Socrates no more.
Five years ago this month I began posting on Redstate. I think it was already redstate.com then, although I may have come in on the tail of redstate.org. Erick was just another user; talented, but no more than many others present. He was still practicing law then, you see. Everyone had these wicked cool usernames, like ‘Tacitus’, ‘Plato’ and ‘Nick Danger’. Since I loved the | Read More »
A Tenth of a Half Measure
The United States is in trouble. Here is a plan to fix it.
So Much Stupid in a Single Paragraph
Looking for the President’s FY2012 budget, I noticed right away the inanity dripping from the first paragraph on the White House propaganda page for it: Having emerged from the worst recession in generations, the President has put forward a plan to rebuild our economy and win the future by out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building our global competitors and creating the jobs and industries of tomorrow. But | Read More »
How To Tell If You’re Not A Conservative
If you make fun of conservatives on the basis of their conservative beliefs, chances are you ain’t one. If you identify yourself on the basis of a trait that you acknowledge not to be conservative, chances are you are not one, as well. If you actively encourage others to hold a viewpoint that you acknowledge not to be a conservative one, you’re really on thin | Read More »
We Are Yet To See Our Finest Hour
We said we want our country back, and we meant it.
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How To Save the GOP
Now it seems that John Boehner has endorsed Maria Cino for the Republican National Committee chairmanship. There is a problem with that endorsement. If others follow suit, it will destroy the Republican Party.
Illinois Governor Quinn, Speaker Madigan Backroom Deal Caught on Video
When Chicago voters returned Pat Quinn to his job as Governor of Chicago, they knew he wanted to increase their income taxes from 3% to 4%. That’s not much for most of his supporters, who accept a government check of one sort or another. But shortly after winning reelection, he let it be known that a 33% increase was not enough, if his public sector | Read More »
Quinn A-Tax Illinois
Democrats kept their grip on power in the Illinois Legislature and won the governorship by the slimmest of margins, and they are going to make voters pay for it. Emboldened by his reelection, Governor Quinn and legislative allies are seizing on the lame duck session to sneak through a radical tax and spending plan the voters did not expect and would not have accepted.
In Defense of Marriage and Logic
I despise illogical argument, and I love my wife. But just as much, I love my culture, that sum of received practice, belief, and wisdom I have come to share, or to believe I share, with those around me. So my hair stands on end when libertarian Doug Mataconis of Outside the Beltway (and dozens of others, apparently) retweet self-described liberal statistician Peter Flom: If | Read More »
Is Christmas about Christ, or is it about reindeer? Why, yes. Christmas is a celebration of the virgin birth of Jesus the Christ, Y’shua the Messiah, in a manger in Bethlehem. It’s a tale of wise men (who weren’t there) and shepherds (who were). It’s also a celebration of the dead of Winter, a memory of the cold days of the Little Ice Age in | Read More »
Let’s At Least Get Our Class Warfare Right
Even liberty-loving, highly doctrinaire conservative tea partying Redstate Republicans like me have dreams of dragging our party into the light on an issue or two.
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The 57 States Gaffe Was No Joke
Like Sarah Palin, I draw some amusement at presidential candidate Barack Obama’s famous mis-state-ment, thinking him insufficiently immersed in American civics as a child raised in Indonesia or wherever. When forced to think in an unteleprompted environment, his unfamiliarity shone through, I thought. OK, on some level I still think that. But then Brittany Cohan suggested that Obama was only joking about how long the | Read More »
The Failed Earmark Gambit
Earmarks are institutional corruption, dressed up in faux Constitutional trappings.
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What’s Wrong With The TSA?
The Transportation Safety Administration has three main areas of failure, of which employees fondling women and children is just the most obvious sign. The worst part, or at least equally as bad as violating the personal privacy of innocent, law-abiding travelers, is that what they’re doing has no effect on the actual security of the airways, let alone the country. They’re tormenting us just for | Read More »
I Know Who Will Be the Next President
Every presidential cycle we either re-elect the guy who’s in or we throw him out for his opposite. During the course of a presidential term, a consensus develops among the electorate about the fitness of the fellow they elected. We tend to choose the next officeholder as one who would fill the perceived void, or to counteract the personality flaws of the one of whom | Read More »
It’s Time to Focus on Getting Out The Vote in 2012
Throughout the 2010 cycle we heard that “candidates matter” and that this one or that one was a “great candidate” or a “weak candidate”. A fuzzy distinction was drawn between the “electability” of certain candidates and their positions on issues. But any candidate is electable. To say that a candidate is unelectable is to admit the inability of the party to perform its one function: | Read More »
Shocker: NPR Spins Story Against Republican
Via the Michigan Messenger, NPR presents a heavily edited audio recording (mp3) of an interview with the the former campaign manager for a splinter candidate in the Michigan 1 Congressional race. Republican Dan Benishek is narrowly leading the unionist Democrat in the race. Benishek has been endorsed by Sarah Palin, Redstate.com, and is a favorite of local Tea Parties. But NPR and the Michigan Messenger | Read More »
The Alaska Media and Their Tell
The Lamestream Media and the Democrat Party have a goal. They want to change the world into a socialist worker’s paradise, in which all are equal (except, of course, for elected Democrats and members of the LSM, who will be just a bit more so). The LSM try to pretend they’re not biased. But sometimes the poker face slips, and we see the inner MSNBC | Read More »
I give you Mark Kirk, the next U.S. Senator from Illinois
Republican Mark Kirk is running for United States Senate from Illinois. Congressman Kirk has represented Illinois’ 10th District since 2001, and is running against Obama crony mob banker Alexi Giannoulias. With strong stances on defense and economic issues, Kirk is the clear choice over Giannoulias. Read on for why I, like other Illinois conservatives and Tea Party activists, am an unabashed supporter of Mark Kirk.
Cedra Crenshaw, Illinois State Senator
I admit to being a little late to the Cedra Crenshaw party. But here’s a lady who gets it. Cedra is simply one mom who has had enough of the waste, corruption and mismanagement in Springfield. She is one mom versus the machine, a machine that has decimated Illinois with deficit spending, job killing taxes and fees, onerous regulations, and a culture of corruption that | Read More »