My George Soros Nightmare

    My George Soros Nightmare It was one of those nights. Friends came over. We drank a few beers, smoked way too many cigarettes and stayed up into the early morning talking politics and music and whatever happened to Ozzy Osbourne. I crawled into bed contented but wiped out. II fell into a deep sleep immediately like a two year old run out of energy. And | Read More »

    #NeverRockyRoad! (A Fairy Tale)

    My favorite ice cream store started a contest to eliminate flavors one by one. By November, one flavor will be declared the “winner”, and that’s the only flavor we’ll have for the next four years. My favorite freezer is on the right-hand side of the store. On the left sits a decrepit old freezer; its offerings tempt young customers and those with “special interests”; usually they | Read More »

    Facebook and The Donald

    I know I said I was tired of stories about what led to the rise of Donald Trump. But recent news of Facebook workers suppressing conservative stories in the “trending” column that so many millennials seem to rely on for news is leading me to add to the many columns on this topic. Facebook’s censorship is responsible for the rise of Donald Trump. Or rather, what | Read More »

    Behold Senator John McCain’s Terrible Military Amendment

    Arizona Republican Senator John McCain has over his decades in government built a reputation based largely on a few key tenets. As a genuine Vietnam War hero, and as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, he is one of the lead defenders and proponents of all things military. He relentlessly champions “good government” – i.e. spending government money more wisely and well. And | Read More »

    Left Wing Protesters are Brats That Need to Be Spanked

    Remember those Tea Party protests back in 2010 when people would stand up at a town hall meeting with their elected leaders and ask questions?  Sometimes, they would protest in groups on the mall in Washington, DC and pick up their trash afterwards.  Sure, they looked silly in their tri-cornered hats and I’m sure the occasional character dressed as Benjamin Franklin did not help their | Read More »

    Watercooler 5/10/16 Open Thread: Healthcare, Minimum Wage, and…Milton Friedman

    Obamacare Update: Insurance Premiums Set To Explode Higher In 2017 Starting in Virginia, Anthem Inc and Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield are proposing 15.8% and 25% increases respectively. Humana may exit Obamacare individual plans in some states U.S. health insurer Humana Inc, which plans to be bought by larger Aetna Inc, is considering ending the sale of Obamacare individual plans in some states in 2017 to stem | Read More »

    With Donald Trump, The Republican Party Left Me

    With Donald Trump, The Republican Party Left Me

    As an 18-year-old conservative activist, I have volunteered over 1,000 hours of my time on Republican campaigns. I’ve dedicated much of my young life to Republican politics and defending the party’s conservative principles. The GOP was created to embrace economic freedom, pro-American beliefs, strong Christian morals, and a unifying tone. I joined the party because of those viewpoints. With Donald Trump’s nomination, the Republican Party | Read More »

    Republican Abe Lincoln’s Party Platform

    Republican Abe Lincoln's Party Platform

    Republican Party Platform of 1860 Resolved, That we, the delegated representatives of the Republican electors of the United States in Convention assembled, in discharge of the duty we owe to our constituents and our country, unite in the following declarations: 1. That the history of the nation during the last four years, has fully established the propriety and necessity of the organization and perpetuation of | Read More »

    Three Tax Lessons the Left Keeps Failing

    It’s no secret that lefties love taxes. Problems arise, however, when in its unending defense of the tax-and-spend playbook, the Left simply chooses to ignore facts and good data. The Joint Economic Committee (JEC) recently held hearings on the policy markers for economic growth. My friend and colleague, Dr. Arthur Laffer, made important observations at that hearing on some topics we have collaborated on over | Read More »

    Dennis Prager makes a scary point…

    Dennis Prager makes a scary point.  Thomas Sowell has made the same point. The rise of Donald Trump is a symptom of something far worse for this country. I am #NeverHillary for a reason. Beyond the political battle of the two unacceptable candidates and which is worse, we need to address how we move forward.  Conservatism, needs to be simple.  It is about the empowering | Read More »

    Transgender bathroom wars have nothing to do with civil rights

    Transgender bathroom wars have nothing to do with civil rights

    Google or Bing “LGBT” and “Strident Conservative” and you’ll see pages of news and opinion on how the political agenda of homosexual, bisexual and transgender groups have systematically destroyed American culture. But more than that, you’ll see how the movement has deceitfully used the rallying cry of “equality” as their motivation for the change they seek while, in the end, equality has nothing to do | Read More »

    Dear Trump Voter Holdouts, What is Republican(ism)?

    Dear Trump Voter Holdouts, What is Republican(ism)?

      I pose my question to Republicans who respond to #NeverTrump with, “He’s the Republican nominee. I’m a Republican, ergo I will vote for Trump.”   Bobby Jindal: “I think electing Donald Trump would be the second-worst thing we could do this November, better only than electing Hillary Clinton…” Rand Paul: “I’ve always said I will endorse the nominee.” Scott Walker: “I stood on the stage in Cleveland | Read More »

    Why Hurricanes Are Sexist- A Little Humor to Lighten the Day

    Hurricanes are sexist.  Its not because we name them after females.  The National Weather Service took care of that a long time ago when they started naming them after males also.  Some feminist, which is just a synonym for crackpot, whose name escapes me claims that the word “hurricane” sounds too much like “her-icane.”  Since it is female sounding, it must automatically be misogynistic.  It | Read More »

    Why I will not give in to secularism and vote for Trump

    We humans are tribal beings. We are individuals, yes, of course, but we also strongly tend to identify as members of various groups. Like concentric circles, we can list a number of groups with which we identify. We offer loyalty and support, time and energy, sometimes receiving back the same, sometimes unrequited. When family or friends hit hard times, we are happy to help, expecting | Read More »

    Marita Noon: Colorado Supreme Court embraces the rule of law, not the fear mongering of the anti-fossil-fuel movement

    The consequences of the decision are “comparatively small,” according to NYT, as the land now opened up for exploration represents only a fraction of Colorado’s oil-and-gas development. “More significant, said experts on both sides of the conflict, is that the rulings shut down future efforts to stop fracking in local jurisdictions.” Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said that she fears the ruling will not end the divisive debate. “Instead some activists will continue to push anti-development initiatives undermining the state’s record of local cooperation on these policy issues.”

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    Trump’s Agenda and the Will of the People

    House Speaker Paul Ryan’s unwillingness to support Trump as the nominee has made massive waves in the political landscape. It has sparked a very important debate about the nature of the Republican Party and its platform. If Trump is the nominee, does that mean his stances are now the standard of the party? Or does Trump have an obligation as the Republican nominee to uphold | Read More »

    Want to Form A New Third Party? Slow Your Roll

    Look, I’m for third parties. Indeed, I’m among many who’ve made the decision to walk clean away from the GOP in favor of one. So I don’t say this lightly: Taking disaffected Republicans and former GOP brass to create a NEW third party is a monumentally stupid idea. For now. Generally, I wouldn’t feel it necessary to say this. It should, after all, be obvious. | Read More »

    Conservatives are surrounded on all sides by Trump, GOP and Democrats

    Conservatives are surrounded on all sides by Trump, GOP and Democrats

    As we move ever closer to what appears to be the eventual nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president, Conservatives are facing a moral dilemma on how to vote in November. As I wrote a few days ago, Trump has more in common with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton than he does with Ronald Reagan. And since the suspension of the Ted | Read More »

    We Can Deny Either Trump or Clinton Electoral College Majority

    Good article for any conservative who is against Trump or Clinton. I believe if we can identify a conservative alternative candidate to Trump and run on a third party platform, it is possible to deny either Trump or Clinton necessary electoral college votes if the candidate is able to win a couple of states that is enough to prevent a electoral college majority for either | Read More »

    Water Cooler 5/9/16 – OPEN THREAD – RedState trending, Poor retirees, Naked students forget needy

    Clip – n – Save this article If you’re getting close to retirement here’s something a little disconcerting.  I’ll let the opening paragraph from this Washington Examiner article get you in the mood: “President Obama has budgeted $17,613 for each of the estimated 75,000 Central American teens expected to illegally cross into the United States this year, $2,841 more than the average annual Social Security retirement benefit, | Read More »

    Destroying the One Legitimate Argument Trumpsters Have Left Against being #NeverTrump

    Since Trump was anointed the presumptive nominee by the very establishment he’s railed against from day 1, #NeverTrump conservatives and Trumpsters have continued their debate about whether or not never voting for Trump is handing the election to Hillary. I’ve heard all of the arguments on both sides of this debate, but it seems Trumpsters have lost almost all of them and have now focused in | Read More »

    Hitler, Chavez, Putin and Trump… The Constitutional Road to Tyranny

    Many people make the mistake of thinking that dictators or tyrants always came to power illegally, through some coup or some other extra constitutional manner. Of course that is sometimes true. Both Mao and Castro fomented and then won revolutions which put them in power. But more often tyrants and dictators come to power perfectly legally. Take Adolf Hitler as example. While Hitler was a | Read More »

    Trump Is Not Batman

    Trump Is Not Batman

    Why do people like Donald Trump? You’ve heard all the reasons, you know it’s not policy or conservatism but personality and emotion. But why do they have an emotional affair with Donald Trump? Simple, they think he’s Batman! Sound crazy, no more so than Donald Trump being the Republican nominee and getting there with all the things he’s said and done. People see Donald Trump | Read More »

    Texas Republican Platform Fight

    Texas Republican Platform Fight

    The Republican Party of Texas Convention begins today (at least the real work of the convention as committees start meeting). I wanted to address some discussions on the platform that have been going on. There is movement to make sure that everyone gets a real say in the platform and I appreciate Tom Mechler and Amy Clark leading on finding a way to handle it. | Read More »

    Trump, Tribalism and Why the Left Is to Blame

    Donald Trump’s ascendancy in the GOP has befuddled many people.  In every way, he has violated Ronald Reagan’s three-legged stool upon which the GOP supposedly stood.  On foreign policy, he has adopted an isolationist view and openly mocked the Bush administration and the Iraq War.  On economic issues, he has proposed a wealth tax, considered single-payer health care, and is clearly anti-free trade.  On social | Read More »

    The Desperation vs. The Resolve

    I arrived late today for our family’s Mother’s Day celebration.  As I walked in I realized that the other men in the family were discussing the “landslide” Trump was about to win in November.  My sweet sister, who knows how I feel and wanted to keep peace on this family day, declared that she wanted politics “off-limits” for the day.  Not immediately taking her advice a | Read More »

    Hillary or Trump? I say no. Instead, an Alternative

    Hillary or Trump? I say no. Instead, an Alternative

    Today I am writing this epic tale, and I need you to read from top to bottom. I need you to trust in me the reasons to read it all. You see I know a Trump supporter cannot muster that, and they will skip to the bottom and not know WHY I made the call I am making for everyone. It’s very important, please read | Read More »

    Water Cooler 5/8/2016 – OPEN THREAD – Mother’s Day; SMOD 2016 — Get Away; Theft; Jesus Lunch

    Mother’s Day Around The World Today is Mother’s Day in the U.S. and many other countries, however not all countries celebrate it today. For whatever reason, possibly a wish to disassociate themselves from British traditions, the pilgrim fathers who first travelled to America didn’t seem to take Mothering Sunday with them. 1914 is when the celebration date was set here. But seriously, Call your Mother! | Read More »

    Paul Ryan:Reality Check: UPDATE

    Like many Cruz supporters, I was sort of surprised in a good way when Paul Ryan declined to endorse Donald Trump. Wow, I thought, some spine. Then my daughter, (who is the recipient of a lot of my political later) asked me what state he was from. Click. The light went on. I did a little research. I knew Paul Ryan is from Wisconsin,and I | Read More »

    The Crubio Dream Lives On, But It Was Never Real

    Spengler’s Prediction Aside, How Does This Help Now?  Jake Tapper presumably has a good source…  Wallowing in what might have been does not help. I would have greatly preferred Cruz and Rubio as our presumptive nominees, but I doubt that unity ticket would have changed the primary outcome.This was an unusual year and voters (on both sides) were looking for an outsider. The DNC was | Read More »

    How to be #NeverTrump and Still Vote for Him

    How to vote for Trump while remaining NeverTrump.

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    Why I am #NeverHillary

    Instapundit: Twitchy: Hillary Clinton lying for 13 minutes Instapundit: The Server Is The Smoking Gun and Dem Strategists Know Trump Is A Bigger Threat to Hillary EBL: Donald and The 300 and Hillary Twerking I am absolutely not supporting or voting for Hillary Clinton.  I will not vote for her under any circumstance.  This is not to suggest that I am going to vote for Donald | Read More »

    Can the Left Actually Win It For Trump in November?

    Before one dismisses this idea, hear me through.  There are two important factors here and they are the actual campaign of Hillary Clinton and the outside Leftist groups loaded for bear against Trump.  With respect to the Clinton campaign, she has found that Bernie Sanders is a nagging opponent who has vowed not to go away.  In some ways, the Democrats may now end up | Read More »

    Ted Cruz was hanging out with Matt Bevin at the Kentucky Derby today

    The Kentucky Derby Millionaire’s row was an unusual place for Cruz to show up at today: .@tedcruz is on Millionaire’s Row at the @kyderby. He declined an interview “I’m just here to have a good time.” pic.twitter.com/Un0mVnDgHo — Joe Gerth (@Joe_Gerth) May 7, 2016 And it’s very intriguing that he spent time with rising Conservative star Matt Bevin, the new Governor of Kentucky. .@tedcruz talks w/ @MattBevin, | Read More »

    Just Yell in Trump’s Backswing

    What would it take to get Donald Trump to understand why his campaign is viewed as dishonorable? How about the game of golf?

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    #NeverTrumpWithACaveat

    NeverTrump2016 but MaybeTrump2020.

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    So Many Questions

    The laws of Logic seem to have been suspended during the primary season.

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    A modest proposal…

    The Autopsy of Trout Fishing In America   Jeff Goldstein lays out what should be the stated political goals of classical liberal/conservatives. Most people don’t associate classical liberalism with Richard Brautigan, but Jeff makes it work. This is an excellent and well stated post. The reason we are faced with the choices we have now is due to the GOP straying so far from the principles | Read More »

    The ‘bright side’ of the Trump Fiasco

    First off, I am firmly #NeverTrump. So this is not about ‘Trump being not-all bad’. Far from it. He’s a disaster. BUT The Trump Candidacy gives the GOP a chance to differentiate itself from the lead-weight around it’s ankles – the sort of voter who backs Trump. If you were like me, you spent the last 6 years going ‘What the hell are they talking | Read More »

    My fever has passed and I have to admit that Trump just might win the White House.

    Clinton, Bush, and Perot were standing on a debate stage.  Clinton finished stating why he should be President when Perot looked at him and said: “Just because you can run the corner grocery doesn’t mean you can run Walmart.”  I thought it was one of the best lines in the campaign and very true but no one paid attention to the line and we got | Read More »

    WaterCooler OPEN THREAD 5/7/2016 Courage; Planet Nine; Forever #NeverTrump

    WaterCooler OPEN THREAD 5/7/2016 Courage; Planet Nine; Forever #NeverTrump

        “Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”  – Dylan Thomas It’s a Brave New World A Post-nomination List of Heroes “Were he to be nominated, conservatives would have two tasks. One would be to help him lose 50 states — condign punishment for his comprehensive disdain for conservative essentials, including the manners and grace | Read More »

    Rep. Kinzinger(RINO-IL): Blame Founding Fathers For GOP’s Lack Of Repealing Obamacare

    Thursday during a forum with senior citizens in Ottawa Illinois RINO congressman Adam Kinzinger was asked why he and his fellow establishment Republicans had failed to repeal Obamacare by a constituent.  Kinzinger responded that the Boehner/Ryan lead House had voted dozens of times to repeal all or parts of the (Un)Affordable (No)Care (Unconstitutional)Act, but those efforts were blocked by Senate Democrats until recently, and that | Read More »

    The Ebbs and Flows of a Changing Equation

    I’d like to offer up a short weekend diversion for any willing takers. Sometimes it’s good to stop talking and maybe read and ruminate some on the topics at hand. This may be a good time to do just that. Quite often I like to go back and read old RedState diaries and, more importantly, conversations. It tends to be somewhat instructive to see new, | Read More »

    Our Own Time For Choosing

    I have read quite a few diaries and comments this week, spanning the spectrum of emotion and have tried to think through my personal views before posting.   As a history teacher I have always tried to look at the views and behaviors of others to try to understand them, even if I didn’t agree with them.  After watching some politicians stand up against the fast moving train | Read More »

    FINAL DRAFT: Petition to Deny Trump The Nomination at the Convention

    Copy, Paste, Print, Sign and Send to the Republican National Committee. Share with everyone you know, online and offline, and have them do the same. PETITION TO REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATES TO DENY THE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION TO DONALD TRUMP FOR CHARACTER UNBECOMING THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHEREAS; → The Republican Party has an obligation to the people of the United States | Read More »

    No Apology for Hiroshima

    While we conservatives ponder what to do with the mess in the Republican party, President Obama may be planning to drop another bomb. There are rumors that, in his upcoming visit to Japan, President Obama plans to apologize for something else he didn’t do. It is said he will apologize for the U. S. dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To apologize for | Read More »

    TWO EVILS, NONE THE LESSER

    “I didn’t leave the Democrat Party. The party left me.” – Ronald Reagan, 1962 On September 12th, 1974, I got to attend a Republican fund-raiser dinner in Indianapolis, where Ronald Reagan, the former Governor of California, was the Keynote Speaker. I walked in to that event thinking of myself as a Democrat. Since I grew up in what many would call a Blue Dog Democrat | Read More »

    6 reasons Why Conservatives Should hope that Austin Petersen is the Libertarian Party nominee

      After Sen. Cruz dropped out of the race, it’s time to face the harsh reality that Donald Trump will be the GOP nominee for president.  For those of us who are true conservatives who’ve been fighting the good fight against progressivism in both parties for many years, this is a punch to the gut.  There’s no sugar-coating it. But that doesn’t mean we have | Read More »

    Some Very Early Electoral Math

    A previous entry here erroneously stated that because Trump is the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party, 13 states have “flipped” in favor of Clinton according to the Cook Political Report.  That article failed to mention that Nebraska and Maine apportion their electoral votes according to congressional district with the overall state winner getting the additional two electoral votes.  Thus, Nebraska- the state- did not | Read More »

    Trump cares about the deal. Not the 2nd amendment, lower taxes, pro-life issues or anything else conservatives hold dear.

    On social media, I see some former supporters of other GOP candidates starting to rally around Donald Trump now, as the presumptive Republican nominee for president. If you dare suggest you won’t vote for either him or Hillary Clinton, the counter arguments boil down to: Yes, but, Hillary will be far, far worse. And then the list of conservative sacred cows is trotted out, everything | Read More »