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The Left Should Despise Castro – Not Idolize Him

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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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Time For Resurgence of the Tea Party Movement

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Seven years ago a wave of discontent washed across the fruited plains of America, disgusted with the direction the country was headed. Now, approaching the 2016 election, there is little sign that the Tea (Taxed Enough Already) Party movement ever existed. But if ever there was a time that it needed to be resuscitated, it is now, on the eve ...

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Want to “Save the Republic?” Approach Politics Pragmatically Rather Than Ideally

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Conservatives have to start thinking pragmatically and tactically rather than ideally, when it comes to politics. As long as we continue to throw the most viable conservative candidate under the bus because they don’t measure up to our personal standards of conduct, we will continue to lose crucial elections that may otherwise curb the rate of descent into the statist ...

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Hillary Clinton Flunks Economics 101

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There is plenty of nuttiness being uttered during this campaign season that gives any sentient voter cause to pause, but sometimes the inanity advances to the level of being outright ludicrous and fallacious. Hillary Clinton, and her sidekick Tim Kaine, engaged in the latter in their recent debates, and in the process, proved they have not the slightest notion of ...

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Paul Harvey’s Warning to America – “If I Were the Devil”

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Many years ago, a courageous and devoted American broadcasted a message to his listeners that served as a harbinger for where the nation was headed socially and culturally. In his broadcast he revealed what he would do if he were “the devil,” to destroy our culture and undermine our collective societal standards and social mores. That man was Paul Harvey ...

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Understanding Constitutionality On Constitution Day

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There clearly is some misunderstanding about what is deemed constitutional and what is not. Even if one has the most stringent, literal interpretation of the governmental powers and rights enumerated in our founding legal document, the Constitution, there are a lot of changes that have been made to the literal meaning of the document over the past 227 years. Those ...

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Has the Republican Party Shifted to the Left? The Answer May Surprise You

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There is widespread perception by many conservatives that the Republican Party has morphed into a version of Democrat-light, abandoning its values and migrating to the left of the political spectrum. There are many explanations for this perception, but historical insight and hard facts principally refute the assertion. Senior political writer Clare Malone of FiveThirtyEight.com made the astute observation recently that; ...

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“The Lesser of Two Evils,” or Third Party?

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The presidential election of 2016 presents a consequential conundrum for voters, especially conservatives. With antipathy running at historic highs for a Republican nominee, the temptation to vote third party or not at all is significant. While each must make his or her own decision about what matters most in the process, we have to bear in mind the consequences of ...

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If You Are Displeased With the Candidates and Didn’t Vote, You Are To Blame!

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Politics may not be of interest to you, but politics sure has an interest in you. Whether you feel it doesn’t make a difference by having your voice heard, or you just don’t care what government does to you or demands of you, the political process is heavily dependent upon you. And frankly, it often succeeds due to failure on ...

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Pay To Play With the Clinton Foundation

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Anyone who has distaste for the influence that money buys in politics, should be repulsed by the monetary albatross that follows Hillary Clinton wherever she goes. The albatross is none other than the “charity” of her own making, The Clinton Foundation. Even Hillary supporters now are acknowledging the inherent corruption her family slush fund is facilitating, and calling for its ...

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