Author: Jim Hinton

Whose House Is It?

Nicole LeFavour has raised an interesting question. LeFavour, a former member of both houses of Idaho’s state legislature, was sentenced on June 16 for trespassing in the same State Senate chambers where she once was a member in good standing. This begs the question: just whose property was she trespassing on?  Whose House is it? LeFavour was not someone you would have expected to see serving in Idaho’s Statehouse as an elected representative. An openly gay Democrat in the third reddest state in the Union, she nevertheless spent four years in the House and four in the Senate, winning three elections in Idaho’s...

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Why FOX and Conservatives Disagree on Amtrak

When pro-conservative FOX News is calling conservatives out, you know you have a problem. And yet, that is exactly what has happened with Republican insistence that money is not a factor in what happened to Amtrak on May 12. While Republican law makers continue to insist that this is an open and shut case of human error, most observers are asking some very hard questions about Amtrak, railroads, federal funding, and federal mandates. When one of the staunchest conservative news sources is one of these observers, it is definitely time to start taking these questions seriously. This new round of...

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Dear Liberal: The Conservative Base Isn’t What You Think It Is

Dear Liberals: The “Conservative Base” isn’t what you think it is. I keep hearing this phrase tossed about in the articles you’ve written, the radio reports you’ve aired, and the panels you’ve run on the morning shows. But you’ve seldom taken the time to define what the term means. I’ve had to work it out by inference and context. Recently, MSNBC referred to the conservative base as “a shrinking group of mostly white, Christian voters.” The New York Times was plenty blunt about it as well: “it is no exaggeration to suggest that in these [southern] states the Democrats...

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School Choice Demands Real Choice

Education is, of course, a rather important subject for me. I have a degree and am pursuing further education. I frequently find myself advising veterans who are pursuing a course of study at their local university. Shoot, I even write articles for a certain conservative college student website. It is, therefore, pretty redundant of me to state that I kept a sharp eye out on how all of the 2016 presidential candidates have addressed the subject of education in their campaign announcements. So far I’ve seen announcements from Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and former Secretary of...

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Has Senator Ted Cruz Flipped His Whig?

Ted Cruz has studied history, and for once it’s not a good thing. Ordinarily, when we speak of public figures and the study of history, we are warning that politicians have not actually studied history at all.  As such, we are about to see them predictably repeat it in a detrimental fashion. Someone who had studied history would see the parallels with the past and be able to avoid plainly foolish actions and decisions. History is the litmus test of wise policy. Unfortunately, not all of the lessons about historical failures are necessarily warning signs when looked at from a certain...

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