Publisher's Corner

Original Intent and the Fourth of July

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Friday, 04 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Publisher's Corner

It is widely believed by modern Americans that the Fourth of July is a celebration of our nation’s military. In reality, it is a holiday meant to celebrate our deliverance from tyranny.

Original Intent and the Fourth of July

Many conservatives are concerned with the doctrine of original intent. As opposed to its diametrical opposite, the doctrine of a "living Constitution" that has no fixed meaning, the doctrine of original intent holds that not only does the Constitution have a single, definite meaning, but that we know what that meaning is both through the textual clarity of the document itself and through the voluminous record left to us by both its direct authors and by the others who had substantial influence, philosophically, economically and politically, on the cultural and intellectual milieu of the time and place when and where it was written and adopted.

It's Time to Get Rid of Nukes

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Wednesday, 11 June 2014. Posted in Opinion, Publisher's Corner

Nuclear weapons represent the ultimate concentration of power in the hands of government. But they are no longer needed, and should be dismantled.

It's Time to Get Rid of Nukes

The Founding Fathers of the American republic were concerned about the illegal exercise of government power. In their day, the power that concerned them was that of the British Empire, then the world’s sole superpower.

Two Questions About Government

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Posted in Opinion, Publisher's Corner

We take government for granted. It seems to be an inescapable fact of life. But, maybe it’s time to take a closer look at whether we should continue to accept the existence of government.

Two Questions About Government

The only things that are for certain, goes the old saying, are death and taxes. And, it would seem to be so. Of the former, modern science has found ways to delay it, but the technology of death avoidance is out of reach, despite the fervent desires of those looking for “the singularity.” As to the latter, history teaches that taxes and the governments that insist on them are almost as unavoidable. In the dimmest recesses of time there are hints that government as we know it didn’t exist, or was extremely minimal. But these are just the barest of hints. The vast majority of the historical record is made up of accounts of various governments and government actions, and usually despotic ones at that.

The High Cost of Empire - Obama’s Outrageous Travel Expenses

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Tuesday, 08 April 2014. Posted in Opinion, Publisher's Corner

If the President really cared about income inequality and restoring prosperity for Americans, he would lead by example and his own behavior would be much more modest.

The High Cost of Empire - Obama’s Outrageous Travel Expenses

President Obama and the dumb-o-crats are always worried about the little people. Income inequality is holding them back, they say as they feign worry about the lower castes of American society. 

Not So Happy in the Good Old USA

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Thursday, 27 March 2014. Posted in Opinion, Publisher's Corner

A new analysis finds that America is not the happiest nation on earth. Here are five reasons the country is in the dumps.

Not So Happy in the Good Old USA

The latest pseudo-scientific nonsense delivered by a “big data” analysis of dreck dredged up from social media comes from an outfit called “Jetpac” that publishes travel guides.

What’s So Special About the US Constitution, Anyway?

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Friday, 14 March 2014. Posted in Opinion, Publisher's Corner

Most every nation has its own Constitution, and even at least one Supreme Court Justice thinks foreign constitutions might be better than our own. But the U.S. Constitution is special.

What’s So Special About the US Constitution, Anyway?

Progressives hate the Constitution. They like to claim that it is a "living" document that should change with the times. Columnist and pastor Byron Williams exemplifies this view. Writing for the Huffington Post in 2012, he quipped: "Though I would not consider myself on an intellectual par with James Madison, I would say that I have a better understanding of what 'We the people of the United States in order to form a more perfect union' looks like in the 21st century than he does."

It’s Time To Stop the Transfer of American Wealth to Other Nations

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Tuesday, 04 March 2014. Posted in Opinion, Publisher's Corner

Everyone knows the Federal Budget is out of control. To start reigning in spending, it’s time to cut off the foreign aid gravy train.

It’s Time To Stop the Transfer of American Wealth to Other Nations

The United States is deeply in debt. As of February 27, 2014, total federal debt amounted to $17.4 trillion dollars. The figure topped $17 trillion in October after a then unprecedented $328 billion increase. Since hitting the $17 trillion mark, the Obama administration has added an additional $350 billion to the debt since then.

John Kerry’s Dialectic: The Climate Change Gambit

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Saturday, 22 February 2014. Posted in Opinion, Publisher's Corner

The Secretary of State’s attack on climate change skeptics is classic collectivist propaganda.

Secretary of State John Kerry

Collectivists are very simple minded. Unable to come to grips with the complexity of individuality, they instead lump people together into groups. For the National Socialists of Hitlerian Germany, there were groups of Jews and Aryans. For the international socialists of the communist nations, there were the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. For tribal collectivists, there is one tribe versus another. But, ultimately, all collectivism is of a tribalist mindset.

If You Wear Google Glass, You Might Be a Terrorist

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Wednesday, 22 January 2014. Posted in Opinion, Publisher's Corner

Federal Agents from the Department of Homeland Security interrogate man wearing Google Glass at an Ohio movie theater.

If You Wear Google Glass, You Might Be a Terrorist

What does the Department of Homeland Security do?

Based on the name of the vast bureaucracy, you’d think that it would be involved in stopping terrorist attacks, or securing the nation against other existential threats.

Cynics, on the other hand, would say that the agency has Orwellian overtones and that it represents a threat to basic liberties.

America's Brain Drain on Display

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Tuesday, 01 October 2013. Posted in Opinion, Publisher's Corner

Far from being an exceptional nation, it seems we've become instead an exceptionally ill-informed one. As a result, voters have accepted, and even demanded, government policies that are causing the decline of the nation.

America's Brain Drain on Display

Employers these days lament that students entering the workforce lack basic skills. College professors fret that incoming freshman lack basic understanding of history, language, science and culture. And voters keep putting Democrats in office and Obama in the White House.

Clearly, we're in deep trouble.

Congress, War Powers and Syria

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Tuesday, 27 August 2013. Posted in Opinion, Publisher's Corner

The potential for an attack on Syria once again raises the thorny constitutional question of who, the President or Congress, has war-making authority.

Congress, War Powers and Syria

In the wake of the deadly poison gas attack in Syria that has claimed many, many lives, expectations around the world hold that the Obama administration will approve military action against the Assad regime.

Obama Administration To Investigate Itself Over Surveillance Scandal

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Tuesday, 13 August 2013. Posted in Opinion, Publisher's Corner

In the wake of the surveillance scandal unveiled by leaks delivered by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the administration has now announced that it will investigate itself.

Obama Administration To Investigate Itself Over Surveillance Scandal

On August 12, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper posted a brief statement on the Director of National Intelligence Website announcing the formation of a "Review Group On Intelligence and Communication Technologies."

It's Just Metadata?

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Friday, 21 June 2013. Posted in Opinion, Publisher's Corner

Maybe the government isn't reading or listening to the content of your communications. But its collection of metadata is just as bad.

It's Just Metadata?

The NSA scandal erupted a few weeks ago with revelations from Edward Snowden that the super secret agency was collecting electronic information about all Americans. That scandal has tempered somewhat in the face of the government's attempt to smear the messenger and its effort to assure people that they are only collecting metadata rather than the actual content of the intercepted communications.

Bradlee Dean versus the Progressive Regime

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Tuesday, 28 May 2013. Posted in Opinion, Publisher's Corner

Bradlee Dean’s ongoing legal battle with Rachel Maddow is a David vs. Goliath encounter, and he needs your help.

Bradlee Dean versus the Progressive Regime

If it wasn’t obvious before, it should be by now. The progressive establishment, which has captured many of the levers of hard power in government, and which controls a large percentage of the soft power wielded by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the media, has embarked upon an aggressive campaign to use its massive power to crush and punish its conservative and libertarian opponents.

Surfing the Nanny State

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Wednesday, 30 January 2013. Posted in Opinion, Publisher's Corner

An extreme athlete appears to have set a new world record by surfing a towering 100-foot wave. A nanny-state mentality would have prevented this achievement.

Surfing the Nanny State

The nanny state is predicated on the idea that people are stupid and need to be protected from harming themselves and others through their ignorance. 

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