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Brexit – A Portent for the EU and Possibly for America


Bigger is rarely better. Especially when it comes to governance. The “bigger” government is, the more detached from the governed it becomes; the more onerous its regulations and taxes become, and it becomes more susceptible to the ideologically motivated cause célèbre of the ruling elite. We have seen that verity over the past several years in America, and apparently the ...

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No Fly List Gun Control – Denying Rights Without Due Process


The latest efforts to enact gun-control by Democrats in congress are either strictly symbolic, since they would not have stopped the San Bernadino or the Orlando Islamic extremists, or a Trojan horse to abolish the 2nd Amendment. Their proposal is to deny 2nd Amendment rights to anyone on the Transportation Safety Administration’s (TSA) “no-fly list.” The murderers in San Bernadino ...

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Failed Obama Policies To Blame – Not Guns!


In the face of the horrible terrorist attack in Orlando this week, Senate Democrats filibustered, holding the floor of the Senate hostage in order to enact more gun control legislation. What they seem incapable of acknowledging, is that it’s not further diminution of our 2nd Amendment that needs correction, but rather a complete overhaul of the Obama Administration’s policies that ...

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Party Platforms and Core Principles


There are issues that some conservatives ardently embrace which, in their minds, make them “real conservatives,” distinguishing them from “faux conservatives,” to whom they have applied a myriad of pejorative labels and acronyms. In an ideal world, and at one time, those issues were workable and constituted a core component to the fabric of the American political structure. But in ...

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Memorial Day – A Time for Reflection and Honor


It has always been with a sense of awe that I regard those who have either voluntarily or involuntarily, assumed the role of guardians of life and liberty, by taking an oath to preserve and defend the Constitution against enemies, foreign and domestic. We owe our security, safety, and freedoms to our military men and women who don the uniform ...

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Happy Environmental Alarmism (Earth) Day!


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


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?


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


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


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

U.S. Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney pauses while delivering an address titled, "Faith in America" at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas December 6, 2007. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES)

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


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

United States Capitol Building Washington DC

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


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


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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