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  • Get Ready for Scott Walker… and the Ruthless Politics of Walkerism

    07/29/2015 5:01:31 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    The Nation ^ | July 29, 2015 | John Nichols
    Scott Kevin Walker, fresh from a free-spending yet folksy campaign in which he carried his lunch in a brown paper bag and promised to create 250,000 jobs, delivered his first inaugural address as governor of Wisconsin on January 3, 2011. “I stand before you not as the governor of one party or another, or the governor of one part of the state or another,” he declared. “Today, I stand before you as the governor for all of the people in the state of Wisconsin.” Days later, Walker traveled from Madison, the state capital, to Beloit, a working-class town battered by...
  • Fifteen Elephants and a Clown

    07/28/2015 7:37:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | July 28, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    The Donald’s life has been seven decades of buffoonery. If there was a good reason to distrust presidential candidate Mitt Romney, it had to do with his views on abortion. Not his position per se — as difficult as it is to understand the pro-choice tendency, there are people of good faith on both sides of the abortion question — but the fact that he arrived at that position so late in life and at a moment when his change of heart was politically convenient. Even if we assume that this was not simple cowardly political calculation, as in the...
  • Phony GOP Conservatism Has Worn Out Its Welcome

    07/27/2015 1:28:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 69 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 28, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    The long-simmering disconnect between the Republican Party's conservative base and its leaders in government has degenerated into a full-blown schism. While President Obama accelerates his increasingly radical agenda, the GOP, despite its congressional majority, can barely muster an objection, let alone block his momentum. Other than to offer a toothless public rebuke of Obama's destructive schemes, what was the point of the 2014 GOP congressional landslide? It's no longer just a small percentage of conservatives questioning the GOP. Our people are furious — and rightly so. I've recently shared my opinion that Donald Trump's explosive surge is because of his...
  • Unlikely activist: Early civil rights protester stands out for conservative views

    07/26/2015 10:57:25 AM PDT · by OddLane · 1 replies
    Winston Salem Journal ^ | July 21, 2015 | Jennifer Young
    The time was the late 1940s, the place Greensboro. A mother had sent her two young sons to the neighborhood grocery. A gang of local toughs waited just outside the store. One came at the older brother from the front, one from the back and the third went for the money in the boy’s pocket. The younger brother, who was only 6, stood back while his sibling managed to fight off the young would-be robbers. The little fellow took it all in, though, and came away with some very important life lessons: Be prepared to defend yourself. Show no fear....
  • Yes, because Socialism always works so well

    07/22/2015 11:00:28 AM PDT · by Calif Conservative · 15 replies
    Marketwatch.com ^ | 7-22-15 | Paul Farrell
    Yes, Pope Francis is encouraging civil disobedience, leading a rebellion. Listen closely, Francis knows he’s inciting political rebellion, an uprising of the masses against the world’s superrich capitalists. And yet, right-wing conservatives remain in denial, tuning out the pope’s message, hoping he’ll just go away like the “Occupy Wall Street” movement did. Never. America’s narcissistic addiction to presidential politics is dumbing down our collective brain. Warning: Forget Bernie vs. Hillary. Forget the circus-clown-car distractions created by Trump vs. the GOP’s Fab 15. Pope Francis is the only real political leader that matters this year. Forget the rest. Here’s why: Pope...
  • Where Do They Fall? The 3 Categories of 2016 Candidates

    07/22/2015 10:07:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | July 20, 2015 | Steve Deace
    It’s a strong field in terms of resume and talent. Perhaps the strongest the Republican Party has ever had. This only makes it harder for conservatives to discern who’s who and whom to support, especially coming off several cycles where the pickings were slim if you were a movement conservative. Hopefully we’re about to change that. Between our in-depth presidential profiles here at Conservative Review, as well as the unique behind-the-scenes access to the process that living in Iowa provides me, the candidates are clearly falling into one of three categories regarding message and how they would govern if elected...
  • Wisconsin Conservative Activists Raided By Political Enemies Win In Court

    07/17/2015 9:50:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/17/2015 | Gabriel Malor
    Three years ago, a group of ambitious and partisan district attorneys convened a special kind of investigation to target and punish conservatives. This week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that investigation was unconstitutional and unmoored from both reason and law. The legal theories underlying the Wisconsin high court’s decision are important, but before we consider them, we must recognize the human cost of this litigation and the politics that animated public officials’ attacks on conservatives for engaging in free speech. Some district attorneys in Wisconsin were disappointed by the failure of a prior John Doe investigation to derail Wisconsin’s union...
  • Donald Trump: ‘I’m actually a conservative with a heart’

    07/17/2015 8:24:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 151 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 07/17/2015 | By David Sherfinski
    Businessman Donald Trump on Thursday said the country has to provide health care for the poor and that he’s “actually a conservative with a heart” who can work out deals with hospitals to make it happen. “I want people taken care of in the country, okay? You can call it anything you want, but I want — including people that don’t have anything,” Mr. Trump said on “The John Fredericks Show.” about “We gotta do that.” Mr. Fredericks, a Virginia-based radio host who has predicted that Mr. Trump will win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, had asked Mr. Trump how...
  • What would Reagan do? [Critique on Scott Walker]

    07/17/2015 5:06:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The Economist ^ | July 17, 2015
    EVERY four years, when presidential primary season rolls around, Republican voters long to find a new Ronald Reagan. This year a striking number of conservatives wonder if Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin might fit that bill—in such numbers that Mr Walker shot into the top ranks of a crowded Republican field, as soon as he made his White House run official on July 13th. Activists are not on a literal-minded quest: their new Reagan need not look dashing on a horse, or flash a film-star smile. That is lucky for Mr Walker, a Sunday-schoolish preacher’s son whose own supporters, at...
  • Doug La Follette sues Scott Walker over state budget measures [Fighting Bob La Follette's kin]

    07/14/2015 1:14:44 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | July 13, 2015 | By Patrick Marley And Jason Stein
    Madison— Secretary of State Doug La Follette sued Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday, arguing the budget he signed Sunday violates the state constitution by interfering with his ability to maintain state records.The spending plan Walker approved cut La Follette's budget by about half,transferred some of his duties to Walker's Department of Administration and called for moving La Follette's office from rented space into smaller space in the basement of the state Capitol.The lawsuit comes a day after the Republican governor launched his presidential campaign.La Follette is a Democrat.The state constitution requires the secretary of state to"keep a fair record of...
  • 5 Ways to Fight the Left and Make Your Life Better

    07/07/2015 5:02:03 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/07/15 | Daniel Greenfield
    Don't Give Money to People Who Hate You, Shop Small Business and Become Independent, Build Likeminded Communities, Focus on the family Lately I’ve been looking at Organic Opposition instead of Organizational Opposition. The latter is still important, but people are rightly disappointed and angry with everything from the GOP to assorted national groups and bewildered by a wide array of candidates. Organic Opposition doesn’t require organizations or a movement. It’s about living in ways that naturally oppose the left. Most of the people here already live in ways that the left resents without even thinking about it. Organic Opposition is...
  • Okay, David Brooks, Which Culture War Should Conservatives Fight?

    07/03/2015 5:42:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/03/2015 | Joe Rigney
    avid Brooks has some surprising advice for social conservatives: Fight the culture war. No, not culture war oriented around sexuality. The other culture war. Brooks admits he’s to the left of most social conservatives. Yet he describes himself as a “friend and admirer,” and offers us a different course from either Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option or Robert George’s principled rejection and resistance. Brooks’s advice is to put aside the culture war oriented around the sexual revolution. It’s alienated large swaths of the American people, been a “communications disaster,” and is, in the near term, “destined to lose.” Instead, Brooks suggests...
  • O'Reilly: If The Conservatives Want To Reverse Losses, Stop Bickering Among Yourselves

    07/01/2015 3:40:19 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 38 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | july 1, 2015 | bill o'reilly
    BILL O'REILLY: All the polls say the same thing. Americans who identify themselves as conservative outnumber liberals by about two to one. Yet, social power has shifted to the left wing precincts. The reason? Organization. The far left is dominating the Internet, the entertainment industry, including the journalistic media. Outside of talk radio and Fox News there are few non-liberal voices heard nationwide. The intensity of the far left is almost frightening. Many of these people will do almost anything to destroy their opposition. So conservative Americans find themselves somewhat demoralized as they see the Supreme Court siding with the...
  • Ayn Rand petition for $10 bill

    06/22/2015 7:45:10 AM PDT · by School of Rational Thought · 73 replies
    gubmit ^ | 6/22/2015 | self
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/place-ayn-rand-ten-dollar-bill
  • Losing the gay marriage case before SCOTUS could be the best thing to happen to conservatives

    06/21/2015 2:18:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/20/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The clock is ticking down toward the eventual Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which will supposedly “settle” the gay marriage question once and for all. Most of the observers I’ve seen making predictions seem to feel that they will codify marriage as a right which crosses all boundaries except in cases of children and close familial ties, and some seem to feel that opponents of gay marriage won’t even get all four conservative justices on their side. My own views on the general topic are well known and there’s no need to go into the whole thing...
  • When We Say ‘Conservative,’ We Mean . ....

    06/20/2015 6:26:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/20/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Dear Reader (including those of you self-described “transreaders” who do not in fact read this “news”letter but want to be considered the sort of person who does), I am writing this from the back parking lot of a random Ramada in Williamsburg, Va. I’m sitting in my car in a Tommy Bahama shirt and pinstripe suit pants smoking a cigar. It’s a pretty sketchy look, even before I take off my shirt to finish getting properly dressed. A passing cop would probably assume that I’m waiting for a hooker, a drug dealer, or maybe someone from the development office at...
  • Americans 'Moving Left' on Social Issues. Really?

    06/17/2015 7:19:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/17/2015 | Richard Winchester
    The mainstream media (MSM) are hailing the release of recent polls purporting to show “progressive” perspectives on several social issues -- i.e., same-sex marriage, homosexuality, legalization of marijuana, even abortion -- either equaling or, in some cases outstripping, more “traditional” viewpoints. A Gallup poll released on May 22nd, for example, was headlined “On Social Ideology, the Left Catches Up to the Right.”  Never mind that other Gallup polls, such as one released on June 2nd, or one put out on June 4th, provide cautionary findings. The MSM aren’t interested unless “the news” can be spun leftward. This essay explores two...
  • Jeb Bush’s first campaign ad: Compassionate conservatism is back, baby

    06/15/2015 9:11:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/15/2015 | AllahPundit
    Byron York quotes various rival GOP strategists sniffing that this plays more like a general-election ad than one for the primaries.Okay, tell me: What should a Jeb Bush primary ad look like? If he did four minutes of red-meat conservatism here, righties would laugh and shout, “Amnesty! Common Core!” Those votes are unwinnable. His path to the nomination runs through the center-right. He’s going to pitch himself to them the way centrist campaigns always do, as a non-ideological problem-solving pragmatist. This seems made to order. The video is aimed particularly at women voters, underscoring the image Bush wants to...
  • Romney: Bush has 'lived conservatism'

    06/14/2015 4:40:04 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 63 replies
    thehill.com ^ | june 14, 2015 | mark hensch
    Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) said on Sunday that Republicans should not doubt the conservative credentials of possible GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Romney argued that Bush, Florida’s former governor, would proudly represent conservative values should he seek the White House in 2016. “Governor Bush is a man of integrity,” Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “He has very strong record,” he said. “He doesn’t have to speak his way into conservatism, he’s lived conservatism.” Romney’s praise comes as Bush weighs an Oval Office bid next election cycle. He is expected to...
  • National Journal : Ted Cruz Tries to Unite ‘Movement Conservatives’

    06/09/2015 4:24:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 9, 2015 | Staff
    National Journal provides a look inside as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) attempts to convince key conservatives that he can unite the GOP: [E]ight months out from the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is closer to proving it can be done. Because after walking into a Tysons Corner hotel in May, the door closing behind him, Cruz delivered something none of his competitors could—a campaign plan that has persuaded some of the most influential conservatives in America that they might defeat the GOP establishment’s candidate for the first time in a generation. This has been the stuff of dreams and...
  • The Death of Conservatism and the Mark of the Beast

    06/09/2015 1:26:18 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 37 replies
    IFB ^ | 6/9/15
    The Conservative movement in America - much like those who fought valiantly at the Alamo - will shortly be overrun and butchered at the hand of a godless and lawless world (Matt. 24:12, Gal. 1:4; Eph. 6:12, Rev. 13). These sobering realities are too much for the majority of American conservatives to think on and understandably so, they do not want to retain this reality in their thoughts. These individuals have put ALL of their trust in this sound and crucial ideology for fallen humanity and rightly so, true conservatism is key for a healthy society and beneficial for obtaining...
  • Only one group of Americans has become less accepting of homosexuality in the past 2 years

    06/09/2015 6:46:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/09/2015 | Andy Kiersz
    On Monday, the Pew Research Center released the results of a new survey on how Americans view homosexuality.One question asked respondents whether homosexuality should be accepted or discouraged by society. Pew broke down responses to this question by a number of demographic, political, and religious factors and compared results from this year's survey to a similar survey from March 2013.In almost every one of the groups Pew broke out, the percentage of respondents who said homosexuality should be accepted increased over the past two years. This was the case for men and women, each of the generational cohorts Pew looked...
  • I’m a Conservative Tea Party Christian Republican, and I Support Gay Marriage

    06/04/2015 11:49:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 112 replies
    Townhall ^ | 06/04/2015 | Justin Haskins
    Politics today seems to be dominated by an “either you’re in or you’re out mentality.” If you’re a good Republican, a good Christian, and a good conservative, then you really can’t support gay marriage—at least, that’s what I’m constantly being told. “We can’t redefine an institution that’s been around for thousands of years,” opponents of marriage equality say. “To do so would be to radically transform the way society has always understood marriage. That’s just not what conservatism is all about.” But is that really true? It seems to me the heroes of the modern conservative movement— individuals such as...
  • The Top 40 Conservative Websites: June 4, 2015 Edition {FreeRepublic on the list!]

    06/04/2015 6:42:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/04/2015 | Siera Rayne
    The weekly top 40 is out. The big movers this week are the Gateway Pundit, down 7 spots to #39; CNS News, down 6 spots to #35; and Mad World News, up 6 spots to #33.
  • GAY-MARRIAGE CONSERVATIVES?

    06/03/2015 5:26:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 06/03/2015 | Paul Kengor, Grove City College
    Sppeaking on Fox News Channel’s The Five, pundit Greg Gutfeld said that “gay marriage, in my opinion, is a conservative idea.” He noted that the left “generally hates traditions” and is all about “breaking with traditions,” and that gay marriage offers conservatives an opportunity to “embrace a tradition” that strengthens families and communities. I should acknowledge that Gutfeld spoke without notes, unscripted, live and off-the-cuff. I often talk with inexactness when I’m speaking live. Live speaking is a perfect venue to make mistakes. It’s easier to type your thoughts and have the benefit of reflection, revision, and a word processor....
  • Warming to Ted Cruz: Where some see madness in his run, a frequent critic sees some method

    06/03/2015 4:03:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | June 3, 2015 | Jamie Weinstein, senior editor, The Daily Caller.
    I haven’t exactly been the friendliest conservative writer toward Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. In 2013, I repeatedly mocked his gambit to defund Obamacare. In one instance, I argued that if opposing this quixotic attention-seeking effort made one a supporter of Barack Obama and his agenda, then by the same logic anyone who votes to appropriate money to fund Obama’s salary supports the President’s agenda as well. In a second instance, I laid out how Cruz’s defunding movement could succeed in six easy steps, which included Joe Biden getting hit by a meteor and President Obama getting drafted by the Chicago...
  • Conservatives must fight for minority hearts and minds

    06/03/2015 8:23:57 AM PDT · by PROCON · 17 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | June 3, 2015 | Star Parker
    It's an unfortunate mistake of history that Republicans ceded the political turf in minority communities to welfare-state Democrats. The severe social problems in these communities flow right from a half-century of left-wing programs.Republican pollster Whit Ayres' new book, 2016 and Beyond: How Republicans Can Elect a President in the New America, bears a crucial message. Republicans must make inroads into non-white America if they wish to occupy the White House in the foreseeable future. I, and others, have been writing about the electoral implications of sweeping demographic change for a number of years. The USA is becoming less white. With...
  • The New Randroids [Slate works to push Millennials into Rand's camp]

    06/03/2015 2:59:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Slate ^ | June 3, 2015 | David Auerbach
    ".......Annie [composite techie-must read full article to grasp how "she's" defined]has voted for the Democrats in the last few elections, both because everyone she knows does and because they stand against the less tolerant elements of the Republican Party, which seem frighteningly antediluvian to her. The war on terror struck her as about the dumbest thing she’s seen any government do, a massive overreaction with no planning or strategy to it.(She feels roughly the same about the war on drugs.)Yet she saw that Democrats were just as slow as Republicans to sour on the United States’ involvement in the Middle...
  • Walker appoints son of right-wing Bradley Foundation president to UW Board of Regents

    05/25/2015 7:18:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Wisconsin Gazette ^ | May 25, 2015
    Gov. Scott Walker has appointed the son of a president of a foundation that supports tea party causes to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. The board oversees the University of Wisconsin system, setting policies and approving budgets, among other vital regulatory duties. Walker appointed Mike M. Grebe, son of Michael W. Grebe, president and chief executive of the Bradley Foundation, to the board. The foundation is an essential part of Walker’s “brain trust.” It’s poured millions into promoting such right-wing policies as busting unions, expanding voucher schools and eliminating social welfare programs. In addition to his association with...
  • London as neoliberal theme park: The Platform 9 ľ economy and the Tories’ shocking victory

    05/24/2015 12:13:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Salon ^ | May 23, 2015 | Andrew O'Hehir
    Nothing quite so blatantly sums up the victory of neoliberalism in 21st-century London, and that city’s relentless commodification of every aspect of its literary and historical legacy, like Platform 9 ľ at King’s Cross. If anything, the vulgarity and banality of Platform 9 ľ are too blatant; it’s a crack in the façade that demonstrates how thoroughly London has become Londonland, a nearly convincing scavenger-hunt simulation of itself, chock-full of royal bones and references to Dan Brown novels. To enter Westminster Abbey – which is still nominally a house of worship for the Anglican Communion, rather than a historical theme...
  • How Scott Walker and His Allies Hijacked the Wisconsin Supreme Court

    05/22/2015 6:33:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | May 22, 2015 | Pema Levy
    For three years, Wisconsin prosecutors have been investigating whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker broke campaign finance laws as he battled a 2012 recall effort sparked by his push for a law that undercut the power of public sector unions. Prosecutors allege that Walker and his aides illegally coordinated with conservative groups that were raising money and running ads to support Walker and his Republican allies. At least one group at the center of the probe, the Wisconsin Club for Growth, has gone to court to stop the investigation. Its fate now rests with the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which will rule...
  • Tom Fleming Retires

    05/21/2015 10:57:49 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 10 replies
    Front Porch Republic ^ | May 21, 2015 | Katherine Dalton
    Rockford, Illinois. After thirty-one years at Chronicles Magazine—thirty of them as editor—classicist, poet and polemicist Tom Fleming has retired. During his tenure at this small but influential magazine of the paleoconservative right, which was founded by Polish emigre Leopold Tyrmand but turned into a real magazine by Tom, he published political and social commentators that varied from the Agrarian-minded Mel Bradford to the analyst of power that was Sam Francis, to the more humorous libertarian Bill Kauffman. He also published many men of letters: Wendell Berry, John Lukacs, George Garrett, Jorge Luis Borges, Andrew Lytle, Walker Percy, and Russell Kirk,...
  • Scott Walker Seeks to Win Over House GOP [knows which fork to use....]

    05/19/2015 9:25:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    NBC ^ | May 19, 2015 | Luke Russert
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker met with about 100 House Republicans on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, engaging in a wide ranging discussion that hit on everything from foreign policy to why Walker doesn't have a college degree, according to those in the room Members who spoke to NBC News after the meeting gave Walker overwhelmingly positive reviews. A common refrain from members was Walker's ease at conversing with them, which they felt would play well in a grassroots campaign and eventually with swing voters.
  • Conservative Group Uncovers New Roots of the IRS Scandal

    05/19/2015 7:49:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/19/2015 | Eliana Johnson
    A group of conservative lawyers who have been investigating the origins of the IRS scandal for the past year-and-a-half say they’ve uncovered the real roots of the IRS scandal — and they’ll surprise both liberals and conservatives alike. The group, Cause of Action, which has subpoenaed thousands of pages of documents from the agency and is still embroiled in litigation with it, says the targeting of conservative groups resulted as much from IRS personnel merely following the instructions laid out in their employee handbook, the Internal Revenue Manual, as from any political bias at the top. When the scandal broke...
  • Conservatives on Campus “have to be smarter, better prepared”

    05/18/2015 1:32:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 17, 2015 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    “because it’s you against a lot of people” – My appearance on The Craig Silverman Show (Aurora, CO) I appeared on Saturday, May 16, 2015, on The Craig Silverman Show on 710 KNUS in Aurora, Colorado. The conversation covered my background, what it means to be a conservative on campus, the anti-Israel boycott movement, the Pope on a Palestinian “state,” the Pew Poll on Christians, and the fate of Christians in the Middle East. On Ted Cruz at Harvard Law School: “When you’re going to be political at a place like Harvard Law School, you have to be better than...
  • Influential Texas Conservative Backs Ted Cruz

    05/17/2015 5:28:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    American Clarion ^ | May 17, 2015 | Bob Ellis
    As America begins the search for a new president in 2016, many people are tired of the status quo and are looking for an authentic conservative, one who can make a difference and who has shown they are determined to make a difference. There aren’t many who fit that description like Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. In fact, there are none in the race so far who can match his record of conservatism. And he’s demonstrated an willingness to do more than just mouth conservative platitudes. When most “Republicans” were busy badmouthing ObamaCare but doing absolutely nothing to stop it,...
  • Tried to quit writing

    05/15/2015 1:52:18 PM PDT · by LS · 26 replies
    Well folks, for about four years I haven't written anything, except a few movie reviews and some scripts. I had a strong calling to give up (I thought permanently) writing books. All that time, however, it kept nagging at me that the biography treatments of Ronald Reagan just were not satisfying. So, I feel "released" now to begin a new book project, perhaps my final book: a biography of our greatest 20th century president. I have already written a script that Arc Entertainment/Victory Pictures (who did the Palin movie) have agreed to produce called "The Lifeguard: Ronald Reagan and his...
  • Down South - Republican presidential hopefuls show how low they can go

    05/12/2015 2:44:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Slate ^ | May 11, 2015 | William Saletan
    This weekend, a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls showed up at the South Carolina Freedom Summit. They were there to court primary voters who will winnow the presidential field next February. Judging from the speeches, it’s going to be an ugly race. What the candidates are selling, and primary voters are buying, is vituperation against people who don’t look, talk, or pray like the Republican base.............. [SNIP of stuff that sounds good to me - Santorum was on fire] ...............Mexicans, Muslims, gays, rats, roaches. Christian superiority, military contempt for the president, and gauntlets thrown down to queer-loving CEOs. It’s going to...
  • The British Tories Are Like American Republicans: No One Trusts Them To Be Conservatives

    05/09/2015 11:16:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/09/2015 | Robert Wargas
    Many people seem to think that the results of the British general election—a gain of 24 seats for the Tories, giving them a majority—herald a major win for conservatism. They don’t. They herald a major win for the Conservative Party, but just because it calls itself the Conservative Party doesn’t mean it does conservative things. Actually, the full official name of that party is the “Conservative and Unionist Party,” and last night was not a win for unionism either. The Scottish National Party, once a marginal outfit known outside Scotland only because Sean Connery supported it, picked up 50 seats...
  • The GOP presidential field is unusually diverse. But the party’s agenda isn’t.

    05/04/2015 9:53:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Washington Post - Plum Line ^ | May 4, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    It’s a big week in the Republican presidential primaries. Today, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson both announced their candidacies, and Mike Huckabee is expected to make his official tomorrow. Now that the field is filling out (though there are still plenty of candidates in the running-but-officially-not-yet-running category), it’s looking a little unusual.In fact, the group of Republicans running for president is almost everything the Republican Party itself is not: it’s demographically diverse, it’s less wealthy than you might expect, and it’s extremely young. The question is whether voters will look at them and say that the GOP really has changed.By...
  • The Myth of the Socially Conservative Immigrant

    05/04/2015 9:30:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/04/2015 | by MARK KRIKORIAN
    You know how Jeb Bush and other immigration enthusiasts are always telling us how conservative immigrants are, how they’re more religious and traditionalist? Appealing to their supposed conservatism is the key, we are told, to getting their votes, if only we would embrace amnesty and mass legal immigration. There are two problems with this argument: First, there’s a pretty clear consensus that Latin American and Asian immigrants (who comprise 75 percent of all immigrants) and their U.S.-born children do not vote based on social issues, assigning them low priority. Second, immigrants are not particularly conservative. There is a mountain...
  • Two Underrated Peoples

    05/03/2015 9:48:49 AM PDT · by Aria · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 2, 2015 | Mike Konrad
    In looking over the history of the past 500 years, four nations stand out for having completely and massively altered world civilization in a way that no others have, before or after: England, Spain, France, and Portugal. No other empires even come close. The Muslim conquests were landbound except for island hopping. Chinese and Mongolian conquests were landbound. Even in ancient times, Greek, Roman, and Persian conquests were essentially land operations, except for river fording. Yes, they all had navies, but were not defined by them. What separates the English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish was that these nations had vast...
  • Thomas Sowell: Who’s the Right Man for Conservatives in 2016?

    04/21/2015 7:35:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/21/2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Painful as it is to realize that both the Democrats and the Republicans will still be holding their primaries a year from now, that is one of the high prices we pay for democracy. Seldom does the initial “front-runner” in either party’s primaries end up being the actual candidate when Election Day rolls around. However, even if we cannot predict the outcomes of the primaries this far in advance, we can at least start trying to understand the candidates, the almost candidates, and the people who are running just for the publicity. One of the curious things this early in...
  • Senators Need Not Apply

    04/21/2015 1:26:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    Slate ^ | April 20, 2015 | John Dickerson
    ......Each candidate [Walker, Perry, Bush, Christie], sometimes in nearly identical language, told the audience of activists gathered in Nashua this weekend that they should be considered for the presidency because they didn’t just talk about conservative ideas, they had put them into practice as governors. Perry made the case most powerfully: >>>The next president of the United States really needs to be someone who has deep experience as an executive. And I’m talking about things you just can't learn with a book, things you can’t just learn sitting down. Because I’ll give you some examples. They didn’t hand me a...
  • An Open Letter To Conservative Activists

    04/18/2015 4:28:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2015 | John Hawkins
    After I write a column that rips Barack Obama up one side and down the other, talks about our debt or the fact that we essentially don’t have borders any more, there are usually conservatives who show up in the comments section or email me something like, “I agree with you 110%, but what’s the solution? What policy do we put in place to fix everything that’s going wrong? When are we going to have another Ronald Reagan ride in on a white horse and fix what’s wrong?” Here’s the problem with that: It’s the wrong mentality. It’s sort of...
  • 5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Stream The Prince of Egypt on Netflix

    04/17/2015 2:39:27 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-17-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Dear Dave, Yesterday evening you suggested I watch The Prince of Egypt, in your opinion the best movie inspired by the book of Exodus. Although I didn’t have time then, I got to it this morning. It impressed me mightily. The top 5 reasons why I loved it – and why everybody who reads this article should watch it if they haven’t already – are: 1. Moses never doubts God, only himself. This is a vital lesson for believers of all kinds; you can doubt your own abilities, but never doubt the most high God, who created everything, and without...
  • Hillary Is Not a Woman: She’s a Liberal

    04/14/2015 1:54:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 14, 2015 | Jeffery Lord
    <p>“I suppose it’s fair to say:don’t you someday want to see a woman president?”Thus asks Hillary Clinton,newly declared for the presidency.Or is that re-declared?</p> <p>The problem? Hillary Clinton isn’t a woman. And any Republican who is running for president who thinks she is will deserve the loss coming their way.</p>
  • The Closing of the Campus Mind

    04/09/2015 9:11:12 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4-6-15 | Devorah Goldman
    "I can’t have you participate in class anymore.” I was on my way out of class when my social welfare and policy professor casually called me over to tell me this. The friendliness of her tone did not match her words, and I attempted a shocked, confused apology. It was my first semester at the Hunter College School of Social Work, and I was as yet unfamiliar with the consistent, underlying threat that characterized much of the school’s policy and atmosphere. This professor was simply more open and direct than most. I asked if I had said or done anything...
  • The Gay Marriage Wake-Up Call: Even if you're not religious, if gay marriage passes, you lose

    04/08/2015 7:30:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/08/2015 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    The smoke is clearing after three weeks of gay political hysteria: first a dust-up involving Dolce and Gabbana followed by threats of a boycott that fizzled, then an outbreak of derangement over a religious law in Indiana. Take note of how differently these two incidents ended, because there is a lot of hidden intelligence to be gained by reading between the lines: the attack on Dolce and Gabbana seems to have failed, while the pushback against Indiana’s and Arkansas’s religious-freedom bills ended in victory for gay marriage enthusiasts. Dolce and Gabbana barely backtracked on their comments about IVF, yet they...
  • One Walker legacy: making the political process more favorable to GOP

    04/08/2015 6:08:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 8, 2015 | Craig Gilbert
    ".......Since they came to power in 2011,Walker and his party have not only changed the way the state is governed,but they have changed the political playing field.In a few big ways and lots of little ways,they have seemingly made it easier for Republicans and harder for Democrats to win elections.Whichever way the pendulum swings next year, the 2016 race will be contested under a different set of political rules than those of previous decades, rules adopted by one party over the ardent opposition of the other.The most consequential of these changes involve redistricting,which has given the GOP a virtual lock...