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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]

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Why Obamacare Must Be Repealed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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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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