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GOP divided on strategy
By Cal Thomas

STAVANGER, NORWAY — The several hundred conservatives on the National Review’s summer cruise, which I was asked to attend as a speaker, are united in what they don’t like about the Obama administration and congressional Democrats, but divided on the best strategy for winning the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016.

On a panel titled “The State of the GOP and Conservatism,” Bob Costa, the magazine’s Washington bureau chief, asks if anyone agrees with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who thinks Republicans should be willing to shutdown the government over the issue of

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 5:16 PM
 
Losing faith in government

By Cal Thomas

Now for some good news, and it has nothing to do with the birth of the royal baby.

According to a USA Today/Bipartisan Policy Center poll, “Americans by more than 2-1 say the best way to make positive changes in society is through volunteer organizations and charities, not by being active in government.” Even better news: People under 30 are especially put off by politics and are “significantly less likely than their parents to say participating in politics is an important value in their lives.”

Why is this good news? There are at least two reasons.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 3:07 PM
 
Islamists still seeking freedom
By Cal Thomas

The military coup that ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi marks another failure in U.S. foreign policy over several administrations, which have erroneously promoted the notion that American-style democracy in Islamic lands will produce a nation more like ours.

The Founders wrote a Constitution. When properly read and obeyed, it guards against pure democracy and makes “we the people” subject to laws that cannot be abolished by popular vote. Benjamin Franklin properly called what the Founders wrought a “Republic.” Representative

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:39 PM
 
Affirming action
By Cal Thomas

“CHARACTER, NOT circumstance, makes the person.” — Booker T. Washington

The Supreme Court’s narrow 5-4 decision to strike down a central component of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, “freeing nine states, mostly in the South,” writes The New York Times, “to change their election laws without advance federal approval,” is a welcome recognition that times have changed and that especially Southern states must not forever bear a “mark of Cain” for past discrimination

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 1:51 PM
 
Trust of leaders near historic low
By Cal Thomas

WITHOUT THE the slightest hint of irony, President Obama said last week, “If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress, and don’t trust federal judges to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.”

Yes we are, because more and more of us don’t trust government. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, “Trust in the federal government remains mired near a historic low, while frustration with government remains high.” Furthermore, notes Pew, a “majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.”

What has led to this distrust?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:31 PM
 
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