[W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion…Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. — John Adams

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Why Nativity Scenes Matter in the Public Square

Doug Carter

When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he explained that our freedoms come from God. “All men are created equal,” he says, and “they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” A nativity display on government property reminds us that all humans have unalienable rights- rights which cannot legitimately be taken away- because these rights come from God.

The Duty to Defend Life

David Whitney

When you study the history of the world, some of the most perilous times for any people are when a regime change takes place. I believe we are approaching, if we are not already into, a major regime change; not just in our land but around the world.

Proud to Be #2…On Our Way Down

Bob Ellis

Congratulations, Barack Obama! You've fundamentally transformed the United States from being the #1 economy in the world for well over 100 years, into now sliding back into the #2 slot. What a remarkable milestone...on your way to taking this nation down a few pegs more and making it into just another mediocre socialist pit.

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Enriching the Bad Guys

Bob Ellis

President Obama's decision to bail out the Marxist thugs in Cuba has me thinking again. Thinking again, as I have thought since at least the 90s (when congress normalized trade relations with the communist regime in China...who are still a bunch of oppressive communist thugs, 20 years later) about why in the world a self-respecting, freedom-loving nation should EVER want anything whatsoever to do with an oppressive Marxist regime.

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Senators Cruz and Lee: The Big Lie

Rick Manning

Anonymous and some not so anonymous Republican Senators attempted to bury their fellow Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee for having the audacity to force Senate floor votes on the constitutionality of President Obama’s executive amnesty.

I agree with Whoopi Goldberg!

Woodrow Wilcox

On “The View” TV program on December 17, 2014, Whoopi Goldberg said that our prayers go to the families in Pakistan who lost their children and others in the attack on a school in Pakistan by the Taliban. She added that Americans who want to support or help the Taliban or ISIS should realize that those groups support such acts of terror. Whoopi ended the comment by telling the audience that people in the U.S. who like the Taliban or ISIS should leave because we don’t need them in this country.

President Bush issues statement on economic bailout in 2008 (White House photo by Chris Greenberg)

Bush Paved Way for Obama Executive Abuse

Robert Romano

To save American car companies in 2008, then-President George W. Bush opted to use $17 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), which had been enacted to extend loans to financial institutions caught in the mortgage backed securities meltdown. There was nothing in the law that had allowed the bailout funds to be used for auto manufacturers. The Administration just made it up.

Congress Allows Obama to Slap Them With Cuba

Rick Manning

It only took a couple of days for the ink to dry on Congress' decision to fund the Obama administration's objectives for the rest of the year before it came back to bite them. The choice to fund all of the government for the next nine months, besides the Department of Homeland Security, means that Congress has little recourse to rein in Obama's Cuban bailout.

It is Time for a Christian Values Party

Dave Daubenmire

This is the way the American political system works. Democrats/liberals are the counterweight to Republicans/conservatives. The constant teetering gives the impression of movement, but the status quo rarely changes. This has never been more evident than what has occurred in Congress since Obama was ‘handed his hat’ in the mid-term elections; except nothing has really changed. The teeter has tottered to Republican control of the Congress, yet the policies that Obama has pushed forward still remain in place.

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The Purpose of the Church

Michael Day

Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California has given us the idea of the purpose driven church and the purpose driven life. So, what are “the five basic fundamentals” of the Christian faith? Where did they come from?

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Losing the Soul of a Nation

A.J. Castellitto

The truths of Biblical reality are under assault like never before. Whether it be the university classroom, the workplace, a military unit, or the political realm, the truths of the Bible are constantly under assault in our day. The Christian faithful must be prepared to take on all types of intellectual and emotional challenges and accusations against their faith.

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Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD)

Where the Heck Was Rep. Kristi Noem?

Bob Ellis

It is now clear that the "Republican" controlled U.S. House of Representatives, despite what they told America during the election, is perfectly willing to fund ObamaCare, amnesty for illegal aliens, and a trillion dollars worth of other wasted taxpayer spending. Where was South Dakota's Rep. Kristi Noem when the fight went down?

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Police car in Cuba (Photo credit: Dick Elbers)

Congress Allows Obama to Slap Them With Cuba

Rick Manning

It only took a couple of days for the ink to dry on Congress' decision to fund the Obama administration's objectives for the rest of the year before it came back to bite them. The choice to fund all of the government for the next nine months, besides the Department of Homeland Security, means that Congress has little recourse to rein in Obama's Cuban bailout.

Photo credit: Keizers

Enriching the Bad Guys

Bob Ellis

President Obama's decision to bail out the Marxist thugs in Cuba has me thinking again. Thinking again, as I have thought since at least the 90s (when congress normalized trade relations with the communist regime in China...who are still a bunch of oppressive communist thugs, 20 years later) about why in the world a self-respecting, freedom-loving nation should EVER want anything whatsoever to do with an oppressive Marxist regime.

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On the the Behavior of the Family Heritage Alliance: An Open Letter

Bob Ellis

A couple of days ago, I sent this letter to the Family Heritage Alliance. Since the actions of FHA with which I take great exception were public, I am now making this letter public.

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WW2 soldiers will tell about crossing Bridge at Remagen

Newswire

On Saturday, November 8, WW2 US Army soldiers Paul Priest and Bill Lofgren, along with military historian LTC George Larson (USAF ret), will visually present their experiences crossing the Bridge at Remagen, scene of horrific fighting at the Ludendorff Railway Bridge spanning the Rhine River. Sponsored by the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group, the presentation will take place at Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City at 9 am.

U.S. Constitution - Yesterday & Today

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Sydney Hostage Tragedy and Its American Cousin

Jake MacAulay

Just a few days ago, a dangerous and deadly hostage ordeal unfolded in Sydney, Australia. According to news reports the Muslim man who perpetrated the event is a self proclaimed minister of the Islamic state. This tragedy in Australia got me to thinking about another tragedy – another hostage situation much closer to home.

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Constitution Not a Self-Enforcing Document

Michael Peroutka

The Constitution is not a self-enforcing document. Although the Constitution is the supreme law of our land and provides limits on the powers and authorities of our federal, state and local governments, its words cannot and will not leap off the page and enforce themselves. The common folk of America must be the champions of their own liberty.

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Tea Party Express Whores Itself to RINO Establishment

Bob Ellis

We've come to a very sad and pathetic place in America and South Dakota, these days. There once was a time, not too long ago, when you could count on certain people and groups to do the right thing and hold the line against what was wrong. Not anymore.



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