Let me begin with a little background. I have lived in the St. Louis area most of my life. I live less than 20 minutes from Ferguson. I drive within a mile of the Ferguson protest site every couple of weeks as I travel to/from Illinois. I used to buy Krispy Kreme donuts at a store on West Florissant Rd, the street where the problems | Read More »
There are at least two of the Redstate contributors, including myself, who own and ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles. When I bought my Softail Slim, the salesman said “Welcome to the family.” And that is what it is. It’s a family, a culture, and in some cases a lifestyle. Harley owners spend many thousands of dollars for their bikes and thousands more to customize them…new (louder) exhausts, | Read More »
Many hours have passed since the Supreme Court made its ruling on the Hobby Lobby case. And as we all know, the Leftist media and Twitterverse has been apoplectic since then, spewing the same tired invective that it usually does when a ruling like this doesn’t go its way. Let’s take a look at a few of the key themes that are out there today, | Read More »
Could there have been a better Tweet posted than that? Of course the Left is depositing their piles of steaming excrement in response to a ruling that didn’t go their way. But Governor Jindal captured it perfectly. You can bet that that is precisely what Obama and his cohorts were thinking, post-ruling. They are bound to be warming up the phone and pen in an | Read More »
Social conservatism has long been considered one of the three “legs” of the 3-legged stool of conservatism (along with fiscal and defense conservatism). There are a number of facets of this “branch” of conservative thought, including how we think about and set policy around issues involving marriage & family policy, abortion, education, crime & punishment, and other related topics. The Republican party has long held | Read More »
Here’s an open thread for the weekend. Two Olympics-related items of note: The USA Men’s hockey team just defeated the Russians 3-2 in an extra-innings shootout. The hero of the game was my team’s (St. Louis Blues) own, T.J. Oshie, who scored 4 times in the shootout. This was an epic game, even before the shootout, and we beat the bad guys in front of | Read More »
It’s been a while, but over this Thanksgiving week I was finally able to accompany my family on a short visit with some in-laws in western Missouri. It was a great trip with some wonderful Thanksgiving food and weather. But all good things must come to an end, and on Friday we drove back to the St. Louis area. But shortly after leaving, we made | Read More »
Let me be blunt. If you are opposed to using the Continuing Resolution to de-fund Obamacare because you are afraid that conservatives and the GOP might take the blame in the media, then you are a political coward.
I occasionally read diaries and comments here and wonder if there’s a full appreciation of why RedState exists and what we’re trying to enable with our readers/members. Redstate has three specific goals, as documented on our “About” page: Educate conservatives Motivate conservatives to get involved in the political process Activate conservatives through RedState’s support and tools There is a pretty basic mission behind those goals: | Read More »
Greetings from New Orleans! A number of you/us are here this weekend to meet at Redstate Gathering 2013. I hope to see some of you at some point over the weekend. Yesterday my wife and I spent some time out in the (very hot and humid) French Quarter, enjoying the food and drink and witnessing our first “second line” procession as part of Rep. Lindy | Read More »
According to reports this morning, a deal has been struck in DC to continue employer contributions to healthcare, negating the financial impact of Obamacare on our representatives in DC. Starting in 2014, all 100 U.S. senators, 435 representatives in the House and their aides will have to get their health insurance through ObamaCare’s newly formed state exchanges. But they won’t see a spike in their | Read More »
A day or so ago I was reading some comments here and noted someone who stated that Republicans are supposed to be the “Party of Morality”. Interesting observation, that. I don’t disagree with it necessarily, but I don’t think we have a full appreciation of what it means.
I don’t remember if I saw this lately on Twitter or if it just jumped into my head while reading another article. It now seems so…appropriate, and a fitting tribute to our United Monitored States of America. My apologies if someone else has posted this recently. I wasn’t monitoring you. Talk amongst yourselves…
After the last two Presidential elections, some on the Right have demanded that the GOP jettison its positions on social conservative issues such as abortion and gay marriage. To them, the GOP lost these elections because those issues are too “divisive” and that capturing the younger voters demands that we capitulate on social issues. Interestingly, and unsurprisingly, President Obama agrees. There are going to be | Read More »
Happy Thanksgiving, all! It’s time for my annual tradition of posting the WKRP “Turkey Drop” video. This is possibly the funniest scene in TV history, and definitely one of my favorite TV shows of all time. You can also view the entire episode on Hulu! I hope you all have a great day and safe travels today and the rest of this holiday | Read More »