Clocks were not the only thing springing ahead this weekend, young conservatives showed their eagerness to restore conservatism and the ideals of limited government and fiscal responsibility. This past weekend thousands of young conservatives descended upon the Washington, DC area for CPAC. Enthusiasm and energy ran high among the crowd throughout the conference showing Millennials' desperation for real hope and change-longing for Obama's last day in office.
As youth unemployment, student loan debt, and the national debt soar, the real economic impact is felt by our nation's youth. The Obama administration's economic policies are hurting an already downtrodden millennial generation. Many young people see the American Dream slipping from their grasp as their financial burden grows and no hope of employment exists.
Many of the wide-eyed, twenty-something's who attended the conference clutched posters of their coveted conservative champion-Ronald Reagan. Reagan's legacy is far from dead among this generation of young people if anything it is experiencing a revival. Young conservatives view Ronald Reagan as their hero, a man who truly lived out his values. more >>
"Defense is not a budget issue. You spend what you need." Ronald Reagan
We currently spend more on defense than the next 13 highest spending countries combined. China is second at $125 billion a year, and they are only spending that because they want to be ready to come collect on all the money we have borrowed from them.
The Defense Department has become the Offense Department. We invade and occupy, we do not "defend." The staggering amount we spend on defense does not include military aid to countries like Pakistan and Egypt, nor does it include border security, Homeland Security, the NSA, the CIA, the FBI, etc. Folks, we spend a lot of money on "security" that we don't need to. It benefits the government to scare us so it can keep growing all its myriad agencies. more >>
What do TSA groping, NSA data-mining, and mercury-laced fluorescent light bulbs have to do with keeping your doctor? They are the products of seductively entitled but flawed laws. As Daniel Webster said, "good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority."
The Transportation Security Administration and the National Security Agency restrain our liberty under the auspices of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (PATRIOT Act). The Energy Independence and Security Act is phasing out incandescent bulbs.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA/ "ObamaCare") sounds as though our best interests were at the heart of the legislation. But so far, the 400,000-word law that nobody read has spawned some 12 million words in regulations. Now these regulations that even fewer people read are coming between you and that doctor you were promised you could keep. more >>
Last year, I wrote about a German family who was pursuing political asylum in the United States. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, along with their five children, fled their native Germany, seeking refuge from persecution for homeschooling, and their story was all over the news this week.
If you aren't familiar with their plight, the Romeikes withdrew their children from local schools, and began homeschooling in 2006, concerned that compulsory education was undermining their Christian faith and what they were trying to teach their children at home. But homeschooling is banned by law in Germany, which caused the Romeikes to accumulate $10,000 in fines and risked their children being taken from them.
Soon after they arrived in the U.S., the Romeikes were granted asylum. In fact, federal immigration Judge Lawrence Burman ruled the Romeikes had a reasonable fear of persecution for their beliefs, rightly depicting the homeschool ban as "utterly repellent to everything we believe as Americans." more >>
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — While the rights Americans enjoy in the Constitution come from God, President Barack Obama is curtailing those rights, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ken.), winner of the the CPAC presidential straw poll, declared.
"Our rights are innate, they come from our Creator, and no government can take them away from us," Paul declared at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday. Nevertheless, he argued that President Obama is denying Americans those God-given rights. "We must stop this President from shredding the Constitution!"
Paul called upon "America's next generation of liberty lovers" to channel the spirit of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, who did not compromise on slavery. "For thirty years, Garrison stood as politicians whimpered and compromised and left their fellow men in bondage … he rose above those politicians that would leave the country half free, half slave!" the senator declared. Paul compared the issue of slavery to the issue of privacy, declaring that freedom is more valuable than prosperity. more >>
Growing up "on the wrong side of the tracks" in Cincinnati, I experienced some of the racial crimes committed – blacks on whites; whites on blacks. But what was most concerning were the heinous acts of violence that involved black perpetrators on black victims, especially involving black men.
The murder of young black men is not an uncommon occurrence. During the first two weeks of this year, fourteen people were murdered in Baltimore, Maryland, an average of one murder a day in a city of just over 600,000 people. By the end of the month, the count had reached 27. Last year, there were 234 murders in Baltimore, and the overwhelming majority of the victims were African American.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between eight and nine thousand African Americans are murdered each year. Of course crimes where a black is murdered by a non-black-as in the slayings of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis-receive the most media attention. But in fact, more than 90 percent of black murder victims are killed by other blacks. Unsurprisingly, most killings are related to drugs or gang activity. more >>