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    Are you a libertarian who hates social conservatives, or a social conservative who hates libertarians? Then this is the post for you!

    I have been on hiatus from politics, and that distance from the scandal o’ the week has given me pause to contemplate an issue which has persistently dogged the broad right coalition: namely, why is it so hard to unite the base come election time? It seems to me that in the past few elections, there have been very few candidates who have been able | Read More »

    The New Face of Abortion

    One of the more interesting developments in both the pro-life and pro-choice movements is how both sides have chosen to market themselves. The pro-life movement has largely moved away from sectarian arguments towards a form of argument calling on a more broadly-based concern for human rights and personhood — believing that by doing so, is can draw on support from less religious voters who share | Read More »

    Jeffress Who? (Or, Today’s Sports ‘n Stuff Open Thread, Pt Deux)

    As promised, the highly-anticipated sequel to last week’s incredibly successful open thread is finally upon us!! If you would rather not relive the Reformation, the Counter-Reformation, and the Second Great Awakening, this is the place for you! As with the “Palin Who?” open thread, the rules are simple: 1) Do not post anything having to do with Jeffress or religion in the context of politics, | Read More »

    Palin Who? (Also, today’s Open Thread)

    Since it looks like the front page is going to be consumed with the all-important topic of Palin’s announcement today, I propose an open thread. Only one rule: you cannot mention Sarah Palin in any way, shape, or form. If you do, I will make certain that acat or myself will plague you with a recipe from some ethnic food group. I’ll kick us off with the | Read More »

    Something else that might be fun (h/t Doc Holliday)

    Not to steal Doc’s thunder, but imitation being the highest form of flattery, etc I just had to point out a quiz that, IMO, is a bit better defined than the Political Compass test. I present to you all (drumroll please!) the Nolan Test! This test was invented by Christopher Nolan sometime in the 70s as a way to see where people stood on the | Read More »

    Red Alert: New Brady Bill being attempted as a result of Giffords shooting

    Senator Robert Brady (D-PA) plans on introducing legislation that would, to quote The Hill, “make it a federal crime to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a federal official or member of Congress.” As an example of such rhetoric, Brady singled out the now-infamous Palin crosshairs map, saying, “You can’t put bull’s-eyes or crosshairs on a United | Read More »

    Psst, GOP online outreach team! Lookie here!

    Just when we were all ready to have the US Navy submerge Michigan Atlantis-style to expand the Great Lakes, Justin Amash, an up-and-coming State Representative in Michigan’s 72nd District running for US Congress, had to go and disabuse me of that notion. A fan of Fredrich von Hayek, Amash has a framed portrait of the guy in his office, and has actually fought the good fight against spending in the Michigan legislature, rather than just talk about it.

    More to the point of the title, for the past year he has posted a summary of all of his votes on Facebook, the reasons for his votes, and allows discussion of those votes on Facebook. Even better, he follows up in the comments section to address constituent concerns, clarify, explain how things like tie bars work, and to help educate on the political process — what a concept! In addition, he posts on upcoming votes and asks for feedback from constituents for how he should vote and why before he votes.

    With that in mind, here are a few thoughts:

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    A Puerto Rican’s Take on Statehood

    As some of you on RedState know, I am a Puerto Rican: yeah, one of the crazy ones with the 3′ x 4′ flag in his house and a smaller one in his car. My irrational love of all things Puerto Rico matches up quite nicely with the most stubborn Southerner’s love of state, and I would recommend Puerto Rico to anyone wanting to live | Read More »

    Of windfall profits and oil companies (Or, a response to Scope, Barack Obama, and Sarah Palin)

    With <a href=”http://www.redstate.com/erick/2010/01/11/im-afraid-sarah-palin-might-be-ruining-herself-unintentionally/”>Erick’s well-intentioned post</a> concerning National Tea Party Convention’s legitimacy raising ire among some Palin fans and <a href=”http://www.redstate.com/mbecker908/2010/01/11/sarah-palin-is-a-fox/”>Palin’s signing up with Fox News Channel</a>, it looks like Palin season is upon us. As a result, several comments and <a href=”http://www.redstate.com/scope/2010/01/13/in-search-of-facts-concerning-gov-palins-record-in-alaska”>a diary written by Scope</a> (which I recommend that you read) have been made in support of <a href=”http://gov.state.ak.us/aces/”>Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share (ACES)</a>, a profits | Read More »