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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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Economic Freedom, Not Socialism, Eradicates Poverty

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America was was intended to be a “shining city on a hill” of freedom, individual liberty, and unlimited opportunity. She was never intended to be a socialist state. Socialistic egalitarianism is strikingly antithetical to the American paradigm. Founded in individual liberty, America has always been the one nation under heaven where equality of opportunity has taken precedence over equality of ...

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Do We Really Want to Model the U.S. After Denmark?

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At the Democrat presidential debate two weeks ago, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said we “should look to countries like Denmark…and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people.” The good senator should either rephrase his statement, or look more closely at the data. Democratic-socialism may work in some places in Europe, but was never intended, nor can it ...

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Democrat Presidential Debate – What it Says about their Party

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There are several self-evident truths about the Democrat Party that were revealed at their presidential debate earlier this week. And as they relate to the character of the party, what it stands for, and what its adherents believe, none bode well for the future of the country. Bernie Sanders, the self-avowed Democrat-Socialist Senator from Vermont, drew perhaps the most boisterous ...

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The Next Speaker Must Do More!

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It should be of interest to every American when the second person in line to the Presidency resigns his position. And contrary to what most contend was the impetus behind Speaker John Boehner’s resignation both from the Speakership and from Congress, he may not have been at ideological odds with a faction of his party members in the House, but ...

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Obama’s Refugee Crisis

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Earlier this month, the world, and likely all Americans as well, were repulsed by the images and tale of a 3-year-old Syrian boy whose lifeless body was retrieved from a Turkish beach. The boy and his family were among the millions of displaced refugees fleeing war-torn Syria and surrounding nations. And while foreign policy may not be of great interest ...

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Constitutional Illiteracy Facilitates Constitutional Abuse

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This past week was Constitution Week, and justifiably so. For if ever there was a time in our nation’s history when we needed to be constitutionally literate, it is now. The spirit of apathy, and ignorance of our founding documents including the Constitution, plagues too many of our fellow citizens. But it is a rectifiable malady. By joint Congressional Resolution, ...

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Institutionalizing Mediocrity With “Participation Trophies”

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Certain traits seem characteristic of the different demographic generations of Americans. From the “Greatest Generation,” those who experienced and survived World War II, to Generations X, Y, and Z, the demographics ascending over the last few decades, certain traits seem endemic. There’s some evidence that societally, and parentally, we may be contributing to some of the more pejorative characteristics of ...

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