What you already knew about Twitter is worse than you thought

If you're a conservative who uses Twitter, you're likely very aware that your Tweets don't get the same amount of attention as liberals' Tweets. A good chunk of this can be attributed to the nature of social media itself; there are simply more liberals using it. I've often attributed this to the notion that conservatives … Continue reading What you already knew about Twitter is worse than you thought

On Political Engagement: “Give It Your Best”

Merry Christmas, I say, since I stubbornly hold that the Christmas season begins on December 25. Happy New Year as well, keeping in mind that each day begins a new year. I'm grateful to readers, fellow writers, and DTG himself for this spot on the blog. To all, I commend these words from Pope Francis, spoken … Continue reading On Political Engagement: “Give It Your Best”

GOP’s agenda in 2018: Get more stuff done

It took them nearly a year to pass anything meaningful. This fact is absolutely ridiculous as they've had over six years to prepare for the inevitable control of the House, Senate, and White House once Obamacare passed and sealed the short-term fate of the Democrats. Coming into 2017 flatfooted and disorganized was inexcusable, but that's … Continue reading GOP’s agenda in 2018: Get more stuff done

DC needs a reset

I've been in Washington DC for two days and I can't wait to go home. As politically horrible as things can be in Southern California, at least the liberals are easy to spot. In DC, it's hard to tell who supports who, which direction the winds will take them, and whether or not their stance … Continue reading DC needs a reset

I was wrong on Trump and DACA

When I'm wrong I say I'm wrong. This particular mistake was one that I would kick myself for missing if I were more flexible. Instead, I'll simply call out my errors and try to set a more accurate perspective. I missed it completely on President Trump and DACA. It's arguably the first time I didn't … Continue reading I was wrong on Trump and DACA

The President should Tweet more, not less

Of all the topics surrounding President Trump, arguably the least important is how he handles himself on Twitter. On the other hand, a different argument could be made that it's extremely important. I'm leaning towards the latter. I'm not one of those who believes a President should be expressing himself from a policy perspective in … Continue reading The President should Tweet more, not less

If you thought Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan was too big, Democrats say, “hold my beer”

In recent months I've held my tongue regarding President Trump's upcoming proposal for a $1 trillion infrastructure plan. While it goes against my firm beliefs in reining in the federal government and reducing budgets rather than increasing them, it's premature to oppose it wholeheartedly. After all, his promise to make private investments the bulk of … Continue reading If you thought Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan was too big, Democrats say, “hold my beer”

We don’t need more dollars in health care. We need less government.

Following a good showing on his first overseas trip, President Trump returned to the states and called for something that has some on the right scratching their heads. He's wanting more dollars put towards health care. One of the things that got the AHCA passed in the House was the decrease in spending on health care. … Continue reading We don’t need more dollars in health care. We need less government.

For real change, make local elections a top priority

Can you name the Vice President of the United States? How about the two U.S. Senators in your state? All members of Congress (or at least your own district's representative)? Governor? If you're reading this, chances are good that you can easily answer these questions because you're at least a little interested in politics. How … Continue reading For real change, make local elections a top priority

Trump’s foreign policy success or failure will be set in motion in Israel

Today, President Trump had what a majority of Americans would consider to be a successful foreign policy day. His tone when speaking about terrorism to the core of the Muslim world in the Middle East was generally approved; the left liked that he didn't go off the rails and the right witnessed a breath of … Continue reading Trump’s foreign policy success or failure will be set in motion in Israel

Amash: “AHCA repeals fewer than 10 percent of the provisions in the Affordable Care Act”

The fist bumps coming from the GOP after passing the American Health Care Act in the House were plentiful. Republicans around the country were giving each other high-fives for having finally made the first real steps towards repealing Obamacare. Here's the problem. We haven't seen the beginning of the repeal of Obamacare. We've seen the … Continue reading Amash: “AHCA repeals fewer than 10 percent of the provisions in the Affordable Care Act”

Acknowledge the GOP promotes big government policies and we can still be friends

The House just sent the American Health Care Act to the Senate. From there, it'll face a tougher fight through Senate revisions before reaching the President's desk. For the the first time in seven years, the prospects of repealing Obamacare are actually pretty high. Republicans around the nation are cheering. Democrats are spinning it as a call to retake … Continue reading Acknowledge the GOP promotes big government policies and we can still be friends

States’ rights aren’t really about the states. They’re about the individual.

One of the biggest misconceptions about states' rights is that their purpose is to protect the states from overreach by the federal government. On the surface, this is correct, but we have to dig just a little deeper to understand why they're so important to every American. The states do not need direct protection. It's … Continue reading States’ rights aren’t really about the states. They’re about the individual.

The only right answer is to end the Department of Education

Here's a pop quiz for all you students at every level. It doesn't matter whether you're in school today or if you're simply a student of life (as we all should be until we die). Since Jimmy Carter brought us the Department of Education, what has been the positive impact it's had on our students, … Continue reading The only right answer is to end the Department of Education

Of course parties should pick sides on abortion

Briefly... There seem to be a lot of Democrats complaining that the leader of the DNC announced there's no room for pro-lifers in his party. Most Democrats are pro-choice, but even many of abortionists are saying that the issue is too polarizing for the party to take such a strict stance that alienates a small portion … Continue reading Of course parties should pick sides on abortion

Will an amended AHCA be any better?

I don't make it a practice to comment on potential legislation before reading it. Speculation takes too much bias and rumors into account which tends to sway the reader (and author) in directions before the truth is even known. I'm making this exception because if reports that Vice President Mike Pence has negotiated a deal … Continue reading Will an amended AHCA be any better?

3 issues conservatives can (and should) commandeer from liberals

I know someone who is environmentally conscious, minority-empowering, and socially aware who also happens to be extremely conservative. Her "bleeding heart" has been tempered by reality. She knows there are problems that need to be addressed but she's not so naive to believe the gut response for action is the right way to address most situations. … Continue reading 3 issues conservatives can (and should) commandeer from liberals

A baby’s right to a hard life

In 2 months, Lord willing, our fourth child will be born. He won't be like the previous three. He has a rare heart configuration that essentially has his aorta and pulmonary artery switched up. There's also a hole in the wall that separates the ventricles of his heart. His is a situation for which many parents … Continue reading A baby’s right to a hard life

Defund Planned Parenthood immediately. No need to attach it to any other bills.

One of the strategies Speaker Paul Ryan used in attempting to sell the American Health Care Act was to include defunding Planned Parenthood as part of the deal. It was a good attempt to sugarcoat "Obamacarelite" with some conservative honey for positive press and leverage against right-wing opposition to the bill, but it obviously didn't … Continue reading Defund Planned Parenthood immediately. No need to attach it to any other bills.

Just repeal

As I write this, the House is pushing for a floor vote on the American Health Care Act. It "hangs in the balance" as some mainstream media news outlets are saying, but that doesn't really paint the picture properly. In reality, it hangs over the GOP's head in two major ways. If it passes, things … Continue reading Just repeal