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    The New American Civil War

    by Chris Shugart If our country were a marriage, there’d be a lot of people asking for a divorce right now. And we know how messy those can be. When irreconcilable differences go unresolved between spouses, one or both parties may seek to dissolve the marriage. On a national level, history has shown us that unresolved differences can lead to war. Which is a little | Read More »

    When Playing the Nazi Card, At Least Get It Right

    Using the Nazi analogy to discredit political opponents is a popular game that seems to work best as a substitute for honest criticism. Although such comparisons usually do little more than expose one’s ignorance of the actual history of the Third Reich, it doesn’t mean that valid comparisons don’t exist. Within the right context, similarities can be drawn, Godwin’s Law be damned. Actually, there’s only | Read More »

    We’re All Infants Now

    by Chris Shugart Bear with me as I relate an incident I witnessed a couple of years ago; an important point lies at the end of this true story. I was standing in the checkout line at a Barnes & Noble bookstore when I noticed a mother pushing her two toddlers through the store in one of those tandem strollers. One child began moaning, not | Read More »

    Enemies of the State

    by Chris Shugart Totalitarian nations, dictatorships, and police states don’t happen overnight. They start out as supposedly good ideas with considerable support from the citizenry. In fact, history shows that in the beginning, despots and tyrants are often viewed as heroic protectors, benevolent rulers, welcomed with fanfare and open arms—champions of the people. But eventually, average citizens wake up one day amidst chaos and decay, | Read More »

    Senator Barbara Boxer, Obsessive-Compulsive

    by Chris Shugart Freudian psychoanalysis doesn’t ordinarily figure into my vocabulary. But in this case I think “anal retentive” best describes Senator Barbara Boxer’s recent introduction of Senate Bill 2047. It’s called Protecting Children From Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act of 2014. The name says it all. When it comes to obsessive-compulsive micromanagement, the nanny-staters could fill the case loads of every therapist in Washington. And | Read More »

    Minimum Wage: Do the Math

    by Chris Shugart Last month, President Obama decreed by executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors. This week he continues to campaign for support of a Congressional bill that would raise the minimum wage nationwide. As the debate rages on, we are at least reminded of the math illiteracy we face in our schools and society. It also serves as evidence that | Read More »

    The Non Religious Winter Birth Diorama

    by Chris Shugart It’s become the most politically incorrect time of the year. More and more, timid holiday revelers feel compelled to avoid any and all Christian references connected to the—uh—season. It was Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly that popularized the term “War on Christmas” about a decade ago, and it continues to be an annual battle that shows no signs of letting up. Always | Read More »

    Obamacare: I Know a Dead Parrot When I See One

    by Chris Shugart Hey, who remembers Baghdad Bob, Saddam Husseins’s Information Minister during the Iraqi war? His blatantly-in-denial reports on the undeniably successful American invasion into his country provided comic relief throughout the war. Today, if you consider the Obama administration’s wild tales of fantasy about Obamacare, Baghdad Bob almost seems quaint by comparison. But in either case, unintentional humor can be just as funny | Read More »

    Support Your Local Socialist

    President Obama recently tried to dismiss the notion that he’s a socialist, doing it in that smug way he typically uses to imply that his opponents and detractors are mere simpletons with no understanding of what they speak. “People call me a socialist sometimes,” he said at the Wall Street Journal CEO Summit, addressing a group of top business leaders. “But, no, you gotta meet | Read More »

    The Democrat Occupation

    by Chris Shugart Totalitarian nations, dictatorships, and police states don’t happen overnight. They start out as supposedly good ideas with considerable support from the citizenry. In fact, history shows that in the beginning, despots and tyrants are often viewed as heroic protectors, benevolent rulers, welcomed with fanfare and open arms— champions of the people. But eventually, average citizens wake up one day amidst chaos and | Read More »