Top 10 Townhall Articles of 2011

Kevin Glass

12/31/2011 12:01:00 AM - Kevin Glass
2011 has been an amazing year at Townhall, and you, the readers, have been amazingly loyal. Here are the top ten most-read articles that were on Townhall over the past year.

10. My State of the Union Address, by John Stossel

The Fox Business host, upset with mainstream politicians' white-bread, boring song and dance during the annual State of the Union, brings out his own proposals.

If we make reasonable cuts to what government spends, our economy can grow us out of our debt. Cutting doesn't just make economic sense, it is also the moral thing to do. Henry David Thoreau had it right when he "accepted (ed) the motto ... that government is best which governs least." So what should we get rid of?

9. Ann Coulter Could Not Be More Wrong, by Kevin McCullough

In this provocative piece, McCullough takes issue with Townhall columnist Ann Coulter's assertion that Mitt Romney is likely the best candidate in the GOP's 2012 field.

It is important for Romney's considerable weaknesses to be exposed so that conservatives can pick the truly best narrative to oppose Obama... Romney's 25% poll ceiling is bad for a primary race, but his lack of appeal to Evangelicals, Hispanics, Blacks, pro-life, pro-gun, and pro-family constituencies is horrible for the GOP in the general election.

8. Sex At Work? , by Frank Turek

Turek relays his experience being fired by Cisco for his views on family and marriage.

When a homosexual manager found out on the Internet that I had authored a book giving evidence that maintaining our current marriage laws would be best for society, he couldn’t tolerate me and requested I be fired. An HR executive canned me within hours without ever speaking to me. This happened despite the fact that the leadership and teambuilding programs I led always received high marks (even from the homosexual manager!).

7. Time for America to Roll Back Its Borders, by Mike Adams

Mike Adams brings a humorous look at what an America with, um, "revised" borders would look like. Only Professor Adams knows whether or not he's joking.

Dear President Obama:
I am writing today with a somewhat unusual request. Actually, it is a series of requests. First and foremost, I will be asking that you return America to its August 20th, 1959 borders so that Hawaii is no longer a state... I am also asking that you sell the State of Washington to the Canadians. I’ve only been to Washington twice – once to Seattle and once to Spokane. The former was full of liberals and the latter was full of the most aggressive panhandlers... Probably the main reason I want you to sell Washington to the Canadians is that I want you to do the same with Oregon. California is a no-brainer.

6. America's New Racists by Walter Williams

Professor Walter Williams looks at the modern evolution of racism in America.

I've lived through some of our openly racist history, which has included racist insults, beatings and lynchings. Tuskegee Institute records show that between the years 1880 and 1951, 3,437 blacks and 1,293 whites were lynched. I recall my cousin's and my being chased out of Fishtown and Grays Ferry, two predominantly Irish Philadelphia neighborhoods, in the 1940s, not stopping until we reached a predominantly black North or South Philly neighborhood. Today all that has changed.

5. What Happened on AA Flight 1561, by Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin takes a look at the sequence of events on an American Airlines flight where a lone Yemeni man rushed the cockpit shouting "Allahu akbar!"

Bleeding-heart sympathizers seriously speculated that al-Murisi had simply mistaken clearly marked lavatory doors for the clearly marked cockpit door (because, you know, it's normal to shout "God is great" repeatedly just before relieving yourself as your plane is about to land). Some federal authorities and media whitewashers proclaimed that al-Murisi's motives were "unknown."

4. Five Things That Will Happen To You When America Goes Bankrupt, by John Hawkins

John Hawkins sees an inevitability in America's headfirst plunge into debt and gives out a little advice for those who are prepared for the debtastrophe.

Your taxes will skyrocket. We've been conned into thinking that we can fund a massive government on the backs of the rich. This is simply not so. It's not working today and it's not going to happen in the future. We cannot tax the rich enough to pay off our debt or even enough to keep the government going long- term. Even if we could, the rich have the resources to flee the country for greener pastures if they're being taxed into oblivion. The middle class? Not so much.

3. Social Degeneration, by Thomas Sowell

Sowell looks at the double standards of a lot of analysis of racism in America.

In the United States, despite the higher poverty level among blacks than among whites, the poverty rate among black married couples has been in single digits since 1994. The disparities within the black community are huge, both in behavior and in outcomes. Nevertheless, the dogma persists that differences between groups can only be due to the way others treat them or to differences in the way others perceive them in "stereotypes."

2. David Axelrod's Pattern of Sexual Misbehavior, by Ann Coulter

The popular columnist plays the liberal connection game with David Axelrod's past and the sexual allegations against then-GOP candidate Herman Cain.

Herman Cain has spent his life living and working all over the country -- Indiana, Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Washington, D.C. -- but never in Chicago. So it's curious that all the sexual harassment allegations against Cain emanate from Chicago: home of the Daley machine and Obama consigliere David Axelrod.

1. Obama Proposes New Czar, by Lurita Doan

Lurita Doan took a close look at Obama's proposed "jobs" legislation and found the curious establishment of a new group of czars.

You would think Obama would give up on the failed idea of using a curious collection of White House czars to manage complex economic and regulatory issues. Instead, in the American Jobs Act, Obama is proposing a new group of czars as a part of his "jobs" act-- the American Infrastructure Financing Authority (AIFA) czars. President Obama’s newest czars will be given the authority to manage over a trillion dollars of federal funding for roads, bridges, buildings, waterways, dams and other infrastructure.