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  • Conservatism: The Best Choice a Gay Person Can Make

    04/13/2014 11:51:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/12/2014 | Chad Felix Greene
    According to a an article by CNN Money on a 2012 survey conducted in consensus with studies by the Census Bureau and Experian (2012, 2013), gays make more money than their straight counterparts.  They also have less debt, higher education, and more equity in their homes.  Gays also have a slightly lower unemployment rate in comparison to the nation as a whole.  According to liberal standards, with an average of $61,500 for gays against the straight average income of $50,054, straight persons makes $0.81 per every dollar a gay person makes. Gallup, however, found that when interviewed, gays report having...
  • Asian American group tries to reconnect with GOP, citing shared core values

    04/13/2014 7:03:36 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-13-14
    A group of Asian Americans is starting a grassroots effort to garner support for the Republican Party and its candidates, saying the GOP most closely aligns with their core values including family, education and entrepreneurship. The group, the Asian Republican Coalition, is co-founded by international investment banker John Ying, who during the 2012 presidential election cycle served on the Republican National Finance Committee. We need a forum, and this first step will go a long way, Ying told FoxNews.com earlier this week. He hopes the effort, which will include a May 6 kickoff event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.,...
  • Conservative University of North Carolina professor wins promotion and 50k in discrimination case

    04/12/2014 11:07:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/12/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    A federal court has let the world of American academia know that it is not OK to deny a promotion to a professor just because he or she is a conservative. A door has been opened to a nightmare for progressive academics who believe that conservatives are beyond the pale and deserve to be shunned, much as racists a generation or two ago believed that blacks could not possibly merit inclusion in the upper ranks of society. Valerie Richardson of The Washington Times reports:A federal court Wednesday ordered the University of North Carolina-Wilmington to promote and give $50,000 in back pay...
  • Is Sarah Palin Relevant?

    04/09/2014 12:59:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    CBN News' Brody File ^ | April 9, 2014 | David Brody, CBN News Chief Political Correspondent
    The Brody File was watching Sarah Palins comedy bit on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and it made me wonder the following: Is Sarah Palin relevant? The answer is a bit complicated. Is she taking seriously as a politician by the liberal mainstream media? No. But do they still pay attention to her every move? Yes they do. Why is that? Yes, part of it has to do with the fact that there is a certain carnival atmosphere surrounding how she goes about her business. I mean, she knows how to command an audience and entertain. But let's not...
  • 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...
  • Dr. Ben Carson: First, Stop the Train -- Conservatives need to stop squabbling

    04/09/2014 7:14:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 182 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/09/2014 | Dr. Ben Carson
    Imagine a situation in which an earthquake destroys a suspension bridge over a deep canyon. A passenger train is speeding toward the location, and those in charge realize there is a potential problem ahead but choose instead to argue about the ambient temperature in the passenger cars, the food service, and whether they will reach their final destination on time. A few people are quite disturbed when they learn of the tragedy about to unfold if the train isnt halted, but they are labeled as alarmists who really are not sophisticated enough to understand the situation. Obviously, I am referring...
  • Freedom vs socialism; paychecks vs safety nets; peace through strength; goodness triumphs over evil

    04/06/2014 10:43:47 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    April 6, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    I'm getting old and my memory is failing so please correct me where my memory is wrong or if I'm making up memories. Also, please expand where I fall miserably short. It's my recollection that Reagan was so successful because he was a leader with a vision who promoted strength, freedom, optimism, patriotism and righteousness. And he could communicate his vision with commonsense, humility and good humor. He did not succeed by pandering, evolving and adapting. He brought various factions together by promoting the ideas that freedom was much better than socialism, strength better than weakness, fiscal restraint better than...
  • French defenders of traditional family to meet Russian religious leaders, lawmakers

    03/30/2014 11:12:11 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/31/2014 | Itar-Tass
    OSCOW, March 31. /ITAR-TASS/. Representatives of French public and the Catholic Christian Church who call for protection of traditional family will hold consultations with spiritual leaders of different religions in the Russian capital of Moscow and will deliver speeches in the Russian Parliament. The French delegation will arrive in Russia on Monday to stay in the country until April 4, a branch of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Council of Europe told ITAR-TASS. The leadership of organization Manif pour Tous are among our guests. The organization has gathered hundreds of thousands of demonstrators against same-sex marriages and adoption of...
  • The 20 Best Conservative Colleges in America

    03/25/2014 6:35:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    The Best Schools ^ | 03/24/2014
    Conservative colleges provide an important counterbalance to the progressivism and liberalism that pervade so much of American higher education. For students raised with traditional moral values, who favor limited government, who adhere to free-market economic principles, entering the world of higher education is too often an alienating experience. For conservative students, it can be a challenge to find a college or university that embraces—or even tolerates—conservative values in its curriculum and student life. This ranking of the best conservative colleges in America helps conservative students and parents to find a school in keeping with their conservative values and commitments.Ranking Guidelines...
  • The Conservative Myth of a Social Safety Net Built on Charity

    03/24/2014 6:27:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 03/24/2014 | MIKE KONCZAL
    Ideology is as much about understanding the past as shaping the future. And conservatives tell themselves a story, a fairy tale really, about the past, about the way the world was and can be again under Republican policies. This story is about the way people were able to insure themselves against the risks inherent in modern life. Back before the Great Society, before the New Deal, and even before the Progressive Era, things were better. Before government took on the role of providing social insurance, individuals and private charity did everything needed to insure people against the hardships of life;...
  • A Powerful Video Being Shared On Facebook

    03/20/2014 10:26:45 PM PDT · by shibumi · 23 replies
    Facebook ^ | 3/20/2014 | Senior Airman Brian Kolfage
    This video is a must see and share with everyone you know. It is powerful and extremely well done. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=626431014085686
  • The Tea Party is Over: Outside conservative groups are experiencing the limits of their influence.

    03/20/2014 11:25:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    National Journal ^ | 03/20/2014 | Josh Kraushaar
    FreedomWorks issued an unusual round of endorsements this week. The conservative group, which won publicity for backing intraparty challenges to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Rep. Mike Simpson, decided to play it safe this time. It endorsed three senators and nine congressmen, none of whom face any serious competitionRepublican or Democratic. It stayed out of the contested Oklahoma primary for Sen. Tom Coburn's seat, but endorsed Republican James Inhofe, who doesn't face any GOP opposition. In South Carolina, FreedomWorks is backing Sen. Tim Scott, who's a lock for reelection, but it isn't doing anything against vulnerable Sen. Lindsey Graham,...
  • The Prospects for Community in the Age of Obama

    03/19/2014 6:30:30 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 10 replies
    Intercollegiate Review ^ | 3/17/'14 | Ross Douthat
    In this insightful reflection on Robert Nisbets classic 1953 book The Quest for Community, New York Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat examines the human impulse toward community and its connection to the rise of statism. This essay is adapted from Douthats introduction to ISI Books critical edition of The Quest for Community. The intellectual conservatism that flowered unexpectedly, like a burst of tulips from a desert, in the aftermath of the Second World War was preoccupied above all else with revising the story that modernity told about itself. Twenty years of totalitarianism, genocide, and total war had delivered hammer blows...
  • The Case for War

    03/18/2014 2:11:35 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03-18-14 | Joel B. Pollak
    Putin seizes Crimea, so we blockade the Bosporus. Iran defies the UN, so we sink its Persian Gulf fleet. China expands its air defense zone, so we start downing Chinese fighters. North Korea fires some missiles, so we send a CIA assassin with Dennis Rodman's entourage on the next basketball trip. Why has any of this become unthinkable? We're the world's lone superpower--since when did we become such complete wimps? We're afraid of escalation. We worry, for example, that any military response to Russia could lead to "nuclear war," as Secretary of State John Kerry warned last week. If so,...
  • To cheers and tears, defiant Putin sets out conservative agenda

    03/18/2014 10:53:20 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 93 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/18/2014 | Timothy Heritage
    (Reuters) - To thunderous applause, cheers and even tears, Vladimir Putin delivered a fiercely patriotic speech on Tuesday that laid claim to Crimea and set out a vision of a Greater Russia that could define his third term as President. In a 47-minute address to his loyal political and business elite that was interrupted by clapping at least 30 times, Putin described a deeply conservative world view in which Russia hankered after land lost when the Soviet Union collapsed. Presenting himself as the guardian of the nation and of Russians everywhere, the former KGB spy spat defiance at the West...
  • A Conservative Case for Marriage Equality and Zots

    03/13/2014 3:56:08 PM PDT · by Aqua Buddhist · 139 replies
    The Princeton Tory ^ | February 11, 2014 | Evan Draim
    Within a few days, a federal district judge in my home-state of Virginia will likely rule on the constitutionality of the commonwealths Marshall-Newman Amendment, which only permits marriage between one man and one woman. Frankly, as a conservative Republican and as a Christian, I hope that the amendment is struck down. Republicans value marriage so highly because it encourages people to live according to conservative values. For instance, by enabling two people to share resources, marriage makes couples more financially secure, thereby reducing their dependence on government. In addition, marriage binds people into permanent, monogamous relationships, enabling couples to more...
  • No, Gov. Brownback, Cruz didn't violate Reagan's 11th commandment

    03/12/2014 2:53:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | March 12, 2014 | Matthew Vadum
    .........You want to lose elections? Stand for nothing, Cruz said last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference(CPAC)..Look at the last four congressional elections '06,'08,'10,'12. In three of the four, we followed that strategy:'06,'08, and '12. We put our head down, we stood for nothing, and we got walloped. The one election that was a tremendous election was 2010, when Republicans drew a line in the sand. We said, unequivocally, we stand against ObamaCare, against bankrupting the country, and we won in an historic tidal wave of an election.But what Cruz said next angered Brownback, himself a former U.S....
  • 24 graphics and memes that could be considered the "crazy test" for America

    03/10/2014 5:30:11 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 22 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-10-14 | The Looking Spoon
    A liberal blog surmising why the media always covers CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) to the point of obsession described the conference (and conservatives) as "These f***ing people are delivering crazy to the crazy."...LOL...oooooookay!There are thousands upon thousands of graphics out there, but I rounded up 24 that make arguments against liberals or for conservatism that no reasonable person would deem "crazy."In fact, only crazy people (liberals) would disagree with them...
  • Why Rand Paul Is Winning

    03/10/2014 7:36:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/09/2014 | Roger Simon
    Count me as one who was not suprised at the size of Rand Paul’s victory [1] in the CPAC straw poll. I’m only surprised it wasn’t bigger — even though he nearly tripled the votes of his nearest rival Ted Cruz.You could almost say that Paul is the ONLY interesting candidate on the immediate horizon — Republican or Democrat. I’m not going to badmouth the Republicans (I may have to vote for them), but Hillary is as dull, predictable and reactionary as Obama, if that’s possible. Neither of them has evidenced an ounce of creativity, or even an original...
  • Sarah Palin pursued as host at streaming network

    03/09/2014 8:38:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The New York Post ^ | March 9, 2014 | Claire Atkinson
    Sarah Palin is being wooed by two news media veterans to join a streaming network, The Post has learned. Jonathan Klein, who ran CNNs US operations, and Jeff Gaspin, who was most recently chairman of NBC-Universal Entertainment, have already raised enough money from deep-pocketed backers to start the over-the-top network, and have reached out to a few bold-faced names to host a show to make selling subscriptions easier, sources said. And is the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice-presidential candidate among those the two have approached? You betcha, sources said. Palin seemed interested but has not committed, sources added....
  • Palin gives Cruz control as CPAC closes

    03/08/2014 10:55:56 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 113 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 8, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) may have won the straw poll, but runner-up Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) won the biggest endorsement on the final night of the Conservative Political Action Conference. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the closing speaker at the three-day gathering of activists, touted Cruz and urged conservatives to challenge the GOPs inside-the-beltway establishment. Thank you Texas because liberty needs a Congress on Cruz control, Palin told an audience that erupted into raucous cheers. Cruz, who was elected to the Senate after beating Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst the candidate favored in 2012 by the GOP establishment ...
  • ANN COULTER: I'VE NEVER SEEN EVIDENCE GOP HATES BLACK PEOPLE UNTIL I READ RUBIO'S 'AMNESTY' BILL

    03/08/2014 3:24:55 PM PST · by shepardspie33 · 115 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | March 8, 2014
    Ann Coulter at Saturday at CPAC on Saturday: "I mean my whole life I've heard Republicans hate black people, I've never seen any evidence of it until I read Marco Rubio's amnesty bill. We are the party that has always stood up for African-Americans. Who gets hurt the most by amnesty, by continuing these immigration policies it is low-wage workers, it is hispanics, it is blacks."
  • Why most conservatives are secretly liberals

    03/06/2014 7:50:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Washington Post's The Monkey Cage ^ | March 6, 2014 | John Sides
    A couple months ago, a Gallup poll recorded a small uptick in the percentage of Americans who identify as liberal to 23 percent, or what Gallup, eliding the margin of error in the poll, called a new high. My Post colleague Chris Cillizza wondered if liberal was no longer a dirty word. We will see. After all, there were far more conservatives in that Gallup poll, which, for some, means were still a center-right nation. But whether people call themselves conservative isnt necessarily that telling in the first place. A recent book by two political scientists shows that liberal...
  • Is social conservatism hurting the tea party? Should the Tea Party focus purely on economic issues?

    03/06/2014 1:52:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/06/2014 | Dustin Siggins
    Yesterday, Cato Institute senior fellow Michael Tanner made the case at National Review Online that the Tea Party is waning. He identified what he sees as the main problem: the Tea Party is getting mixed up in social issues, which is not only hurting their brand but also driving away libertarians.It is true that on Capitol Hill, the Tea Party has lost a great deal of influence. Since September, the Tea Party has seen the government reopen without slowing – never mind stopping – the Affordable Care Act. The debt ceiling has been dissolved and raised, respectively, and a budget...
  • Ronald Reagan's Subtle Grand Strategy

    03/06/2014 12:28:23 PM PST · by shepardspie33 · 2 replies
    The National Interest ^ | March 5, 2014 | Hal Brands
    We are fast approaching grand-strategy season in Washington. Within the next few weeks, the Obama administration will release both its Quadrennial Defense Review and new updated National Security Strategy. These documents often contain the essential strategic ideasabout goals and priorities, threats and opportunities, resources and constraintsthat guide an administrations statecraft. And because they do, they inevitably provoke debate about that administrations grand strategywhether it actually has one, what its major tenets are and what prospects for success it has. They will also invariably provoke comparisons to the grand strategies of administrations pastto the origins and evolution of containment under Harry...
  • Reagan Was Right, ACU Wrong: Atheism Is Enemy of America

    03/05/2014 8:17:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 101 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 5, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    Are atheism and promoting atheism consistent with American -- let alone conservative -- values and principles? The operational policy of the American Conservative Union now appears to contradict Ronald Reagan's view on this. Reagan believed atheism was not merely wrong, but the enemy of freedom. The ACU has functionally adopted the position that groups promoting atheism can be featured at its annual Conservative Political Action Conference -- so long as they promote godlessness with civility. In the same 1983 speech in which he declared the Soviet Union an "evil empire," Reagan unapologetically spelt out the "ideals and principles" that...
  • The Conservative Persecution Complex

    03/04/2014 9:45:23 AM PST · by Drew McKissick · 23 replies
    DrewMcKissick.com ^ | 3/4/14 | Drew McKissick
    Ronald Reagan once said that Americans spend too much of their time second guessing themselves and their values. Of course he was absolutely right, and a cursory look at the state of our culture underlines that fact. Most of the second guessing and criticism of traditional American values comes courtesy of the modern progressive (read liberal) movement, its politicians and its cheerleaders in the mainstream media. But does this give conservatives the right to wallow in negativity and act defeated? And just what exactly does it accomplish when they do? Whether its talk radio, Fox News or online, you dont...
  • A Note to Fiscal Conservatives: If you want smaller gov't, the religious right is your ally

    03/04/2014 8:10:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/04/2014 | Dennis Prager
    If there were as many fiscal conservatives as there are people who claim to be, it is hard to see how Republicans would lose as many elections as they do. One frequently hears this political self-identification: Im socially liberal, but fiscally conservative. Or: If the Republicans werent conservative on so many social issues, I would vote Republican. Or: Its too bad the Christian Right dominates the Republican party. I would vote for the Republicans on fiscal issues, but I cant stand the religious Right. The same sentiment holds among many inside the Republican party. Most secular conservatives and the libertarian...
  • Our Iron Lady

    02/27/2014 1:51:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Sand Paper ^ | February 26, 2014 | James M. Spickard
    To the Editor: In nature, mothers represent a great force in the perpetuation of their species. From the mighty killer whale, to the mother bear, to the petite soccer mom, the female of the species is dedicated to protection of her young and her family, and will readily stand down what would appear to be a superior foe. I realize that it is early to write about the next presidential election, but it has become apparent that America is ready for a woman to take the ultimate reins of power. The conservative woman is a force to be reckoned with,...
  • Yes, Atheism and Conservatism Are Compatible [uh, huh. bye]

    02/26/2014 3:05:25 PM PST · by Notary Sojac · 257 replies
    NRO ^ | 26 Feb 2014 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Yesterday, in response to one of the many brouhahas that CPAC seems always to invite, Brent Bozell issued the following statement: The invitation extended by the ACU, Al Cardenas and CPAC to American Atheists to have a booth is more than an attack on conservative principles. It is an attack on God Himself. American Atheists is an organization devoted to the hatred of God. How on earth could CPAC, or the ACU and its board of directors, and Al Cardenas condone such an atrocity? The particular merits of the American Atheists group to one side, this is a rather astounding...
  • Atheist Booth Approved for CPAC, Then Yanked by ACU Hours Later

    02/26/2014 7:53:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/26/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    This morning, American Atheists announced the group would have a booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference beginning March 6 in Washington. Conservative isnt a synonym for religious, said American Atheists president David Silverman in a statement announcing the booth. In fact, a fifth of conservatives seldom or never pray, and the same number state religion is not important in their lives. If conservatism doesnt embrace religious neutrality, its influence will wither and die, Silverman said. Atheists are a growing constituencyan increasingly united constituencyand conservative legislators ignore our vote and our voice at their own peril. We demand equality and...
  • Hated textbook gets Reagans dark side half right

    02/25/2014 4:14:15 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 19 replies
    Rare ^ | 2-25-14 | Ian Huyett
    Conservative student group Turning Point USA caused a stir last week by posting pages online from a textbook used at the University of South Carolina. The book calls Ronald Reagan sexist and says conservatives take a basically pessimistic view of human nature one in which people are conceived of as being corrupt. Several avowed conservatives balked not just at the negative portrayal of Reagan but also at the idea that the conservative persuasion contains a measure of pessimism. On this point, the textbook is right and they are wrong. Russell Kirk was the man credited by William F. Buckley...
  • Gay Republican Group to be Allowed at CPAC Event

    02/25/2014 1:40:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/25/2014 | Michael Gryboski
    A conservative LGBT organization will be part of this year's Conservative Political Action Conference event in Washington, DC after long being banned from the event. GOProud, a pro-gay group that holds several politically conservative views, will participate in CPAC next month as a guest organization. CPAC is an annual gathering of conservative groups held at the nation's Capital and organized by the American Conservative Union. The ACU provided The Christian Post with a statement by their executive director, Dan Schneider, regarding the matter. "We had a constructive meeting with GOProud's leadership last week. The directors have a new vision for...
  • Conservatism vs Liberalism debate between Govs. Walker and Shumlin

    02/25/2014 10:40:45 AM PST · by dleeper47 · 6 replies
    WesternFreePress ^ | 2/25/14 | dleeper47
    VIDEO: Conservatism vs Liberalism mini-debate between Gov. Scott Walker (WI) and far-Left Gov. Peter Shumlin (VT). Walker cleans Shumlin's clock and shows what kind of candidate Walker might be in 2016.
  • Advice to the GOP: Narrow it Down and Draw Some Emotion

    02/23/2014 3:03:32 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 16 replies
    Bernardgoldberg.com ^ | Feb. 22, 2014 | John Daly
    Ive long been arguing that conservatives are generally right on principle, but tend not to be that smart when it comes to politics. Conversely, I believe that liberals are generally wrong on (or lacking in) principle, but tend to be pretty shrewd politicians. One doesnt have to look hard to find proof of this. We live in a country in which nearly twice as many people describe themselves as conservatives as do liberals, and conservatives outnumber liberals in 47 of our 50 states. Yet, arguably the most liberal president in United States history won re-election after doubling our national debt,...
  • The Ted Cruz Majority [when push comes to shove, Tea Party has Cruz's back]

    02/20/2014 4:18:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 20, 2014 | Jeffery Lord
    "...................................In 1980, Tennessee Senator Howard.....Bakerwho had won the nickname The Great Conciliator and supported President Carters giveaway of the Panama Canalran for president. Reagan, of course, had famously opposed Carter on the Panama Canal issue and incurred the wrath of the GOP establishment by going from one end of America to the other saying we built it, we paid for it, its ours and we should tell Torrijos [then Panamas ruling military dictator] we are going to keep it. Baker lost resoundingly to Reagan. During the 1980 GOP Convention in Detroit, Howard Baker was spotted standing at the rim of...
  • The Birth of the American City-state: Socialist big cities vs. the conservative countrysides.

    02/16/2014 3:46:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/16/2014 | Greg Penglis
    Mark Levin has proposed a series of "Liberty Amendments" to the Constitution through an Article 5 state convention. I have my own set of amendments which I hope to share here and add to the proposed Liberty Amendments. The first involves the resurrection of the city-state. This plan would take our largest cities, governed primarily by socialist Democrats, and separate them out as independent, self-governing, self-funding political units, with no connection to the states, but within the exclusive oversight of the federal government, just as the states are. There is a huge separation in this country right now between the...
  • Students Share Mixed Responses to George/West Collection (condoning homophobia? at Swarthmore)

    02/15/2014 2:03:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Swarthmore Daily Gazette ^ | February 13, 2014 | Isabel Knight, Martin Froger-Silva and Eduard Saakashvili
    Robert George 77 and Cornel Wests collection on Monday, hosted by the Institute for the Liberal Arts, culminated a campus-wide discussion on the meaning of discourse at Swarthmore. The Princeton professors, known for their friendship despite of their strongly opposing viewpoints, intended to build community and discuss questions like What does it mean to communicate across differences regarding what is right or wrong? The event was expected by many to be controversial, with rumors of student-led protest in the form of a boycott of the event or a rally after the collection, but no such protest occurred during the collection....
  • Cruz to get hero's welcome in Iowa and New Hampshire

    02/15/2014 4:42:27 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 15, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    credit Greg Nash Conservatives in Iowa and New Hampshire are preparing a heros welcome for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) after he showed up Senate Republican leaders during a crucial vote on the debt limit. Cruz infuriated his Senate Republican colleagues this week when he filibustered a clean bill to raise the debt limit. His objection forced Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and 11 other Republicans to vote with Democrats to advance the legislation. But in Iowa and New Hampshire, two important presidential primary states, conservative activists are cheering Cruzs stand and buzzing about a possible presidential run in 2016....
  • P.J. O'Rourke lays an egg in San Francisco (Freeper Report)

    02/13/2014 12:24:04 PM PST · by SFmom · 89 replies
    I jumped at the last-minute invitation to hear P.J.O'Rourke comment on current events and tout his new book on the Boomer generation at the Commonwealth Club last night in San Francisco. What a disappointment! He unleashed a scathing---and not funny to me----attack on the Tea Party and Ted Cruz. He said, "This is why politics should not be left to amateurs. Boehner is an adult. Ted Cruz is not." Also added "The Tea Party is a big tree and unfortunately big trees attract a lot of squirrels." In the past I have relished his writing, from National Lampoon's High School...
  • Exclusive: Sarah Palin Confirmed to Speak at CPAC

    02/12/2014 1:14:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 11, 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Breitbart News has learned exclusively. CPAC is an annual gathering of thousands of conservative activists hosted by the American Conservative Union (ACU). We are pleased to again welcome Governor Sarah Palin to CPAC in March, ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said in a release provided to Breitbart News. Governor Palin electrified the crowd in 2013, and we are thrilled to welcome her back this year. Palin served as the governor of Alaska from late 2006 until 2009, and was the 2008 Vice Presidential nominee for the Republican...
  • Russias Right Turn. Moscow has reclaimed its 19th-century conservative role.

    02/11/2014 10:01:10 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 129 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | February 11, 2014 | William S. Lind
    An unfortunate legacy of the Cold War is the negative attitude some American conservatives yet harbor toward Russia. Conditioned for decades to see Russia and the Soviet Union as synonymous, they still view post-communist Russia as a threat. They forget that Tsarist Russia was the most conservative great power, a bastion of Christian monarchy loathed by revolutionaries, Jacobins, and democrats. Joseph de Maistre was not alone among 19th-century conservatives in finding refuge and hope in Russia. Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia is emerging once more as the leading conservative power. As we witnessed in Russias rescue of President Obama from...
  • Conservatives lay out vision for the future

    02/11/2014 1:49:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife
    The Hill ^ | February 10, 2014 | Russell Berman
    While Heritage has drawn the ire of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for its frequent opposition to leadership proposals, the presenters largely ignored the party leaders. Instead, the lawmakers who took the stage on Monday went out of their way to align themselves with the increasingly controversial organization. When youre working with the Heritage Foundation, Ill bet on that team every time, Jordan said, calling it the greatest policy think tank in the whole wide world.Conservatives on Monday offered a vision of a nation without ObamaCare, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, and with the federal government offloading authority over a broad...
  • Is McConnell the new underdog?

    02/09/2014 4:42:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 9, 2014 | Alexandra Chaffe
    Republicans are buoyant they can capture the Senate this year but will Mitch McConnell still be there as majority leader? A surprising survey out of Kentucky this week underscores that the Senate minority leader is truly running the race of his life and could even be the underdog heading into 2014. The Bluegrass Poll, conducted by SurveyUSA for several local TV stations and newspapers, showed McConnell trailing Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes by four points, 46 percent to 42 percent. Its the Secretary of states biggest lead yet and outside the polls margin of error. Maybe most troubling for...
  • Business Bid to Counter Tea Party Fizzles

    02/06/2014 4:13:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Roll Call ^ | February 5, 2014 | Eliza Newlin Carney
    Business-friendly GOP organizers who launched a new crop of super PACs to counter the tea party have failed to cash in, recent campaign disclosures show, leaving them badly outraised on both the right and the left. Close to a dozen super PACs backed by the GOPs business wing, including those with ties to Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, pulled in just under $10 million in 2013. Thats less than half the $21 million collected by a handful of tea party and anti-tax groups, including the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Club for Growth. Its also less than a third of...
  • Lefties Deciding Whos a Conservative

    02/03/2014 6:44:23 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | February 3, 2014 10:02 AM | Mark Krikorian
    Its great to have dopey, clueless opponents. Mark Zuckerberg, charter member of Billionaires for Open Borders who wants to import more cheap Indian programmers, has distributed a memo to House offices intended to boost the GOP brain trusts amnesty push. (Its also a riposte of sorts to SenatorJeff Sessionss memo on the harm that would be done to American workers from proposed increases in immigration.) Most of the Zuckerberg memo is the usual quotes from the usual suspects, such as Grover, Jeb, Rubio, Ryan, et al., about how immigration will cure everything from baldness to bad breath.Like any lefty document,...
  • Chris Christie to speak at CPAC

    02/03/2014 6:52:13 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/3/14 | Tal Kopan
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference next month, despite a snub from the group last year and the ongoing controversy over the George Washington Bridge closures. Christie has accepted an invitation to address CPAC, POLITICO confirmed Monday.
  • JOHN ELWAY INTERVIEW BY CHRIS WALLACE

    02/03/2014 6:09:12 AM PST · by 7thson · 7 replies
    I read some of the threads and posts from Freepers after Chris Wallace interview Elway yesterday, I was sadly disappointed by most of what I read. First, what kind of question is that from Wallace? How can you support the GOP? Why didn't he ask Elway, when did you stop beating your wife? I have never heard anyone asked how can you support the Democrat Party? That question and how it was asked was disgusting and insulting. And then Elway makes it even worse by actually trying to defend his belief and being apologetic for being a Republican. Like one...
  • The Solid Conservative Majority: Two polls in Jan. 2014 confirm that America is solidly conservative

    02/01/2014 6:44:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/01/2014 | Bruce Walker
    Two polls in January 2014 confirm what I have written about for quite a while: America -- and this means not just Flyover Country, but nearly all of America -- is solidly conservative. The Battleground Poll shows that a very solid majority of Americans describe themselves as conservative. This poll has been remarkably accurate in predicting the outcome of elections. The internal data of the Battleground Poll, unlike many other polls, is publicly reported. Since 2002, there have been more than twenty Battleground Poll surveys reported by George Washington University, and the results of these polls show big swings in...
  • My personal Fox News nightmare: Inside a month of self-induced torture

    01/31/2014 3:10:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Salon ^ | January 28, 2014 | John Haggerty
    "....A 2007 study found that in the 2000 presidential election, Republicans gained 0.4 to 0.7 percentage points in the towns that broadcast Fox News. The studys estimates imply that Fox News convinced 3 to 28 percent of its viewers to vote Republican, depending on the audience measure. In addition to being influential, I also learned that Fox News is an extremely poor source of information about current events....One of the first things I noticed was how similar all of the on-air personalities were..... Shep Smith seems to be the exception to this. In contrast, he comes across as refreshingly candid...