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Surface thinking, deep thinking

How people responded to yesterday’s post, Maybe he’s not a conservative, varied. But there were two dominant types. Surface thinkers ignored most of the content. I warned you about this early on. I decided against a deep examination of conservatism because people don’t care. Instead, I wrote a rather tongue-in-cheek story about why definitions of conservatism don’t matter. Deep thinkers got the tongue-in-cheek shtick. Maybe they rolled their eyes at my cheap attempt at being clever. Read more →

Maybe he’s not a conservative

As far as I can tell, the number one reason a few conservatives give for hating Eric Greitens is that he might not be a conservative. He’s probably not. But that shouldn’t make any difference. Figuring out whether Greitens is a conservative or not requires a lot of thinking, a lot of writing, and a lot of clear analysis from readers. I won’t waste time on the first two because I won’t get the last no matter what. Read more →

Know When To Fight Your Own

I can be pretty hard on Republicans. Not hard enough for some. Too hard for others. But I, at least, try to time my battles for ideological consistency. As a general rule, odd-numbered years are for cleaning up the GOP. Even-numbered years are for cleaning out Democrats. This is an odd-numbered year. Right up to the votes on the continuing resolution,my primary targets were Republicans, especially Roy Blunt. Once the House exercised its Constitutional power of the purse strings, sending a popular continuing resolution to the Senate, the battle lines shifted. Read more →

How to Avoid Collateral Damage When Hunting for RINOs

Lowell Weicker was a RINO. So was Lincoln Chaffe for a while. And John Linsday, the mayor who tried to destroy New York City in the late 1960s and early 1970s. RINO stands for “Republican In Name Only.” Rhinos and Elephants are both pachyderms, so it’s a pretty clever name for people who join the Republican Party but prefer the Democrat platform. The problem is, some people take the concept to extremes. Read more →

Here’s the Most Encouraging Thing John Boehner Ever Said

Today on ABC’s This Week, Speaker of the House John Boehner spoke very powerful words about himself. They reveal his motivation. And it’s very encouraging. “I’m a reasonable guy. But I didn’t come to Washington to be a congressman. I came to do something for my country.” Write that down. That statement echos. Research shows thatpeople motivated by doing, by getting better, by learning, will work harder and stay truer to their principles than people motivated by demonstrating how good they are–being something. Read more →

4 Reasons Why House Republicans Should Pass a Clean Debt Ceiling Bill Now UPDATE

Yeah, I know. Obama’s childish, petulant, and tyrannical tantrums over the continuing resolution makes me want to fight like an angry cat, too. But I don’t actually want to fight. Fighting isn’t in our interest. As Sun Tzu said: Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting. I want to succeed in repealing Obamacare and forcing government into its constitutionally limited box. Read more →

Obama’s Loathsome War on WWII Vets Deserves Our Scorn and Fury

I’m sure you’ve all see the reports. WWII Veterans asked the White House for permission to visit the World War II Memorial in case of a shutdown. The veterans are part of the Honor Flights program that helps aging veterans visit the WWII Memorial. Even though there’s no cost involved, the White House chose to dishonor the veterans’ request. It send forth “goons,” in Senator Paul’s works, to erect barricades around the memorial. Read more →

Shutdown Week Could Turn Into Big Win for Republicans

“I shouldn’t have to offer anything.” Barack Obama on why he’s shutting down the government. Obama keeps forgetting he’s not a dictator. Or maybe I keep forgetting he is. [caption id=“” align=“alignnone” width=“441”] Democrat Speaker Tip O’Neill shut down the government 12 times.[/caption] Did you see that list of government shutdowns? 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1995. Those first four shutdowns came with Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress. Read more →

I’ve Learned the House GOP Is A Lot Tougher Than Senate

I was wrong. As the continuing resolution fight approached, I expected House Republicans to cave. I expected Boehner to make a half-hearted attempt to use debt ceiling, instead of continuing resolution, as leverage to stop Obamacare. And I expected Republican Senators to make a stand. But that’s not what happened. In reverse order, Senate Republican leadership ran away from confrontation like schoolgirls spying a snake. Led by Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, and Missouri’s Junior Senator Roy Blunt, the GOP attacked Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz instead of Obamacare. Read more →

We Need a Stronger Third Eye

What do we look like to people who aren’t politics wonks? And why does it matter? This question is for my friends on the right. By “on the right,” I’m talking about conservatives and right-leaning libertarians. (I’m not going to debate definitions, so accept mine or stop reading.) Developing a Third Eye When I was an acting student many long years ago, I had a director, Don Garner, who stressed the importance of the actor’s third eye. Read more →