• Republican Primary Results & Recent Polls Suggest Expected Blue Wave May Not Materialize

    Republican Primary Results & Recent Polls Suggest Expected Blue Wave May Not Materialize

    As Trump’s triumphs continue to pile up, and Americans begin to see Robert Mueller more and more as a villain, the odds of a blue tidal wave in November’s midterm elections have decreased. If the opening round of the 2018 primary season is any indication, the path to a Democratic takeover of Congress may be more challenging than once thought.

    Many of the winners of Republican primaries won by campaigning on the same issues that Trump ran on in 2016 such as lower taxes, job creation, a decrease in government regulation on businesses, and as unpopular as it is on Wall Street, improved trade deals. READ MORE...

  • The College Conservative: Tillerson Out

    The College Conservative: Tillerson Out

    On Tuesday President Trump excused ex-Chevron CEO Rex Tillerson from his position as Secretary of State. Trump tweeted on the matter: “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!”

    For months rumors have been floating that Trump wanted to replace Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Until now the White House had denied to comment on the hearsay, however Tuesday the rumors were verified. This comes on the heels of Trump agreeing to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un by the end of May. READ MORE...

  • The Making of the President 2016: How Donald Trump Orchestrated a Revolution

    Trump Stole a Page From “Give ‘Em Hell” Harry

    Donald Trump pulled off the greatest upset in American political history with his win over Hillary Clinton. In 2016, Trump repeated President Harry S. Truman’s miracle of 1948—he won the presidency, coming from behind in an election where the polls, the media, and the pundits had declared him out of the race virtually from the moment he declared his candidacy.

    What 1948 demonstrated and 2016 confirmed was that victory goes not necessarily to the favorite, but almost certainly to the candidate who proves the most capable of closing. READ MORE...

  • The 2016 presidential candidate we need

    All modern presidents of both parties have been too much with us. Talking incessantly, they have put politics unhealthily at the center of America’s consciousness. Promising promiscuously, they have exaggerated government’s proper scope and actual competence, making the public perpetually disappointed and surly. Inflating executive power, they have severed it from constitutional constraints. So, sensible voters might embrace someone who announced his 2016 candidacy this way:

    “I am ambling — running suggests unseemly ardor — for president. It is axiomatic that anyone who nowadays will do what is necessary in order to become president thereby reveals character traits, including delusions of adequacy and obsessive compulsive disorder, that should disqualify him or her from proximity to powers concentrated in the executive branch. Therefore, my campaign will initially consist of driving around the Obnoxiously Entitled Four — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — trying to interest their 3.8 percent of America’s population in a minimalist president. READ MORE...

  • Rand Paul: Beyond ‘Benghazi’

    When Rand Paul protested the Obama administration’s secretive drone policy by filibustering John Brennan’s nomination to run the CIA, it galvanized the Republican Party. He was joined not just by constitutional conservatives who owed their election to the Tea Party, but mainstream members of the Republican leadership team.

    Republicans who had never publicly given much thought to drone strikes before, either in the United States or abroad, wrapped themselves in the mantle of “Stand with Rand.” Republican committees even raised money off the 13-hour filibuster. READ MORE...

  • New Jersey Attorney General: Voters Don’t Have a Right to Vote in Primaries, But They are Obligated to Pay for them

    The New Jersey Secretary of State and the New Jersey Attorney General claim that New Jersey voters do not have a right to vote in primaries, but they do have an obligation to pay for them.

    A few months ago, we told you about the End Partisanship lawsuit. Here’s one of the main points we expressed then:

    Across the nation, both Republicans and Democrats have closed primaries meaning that you must be a registered voter within their party to be allowed to vote in a primary.

    So remember what I told you about 40% of voters being Independents and still others are registered Green Party, Libertarian party, Constitution party, Justice party, etc. That means, at least half of all voters are locked out of participating in the primary vote that ultimately decides their representatives. And yet according to Chad Peace with the Independent Voter Project, that is exactly what is happening. READ MORE...

  • Tea Party Draws Battle Lines Against Mississippi Establishment in Cochran-McDaniel Race

    JACKSON, Mississippi—It’s the Tea Party’s biggest test in 2014: can the movement knock down an establishment Republican whose name in and of itself is an institution in the state he’s represented for 42 years?

    Ten days out from the election, both sides—the Tea Party and establishment Republicans—have sent in reinforcements for the final fight.

    While there have been some bright spots for the Tea Party this year—Ben Sasse’s victory in Nebraska, for instance—the five-year-old grassroots uprising seemed unprepared for the money and power the Establishment could wield, now that they’re on guard. READ MORE...

  • Establish this: Tea party sinks in GOP primaries

    In a big day for primary elections around the country Tuesday, tea-party candidates failed in their efforts to unseat establishment Republicans, who handily secured GOP nominations for U.S. Senate.


    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., trounced the leading tea-party challenger, businessman Matt Bevin, in his effort to secure the GOP nomination for Senate.

    Leading up to the primary election, Bevin trailed McConnell by double digits. McConnell enjoyed a substantial cash advantage. Meanwhile, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat, easily won her primary election. READ MORE...

  • Tax Reform is Useless without Spending Reform

    Recently, Republican leaders in Congress unveiled a “tax reform” plan that they claimed would provide the American people with a simpler, fairer, and more efficient tax system. While this plan does lower some tax rates and contains some other changes that may make next April a little less painful for Americans, there is little in it to excite supporters of liberty.

    Taxes may even increase under this plan for some Americans, as it eliminates some of those tax deductions labeled “loopholes.” When I served in Congress, I opposed bills that “closed loopholes” because closing loopholes is just a fancy way of saying raising taxes. Anything that leaves more money in the hands of the people is beneficial to both liberty and economic efficiency. As economist Thomas DiLorenzo put it, “…private individuals always spend their own money more efficiently than government bureaucrats do,” therefore sound economics, as well as a concern for liberty, requires opposition to any proposal to “let government bureaucrats spend more of the people’s hard-earned money.” READ MORE...

  • Is the government now unstoppable?

    In an affluent society (even one temporarily impoverished), change can be pursued in many ways. In the political realm, “change” translates to government control: at the local, county, state and federal level. The political party that controls the government infuses its beliefs throughout the respective bureaucracies. And in time government comes to reflect the ruling party’s view of reality – whether it works well or not ceases to matter.

    The rallying cry to “Take America Back!” is a good campaign slogan, because it speaks to everyone but says very little – which, of course, is why it speaks to everyone! The devil, as they always say, is in the details. (He is other places, too, but that is for another column.) READ MORE...