There's nothing like the warm, satisfying sound coming out of American presidential politics these days...
It's been hard to sit back and watch the first bi-racial president systematically dismantle our constitution over the last seven years.
The Environmental Protection Agency's "Clean Power Plan," an enormous regulatory monster unilaterally cooked up by federal bureaucrats and attempted to be foisted on states, utility companies and consumers, was dealt a huge blow at the Supreme Court this week when the regulations were put on hold pending the numerous legal challenges that have been percolating through the court system.
The U.S. economy grew at an anemic rate of less than 1 percent in the last quarter of 2015. While the unemployment rate has dipped below 5 percent, the all-important labor force participation rate is at a historic low of just 62.7 percent.
As the results of New Hampshire's primary were coming in Tuesday night, some commentators on Twitter were jubilant about the "disruption": that is, the victories of an inane socialist demagogue and a foul-mouthed nationalist demagogue and what they represented to the "establishment." Yes, mobs are disruptive. Madame Defarge enjoyed a good shakeup herself.
The long-awaited, first-in-the-nation caucus (Iowa) and primary (New Hampshire) are over. There have been a few surprises -- Donald Trump did not win Iowa, Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton by more than 20 points in New Hampshire, and outperformed her with women voters by 11 points.
"There are too many people in America who don't feel connected. They've got victories that no one celebrates with them. And they've got defeats, and pain sometimes, that they have to absorb themselves," Ohio Gov. John Kasich said in a speech that celebrated his second-place showing in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday.
I know, I should quit saying, "I told you so." But I was right in December 2014 in this column and I'm still right more than a year later, after the New Hampshire primary.
While Donald Trump, the GOP Establishment, and the media scramble to undermine Ted Cruzs march to the White House, Cruzs super-fantastic-third-place finish in New Hampshire suggests undecided voters are recognizing that dignity, integrity, and fearlessness are at the core of Ted Cruzs principles and leadership.
Within the past couple of weeks, a news item has been circulating describing the decision of Scott Masini, principal of Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul, Minnesota, to cancel the celebrations of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine's Day during the school year.
It appears San Diego City Hall has been overrun by a wild pack of militant, man-hating feminists who are hell-bent on neutering the Kings English.
There were a lot of long faces at Fox News Tuesday night, but there's a silver lining for Marco Rubio. Now he can go be a bartender like his dad! (Have you heard him tell the story about his father being a bartender? Rubio was his pop's best customer after the debate.)
It's getting tough to pay for healthcare. CBS Moneywatch reports that deductibles are rising rapidly as the insurance markets adapt to the new world of the Affordable Care Act.
New Hampshire primary voters have long taken pride in subjecting presidential wannabes to a long and thoroughgoing scrutiny vetting the candidates on their political stands, grilling them at innumerable town hall meetings, assessing their demeanor on the campaign trail.
Hillary Clinton is white. The pastors who declared her to be the next president of the United States, surrounded by the favor of the Lord, were black.
Convincing victories by political outsiders in New Hampshire demonstrate without doubt most voters are disgusted with both political parties. The electorate will probably make one of themmore likely Donald Trumpthe next Commander in Chief.
Politicians tailor their messages to different audiences. Facing New Hampshire's primary, Ted Cruz talked more about "free-market principles" and a "commitment to the Constitution" and said "no one personality can right the wrongs done by Washington." Politico ran the headline "Ted Cruz, born-again libertarian."
George Orwell said, "But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought." Gore Vidal elaborated on that insight, saying, "As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate." And John Milton predicted, "When language in common use in any country becomes irregular and depraved, it is followed by their ruin and degradation." These observations bear heeding about how sloppy language is corrupting our society.
While delivering remarks in New Hampshire this week critical of Ted Cruzs thoughtful position on the use of waterboarding, one of Donald Trumps supporters yelled out to him that this made Cruz a word not fit for pages of this site.
When Goldman Sachs, the powerful, multi-billion-dollar, Wall Street investment bank, offered Hillary Clinton $675,000 for three speeches, she readily accepted.
Given the popularity of political outsiders in the 2016 race, pollster Pat Caddells recent warning to Washington insiders seems prescient. Addressing the political class, the media and the politicians on the August 31, 2015 edition of Fox News Insiders, Caddell pointed into the camera and said, The American people are coming in this election, and theyre coming for you.
During the last Republican presidential debate in which he participated, Rand Paul condemned the National Security Agency's mass collection of Americans' telephone records, cautioned against reckless intervention in Syria's civil war, and declared that a "true fiscal conservative" must "look at all spending" for savings, meaning the military budget is not sacrosanct.
Gold is up over 12% in the first five weeks of 2016, while stocks are down 9% in the same time, giving gold a 21% advantage over stocks.
At first glance Bernie Sanders is forging a Doc Brown and Marty McFly relationship with young voters. However, is America underestimating the dangers the professor poses to not only our values but also our infrastructure, and economy as well ?
This past week, I was honored to be asked to speak at Heritage Actions Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, DC. As the only House Member besides Speaker Paul Ryan, I was humbled to help cast a vision for decision-makers and thought-leaders on finding solutions for some of our nations greatest social problems.
America is witnessing a political Supernovavoter flirtation with Donald Trump and Bernie Sandersbecause both political parties have failed ordinary folks.
The preeminent responsibility of the federal government is to provide for the common defense, to protect the American people and our interests.
The Washington Posts Valerie Strauss has inadvertently done the country an invaluable service by allowing the rest of us to travel through the looking-glass into a universe where things are the opposite of real life: the world of far-left thought on education.
Scores of dead white men glared back at them from the walls of the college dorm. The thought that some of those esteemed alumni could have actually owned their ancestors apparently haunted the dreams of some of the privileged, elite students at Yale so much that they took to the yard in protest.
Black History Month should be a time of celebration of achievements and honest reflection on the impediments to freedom for all. Civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer is one of many who broke through the generational shackles of poverty to live a life devoted to helping free others from the same bondage.
Conservatives didnt understand why George Stephanopoulos asked Mitt Romney questions about birth control during one of the debates back in 2012. It seemed like a bizarre question since it was a non-issue at the time, but it turned out to be foreshadowing of the Democrat strategy to make birth control a central part of the election.
Benning Wentworth is not a name you'll run across in New Hampshire primary coverage. But he arguably did as much as anyone else to establish the political culture -- or cultures -- of America's first-in-the-nation primary state
The Iowa caucuses may have only muddied the waters in the race for the White House, but they did almost definitively decide one thing: The next president will not be a governor. That's an amazing revelation because, just one year ago, the smart money was betting that the next president would be a Republican governor.
If you seek to understand Barack Obama and his views, the best place to go is his speeches. But you have to read them in their entirety, not rely on hearing them or on the media's summary of them. When you do, you realize how often what Obama says is morally and intellectually confused and even untrue.
"There's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other," said former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in a message to young women voters at a weekend campaign event for Hillary Clinton. Clinton punctuated Albright's comment with her loud, phony laugh. Team Clinton later pointed out that Albright has used that line for years. Clinton herself described the line as "lighthearted," but pointed. Pointed? As in: Vote for Sanders, rot in hell.
Marco Rubio during the New Hampshire primary debate on Saturday night had a President Obama moment. It sent chills up my spine.
Toward the end of the eighth Republican presidential debate, the moderators introduced a new subject which has been absent from stump speeches and ignored in the seven previous debates. ABCs Martha Raddatz, who covered the war in Iraq, asked the candidates whether young women should be required to sign up for Selective Service if the military draft is reinstated, just as young men are required to do.
The Democrat Party presidential debates have been so snooze-worthy, it's enough to make you wonder if maybe the Democrat National Committee should schedule future debates sometime between Bernie Sanders' and Hillary Clinton's afternoon naps and the senior citizen early bird hour over at Golden Corral.
That Donald Trump, in his quest to lead us back to national greatness, feels free to brag, distort, lampoon, defame and empty his personal trash on every political doorstep is one sign -- but hardly the only one -- of a few changes in America's moral makeup over the past half century.
Robin Hood was a mythical figure from 12th Century England whose legend became famous for stealing from the rich to help the pool. His legend wasnt lost on Obamacare proponents, who incorporated the idea into health plan regulations.
During a recent New Hampshire campaign appearance for candidate Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State under Bill Clintons administration Madeleine Albright loudly proclaimed that theres a special place in hell for women who dont support Hillary, the current front runner of the Democrat Party.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended mandatory depression screening for all Americans.
Think back twenty years to 1996. Jerry Maguire was No. 1 in box offices, the Macarena was the hottest new dance move, and Google was just a funny word. Congress also happened to pass an update to the nations telecommunications laws that year.
Two tweets in the last week, one from Cosmopolitan and one from NARAL, reveal the depravity of these radical pro-abortionists.
The debate Saturday night was, I thought, the best of the series. It had to do with what we've talked about before: the candidates are more familiar with their own material, they know what to expect from their opponents, and they know how to pace themselves through at 2+ hour event.
The mostly Islamic refugees fleeing oppressive regimes like Syria and Iraq are increasing, not decreasing, and it is starting to bring out strong opposition in the European countries they are fleeing to.
Its easy to make the conservative case against Donald Trump hes a Hillary-donating human troll doll who displays the interpersonal skills of Damien from The Omen while practicing the same deep, abiding commitment to conservative ideology as Charlie Sheen does to sobriety.
Politics is a full-contact sport, but its not OK to hit below the belt. Ben Carson, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio spent last week blaming frontrunner Sen. Ted Cruz for a problem that originated from Team Carsons own disorganizationeven after media records and Iowa exit poll data cleared Cruz. Before you vote in your primary, you deserve the truth.
As I watched the craziness and passion of the Iowa caucuses and the excitement around this years first primary racesCruzs victory, Trumps disappointing show, and the Hillary/Sanders tiethe surprise of the night was Marco Rubios unexpected success!
Freedom House, the esteemed human rights and democracy organization, is out with the latest edition of its flagship publication, "Freedom in the World," an annual survey of political rights and civil liberties in every country on earth.
On May 18, 2014 Belfast Pastor James McConnell could not have known that the sermon he preached, There is but One God, would lead to his prosecution on two counts for violating Northern Irelands Communications Act of 2003.
Yesterday, in New Hampshire, Madeline K. Albright told a rallywith Hillary standing there, laughingtheres a special place in hell for women who dont help women. I say theres a special place in hell for voters in a free country who insist on being stupid.