Promising Truth and Compromise, Chris Christie Launches Presidential Campaign

Chris Christie, Barbara Buono

Written by Charlie Spiering

Returning to his High School gym, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced his run for president Tuesday on a center stage surrounded by some of his most loyal supporters still proud of their native son.

It’s the moment his longtime supporters were waiting for, but perhaps a smaller event than they would have expected during the peak of the Christie-mania that occurred after winning a resounding re-election in 2013 as a Republican governor in a blue state.

Christie took the stage with his family, who remained on stage during his entire speech. He emphasized his family ties to the Livingston community and his roots in the American dream.

Once a darling of the Republican establishment, Christie is currently polling poorly in the presidential cycle, but he appeared determined to continue his persona of “truth telling” and bi-partisan cooperation as his preferred method of governing.… Continue Reading

John Kasich Is Dead Wrong On Morality


Written by Christopher Bedford

Next month, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is going to announce that he’s running for president for some reason.

And while Republicans can probably afford to ignore him until it’s time to consider VPs, Americans should pay attention to Ohio’s governor, and his dangerously wrong lectures on morality, Christianity and the role of government.

Conservatives first took notice when Mr. Kasich decided he was going to accept President Barack Obama’s Medicaid expansion in 2013. But he didn’t just do that. The Republican governor went much further, echoing the left’s shrillest demagogues and threatening that legislators who opposed his plan would have to answer to God for their disobedience.

“I respect the fact that you believe in small government,” Mr. Kasich wound up. “I do too. I also happen to know that you’re a person of faith. … Continue Reading

Conservative Activist Concerned with Walker


The head of a conservative public policy organization says he remains uncomfortable with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s commitment to defending pro-family issues if he enters the 2016 GOP race.

Frank Cannon, president of American Principles in Action, says Walker is a proven fighter who was willing to take on a “very tough fight” against public unions in Wisconsin.

But Cannon says there are a number of concerns among conservative voters about Walker’s commitment with regard to social issues.

“Where social issues fit into his list of priorities, and a commercial he ran during his last campaign in which made it clear he wasn’t attacking a woman’s right to choose in anyway,” Cannon recalls.

It was the tone of the remarks, he says, that made social conservatives “a little bit more leery of him.”

Even though he has not officially declared, Walker is holding on to second place behind former Florida governor Jeb Bush in the Real Clear Politics compilation of GOP polls.… Continue Reading

Study Marxism to Understand Hillary


Written by Cliff Kincaid

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s speech that launched his presidential campaign on Monday noted that Hillary Clinton’s “progressive agenda” includes the admonition that traditional religious beliefs “have to be changed.” Mrs. Clinton’s entire quote, in talking about opposition to her version of feminism and demands for abortion, was that “…deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

Bush also said of the Democrats, “They have offered a progressive agenda that includes everything but progress.”

But it’s never been the case that the progressive agenda offers real progress, as ordinary people understand the term. Instead, the “progressives” offer what Professor Paul Kengor calls cultural Marxism. This is the planned disintegration of the traditional family structure that has been the basis of Western civilization. Kengor, author of the new book, Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage, told me in an interview that the progressives are guided by the belief that “new rights are coming all the time and that everything is in a state of evolution.” He added, “There are no absolutes for them.” Hence, the gay rights movement has now morphed into rights for so-called transgenders, as we see in the relentless media propaganda that is designed to convince the public that men can, and perhaps should, become women.… Continue Reading

Republican Candidates Who Go Wobbly on Marriage Deserve to Lose


Written by Jay Richards

Public opinion on same-sex “marriage” has shifted so quickly that major Democratic candidates for president in 2008 still had to pretend to believe in man-woman marriage (that is, “marriage”). It was only after Joe Biden gave the game away that President Obama officially endorsed same-sex marriage as soon as he did — in May 2012. By that time, a majority of Americans were just starting to tell pollsters they agreed. Now, a mere three years later, only the most stout-hearted public figures can make the man-woman marriage argument that Barack Obama was still making in April 2012.

Since politicans tend to be weathervanes, we can now expect some Republican candidates for president to go wobbly on this issue. There are already signs of trouble. Marco Rubio has at least one senior advisor telling him that he’ll scare Millennials away if he opposes same-sex marriage.… Continue Reading

Long-Shot Lindsey Graham Thinks He Has a Chance


Written by Rachel Alexander

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, considered a liberal Republican on almost everything except foreign policy, announced today from his hometown of Central in South Carolina that he was entering the GOP presidential primary. A military veteran, his speech emphasized foreign policy and a muscular military stance abroad. Presently, “radical Islam is running wild,” is “large, rich and entrenched,” he said, but if he is elected president, “I will make them small, poor and on the run.”

The 59-year-old Graham is known for being John McCain’s closest friend in Congress. (McCain is barely recognizable and not identified in Graham’s announcement video, below.) McCain is considered the least liked politician in the Senate and in part due to that relationship, Graham hasn’t made many friends in the Republican Party.… Continue Reading

Applying Reagan’s ‘Bold Colors’ Not ‘Pale Pastels’ to Conservative Political Action (Part 4)


Written by John Biver

This is the last of a series that starts here.

Where is the Steve Jobs of conservative politics? Where is the innovation, creativity, and vision?

Why do things continue to get worse, despite the fact that there are countless highly paid and experienced professionals working in Republican and conservative politics? After over twenty-five years of political experience I could write a book on the topic, and maybe I will some day. Right now I’d rather spend my time working on getting more conservatives to realize that there is a great deal of work to be done and they’re going to have to do it.

Forget the existing players. Some will learn (eventually), and the failures of the rest can be overcome if enough new people start fulfilling their responsibility as citizens.

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Applying Reagan’s ‘Bold Colors’ Not ‘Pale Pastels’ to Conservative Political Action (Part 3)

gop-20162-690x355Written by John Biver

It might be a tired old cliché, but politics as we know it today is a tired old arena, so I don’t mind using the line since it applies perfectly: The definition of the word “insanity” is doing more of the same and expecting a different result.

It looks like conservatives are going to run more presidential candidates than ever — will they split the vote even more so that a rino can waltz into the nomination?

Conservative PACs will raise ever more money during the 2016 election cycle — will they succeed in doing much more than making political consultants richer and electing Republicans that accomplish little?

Conservative think tanks will produce a lot more op eds, reports and analysis — but will a higher percentage of their work be seen by the uninformed and misinformed?

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Applying Reagan’s ‘Bold Colors’ Not ‘Pale Pastels’ to Conservative Political Action (Part 2)

reagan-book-690x442Written by John Biver

Let’s face it, the past few generations of political conservatives have been politically lazy. While the small numbers of conservatives that have been politically active can be lauded for their efforts, relatively few of them have been effective. If you think those two statements are mean, tell me — where are the signs of that energy? Where are the fruits of all that effectiveness?

Scattered policy victories here or there? I’m not impressed. It’s possible to draw out examples for all the big issues — and one of the easiest is “school reform.” Having worked full time in that arena for a couple of years I speak as a veteran. Reformers continue to fall for every single distraction put forward by the enemies of genuine education.

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Applying Reagan’s ‘Bold Colors’ Not ‘Pale Pastels’ to Conservative Political Action (Part 1)

conservativesWritten by John Biver

In his 1975 speech to CPAC Ronald Reagan said:

Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?

Forty years of work by conservative thinkers, think tanks and issue advocacy organizations from coast to coast have provided more than enough intellectual ammunition to accomplish the raising of that banner of bold colors on every issue.

So why hasn’t it been raised? We experience election cycle after election cycle — and even election victories — without seeing that banner raised. With a few important exceptions here and there, Republican congressional majorities, Republican governors and Republican state legislatures continue to govern mostly in line with the Democratic Party Platform.

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