Tag: Conservatism
A-B-C-Don’t Indoctrinate Me
Bored State Legislators + Education + Inconvenient “Facts” = Nothing Good In Oklahoma, a legislative committee recently passed a measure that would ban Advanced Placement (A.P.) U.S. History courses in high school. House Bill 1380, introduced and supported by Representative Dan Fisher, will ban the use of state funds for these history courses. The...
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Press Coverage of Florida’s Fiscally Conservative Governor Rick Scott
Florida Governor Rick Scott seems surprisingly unpopular after doing just what he said he’d do when he ran for election in 2010. He has cut taxes, reduced many government programs in a state that already has a lean state government, and under his watch Florida’s unemployment rate has fallen from above the national average...
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Goodbye, Maggie
Margaret Thatcher’s death caught up with me in the worst of places: a speech in Argentina. What to do? Should I follow my conscience and say a few words in memory of her—and risk offending an audience sensitive to the legacy of the Falklands War—or should I keep silent? I opted for saying a...
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Gun Companies Cease Sales to Government in States Where Second Amendment Is Not Respected
Over at The Blaze, there is a growing list of companies that have stopped selling firearms and ammunition to law enforcement agencies in states that are restricting the Second Amendment. Here is the statement from Barrett that explains its reasons for stopping sales to certain governments: Barrett opposes those who are illegally disarming the...
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Newtown and the Bipartisan Police State
In immediate response to the Newtown massacre, every pundit began pointing fingers and giving their answers. The problem was gun culture. No, the problem was feminism. Violent video games. Insufficient funding for programs for the mentally ill. Hollywood. Rightwing paranoia. And so on. Now, I have my own views about the cultural conditions in...
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Robert Bork (1927-2012)
Robert Bork has passed away. The author of two bestselling political commentaries, The Tempting of America and Slouching Towards Gomorrah, Bork is perhaps best remembered for his ill-fated nomination to the Supreme Court in 1987—and for the wrath it provoked from many on the left. But the controversial jurist was also a lightning rod...
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Obama Should Play Golf All Day, Every Day
I heard a conservative talk radio guy complaining about the president’s excessive time on the putting green. Allegedly, Obama has played a record number of holes for a first-term chief executive. A related complaint concerned his frequent vacations. This is hardly the first time I’ve heard partisans protest the president’s golfing and holiday habits....
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Flying the Fascist Skies
Boy, I miss the days when the future depicted in Terminator appeared ridiculously dystopian. The Washington Times reports: The legislation would order the FAA, before the end of the year, to expedite the process through which it authorizes the use of drones by federal, state and local police and other agencies. The FAA currently issues certificates, which...
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The Hidden Premise of Big, Intrusive Government
In his commencement address to the University of Michigan in 2010, President Obama said, “We, the people, hold in our hands the power to choose our leaders and change our laws, and shape our own destiny.” The phrases were chosen to resonate with Americans across the political spectrum, but their precise meaning and implications...
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Books That Make Us Human: My Top Ten List
Professor Brad Birzer, a man of unbounded energy, asked several of us to contribute a “top ten” list of books that make us human. Quite a challenge: limited to ten books, what would you (dear reader) choose and why? See my list at The Imaginative Conservative web site. It starts with a book by...
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