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Progressivism: An Adolescent Ideology

Progressives see people as they want them to be. Conservatives see them as they are. Once one understands this essential difference, any number of issues can be explained with utmost clarity. Take the European crisis, for example.  This insightful commentary continues at   Advertisements

Trickle Up Activism?

If this country is to be spared from the consequences of its current course, it will be done from the bottom up, not the top down. The federal government will not voluntarily nor willingly surrender the power it has acquired over the past century, even if there exists within its ranks a few principled patriots … Continue reading

7 Reasons Liberal Economic Policies Don’t Work

There’s a reason it took the country so long to pull out of the Great Depression under FDR, why Americans became acquainted with the Misery Index under Carter, and why we’ve had the weakest economic recovery from a recession in U.S. history under Obama.  Read more at

Obama Targets the Tea Party

The Obama 2012 campaign is in full gear and playing from the Saul Alinsky playbook that has served it so well. You know the drill. Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it.  Obama’s re-election team has set it sights on the Tea Party. Of course, it’s not the first time the Tea Party … Continue reading

The Illusion of Choice

Ever wonder why you can’t get a Coke at Taco Bell?  Ten corporations control almost everything you buy, from Klondike bars to designer jeans.  Despite a wide array of brands to choose from, it all comes back to the big guys.  Read more and see the corporate web at

The Tea Party Is Not Over

All is bleak. All is woe! I speak of the Tea Party movement, the movement of 2009 and 2010 that was the hot news story of those years, and led to the Republican rout of the Democrats in 2010. Now the Tea Party movement is, according to reports in the media, in decline.  Don’t write … Continue reading

Your 2011 Federal Taxpayer Receipt

In his 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama promised that American taxpayers would be able to go online and see exactly how their federal tax dollars are spent. The receipt launched that year and, now, they’ve updated the tool to reflect current spending. Just enter a few pieces of information about your taxes, … Continue reading

How much is the U.S. dollar worth?

According to data from the University of Illinois professors Lawrence H. Officer and Samuel H. Williamson, the value of the dollar had depreciated so much by 2008 that it took $5.31 to buy what it cost $1 in 1971 when Nixon decided that the dollar would no longer be backed by gold. Until then, $35 … Continue reading

Are We Out of Options?

Let’s face it, the federal government is broken.  It is dysfunctional, unconstitutional, careening towards a cliff at breakneck speed and if it is not stopped it will drag us all down with it.   We have been watching this process as it has pickup speed since the sixties but it has really taken off since 9-11. For those … Continue reading

Exposing the myth that government eliminates poverty

America has been embroiled in a losing war far longer than any engagement in Afghanistan or Iraq. In declaring a “War on Poverty” in 1964, then President Lyndon Johnson asserted the grandiose claim that government could be the conqueror of a foe as old as mankind.  But with rising poverty rates and an exploding national … Continue reading

Where Are the Omelets?

Have you ever noticed how statists are constantly “reforming” their own handiwork? Education reform. Health-care reform. Welfare reform. Tax reform. The very fact that they’re always busy “reforming” is an implicit admission that they didn’t get it right the first 50 times.  Read more of this interesting essay at

The Democrat Race Lie

From the Democrat Party website: “Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws, and every law that protects workers. Most recently, Democrats stood together to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act. “On every civil rights issue, Democrats have … Continue reading

15 Questions The Mainstream Media Would Ask Barack Obama If He Were A Republican

The only thing they don’t ask Republican candidates about much is economic questions and debt questions. Instead they ask horribly slanted, often irrelevant questions designed to make them look bad and help Obama. We’ve heard questions about contraceptives, religion, Newt’s angry ex-wife, Cain’s employees, Romney’s personal wealth, Gardasil, etc. Newt’s rise was because of the … Continue reading

A Tea Party Senate Takeover

The Tea Party isn’t dead. It’s just looking down ballot. While fiscal conservatives remain split over the GOP presidential candidates, grassroots activists are coalescing around a stellar slate of limited-government candidates looking to reinforce and reenergize the right in Washington.  And in the spirit of the modern-day tea party movement, no entrenched incumbent — Democrat … Continue reading

H.R. 1981: SOPA Author Lamar Smith’s New Internet Surveillance Bill Intensifies Threats to Online Privacy

While people have been celebrating the victory over SOPA and PIPA, here’s what has managed to slip by relatively unobserved, until now.  A bill, titled H.R. 1981, “Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011,” is being sponsored by Lamar Smith and is considered to be a wide-ranging Internet surveillance bill with many other domineering attempts … Continue reading

Why Call Them “Progressives” and not “Liberals”? – Derek Hunter

I’ve been contacted by many readers asking why I use the word “progressive” instead of “liberal.” I figured I’d write a little bit about why this week… Remember when Democrats used to call themselves liberals? Then conservatives showed the world what liberals really were, and no one wanted to call themselves that anymore. Now, they … Continue reading

Even with a Volatile Stock Market, Personal Retirement Accounts Are Better and Safer than Social Security

…the United States and other nations should shift from a tax-and-transfer entitlement scheme to a system of personal retirement accounts. Some left wingers criticized the idea, saying the big drop in the stock market in 2008-2009 is proof that personal retirement accounts are too risky. You won’t be surprised to learn, though, that they are … Continue reading

Conservatives: Get ready to lose the culture war

Perhaps the greatest single piece of sociological, cultural and political legerdemain in the last 40 years has been liberals convincing the country that they have not moved left since John Kennedy’s death. Despite George McGovern, Roe v. Wade, the welfare state, gay marriage and now the Obama attack on religion, liberals have managed to present … Continue reading

The ‘Progressive’ Legacy – Thomas Sowell

The following article by Thomas Sowell is a brilliantly enlightening revelation of the historical roots of the current Progressive philosophy that is at the heart of our modern day political problems. Although Barack Obama is the first black President of the United States, he is by no means unique, except for his complexion. He follows … Continue reading

The Global Warming Hoax is Now Killing People

By Friday, February 10th, an estimated 500 Europeans had died from the freezing weather gripping the continent. This is the price they and British citizens are paying for embracing the global warming hoax, spending billions for wind power when they should have been building coal-fired and other sources of energy to heat their homes and … Continue reading

America’s Atlas Generation – The Forgotten 33%

Much has been made of the 1% vs. the 99%; the “super-rich” vs. the rest of us, who are presumably the hard working, loyal Americans who’ve been left behind. But who are the rest of us, and how does who we are affect how much we pay in taxes, and how we may vote?  Read … Continue reading

Constitution 101

“Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution” is a FREE 10-week online course presented by Hillsdale College.  Lectures and other study materials will be released by noon each Monday according to schedule.  Each lecture is approximately 40 minutes in length.  Once released, they are available to view at your convenience.

Political Quotes of the Year

For those who collect quotations, the American political landscape of 2011 was fertile terrain indeed. Many of the most memorable utterances were real head-slappers: politicians of both parties bragging, prevaricating, forgetting themselves — and misremembering the basics of U.S. history. Yet others were uplifting, or disarming by their blunt candor.   Read more at

NYC Mayor Tells U.N.: Healthy Foods Are Government‘s ’Highest Duty’

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is world-renowned for such public health decisions as banning trans fat in food and proposing a special soda tax, but last week at the United Nations General Assembly, Bloomberg kicked it up a notch.  The chief of the Big Apple told the assembled governments at the U.N. that they are responsible … Continue reading

Constitutional Myths and Truths

Myths about the Constitution and federal government answered. For a more in-depth explanation click on the title of the specific topic.

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