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  • What Next for Conservatives? (Laura Ingraham)

    02/11/2008 1:48:13 PM PST · by Choose Ye This Day · 132 replies · 246+ views
    Laura's e-blast ^ | February 11, 2008 | Laura Ingraham
    Now that Mitt Romney has stepped aside in the GOP presidential race, many conservatives are trying to figure out where to go from here. John McCain will be the Republican presidential nominee. Conservatives are dispirited because on many issues they don't consider him one of them. And it's true -- he is a moderate who considered leaving the GOP in 2001 ... he did think about joining John Kerry's ticket in 2004 ... and he did side with liberals over conservatives on everything from immigration to closing Gitmo. But we have no time to be dejected and have to keep...
  • Now is the Winter of Our Conservative Discontent

    02/07/2008 8:24:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 177 replies · 337+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 07, 2008 | Thomas Lifson
    The prospect of John McCain as Republican nominee is inspiring sometimes angry resistance from millions of conservative stalwarts. Ann Coulter's famous support for Hillary Clinton  threatens to spark a wave of conservative "suicide voters"  if the Arizona Senator gets the nomination. Other Republicans, variously called insiders, party pros, elitists and worse, blithely assure us the alienated base will come around in the end and vote for McCain and the GOP ticket, particularly if Hillary Clinton is the alternative. Assuming McCain gets the nomination, I am not so sure. It could go either way. Anger at McCain Anger has been a...
  • Third-party what if...

    02/07/2008 11:52:02 AM PST · by Dr. Free Market · 92 replies · 88+ views
    2/07/08 | Dr.FreeMarket
    This is my idea, and I am trying to get a read on what you think people would do and its effect...

    02/04/2008 10:20:12 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 1 replies · 989+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | 10/27/1964 | Ronald Reagan
    This speech is a verbatim transcript of "The Speech" given as a portion of a pre-recorded, nationwide televised program sponsored by Goldwater-Miller on behalf of Barry Goldwater, Republican candidate for the presidency whom Ronald Reagan actively supported. Thank you very much. Thank you and good evening. The sponsor has been identified, but unlike most television programs, the performer hasn't been provided with a script. As a matter of fact, I have been permitted to choose my own ideas regarding the choice that we face in the next few weeks. I have spent most of my life as a Democrat. I...
  • McCain Makes Headway With Conservative Wing

    02/02/2008 6:54:38 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 202 replies · 143+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2 February 2008 | ELIZABETH HOLMES
    Mr. McCain stepped up his attempts to court the Republican right, scoring a number of high-profile endorsements this week. Yesterday, he received the support of billionaire Steve Forbes as well as former Solicitor General Theodore Olson. Mr. Olson, who served as assistant attorney general in the Reagan administration, represented President Bush in the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore. The picture was a bit mixed earlier in the week when Mr. McCain got near-simultaneous endorsements from moderates California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former New York Mayor and rival Rudy Giuliani, causing some consternation among party conservatives. Some prominent pundits, including...
  • Conservatism On The Sleeve And On The Hoof

    01/28/2008 9:14:12 AM PST · by jdm · 1 replies · 53+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 28, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    John Fund takes a look at the problematic relationship between John McCain and conservatives in his party, and focuses on one of the hot-button issues: judicial nominations. He doesn't give activists much hope on this front, quoting McCain as supportive of John Roberts' nomination but rejecting Samuel Alito as a model for future nominations. Why? Alito didn't hide his conservative nature well enough: Nothing would improve Mr. McCain's standing with conservatives more than a forthright restatement of his previously stated view that "one of our greatest problems in America today is justices that legislate from the bench." Mr. McCain bruised...
  • Are Conservatives Closet Existentialists?

    01/23/2008 4:56:57 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 20 replies · 165+ views
    23 January 2008 | vanity
    In an introduction to his standout lecture series on existentialism Professor Robert C. Solomon summarizes and defines existentialism as follows: ”The message of existentialism, unlike that of many more obscure and academic philosophical movements, is about as simple as can be. It is that every one of us, as an individual, is responsible—responsible for what we do, responsible for who we are, responsible for the way we face and deal with the world, responsible, ultimately, for the way the world is. It is, in a very short phrase, the philosophy of “no excuses!” Life may be difficult; circumstances may be...
  • GOP Can Learn from Ron Paul

    12/14/2007 10:58:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 126 replies · 647+ views
    WSJ via ^ | December 14, 2007 | Kimberley Strassel
    Ron Paul is no compassionate conservative. His supporters love him for it. If there's been a phenomenon in this Republican presidential race, it's been the strength of a fiery doctor from Texas and his message of limited government. As the GOP front-runners address crowds of dispirited primary voters, Mr. Paul has been tearing across the country, leaving a trail of passionate devotees in his wake. Paul rallies heave with voters waving placards and shouting "Liberty! Liberty!" Money is pouring in from tens of thousands of individual donors--so much cash that the 10-term congressman recently admitted he wasn't sure he could...
  • Bowden accused of imposing religious beliefs on players

    11/28/2007 7:08:06 PM PST · by Abbeville Conservative · 32 replies · 147+ views
    Tigernet ^ | November 28, 2007
    Bowden accused of imposing religious beliefs on players ACLU wants Clemson to stop coach's annual team trip to local church The American Civil Liberties Union has accused Clemson head football coach Tommy Bowden of abusing his authority by imposing his religious beliefs on his players, and it has asked the university to discontinue the coach’s practice of strongly recommending players to participate in an annual team visit to a local church. The university on Wednesday denied the ACLU’s claim that Bowden, who is a state employee in a supervisory position, has violated the players’ constitutional rights of separation of church...
  • Malaise on the Right

    10/28/2007 11:27:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 58 replies · 121+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | November 5, 2007 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    The New York Times report that social conservatives are talking of bolting to a third-party candidate, should Rudy Giuliani get the GOP nomination, is another sign of the disintegrating Reagan coalition. In truth, that coalition—the 49 states and 60 percent of the nation Reagan won in 1984—was but a Xerox copy of Nixon’s New Majority of 1972. A decade before Reagan won the presidency, Kevin Phillips had already published The Emerging Republican Majority.To understand why the Republican coalition is disintegrating, one must understand what held it together.To create a GOP majority in the 1960s, as Nixon did, one had first to...
  • Hopefuls should out-Reagan Reagan

    10/28/2007 11:01:19 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 15 replies · 127+ views
    LA Times ^ | 28 October 2007 | By William Voegeli
    ...In response, the men seeking the 2008 GOP presidential nomination have largely turned that race into a contest over which candidate can best remind primary voters of Ronald Reagan, the model small-government Republican. ...In his inaugural address in 1981, Reagan said, "It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the federal government and those reserved to the states or to the people." In his farewell address eight years later, the president said, "[M]an is not free unless government is limited. There's a...
  • What Comes Next (Conservatives today are in a funk.)

    10/12/2007 11:36:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 47+ views
    NY Sun ^ | October 12, 2007 | YUVAL LEVIN AND PETER WEHNER
    Conservatives today are in a funk. The strains of governing, the challenges of war, and the frustration of an unsuccessful mid-term election have contributed to unease and unhappiness. But deeper than these issues is an intellectual fatigue and uncertainty about where the attention of the conservative movement now should be directed. What domestic issues can unite and motivate conservatives to great political exertions, and can win the allegiance of the public? In this respect, the right is partially a victim of its own successes. If 25 years ago you had asked an American conservative to name the preeminent domestic policy...
  • Pitts: What's free speech worth?

    10/07/2007 5:25:25 PM PDT · by xzins · 9 replies · 593+ views
    Statesman ^ | 30 Sep 07 | Pitts
    Some of you guys are jerks. No, I'm not talking about you, dear reader, whose erudition and class I've always admired. And you smell good, too. But some of you other guys are some seriously pre-literate knuckle draggers. Exhibit A would be the relatively new message boards on the Web site of that great metropolitan newspaper, The Miami Herald. Or at least it would have been, before management stepped in a few weeks back, began policing the boards more closely and put up a notice asking people to keep their comments on-point. Before that, the message boards, theoretically a place...
  • Ted Nugent Owes No Apologies (Leave Muh Guns Alone! Nugent IS DA Man Alert)

    09/16/2007 8:49:51 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 25 replies · 1,052+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 09/16/2007 | J.H Huebert
    In the video, which has made the rounds online and on television, Nugent stands onstage with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle in each hand. First he tells of his recent visit to Chicago, during which he claims he said to Sen. Barack Obama, "Hey, Obama! You might want to suck on one of these [guns], you punk!" Nugent adds, "Obama, he's a piece of s---, and I told him to suck on my machine gun. Let's hear it for him!" Nugent then relays details of a recent visit to New York, during which he putatively conveyed a similar message to another...
  • The Cult of Men

    09/10/2007 11:20:21 AM PDT · by Keyes2000mt · 14 replies · 775+ views
    Renew America ^ | 09/10/2007 | Adam Graham
    Our government, we're been told, is one of laws, not of men. Yet, our politics have fast become a politics devoid of ideas and focusing instead on personalities. Patrick Ruffini, writing on Hugh Hewitt's blog, recently declared, "policy is boring and politics is interesting." A journalist told me something similar a while back. And heretofore the campaign coverage has aligned with that fact. The truth is, we've had a campaign of irrelevancy with red herring being the fish of the day. We've talked about John Edwards' haircut, Hillary Clinton's cleavage, what some Huckabee supporter said about Catholicism, and the smack...
  • These ‘GOP 12' must go.

    08/31/2007 11:46:14 AM PDT · by bmweezer · 8 replies · 335+ views
    The ^ | August 31, 2007 | The
    Updated on August 31, 2007 thanks to retirement of Sen. John Warner of VA who was one of our 'GOP 13', now 12.Sen. Larry Craig’s indiscretion is just the latest in a series of poor judgments – both of a political and/or personal nature that has inflicted the Republican Party in recent years, thereby hurting the Republican ‘brand’. Now, thanks to actions such as these, we find the GOP in the minority in both houses in Congress, with a Democratic White House coming in 2009 looking increasingly likely. Unless the Republican Party – and its leaders – realize that the...
  • Getting Immigration Right - How conservatives blocked the open-borders establishment

    08/16/2007 12:00:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 41 replies · 1,293+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | July30, 2007 | John O’Sullivan
    In summer 1991, beginning a long air trip on a National Review Institute delegation to the Far East, I opened a 14,000-word submission to National Review and settled down to read. My mood was a good deal more optimistic than it usually was toward 14,000-word submissions. Its author was a friend and gifted writer, Peter Brimelow, then a senior editor at Forbes, who had long wanted to write this piece. But was the topic “hot” enough to command as much as 20 pages in a national magazine? I was soon blown away by one of the most powerful and lively...
  • The End of reagan's Party

    07/09/2007 1:50:12 PM PDT · by eth3l · 13 replies · 688+ views
    GOPublius ^ | 07/09/2007 | Publius
    But now, in the sixth year of the Bush Administration, the Republican Party is in serious disarray. Only thirteen years after Gingrich brought the GOP roaring into power, and thanks in no small part to a congress who spent more and achieved less than any other in recent memory, the American people have tossed out the GOP, seeking fiscal discipline, and national security answers from, of all places, the Democratic Party.
  • How Conservatives Enhanced Online Voice - Talk Radio Blends With Blog Postings To Boost Message

    07/03/2007 6:14:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 989+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 3, 2007 | JUNE KRONHOLZ and AMY SCHATZ
    Political activism on the Internet -- and in the so-called blogosphere, in particular -- has long been considered a liberal stronghold. But conservative bloggers show increasing signs of their own coming of age. They took a major leap forward by playing a central role in scuttling the Senate immigration bill. Meanwhile, many of the most popular talk-radio hosts are now posting on blogs, and the frequent collaboration of the two media is creating a unified conservative voice that is likely to be an important factor in the 2008 elections. One example: Fred Thompson, the actor and former Tennessee senator, was...
  • It's Official: The Reagan Revolution Is Over

    04/16/2007 9:23:04 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 71 replies · 1,915+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 4/16/07 | David From
      Question: How can a candidate for president raise US$23-million in three months--only slightly less than John McCain and Rudy Giuliani combined--and still register barely above zero in polls of members of his own party? That is the sad story of Mitt Romney, the movie-star handsome former governor of Massachusetts. Romney registers a dismal fourth in Republican opinion polls. Yesterday's LAT/Bloomberg poll put him at 8% approval among Republicans. A year ago, Romney looked like an emerging Republic star. He had rescued Massachusetts from a large budget deficit without raising taxes. And he had engineered a state-wide health insurance...
  • A victory for conservatives

    04/05/2007 2:13:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 867+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Apr. 04, 2007 | JONAH GOLDBERG
    Posted on Wed, Apr. 04, 2007 A victory for conservatives BY JONAH GOLDBERG Considering how badly things have been going for conservatives, right-wingers, Republicans and anyone else whose brain doesn't explode like one of those guys from the movie Scanners at the thought of another Republican president, it's worth noting that one of the greatest conservative victories of the last 40 years is quietly unfolding right in front of us. On March 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an epochal ruling. The court found that the Second Amendment actually protects the right...
  • Conservative Win - Second Amendment victory in D.C.

    03/12/2007 12:15:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 1,414+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 12, 2007 | Peter Ferrara
    March 12, 2007, 6:00 a.m. Conservative WinSecond Amendment victory in D.C By Peter Ferrara The conservative movement won an historic victory last Friday. In the case of Parker v. District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does, indeed, protect a right for individual citizens to keep and bear arms for self-defense and other legal uses. Consequently, the court struck down a nettle of D.C. gun-control laws which effectively prohibited gun ownership and use within the District by law-abiding citizens. The media played the case as...
  • President Ronald Reagan: "The Agenda is Victory" (CPAC Speech, February 26, 1982)

    02/24/2007 11:32:28 AM PST · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 373+ views
    The Reagan Legacy ^ | February 26, 1982 | President Ronald Reagan
    Mr. Toastmaster Mickey Edwards, thank you very much for those generous words - reverend clergy, ladies and gentlemen, we're delighted to be here at the ninth annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Anyone looking at the exciting program you've scheduled over these four days, and the size of this gathering here tonight, can't help but be impressed with the energy and vitality of the conservative movement in America. We owe a special debt of gratitude to the staffs of American Conservative Union, Young Americans for Freedom, Human Events and National Review for making this year's conference the most successful in the...
  • Renewing the Conservative Narrative

    02/05/2007 11:56:20 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 436+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 06, 2007 | Christopher Chantrill
    What a difference there is between a Republican defeat and a Democratic defeat.  After 1994 and 2000 and 2004 the Democrats were apoplectic.  They're coming for the children, they roared after 1994. We wuz robbed, they spat after 2000.  The voting machines did it, they squirmed after 2004. But like the sensible middle-class folks we are, we Republicans have gone home after November 2006 to do some thinking.  Some have complained about the congressional Republicans.  But they are politicians; they must deal in the art of the possible-this week!  It is our job, especially on a page named American Thinker,...
  • Rebuilding the Reagan Coalition

    01/31/2007 10:28:59 PM PST · by Reagan Man · 40 replies · 760+ views
    Human Events ^ | February 1, 2007 | Edwin Meese
    The following speech was delivered on November 30, 2006. Our topic is "Can We Rebuild the Reagan Coali­tion?" The short answer is yes. It is possible if we look at how the Reagan coalition was built and the lessons that he taught us on how to put together and sustain a coalition over the years and then use that coalition to accomplish something important. That's certainly what he did. Particularly since President Reagan passed away two years ago, I'm often asked by people, "What was he really like?" I would have to say -- something that I think is a...
  • Fretting about the right future

    01/30/2007 2:49:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 176+ views
    The Washington DC Examiner ^ | Jan 30, 2007 | Masthead Editorial
    WASHINGTON - Lots of conservative activists, thinkers and leaders gathered over the weekend at the National Review Conservative Summit to discuss the future prospects of their movement. They heard from actual and presumptive presidential candidates and they listened to a wide variety of speakers advocating various approaches on issues critical to the movement that took intellectual flight with the publication of William F. Buckley’s “God and Man at Yale” in 1951. These are difficult days for the right after reaching the end of the GOP’s dozen years of congressional ascendancy having achieved too few conservative policy aims. Forthwith some thoughts...

    01/11/2007 4:15:39 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 25 replies · 1,295+ views
    11 January 2007 | Vanity
    I. INTRODUCTION:“Libertarians” and “conservatives” often duke it out on Free Republic. This usually occurs over the legalization of drugs but other social issues result in vitriolic debates as well Russell Kirk in Chapter XI of his book, The Politics of Prudence, argues most libertarians are not conservatives. They are really radicals of the right. But before we can present Russell’s arguments we must first document what a “conservative” is. Previously, I have summarized Kirk’s views as to conservativism by summarizing another chapter of this book, Ten Conservative Principles. Human nature is such that few will have the time or interest...

    01/09/2007 4:12:47 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 35 replies · 1,035+ views
    9 January 2007 | vanity
    I. Introduction Recently, NYT Columnist David Brooks wrote a column titled, ”GOP Needs To Woo Back Folks Like Me”. Brooks states he once voted Republican but now does not. He gives a laundry list of gripes including opposition to “stem cell research, “ free trade, micro policies that are tantamount to selling one’s soul and failing to be problem oriented. His article can be found: HERE. Mr. Brooks once voted Republican but he is not a conservative. He may believe he is, but his complaints argue against this claim. In 1953 or thereabouts Russell Kirk completed a scholarly book on...
  • RENEWING A SHAKEN CULTURE (A Russell Kirk Masterpiece)

    12/20/2006 6:26:57 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 16 replies · 884+ views
    One of the assumptions of Gestalt Psychology is ideas like needs move from the background to the foreground. Rush Limbaugh as well as many of the posts on Free Republic surely document an increasing awareness of attacks on our common culture. Rush has even indicated such successes as are being made against the culture outweigh even the loss of the last election. This lecture by Russell Kirk addresses this problem in a clear and convincing manner. It is seven pages long but the past paragraph sums up the problem: "...America has overcome the ideological culture of the Union of Socialist...
  • Unpopular Iraq war still has U.S. supporters (Reuters, Only Dumb Hicks Support The War In Iraq)

    12/14/2006 2:29:21 PM PST · by tobyhill · 71 replies · 1,510+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/14/2006 | Reuters
    LAKE TEXOMA, Okla. - “GOD-BLESS-OUR-TROOPS” is spelled out in four big signs along a wooded stretch of highway in rural southern Oklahoma. Support for U.S. soldiers in Iraq runs deep in these parts and throughout much of the South and Southwest. But while polls show the war itself is steadily losing the support of Americans, it has strong backers in the region, with God and terrorism often evoked to justify the war effort. Rodeos here can start with a prayer to the troops abroad, while yellow ribbons remembering the soldiers are common sights on the bumpers of big pickup trucks....
  • Contract With Conservativism

    12/09/2006 4:33:07 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 107 replies · 910+ views
    American Spectator | December/January 2006-7. | Alfred S. Regnery
    This is a fine well thought out article than I have not been able to access so I am discussing and summarizing it here. Alfred Regnery is the Publisher of the magazine and is the most prominent and influential conservative book publisher. His father, Henry Regnery, was similarly ensconsed and Henry Regnery wrote the introduction for Russell Kirk's classic The Conservative Mind (1986 edition published in 1953). Alfred is promising a book on conservativism and this we will have to see, but if he is as clear and able as this article it should be a best selling article. The...
  • Definition: Compromise (Vanity)

    12/07/2006 10:14:27 PM PST · by Tzimisce · 27 replies · 526+ views
    To most people a compromise is an agreement. Two or more parties sit down and they each give up something for a greater agreement. Thus they end up with a part of what they want but not all of it. The misery/goodness is spread equally. Enter the Baker Report. It's been out two days and the left is celebrating. I haven't seen them this happy since the election of Bill Clinton and the Democrat Congress. Katie Couric was almost wetting her panties the other night in excitement. Lefty bloggers are going crazy with happiness. Thus I'm wondering what they gave...
  • Black Power: The New Conservative Stronghold

    11/21/2006 7:48:21 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 34 replies · 1,080+ views
    Townhall ^ | 20 November 2006 | Harry Jackson Jr
    Black conservatives come in many sizes, shapes, and party affiliations. The next two years are a perfect time for wise conservatives to build bridges with the leaders of the “new black church”. These church leaders are classical social conservatives. They believe that government programs alone cannot stop crime, poverty, or poor schools. The new black church is not waiting for a handout. They are promoting immediate change through wiser, biblically-informed choices and personal accountability. They are using a new brand of black power to transform the nation. These men and women all believe that they can change America because of...
  • Preaching the Gospel of Small Government

    11/17/2006 5:21:41 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 7 replies · 423+ views
    New York Times ^ | 17 November 2006 | Jason Deparle
    Lawrence W. Reed is one of those people with so much passion for an unusual line of work that he invented a new occupation, and it has helped shape the conservative movement from here to the Himalayas. Mr. Reed runs a conservative think tank school. Twice a year, ideological allies from across the globe travel to his program at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Mich., to study the tricks of the idea-peddling trade. Policy institutes have been central to a national organizing strategy that has long won the right a reputation for savvy, and state-level versions are...
  • Rebuilding a Conservative Republican Majority

    11/15/2006 6:40:56 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 56 replies · 1,080+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November15, 2006 | Tony Blankley
    Like the Berliners of 1945-46 who picked through the rubble to separate still usable bricks for re-building from that which was destroyed beyond repair, the Republicans now start the same lamentable process of finding something of value in the rubble that was their majority. And just as the Berlin of today is physically both similar to and different from the Berlin that stood before it was flattened during WWII, so, too, the new Republican majority that someday will be rebuilt will be similar but not identical to the one that was constructed in the Reagan-Gingrich era. For both edifices the...
  • American Workers Have a Chance To Be Heard (Jim Webb Sen Elect Speaks)

    11/15/2006 2:14:43 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 33 replies · 932+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 15 November 2006 | Jim Webb
    The most important -- and unfortunately the least debated -- issue in politics today is our society's steady drift toward a class-based system, the likes of which we have not seen since the 19th century. America's top tier has grown infinitely richer and more removed over the past 25 years. It is not unfair to say that they are literally living in a different country. Few among them send their children to public schools; fewer still send their loved ones to fight our wars. They own most of our stocks, making the stock market an unreliable indicator of the economic...

    11/13/2006 9:54:33 AM PST · by Sopater · 39 replies · 1,393+ views
    The Constitution Party made great strides in the 2006 election and can, for the first time, celebrate victory! First of all, congratulations go out to Rick Jore, of Montana, who made history becoming the first Constitution Party candidate from any state to be elected to the state legislature, capturing the seat in Montana’s 12th District. Jore actually won in 2004, by three votes only to see the courts throw out enough ballots to give the Democrat the victory. This year, in a rematch, he won convincingly, garnering 56.2% of the vote and drubbing his Democrat opponent. Two candidates in Nevada’s...
  • Cheer Up, Conservatives

    11/12/2006 4:52:19 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 27 replies · 1,087+ views
    Cheer up, conservatives. Far from rejecting conservative principles, voters across America have resoundingly affirmed them. And they sent a harsh admonition to those who choose to neglect them. Skeptical? If so, ask yourself this question: were Republicans swept from power because they adhered to the Contract with America, which galvanized their majority in 1994? Or is the opposite true ? Republicans were swept from power because they disregarded those principles? The answer is obvious. Republicans were disciplined because they neglected conservatism, not because they practiced it. Quoting Congressman Mike Pence (R-Indiana), one of the most thoughtful and articulate conservative voices...
  • Rejected RINOs

    11/11/2006 11:18:06 AM PST · by wagglebee · 426 replies · 5,252+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 11/11/06 | Craig R. Smith
    Make no mistake about this mid-term election. Conservatives didn't lose. Republicans masquerading as conservatives lost. Democrats were not elected, RINOs and CINOs were rejected. The American people are smarter than the politicians want to believe. They got this one right, and I applaud their voting prowess. I must admit to my readers: I didn't get this one right at all, but thanks to the American spirit I have been set straight. There is no doubt that true conservatives would have never allowed the level of out-of-control spending this Republican held Congress allowed. Conservatives would have never allowed our borders to...
  • Ronald Reagan: Let Them Go Their Way

    11/09/2006 4:21:01 PM PST · by wagglebee · 126 replies · 2,942+ views
    The American Conservative Union ^ | March 1, 1975 | Ronald Reagan
    Since our last meeting we have been through a disastrous election. It is easy for us to be discouraged, as pundits hail that election as a repudiation of our philosophy and even as a mandate of some kind or other. But the significance of the election was not registered by those who voted, but by those who stayed home. If there was anything like a mandate it will be found among almost two-thirds of the citizens who refused to participate. Bitter as it is to accept the results of the November election, we should have reason for some optimism. For...
  • On Chuck Norris' Mania Sweeping The Net (Chuck Norris' Debut WND Column Alert)

    10/23/2006 12:22:21 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 41 replies · 2,221+ views ^ | 10/23/2006 | Chuck Norris
    Have you heard of the "Chuck Norris Facts"? There are more than 50,000 jokes making their way around the Internet that purport to be "facts" all playing off my movie roles as a "tough guy" and my history as a martial arts champion. But they aren't "jokes" to those who spread them – they're "facts." Here are a few of my favorites: "When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris." "Chuck Norris doesn't read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants." "Outer space exists because it's afraid to...
  • Star Parker: GOP Needs Tough Love, Not Abandonment

    10/14/2006 3:14:12 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 109 replies · 1,588+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | October 14, 2006 | Star Parker
    GOP needs tough love, not abandonment -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By Star Parker, World Net Daily, October 14, 2006 A survey just released by the Pew Center shows that 51 percent of Democrats are enthusiastic about voting in 2006 as opposed to 33 percent of Republicans. This is almost a mirror image of what the picture looked like in 1994. A Pew Center poll also shows a precipitous drop in support for Republicans and the Bush administration among white evangelicals. It's now a little over 50 percent, whereas in 2004 it was closer to 75 percent. Given the realities staring us in the...
  • Julia Gorin and the America Show! (Film Clip)

    10/12/2006 9:26:12 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 13 replies · 685+ views
    U Tube ^ | 10/10/06 | Julia Gorin
    Bill O'Reilly recently bemoaned the fact that there are no conservative late-night comedians/hosts. He had on Jeanne Wolf from Parade Magazine, and she gave the usual hack response: "Maybe conservatives just aren't as funny--not on purpose, anyway!" Well The America Show is coming. It's a TV pitch that Julia Gorin is currently shopping around with her two co-creators. It'll be a female Daily Show with a conservative bent. Comedy's next frontier: pro-American humor, baby! There's a short clip of the three gals gabbing conservatively at this site.
  • The problem with liberalism (interesting 'Letter To The Editor')

    10/10/2006 7:37:28 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 8 replies · 1,033+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Tuesday, October 10, 2006 | Beryl P. Wajsman
    The problem with liberalism National Post: Letters To The Editor Tuesday, October 10, 2006 Re: Statism Isn't Liberalism, George Jonas, Oct. 7. George Jonas's column should be required reading for all Canadians, especially for those running for the Liberal party's leadership. As Daniel Patrick Moynihan once wrote, "Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the power of government to do good." Too many of today's liberals, small-l or large-L, have no real understanding of liberalism. Politically, they engaged with the Liberal party because...
  • Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face, Conservative Style

    09/28/2006 2:22:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 179 replies · 5,076+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | Sep 27, 2006 | John Hawkins
    If your son hadn’t studied quite as hard as he should have for a history test, would you hope that he flunked badly in order to, “teach him a lesson?” If you goofed off at work a few times, do you think it would make sense for your employer to fire you and hire someone who spends all day sleeping in your place? If your favorite football team lost a few games to mediocre opponents during the season, would you root for them to lose the Super Bowl in hopes that they would be better the next year? The answer...
  • Stability for the Balkans (Dan Burton-Joe wilson)

    09/03/2006 4:05:55 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 19 replies · 577+ views
    As the United Nations tackles crises around the world from North Korea to the Middle East, it cannot ignore the Balkan region -- specifically the challenges facing Serbia. Seven years have passed since the U.N. took control of the Serbian province of Kosovo, and it will soon be time to make a permanent decision concerning its indeterminate status. ... The U.N. must not force a decision on Serbia that is unacceptable to its people and democratically elected representatives. A final decision must be a workable compromise and mutually acceptable to Serbia, ethnic Albanian leaders in Kosovo and the minority Serbian...
  • On the Low-Tax Economy, Bush Has the Story Right

    08/22/2006 10:32:12 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 9 replies · 515+ views
    National Review On Line ^ | August 22, 2006 | By Larry Kudlow
    Some conservatives are alleging that the president suffers from an inability to communicate with the American people, and there may be some overrated truth to this. But in a news conference last Friday, we saw George W. Bush at his communicating best. Following a meeting with his economic advisors at Camp David, the president let ’er rip, stating that “The foundation of our economy is solid, and it’s strong. Because of the tax cuts we passed, American workers and families and small businesses are keeping more of the money they earn. And they’re using that money to drive this economy...
  • EJ Dionne. The End of the Right?

    08/04/2006 3:32:41 AM PDT · by mh8782 · 21 replies · 932+ views
    Washington Post ^ | E J Dionne
    Is conservatism finished? What might have seemed an absurd question less than two years ago is now one of the most important issues in American politics. The question is being asked -- mostly quietly but occasionally publicly -- by conservatives themselves as they survey the wreckage of their hopes, and as their champions in the Republican Party use any means necessary to survive this fall's elections. Conservatism is an honorable disposition that, in its modern form, is inspired by the philosophy developed by Edmund Burke in the 18th century. But as a contemporary American movement, conservatism is rooted intellectually in...
  • 'Ombuddy' talk: Is FoxNews 'ultra' or just 'conservative'?

    07/17/2006 9:29:37 AM PDT · by weegee · 25 replies · 979+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 14, 2006 | James Campbell
    'Ombuddy' talk: Is FoxNews 'ultra' or just 'conservative'? An interesting discussion broke out among my "ombuddies" yesterday. It stemmed from this inquiry from Renaud Gilbert, ombudsman at Maison de Radio Canada. Renaud wrote: We have a reporter who labeled FoxNews as "an ultra-conservative network" in a news bulletin. I had complaints from some people that strongly opposed the use of the word "ULTRA," saying it is a value judgment and not a judgment of fact, and that it has no place in a news bulletin unless it is attributed. Any comments? The ombuddies, including yours truly, almost unanimously agreed with...
  • A Shift Among the Evangelicals

    06/16/2006 2:03:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 155 replies · 2,463+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 16, 2006 | E. J. Dionne Jr.
    Sometimes very important elections receive very little attention. When the Southern Baptist Convention elected the Rev. Frank Page as the group's president at its meeting this week in Greensboro, N.C., the news appeared on the back pages of most secular newspapers -- or it didn't appear at all. But Page's upset victory could be very significant, both to the nation's religious life and to politics. He defeated candidates supported by the convention's staunchly conservative establishment, which has dominated the organization since the mid-1980s. His triumph is one of many signs that new breezes are blowing through the broader evangelical Christian...