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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]

Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

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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Using Facebook Data-Genius or Villain? Depends On the Year…and the Winner!

Theatrics and politics are constant companions, and this week’s appearance of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg before a congressional committee was almost entirely theater. It was for show, both by the politicians who use their questions and comments to posture for their supporters and feed their confirmation biases, as well as for Zuckerberg, who climactically fell on his sword in a ...

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Quality of Life Is Improving, In Spite of Perceptions

Listening to, or reading the news everyday, can only leave the impression that the world is spiraling downward in a degenerative state of decline. And with all we see and hear, our degeneracy is accelerating. And humanity is accompanying the world in this accelerating deconstruction. There seem to be two problems with this perception. First, is that the impression is ...

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An Organization that Stresses Firearm Safety Is Not to Blame for Shootings

As is always the case following a gun-related tragedy, ideologues who advance their biases at the expense of logic, fall back to their specious arguments against an inanimate object, and a group that ardently supports the 2nd Amendment and advocates for the proper and safe use of firearms. The far-left extremists employ the most fundamental of Saul Alinsky’s tactics: “Pick ...

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What Has Happened to the Democrat Party?

History has been made yet again, with one of the largest tax cuts in the nation’s history. Every tranche of taxpayer, even non-taxed citizens, stand to benefit from the landmark legislation passed by congress this week. Yet, in spite of the universal benefits to taxpayers and economic growth potential deriving from it, there was not one Democrat legislator who voted ...

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Adieu Internet Socialism – AKA Net Neutrality

“Net Neutrality” is a disingenuous misnomer, as its meaning has been misrepresented and mischaracterized from its inception. And judging from the hyperbolic statements and overreaction to this week’s announcement that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was nixing the government regulation of the internet, all too few of us realize what was at stake with government regulation of what has become ...

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The Power of Gratitude to God – Lessons From Our Thanksgiving History

Despite narratives by contemporary textbooks, the earliest of Thanksgiving celebrations were established to acknowledge the hand of God, and give thanks to Him, for deliverance and His mercy. The holiday continues today as a subtle reminder of our dependence on God for the blessings we enjoy as Americans for our freedom and those who have stood as defenders of that ...

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The Compelling Case for Tax Reform

Congress is currently considering revamping our tax system and reducing tax rates. Nearly all of the options being discussed for inclusion in the eventual tax reform bill are positives for our economy and for all Americans. Among those proposals in the tax reform legislation are: reduction of the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent, and reduction of small ...

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How To Alienate Your Base and Hurt Your Cause – Courtesy of the NFL

The symbolism employed by some NFL players is not just substantially vapid but is actually counterproductive to their intended objectives. Most Americans’ patriotic sensibilities are affronted by their antics. If sports and entertainment personalities would think through the vacuous symbolism typically evidenced by such remonstrations, and their unintended consequences, they would search for more efficacious means of highlighting important issues. ...

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Rewriting History By Removing Icons Does Not Change It

Following the Charlottesville, Virginia demonstrations, a national movement seems to have taken root to remove all vestiges of America’s Civil War. The movement, obviously based on emotion, is attempting to rewrite our national history, is orchestrated by extreme factions of the left, and perhaps not surprisingly, is opposed by most Americans. The Civil War is a historical verity, and the ...

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Dishonest Media and the Left’s New Civil War

Based on the visceral overreaction of the left and the mainstream media, to President Donald Trump’s comments this week, it would appear that there are many who are hell-bent on fomenting and fostering another Civil War. This one is shaping up to be even less civil since it’s not based on facts and established verities, but rather identity politics and ...

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What Has Trump Accomplished in First Six Months?

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If one only feeds at the informational troughs of the mainstream media, one might assume the only thing our 45th President has done during his first six months is make controversial tweets and buck allegations of Russian “collusion.” Neither of those affects the average American, but much of what he has accomplished or set in motion does, or will. Space ...

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Why Obamacare Must Be Repealed

The attempts to repeal Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), may seem primarily political, but they’re not. President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment is an unmitigated disaster and a dismal failure. The most evident failure is escalating health insurance premiums. President Obama incessantly claimed, “The average family will see their costs reduce by $2,500.” Unsurprisingly, actual costs have escalated dramatically, ...

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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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