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Bob's Words of Wisdom

Does America Really Need a Constitutional Convention of States?

What is wrong with our Constitution? Absolutely Nothing! There is nothing wrong with our Constitution but there is something wrong with the people we have elected to enforce its rules. Here is an example of why our country is in deep trouble. This is a recent quote from our President ‘More than half the women […]

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Let’s Talk Sex and Idaho Law

The Redefining of Gender Dysphoria Across Idaho there has been much consternation over the inclusion of LGBT policies in schools, parental rights not being upheld, children being able to access literature on LGBT issues, and activities promoting an LGBT lifestyle. Many Idahoans believe all of this is an act of grooming for inappropriate behavior, a […]

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Editorial from Sen. Chris Trakel, Idaho Freedom Caucus Member

As a state senator and a representative of the Caldwell community, I am appalled by the recent events surrounding the Caldwell School Board’s policy regarding transgender students. The shutdown of the school board meeting during testimony on this issue is a blatant disregard for the voices of concerned citizens and a violation of their right […]

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The Idaho Freedom Caucus

Bringing the battle for Freedom to the State “I’ve got my right and my left mixed up,” Tom Arkoosh remarked in his closing statement in the Attorney General’s debate. Although he was referring to hand gestures he had made as a part of his statement (see clip below), no better words than his own could […]

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John Livingston

Medicaid is the Ticking Economic Time Bomb

In light of the Idaho Republican House of Representatives “kicking the can down the road” regarding our State’s ever-increasing Medicaid budget and recognizing that when the Federal match for the expansion program will most likely drop from 90/10 to 80/20 and the regular Medicaid match will drop even more when the Republicans in Washington regain […]

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John Livingston

A Wise and Educated Man

DON’T TAKE EDUCATED PEOPLE TOO SERIOUSLY There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. I listened on the radio to the Idaho PBS broadcast of the testimony of a President of an Idaho University before the Idaho legislature (JFAC) committee. The testimony started out with a flattering discussion that 91% of the legislators had attended […]

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Origins of the Constitution

Have We Lost the Source of Truth? I have seen a number of articles and essays that tell us that our Constitution had its origins from Cicero, Plato and other thinkers and rulers of the Greek and Roman period. They add the thinking of the “enlightenment period” of the eighteenth century that provided the wisdom […]

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Bob's Words of Wisdom

How did we get here? A walk-through History

Everyone seems to ask the same question “How did we get to where we are with the wokeness, Critical Race theory, gender orientation, and the general discourse with most Americans? It is almost as if we were back in the 1800s just before the Civil War. There is so much conflict in our country that […]

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Finally, Idaho has an Attorney General willing to do his Job

The election of Attorney General Raul Labrador could be a game-changer for Idaho. We have already seen AG Labrador stop the ridiculous and costly prosecution of Sara Brady and he is now entering the fracas in the Caldwell School District. The school district board closed down a recent meeting because of strong controversy over their […]

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John Livingston

Proven Science can’t be changed by Legislation

I am always surprised when a ruling coming from the Eastern District of California in the IX US District Court is one that I agree with. Wisdom and fidelity to the Founding Principles and our Constitution seem to be in short supply in our country, but especially in California. There does appear to be a […]

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St. Luke’s Defamation Farce?

How can a company with several very public issues recover their reputation? St Luke’s hospital seems to think the answer is to attack the patients who have offered honest feedback. However, as a member of the community and having watched St Luke’s PR struggles, I can honestly say that they cannot place blame on anyone […]

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Unleash the Power of School Choice

Life is competition. Every organism on the planet, from virus to human, is the champion of a generation’s long struggle for the right to exist. Every product you consider, collect or consume is the result of innumerable competitive transactions. There are so many competitive transactions that must occur to produce even the simplest product that […]

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