Guest Column

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Chooses 'Gay' Tyranny over Freedom on SB 1062

on Friday, 28 February 2014. Posted in Opinion, Guest Column

It's a core tenet of American civic life: the freedom to exercise one's religious beliefs shall not be infringed. But in America today, that freedom is being extinguished.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Chooses 'Gay' Tyranny over Freedom on SB 1062

The powerful, media-fed “Gay Hysteria” machine exploded over Arizona Senate Bill 1062, which sought to protect the state’s citizens’ First Amendment liberty NOT to violate their conscience with regard to homosexual “marriages.” Arizona’s Republican Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill, choosing to reward the Lying Left (the bill was terribly distorted) and cave in to political correctness rather than defend her constituents’ right to live out their faith.

Who Will Abuse Control of Roads? 

Written by Brian White on Monday, 13 January 2014. Posted in Opinion, Guest Column

As the Chris Christie "Bridgegate" affair amply demonstrates, government control over infrastructure offers the career politician and bureaucrat the opportunity to flagrantly abuse power.

Who Will Abuse Control of Roads? 

I was thinking about this New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Bridge-gate issue and how it reflects on President Obama's “Who will build (and by inference manage) the roads?” question. For those not following the issue an accusation that either Governor Christie or someone in his administration sought to inflict punitive political retribution on the Mayor of Fort Lee which is the city on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge (which connects New Jersey and New York). Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich supported the Democratic Party candidate for Governor against Governor Christie during the last election. Emails imply that several lanes were closed on the bridge to exasperate traffic conditions for several days.

Candace Lightner: From MADD to Glad For Lives Saved

Written by Terry Duschinski on Thursday, 07 November 2013. Posted in Crime, U.S., Opinion, Guest Column

We will never know who among us is counted in the half-million or more alive today because Candace Lightner turned a personal tragedy into a resounding triumph.

Candace Lightner: From MADD to Glad For Lives Saved

Candace Lightner hasn’t compiled the data herself, but officials who study highway safety tell her more than a half-million lives – 600,000 in fact – have been preserved since the effort she spearheaded to curtail drunk driving. It’s the kind of accomplishment for which the Smithsonian Institute requests your memorabilia but more importantly it makes a life that lasted only 13 years a triumph over tragedy.

Anarcho-Capitalism: Teaching People How to Fish Without Government

Written by Brian White on Thursday, 24 October 2013. Posted in Opinion, Guest Column

Perhaps the best way to think of anarcho-capitalism is to consider it a means to teach people how to fish for themselves, rather than looking to government for their sustenance.

Anarcho-Capitalism: Teaching People How to Fish Without Government

Donald Hank's latest article “ANARCHO-CAPITALISM: FRESH FISH OR YESTERDAY’S CATCH?” warrants at least one more response. My essential complaint is that Donald does not accurately describe anarcho-capitalism (AC) in order to even make the case that it be set aside. Neither of his two articles express to me that he ascertains AC which while synonymous with laissez-faire and/or free market economics literally means uncoerced capitalism but implies a great deal more. Besides the observation of the superior value of a free market, AC adherents generally also adhere to the non-aggression principle (NAP). NAP warrants its own article and I highly recommend people investigate it further.

Anarcho-Capitalism: Not so Lightly Dismissed

Written by Brian White on Wednesday, 16 October 2013. Posted in Opinion, Guest Column

Does anarcho-capitalism offer a reasonable alternative to State-dominated forms of social, political and economic organization? Guest columnist Brian White makes the case that it does.

Anarcho-Capitalism: Not so Lightly Dismissed

When a person criticizes an idea in a public format such the American Daily Herald it is imperative that they demonstrate some essential expertise on the subject. In Donald Hank’s article “Anarcho-Capitalism: The Road Less Traveled to Serfdom” this is not the case. This article is a very typical and inaccurate recitation of the presumed failures of anarcho-capitalism or AC. Sometimes understanding AC is best achieved by explaining what it is not and Donald has given me that opportunity at least.

2013 Nobel Peace Prize Nominees

Written by Luke Hamilton on Monday, 14 October 2013. Posted in Luke Hamilton, Opinion, Guest Column

The Nobel Peace Prize has long had more to do with ideology than with actually celebrating peacemakers.

2013 Nobel Peace Prize Nominees

This week, all eyes were turned to Oslo where the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize recipient was announced Friday. Surprisingly, I was not issued a press pass this year and so like you, I was forced to wait with bated breath to find out which visionary would be ushered into the pantheon of peace, alongside such placid prodigies as Yasser Arafat, whose covert and overt support of so-called Palestinian terrorism directly led to the deaths of untold numbers of innocents and provided the basis for today’s continuing aggression toward Israel. Or Kofi Annan, whose inaction during the genocidal purges in Rwanda and the Balkans failed to halt the deaths of more than half a million people (at least 500,000 in Rwanda and 8,000 in Bosnia). And let us not forget Secretary of State Cordell Hull, upon whose advice FDR denied port to the SS St. Louis, a ship carrying 950 Jewish refugees from Europe in 1939. The refugees would ultimately return to Europe and most of the passengers would perish in Nazi concentration camps. Hull was given the Nobel in 1945. In light of these stellar alumni and the ho-hum-ity of the winner, it seemed necessary to offer the selection committee some suggestions, as it appears they could use a refresher on who is responsible for peace around the world.

Two Americas, One Future: The Choice is Yours

Written by Luke Hamilton on Monday, 07 October 2013. Posted in Luke Hamilton, Opinion, Guest Column

Americans today are facing a choice: blindly embrace total government and its resulting tyranny on the promise of vague, feel-good benefits, or reject Utopia in favor of natural rights and liberties.

Two Americas, One Future: The Choice is Yours

Our nation is suffering from multiple-personality disorder. The identity and history of the United States has been revised and rewired to the point where those who speak with authority on the grounds of historical scholarship are laughed off the stage in favor of those who speak with the heart of a revisionist and the scorn of an Alinski disciple. Indeed, they have proven Saul right. Mockery is a powerful weapon when your audience is comprised of low-information citizens.

I Have a French Driver’s License

Written by Ira Katz on Tuesday, 01 October 2013. Posted in Opinion, Guest Column

In small things are the problems of out-of-control big government revealed. Such as attempting to get a driver's license in France.

I Have a French Driver’s License

I have a French driver’s license (permis de conduire). This may seem like a trivial statement to most, but not for anyone who needs one, either French natives or expats like me. In fact, it is a long, difficult and expensive process due to the perfect storm of French bureaucracy (e.g., here, here) mixed with entrenched rent seeking.

Decay is a One-Way Street - Time to Excise the Rot

Written by Luke Hamilton on Monday, 23 September 2013. Posted in Luke Hamilton, Opinion, Guest Column

The cultural rot that has taken root in America can not be healed. Instead, it must be removed, so that the healthy core of America can again grow strong.

Decay is a One-Way Street - Time to Excise the Rot

When was the last time you cleaned out your fridge? If you were cleaning out the refrigerator and found a Tupperware container with that 3-Bean Dip you made for the Stanley Cup Finals, tucked away behind the Country Crock, would you pull it out and transfer it to a Ziploc bag for further preservation? Would you pop the lid off the moldy and putrescent remains of your award-winning chip dip and put a couple layers of fresh saran wrap on it? Would you toss it in the microwave and heat it up, like nothing was amiss? Of course you wouldn’t! You would grab a clothes-pin for your nose, open the garbage can, and shovel the spoiled mess into the bin of no return. Then you’d likely empty half a container of dish soap into the Tupperware, let it soak for 4 days, and pay some brave neighborhood kid to try and take your garbage bag from your waste bin to a dumpster without passing out from the stench.

The Right Thing to Do: A Presidential Broken Record

Written by Luke Hamilton on Monday, 09 September 2013. Posted in Luke Hamilton, Opinion, Guest Column

The President constantly assures us that all those things he wants to do are most certainly also the "right things to do." How can he be so sure?

The Right Thing to Do:  A Presidential Broken Record

In what is becoming the most pedagogic Presidency in memory, President Obama has demonstrated his fondness for putting on his rhetorical tweed jacket and lecturing the people who put him in office. His professorial roots are ostentatiously displayed on issues across the political spectrum, but no phrase of his is more threadbare than his labeling of something as “the right thing to do”. Despite the fact that this statement is devoid of meaning in the morally-relativist world in which President Obama believes he lives, he seems to use it daily for one subject or another.

Faustian Fisticuffs: Progressives vs. Fascists

Written by Luke Hamilton on Monday, 02 September 2013. Posted in Luke Hamilton, Opinion, Guest Column

The utopian dreams from the President’s ideological father, Saul Alinski, breed nothing but chaos, strife, poverty, and the breakdown of society as we know it.

Faustian Fisticuffs: Progressives vs. Fascists

Things are getting a little aggro on the Left these days. Far from the utopian paradise which was advertised, it appears the Beatles were lying. It turns out that love is not in fact all you need. John and Paul forgot to mention that you also need a boatload of cash to pay for the political prostitution which accompanies all that love. All across the nation, progressives and leftists are scrapping like feral dogs in the charred husk of a once-prosperous Detroit neighborhood. They’ve stumbled upon a carcass and now every bitch and cur wants a mouthful; the carcass of course being the desiccated remains of this once-great nation. Now that the so-called Republican Party has waved the white underpants on a stick to signal their surrender to the Progressive agenda, the fascists and socialists are beginning to turn on each other. Cracks in the Berlin Dam are starting to appear and it remains to be seen if the GOP will do any more than hold the trowel while Alinski’s disciples mix up more spackle.

The New Federal Office of Faith Based Community Initiatives

Written by Brian Schmied on Tuesday, 20 August 2013. Posted in Religion, U.S., Opinion, Guest Column

If we have tax dollars to give to religious groups, then we should lower taxes and fire some government employees, not invent new programs to spend money on.

The New Federal Office of Faith Based Community Initiatives

In its rush to step on as many constitutional amendments as possible, the Obama Administration has finally made it to the separation of church and state.

The Incredible Shrinking Evangelical Church in America

Written by Luke Hamilton on Monday, 19 August 2013. Posted in Luke Hamilton, Opinion, Guest Column

This nation is increasingly reminiscent of the ancient civilizations of Judah and Israel, turning deaf ears to God’s word while slavering over the ear-ticklers who offer reassurance when there is none.

The Incredible Shrinking Evangelical Church in America

A good friend of mine frequently asks, “Where are all the Evangelicals?!?” This friend is active in a number of pro-life, pro-family groups and says that without fail, the groups are populated almost exclusively with Catholic brothers and sisters and he often finds himself the token Evangelical participant. While remaining thankful for the large number of stalwart Catholic brethren on the front lines, I have to echo his question and wonder just where all of the Evangelicals are during these crucial opportunities to engage. Where is our coalition of leaders who have aligned to stand against the intrusion of government into our lives and liberties, as the Catholic bishops have done? Where are the lawsuits from prominent Evangelical congregations, filed to halt the degradation of religious liberty in America? Aside from Hobby Lobby, the silence is deafening.

The Love of Romans and the Deceit of Wormtongue

Written by Luke Hamilton on Monday, 12 August 2013. Posted in Luke Hamilton, Opinion, Guest Column

If we are to avoid becoming a nation of Detroits, we need to evict self-hating, progressive politicians and bureaucrats from their positions of power.

The Love of Romans and the Deceit of Wormtongue

Much has been written about the demise of the Motor City, expounding on the inevitable result of progressive liberalism gone wild and the potential ramifications to our communities if we allow the same forces to remain in power. Pictures and stories of the once-great American metropolis, brought to her knees, are staggering. As if the complete default of the city on its financial obligations wasn’t bad enough, Detroit continues to produce horrifying headline after horrifying headline, the most recent being a series of female victims who have each been found tied to a chair and burned to death in abandoned buildings throughout the city. It is hard to fathom that these stories are not coming from Mogadishu, but a major American city which holds a prestigious place in our history. How could a city which achieved such prominence become so godforsaken, both figuratively and literally?

Neither Royalty nor Government

Written by Brian White on Monday, 05 August 2013. Posted in Opinion, Guest Column

It's time to see that reliance on Government has brought us as far as it is going to. Now, we need to return to the original ideas that America was founded on.

Neither Royalty nor Government

As a CT resident I sometimes read the Hartford Courant Op-Ed when eating breakfast out. On Saturday July 27th I read a local pathologist's well lettered Op-Ed piece scorning the American interest in the new born son of Price William and Princess Kate. I share his disdain for all things Royalty. There is no genetic quality in the descendants of Monarchs that make them particularly special. They've had the privilege of inheriting wealth and status and that does not make them any more special than any other family of inherited wealth. But to each his own; if people want to faun over the Windsors then it's their choice and no skin off my nose. However, then the article's author leaps to share his regret that 18 million children in America go hungry each night. I don't know where he gets his statistics and it is not that I'm challenging their accuracy but it reminded me that some people continue to focus on symptoms and fail to understand problems.

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