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I’m with Apple

The government wants Apple to build a back door into the iPhone. Apple has refused. I’m with Apple on this one. This back door would allow the FBI to access the content of the San Bernardino terrorists’ phone, possibly exposing more terrorists. That would be a good thing. But Apple never built a back door to the iPhone because no one can control the keys to such portals. If Apple builds it, every government spy agency in the world will be able to read your texts, see where you’ve been, and listen to your phone calls. Read more →

Whip It. Whip It Good.

Maybe Ann Wagner’s the problem. Rep. Ann Wagner (HA-64) is the House Majority Whip. Her job is to know how every GOP member will vote on bills and to cut deals until House leadership gets the numbers it wants. It’s unfathomable that a majority whip would not have seen the Kevin McCarthy meltdown coming long before the House Republican caucus met to nominate a candidate for speaker. But many accounts suggest that the Republican House leadership thought McCarthy had the votes up to the moment he withdrew. Read more →

Going Home

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. But if that step is in the wrong direction, you might end up 2,000 miles from your goal. Many believe America took a step in the wrong direction long ago–about the time “progressivism” became popular among political, business, and academic elites in the early 20th century. If progressivism was a step in the wrong direction, it’s led us at least 2,000 miles from our target. Read more →

What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet?

Missouri is the only state that doesn’t track your medical prescriptions. People say it like it’s a bad thing. What’s wrong with the government not knowing that one bit of information about your private medical life? Can’t government keep out of at least this one, extremely personal matter? The do-gooders and busy-bodies want Missouri to maintain a database (tied into similar databases in all other states) that keeps a permanent record of every prescription a doctor or dentist writes. Read more →

Congress Adjourned and You Need a Drink

It’s the Heritage Action Christmas Party Wednesday, December 17 at 6:00 pm [caption id=“attachment_15660” align=“alignright” width=“300”]Republican Party Animal[/caption] Scarecrow in Chesterfield ( map ) Heavy Hors d’oeuvres complements of Heritage Action for America. Let’s talk about 2015 and $2.15 gasoline. You don’t have to RSVP, but we’d appreciate it. Read more →

One Irrefutable Definition of Leadership from Tom Landry

It’s funny, really, that America celebrates the day we signed up to fight a brutal war for independence, not the day that war was won. But I want to write about football. I’ve always hated the Dallas Cowboys. Cut me a little slack, though. I was a Big Red fan from childhood, and a season ticket holder from 1978 to 1983. (“Big Red” refers to the St. Louis Football Cardinals for those of you under 40. Read more →

I Saw Dinesh D’Souza’s America So Now You Have To

What if America didn’t exist? That’s the premise of Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie _America: Imagine the world without her._ (Find a theatre near you.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyD13lvE_U0 Last Wednesday, my wife took Samantha, Jordan, and me to see the movie to kick off Independence Day weekend. Even without the movie, this July 4th was special for me. My son, Jack, re-enlisted in the US Navy on board the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor. Read more →

Why Don’t We Have an Anti-establishment Party?

I’m totally envious of Europe, and I think two American generations can fix it for me. Gen X (born ~1961 to ~1981) is a thoroughly anti-authority generation. Millennial (born ~1982 to ~2002) is a completely anti-institutional generation. It’s time for these great generations to get together and form an anti-establishment movement. Maybe even a party. Check this out: A new poll surveying young Americans’ political attitudes released by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics Tuesday found millennials have less trust in government than ever before. Read more →