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  • Let’s Do Better Than This - Trump’s touting of socialized medicine and confused position on taxes...

    09/30/2015 2:35:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 143 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | September 30, 2015 | Scott McKay
    [SNIP]Republicans ought to be demanding an end to progressive taxation in this country—a flat tax at minimum, with a potential move down the line to a consumption tax eventually if that can be done. We shouldn’t be settling for a simple whittling of tax brackets from seven to four. And we absolutely shouldn’t be exempting anyone from federal income tax while we have such a tax at all. We have far too many people in this country who don’t vote like taxpayers; how do you think a no-talent hack like Obama managed to become president?The hope had been that Trump...
  • Republican hard-liners are ‘false prophets,’ Boehner says

    09/27/2015 10:35:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 27, 2015 | Mike DeBonis
    Outgoing House Speaker John A. Boehner, in his first one-on-one interview since announcing his resignation last week, compared conservative hard-liners in his party to biblical "false prophets" who promise more than they can deliver. Boehner announced Friday that he would step down Oct. 30 after nearly five years as speaker amid constant pressure from his party's right flank. Asked Sunday by host John Dickerson on a live broadcast of CBS's "Face the Nation" whether those hard-liners are "unrealistic about what can be done in government," Boehner exploded. [Snip] Boehner addressed the remaining five weeks of his speakership, in which he...
  • Obama administration: Conservative college isn’t a real school

    09/25/2015 10:49:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 09/25/2015
    Hillsdale College, a 135-year-old liberal arts school in Michigan, eschews federal financial aid and provides students with an education steeped heavily in classical liberalism. So it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Obama administration found a bogus excuse to omit the institution on its new “College Scorecard.” According to the Department of Education, Hillsdale isn’t listed on its scorecard, touted as a government sponsored effort to help students “identify which schools provide the biggest bang for your buck,” because it hands out too few bachelor’s degrees. “Hillsdale does offer bachelor’s degrees,” DOE spokesman Denise Horn told Hillsdale’s Collegian...
  • Donald Trump, Ann Coulter, and ‘No Apologies’ Conservatism

    09/18/2015 9:48:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/18/2015 | Jim Geraghty
    Appearing with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show, Donald Trump was in the mood to tweak his own persona — to a point. “I think apologizing’s a great thing,” he said. “But you have to be wrong. I will absolutely apologize, sometime in the hopefully distant future, if I’m ever wrong.” It’s funny because it’s true: Trump’s steadfast refusal to apologize for his controversial antics may be the most striking thing about him. A significant portion of the Republican base craves it, and a handful of pro-Trump conservative pundits does, too. None of them looms larger, perhaps, than Ann Coulter....
  • In Welcoming Sanders, Liberty University Shows the Left How to Handle Dissent

    09/16/2015 7:04:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/16/2015 | by Andrew T. Walker
    Most have heard by now that Senator Bernie Sanders spoke at Liberty University yesterday. Liberty, of course, is the university masthead for conservative Christianity and the origin of the Jerry Falwell enterprise. Its influence in merging conservative Christianity with Republicans politics is well known. Sanders, of course, is the notoriously liberal — nay, socialist — United States senator from Vermont now running a long-shot bid for the presidency. Sanders is an avowed progressive whose views earnestly mimic those of European statists. He’s pro–gay rights, pro–gay marriage, and pro-abortion. On issues near and dear to conservative Christians — life and marriage...
  • Trump's Earned Media Value Is HUGE (Yuge)

    09/11/2015 7:35:57 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 17 replies
    “JudyW” at Sundance’s Conservative Treehouse via ^ | September 11, 2015 | H/T user named “JudyW” at Sundance’s Conservative Treehouse via J.Cal Davenport
    Trump’s Earned Media Value is HUGE... Say whatever you want about Donald Trump, you have to give him credit for knowing how to manufacture massive amounts of free media. The entertaining showman has racked up more than $50 million in “earned media” in the few short months since he announced his campaign for president, according to an analysis conducted by Conservative Intel. The bulk of that earned media comes from the near-constant coverage of Trump on the major cable news channels. In addition, Trump has earned millions in free marketing using his Twitter and Facebook accounts. Of course, not all...
  • Glenn Beck: I apologize for calling Sarah Palin a clown but stand by everything else I said

    09/11/2015 12:24:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/11/2015 | AllahPundit
    An obligatory follow-up to last night’s post. Sounds like my theory was largely correct: It’s not just his personal falling-out with Palin, which he elaborates on in his new Facebook post, or her embrace of the progressive Trump that’s bothering him, it’s the whole damned discombobulating phenomenon of Trumpmania among the tea party and its sympathizers.Especially its sympathizers in conservative talk radio. I do not understand her position and love of Trump. He is clearly a progressive, not a small government constitutionalist…But he is also a bully, sexist, cruel, an ego manic and narcissist in ways that makes Barack...
  • Conservatives, Be Careful What You Wish For In the “Kim Davis” Case

    09/09/2015 9:32:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/09/2015 | Bob Barr
    Imagine waking up to the news that a Quaker county sheriff is denying concealed carry permits to citizens because of his religious objection to violence; or, a Muslim DMV supervisor in Dearborn, Michigan has ordered his staff to refuse to issue driver’s licenses to women out of a religious objection to women behind the wheel. These are among the realities that await should we make Kim Davis, the embattled County Clerk from Rowan County, Kentucky, an archetype for “religious freedom” in America. In 1802, Thomas Jefferson replied to a letter from the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut in which he...
  • Likud Aims To Build Ties With Conservative Parties Abroad

    09/08/2015 3:03:17 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/07/2015 | Gil Hoffman
    Hazan has been inviting the current and young leadership of the European parties to come to Israel, where he takes them to Jerusalem’s Old City and explains why he believes it cannot be divided. His regular itinerary for his visitors also includes the Jabotinsky Institute and Likud headquarters in Tel Aviv and the Menachem Begin Heritage Center and Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. The 38-year-old has also been traveling to Europe to meet young politicians there, explain Israel’s policies, and defend the leader of the Likud, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. His meetings with politicians open doors to other opinion...
  • No Movement That Embraces Trump Can Call Itself Conservative

    09/07/2015 3:40:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 143 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/05/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Dear Reader (if there are any of you left), Well, if this is the conservative movement now, I guess you’re going to have to count me out. No, I’m not making some mad dash to the center. No, I’m not hoping to be the first alternate to Steve Schmidt on Morning Joe, nor am I vying to become my generation’s Kevin Phillips. I will never be a HillaryCon. And I have no plan to earn “strange new respect” from the Georgetown cocktail-party set I’m always hearing about but never meeting. But even if I have no desire to “grow” in...
  • When Black Music Was Conservative

    09/05/2015 1:42:01 PM PDT · by OddLane · 47 replies
    City Journal ^ | 2015 (Summer) | Howard Husock
    Contemporary African-American music—especially rap and hip-hop—has become synonymous with and notorious for its suggestive and explicit lyrics. Women are often portrayed as sex toys, violence is glorified, denunciations of law enforcement are routine, and middle-class upbringings go unacknowledged, lest they undermine the artists’ street credentials. The huge commercial success of casually sexual, scatological, and even nihilistic music feeds an impression that black music has always exhibited such qualities—a cultural narrative dating back at least as far as the advent of Elvis Presley, who, it was said, sexualized popular music by incorporating “Negro” influences. In his classic book Black Music, the...
  • The Trump Movement Isn't About Conservatism -- It's About Americanism

    09/03/2015 7:07:14 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 81 replies ^ | 09/02/2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here is Shari in Valparaiso, Indiana, as we stick with the phones here on the Rush Limbaugh program. Hi, Shari. Great to have you here. CALLER: Hi, Rush, glad to talk to you again. RUSH: You bet. CALLER: I have a question for you. First of all, do you remember how people have been calling you over the months and they've been all depressed about the country and upset with the direction we're going and saying that, you know, they think America is over and stuff like that? And you said to them that you didn't know...
  • Confirmed: Republicans like Democratic ideas better when they’re Trump’s

    09/02/2015 7:24:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2015 | AllahPundit
    Lucky for me that I’ve never thought my blogging made a lick of difference to anyone or else reading this last night would have left me looking for a new job. HuffPo came up with a simple yet brutally effective way of testing Republicans’ tolerance for Trump’s ideological heresies: They polled people on universal health care, affirmative action, the Iran deal, and Social Security and simply swapped out Trump’s endorsement of the policy in each question for some prominent Democrat’s. Would Republicans like the Iran deal any better if they thought it had Donald Trump’s approval and not just...
  • Mitch McConnell Gives Fiscal Conservatives The BIG MIDDLE FINGER – [will] “Work With” Obama

    09/02/2015 6:59:40 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    Brietbart ^ | September 2, 2015
    Complete Headline: Mitch McConnell Gives Fiscal Conservatives The BIG MIDDLE FINGER – Announces Plans To “Work With” Obama On Budget…. In the unlikely event you can’t hear the sound of the Rhinoceros marching on bubble wrap directly behind you, it might be worth while getting a firmer grip on both your ankles [Snip] […] The Kentucky Republican said he would work with the White House to come up with budget levels to keep the government open past Sept. 30, conceding that President Barack Obama won’t sign a measure with a rider defunding Planned Parenthood.
  • Let the attack ads begin: New Jeb Bush ad hits Trump for being a fake conservative [VIDEO]

    09/01/2015 8:51:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/01/2015 | AllahPundit
    Fair question from Amanda Carpenter: Why is Jeb knocking Trump? Those aren't his voters. Shouldn't he be trying to pick off support from Walker, Rubio, Kasich…?— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) September 1, 2015 Why would the establishment’s guy aim his fire at Mr. Populism now? He’s better off trying to elbow Walker, Rubio, and especially Kasich out of the race early, knowing that Republicans who hate Trump will eventually line up behind whoever’s still left in the center. Jeb thinks he can win a “Trump vs. Not Trump” race — and frankly, given the mood of voters, that may be...
  • What Trump knows that you don't

    08/27/2015 8:56:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 141 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 27, 2015 | W. James Antle III
    When pundits call Donald Trump a "know-nothing," they are not just using a historical if pejorative term to describe his immigration stance. They really mean that he appears to know nothing about public policy or governance. On the charitable assumption that his blustery, content-free stump speech isn't an act, you'll get no argument here. But Trump does seem to know a lot more about politics than many of his detractors, including those critics who are well versed in the finer details of entitlement reform or international trade policy. Trump's success in the polls has been particularly frustrating for wonky conservatives....
  • How Republicans Can Win Back Conservatives - Passing the emotional purity test

    08/26/2015 11:13:50 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 86 replies
    Front Page ^ | August 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The GOP is panicking. And it should be. Conservatives are sending an angry unambiguous message to the party. The message can be read not only in the rise of Donald Trump, but also in the rise of Ben Carson. Republican voters are choosing candidates who don’t talk or seem like politicians. They have lost all faith in the Republican Party. And it’s hard to blame them. Conservatives poured time, energy and money into a party that promised to counter Obama and take back America. The GOP controls both houses of Congress and conservatives have nothing to show for it. Support...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Lends Weight To Putin patriotism

    08/21/2015 12:59:10 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8/20/2015 | Vitaly Shevchenko
    A raid by Russian Orthodox vigilantes on "blasphemous" artworks in central Moscow has highlighted the influence of traditional, ultra-conservative values in President Vladimir Putin's Russia. The Orthodox Church has long had close links to the Kremlin. And during Russia's stand-off with the West over Ukraine that relationship has only grown stronger. On 14 August a radical group called God's Will raided an exhibition of Soviet-era underground art at the Manezh hall, near the Kremlin. They especially objected to avant-garde depictions of Jesus Christ and Orthodox saints - a video posted online showed them throwing exhibits onto the floor and shouting...
  • When Black Music was Conservative [And What Happened Since]

    08/18/2015 9:56:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/18/2015 | Howard Husock
    Contemporary African-American music—especially rap and hip-hop—has become synonymous with and notorious for its suggestive and explicit lyrics. Women are often portrayed as sex toys, violence is glorified, denunciations of law enforcement are routine, and middle-class upbringings go unacknowledged, lest they undermine the artists’ street credentials. A few decades ago, however, black popular music—what’s come to be known as “classic soul”—was notable for featuring lyrics that celebrated marriage and downplayed obstacles to black progress. Its lyrics championed the sort of family life that lays the groundwork for upward mobility and the optimism associated with a period of social breakthroughs and economic...
  • Vanity: Attention Trump Staff – Solve Conservative “Problem”, Fund FR

    08/17/2015 10:34:57 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 16 replies
    FR ^ | 8/17/2015 | sotcvanity
    What better way to show where your political heart is Mr. Trump? Fund the best conservative site on the world wide web (for the duration of your campaign).
  • A Clarifying Moment for Conservatism (Purge Trump & Trumpism)

    08/16/2015 12:44:47 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 93 replies
    Commentary ^ | 08/14/2015 | Peter Wehner
    In a compelling column, George Will – who knows a thing or two about conservatism – makes the conservative case against Donald Trump. Mr. Will refers to Trump as an “unprecedentedly and incorrigibly vulgar presidential candidate” who is coarsening our civic life. He labels Trump “a counterfeit Republican and no conservative.” And he argues that Trump is an affront to anyone devoted to the legacy of William F. Buckley, Jr., the founder of National Review and a giant in American conservatism. Just as Buckley excommunicated the John Birch Society from the conservative movement in the 1960s, so should conservatives today...
  • Donald Trump Campaign Rally in Hampton, New Hampshire

    08/14/2015 9:17:39 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 27 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 8/14/15 | CSPAN
    August 14, 2015 Republican 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to supporters at a rally at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, New Hampshire.
  • John Kasich Is The Liberal Media’s Darling [Hmmm...]

    08/14/2015 5:23:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 08/14/2015 | Dennis Saffran
    Ohio Governor John Kasich has become the darling of the liberal media for his “touching response” to a question about same-­sex marriage (as well as his “stirring defense” of accepting Obamacare Medicaid expansion money) in the debate last week. A Google search for “Kasich gay marriage” yields over 10,000 largely fawning articles, such as this piece by Slate’s LGBTQ editor extolling his “gracious and humane view.” Asked by Megyn Kelly, “if you had a son or daughter who was gay or lesbian, how would you explain to them your opposition to same-­sex marriage?” Kasich replied: Well, look, I’m an...
  • Conservatives Need to Redefine Themselves as More Caring, John Kasich Says

    08/13/2015 8:00:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/13/2015 | Jonathan Martin
    DERRY, N.H. – It was the last question at Gov. John R. Kasich’s town-hall-style meeting here on Wednesday, and it also was perhaps the bluntest. “Governor Kasich, how do you feel about amnesty for the illegals?” asked a voter near the back of a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall here. Mr. Kasich, an Ohio Republican, started off sounding like a border hawk, saying he wanted to “finish the wall” along the border with Mexico. But when he answered the question at hand, he sounded a far more pragmatic note. “If they’ve been law-abiding, then I think they should stay,” he...
  • Morning Jolt: Do Republicans Even Care What Conservatism Is Anymore?

    08/12/2015 7:28:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    National Review ^ | August 12, 2015 | Jim Geraghty
    [BIG SNIP top of Morning Jolt] "....Do Republicans Even Care What Conservatism Is Anymore? In mid-August 2011, Rick Perry was the frontrunner for the GOP nomination. He led every national poll from mid-August to late September. Of course, the following six months turned out to be one of the most tumultuous periods of any presidential primary in recent memory: Herman Cain led some polls -- he reached 27 percent in one survey -- followed by Newt Gingrich, and before the primaries were done, Rick Santorum was the frontrunner for several consecutive polls. At one point, Michele Bachmann was in second...
  • Seven Reasons Conservatives Should Kiss Donald Trump's Ring

    08/11/2015 8:02:33 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 47 replies
    WND ^ | August 10, 2015 | Gina Loudon
    ... The Republican primary is a race against the GOP elite who have enjoyed Viva la Vida for far too long. This is not the time to ask the candidates to swear allegiance to Karl Rove and Reince Priebus. Conservatives tend to have short memories. They forgive too easily, and sometimes that gets in the way of their better sense. The GOP demands a promise from Trump that he will not run as an independent, when instead they should make the party a place where he and millions of other conservatives want to hang their hat. Conservatives forget who the...
  • Stop Calling Leftists ‘Liberals’: There is nothing “liberal” about the modern American left

    08/11/2015 7:33:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/11/2015 | Rand Simberg
    Bill O’Reilly was figuratively scratching his head [1] last Monday night on his “Talking Points Memo,” almost to the point that it was bleeding: No matter who wins the Democratic presidential nomination, they will toe the liberal line. That’s because the Democratic liberal party has been taken over by the far left. Few moderate Democrats have any currency in the party.…my question tonight is, what happened to liberalism? The liberal philosophy is based upon fairness for the underdog — helping those who are down and out. Protecting the defenseless. Yet, unborn babies don’t count. How does that work when...
  • Folks, quit being stupid, Trump is NOT a Conservative!

    08/09/2015 5:24:55 PM PDT · by AnalogReigns · 211 replies
    Eric Mataxas ^ | 8/8/2015 | Eric Mataxas
    GIVE US A KING!" or "THE MADNESS OF KING SAUL" Donald Trump's despicable comments about Megyn Kelly are God's mercy toward the U.S. We've been allowed to see the madness of Saul in time to reject him. If anything has ever illustrated our debased view of manhood (as explained in the Intro to my book 7MEN), Donald Trump is it. He is not gentlemanly or chivalrous or heroic. He is a win-at-all-costs Saul who would mesmerize us for a time and lift our hopes, only to destroy us in the end. His viciously nasty comments toward Rosie O'Donnell were not...
  • No, Donald Trump is not a “true conservative”

    08/09/2015 5:09:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 144 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/08/2015 | Taylor Millard
    About 12 hours after the first prime-time GOP debate a message from a group called True Conservatives PAC showed up in my email with the title “you’re a useful idiot.” The beginning of the email is listed below.It’s obvious Trump has struck a chord with people who are apoplectic at the GOP Establishment and for good reason. But people should stop to ask whether Trump is a conservative or if he’s using the crowded GOP field to promote himself. There’s also the entire “Trump is a Democrat plant” theory rolling around, which may or may not be true. But...
  • Donald Trump And The American Id

    08/06/2015 8:40:19 PM PDT · by Oklahoma · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | August 6, 2015 4:00 AM | Kevin D. Williamson
    Oh, you’re goddamned right this is Vegas, baby! because the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort and Casino is the only truly appropriate venue for a show like the one we have right here. For your consideration: the carefully coiffed golden mane, the vast inherited fortune, the splendid real-estate portfolio, the family name on buildings from Manhattan to the Strip, the reality-television superstardom, the room-temperature-on-a-brisk-November-day IQ. The only thing distinguishing that great spackled misshapen lump of unredeemed American id known as Donald Trump from his spiritual soul mate, that slender lightning rod of unredeemed American id known as Paris Hilton, is...
  • Sanctuary Cities for Conservatives? With the way things are going, it's going to be needed.

    08/01/2015 6:47:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/01/2015 | Gary Bauer
    “Sanctuary cities” have been in the headlines for weeks. Late last week, the House of Representatives voted to strip federal funds from sanctuary cities, which refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts. And in early July, an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times and convicted of seven felonies shot and killed a young woman while she was walking with her father and a friend along a pier in San Francisco, a city famous for its sanctuary policies. Sanctuary cities have existed for decades – the first one was established in Los Angeles in 1979 – as places...
  • Get Ready for Scott Walker… and the Ruthless Politics of Walkerism

    07/29/2015 5:01:31 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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
  • 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 ^ | 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...