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GOP Establishment vs. a kingdom of conscience

I received a lot of feedback on yesterday’s commentary about how Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have traded their Conservative principles for compromising politics; needless to say, it was a mixed-bag of supporters and detractors. One of the glaring arguments…

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Rand Paul’s Heroic and Vital Fight against Global Scheme to Destroy Financial Privacy

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) arguably is the worst feature of the internal revenue code. It’s an odious example of fiscal imperialism that is based on a very bad policy agenda. But there is something even worse, a Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters that has existed for decades but […]

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Trump, Clinton, and Sanders

Embed from Getty Images First, I want to thank you all, our little point – counterpoint experiment on Brexit led to the best two-day readership in a very long while, not to mention a good discussion. We’ll have to try it again if we can find something else we disagree on. I suppose it is […]

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Rand Paul bill will stop Obama from taking grandma’s guns

America’s seniors are perhaps some of the most vulnerable to suffer under Obama’s nanny state socialist policies. From denying them healthcare to denying them their constitutional rights, nothing is off-limits. It was last July that I wrote a piece about…

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Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Payroll Taxes, and the Value-Added Tax

My views on the value-added tax are very simple and straightforward. If we completely eliminated all income-based taxes, I would be willing to accept a VAT (or even a national sales tax) as a revenue source for government. But unless that happens, I’m unalterably opposed because it’s far too risky to give politicians two major […]

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Two Small-Government Candidates Inadvertently Could Put America in a VAT of Trouble

Sometimes the best way to help the cause of freedom is to stop a bad idea. And that’s why I’m vociferously opposed to a value-added tax. Here’s what I wrote today for National Review. I start by explaining that it’s a bad idea to give Washington a big new tax to finance a larger burden […]

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It’s Time for 2016 Candidates to Unveil Plans to Restrain Spending

I’m pleasantly surprised by the tax plans proposed by Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, and Donald Trump. In varying ways, all these candidate have put forth relatively detailed proposals that address high tax rates, punitive double taxation, and distorting tax preferences. But saying the right thing and doing the right thing are not the same. I […]

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The GOP vs Donald Trump and the Voter Base Problem

A FoxNews Friday evening ritual has proven to be a window into the corporate soul of Fox about the GOP candidates. The Friday panel always has …

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Rand Paul’s recklessness

This week hasn’t been a good week for Rand Paul because he’s backtracked on a bunch of statements. Sen. Paul’s supporters are spinning it that he isn’t a polished politician: After Rand Paul said GOP defense hawks had “created” ISIS, he told Sean Hannity: “I think I could have stated it better.” When he claimed […]

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Rand Paul’s recklessness

This week hasn’t been a good week for Rand Paul because he’s backtracked on a bunch of statements. Sen. Paul’s supporters are spinning it that he isn’t a polished politician: After Rand Paul said GOP defense hawks had “created” ISIS, he told Sean Hannity: “I think I could have stated it better.” When he claimed […]

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Sometimes I Think I’m in England in 1938

Sometimes I think I’m living in England and it’s 1938. In 1938 every Brit knew there was a war coming, and had known it since 1936 when Hitler re-militarized the Rhineland, against the Versailles Treaty, and neither Britain nor France raised a finger to stop him. We only learned after the war that had BritainRead More

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Sen. Paul’s delusional supporters

After reading this article, sane people are left wondering what Sen. Paul’s supporters are thinking: The newest Iowa poll conducted by The Des Moines Register reflects a trend which has been ongoing since polling for this cycle began. Rand Paul, in second place at 10%, is well within the margin of error of the lead, […]

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Rand Paul’s implosion

It was just a matter of time before Rand Paul’s presidential ambitions came to a crashing halt. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign will all-but-officially end Sunday night. That’s when Sen. Paul will, in his words, “force the expiration of the Patriot Act“: Rand Paul plans to force the expiration of the PATRIOT Act Sunday by refusing […]

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Behind Rand Paul’s folly

When I wrote this post about Rand Paul’s foolishness about ISIS, I stuck mostly to highlighting why Sen. Paul’s opinion is dangerous. Today, it’s time to attack the beliefs that form the foundation for that wrongheaded thinking. Like his lunatic father before him, Sen. Paul thinks that ISIS won’t hurt us if we just leave […]

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Tucker Carlson’s Rand Paul moment

Anyone watching this video has to wonder whether Tucker Carlson has paid attention the last 12 years: Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Here’s the transcript that calls his analytic skills into question: CARLSON: The question I would ask, and I’m not endorsing Rand Paul, but I do think you need a moment of national […]

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Rand Paul’s frightening ignorance

Initially, I thought that Rand Paul’s foreign policies weren’t as ignorant as his dad’s. While I still think that it’s impossible to get more whacked than Ron Paul’s foreign policy views, his son’s view of things is getting more frightening by the day. This video provides proof: Here’s the key part: “Graham would say ISIS […]

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Walker solidifies Iowa lead

According to Quinnipiac’s latest polling, Scott Walker’s lead in Iowa appears to be solidifying: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the top dog with a big early lead in the Iowa Republican Caucus, with a four-way scramble for second place and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in seventh place with 5 percent, according to a Quinnipiac […]

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Conservative Comedy 4/17/15

It’s Conservative Comedy time at the Strident Conservative. As I do every Friday, I bring you some of the best conservative political and religious comedy, jokes, and satire on the internet, sure to provide a good laugh to begin your weekend. The Conservative Comic at Hope n’ Change notes that yesterday was Holocaust Remembrance Day. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu marked the sad occasion with a speech in which he likened the United States’ tentative deal with Iran to the European appeasement to Hitler which let to World War II and the Holocaust. Or perhaps “Holocaust I” as it may be known after “Holocaust II” occurs on Barack Obama’s timetable. Russia is already preparing to ship “defensive” missiles to Iran as soon as sanctions are lifted, and those mischievous psychopaths in North Korea are planning on selling missile system parts to Obama’s pals as well. And even the president acknowledges that the “best case” scenario for his deal will only forestall the possible incineration of the Jewish state for 10 years. And that’s assuming that Iran, for the first time ever , lives up to their word. Jodi Miller at Newsbusted takes us into the weekend with these headlines: The nuclear deal […]

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The ‘freshman senator’ argument

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin and Dana Bash talked about Sen. Rubio’s youth and turning it around now vs. how they criticized then-Sen. Obama about it in 2008: Here’s what Baldwin said that caught my attention: BROOKE BALDWIN: Well, they tried to slam the then-Sen. Obama for it and now you have all these freshman GOP senators […]

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Megyn Kelly, Ann Coulter vs. Ed Schultz

This part of Megyn Kelly’s panel about Rand Paul’s intemperate behavior during interviews is a great slap down of MSNBC’s Ed Schultz: Megyn teed things up, then Ann Coulter hit Schultz right between the eyes. Here’s the transcript of that part of the panel: MEGYN KELLY: It seems like some are trying to exploit maybe […]

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