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Lessons from Ottawa

Authored for  United Liberty.

Some thoughts come to mind in the wake of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s shooting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, and the week’s earlier incident in which another alleged terrorist murdered a Canadian soldier using a vehicle. The incidents contradict ideas germinating in some spheres of Western thought that seem to cumulatively suggest that terrorists are fundamentally good people who are simply misunderstood.

For instance, one premise often suggested is that terrorists are libertarian in nature.

Common Cause's Hypocrisy on Crony Capitalism

Radical environmental activists made news last week for  complaining that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) opposes taxes and regulations those activists view as necessary to combat global warming. ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson appeared on NPR’s  “The Diane Rehm Show”  on Thursday to address those accusations, opposite Common Cause CEO Miles Rapoport and Washington Post reporter Tom Hamburger.

The program was replete with absurd, perfidious accusations that ALEC supported “corporate” interests.

Free to Obey

Authored for United Liberty.

For years, a variety of secular liberal causes have campaigned for “tolerance,” “personal freedom,” or some variant of those things. It is ironic that as they have advanced their agenda, particularly in the areas of LGBT and abortion policy, they have become increasingly intolerant of anyone who disagrees with them.

Theologian Ravi Zacharias has spoken about the paradox of tolerance in America, noting that Americans pride themselves on living in a culture that values autonomy.

Criticizing Candidates Who Want to Grow Government

Authored forUnited Liberty.

Voters are often told that conservatives should not challenge Washington-backed big government Republicans, because doing so could lead to Republican defeat. Yet it often seems that Washington Republicans don’t follow their own advice. It prompts the question, when does the Washington class really view it as appropriate to criticize Republican candidates?

Mississippi is one example. Washington Republicans asked Democratic voters to support their candidate, Sen. Thad Cochran, in his primary election.

Some Thoughts on Civility Among Minnesota Republicans

7/21/14 Update:Bill Jungbauer, a member of the State Republican Executive Committee and the chairman of the Republican Party in Congressional District 2, provided some additional insights in comments at the bottom of this post.

Michael Brodkorb on Saturday published an accounting of the Republican Party of Minnesota’s internal politics. It described the tension that State Executive Committee member Diane Johnson was experiencing because of her opposition to Jeff Johnson, the party’s endorsed candidate for governor.

President Obama’s American Nightmare

Authored for FreedomWorks.

Earlier this year, White House press secretary Jay Carney suggested that Americans losing their jobs due to ObamaCare should be thankful. “At the beginning of this year,” he said, “we noted that as part of this new day in health care, Americans would no longer be trapped in a job just to provide coverage for their families, and would have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.”

Is the Obama Administration really trying to help Americans by putting them out of work, or is it just trying to create more voters by trapping them in a welfare state they are unable to escape?

The War on Students?

Authored for FreedomWorks.

“Higher education is still the best ticket to upward mobility in America,” President Obama said  last year. “And if we don’t do something about keeping it within reach, it will create problems for economic mobility for generations to come.”

It is a common refrain from political leaders that it is necessary for students to pursue a college education. The cost of that education comes at rising cost, with graduates of the 2012 class holding  an average of $29,400 in student loan debt.

Miss America Erika Harold Misses Major Opportunity At CPAC

Authored for Western Journalism.

Speaking at CPAC last week, congressional candidate Erika Harold, a former Miss America winner, advanced the idea that those seeking to join the political arena should not need to ask permission to get involved, relaying her own experience:

Some within the political establishment told me, it’s not your turn. And the political establishment sought to drive me from my involvement. But I refused to step aside because our country is built on the leadership of men and women who decided not to wait their turn and who decided to speak truth to power, even when that power was within their own party.

FreedomWorks Polling Suggests Path for Uniting Republicans

Authored for FreedomWorks.

“If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them,” suggested Sun Tzu in theArt of War. Speaker John Boehner gets half of that concept right. He excels at creating division on his own side. He just has a hard time when it comes to dividing the other side.

Polling data released by FreedomWorks on Wednesday offers some guidance as to how Republicans ought to govern if they want to be on voters’ side before the next election.

Dispelling the Myth of Partisanship in Washington

Authored for FreedomWorks.

Liberals and establishment Republicans often talk about partisanship in Washington, lamenting that there are not enough people working together to grow the size of government. In a lot of ways, that complaint is like peeing in navy blue pants. It’s warm and may make the wearer feel good, but no one can see it.

The complaints come to mind in the wake of Wednesday’s passage of a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill in the House, which funds ObamaCare and passed by a vote of 359-67.
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