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August 20, 2017

Tea Party

Progressives Are Drawing the Wrong Conclusions From the Tea Party Insurrection

There’s a prevailing sentiment among many progressives that Tea Party obstructionism was successful because it effectively blocked President Obama from enacting his agenda; also it resulted in Republicans winning two consecutive midterms and now a presidential election. One can certainly understand how tempting it might be to draw that conclusion. To tell you the truth,

Could the Center Decide the 2016 Election?

In what has become the most bizarre and topsy-turvy presidential election season perhaps of all time, both political parties have been rocked by major tectonic shifts in the persons of Bernie Sanders for the Democrats and presumptive nominee Donald Trump for the Republicans. And while Hillary Clinton has all but wrapped up the Democratic nomination,

Tea Party Protests We Can Believe In

Monday we enjoy both the benefits and detriments of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution which has permitted income taxation by Congress for the last 100 years. Also on that day in all 50 states, “grass-roots” tax protests of varying authenticity will occur outside post offices, government buildings and town squares as thousands bemoan the

No Bull Moose Moment for GOP

David Frum has a piece in The Atlantic about the bind that conservatives (e.g., Republicans) are in. He has all but conceded that Donald Trump will win the GOP nomination and that this will mean a Republican defeat in November, not just for Trump but for other Republicans down ticket, particularly those senators in states

The Problem With Authenticity

  In the end it shouldn’t have surprised anyone that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders scored convincing wins in New Hampshire. In the year of the outsider, both men have galvanized their respective party’s bases like no other in recent memory. They say what’s on their mind and apologize to no one for it. More

Charlie Daniels’ One-Sided Argument About Disagreements

I recently had the opportunity to read an Op-Ed piece by, of all people, Charlie Daniels, a country/pop artist who had a couple of hit singles in the ’70s.  The title of the piece was “Why Can Americans No Longer Agree to Disagree?” I’ll admit that the first three paragraphs were well written and I found

What’s Behind the Trump Surge

For months, pundits have been adamant that Donald Trump’s poll numbers were an aberration; that sooner or later he would come down to Earth as other, more mainstream Republicans made their case to the base. However, six months in and not only are Trump’s numbers still holding, it is now looking very much like the

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