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Marching for Life, Trump, and May

What’s this, I hear, more videos? Well, yeah, they do something that my words about something can’t. And right now, things are moving so fast, I can’t keep up anyway. And that’s a very good thing! 🙂 We talked a bit about Mrs. May’s speech yesterday, here it is.   Here’s President Trump at the […]

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President Trump’s “dark” speech

Byron York’s article about media reaction to President Trump’s inauguration speech is telling in that it exposes the media’s groupthink. York notes that “Talking to people on the Mall was like entering a universe entirely apart from that of the political commentariat. In the pundits’ world, Trump delivered a pessimistic and foreboding address, one sure […]

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Martin Luther King wouldn’t approve of Donald Trump or John Lewis

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday signed into law by Ronald Reagan on November 2, 1983. In remarks made during the signing ceremony in the Rose Garden, Reagan acknowledged Dr. King’s contributions as he peacefully, but…

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Seriously but not Literally

I again quoted whoever it was that said we take Donald Trump seriously but not literally again last evening. It is true, we do, we voted for him because he looks to us like a real outsider, who is his own man, not an owned man of the progs. It was exactly the same impulse that […]

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We Don’t Need You Guys Anymore and St Barbera

At the Reagan National Defense Forum, former Vice-President Dick Cheney did a panel with CNN’s Barbera Starr. Pretty good stuff from one of the deep thinkers about defense. Here’s the bit we all like: I think he needs to be careful but he’ll learn as he goes along. I think he is putting some brains […]

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President Obama’s legacy?

Rich Lowry’s article highlights President Obama’s legacy. Saying that it’s a dismal legacy for Democrats is understatement. Lowry nailed it by noting “What was supposed to be the crowning political achievement of Barack Obama’s presidency set the predicate for the unraveling of his legacy. Since before he was elected president, Obama put down as a […]

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My Veterans Day tribute to those who served America in the military

Today is Veterans Day. Today I want to express my sincere gratitude to veterans everywhere for your service to our great country. Because of their courage and sacrifice, we are free to enjoy the rights endowed to us by God…

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World War III

Today is the feast day of St. John Paul the second. As any of us old enough to remember he was one that triumvirate, including Reagan and Thatcher, who defeated the Soviet Union, and did it peacefully. Some friends of mine say that he was the greatest of them, I think it may be so. […]

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Trying to Form a More Perfect Union

This morning at the Watchtower, Chalcedon started his post with this: Democracy is boring. It involves discussing things in representative assemblies – aka ‘talking shops’; it means compromises – aka ‘fudging things’; it involves not always getting what you want  – aka ‘selling out’. Do go and read it, I’ll wait for you, and this […]

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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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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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Trump vs. Reagan, Friedman

Apparently, this nation has undergone a significant transformation from being a confident nation that loved free trade to being a nation that thinks the middle class gets screwed over by every free trade agreement. It’s sad to see the Party of Reagan getting duped into believing that we’re a nation that can’t compete by our […]

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Memorial Day 2016 – Greater love hath no man

While it’s always appropriate to show honor and appreciation to members of the military, I want to provide this reminder to my readers: today is not Veteran’s Day. It is the one day each year that we come together in…

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Almost, but Not Quite

From the Daily Standard: The magic number needed to capture the Republican presidential nomination in 1976 was 1,130 delegates, and Ronald Reagan was oh so close as the national convention prepared to convene. After losing six straight primaries to President Gerald Ford early in the year, Reagan had come roaring back, attacking Ford for his […]

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Spring Cleaning

Time to do a bit of spring cleaning. I keep finding far more things that would make good posts than I ever have time to write about, so here are some of them. You and your monkey brain. Our friend, and our enemy: Time, itself. Why is productivity so low? Why Apple is so annoying. […]

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Revisiting Ronald Reagan’s Republican Party

This op-ed reminds us that Ronald Reagan’s Republican Party didn’t start smoothly. In fact, it’s true that the Republican Party initially rejected Ronald Reagan’s reforms. Then as now, the GOP preferred policies that maintained the status quo. Then as now, there was a rebel wing to the GOP. Back then, Ronald Reagan was that rebel. […]

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A sense of betrayal?

Churchill said that democracy was the worst possible form of government – except for all the others. Democracy is, when you think about it, an odd form of government – it operates on the assumption that the majority is right, which is, to say the least, a debatable proposition. It is always mediated through some […]

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Peggy Noonan: The Court, Like the Country, Needs Balance

I’ve always like Peggy Noonan, anybody who could write the ‘Pointe du Hoc’ speech for Ronald Reagan is far from all bad. Yes, she got caught in the umbrella of the Acela corridor for a while and Obama dazzled her. Well, how is that different than all the conservatives dazzled by Donald Trump? It’s not. […]

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Let’s kill populism, Trump candidacy

According to this NY Times article, Laura Ingraham wants the GOP to head in a populist direction. That isn’t leadership. That’s capitulation. That’s handing the nomination to Donald Trump. What’s worst is that it means our courts will be packed with activists whether Trump wins or Hillary wins. Ms. Ingraham is famous for lecturing the […]

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Leading From Behind

I want you to compare and contrast our current so-called leadership with that of the past, say FDR, JFK, George W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan. If this is who we are now, China will soon rule the world, in combination with Putin. That is not a recipe for the advancement of humankind, but that is […]

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