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Stewart Mills vs. Rick Nolan

The man that wrote this LTE, Brian Marsh, gives idiots a bad reputation. It’s stunning to think that Democrats think people are that stupid. Marsh started his LTE by saying “Stewart Mills III, in talking about the Second Amendment, was quoted in the Dispatch as proclaiming: ‘It is an inalienable right given to us by […]

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Why this year you must REFUSE to celebrate “the 4th of July”

The “4th of July” is not a holiday. Any more than the “5th of July” is. They are dates on the calendar. The holiday we celebrate which falls on the 4th day of every July is America’s “Independence Day.” “Independence…

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Who is really celebrating independence?

Why do we continue to celebrate Independence Day each July Fourth when we no longer cherish independence? Someday soon, our progressive politicians will propose celebrating the first Monday in July as Global Interdependence Day, and no one will protest as…

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A Most Conservative Revolution

Today we celebrate for the 240th time, something the Founders did not want. Independence. What they wanted was the restoration of their rights as freeborn Englishmen. Our revolution was in direct line of succession from Magna Charta, The English Civil War, and The Glorious Revolution (and its Bill of Rights upon which our own was mostly […]

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July 4, 2016: 240 years as “One Nation, Under God”

If you’re a regular reader or listener of the Strident Conservative, you’ve heard me talking a lot lately about how our constitutional rights are being threatened, inching us closer, I believe, to becoming a post-constitutional America. Even if you disagree…

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Why is America still considered exceptional?

ex•cep•tion•al (adj): exceptional or unusual; not typical. Is America an exceptional place? Yes. Without discussion. Without question or even reasonable argument. But we aren’t exceptional just because we think we are, and we don’t think we’re exceptional in the same…

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TSA and the Republican-led Congress: a picture of ineptitude

Over the past few months there have been several alarming reports about the Transportation Safety Administration–the word “safety” is apparently a relative word–more commonly referred to as the TSA. Some of the recent revelations in a Townhall.com story included: Documents detailing alleged sexual assaults by TSA agents at airports across the country. Thousands of missing TSA uniforms and security badges. Failure by the TSA to prevent potential terror attacks, detect explosives and other weapons in 96% of undercover tests. Failure to screen dozens of airport workers who ended up having ties to terrorism. Americans are outraged, and lawmakers claim to be angry about it too, but what is Congress actually doing about it? Well, if you’re a big spending, big government Democrat or RINO, you cry for more money because the $7 billion a year we are currently spending just isn’t quite enough to get the job done. And if you’re Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)–chairman of the committee in charge of the TSA and candidate for re-election in 2016–there are three things you do. You go on national television to demonstrate your incredible stupidity by confirming the public perception that the TSA is nothing more than “security theater” because it […]

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The Denny Hastert Scandal: When Bad Things Happen to Bad People for the Wrong Reasons

I don’t like former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. But not because of any personal interactions. I don’t think I’ve every even been in the same room as him, much less ever met him. But I know that he did nothing to restrain the reckless expansion of government when he had power during the Bush years. […]

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Diagramming Our First Revolution, The “Redcoats” Are Coming, Again

The War for Independence, the Revolutionary War, was not a spontaneous fire, set by a bolt of lightning. I don’t know how, or even if, school children are taught the story of America’s leap for freedom in 1776. I doubt there’s as much brass bands and fanfare in the teachingRead More

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GOP-controlled Congress dismantles the 4th Amendment

While John Boehner’s budget disaster made all of the headlines last week, he and his Washington-insider buddies were busy dismantling the Constitution–specifically that pesky part that deals with the right of Americans to be free from unreasonable search and seizure (the Fourth Amendment)–granting the National Security Agency broad new powers to collect phone and email communications from anyone they feel like without a warrant. They can share the data with the FBI and foreign governments. They can also keep these records indefinitely. According to Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), the bill “grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American.” Let’s see… the man who has already used the IRS and the Justice Department to take out his political enemies has been given even more power to abuse. Gee! What could possibly go wrong with that one? The bill, which passed 325-100 and is headed to the White House for Obama to sign, contains a provision that appears to expand warrant-less data collection using a Reagan-era directive — despite the fact that electronic communications of the type the NSA targets today didn’t exist in 1981. Under the legislation, any “non-public telephone or electronic communication” that intelligence agencies happen to collect from Americans […]

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Alabama senator calls for government-licensed press

Adelbert C. “Del” Marsh, a Republican who refers to himself as a “conservative champion,” is a member of Alabama’s state Senate. He’s also an individual who apparently feels that the constitutional protections of our freedom of speech and freedom of the press should no longer apply if you are someone who covers Alabama politics. In a recent editorial to the Montgomery Advertiser, Mr. Marsh called for government bureaucrats to be given the authority to “license” journalists who cover local politics in order to protect citizens—read politicians—from “shady, fly-by-night websites offering purposely skewed and inaccurate interpretations of hard news.” “I recently asked the Secretary of the Senate to put together a definition of what qualifies as a legitimate journalist,” the Republican said. “Every organization and profession has standards that must be met. Because the Legislature does not have a definition of what constitutes a ‘journalist,’ anyone with a smart phone or a Facebook page could demand press credentials.” Yeah, except for that last part, you can definitely see that Marsh is totally in favor of freedom of the press. Unfortunately, this attitude about the freedom of speech and press isn’t unique to this idiot. There are politicians in Washington, D.C. that feel […]

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Judge chooses NSA over the Constitution

On the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, I took a lot of flak from many of my readers for an article I wrote stating the following: As we approach another anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took place in New York City and Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001, we are reminded of many things. We remember the thousands of innocent lives that were lost and the billions of dollars lost in economic damage. As great and tragic as these losses were, there was another loss that is proving to be the greatest loss of all. Because it was on that dreadful day that liberty died in America. I went on to say how the death of liberty came, not at the hands of the terrorists, but at the hands of our own government. Recently, Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit proved my point when he told a conference on privacy and cyber crime in Washington, D.C. that the National Security Agency (NSA) should have unlimited ability to collect digital information in order to protect the nation against terrorism. While it can be debated about how far we let the government go in […]

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Chesterton on “The American Creed”

If you read here much, you already know how much I like G. K. Chesterton. In 1922 he visited America and he was struck by the questions he was asked as he came through customs. In fact, he compared them to the Spanish Inquisition, and he made it into a compliment, because of all the […]

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September 11, 2001 – The day liberty died

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness – Declaration of Independence __________________________________________ As we approach another anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took place in New York City and Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001, we are reminded of many things. We remember the thousands of innocent lives that were lost and the billions of dollars lost in economic damage. As great and tragic as these losses were, there was another loss that is proving to be the greatest loss of all. Because it was on that dreadful day that liberty died in America. Sadly, the demise of this God-given right didn’t occur at the hands of the hijackers. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The Patriot Act. The Patriot Act II. Spying by the National Security Agency (NSA). Fake cell phone towers used to tap your cell phone. These are just a few examples of how government of, by, and for the people has become government over, above, and beyond the people. As the list of post-9/11 changes above shows, the president who “abandoned free market principles to save the free market system,” could […]

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A Most Conservative Revolution

Today we celebrate for the 238th time, something the Founders did not want. Independence. What they wanted was restoration of their rights as freeborn Englishmen. Our revolution was in direct line of succession from Magna Charta, The English Civil War, and The Glorious Revolution (and its Bill of Rights upon which our own was mostly based). […]

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A Most Conservative Revolution

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Redskins and the Rule of law

Let’s talk about this Washington Redskins thing a bit shall we. in many ways, it’s a shiny squirrel but, there is some meaning buried in there as well, that we should think about. The thing is that the Redskins name, and the associated image is a trademark (abbreviated this way ™). in essence that means that […]

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Into the Storm

This happened yesterday, in Northeast Nebraska, and yes there are a couple of dead to mourn, one of them a five-year old. We’ve developed extraordinary systems to give us warnings over the years but, like anything man-made they don’t always work perfectly, or people get careless. It happens, but one must, and does try. Back […]

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Into the Storm

This happened yesterday, in Northeast Nebraska, and yes there are a couple of dead to mourn, one of them a five-year old. We’ve developed extraordinary systems to give us warnings over the years but, like anything man-made they don’t always work perfectly, or people get careless. It happens, but one must, and does try. Back […]

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Steve Daines: So Far, More Of The Same

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