The rights of conscience are, indeed, beyond the just reach of any human power. They are given by God, and cannot be encroached upon by human authority, without a criminal disobedience of the precepts of natural, as well as of revealed religion. — Justice Joseph Story, 1833, Commentaries on the Constitution 3:§§ 1870

Tag archive: "tea-party"

Lois Lerner

Criminal Action Sought on Former IRS Official

Tom Toth

The House Ways and Means Committee has voted to request the Department of Justice (DOJ) pursue criminal action against former senior IRS official Lois Lerner in response to the criminal activity uncovered during the House’s own investigation into the recent IRS scandal in which Tea Party organizations were specifically singled out for undue scrutiny in 501(c)(4) applications.


GOP Leaders Launch a Civil War Against Conservatives

Guest Author

Republican Congressional leaders, less than three hundred miles from Fort Sumter where the Confederates fired on the federal government and launched a horrific four-year American Civil War, are meeting to declare a civil war against conservatives who are the base of the Republican Party.


Mitch McConnell: Enemy of Conservatives

Bob Ellis

Both Mitch McConnell and that worthless slug John Boehner in the House need to go--definitely from leadership, but also from their seats in congress as well. They have proven themselves to be not only an impediment to the advancement of conservative values, but an enemy of those values.

Boston Tea Party

Is the Tea Party to Blame for Senate Republican Failures?

Guest Author

It is an article of faith in Washington among the ruling class that were it not for those unreasonable conservatives like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee that Republicans would control the Senate. Those are the types, so the mantra goes, who win primaries and then lose elections that could otherwise be won. like Richard Murdock of Indiana and Todd Akin of Missouri. But what about the anointed "reasonable" Republicans? How have they done in recent elections?

Matt Bevin

Why Matt Bevin is challenging Mitch McConnell

Star Parker

Upsetting the status quo means shaking up and displacing an entrenched, comfortable political establishment. For Tea Partiers, this means not just the opposition party, but also the establishment in its own party – the Republican Party. Take, for instance, the current primary challenge in Kentucky by Tea Partier Matt Bevin against Republican Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell.


Tea Party in Texas

Rick Manning

In Texas, the lieutenant governor is almost as powerful as the governor, serving at the head of the state Senate, which requires 21 out of 31 votes to bring anything to the floor. Quite simply, if the lieutenant governor doesn’t like your bill, it is dead. National political writers miss this important point as they autopsy the meaning of the Texas Republican primary elections.


Pleading the Fifth For Trampling the First

Robert Romano

A lot has happened since former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Exempt Organizations head Lois Lerner refused to testify in May 2013 about the agency targeting of the tea party and other 501(c)(4) organizations, asserting her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. For starters, it turns out the scandal goes much higher than was originally stated.

Tea Party

Tea Party Coming of Age

Rick Manning

140,000 comments. That’s how many groups and individuals weighed in on the Internal Revenue Service’s proposed regulations that would normalize the IRS’ targeting of tea party groups, and a review of a sampling of these comments reveals a startling new reality – they overwhelmingly came from conservative/limited government supporters. It seems the tea party has grown up, and not a second too soon.

From the Rapid City Tax Day Tea Party, April 15, 2009

Tea Party: GOPs Natural Ally is the Establishment’s Greatest Enemy

Bob Ellis

Have you ever watched a person or a group of people who always seem to find a way to lose? They are the ones for whom the statement was made about "snatching defeat from the jaws of victory." Consider what is perhaps the most clear example of this exasperating behavior from the Republican establishment.

IRS Headquarters on Constitution Avenue (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

IRS Rules Trample Tea Party, Protect Unions

Nathan Mehrens

Tea party and other 501(c)(4) organizations were targeted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Applications for tax exempt status were delayed even as groups indicated they intended to engage in political activities that were allowed by law and regulation for (c)(4)s. In the meantime, agency officials considering the applications feigned ignorance over what was allowable while thousands of existing (c)(4)s were unaffected by the new standard.

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A map of the 2014 (as of April 11, 2014) pro-Russian protests and unrest in Ukraine, by oblast. Severity of the unrest, at its peak, is indicated by the colouring. (Credit: R Gloucester)

War is Coming!

JD Longstreet

The Ukraine is effectively gone. The moment Russian forces set foot in the Baltic States they will face resistance from NATO troops. The US will be committed -- as an attack on ANY NATO member is considered an attack upon all NATO members.


The Education Empire Strikes Back

Tom Toth

The Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) is engaging in extreme bullying tactics against a local teachers union trying to disassociate from the state union and the NEA, according to local news reports from Maryland’s monoblogue.


Rising Russian Nazism in the Ukraine

Rick Manning

Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have reportedly been told to register themselves, their families and their property by pro-Russian separatists under the threat of expulsion from the country and confiscation of their property cry out for universal condemnation. Even if these reports turn out to be disinformation or fallacious the fact that they are published is enough.


U.S. Senate Candidate Stace Nelson on Illegal Immigration

Bob Ellis

While some candidates run their mouths, South Dakota Rep. and U.S. Senate Candidate Stace Nelson acts. While some candidates claim to be conservative while betraying conservative principles, South Dakota Rep. and U.S. Senate Candidate Stace Nelson supports and seeks to advance conservative principles.


On Resurrection Day

Michael Day

This year, on April 20th Christians will celebrate Easter — that is, in most Western churches. In 325 the Roman Emperor Constantine assembled the First Council of Nicaea, consisting of approximately 318 bishops, each of whom was allowed to bring two priests and three deacons with him, making the total number in attendance perhaps 1800 or more. One of the items on their agenda was to agree on when to celebrate Easter.


"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the party over to the so-called moderates wouldn't make any sense at all." - Ronald Reagan, Nov. 10, 1964