The promulgation of the great doctrines of religion, the being, and attributes, and providence of one Almighty God; the responsibility to him for all our actions, founded upon moral freedom and accountability; a future state of rewards and punishments; the cultivation of all the personal, social, and benevolent virtues;–these never can be a matter of indifference in any well ordered community. It is, indeed, difficult to conceive, how any civilized society can well exist without them. — Justice Joseph Story, 1833, Commentaries on the Constitution 3:§§ 1865–73

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How Democrats defeated themselves

Star Parker

New Gallup polling on party favorability ratings should be useful reading for leaders of the Democratic Party who are still in denial about the meaning of the Republican sweep in the recent elections.<.p>

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Advice for New Senators, Congressmen

Rick Manning

The newly elected members of the House of Representatives will be arriving in Washington for their first big decisions — leadership elections and hiring of staff. Here is some unsolicited advice for these idealistic newcomers as they hit Jenkins Hill.

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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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What Does the Republican Victory Mean?

Michael Peroutka

According to many pundits, the resuls of the November 4th elections, where Republicans gained at least seven seats in the US Senate and several more in the House of Representatives, represents a sea change in American politics. But will this change in politics represent a change in American public policy?

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We Won. Now What?

Ken Connor

It appears that the first order of business will be for the GOP to decide how best to use their new mandate. Will they pursue a path of compromise as articulated by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, or will they embrace the attitude expressed by Senator Ted Cruz, who pronounced an end to the era of Obama before a crowd of cheering constituents? What's more, if the GOP does decide to strike a conciliatory tone, is there much common ground to be found?

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You KNOW It’s True!

Bob Ellis

You KNOW this is true! (Can you say "Hypocrisy"? I knew you could)

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Ruling by Intrique

Dale Pflug

Guard against those whose messages make us curious, seduce with their fascination, and captivate with their sincerity. Make no mistake about the nature of all those that seek to rule over you. To quote George Washington, "Government is not reason, it is not eloquence -- it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." Do those that seek to rule over you, intrigue you? Then you will be wise to understand that ruling by intrigue is a high skill of government that seeks only your submission, not your liberty!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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