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Barack Obama vs. Liberalism

May 19th, 2013 · 4 Comments

In defending the President against his responsibility for his scandals, liberals undermine their governing philosophy.  We should support these efforts! It’s been incredibly interesting to watch supporters of the President try to defend his actions – or lack thereof – in his various swirling scandals these days.  First there was a lot of silence – […]

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Tags: Big Government · Obama · Partisanship · Principles

Scenes and Thoughts from the Paul Ryan Rally

September 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on Scenes and Thoughts from the Paul Ryan Rally

You have to give credit to the folks who picked Peterbilt Truck Parts and Equipment for Paul Ryan’s visit to Sparks this morning.  Is there a better setting to perfectly embody the GOP image combination of “economy,” “manliness,” “you built that small business,” and “America”?

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Mark Amodei · Paul Ryan · Principles · Religion

So Ron Paul Supporters “Win” – But What Exactly Did They Win?

May 8th, 2012 · 13 Comments

Ron Paul supporters in Nevada had their crowning achievement this weekend – they “took over” the state party.  It took them four years of planning, coordination, and subterfuge, but they won a smashing victory over the weekend by sticking it to “The Establishment”. And in doing so, they (at best) did nothing.  At worst, they […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Constitutional Law · Constitutionalists · Corruption · Libertarians · Mike Roberson · Mitt Romney · Principles · Republicans · Ron Paul · Sharron Angle

What Should I Call Posts Like This? Everyone Else Already Uses “Nuggets”…

February 21st, 2012 · 2 Comments

So much great stuff around the Silver State’s Intertubes (and beyond) today… ~~~ Attorney General Cortez-Masto says that the presence of a middle man cures otherwise Unconstitutional transfer of money from government to private industry.  Interesting. I really hope NPRI files a lawsuit over this, if for no other reason than I always get a […]

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Tags: Big Government · Campaign '12 · Constitutional Law · Corruption · Education · Environment · Environmentalists · Federalism · Health Care · Libertarians · Mitt Romney · Nevada Politics · Newt Gingrich · Principles · Religion · Republicans · Rick Santorum · Social Conservatism · Taxes

“Is there a good ‘conservative’ ‘Republican’ in the race?”

January 3rd, 2012 · 2 Comments

A reader recently E-mailed me with this question, and I thought the night before the Iowa caucus would be a time to reflect on it here. Is there a good “conservative” “Republican” in the race? As much as I’d like to think the guy currently in office is vulnerable, the Republicans seem to be trying […]

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Tags: Big Government · Campaign '12 · Jon Huntsman · Michelle Bachmann · Mike Huckabee · Mitt Romney · Nevada Politics · Newt Gingrich · Principles · Republicans · Rick Perry · Rick Santorum · Ron Paul

Mitt Romney’s Very Strange Definition of “Conservative”

December 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on Mitt Romney’s Very Strange Definition of “Conservative”

Mitt Romney has always been my default candidate in this race.  He’s acceptable, good enough, has some points about him I really like, could beat Obama, and ultimately would be a vastly better President than the current one.  And his resume is full of taking economically failing institutions and slashing their waste until they’re successful […]

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Tags: Assembly 25 Campaign · Campaign '12 · Constitutional Law · Federalism · Health Care · Mitt Romney · Newt Gingrich · Principles

Newt Gingrich, the Judiciary, and the Principle of Limited Government

December 18th, 2011 · Comments Off on Newt Gingrich, the Judiciary, and the Principle of Limited Government

I missed last Thursday’s debate where Newt Gingrich and Michelle Bachmann took aim at the Supreme Court, and indeed, the Federal Judiciary generally.  But since then Newt has kept at it, and his answers make me incredibly nervous. The principle of limited government means that government must be strictly limited – even if you like […]

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Tags: Big Government · Campaign '12 · Constitutional Law · Criminal Law · Judges · Lawyers and the Law · Newt Gingrich · Principles

Appealing To the Center and Fidelity to Principle Don’t Have To Be Mutually Exclusive

November 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on Appealing To the Center and Fidelity to Principle Don’t Have To Be Mutually Exclusive

Thomas Sowell has a great column on this topic that’s very worth reading, especially here in Nevada where various elections have been (quite wrongly, in my view) analyzed based on whether a candidate was “too conservative” or not. Senator Goldwater was not crazy enough to start a nuclear war. But the way he talked sometimes […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Nevada Politics · Principles · Republicans

Non-Live Blog of the State of the Union

January 26th, 2011 · Comments Off on Non-Live Blog of the State of the Union

I couldn’t live blog tonight, as I had a class to teach.  But I listened to most of it on the radio, and watched the rest on DVR when I got home. I wish the entire nation could have seen Governor Sandoval’s speech last night, in order to contrast it with this one.  Sandoval gave […]

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Tags: Capitalism · China · Congress · Economy · Education · Environment · Foreign Policy · George Bush · Health Care · Iraq · Liberals · Nanny State · Nevada Politics · Obama · Partisanship · Patriotism · Principles · Republicans · Taxes

Hope and Fear – Some Pre-Election Thoughts

November 1st, 2010 · 3 Comments

Two years ago, on the eve of another historical election, I wrote about my hopes for the election results and the next several years.  I said that my desires, in order of preference, were 1) that John McCain won, and was successful, 2) that Barack Obama won, and was successful, or, failing those two outcomes, […]

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Tags: Campaign '10 · Corruption · Economy · Obama · Principles · Republicans · Voter Fraud

Why Nevada Must Challenge ObamaCare

April 13th, 2010 · Comments Off on Why Nevada Must Challenge ObamaCare

Attorney General Cortez-Masto’s decision to ignore the Governor’s request and to not join over one third of the Union in a Constitutional challenge against ObamaCare is a travesty.  The threat to our country and to our state particularly is real and immediate, and our participation in the lawsuit is critical to the rule of law […]

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Tags: Assembly 25 Campaign · Big Government · Constitutional Law · Federalism · First Documents · Health Care · Principles

I’ll Stick With The Freedom, Thanks!

April 13th, 2010 · Comments Off on I’ll Stick With The Freedom, Thanks!

This little cartoon is fantastic – all of our kids need to see it once.  Our politicians need to watch it about once a week, I think.  It was as true in 1948 as it was in 1910 and as it is in 2010. What I really love about this video is that it shows […]

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Tags: Free Markets · Principles

Conservatism, Race, and Jimmy Carter

September 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

For a long time, I’ve believed that Jimmy Carter was a decent man at some point in the past who was in over his head as president, did good things for charities, and had grown bitter and stupid with age.  Certainly, I believed his behavior in the last few years has been reprehensible, but accepted […]

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Tags: Jimmy Carter · Principles · Race

Who’s “The Man” at Burning Man?

September 3rd, 2009 · 10 Comments

Burning Man is underway, and right now there are thousands of people partying in the desert and taking pictures of them and their friends with their own cameras of the event.  And despite their illusions of freedom, they don’t own a single one of those pictures.  Not really. But the Government of Black Rock City […]

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Tags: 1st Amendment · Burning Man · Corporations · Culture · Hippies · Liberals · Principles

Principles, Hypocrisy, and John Ensign

June 23rd, 2009 · 11 Comments

In all the commentary on the John Ensign adultery debacle, there’s a tremendous lack of common sense or honesty, replaced instead by the kind of tribalism sourced from the same “logic” that makes Vikings fans think Brett Favre actually sucks (unless he decides to play for the Vikings). It’s understandable.  Conservatives want to rally around […]

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Tags: Culture · Partisanship · Principles · Religion · Republicans · Social Conservatism

An Inclusive Definition of “Conservative”

May 31st, 2009 · Comments Off on An Inclusive Definition of “Conservative”

I like this take from Big Hollywood blogger Leigh Scott: There are really only two core beliefs that you need to be considered a Conservative in my book.  One, as I’ve stated before, is the conviction that personal liberty is paramount.  Two, you don’t look to your enemies for validation. But while I agree with […]

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Tags: Principles

The Liberal Disconnect on Judges

May 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Note:  I wrote most of this before President Obama announced his Sotomayor nomination.  Stand by for more on that in the coming days. A friend of mine from law school recently posted this article from The Gawker on Facebook.  Ordinarily, my friend, although I usually disagree with him, posts interesting and thought provoking links.  Alas, […]

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Tags: Constitutional Law · Judges · Lawyers and the Law · Liberals · Principles

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

March 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I give this movie 4.5 Reagans (out of 5).

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Tags: Movies · Principles

Conservative Movies

March 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

One of the things I always meant to do much earlier in this blog is ruminate about movies from a political philosophy standpoint.  In law school, a good friend of mine and I would often argue over whether a movie was conservative or not.  It was an incredibly useful way to refine my own philosophies, […]

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Tags: Movies · Principles

Lessons For Government From a Grounded Ship

February 10th, 2009 · 11 Comments

As a former Surface Warfare Officer, navigator, and Hawaii sailor, I’ve been following with interest the grounding of USS Port Royal (thankfully freed today).  While the actual mishap report won’t be released for months, I have some guesses about what went wrong – mostly because they’re the same things that always go wrong when a […]

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Tags: Big Government · Principles · Sea Stories