Author Archives: Tim Donner

Federalist-No.-39-580

Roots of Liberty: Unlocking the Federalist Papers

Too often in recent years, frustrated constitutionalists have understandably pushed back against a relentless and bipartisan expansion of the size and scope of government by using the US Constitution as a blunt instrument against progressives who have increasingly had their way and won the day. While comprehending and invoking the Constitution is obviously necessary, understanding […]

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    Choosing Money Over HealthColumns, Featured, Policy, Politics

    “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”    As usual, Ronald Reagan hit the bulls eye, and 2014 has already seen two out of those three realities come to pass […]

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    Rand Paul’s GOPColumns, Featured, Policy, Politics

    Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei may have put it best with his recent analysis following a victory by a mediocre Republican over a relatively formidable Democrat in a special election for a house seat in a swing district in Florida. Right now, he said, “Republicans suck slightly less than Democrats.” Ordinary Americans are experiencing more fallout […]

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    Nothing Better than a Good Cop, Nothing Worse than a Bad OneColumns, Featured, Policy

    “I thought I had freedom of speech” “You don’t.  You just lost it” Consuming the news is seldom an exercise in experiencing the best of humanity.  And the police are often easy targets dealing, as they often do, with the worst human beings have to offer.  But a number of recent incidents have brought singular […]

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    Bigotry by Any Other NameColumns, Featured, Policy, Politics

    big·ot:  intolerant person: somebody with strong opinions, especially on politics, religion, or ethnicity, who refuses to accept different views (from Bing) Antonio Darden is a bigot. Should we pass a new law to deal with his bigotry?  Did they march in the streets to see he was fired, evicted, and shunned?  No and no.  Mr. Darden, […]

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    The Price of GloryColumns, Featured, Policy

    Well, the Sochi Olympics are in the history books and the Russians bested us in the medal count.  Actually they tied us for gold if you consider an American really won two of their medals.  Not that I begrudge Vic Wild his just desserts, after he was forced to join the Russians when the US […]

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    Rube Goldberg vs. Occam’s RazorColumns, Featured, Policy, Politics

    To say Obamacare has become a textbook Rube Goldberg contraption would be quite the insult to the estimable Mr. Goldberg, the late cartoonist who became famous for depicting highly complicated machines that perform simple tasks. Now, I can already hear the screams from the left: insuring the uninsured is not a simple task.  Wrong.  If […]

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    The GOP’s Unforced ErrorColumns, Featured, Policy, Politics

    What do Coca-Cola and the Republican party have in common? Well, they have both stirred up a hornet’s nest of criticism around the immigration issue for no good reason.  In sports and politics, an unforced error is made when damage is done not because of the opponent’s skill or effort, but sheer incompetence by the […]

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    Ratcheting Up The Leftist AgendaColumns, Featured, Policy, Politics

    As you probably know, a ratchet is a mechanical device that allows movement in only one direction.  Try as one might, pushing or pulling in the opposite direction is futile.  Government spending and programs often act just like a ratchet – you can add more programs, spending, and regulation with relative ease, but reversing the […]

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    Constitutional JeopardyColumns, Featured, Policy, Politics

    It is a truism that in America, we may violently disagree with what you say but defend to the death your right to say it.  It is equally true that our system of justice is arranged in such a way that we would sooner allow ten guilty men to go free than convict one innocent. […]

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