Trump Supporters

No, I am not going to talk about those crowds that attend Trump’s rallies or vote for him in “winning” numbers in the primary process.  I don’t feel the need to psychoanalyze them as some sort of fool, groupie, racist or revolutionary.  I think they have a righteous anger against the tyranny of political correctness, the corruption of our news media and of our government, and against the “stupidity” of the current administration’s outrages and the Republican fecklessness at curbing it.  Leave them be; they have the right message but a poor messenger.  The supporters I am talking about are those who are angry just because they are ALWAYS angry at anyone who dares to speak the truth and makes no apologies for it.  These are the PC Nazis and their tactics are straight out of the Leftist playbook.  They riot, they shout down, they intimidate, they spout lies at […]

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Preparing for the Post-Apocalyptic Conservative Movement

Let’s get post-apocalyptic for a moment, shall we? Let’s pretend that the Republican Party has become all but irrelevant, that the Democrats have swept the election in November, and that we’re reconstructing the conservative movement from scratch. It’s a mental exercise that may have practical value. Both supporters and detractors of Republican front-runner Donald Trump have noted that the party seems poised to tear itself apart. The schism reflects a deeper divide among the political Right. It seems clear that we’re not all going to come away from this thing as friends united in common purpose. So how do we begin to heal and lay the groundwork for a resurgent conservative movement in the future?

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Scalia: 10 Fingers in the Dike

Approximately a year ago I had the incredible opportunity to be present at a Federalist Society luncheon in Phoenix, with keynote speaker, Justice Scalia. Included was a pre-luncheon book signing with with him. A chance to meet and share a word or two with a true Constitutionalist – who could refuse? For some reason books were not moving as quickly as the line moved. Justice Scalia was looking for a book when I reached the “signing spot.” I commented to him, “Thank you for keeping your finger in the dike.”  He hadn’t heard me completely so he turned to look directly at me and asked, “What did you say?” “Justice, thank you for keeping your finger in the dike.” WIthout missing a beat, he spread both of his hands, extended all 10 fingers, each in a slight curve and replied, “All 10 fingers are in the dike.” (see photo at […]

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No, My Fellow Republicans, We’re Not a Diverse Party Yet

Chris Fields and I have each been referred to as “the other black Republican” in our state. He serves as the deputy chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota, and ran against Minneapolis congressman Keith Ellison in 2012. When local media outlets want perspective from a black conservative, one of us usually gets the call. The “other black Republican” line may be offered in jest. But truthfully, there aren’t many others like us. At any given party function, ours are two of very few faces that would pass the old paper bag test. A rant has been brewing within me about diversity among the Republican Party. It has been triggered by no single incident, but a culmination of developments both national and local — the candidacy of Donald Trump, the Black Lives Matter movement, a challenge to my congressman from an anti-immigrant author, and anecdotes from recent years suggesting that […]

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Why Rand paul should be the next to drop out of the presidential race

Despite the good news that Rand Paul has qualified for the next GOP debate main stage, the fact remains that Paul should drop from the presidential race, both by logic and by the needs of the party. Logically, Paul has no groundswell of support that would give cause to keep running for president.  Despite the ebb and flow of the Iowa caucus polls, Paul hasn’t cracked 5% since last August, before the Trump-mania set in.  His current average is 3.7%, which rates only 7th or 8th depending on the poll.  In New Hampshire, Paul is similarly mired at 3.7%, having likewise not cracked 5% since August.  Nationally, Paul is tracking at about 2%, which is below the margin of error for most polling, and he is edging downward, not up. Despite Rand Paul’s very enthusiastic supporters, there is no momentum, no grass roots mobilization of conservatives or even libertarians en […]

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The USA is a Republic

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As a number of you know, I teach a college course at Metropolitan State University. Our students are older, mid-twenties and often new arrivals to America. One can learn much from discussions with thems. One point in particular is the use of the word “democracy.” Many of us were fortunate enough to have been taught the real basis of our American Founding, the USA is a REPUBLIC. Key words supporting this include: “representative” government and “OF the people, BY the people, and FOR the people.” If you notice, “TO” the people (indicating a top down control system) is not the preposition the Founders used to design our system. A number of my foreign students have shared the following with me: “Immigrants vote ‘democrat’ because they believe the Democrat Party is the party of democracy, thus the party of America.” In a sense they are correct – our election system has […]

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Common Core Controls Removed, Finally

The number of people against Common Core is huge. The reasons are many: Humans learn differently; we all have strengths and weaknesses; central control does not work. Basics are key to learning anything. Central control has allowed for the removal of far too many of the building blocks in our schools. I am a strong proponent of phonics for reading (almost 90% of the English language words can be spelled (and sounded) correctly IF basic sound-spelling relationships are taught); memorizing (yes, memorizing) basic math facts; learning basic geography; and script penmanship. However, forcing all children into a “one size fits all” learning structure is just nuts. ESSA removes much of that top-down control. 

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