I’m Evolving on the Color of the Sky

    I have come to believe that if three people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn’t deny them the opportunity to get married. One day, my son came home from playgroup and told my wife and I that he desires to marry both of his friends – a boy | Read More »

    Birth Of A DNC Talking Point

    Have you ever wondered where a DNC talking point comes from? Most people think they come from a ‘playbook’ but this cartoon has surfaced, showing the real story. The only thing missing is that big rubber stamp that says “Bush’s Fault!”

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    Aaron Swartz was offered less than a year in prison

    Aaron Swartz committed a modern crime: he unlawfully used the MIT computer network, automated the download of many, many copyrighted works from JSTOR, and then infringed on the copyrights of those works by engaging in mass redistribution.

    Swartz then, to the great sadness of those who knew him, killed himself rather than face possibly decades in federal prison. That act has infused the entire situation with great emotion, driving left-libertarians out to campaign against copyright. It’s also encouraged some on the right to make the best argument there was against the Swartz prosecution: that it was a case of an overzealous government official seeking to destroy a person, as an example or a feather in a cap.

    It turns out that wasn’t the case at all, though. It turns out Aaron Swartz was the only one looking to make an example out of Aaron Swartz.

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    Liberty Foundation Formed to Promote “Competitive Federalism”

    Liberty Foundation Formed to Promote "Competitive Federalism"

    Opportunity Ohio President Matt Mayer released a report titled “Competitive Federalism: Leveraging the Constitution to Rebuild America” via The Liberty Foundation of Oklahoma last week. Opportunity Ohio was listed in the report as one of thirty Liberty Foundation partners with the shared goal of advancing state-based solutions to problems faced nationwide. The Liberty Foundation, whose launch coincided with the release of Mayer’s Competitive Federalism report, | Read More »

    Pope Francis: A Simple Man For A Complex Time

    “Preach the gospel and when necessary use words.” – St. Francis of Assisi

    I am bad. I am sinful. I am utter, degraded moral filth*. I also exaggerate when I blog and haven’t been to confession lately. I am a living, breathing part of what could be termed as Christianity’s massive free rider problem. I have benefitted tremendously from everything that Christianity has given to the world and not given back even a tithing in return.

    To make wretched matters worse; I’m not even Catholic but intend to blog about the new Pontifex Maximus anyhow. To mitigate this somewhat, I intend to accentuate the positive. My initial impression is that he is the absolutely perfect choice to deliver a critical tandem of moral messages. Simple does not equal stupid, complex and modern do not automatically equal good.

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    Obamacare Will Not Crumble Without a Government Shutdown

    Obamacare Will Not Crumble Without a Government Shutdown

    There are many naive fools who think Obamacare will crumble under its own weight. History shows us that government entitlements never crumble under their own weight. Rather, countries crumble under the weight of those entitlements. “[Republicans] speak against Obamacare building rhetorical Maginot lines that they themselves intend to go around.” Democrats were willing to lose their congressional majority to pass Obamacare. They lost the House. | Read More »

    We Have a Pope

    We Have a Pope

    ‘m a Presbyterian, but I’d like to congratulate my Catholic friends on their new Pope Francis. He’s from Argentina and chose a whole new name for Pope.He’s already being attacked by lefties for allegedly handing over commies to the right wing junta back in the day. If you think this attack on him makes him more awesome, I’ve learned today that it means you are | Read More »

    Death Squad Delusions on the Left

    Death Squad Delusions on the Left

    That lefties are accusing the new pope of handing over lefties to the right wing junta for execution makes me adore the new pope. — Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) March 13, 2013 I put that tweet up earlier today. Suddenly I’m being accused of supporting death squads, dropping people from helicopters to kill them, and many people who support killing kids in the womb are accusing | Read More »

    Those Annoying Social Issues

    If you’re familiar with the presidential election of 2012, you’re aware that social conservatives are allegedly the reason we lost.  Yes, they just had to bring up abortion and gay marriage and spoil the whole thing.  Clearly if we had just stuck to policy, which the American people love to hear about, we’d be redesigning the Oval Office right now. Am I right? I’m betting | Read More »

    Defunding Obamacare is This Easy

    After the House caved on funding Obamacare in the CR, the fight moves to the Senate.  Senator Ted Cruz has taken the lead in fighting Obamacare.  For the first time in almost two years we are actually having a discussion about the rising cost of health insurance engendered by Obamacare.  Cruz is proposing an amendment to the CR, which is already full of Barbara Mikulski’s | Read More »

    Vulnerable Incumbent Democrats Leery of Budget. McConnell Vows “They’re Not Getting Another Tax Hike”

    Vulnerable Incumbent Democrats Leery of Budget. McConnell Vows "They're Not Getting Another Tax Hike"

    After neglecting to pass a budget for almost 1,500 days, Democrats finally started revealing tidbits about how they intend to run the nation’s finances. With huge deficits and mounting debt, questions of fiscal discipline and balanced budgets abound in DC, and this morning Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) revealed the Democrat’s “new” plan: raise taxes. Sen. Patty Murray’s new budget plan will raise tax revenues by | Read More »

    WE’RE HANGING FROM THE CLIFF — AND THE HASTERT RULE IS THE ROPE

    Two news items should shock even Republicans into awareness of potential doom: -The first, news reports that the “Gang of 8″ has reached agreement on the “path to citizenship” (Think, 20,000,000 new voters voting 71% Democrat, plus Orwellian biometric ID’s and “Brady Checks” for jobs). -The second, an announcement by House Speaker John Boehner on a Sunday talk show that the House would “consider” any | Read More »

    Join Bobby Jindal and RedState in New Orleans

    Join Bobby Jindal and RedState in New Orleans

    Governor Bobby Jindal will be helping us kick off the RedState Gathering 2013 in New Orleans. We hope you will join us. As we do every year, the RedState Gathering will be the first weekend of August. This year, that means we will be in New Orleans on August 2nd and 3rd. We’ll have a welcome party the evening of August 1st for those who | Read More »

    Hey Mo Brooks, Don’t Worry, You Aren’t a Member

    The other day I mentioned what is shaping up to be a conservative fight club, though admittedly violating the first rule of the fight club by pointing it out.But there are ten conservatives in the House willing to fight Republican leaders to advance a conservative agenda.It just so happens that Mo Brooks joined with these ten men in the vote against the rule on the | Read More »

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    Fight Club vs. the Weenie Brigade

    Fight Club vs. the Weenie Brigade

    Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) is doing what needs to be done in the House. He is proposing voting against all rules for legislation that increase the size of government or have a majority of Republicans opposing the underlying legislation. “Rules” are the instructions dictating how much time will be spent on debate of legislation, how many amendments can be offered, etc. The minority party typically | Read More »