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The Independence Debate in Scotland Should Make Us Appreciate Our Constitution Even More

Tomorrow, Scotland will decide whether or not to formally split from England. I honestly don’t know how I’d vote if I were a Scot. There’s the Wallace-and-Bruce emotional case, and then there’s the “Rule Britannia” emotional case. If you look at the facts, you can make a case for both sides. But all that aside, […]

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Why Americans shouldn't celebrate Bastille Day

Why Americans Shouldn’t Celebrate Bastille Day

On July 14th, the world celebrated Bastille Day, the French equivalent to the 4th of July. This day commemorates the French peasantry’s storming of the Bastille at the beginning of the French Revolution. This occurred only 13 years after the American Revolution, and there was pressure on our government to provide assistance to the French […]

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Lee Bright for SC Senate

Senate Candidate Analysis: Lee Bright

The South Carolina primary is less than a week away, and this analysis of Lee Bright is the next to the last article in my series analyzing the Graham challengers. This article is based on the criteria in my previous post, “What we need in a Graham challenger.” 1. Prior political victories – “A+” In my original […]

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Det Bowers

Senate Candidate Analysis: Det Bowers

Today, we’re looking at one of the most colorful of the Lindsey Graham challengers: former pastor Det Bowers. This analysis is based on the criteria in my previous post, “What we need in a Graham challenger.” 1. Prior political victories – “F” Det Bowers has never run for office before. He does have some experience […]

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Analysis of Bill Connor for US Senate

Senate Candidate Analysis: Bill Connor

Today I’m continuing the series of Senate candidate analyses with a look at Bill Connor (previous posts in the series are here and here). This is based on the criteria in my post from September, “What we need in a Graham challenger.” As always, I welcome your thoughts and perspective in the comments. 1. Previous […]

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Nancy Mace Senate Candidate

Senate Candidate Analysis: Nancy Mace

Next up in my series of Senate candidate analyses: Nancy Mace! As a reminder, this series is based on my post from September outlining the criteria needed in an effective Graham challenger. You can read the first post in the series here. 1. Prior political victories – “F” Nancy Mace is a first-time candidate and […]

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Arizona gay inquisition

Arizona Refuses to Outlaw the Inquisition

“Do you recant?” The wizened friar hovered like a sepulchral fiend over the prostrate man. His naked form was stretched to its limit and tied across a wooden rack. His eyes were wide with terror and beads of sweat stood on his forehead, but he shook his head. “I can’t! Have mercy! I believe what […]

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Richard Cash for Senate

Senate Candidate Analysis: Richard Cash

Several months ago I posted on what we need in an effective Graham challenger. Now that the field of candidates has shaped up pretty well, I’m going to start analyzing them according to the criteria in that post. Richard Cash was the first candidate to declare, so I’m going to start with him. 1. Prior […]

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tractor farmer reluctant politician

The Most Important Trait in a Political Candidate

Daniel Hannan recently tweeted that the most important trait in a political candidate is reluctance. Of all the traits to look for in a political candidate, the most important is reluctance. — Daniel Hannan (@DanHannanMEP) December 10, 2013 That statement may come as a surprise. Today, just about anyone who shows promise as a political […]

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Duggars campaign for Ken Cuccinelli

Why the Duggars’ Campaign Tactic Was Dishonorable

I was recently surprised to learn that the Duggar family, while campaigning in Virginia for the conservative gubernatorial candidate, were engaging in dishonorable campaign tactics. Their mistake is one that conservatives easily fall prey to. The Word Opponents Almost Never Use One important aspect of honorable campaigning is being able to take attacks. There are […]

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