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  • Donald Trump, Bill Whittle and Republican Principles

    05/11/2016 2:10:31 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 7 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | May 11, 2016 | Dan Miller
    In 2012, after Mitt Romney lost the presidential election, Bill Whittle delivered an address on Republican principles. The Timid Republican Party has substantially ignored those principles and is not guided by them. Party candidates nevertheless continue to mouth them at election time. Perhaps they understand what the voters want and recite their fealty to gettheir votes. Once safely in office, they revert to ignoring those same principles.During the current Republican nomination process, the Establishment has chastised Donald Trump for not being a "real" Republican and not adhering to Republican principles -- the principles which they themselves ignore, by which he...
  • After Years of False Alarms, the 'Conservative Crackup' Has Arrived

    01/27/2016 10:30:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | January 27, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    I've been hearing about the impending "conservative crackup" for nearly 25 years. The term was coined by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., the founder of the American Spectator. He meant that conservatism had lost its philosophical coherence. But the phrase almost instantly became a catchall for any prediction of the right's imminent demise or dissolution. These dire prophesies always reminded me of those "Free Beer Tomorrow" signs. As Annie sings, tomorrow is "always a day away." Well, thanks to Donald Trump, tomorrow may be here. There's a fierce internecine battle over whether to oppose Trump's run, passively accept his popularity, or...
  • McAllister: Time for Conservatives to Make a Choice

    01/21/2016 9:06:53 AM PST · by Isara · 64 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | January 21st, 2016 | D.C. McAllister
    It’s pretty clear Donald Trump isn’t a conservative. The problem is many voters in the Republican Party think he is. These voters are real, they care about the constitutional principles that make America exceptional, and Trump needs them. He can’t afford to have the base of the Republican Party leave him for Ted Cruz.This is why he needed Sarah Palin’s endorsement. This is why he went to Liberty University and talked about “2 Corinthians.” This is why Cruz’s comment about New York values was problematic for him. Many pundits made the mistake after the last debate of thinking the comment...
  • 'Father Of Conservative Activism' Endorses Ted Cruz

    01/11/2016 7:15:23 PM PST · by Isara · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 11, 2016 | Thomas McArdle
    ...Leadership Institute founder and president Morton Blackwell has now enthusiastically endorsed Iowa frontrunner Ted Cruz....Among the criteria Blackwell outlined for a candidate were "a record of personal activism and leadership for conservative principles," being "surrounded by people notable for their firm commitment to conservative principles," fighting hard "for conservative principles when it appeared to be a losing battle," a lack of flip-flopping on policy positions, and "helping conservative organizations and working to elect conservative candidates."On Friday, Blackwell named the candidate he believes has met those concerns. "I have decided to endorse Ted Cruz and to urge other serious conservatives to...
  • Three Distinct Parallels Between Ronald Reagan and Ted Cruz

    12/25/2015 1:24:55 PM PST · by Isara · 26 replies
    Soshable ^ | December 25, 2015 | JD Rucker
    Ever since 1988, Republican candidates for all offices, particularly those running for President, have tried to channel Ronald Reagan. The conservative icon is the shining example of how a proper right-wing perspective has the power to make the country prosper domestically and make it respected around the world. In three decades, no candidate has come as close to truly picking up the Reagan mantle and bringing his ideals back to the White House than Ted Cruz. As The Atlantic points out, the sentiment from voters is very similar to what was happening in 1979 and 1980. The Judeo-Christian right had...
  • Clinton began her campaign by denouncing the big money flowing into out politics.That just got a lot

    04/25/2015 1:23:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Slate First Principles ^ | April 24, 2015 | John Dickerson
    New information about donations to Hillary Clintons family foundation and her husband have her on the defensive. Its also going to make it harder to go on offense.When Clinton announced her campaign, she outlined four big fights she would take on. One of the pillars of her pitch was that she wanted to fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if that takes a constitutional amendment.This position has political appeal. Voters think the system is rigged, and they think big money helps those in power keep it rigged. For a...
  • Because I'm a [faux] Conservative I support the liberal platform ZOT!

    03/23/2015 6:44:37 AM PDT · by Kaled · 144 replies
    An Incredibly Minor Public Figure ^ | 03-15-2015 | Michael Charney
    Because I'm a Conservative, I believe in a strong separation of church and state. As Eliade wrote in The Sacred and the Profane, "the sacred always manifests itself as a reality of a wholly different order from 'natural' realities." We do a disservice to the truly sacred when we force it into Caesar's world. What is sacred to me is between myself and my Maker--and forcing that into the public square diminishes both of Us. Because I'm a Conservative, I care about the environment. Whether prompted by the Bible or by our own sense of morality (itself a part of...
  • U.S. Expects Israel to 'Stick to Democratic Principles'

    11/24/2014 2:33:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    inn ^ | 11/24/14 | Elad Benari
    The controversial Jewish State Law on Monday elicited a response from Washington. Jeff Rathke, a spokesman for the State Department, did not condemn or denounce the law, but did say that "Israel is a Jewish and democratic state and all its citizens should enjoy equal rights. We expect Israel to stick to its democratic principles." Earlier on Monday, the coalition decided to postpone by a week the Knesset plenum vote on two versions of the Jewish State bill, one of which was proposed by MK Ze'ev Elkin (Likud), and the other by MKs Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) and Robert Ilatov...
  • Joe Heck will not be bullied into amnesty!

    06/06/2014 12:24:25 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal
    Friends of Joe Heck ^ | Tom McAllister
    Have you seen the front page of the Las Vegas Sun website today? Erin Bilbrays liberal activist friends over at Occupy CIR have literally covered it with attack ads against Dr. Joe Heck over his stance on immigration reform. Joe has been clear that we need real solutions to improve our broken immigration system but he will NOT be bullied into amnesty by Erin Bilbray and her liberal activist friends. We cannot let Erin Bilbray and her liberal activist friends get away with these purely partisan attacks!
  • What Principles Rule the GOP? : It's Rhetoric vs Practice

    04/09/2014 11:26:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/09/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    For years, Republicans benefited from economic growth. So did pretty much everyone else, of course. But I have something specific in mind. Politically, when the economy is booming -- or merely improving at a satisfactory clip -- the distinction between being pro-business and pro-market is blurry. The distinction is also fuzzy when the economy is shrinking or imploding. But when the economy is simply limping along -- not good, not disastrous -- like it is now, the line is easier to see. And GOP politicians typically don't want to admit they see it. Just to clarify, the difference between being...
  • Test Your Knowledge of Basic Economics...

    12/05/2013 9:01:24 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 9 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 05 December 2013 | Reaganite Republican
  • The Founders Would Not Be Thankful For These 10 Things

    11/28/2013 2:52:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 124 replies ^ | November 28, 2013 | Sarah Jean Seman
    The principles America was founded on have paved the way for the freedoms and privileges each citizen is thankful for today. At the heart of conservatism, is the recognition that many of these founding ideals are worth fighting to preserve. In the words of John Quincy Adams: "Posterity--you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it." So in the spirit of preserving todays blessings for tomorrows Americans, lets take a look at ten things the Founding Fathers would be fighting against in the 21st century....
  • Celebrating Lincoln's Words and Ideas

    11/19/2013 7:06:53 AM PST · by loveliberty2 · 41 replies
    Abraham Lincoln Online ^ | April 6, 1859 | Abraham Lincoln
    Springfield, Ills, April 6, 1859 Messrs. Henry L. Pierce, & others. Gentlemen Your kind note inviting me to attend a Festival in Boston, on the 13th. Inst. in honor of the birth-day of Thomas Jefferson, was duly received. My engagements are such that I can not attend. Bearing in mind that about seventy years ago, two great political parties were first formed in this country, that Thomas Jefferson was the head of one of them, and Boston the head-quarters of the other, it is both curious and interesting that those supposed to descend politically from the party opposed to Jefferson...
  • Weekend Report: 'Butler' Repeats, Newcomers All Open Below $10 Million

    08/25/2013 7:27:13 PM PDT · by napscoordinator · 15 replies
    Box Office Mojo ^ | 25 August 2013 | Ray Subers
    On a very slow late-August weekend, Lee Daniels' The Butler easily held on to the top spot at the box office. We're the Millers also continued to play well, while all three new nationwide releases opened to less than $10 million. Overall, the Top 12 earned an estimated $91.6 million. That's up 10 percent from the same weekend last year, when The Expendables 2 led with a weak $13.4 million. With good reviews and strong word-of-mouth, The Butler fell 31 percent to an estimated $17 million. In comparison, The Help dropped 23 percent at the same point in its run...
  • A new masonic Pope imbued with Italian and humanitarian principles...

    08/06/2013 8:21:17 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 20 replies
    La Salette JOurney ^ | August 6, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    A new masonic Pope imbued with Italian and humanitarian principles to corrupt the Church from within? Michael Brown over at Spirit Daily is carrying a link to a National Catholic Reporter article suggesting that a revolution has quietly begun at the Vatican. See here. For centuries the Freemasons have been working to infiltrate the Vatican and to install their own Pope while emphasizing a "social gospel." What is the "Social Gospel"? Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich was shown this secular humanism which would disguise itself as Christianity: "...this church was born without a Saviour, good works without faith, the communion of...
  • Enders Game Author Speaks Out on Boycott of Movie Version Over His Anti-Gay Marriage Statements

    07/09/2013 4:25:52 PM PDT · by Ripliancum · 87 replies
    Yahoo Movie Talk ^ | July 9th, 2013 | Mark Deming
    The author of the novel "Ender's Game" has spoken out about the controversy that's flared up over the upcoming movie adaptation in the past few days, but he doesn't sound eager to smooth ruffled feathers, declaring the statements that angered fans are "moot." Geeks OUT, a group that "rallies, empowers, and promotes the queer geek community," are calling for a boycott of the "Ender's Game" movie based on statements about gay marriage made by Orson Scott Card, who wrote the much-loved young adult sci-fi novel in 1985. Card, a strongly outspoken opponent of gay marriage, wrote of the subject in...
  • Obama: Ramadan Time to Celebrate the Principles That Bind People of Different Faiths

    07/08/2013 7:56:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7/8/13 | Bridget Johnson
    Happy Ramadan from President Obama: With the start of the sacred month of Ramadan, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world. For the worlds 1.5 billion Muslims, Ramadan is a time for thoughtful reflection, fasting and devotion. It is also an opportunity for family and friends to come together and celebrate the principles that bind people of different faiths a commitment to peace, justice, equality and compassion towards our fellow human beings. These bonds are far stronger
  • Were the Founding Fathers "Tolerant" of Islam? [Part II]

    04/16/2013 1:52:07 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Apologetics Press ^ | Dave Miller
    Hutson observes that in their 1780 state constitution, [o]fficials in Massachusetts afforded the most ample liberty of conscienceto Deists, Mahometans, Jews and Christians (2002)an allusion to Samuel Wests discussion of tax assessments for the support of the public teaching of religion and morality. This observation is accurate as long as one clearly understands that liberty of conscience specifically meant no governmental intrusion, but did not extend to the encouragement or promotion of Islam in public life. Proof of this contention is seen in the Third Article of the 1780 constitution itself, in which the legislature was authorized to make suitable...
  • White House: Gay marriage fulfills founding principles

    03/28/2013 9:08:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/28/13 | Michal Conger
    Gay marriage is an issue of equality that fulfills Americas founding principles, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said during Wednesdays press briefing. Earnest was responding to a reporter who asked whether President Obama feels his stance on gay marriage has cleared the way for others to support it publicly, noting Sen. Portmans decision to support gay marriage earlier this month after his son announced he was gay.
  • The Ten Principles of 3D Printing

    03/03/2013 7:47:42 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 32 replies
    big think ^ | 3/2/13 | Hod Lipson
    This article is an excerpt from Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman's new book Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing. Predicting the future is a crapshoot. When we were writing this book and interviewing people about 3D printing, we discovered that a few underlying "rules" kept coming up. People from a broad and diverse array of industries and backgrounds and levels of expertise described similar ways that 3D printing helped them get past key cost, time and complexity barriers. We have summarized what we learned. Here are ten principles of 3D printing we hope will help people and businesses take...
  • Words of Wisdom to Live By...

    08/20/2012 12:53:59 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 1 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | August 20, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Money cannot buy you happiness... but it's more comfortable crying in a Mercedes than on a bicycle. Forgive your enemy- but don't forget the SOB's name Help a man in trouble... and he'll remember you (when he's in trouble again!) Many people exist in this world only because it's illegal to shoot them Trying to debate facts with an Obama voter is like trying trying to pick-up a cow pie by the clean end~ ___________________________________________ h/t Kirby
  • Bob 'Watergate' Woodward: In His Debut In Washingtons Power Struggles, Gingrich Threw A Bomb

    12/24/2011 7:31:42 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 24, 2011 | Bob Woodward
    In His Debut In Washingtons Power Struggles, Gingrich Threw A Bomb Bob Woodward December 24 On the evening of Oct. 4, 1990, Newt Gingrich and his then-wife, Marianne, were enjoying a VIP reception at a Republican fundraiser when they were suddenly hustled over to have their picture taken with President George H.W. Bush. I thought it was a bad idea, Gingrich said in a series of interviews in 1992 that have not been previously published. Days earlier, Gingrich had dramatically walked out of the White House and was leading a very public rebellion against a deficit reduction and tax increase...
  • John Bolton on the greatest misconception that Democrats have about Republicans

    12/17/2011 8:23:19 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 21 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 12/12/2011 | The Right Scoop
    When John Bolton was asked the question of what he thought was the greatest misconception that Democrats have about Republicans, I honestly didnt expect such a brilliantly deep answer. I guess Ive gotten used to fluff. But Bolton hit it out of the park and I just had to start the day with it:**snip**The core misimpression is that a fundamental belief in liberty and its implications is somehow cruel and uncaring. When in fact, liberty is absolutely central to the most massive economic change in the history of the world that has brought more concrete material advantages to people in...
  • Lessons of Electoral History? Being all things to all people is not a winning platform

    11/30/2011 6:53:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/30/2011 | Thomas Sowell
    It used to be common for people to urge us to learn the lessons of history. But history gets much less attention these days, and, if there are any lessons that we are offered, they are more likely to be the lessons from current polls or the lessons of political correctness. Even among those who still invoke the lessons of history, some read those lessons very differently than others. Talk-show host Michael Medved, for example, apparently thinks the Republicans need a centrist presidential candidate in 2012. He said, Most political battles are won by seizing the center. Moreover, he added:...
  • Stop Being Panzies!

    08/21/2011 7:42:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 1+ views ^ | August 21, 2011 | Kevin McCullough
    One of the things that has always comforted me, being a conservative, is the raw, bare, confidence I have in knowing that the ideas we construct society around (from the conservative viewpoint) are without question based in freedom, dignity, and morality. One of the things I have most despised about conservatives is that while we have these tremendous and high-minded principles, we wimp out way too often, and the fate of the free world suffers. I hate victimization of the innocent more than anything. And when conservatives serve up the self-inflicted victimhood, I want to heave! A couple of examples...
  • Rate Congressional Priorities

    07/15/2011 9:47:38 AM PDT · by dagogo redux · 1 replies · 1+ views
    7/15/11 | dagogo redux
    Please rank ( and list percentages) the priorities that most motivate our current Congress Critters: A. Jobs (Insuring my re-election) B. Cultural/Moral Issues (Insuring those photos of me are never released) C. Defense/Security (Insuring those photos of me are never released) D. Economic (Insuring my lifetime perks and benefits) E. Systemic Political Improvement (Moving the nation towards global Marxism) E. Constitutional (Upholding my oath of office)
  • Why 178 Public Educators in Atlanta SHOULD BE in prison

    07/07/2011 9:32:22 AM PDT · by jodiluvshoes · 55 replies ^ | 07.07.2011 | Kevin McCullough
    The majority of the nation doesnt know that investigators have turned up a hatched-scheme in which Union bosses coordinated efforts with public education officials. Further that 44 of 56 school districts in the Atlanta Public Schools system strategically convinced Superintendents, Principals and teachers to cheatprimarily by going back and erasing answers on tests and replacing them with correct onesin order to have a higher means score for the No Child Left Behind funding qualifications. The evidence is overwhelming. 2100 Interviews 178 educators involved 38 principals involved 80 confessions to the schemes 800,000 documents as evidence
  • Gates: Scouting Instills Principles, Integrity, Honor

    03/04/2011 5:03:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 43 replies
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    DALLAS, March 4, 2011 Recalling his own experience as an Eagle Scout, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates last night praised scouting for instilling principles, integrity and honor in tomorrows leaders. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates thanks former President George W. Bush after he is introduced during the Circle Ten Council Friends of Scouting dinner in Dallas, March 3, 2011. Gates, a former Eagle Scout, gave a keynote speech. DOD photo by Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Gates was the keynote speaker at a Circle Ten Council Friends of Scouting dinner here. The secretary told...
  • A Personal Message For Those Calling For Civility

    01/18/2011 6:44:51 AM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 9 replies ^ | January 18, 2011 | Alan Levy
    I have a very personal message for those half wits who are calling for "civility". Ready ? Here we go: Shove it. Shove it where the sun doesn't shine. Shove it up sideways. Shove it up sideways and twist it around. Now I'm sure there will be those who will call me a hatemonger. It certainly wouldn't be the first time, and I'm sure it won't be the last time. Oh well. I'm crying a river, let me tell you. Really. Boo-hoo. See, I look at the current political environment as more than the Hatfield and McCoy nonsense that we...
  • New House Is Government By Abstraction (Gigantic Barf Alert!!!)

    01/06/2011 4:54:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 6, 2011 | Left wing dipstick lunatic E. J. DIONNE JR
    Edmund Burke, one of history's greatest conservatives, warned that abstractions are the enemy of responsible government. "I never govern myself, no rational man ever did govern himself, by abstractions and universals," Burke wrote. "A statesman differs from a professor in a university; the latter has only the general view of society; the former, the statesman, has a number of circumstances to combine with those general ideas." Alas for all of us and for American conservatism in particular, the new Republican majority that took control of the House on Wednesday is embarked on an experiment in government by abstractions. Many in...
  • The First Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel (LDS Caucus)

    09/27/2010 4:53:51 PM PDT · by restornu · 10 replies
    All about Mormons ^ | by Marie Kartchner Hafen
    The first principles and ordinances of the gospel are "first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost" (A of F 4). The resurrected Savior taught that these principles constitute his "gospel": "Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sancti by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day. Verily, verily, I say unto you, this...

    08/20/2010 8:43:13 PM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 2 replies
    Red County ^ | August 20, 2010 | Matthew Burke
    Having moved into the life as a former candidate (WA-01), a citizen running for the first time, I can tell you that Im pretty sick of the following phrases, Well, thats politics, Its all about the money, We have to unite, Politics is dirty, and You cant say that. You have to get the independent vote. Do you think the Founding Fathers thought that way, or would accept working in such a political system?...
  • Ridicule and Disdain: The Reagan-Palin Connection

    08/06/2010 6:52:18 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 166 replies
    Big Government ^ | August 06, 2010 | Alan Snyder
    You had to live through it to recognize the metamorphosis. During those early days of June 2004, as the nation mourned the passing of Ronald Reagan, you would have never known he had been ridiculed and treated with disdain for most of his political careernot only by Democrats but by establishment Republicans. Frankly, I was stunned by the display of love and gratitude in 2004. As the Reagan motorcade drove toward the Reagan Library for the final tribute, ordinary citizens along the route were paying their final tributes as well. It was an amazing moment. But it was not always...
  • The Timeless Principles of American Prosperity

    07/28/2010 6:58:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies · 1+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 07/27/2010 | Peter Ferrara
    We know, based on economic experience, theory, and logic, how to create another economic boom that will last 25 years, or a generation into the future. We achieved that in America from the end of 1982 to the end of 2007, with only two, short, shallow recessions that barely interrupted sustained, robust, economic growth. But that was not the only instance of success. Several times in the last 100 years, whenever the nation's economic policies adhered to the timeless principles of economic growth and prosperity, our economy has boomed. When it has departed from those policies, it has fallen into...
  • The Mount Vernon Statement-Constitutional Conservatism: A Statement for the 21st Century

    02/17/2010 7:34:23 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 27 replies · 598+ views
    We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding. Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law. They sought to secure national independence, provide for economic opportunity, establish true religious liberty and maintain a flourishing society of republican self-government. These principles define us as a country and inspire us as a people. They are responsible for a prosperous, just nation unlike any other in the world. They are our highest achievements, serving not only as powerful beacons to all who strive for freedom and seek self-government, but as warnings...
  • NBCs Chuck Todd: No Core Set of Principles in Obama Movement

    11/08/2009 12:13:33 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 33 replies · 1,739+ views
    BreitBart TV ^ | November 4, 2009 | Chuck Todd
    "I think hes struggling to translate that to policy."
  • New York Race Puts Republicans At A Crossroads

    11/01/2009 8:57:58 AM PST · by AmericaTalks · 19 replies · 772+ views
    America Talks ^ | 11/01/09 | David Zublick
    An interesting thing happened on the way to the congressional election in New York's 23rd district. The Republican candidate, Dede Scozzafava, dropped out of the race. This bodes well for the Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman, who, as it turns out happens to be a Republican who ran on a third party ticket against Scozzafava and the Democrat Bill Owens. This is a fascinating race to watch, because it forces those in the Republican Party to take a hard look at what has become of the GOP. In the last few weeks, there has been a huge rift within the...
  • Government Insanity Overload

    07/04/2009 12:57:18 AM PDT · by ColoradoUSA · 7 replies · 347+ views
    I was almost overcome by government insanity overload the other evening and writing this was the cure . . . In 2010 we have to turn the House around big time and get the Senate going that way to. I don't want to ever vote for another politician. I only want to vote for people who know, value and act on the principles that created our great country and are selfless enough to help this country get on track by serving up to two terms. Cut the federal government to 1/3 its present size. Stoke the engines of wealth creation...
  • Lawyers Proving the 'Slippery Slope' is Real

    06/07/2009 6:33:06 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 14 replies · 779+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 6/07/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    If you've spent any time at all on Internet message boards or in college debate class you'll have seen the rafters vibrate with righteous condemnation against the "slippery slope argument." It is claimed that a worst case, ultimate extrapolation of a thing is a bad argument because it isn't necessarily a truism. Supporters of the Second Amendment, for instance, are scolded by liberals when the supporter says that any new gun law is "one more step to banning guns." The gun restricter says that the gun supporter is employing a "slippery slope" argument and that it is idiotic to claim...
  • How Hillsdale Beats Harvard

    06/01/2009 8:56:35 PM PDT · by hillsdale1 · 10 replies · 903+ views
    This week the 1,600 or so members of Harvard's Class of 2009 will leave campus with a coveted Ivy degree. Of this number, seven will leave with something else: the gold bars of a second lieutenant. At a time when institutions from our banks and auto makers to our churches and public schools seem to have trouble honoring their most basic promises, these young officers enter a life where words have meaning, meaning has consequences, and those consequences can include a flag-draped coffin. Tomorrow on Harvard Yard, Gen. David Petraeus will address these young men and women -- four Army,...
  • Lee Wishing: Enduring American Principles

    05/24/2009 5:10:05 PM PDT · by kellynla · 3 replies · 392+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 25, 2009 | Lee Wishing
    Based upon our observations of American soldiers and their officers captured in this war, the following facts are evidenced," a foreign intelligence officer wrote. "There is little knowledge or understanding, even among United States university graduates, of American political history and philosophy ... of safeguards to freedom; and of how these things supposedly operate within their own system." Believe it or not, those words weren't written by an al Qaeda operative. They were written during the Korean War (1950-53) by the chief intelligence officer of the Chinese People's Volunteer Army in North Korea. In a 1957 response to those remarks,...
  • GOP, This Really Isnt That Hard: Simple Principles, Clearly Stated

    05/14/2009 9:17:58 AM PDT · by Donald Rumsfeld Fan · 1 replies · 232+ views
    NORTH STAR WRITERS GROUP ^ | May 13, 2009 | David Karki
    The goal must be to challenge liberal premises. Liberal premises necessarily lead to liberal policies. ----snip---- These are softballs lobbed up to the plate that should be swung at with Ruthian clouts and smacked out of the park with ease. Dispute the liberal premise, offer the conservative alternative and let the listener complete the logic for himself. ----snip---- But there are three pre-requisites for all the above: Belief, patience and courage. Belief, in that far too many GOP higher-ups don't really believe in conservatism. One only diligently goes to the mat for that which one truly and fully believes in...
  • The Contract with Republicans

    04/07/2009 3:02:20 PM PDT · by Birdy · 24 replies · 571+ views
    I started thinking several months ago about possible ways to get the party of Lincoln and Reagan back on track. Following the 1994 Contract with America, there was a period of time when the representatives were directly serving the will of the people. We unified under an agreement about specific reforms we all agreed were needed. They promised to act on them, and they did for the most part. We promised to elect them, and we did. We need to bring about the same kind of unity within the Republican Party (based on a conservative foundation) and with like-minded citizens...
  • Rules for Conservatives

    03/16/2009 8:09:13 PM PDT · by marshall_t · 23 replies · 1,270+ views
    Self | March 16, 2009 | Marshall Thompson
    I have felt like conservatives need a set of rules to counter the "Rules for Radicals" written by Saul Alinsky. This is my first draft. Comments and ideas are solicited.
  • Will 'We Surround Them' launch revolution?

    03/12/2009 5:55:46 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 15 replies · 962+ views ^ | March 09, 2009
    Glenn Beck warns about falling for 'Wizard of Oz lie' Talk show dynamo Glenn Beck is warning Americans not to fall for the "Wizard of Oz lie" the one that says just because a big government voice is large and intimidating it is right. Remember that "once you pull the curtain away you realize that there are only a few people pressing the buttons, and their voices are weak," he writes on his website promoting Friday's "We Surround Them" special program. It airs at 5 p.m. Eastern Time on the Fox News Channel. But is there hope yet for...
  • RUSH: Don't Hold It Against CONSERVATIVES Who Voted AGAINST McCain

    03/11/2009 1:12:33 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 36 replies · 1,690+ views ^ | March 10, 2009 | Rush Limbaugh
    Don't Hold It Against Conservatives Who Voted Against McCain March 10, 2009 RUSH: I want to answer one question that was asked of me by Susan from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, about conservatives who voted for McCain, and I want to say up front here that this explanation that you are about to hear is one of these that will be ripe for taking out of context by my friends on the right to once again smear my meaning. Here goes. I said just before the previous hour concluded, I don't hold it against any conservative who voted against McCain....
  • Bush: 'I Did Not Compromise My Principles'

    12/01/2008 5:33:00 PM PST · by Anita1 · 2 replies · 735+ views
    Looking back on his eight years in the White House, President George W. Bush pinpointed incorrect intelligence that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction as "biggest regret of all the presidency." President sits down with ABC's Charles Gibson for an exit interview."I think I was unprepared for war," Bush told ABC News' Charlie Gibson in an interview airing today on "World News." Despite failed intelligence and accusations of mismanaging the war, Bush said his decision not to prematurely . . .
  • An open message to the RNC

    11/07/2008 9:29:29 AM PST · by scdown · 4 replies · 661+ views
    Steve Down
    The aftermath of the 2008 General Election has evoked both soul-searching and recrimination in an attempt to understand its result. The former is useful, that is, to reflect on what has and has not worked for both the party and the conservative movement in general. The latter is useless, as all it serves to do is delay our recovery.In this election, we spent a considerable amount of time exploring unanswered questions about, and the limitations of, the opposition candidate. Given the failure of the media to fulfill its duty to the nation, that's completely appropriate. I'm not a conspiracy theorist,...
  • It starts here

    11/07/2008 9:07:56 AM PST · by B Knotts · 23 replies · 385+ views ^ | 11/07/2008 | Brian
    All of the frenzied recriminations and strategizing you are seeing are for naught. Before the conservative movement can even think about regaining political power, it must reform itself. Not by abandoning conservatism, but by reestablishing its principles.What is it we as conservatives believe? Until we can answer that question clearly and convincingly, we will largely be on the sidelines.We need not try to find candidates for the next electoral cycle at this time, because we have to discuss our principles first, and come to an agreement on them that the various factions within conservatism can agree on. If I were...
  • The American Culture Article About Conservative Crackup

    10/25/2008 9:42:41 AM PDT · by lesterleith · 13 replies · 362+ views
    The American Culture ^ | 10/24/08 | S. T. Karnick
        'National Review' Allows Diverse Opinions, Former Staffer Says By S. T. Karnick (       A former associate editor of National Review magazine says Christopher Buckley's departure from his back-page column was not a firing, and the magazine embraces diverse viewpoints within conservatism. But that's the real problem with the contemporary right: it lacks a set of coherent principles.   Recently a well-publicized conflict at National Review magazine created a stir on the right and much schadenfreude on the left. Christopher Buckley, the son of the magazine's late founder-editor and a highly respected writer himself, announced...