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Cancel Culture and the War on History

Cancel culture may not be brand new, but it has certainly escalated to a point where it can no longer be ignored or regarded as a fringe phenomenon. Hardly a day goes by that some household name is not tagged as having violated some cultural rule and therefore forfeited his place in the cultural zeitgeist. […]

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The Media is the Propaganda Arm of the Progressive Movement

Trump has called the media the “enemy of the people,” but he is only half correct. The media is most certainly the enemy of those people who support freedom and liberty, but it remains a close ally of those who advocate socialism and the tyranny of big government. In recent weeks, there has been much […]

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The Initiative Process Furthers the Progressive Goal of Direct Democracy

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” It may not have been Winston Churchill who said it, but that does not make it any less accurate. We have received myriad warnings against democracy from John Adams’ observation that “There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide” […]

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Medicaid Expansion and the Looming Disaster of Socialism

It’s quite unfortunate indeed that the political left’s long con of turning a constitutional republic based on individual rights into a socialist democracy is actually working. I, for one, don’t give a damn what “the people” want when it comes to their desire to plunder my property to fund their consumption. Such ne’er-do-wells deserve to […]

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Marsy’s Law 2.0 Still Has Many Serious Problems

Marsy’s Law 2.0 (SJR102) was introduced on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, and it corrects some of the major problems with the original Marsy’s Law proposal (SJR101) by removing entirely the ambiguous and undefined right to “reasonable protection from the accused.” It also adds “or the right to keep and bear arms under Section 11, Article […]

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Marsy’s Law Tramples “Innocent Until Proven Guilty” Underfoot

The “Marsy’s Law for Idaho” proposal will create a brand new constitutional right to “reasonable protection” against “the accused” (not just those who are convicted) for “crime victims” including those who are allegedly being threatened with “emotional harm.” The proposal also strikes the language allowing the legislature to define these rights. Article 1, Section 11 […]

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Among Other Problems, “Marsy’s Law for Idaho” is Backdoor Gun Control

The backers of “Marsy’s Law for Idaho” claim that their proposal to modify Idaho’s Constitution will “provide additional rights to crime victims.” On the surface, this may sound like a good idea, but it has several dangerous flaws, including the bypassing of our constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms. First, let’s take a […]

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Campaign investments can become social media ghost towns

Political campaigns tend to be stressful and even frenetic endeavors as candidates struggle to fill out surveys, attend forums and debates, answer constituent questions, and keep up with advertising and social media. If a candidate is fortunate, they are able to outsource some of these items to paid staff or to volunteers. In small or […]

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‘Red Flag’ laws are just another gun confiscation scheme

— Published with Permission of ParrishMiller.com — The latest scheme from the gun grabbers is called “red flag” laws and, unlike most their other schemes, even nominally conservative pundits and publications are getting on board with this attempt to disarm certain people. That’s the trick, you see, the classic divide-and-conquer strategy that has worked in so many other cases. […]

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Police State Nightmares Courtesy of Luke Malek

It was February of 2014, and Rep. Luke Malek was back to his old tricks, pushing Idaho to become even more of a police state, fighting against criminal justice reform by actively engaging in over-criminalization. For him, it was nothing new; he had been here many times before. In fact, in 2013, his dastardly proposal […]

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Why ‘Innocent Until Proven Guilty’ Matters More than Ever

What we are seeing today is the normalization of a disturbing trend which has been slowly growing over the last couple of decades: The wholesale destruction of lives and careers through rumors, speculation, and salacious gossip spread by a partisan, agenda-driven media machine. It takes no proof and no real evidence for this character assassination […]

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Idaho Lawmaker Berates ‘Loser Snowflakes’ for Suffering from the Problems He Helped Create

Perhaps it’s time the “loser snowflakes” of the world started recognizing the real source of their problems. Stephen Hartgen is a Republican Idaho State Representative from Twin Falls. This means he spends 3-4 months every year in session in Boise, Idaho, voting on laws and budgets. He also serves as the Chairman of the Commerce & […]