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  • Rand Paul: Chris Christie is the “king of bacon”

    07/30/2013 7:52:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/30/2013 | AllahPundit
    The way this feud is progressing, I half-expect Christie to reply, “And you’re the queen.”Ostensibly Paul means “bacon” in terms of “pork,” i.e. wasteful federal spending. Which I guess means he’ll be referring to Christie as “Porky” before the week’s out. “This is the king of bacon talking about bacon,” Paul said about Christie. Both are considered potential 2016 contenders for the Republican presidential nomination…“What does he want to do, shut down military bases in Kentucky?” he said.Fort Campbell and Fort Knox, both Army bases, are located in Kentucky. New Jersey itself is home to a large joint military base...
  • Marco Rubio’s Iowa Slide

    07/23/2013 8:59:38 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 48 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 23,2013 | Robert Costa
    Iowa’s talk-radio hosts have been particularly brutal. Steve Deace, an influential Christian conservative, has warned Rubio not to even show up, and has often taunted him during broadcasts. “Zip, zilch, nada — he’s got no support, he would be dead on arrival,” Deace tells me. “He may end up running for president, but he can’t win here.” Rubio’s latest Iowa headache is Sam Clovis, a charismatic, suspenders-wearing Republican running for U.S. Senate. On the campaign trail, Clovis frequently uses Rubio as a target. Rather than hit President Obama, the usual rhetorical punching bag, he slams Rubio on immigration to score...
  • Rand Paul says he hopes 'Southern Avenger' saga won't undermine efforts to broaden GOP's reach

    07/22/2013 6:51:39 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 10 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/22/2013 | Ryan Alessi
    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul confirmed to reporters Monday that he and staffer Jack Hunter — the former shock jock known as the Southern Avenger — were parted ways in a “mutual decision.” Paul said he hoped that Hunter’s presence on his staff wouldn’t undermine his efforts to broaden the appeal of the Republican Party. Paul has reached out to African Americans, for instance, speaking at historically black colleges in Washington, D.C., and Louisville. “I think everybody occasionally has people that work for them who sometimes have a background that damages what you’re trying to do,” he said. “But I think...
  • Aide’s resignation heightens Sen. Rand Paul’s war with neocons

    07/22/2013 5:44:27 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 22, 2013 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Some Republicans are accusing the party’s neoconservative hawks of playing dirty pool in an attempt to smear Sen. Rand Paul as a bigot for having an aide who once expressed admiration for Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. The aide, Jack Hunter, who quit on Monday, was eased out by Mr. Paul after a neoconservative publication revealed that, as a radio “shock jock” some years ago, Mr. Hunter advocated that the Southern states secede once again from the union. Saying he had become more libertarian and broad-minded since his days as the “Southern Avenger,” Mr. Hunter revealed...
  • Rand Paul’s Paleo Problem

    07/17/2013 7:03:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/17/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Rand Paul is the most interesting contender for the Republican nomination. And when I say interesting, I mean that in the broadest sense. A case in point: Last week, the Kentucky senator hit some turbulence when the Washington Free Beacon reported that Jack Hunter, Paul’s aide and the co-author of his book, The Tea Party Goes to Washington, was once the Southern Avenger. Who’s that? Starting in the 1990s, as a radio shock-jock, Hunter would wear a wrestling mask made from a Confederate flag, while making jokes about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and having the South re-secede. “Although Lincoln’s...
  • Democrats call on McConnell to condemn Paul for employing 'Southern Avenger'

    07/10/2013 8:40:36 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 17 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 7/10/2013 | Jack Brammer
    FRANKFORT — Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon called on U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Wednesday to condemn U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's hiring of a staffer with a history of making controversial comments about race. Washington Free Beacon, a conservative online publication, reported Tuesday that Paul staffer Jack Hunter is a former talk-radio host who called himself the "Southern Avenger" and is a former member of the League of the South, a group that advocates Southern secession. "Senator McConnell likes Republicans to call him leader, and he has made himself heard on every issue he deems of consequence, real...
  • The terrorists have won

    12/05/2011 4:48:11 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 50 replies · 4+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2011-12-02 | Jack Hunter
    Since 9/11, Senator Lindsey Graham has said repeatedly that we must fight the terrorists “over there” so we don’t have to fight them “over here.” But this week, Graham threw that all out the window. Apparently, we are now at war everywhere. Forever. Commenting on the controversial Section 1031 of the National Defense Authorization Act — which many contend gives the federal government new powers to arrest American citizens without charge — Graham made clear this week that “1031, the statement of authority to detain, does apply to American citizens and it designates the world as the battlefield, including the...
  • Why Republicans can’t cut (GOP is the other party of Big Government™)

    11/26/2011 7:09:07 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2011-11-25 | Jack Hunter
    These days, virtually all Republicans call themselves “conservatives” and claim to be dedicated to cutting spending, balancing budgets, reducing debts and limiting government. Most of them are liars. The failure of the super committee this week was but the latest reminder. The super committee was supposed to figure out how to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion over 10 years. If it failed, the result was supposed to be $1.2 trillion in “automatic cuts” over the next decade, with about $600 billion of that coming from the defense budget. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said any such cuts would be “devastating”...
  • Goodbye to conservatism

    11/26/2011 7:26:14 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2011-11-03 | Jack Hunter
    Conservatism is a negative philosophy. I don’t mean “negative” in the sense that it proposes something undesirable. I mean that it seeks to negate objectionable aspects of the human condition. Man has a propensity for evil. This means that men must be restrained in some fashion — which is precisely why conservatives have typically stressed religion, conventional morality, humility, etc. But conservatives have also stressed that any government designed to be powerful enough to restrain men will also be run by men, whose collective propensity for evil is to be feared even more. Conservatives have never argued that man should...
  • The entire GOP moves closer to Paul's politics and away from Bush

    06/22/2011 8:54:29 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 115 replies
    Charleston City Paper ^ | 2011-06-23 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    Ron Paul won the debate — and I don't necessarily mean the presidential debate that took place last week, but the most important debate now taking place in the Republican Party. Those who gave former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann high marks for their debate performances are not wrong. Both candidates exhibited that presidential "style" that is worth so much to pundits and voters. But what about substance? Who best represents the GOP's current philosophy? At the second debate of the 2008 Republican presidential primaries, Fox News' Carl Cameron posed the following question to candidate Paul: "Congressman...
  • The Conservative War on Drug Prohibition

    05/16/2011 8:25:10 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 43 replies · 1+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2011-05-12 | Jack Hunter
    Most people can’t imagine an America without a minimum wage. Without such wage regulation many believe poverty would run rampant, families would become homeless and children would be starving in the streets. Yet conservatives have rightly recognized that these are moralistic and emotional responses to what is essentially an economic problem. Pointing out the policy’s failure, National Review founder William F. Buckley wrote: “The minimum wage is about as discredited as the Flat Earth Society…” Yet the very notion of getting rid of it remains something most Americans simply cannot fathom. Most people can’t imagine an America without the War...
  • Lindsey Graham’s War on Freedom (Southern Avenger)

    04/08/2011 7:55:36 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2011-04-07 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    When Florida pastor Terry Jones decided to “send a message” to Muslims by burning a Koran last week, it incited outrage and violence throughout the Arab world. American leaders rightly responded by condemning the senseless and dangerous act. Yet in the end, and despite the pastor’s obvious and irresponsible recklessness, Jones used his free speech and political leaders used theirs. Such is the nature of free expression in a free society. But one politician’s condemnation of Jones contained a suggested remedy far more dangerous to American freedom than burning the Koran. Said Sen. Lindsey Graham on CBS’ Face the Nation:...
  • Is Isolationism on the Rise?

    03/06/2011 9:06:12 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2011-02-25 | Jack Hunter
    In the 1980’s the United States funded Iraq’s Saddam Hussein yet considered Palestine’s Yasser Arafat and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi terrorists. And they were. But so was Saddam, who at that time was terrorizing his own people, gassing Iraqi Kurds while receiving America’s financial and political support. In the 1990’s, the US declared Hussein a menace and we apparently changed our mind about Arafat, who was even invited to the White House to shake hands with Bill Clinton. In the 2000’s George W. Bush went back to calling Arafat a terrorist, went to war with Saddam, who we also began calling...
  • State of the Right

    03/06/2011 9:05:18 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 1 replies · 1+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2011-01-28 | Jack Hunter
    State of the Union speeches are sort of like listening to cheating husbands apologize to their wives. Not only are we told that any past mistakes are yesterday’s news and the worst is behind us, but in an effort to show how things will be different we are given a laundry list of promises that paint a rosier future. Nobody paints rhetorically better than Obama and the smooth talking president’s oratory skills were on full display this week-just as they likely will be next year when things won’t have substantively changed one bit. The most significant change Tuesday night was...
  • How Liberals and Conservatives use Fear-Mongering to Promote Statism (Southern Avenger)

    09/30/2010 6:37:32 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2010-09-29 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    When President Obama announced a new $50 billion stimulus plan Labor Day weekend, conservatives scoffed -- and rightfully so. Who does this guy think he's fooling? After the $700 billion TARP bailout, the auto manufacturer bailout, and an $800 billion stimulus, does this president actually think a measly $50 billion is going to successfully turn around an economy where greater sums have failed? But the president and his party have a ready reply for such naysayers: "Imagine if we did nothing?" This open-ended question will undoubtedly continue to provide cover for stimulus-loving liberals, no matter how often conservatives insist that...
  • Uncomfortable Lindsey Graham (Southern Avenger)

    09/04/2010 7:12:50 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies
    American Conservative ^ | 2010-08-31 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    Upon learning that Lindsey Graham would be in town this week for a town hall meeting, the host of WTMA’s “The Morning Buzz” Richard Todd put in a call to the senator’s communications director Kevin Bishop in an attempt to get an interview. Bishop gave the usual runaround about Graham being too busy, but added that if they eventually get to do an interview one day, to quote Todd paraphrasing an obviously sarcastic Bishop, they would “love to talk to the Southern Avenger… We could talk about nothing but Ron Paul… Ron Paul, Ron Paul, Ron Paul…” Todd and I...
  • A New Breed of Republican (Southern Avenger)

    08/19/2010 5:35:40 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 1+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2010-08-06 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    Speculating who might become America’s-next-top-conservative-idol has become common sport. No doubt, the GOP establishment would love to anoint a Mitt Romney, Scott Brown, or Tim Pawlenty. Many rank-and-file Republicans have begun to gravitate toward men like Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Jim DeMint. One national poll has the Tea Party split between former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Ron’s son Rand, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, and GOP outsider Sharron Angle, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Nevada, are also now being portrayed as national leaders of the rumbling that continues to brew on...
  • Ronald Reagan: Hawk or Dove? (Southern Avenger)

    07/03/2010 5:09:24 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 4+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2010-07-01 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    In a recent issue of Foreign Policy magazine, journalist Peter Beinart reassesses the legacy of Ronald Reagan by first restating the most common assumption about our 40th president, that “Ronald Reagan was the Ultimate Hawk.” Is this true? “Not so much,” writes Beinart: “Today’s conservatives have conjured a mythic Reagan who never compromised with America’s enemies and never shrank from a fight. But the real Reagan did both those things, often. In fact, they were a big part of his success… Sure, Reagan spent boatloads — some $2.8 trillion all told — on the military. And yes, he funneled money...
  • Helen Thomas and the Media’s Double Standard

    06/18/2010 4:20:32 PM PDT · by grand wazoo · 26 replies · 417+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | June 15th, 2010 | Jack Hunter
    SA@TAC - What Helen Said Even among Israel’s harshest critics, I’m not aware of anyone serious who believes or espouses what veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas said recently—that Israeli Jews should return to their nations of origin in Poland, Germany, and elsewhere in Europe, where they or their ancestors resided prior to World War II. Such a statement grossly ignores the almost unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust and Thomas should be ashamed and embarrassed for even making it. But if we are to be honest, Thomas’s sin had more to do with who she dared to criticize than what...
  • It's Time to Start Minding Our Own Business (Southern Avenger)

    06/14/2010 12:33:45 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies · 482+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2010-06-12 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    If I had my druthers, the never-ending conflict between Israel and Palestine would be but a small news brief in American newspapers. But since we police the world, we must always monitor our global police scanner, where not only Israel's conflicts, but those of North and South Korea, the nation of Georgia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, and pretty much everywhere else is the United States' business because we insist on making it so. What many Americans bizarrely consider national "defense" is actually an aggressive and enduring offense, and yet we are always surprised when other nations get offended. Last week,...
  • Forgetting the Troops (Southern Avenger)

    06/10/2010 2:52:07 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 3 replies · 55+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2010-06-01 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    By the time I was ten years old I already hated the government. When I was eight, they almost killed E.T. When I was nine, they wouldn’t let Kevin Bacon dance. At ten, I watched Rambo attempt to bring home prisoners of war from Vietnam only to be refused and left for dead by government bureaucrats. Long after outgrowing my concern for aliens and dancing rights, the cheesy, over-the-top 1985 “Rambo” movie still stuck with me because the plot was at least plausible. Would our government knowingly leave POWs behind? Did they? In the introduction to a symposium in the...
  • Left and Right Try to Stop the Rand Paul Revolution (Southern Avenger)

    06/01/2010 1:41:24 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 38 replies · 537+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2010-06-01 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    The day after Republican Rand Paul's landslide primary victory in Kentucky, the mainstream Left tried to paint him as a segregationist, while the mainstream Right either ignored or attacked him. And for good reason. Like his father Ron, Rand represents revolution, and the establishment is petrified. Let's begin with the Left. Afraid that they can't beat a conservative Republican of Paul's pedigree in the Tea Party-influenced, anti-Obama political climate of 2010, liberals are trying to run against him in 1964. Cherry-picking irrelevant references Paul has made about private property rights and how they could possibly relate to the Civil Rights...
  • Karl Rove Has to Be Kidding (Southern Avenger) (GOP is using and abusing conservatives)

    04/10/2010 11:10:39 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies · 1,169+ views
    American Conservative ^ | April 8, 2010 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    Why in the hell is Karl Rove on my TV? Why is Karl Rove on my radio? Why is Karl Rove on anywhere? Unless he’s on trial or being interrogated, I can’t imagine of what possible use this George W. Bush relic could be to conservatives and yet he’s everywhere, hocking his book “Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight,” a title as credibly right-wing as Stephen Colbert and as historically accurate as the movie “Titanic.” Craig Shirley and former Reagan official Donald Devine summed up Rove’s duplicity well in this week’s Washington Post: “From William...
  • Neoconservatism, not libertarianism, is the true aberration on the American Right

    04/08/2010 9:27:19 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 177 replies · 2,014+ views
    Charleston City Paper ^ | 2010-04-07 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    During a question-and-answer session at the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., one man opined, "One thing I've learned here at CPAC is that the 'C' actually doesn't stand for 'libertarianism.' It's not 'L'PAC." When Congressman Ron Paul won the annual straw poll at CPAC, talk radio host Rush Limbaugh made a point to tell his listeners that CPAC wasn't conservative this year because a libertarian had won. Both men are worse than just wrong. They're out of their minds. Arguably the most popular history of American conservatism, George H. Nash's book The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America...
  • Romneycare = Obamacare (Southern Avenger)

    03/29/2010 8:01:05 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies · 376+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2010-03-29 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    Romneycare and Obamacare are the same whether Graham admits it or not. When newly elected Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts attacked the Democrats' healthcare plan during the Republican address two weeks ago, Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod said on ABC's This Week: "Let me note that Sen. Brown comes from a state that has a healthcare format in his state that is similar to the one we're trying to enact here. He voted for it and said he wouldn't repeal it. So we're just trying to give the people in America the same opportunities that the people in Massachusetts...
  • Bipartisan Blame for Obamacare (Southern Avenger)

    03/24/2010 4:13:03 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 346+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2010-03-24 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    Imagine Congress trying to pass an expensive and unpopular healthcare bill by twisting arms, cutting backroom deals, refusing transparency and politicians mysteriously changing their votes, only to finally pass the controversial legislation at the last hour by a paper thin margin. This is what happened in 2003 when the “Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act” was passed by a Republican controlled Congress with the minimum 216 votes and was signed into law by President George W. Bush. It was the largest government healthcare entitlement expansion to date, estimated at about $400 billion, but has exceeded over half a trillion...
  • Gunning Down the Constitution (Southern Avenger)

    03/06/2010 9:11:32 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 576+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2010-03-04 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    When the City of Chicago banned all handguns recently, countless Americans rightly cried foul. When it looked like the Supreme Court might overturn the ban, gun-rights advocates cheered the decision. But while their heart is in the right place, their enthusiasm is not, as what gun-rights advocates are really cheering is the federal government assuming even more power. The Bill of Rights was never intended to be a list of individual rights, but a list of things the federal government could not do to the states. Patrick Henry and his anti-federalist friends did not want an all-powerful “national” government and...
  • Extremism in Defense of Liberty (Southern Avenger)

    03/06/2010 9:10:33 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 3 replies · 214+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2010-03-01 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    In 2007, USA Today reported. “Like a ticking time bomb, the national debt is an explosion waiting to happen. It’s expanding by about $1.4 billion a day – or nearly $1 million a minute. What’s that mean to you? It means almost $30,000 in debt for each man, woman, child and infant in the United States.” Three years later Congress has raised the national debt ceiling yet again — to an unprecedented and even more astronomical $14 trillion. From healthcare to climate change, stimulus to war, virtually every conversation coming out of today’s Washington, DC-regardless of which party is in...
  • The Right Foreign Policy (Southern Avenger)

    02/26/2010 8:25:33 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 468+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2010-02-26 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    When Ann Coulter praised Ron Paul at the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., the right-wing author and provocateur said she supports everything the congressman stands for except foreign policy. This wasn’t the first time Coulter made this point. Said Coulter at CPAC in 2008, “I must say I love Ron Paul on everything but Iraq.” Comparing Paul’s foreign policy stance to that of the congressman’s fellow non-interventionist Pat Buchanan, Coulter added “Whenever I listen to Ron Paul or Pat Buchanan I always think ‘I can’t listen too long or they might convince me.” Coulter is essentially saying...
  • Ron Paul People (Southern Avenger)

    02/22/2010 11:33:11 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 99 replies · 1,606+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2010-02-22 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    When Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was censured by various GOP county committees in his own state recently, Graham dismissively blamed it on “Ron Paul people.” When Florida governor and U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Crist was defeated in a Republican straw poll by challenger Marco Rubio in December, Crist complained it was nothing more than “Ron Paul people” At this year’s 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C/, there were plenty of “Ron Paul people,” enough to deliver the congressman a first-place victory in the annual CPAC straw poll, long considered a decent gauge of conservatives’ mindset. But...
  • Sarah Palin’s Bad Tea (Southern Avenger)

    02/16/2010 8:10:38 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 151 replies · 2,133+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2010-02-08 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    During her speech to the first ever National Tea Party Convention in Nashville on Saturday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin discouraged the very idea of a national organization, urging the movement to stay leaderless and decentralized. This was the most important and valuable part of Palin’s speech. As for the rest of it–Sarah sounded pretty much like the same old Republican Party. Despite the many independents that make up the movement, the tea parties in large part represent a long overdue reexamination of conservative principles. A big-spending Democratic president seems to have awakened grassroots conservatives enough to finally lament the...
  • Neoconned No More

    02/03/2010 1:50:06 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies · 736+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2010-02-02 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    After Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity are the two most popular rightwing talk hosts in America, defining for millions the definition of the term “conservative.” Lately, Beck has focused on attacking “progressivism,” often stressing that the progressive foreign policy of President Woodrow Wilson, who wanted to “make the world safe for democracy,” was identical to that of George W. Bush. Hannity takes a very different view, stating, “You can’t deny that George Bush was conservative on national security issues.” Yet, Beck does deny this, quite regularly. Who’s right? Better yet, who’s “conservative?” That depends on your definition. The...
  • Can We Afford to Help Haiti? (Southern Avenger)

    01/31/2010 11:44:12 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 556+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2010-01-25 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    In the wake of the Haiti earthquake tragedy, something unusual has been happening amongst conservatives. On talk radio, the blogosphere and elsewhere, some have been wondering how our government can afford to help Haiti given the current economic crisis in the United States. Considering the magnitude of the tragedy in Haiti, I found this to be a rather insensitive question. It’s also a good one. Republican opposition to the Democrats’ national healthcare agenda is in large part due to the exorbitant cost, perceived inefficiency and intrusive, bureaucratic character of the plan. Still, argue liberals, there are too many Americans suffering...
  • Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, and the Tea Party Saga

    01/19/2010 4:26:57 AM PST · by euram · 7 replies · 414+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | 01-18-10 | Jack Hunter
    That Sarah Palin will be speaking at what’s being billed as the first “National Tea Party Convention” makes complete sense. A popular movement that is still trying to figure out exactly what it is will be addressed by a popular woman still trying to figure out exactly what she is. For now, this is OK. Come to think of it, this confusion or vagueness concerning ideology and identity amongst grassroots conservatives is much better than OK — it’s a necessary and encouraging journey. As the Left and liberal media tries to portray outspoken Americans fed up with government spending as...
  • Our Stupid Foreign Policy (Southern Avenger)

    01/13/2010 3:59:29 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 3 replies · 177+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2010-01-08 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    In the ongoing war of words over who’s more willing to fight the “War on Terror,” former Vice President Dick Cheney says President Obama has made us less safe, while Obama says the policies of Cheney made us less safe. Obama’s right–Cheney did make us less safe. And Obama continues to make us less safe precisely because he continues the policies of Bush/Cheney. Arguing between the two is like debating whether it was mistress no. 4 or 40 that finally made Tiger Woods less safe from his wife’s lawyers. But at least Woods, deep down, had to realize his behavior...
  • Global Warming, WMD, and Faith-Based Politics (Southern Avenger)

    01/13/2010 3:56:58 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 4 replies · 198+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2010-01-05 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    In a recent column, I challenged the very concept of “expert” consensus, using global warming as an example. Unlike many right-wingers I did not outright deny that climate change was real, only that given our history and experience with expert opinion, even amongst scientists, today’s supposedly impenetrable truths often become tomorrow’s fiction. For example, blacks were once thought to be inferior to whites and homosexuals were once considered mentally deranged-all according to “science”-and I know racists and homophobes who still point to certain “data” to bolster their cases. But science or no science, I instinctually have a problem reducing minorities...
  • The Neo-Wilsonian Worldview (Southern Avenger)

    01/13/2010 3:53:17 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 485+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2010-01-11 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    Author of the landmark 1953 book The Conservative Mind, Russell Kirk once observed that “Human society is no machine, to be treated mechanically.” While progressives of all stripes have always sought to restructure society according to specific liberal mechanics (socialism, feminism, etc.), Kirk believed conservatives should stress that man’s grandiose vision is no match for his nature. To proceed with their Leftist programs and big-government schemes, liberals always tend to leave human nature out of their equations, while conservatives — almost by definition — cannot afford to. This fairly conventional conservative belief would have not been the least bit controversial...
  • Our Emperors and Their Empire (Southern Avenger)

    12/31/2009 10:18:52 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 782+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2009-12-28 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    When conservatives used to bash Bill Clinton their arguments usually centered on one thing — Monica Lewinsky. He lied to the American people! Clinton disgraced the office of the presidency! “Slick Willie!” Much like the popular culture they often claim to abhor, conservatives tend to focus on the personalities in politics rather than policy. I never cared much about Clinton’s relationship with Lewinsky. My greatest problem with our 42nd president was that he wasn’t much different from the 41st or 43rd. Under Clinton, the size of government grew, our worsening illegal immigration problem was ignored, the U.S. needlessly punished the...
  • The Scam of Social Conservatism (video)

    12/22/2009 6:06:50 AM PST · by all the best · 26 replies · 939+ views
    youtube ^ | December 21, 2009 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    Congressman Henry Brown's "Stand Up for Christmas" resolution is just another example of Republican politicians' long history of exploiting social and cultural issues to distract voters from their big government records.
  • Return of the Antiwar Right

    12/21/2009 4:23:40 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 71 replies · 1,612+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2009-12-12 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    For eight long years under George W. Bush, conservatives endorsed a don’t ask, don’t tell foreign policy–they did not really ask why their country was at war and Republican leaders did not tell, or bother, Americans with any of the gory details. Missions were accomplished, we fought them over there so we didn’t have to fight them here and troops were supported by simply supporting the wars they fought, with little to no dissent. But why were we fighting? What was “victory?” How many had to die? What was the cost? Conservatives did not ask-Republican politicians did not tell. But...
  • Person of the Year: Ron Paul

    12/17/2009 9:55:34 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies · 1,590+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2009-12-17 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    People often mistake being named Time’s “Person of the Year” as an honor, but that men as sinister as Adolph Hitler, Josef Stalin and Rudy Giuliani have all been given the title suggests otherwise. According to Time, the award is primarily a recognition of influence and by that measure the 2009 selection of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke makes sense. Explains Time, the Fed is “an independent government agency that conducts monetary policy, which means it sets short-term interest rates - which means it has immense influence over inflation, unemployment, the strength of the dollar and the strength of your...
  • "Maverick" Lindsey Graham

    12/01/2009 2:35:57 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 17 replies · 823+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 12/01/2009 | Jack Hunter
    When the Charleston County Republican Party censured South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham last month, the official statement read that Graham: “in the name of bipartisanship — continues to weaken the Republican brand and tarnish the ideals of freedom, rule of law, and fiscal conservatism.” That some Republicans-any Republicans-would dare treat Graham as a traitor for his bipartisan efforts, was portrayed by the national media and liberal pundits as yet another example that “fringe” elements were taking over the GOP. (Accompanying YouTube video)When Connecticut Democrats sought to censure Joe Lieberman in 2008 they cited the senator’s “extraordinary disloyalty to countless Connecticut...
  • Who Hates Glenn Beck?

    10/27/2009 1:00:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies · 1,478+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | 10/23/09 | Jack Hunter
    His talk-radio brethren have less of a problem with his histrionics than with his evolving libertarianismWarning that popular talk radio and Fox News host Glenn Beck was “Harmful to the Conservative Movement,” Peter Wehner wrote on Commentary’s “Contentions” blog in September: “he seems to be more of a populist and libertarian than a conservative, more of a Perotista than a Reaganite. His interest in conspiracy theories is disquieting, as is his admiration for Ron Paul and his charges of American ‘imperialism.’ (He is now talking about pulling troops out of Afghanistan, South Korea, Germany, and elsewhere.)” Wehner is not...
  • Lindsey’s Party [Southern Avenger]

    10/26/2009 10:32:06 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 930+ views
    Taki's Magazine ^ | 2009-10-16 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    It’s hard to imagine a Republican more useless than South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. Whether spearheading legislation that would grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, stumping for the $787 billion taxpayer theft known as “TARP,” being the lone GOP committee vote to confirm liberal Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor, or his recent joining with John Kerry to promote cap-and-trade—without shame and without fail—conservatives have never had a friend in Graham. And yet in 2008, Graham was reelected in the deep Red State of South Carolina over a Democratic candidate, Bob Conley, who staunchly opposed amnesty, TARP and was well...
  • Lindsey Graham's Hot Air Conservatism [Southern Avenger] [RINOs want to co-opt Tea Parties]

    10/20/2009 7:23:59 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 36 replies · 1,409+ views
    Charleston City Paper ^ | 2009-10-20 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    When a runaway hot-air balloon reported to be carrying a six-year-old boy made headlines last week, many were surprised to find out it had all been a hoax. Admitted the six-year-old boy on live television, “We did this for a show.” Another hot-air balloon by the name of Lindsey Graham also made headlines last week by putting on a show of his own, as the South Carolina Senator held court at a town hall meeting, touting his conservative credentials before an angry crowd that wasn’t buying it. “They’re a political fringe group” Graham said of his critics, “I’m the conservative...
  • World Policeman or Limited Government?

    10/07/2009 12:55:09 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies · 901+ views
    Charleston City Paper / Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2009-10-07 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    Jim DeMint is one of my favorite Republicans. The senator's unwavering opposition to government spending — from "stimulus" and national healthcare to auditing the Federal Reserve — just warms my conservative heart. That is until he breaks it again, as he always does, by going back to supporting the biggest government program of them all. On the day before DeMint appeared on Fox News in support of the tens of thousands of anti-government protesters who gathered on 9/12 in Washington, D.C., he gave the following comments on the Senate floor: "Today marks the eighth anniversary of America's war on terror...
  • Why Mark Levin Hates Glenn Beck

    09/25/2009 7:33:20 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 272 replies · 9,034+ views
    Charleston City Paper ^ | 2009-09-25 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    When FOX News host Glenn Beck said during an interview with Katie Couric this week, “John McCain would have been worse for the country than Barack Obama,” his comments made headlines. Beck explained that “McCain is this weird progressive like Theodore Roosevelt was.” Beck laid out this view in better detail on his television program earlier this month: I am becoming more and more libertarian every day, I guess the scales are falling off of my eyes, as I’m doing more and more research into history and learning real history. Back at the turn of the century in 1900, with...
  • George Will Abandons the War Party

    09/12/2009 2:11:19 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 75 replies · 2,296+ views
    Charleston City Paper / Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2009-09-12 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    A year ago this week, I wrote the following concerning liberal Democrat Joe Lieberman being invited to speak at the 2008 Republican National Convention and conservative Republican Ron Paul being shut out: "If you are pro-gun control, pro-socialized healthcare, pro-choice, pro-amnesty, all of these liberal positions can be tolerated so long as you are pro-war. If you are a staunch conservative on virtually every issue, if you're not pro-war, you're no longer welcome in the Republican Party." The name of my piece was "The War Party" and that's exactly what the GOP was in September 2008. What a difference a...
  • The Price of "Progress"

    09/03/2009 6:52:52 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 4 replies · 489+ views
    Charleston City Paper ^ | 2009-08-27 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    In an interview with Philadelphia-based radio host Michael Smerconish, President Obama said the following about critics who called his healthcare proposal “socialist:” “FDR was called a socialist when he passed Social Security. JFK and Lyndon Johnson - they were both accused of a government takeover of health care when they passed Medicare. This is the process that we go through, because understandably the American people have a long tradition of being suspicious of government until the government actually does something that helps them.” Obama is right. What we often call “socialism” is simply the same old welfare state most Americans...
  • Whites Are People Too

    08/18/2009 4:01:06 PM PDT · by all the best · 11 replies · 741+ views
    youtube ^ | April 17, 2009 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    How liberal pundits who criticize citizens protesting Obama's national health care plans at town halls as "white malcontents" reveal the true agenda of multiculturalism, not to mention the Left's own prejudices.