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Author Archive for Richard Larsen

AP award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. He can be reached at rlarsenen@cableone.net.

Our Private Religious and Public Political Beliefs - Politics Is Not A Religion

Our Private Religious and Public Political Beliefs – Politics Is Not A Religion

Today millions of Americans will be united in commemoration of the historical event of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. To Christians, this act marks the culmination of the life of one who came as the Lamb of God to fulfill the requirements of the Mosaic Law for the propitiation and expiation of mortal sin. To adherents of […]

A Rip In Reagan's Big Tent - Rifts in the GOP

A Rip In Reagan’s Big Tent – Rifts in the GOP

In a two-party system, as the U.S. gratefully is, there must be a difference between the two major parties. The distinction seems to have eroded over the years as both parties have moved to the left. To those of us who ardently hold to the principles that this nation was founded upon, there is only […]

Buying Political Influence - Who Should Scare Us More, The Koch Brothers or George Soros?

Buying Political Influence – Who Should Scare Us More, The Koch Brothers or George Soros?

Judging from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s nearly daily diatribes on the floor of the U.S. Senate, George W. Bush has been retired as the most despised villain, and the cause of all the evils that plague the world. Bush has been replaced by the Koch (a Dutch name, pronounced “Coke”) brothers who are often […]

Argument Against Voter ID Laws Is Itself Racist

Argument Against Voter ID Laws Is Itself Racist

Attorney General Eric Holder has been attempting to quell the rising tide of states opting for voter identification laws. Not even delving deeply into the issue raises the immediate question of why the top law enforcement officer in the country would be opposing efforts to maintain integrity in our election system. A government that is […]

Political Populism, Not Economics, Behind Minimum Wage Proposal

Political Populism, Not Economics, Behind Minimum Wage Proposal

Sleight of hand and illusion have their role in the entertainment world, but when the same tactics are employed in the real world, the stakes are much greater, and the intent more dubious. David Copperfield has met his match in fabricated magic and illusionary tactics. For as any illusionist knows, in order to avoid letting […]

Separating Emotion from Logic on "Gun Free Zones"

Separating Emotion from Logic on “Gun Free Zones”

Debate is raging across Idaho as the legislature considers a bill that would allow guns on university grounds. It’s an emotional issue, and perhaps for that very reason, we should strip away the emotion and consider the issue logically. It seems that a disproportionate share of mass shootings occur in commercial establishments or school grounds […]

America's Middle Class Under Assault

America’s Middle Class Under Assault

The middle class in America is shrinking; numerically in terms of the percentage of the total population, as well as qualitatively in terms of the quality of life. Most of us consider ourselves to be members of the middle class, and we’re being squeezed by declining real income and rising expenses, as we increasingly shoulder […]

The Good of the Whole Sacrificed for a Few

The Good of the Whole Sacrificed for a Few

With the stroke of a pen and an utterance from the president, Obamacare’s employer mandate has been postponed yet again, this time until 2016 for some businesses. Headlines across the nation from the mainstream media have praised the delay, declaring it advantageous and good for the nation. If it’s “good for the nation,” why don’t […]

With His Pen and Phone, He's a Dictator

With His Pen and Phone, He’s a Dictator

The Constitution of the United States was drafted and ratified as the foundational legal codex of the country in part because it would prevent tyranny in America. It had a series of checks and balances between the three branches of government that were designed to disallow any one branch, or any one person, from amassing […]

MLK On Freedom and our Founding Principles

MLK On Freedom and our Founding Principles

There have been too many relatively young men and women who have struggled for causes greater than themselves and whose lives have been cut short, leaving us, and their causes, prematurely. Oftentimes their contributions and lives are embellished nigh unto sainthood by adulating adherents. Such is the case with Martin Luther King, Jr. But it […]

Media Bias On Display with Chris Christie Coverage

Media Bias On Display with Chris Christie Coverage

The duplicity and hypocrisy of the mainstream media coverage of politicians, based on party affiliation, could not have been more in evidence than it was this past week. New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie’s scandal was trumpeted across the headlines this week as if it were a five alarm fire, while much more serious scandals with […]

Our Culture, and Language, Are Degenerating

Our Culture, and Language, Are Degenerating

Regrettably, our language seems to be devolving much like our social mores have been. In our increasingly morally relativistic culture, our language is morphing, adapting, and redefining each day, with fewer and fewer absolutes, and increasing laxity and less and less conviction. This is not a surprising development, for in many ways, our language and […]

Greatest Threat to the Nation - Our Own Government

Greatest Threat to the Nation – Our Own Government

Our economy, and personal liberty, are under assault in America, The threat to the country is much more stealthy and incremental than that faced by our nation’s founders two centuries ago. According to a Gallup poll this past week, 72% of Americans see the burgeoning power of the federal government as our greatest threat. This […]

There is a War being Waged on Christians, and Christmas

There is a War being Waged on Christians, and Christmas

The First Amendment to the Constitution states that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” While Congress may not be actively extirpating religious freedom from the public square, small, vocal, and pertinacious groups and individuals are succeeding through social and media pressure to do what congress […]

Obama's New IRS Regulations to Attack the Tea Party, Again!

Obama’s New IRS Regulations to Attack the Tea Party, Again!

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is again being used for political purposes, attempting to suppress freedom of speech, political organization and activism, and thwarting the growth of grassroots groups that are antipathetic to the administration’s objectives. The effects of their previous targeting of conservative, especially Tea Party groups, were significant, according to researchers at Harvard […]