

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Does Party Affiliation Matter? Trump’s Hijack of the GOP

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Even the mention of political parties in general brings out the worst in some people, and the reaction only becomes more vociferous and “colorful” when specific parties are mentioned by name. As despised and maligned as the two major parties are, at any given time, it’s amazing they’re still around, even though they fill a crucial role in our American ...

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Mitt Romney Has Every Right to Express His Concerns

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The vitriol heaped upon former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney this past week is entirely illogical and irrational. It only makes sense in the emotion-driven context prevailing during this election cycle. But alas, due to the prevailing emotional populist sentiment, logic has become the most obvious casualty of the primary election season. No wonder this is often referred to as ...

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Donald Trump’s Cult of Personality

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The most disturbing aspect to the Donald Trump candidacy is not the empty rhetoric, non-substantive solutions, or even his brash politically-incorrect style. The most disturbing aspect of his candidacy is what it says about so many of our fellow citizens. A veritable personality cult is developing around the GOP frontrunner rivaling that of the Democrat nominee from four and eight ...

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“The Establishment” Has Become Meaningless

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The most pervasively cited bogeyman of the 2016 presidential election cycle, on both ends of the political spectrum, has been “the establishment.” But just as the political environment changes from one election cycle to the next, so likewise the nomenclature can change, not just between cycles, but within cycles, and have completely different meanings to different groups. While dissecting what ...

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The Irreplaceable and Inimitable Antonin Scalia

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With the surprise passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia last week, the nation lost one of the most ardent defenders of the Constitution and individual liberty in the history of the republic. Our liberties and citizens’ relationship to their government are more at risk now than perhaps at any other time. Immediately after the announcement that Scalia had died ...

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Obama’s Fabricated “Gun Epidemic” Inconvenient Facts

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On the first day of the year, President Obama declared that he could “no longer sit around and do nothing about the epidemic of gun violence” in this country. The New York Times in December published a front-page editorial titled “End the Gun Epidemic in America.” But do we really have an “epidemic,” and at what point does hyperbole damage ...

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What Conservatives Can Learn From Liberals

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There are tactics and characteristics of the American left that conservatives would be well advised to emulate. Until these lessons are learned, conservatives will likely continue to struggle at the ballot box, and liberty will be but a noble afterthought. Perhaps the most critical lesson to learn is that politics, and governance in general, is incremental. The ebb and flow ...

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Martin Luther King and his Far-Reaching Impact

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Some people take umbrage at the fact that Martin Luther King, Jr. has a holiday dedicated to his remembrance, while none of our founders, or even presidents, do. I am not among them. In many ways, MLK epitomizes the founding principles the nation was based on, for they, along with his theological convictions, comprised his core belief system. As we ...

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Independent Voters, America Needs You!

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The final word to escape the lips of William Wallace of “Braveheart” fame was “Freedom!” The scene still today sends chills down my spine, and arouses a profound sense of gratitude for the freedoms we have in America, even with their gradual erosion that we’ve witnessed over the past 240 years. Even as William Wallace was willing to give his ...

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Making the World a Little Better in 2016

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In spite of all the challenges and vicissitudes we’re facing domestically and globally this year, and the daunting challenges facing the country and our culture, there is much good that oftentimes escapes our notice. Sometimes as we review the year, both societally as well as personally, it can be a matter of perspective, whether we deem the glass half full, ...

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Love Is the True Spirit of Christmas

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In spite of all the challenges and vicissitudes we’re facing domestically and globally this year, in the midst of this special holiday season, my heart is full. Sometimes it is just a matter of perspective – the glass is indeed half full, not half empty. As I pondered my end-of-year column, I considered a year in review approach, from several ...

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