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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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Grinches Trying to Steal Christmas

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It’s that wonderful time of year when pristine snow blankets the Rockies; decorated evergreens and colorful lights adorn most homes; people of all faiths welcome the appearance of Kris Kringle and the exchange of gifts; hearts of Christians turn to the birth of Messiah; and secularists and atheists play the Grinch role to stymie the festive season. Yes, regrettably, the ...

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ISIS, ISIL, Daesh – What’s In A Name?

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This week President Obama addressed the nation in a rare Oval Office speech. The intent was to assuage concerns that the government isn’t doing enough to protect us from radicalized jihadists, like the couple in San Bernardino last week. But the speech may have raised more questions and apprehensions than provided answers or assurances. And perhaps the largest is in ...

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Terrorism, Not Carbon Dioxide, Is Our Greatest Threat!

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If we were aboard a sinking ship, and the captain boldly stated that to prevent submersion we must turn off the air conditioners, burn less oil, and start using squirrelly new-fangled light bulbs, it would be clear that the captain had truly lost his mind. President Obama’s fixation on climate change as the most pressing issue facing the nation whilst ...

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Liberals Incompetence With Foreign Policy Puts Us All At Risk

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The terrorist attacks in Paris this past week illustrate how tragically reality can challenge assumptions upon which governmental policy is based. Perhaps in no other realm of governance can reality be so at odds with an administration’s biases than in foreign affairs. And tragically, yet empirically, such events prove which political ideology is least capable and competent in handling global ...

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Collapse of Universities as Institutions of “Higher Learning”

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Students at several universities have been protesting over some legitimate, and even some illegitimate, grievances and “injustices” recently. In unsurprisingly duplicitous fashion, they have engaged in the same type of tactics they denounce: bullying, intimidation, and bigotry, in what should be the most open and diverse setting – institutions of higher learning. At the University of Missouri, there was a ...

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Off Year Election 2015 – Reading the Electoral Tea Leaves

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It’s hard to think of any other way to characterize the off-year elections results across the nation, than that the rejection of liberalism and progressivism continues unabated. Races across the country, and even some key social-issue elections, don’t portend well for those on the left of the political spectrum. Perhaps the most significant race was for the governorship of Kentucky. ...

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