Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction. — Thomas Jefferson, letter to Wilson Nicholas 1803


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GOP U.S. Senate (South Dakota) Primary Debate Coming Thursday


The College Republicans at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology have invited the confirmed GOP candidates seeking a spot in the U.S. Senate to a debate to be held on the university campus. The debate will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in room 204 of the Classroom Building.


GOP Establishment Living in Fantasyland

Bob Ellis

Do mongooses and cobras try to compromise and work together? Did the Allies and the Nazis try to "find common ground" and work together? Do opposing football teams try to "find a mutually agreeable conclusion"? Then why should Republicans expect to work with, find common ground with, and compromise with Democrats?


Freedom, Guns and Mental Illness

Bob Ellis

No one wants dangerous wack-jobs to be armed. Yet there are some issues with keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous nuts that clash with the right to keep and bear arms that should still still be afforded to people with relatively minor and benign mental and emotional issues. We must be very careful that in our efforts to maintain public safety, we do not trample the God-given rights of the American people.

Photo credit: Thomas Wolf

Would You Give Up Everything for the Kingdom?

S. Michael Craven

This is the question, of sorts, I recently posed to a local businessman. As I indicated in my last commentary, I have embarked on an enterprise that I believe offers a modern example of what Jesus meant when he told his disciples to “seek first the kingdom.”


ObamaCare Promotes Irresponsibility

Bob Ellis

ObamaCare promotes irresponsibility in many ways. First and foremost, it encourages people to look to government to take care of their needs rather than expecting people to take care of their own needs (you know, the traditional American way). But it also promotes irresponsibility in the very way it's being marketed.


"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