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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 [email protected]

The Left is Completely Unhinged!

The inestimable English philosopher, G.K. Chesterton, once wrote, “Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.” This is nowhere more self-evident than in the current political climate, where so much of what is encouraged, promoted, and perpetrated against political opponents can easily be classified as “evil.” ...

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Should the Democrat Party Be Classified as a Terrorist Group?

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A shooting in Alexandria, Virginia last week raises the prospect that the nation’s terrorism experts need to expand their vernacular when it comes to terrorist groups. And regrettably, this brand of terrorism is completely homegrown, and one of the major political parties, as well as the mainstream media, are accomplices in fomenting and facilitating this domestic brand of terrorist activity. ...

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No Evidence of Collusion – The Left Moves the Goalposts

Much to the chagrin of Hillary Clinton loyalists, the headlines from erstwhile FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week should have been, “President Not Under Investigation – No Russian Collusion.” But much to the chagrin of everyone else, they weren’t. Not that it should be a surprise, as the left, along with their propaganda arm, ...

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The Paris Accord – An Exercise in Futile Symbolism

Judging from the overreaction to the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accord by the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) alarmists and global media, it’s clear that symbolism matters more than substance. While the symbolism of being in agreement with nearly all of the nations of the world with regard to AGW causality created an attractive optic, the Accord itself did nothing ...

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Liberals’ Ownership of Cognitive Dissonance

Conservatives who engage in political discussions online, especially via social media, are frequently discounted by their elitist counterparts with allegations of “cognitive dissonance.” Yet, what’s most enlightening about such an allegation is that it’s the liberal counterpart who owns the cognitive dysfunction. Rare is the conservative who is so infected. There are two fundamental problems with such an attempt at ...

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Memorial Day Gratitude for Our Heroes In Uniform

For many, the significance of Memorial Day seems to be lost in the temporal anticipation of the first holiday of summer. The day’s true significance is found in acknowledgment of the ultimate sacrifices made for our freedom, by our men and women in uniform. As such, it is much more than simply a day for a picnic, or a weekend ...

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Donald Trump vs. The Swamp

The forces arrayed against President Trump are legion, and they seem to be gaining ground by the day. Some of their success is clearly due to faux pas of the newly minted president, but most of it is propagandistic and ostensibly viable due to the sheer volume of vitriolic assaults. Consequently, some is well deserved, but most is not. But ...

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Still No Evidence of “Russian Collusion” – Time to Move On!

“There’s nothing to see here. Move on,” constabulary at crime scenes are often heard to say, even though wreckage or disturbing evidence of crimes may clutter the scene. It appears increasingly evident that the phrase aptly applies to the “Russian meddling in our elections” mantra paraded incessantly across the vast planes of the ignorant and the ideological left, led by ...

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Trump Is Not Ideological – He’s Practical

Most politicians identify themselves based upon an ideology. Occasionally one comes along, however, who defies ideological bounds and self-identifies their political predisposition based upon other factors. Our 45th president, who has never been a politician, yet is one now by virtue of his campaign and subsequent election, is neither a true conservative, nor a true liberal. Political ideologies are comprised ...

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Trump Responds To Syria – America Is Back!

It’s hard to imagine that prior to last week, there could be any more critics of President Trump than there already were. But now, after the missile attack against Syria, some of his harshest critics are his ardent supporters from the campaign who took his “America First” mantra literally, and they fear he’s setting the stage for more extended military ...

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Rules Protect Legislative Integrity, But Can’t Prevent Mischief

Many state legislatures struggle with internal dissent and contention while in session. So even though this column is specific to one state’s challenges this year, the principles are equally pertinent to legislatures across the land, as Idaho’s situation is far from unique. To many observers, and legislators, this has been an inordinately contentious legislative session for the Idaho Legislature. Happenings ...

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Evidence of Obama Administration Wiretapping Trump Is Compelling

Donald Trump made allegations last week of the Obama Administration spying on the Trump campaign in the heat of the presidential election last year continuing on through December. The mainstream media reacted with shock, claiming the allegations lacked evidence and substance, and counter-alleged that Trump’s assertions were merely “fake news.” Apparently the media magnates don’t read their own papers, for ...

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The Left’s First Political Assassination of a Trump Official

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We saw the first political assassination of a Trump administration official this past week. Gratefully, it was only “political,” but it was an assassination, nonetheless, as intelligence insiders leaked content of calls between the new National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, and the Russian Ambassador. The media fanned the flames forcing the resignation of Flynn, thereby revealing the left’s modus operandi ...

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The Demise of Civility

With all too few exceptions, the level of political and cultural discourse across our fair land has devolved to a level so unpalatable and uncivil as to discourage any serious discussion of the salient issues of our time. Rather than a cogent, civilized discussion of the issues and possible solutions, most political exchanges immediately resort to acrimonious name-calling, ad hominem ...

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