“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!” – Samuel Adams

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Enough from the Peanut Gallery

Enough from the Peanut Gallery

Now that they are safely ensconced on the sidelines however, Mitch Daniels, Mike Huckabee, and Donald Trump have all expressed their confidence that – had they chosen to run and secured their party’s nomination – they could have beaten the President. Other than being self-serving, such behavior serves no useful purpose. This behavior is not helpful, and does nothing to advance the conservative cause against Mr. Obama.

The Folly of Forsaking Our Friends in Israel

The Folly of Forsaking Our Friends in Israel

Clearly, the Israel-Palestine conflict is not a simple issue, but the choice between alliance with radical anti-Semetic, anti-American factions and Israel should be an easy decision for the United States. There is nothing to be gained by forsaking our Jewish friends at this critical moment in time. Freedom and democracy will never thrive in the Middle East if America adopts an attitude of indifference towards the relentless campaign of terror being waged against the nation of Israel.

‘Til Debt Do Us Part

'Til Debt Do Us Part

Once upon a time, the American people possessed the virtues of discipline, determination and discernment. Back then, we lived within our means and understood the importance of delayed gratification. But, times have changed. These days, our “Me, Myself, and I” culture insists on instant gratification and has been all too willing to mortgage the future of our children and grandchildren in order to have it all now. There’ll be no fixing this without significant discomfort on everyone’s part. The sooner we accept that, the sooner we can get to work fixing this problem.

Can Liberty Thrive in an Illiberal Culture?

Can Liberty Thrive in an Illiberal Culture?

The desire for freedom is something hardwired into the fabric of the human soul. Unfortunately, so is the desire for power and control. This tension is playing out today in cities across the Middle East, as protestors eager for reform find themselves targeted by brutal dictatorial regimes. As inspiring as these cries for liberty may be, it is questionable whether stable, authentic democracy will ever triumph in the Middle East. Why? Quite simply, because the region lacks some of the essential cultural foundations necessary for democracy to thrive.

We Got Him!

We Got Him!

Though it may seem morbid to rejoice and celebrate over the killing of a person, his demise offers those afflicted by the tragedy of 9/11 an important sense of closure, and the men and women who have put their lives on the line in the War on Terror a feeling of great triumph. It also offers an opportunity for moderate Muslims to reclaim their faith from a man who hijacked it in the name of global jihad.

Is the Party Over?

Is the Party Over?

Things have to get pretty bad before the politicians begin to say no to their benefactors. But, that’s exactly what’s beginning to happen, thanks to America’s worsening debt crisis. What’s truly interesting about this development is what it indicates about the severity of the economic crisis facing our nation. Even Democrats are beginning to realize that it is no longer fiscally viable to insulate labor unions from economic reality.

Do We Have the Gumption to Take Our Medicine?

Do We Have the Gumption to Take Our Medicine?

The American people made it clear in the last election that they are ready for true leadership on the debt and deficit issue. They don’t want the rhetoric or logic that brought us the bailouts. They don’t want more of the same lame excuses and convoluted logic. They want their representatives to make the hard decisions and do the work they’ve been elected to do. They want the government to cut spending and live within its means. If that’s going to prove painful, the people who got us into this fix (us!) should have to live with the consequences – not our children and grandchildren.

Defund Planned Parenthood Now

Defund Planned Parenthood Now

All rhetoric and hyperbole aside, it is a documented fact that Planned Parenthood is an ideologically-driven organization dedicated to advancing a radical pro-abortion agenda. When the organization and its supporters decry evil Republicans’ attempts to deny critical “family planning” services to low-income women, they are not talking about adoption services or birth control – they are talking about in-clinic abortions, the abortion pill, and efforts to spread their anti-family, anti-child agenda to the women of the world. Why are the taxpayers forced to fund this organization?

Answering the Call with Feet of Clay

Answering the Call with Feet of Clay

By creating idealized visions of great men like Martin Luther King Jr., we dehumanize them. This process not only shortchanges the profundity of their accomplishments, it provides the rest of us with a convenient “hero exemption,” a justification for a self-centered disconnection from the outside world and an unwillingness to stand on principle in the face of adversity.

It’s More Than the Economy, Stupid!

It's More Than the Economy, Stupid!

Years of political myopathy have brought America to the brink of financial and moral bankruptcy. Both conditions threaten the republic, and we cannot recover from one without addressing the root causes of the other. Our collective pursuit of “a more perfect union” must be one that takes into account the many dimensions of human society and the human person. This endeavor requires leaders who will put the country first, and who have the courage and vision to see past the current election cycle. Cut corners in pursuit of the easy win, and nothing will ever change.

Slouching Toward Mediocrity

Slouching Toward Mediocrity

As fond as the Left may be of casting America as the world’s great villain, they should be careful what they wish for. Without America’s political and moral example in the world (reinforced by our economic and military power), any hopes for the continued advancement of global political liberty and universal human rights would be greatly compromised. If we don’t get serious, and fast, it will soon be too late to stop this runaway train.

Failing to Protect Our Own in America’s Nursing Homes

Failing to Protect Our Own in America's Nursing Homes

As might be expected, then, the childcare industry is heavily-regulated. adly, however, that the same pains are not taken to protect a class of individuals that is just as weak, vulnerable, and helpless as children. According to a recent report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, more than 90% of nursing homes employ at least one ex-convict. Why is this happening?

Our Liberty is What Makes Us Strong

Our Liberty is What Makes Us Strong

When a cherished liberty is exploited for a dubious purpose, do the perpetrators of that exploitation retain the right to exercise that liberty, or should the right be circumscribed “for the greater good?” The US Supreme Court answered this question last week with its ruling that the anti-military, anti-gay protest activities of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) are protected under the First Amendment to the Constitution. But try as they might to garner attention with their hateful words, the Westboro Baptist Church’s message will never resonate as loud as the message being sent by the Patriot Guard Riders.

Recalculating the Odds: Obama and DOMA

Recalculating the Odds: Obama and DOMA

The Scriptures haven’t changed, and neither has our Constitution or the need for stable, healthy families. The only thing that has changed with respect to the evolution of the President’s new found position on marriage is his political calculus. Apparently, the only firm foundation for the President’s convictions is the ever shifting tide of public opinion.

Balancing the Budget: Do Americans Have What It Takes?

Balancing the Budget: Do Americans Have What It Takes?

Do our leaders have what it takes to endure the repercussions of decisive action on the budget deficit? Are they willing to risk their careers in order to effect true reform? And, do the American people have the integrity and character to support authentic attempts to balance the budget? Or will we take to the streets in protest when the rubber hits the road and actual cuts are proposed?

Bloated Budgets Endanger Freedom

Bloated Budgets Endanger Freedom

Taxes are to government as calories are to people. Lots of tax money is necessary to sustain a big government. When the government requires more of our money in taxes, less is available for the people. And as government grows bigger and bigger on a steady diet of tax money, it occupies a bigger and bigger presence in the lives of its citizens, thereby limiting their freedom even more.

Have a Little Faith

Have a Little Faith

The “scientific” world view is a rather fragile one, in which there is little room for debate outside the accepted parameters of prevailing scientific dogmas. Those scientists with the courage to challenge these dogmas quickly find themselves blacklisted – relegated to the fringes of the profession, unable to secure prestigious positions in the community and unlikely to get their work published in prominent journals. This is hardly conduct befitting a field of study that prides itself on the objective pursuit of truth.

So Much for Tolerance

So Much for Tolerance

Turns out, Liberals aren’t as keen on multiculturalism as they claim. Their views might be best described as “Our-culturalism.” The tenets of our-culturalism are quite simple: Our worldview is right, good, and absolutely necessary for a just society. Those who disagree with us are not merely wrong, not merely different, they are a positive threat – hatemongers who must be isolated and ostracized for the greater good of society.

Ike’s Admonition

Ike's Admonition

There can be no denying that America has truly become a nation of “spectacular and costly action.” We have, both individually and collectively, become a society of blind consumers and reckless spenders that looks to government as the guarantor of our comfort and security. Unable to distinguish between our wants and our needs, we’ve driven ourselves to the very brink of financial insolvency.

Why Waste A Good Tragedy?

Why Waste A Good Tragedy?

The tragic shooting in Tuscon, AZ continues to dominate the headlines and occupy the attention of our President and Congress. In the world of politics, however, who gives a fig about helpful or fair? Never let a good tragedy go to waste, to paraphrase the inimitable Rahm Emmanuel. If there is political hay to be made, best to seize upon a time when emotions are running high and the people are feeling vulnerable. There is, however, something deeper and more insidious at work in the Left’s reaction to this shooting than the mere desire to score a few political points.

The Diversity Police Are At It Again

The Diversity Police Are At It Again

The diversity police clamor for division in the Republican Party, yet the GOP has for too long been so divided and riven with liberalism that there has been little to no correlation between what GOP said it stands for and what it actually does. If the GOP is successful in achieving basic ideological unity within its party, then the American people will have an easier time determining if the conservative approach to government is something they support, and the charlatans inside the Beltway will have a harder time gumming up the works with politics as usual.

One Solitary Life

One Solitary Life

Perhaps no piece of writing illustrates the poignancy of this story better than a poem attributed to Dr. James Allen Francis. In his account of the “one solitary life” that changed the world forever, Francis captures not only the awesome profundity of the Christian religion, but the inestimable value of each and every human life.

Restrained by the Constitution

Restrained by the Constitution

On December 13, federal Judge Henry Hudson issued a decision on the Virginia’s challenge to the constitutionality of Obamacare’s “minimal essential coverage provision,” Judge Nelson emphasized that ours is a government of limited and delegated authority. As such, when the scope of the proposed mandate is compared against the authority of the government to act in such a manner, there is no other conclusion to draw but that the government is guilty of overreach

The Fine Art of Seduction

The Fine Art of Seduction

In Washington, the special interests don’t give away money for nothing. There are always strings attached, and there is always an expectation of a quid pro quo. Once a member of Congress finds himself indebted to the lobbyists and corporate interests that run Washington, it’s nigh impossible to maintain one’s independence. Let the American people take note: the wooing has begun.

Balancing Rights: Privacy v. Life

Balancing Rights: Privacy v. Life

An individual’s right to travel unmolested by an over-earnest TSA must be weighed against the realities of the terror threat, the federal government’s responsibility to ensure national security, and his fellow passengers’ right to fly safely. Similarly, a woman’s “right” to privacy, or choice – choose your “penumbra” – ends at her unborn child’s right to life. No amount of rhetorical obfuscation or wallowing in abstractions will change that fact.