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Restore The Republic - The Home of the Freedom Movement!
Guest Column
Pure of Heart
The reluctance to vote GOP is rooted in the perception that the Republican Party is not sufficiently conservative or libertarian. I agree; the Republican Party is a mere shadow of its ideological lineage. This harsh reality emerged with the ascension of the Tea Party in 2010. The rejection of the newly elected Tea Party types to congress by establishment Republicans is in my opinion the greatest political mistake of the last half century. This historic political snub defined and diminished the image of establishment Republicans whose campaigns and re-election benefited from the momentum of the Tea Party candidates. The failure of the establishment to embrace promising Republican political momentum revealed their self-serving aspirations taking precedent over GOP and national interest. The concept of "We the People" seemed to be furthest from the duplicitous political minds of our elected officials. We now have government of the government, by the government, for the government. I clearly understand the reluctance to vote Republican, even if you are a republican.
Jul 19, 2015 - 6:45:14 AM

Ed Feulner
Reagan's Tax-Cutting Legacy
Would Reagan have supported a flat tax that got rates down to 17 or 18 percent for all, with a generous deduction for families with children? All we can say for sure is that the idea is consistent with his work to simplify the tax system and promote growth.
Jul 17, 2015 - 10:35:44 PM

Editor's Desk
Magic City Book Reviews Jan 1st to Dec 31st 2015
Each week we publish a Book Basket in which is recorded the publicity material for 10 or more books. We cannot of course review every book but on that article page we offer all authors a 'no-pay no-charge self-promotions' deal. Basically this deal is that in return for publishing articles at Magic City on any topic whatsoever, we will include in that article that author's latest book cover, their bio and purchase details and links. It's a case of 'you scratch our backs and we will scratch yours.
Jul 17, 2015 - 2:23:54 AM

Editor's Desk
Author Articles at Magic City 2015
Book authors are not required to write specifically in relation to their book. This offer is not just a 'free publicity offer.' Instead we give authors the chance to spread their wings and build up their internet presence by becoming opinion columnists and feature writers, political commentators and religious writers or whatever takes their fancy.
Jul 17, 2015 - 2:20:04 AM

Scheme of Things
Liking Cozy
I like cozy. I like cozy mysteries, cozy places, cozy food, cozy days or nights, and cozy people. It struck me the other day how much I like cozy after spending a few days devoid of that feeling. Away on business, my week was busy airports, packed airplanes, sketchy hotels, loud restaurants, big cities, and huge conferences centers; none of it cozy.
Jul 14, 2015 - 7:55:57 PM

Guest Column
"Rotten Pig?"
Evidently in today's America it seems that you must have nine billion dollars just to speak the truth. Trump is speaking to and for the average working person by going around the media, the Democrats, the establishment Republicans and the constitutional conservative Tea Party types. He is speaking to you and me. The DC inside the beltway media and so-called expert political pundits may not understand him, but we do. This may be the first "We the People" election in many years. I really don't care what anybody says anymore anyhow, except of course "We the People." Wasn't that the idea? The idea of America?
Jul 14, 2015 - 8:20:45 AM

Guest Column
Laure McCourt Lopez Interview with Author Dr. Lois Brittell
Let me answer the second question first. As you listen to preachers and other professionals, anxiety and depression are on the rise. People are moving out of churches, religious life is taking on less importance than it used to. Values are changing and of course, if you are not attached to God, the events occurring in today's world are going to leave you anxious, depressed, confused, angry, and having other pathological feelings. The difference between anxiety and fear is great, but it's subtle.
Jul 13, 2015 - 8:35:25 AM

Ed Feulner
A Welcome Check on Bureaucratic Power
No, that's not a misprint. For a mere $9.6 billion, you can save $6 million! "To put that in perspective," writes energy and regulation expert Nicolas Loris, "it's the cost-benefit equivalent of renting $1,600 in scuba gear to collect four quarters at the bottom of the lake. Every year." The courts tend to defer to the judgment and interpretation of the regulatory agency in question. But this time, common sense won out, and the courts provided an important check on the power of unelected bureaucrats. We could use a lot more of that.
Jul 9, 2015 - 12:11:14 AM

Guest Column
SCOTUS Same-Sex Ruling on Eve of Independence Day: Gift or Curse to the Nation?
Exclusion from God's kingdom is the ultimate repudiation of Kennedy's foolish notion that equal dignity means everyone must have equal access to every institution, every opportunity under the sun. As outrageous as Kennedy's statements are, the actions of our President following the Court's decision were even worse. A response pleasing to God would have the President humbly falling to his knees, pleading God's forgiveness for the Court's sinful decision. He would have called upon Christians to pray on his behalf, asking God to grant him the wisdom to choose wise judges who could someday overturn the evil outcome of this case.
Jul 8, 2015 - 11:40:30 PM

Jim Kouri
San Francisco's sanctuary city policy claims another citizen's life
"How many more Americans will be sacrificed on the altar of Obama's politically-correct nonsense which has routinely leads to citizens being murdered, including police officers?" asked former NYPD police officer, Iris Aquino, a Latino law enforcement official. "Hopefully this case will cause enough outrage against is sure to San Francisco's sanctuary city policies. In fact, instead of bellyaching about Donald Trump's statements on illegal aliens and border security, maybe people will listen to him," she said.
Jul 8, 2015 - 11:27:52 PM

Guest Column
The Great Waterfall of God's Love
Consider the phrase, 'there's nothing you can do to make God.' This is true: no one can 'make God' do or be anything other than what God is. God loves us with an infinite love, because God IS love ... but nothing in heaven or earth or under the earth can constrain God to love us or not love us. His love is what theologians call a 'self-donation.' We don't seduce God's love by being either adorable or pathetic -- his love flows entirely from his nature and is utterly voluntary. God is "moved to compassion," not because we manipulate him with our pleas, but because God is compassion itself and his love flows without ceasing wherever it is received. My experience of God's love may fluctuate as I welcome it or rebuff it, but God himself cannot love us more or less. His love, by nature, is not dependent on our behaviour or jerked around by our emotional rollercoasters.
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:20:03 PM

Ed Feulner
Saluting a "Great Charter" of Liberty
"It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty," John Adams, our second president, wrote of July 4. "It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." It's even more fitting that we do so this year, as we mark the 800th anniversary of another landmark document in the annals of liberty: England's Magna Carta, which preceded our Declaration by 561 years. In fact, the name, "Magna Carta," means "great charter" in Latin, and how appropriate that it be called this, considering its role in curbing the excesses of tyrannical monarchs. Both King Richard and his brother-successor, King John, were levying crushing levels of taxation on their subjects and seizing property virtually at whim.
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:12:41 PM

Guest Column
The nature of the Mahmoud Abbas regime
Bassam Eid, the founder of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, concludes that "the Palestinians need strong democratic institutions and an end to human rights violations.... [However,] Abbas runs a corrupt dictatorship, using international funds to consolidate his own administration, rather than to develop the Palestinian economy. In East Jerusalem, the PA is so mistrusted that most Palestinians would prefer to live under Israel rule...."
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:10:45 PM

Tom DeWeese
Why The Patriot Act is Tyranny and Rand Paul is a Hero
The fact is Rand Paul is a defender of American security unlike any other candidate currently running to lead this nation. He's one of a very few to openly stand for the Constitutional rights of all Americans to be secure in their homes and free of government snooping into their private business......All of this is what Senator Paul was objecting to. This massive growth of government and the obvious loss of liberty that comes with it is what he was trying to stop. Does it then come as a surprise that Senator Rand Paul has become public enemy #1 by establishment Republican hawks, big money Republican fund raisers, all big government proponents and their Patriot Act-dependent industries? As said in the landmark movie "Network," he has messed with the natural order of things."
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:07:22 PM

Guest Column
Being a Jew Trumps Assimilation
The biggest mistake many of our rabbis and Jewish community leaders make is by insisting that Jewishness is the religious observance only. Being a Jew has always meant, for Jews and our enemies - the peoplehood, belonging to the tribe, ethnicity or nation - whichever term you feel comfortable with - combined with Judaism when it was possible! We also have the unique and advanced religion, deep seated spiritual tradition, common history and aspirations that bond us all, observant and secular Jews.
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:03:02 PM

Julie Smithson
America, land that I love! Born and bred in the U.S.A.!
No matter what "political party" takes up space in D.C., this land is your land, this land is my land, and I shall call it beloved, and blessed by God, and shall never be anything less than humbled and blessed to have been born here and live here. I shall never, ever take it for granted.
Jun 15, 2015 - 9:25:20 AM

Guest Column
Iran and ISIS. High Moral Ground or Bloody Trenches?
If we are to win the battles against nuclear proliferation and against Islamic terrorism we must change the diplomatic narrative. We must take the conversation to where it can change the course of history without adding to the violence. To do this, we must stake out the highest possible moral ground, and not be naive about how strong we must be or how long it may take. Our strategy to deal with the dangers of ISIS and Iran should be one strategy, and contrary to our President's claim, it should not depend on Iraq or any other nation. Five simple principles should guide us.
Jun 14, 2015 - 1:20:45 AM

Guest Column
What's my motivation here?
Will we stand or fall? Honor, patriotism, honesty, integrity and responsibility are just a few of the disciplines no longer taught at our institutions of higher learning. Is it any wonder why our military almost unilaterally has taken on the responsibility of defending our country? Values are still taught in military organizations, but not in the majority of our colleges and universities....As I walk through this world I often encounter electronically obsessed Americans that look up at me briefly from their electronic device in order to avoid the possibility of me knocking them over. I admittedly hold little regard for their safespace if they refuse to pay attention to their surroundings. Their deer in the headlight facial expressions sometimes make me feel as if they are about to utter aloud what a Stanislavski trained actor might say as they look up from their screenplay or movie script.
Jun 12, 2015 - 7:44:25 AM

Ed Feulner
Let's Put the "Ex" in "Ex-Im"
"The winners should prevail by playing the game better than others, not by forcing taxpayers to give them an advantage," Garett Churchill, owner of Fluxeon Inc., told The Daily Signal. "The winners should be judged by the success they have, and that's not achieved on the backs of his fellow countrymen." Moreover, there are more than 31 investigations into alleged fraud at the Bank. At a recent hearing, members of the House Financial Services and Oversight and Government Reform Committees were told these will likely lead to indictments. There's also an alarming lack of transparency, with the Bank failing to account for $25.8 billion in transactions, according to the Heritage-Mercatus report.
Jun 10, 2015 - 9:46:29 PM

Scheme of Things
Planting Seeds of Possibility
As the school year ends, I'm reminded of the teachers, in various roles, who positively impacted my life far beyond our encounters. These thoughts are for them, and people like them, who touch our lives and never know the lasting impact they have. Often, we don't even know ourselves until years later.

Jun 5, 2015 - 12:29:26 AM

Ed Feulner
Minimum Wage, Maximum Hypocrisy
Labor expert James Sherk, for example, found that raising the minimum wage to $15 would cause a 36 percent drop in hours worked in fast food.....As Rusty Hicks, head of the Los Angeles Federation of Labor, told the Times: "With a collective bargaining agreement, a business owner and the employees negotiate an agreement that works for them both. The agreement allows each party to prioritize what is important to them. This provision gives the parties the option, the freedom, to negotiate that agreement. And that is a good thing."
Jun 4, 2015 - 5:31:20 AM

Tom DeWeese
Three Questions to Change the Election
Agenda 21 is designed to change our nation; our way of life; and our form of government. These candidates want to allow those changes to quietly take place, unseen and unnoticed by the public, while they remain silent. If the candidates want to drastically change our nation, then it's time we have a national debate about it. Starting today, ask the questions that will fire that debate. The term social justice is used more and more in today's official society. The actual meaning of social justice is redistribution of wealth, much of which is imposed through the tool of political correctness. Social Justice is used to create class warfare and divisions in our society. It is now widely used in our public school curricula to replace actual academics with behavior modification methods designed to change the attitudes, values and beliefs of the children.
Jun 2, 2015 - 6:21:01 AM

Ed Feulner
Giving "The Last Full Measure of Devotion"
Freedom requires hard work and skilled diplomacy, but there are times when it also demands blood. And if we don't thank God often for those willing to walk toward the guns aimed by those who would take our freedom away, do we deserve to enjoy the fruits of their victory?
May 29, 2015 - 7:10:55 PM

Ed Feulner
Giving Kids a Chance to Succeed
..the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. It allows children from low-income families to attend the school of their choice. The DCOSP has helped more than 6,000 kids get a better start in life -- a chance to learn in a safe, challenging school environment where they can reach their full potential. Unfortunately, the program has come under fire from certain politicians who -- not coincidentally -- are beholden to teachers' unions that resent the competition.
May 20, 2015 - 8:17:50 AM

Guest Column
Why do good people lack blessings in life?
All the evil that is happening on earth is due to lack of fear of God in man who dares to disobey God's commandments. As a result, there is so much of... violence, bloodshed, murders, wars everywhere, no value for human life, high crime rates, robbery, racial riots, drunkenness, revelry, sexual immorality, marital problems, lust for power, pride, selfishness.
May 20, 2015 - 8:15:18 AM

Ed Feulner
Ruled by Rules: The Hidden Costs of Over-Regulation
Say you got a recall notice for your car. You'd naturally be alarmed, especially after reading that the problem involved Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208 -- "Occupant Crash Protection." Is something wrong with the brakes? The air bags? The seat belts? Nope. You know the air-bag warning label on the sun visor? It might peel. That's why you have to bring your vehicle in. General Motors also had to issue a stop delivery order to dealers, notes Diane Katz, a research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and instruct them to inspect the label on each sun visor. If the label was prone to peeling, the entire visor had to be replaced.
May 15, 2015 - 6:29:50 AM

Guest Column
Nobody is Forgotten, Nothing is Forgotten!
About 500,000 Jewish soldiers fought in the Red Army. Some 120,000 were killed in combat and in the line of duty; the Germans murdered 80,000 as prisoners of war. More than 160,000, at all levels of command, earned citations, with over 150 designated "Heroes of the Soviet Union" - the highest honour awarded to soldiers in the Red Army.
May 15, 2015 - 6:22:08 AM

Guest Column
When Baltimore Burns -- Again
Baltimore is where many US. Cities are heading, they are a chain of Democrat governed "Banana Republics" strewn across the country with the potential to be burning at any moment fueled by an unending volatile river of progressive lies. One and all of its city leaders brainwashed just as severely as the current high priest of Liberalism, Barrack Obama. Obama dreams of being able to run America unencumbered by our pesky US Constitution just as the majority of the world's banana republic dictators do. It's who he is, it's who he emulates.
May 14, 2015 - 8:45:30 AM

Scheme of Things
Work, Life, and Time
"Why are you always working?" My mother's voice echoes now in my head. It was a question she frequently raised over the years about my career, especially when she felt I was overstressed or losing my work-life balance. "I like working," I'd always answer. And that would usually be that. At least until she asked again.
May 11, 2015 - 4:28:18 PM

Jim Kouri
Police union leader to Rita Cosby: Baltimore's mayor, police chief must resign
"There's a huge difference between what we're capable of doing here in New York, and the resources we have, as compared to the resources of what was [available] in Baltimore. I don't blame the police officers by any means, but I certainly blame the Police Chief and the Mayor. The people who live there should hold them all accountable," Mullins said to Cosby and her listeners.
May 8, 2015 - 8:40:28 AM

Ed Feulner
The Fallout of a Bad Deal with Iran
The tone set by President Obama and his team as they deal with world affairs hardly inspires confidence, either at home or abroad. And left unchecked, their lack of true resolve can lead to some very serious repercussions. Take our situation with Iran. Some of The Heritage Foundation's top experts on foreign policy recently published a short assessment of the deal the administration has been pursuing. They listed a number of shortcomings, but one sentence in particular jumped out at me:
May 6, 2015 - 9:29:45 PM

Tom DeWeese
Taking the Agenda 21 Fight to the Maine State Legislature
After those 50,000 world leaders, Non-governmental organizations, government bureaucrats, and 179 heads of state signed agreement to Agenda 21 at the Earth Summit in 1992, the policy then gained huge momentum when, in 1993, President Bill Clinton, issued Executive Order 12852 to create the President's Council on Sustainable Development and made it official US policy. In fact, it wasn't until the mid 2000s that such pride started to change to denial of any knowledge of Agenda 21 and charges of conspiracy theories. Why? What happened? That's when I and others started to reveal the truth about Agenda 21 and sound the alarm bells. And a few years later, thousands of concerned Americans started to ask questions. Suddenly, the Sustainable Development movement became hard pressed to remember anything like that. Never heard of it, went the cry.
Apr 30, 2015 - 9:20:35 AM

Guest Column
Our Pop Culture Society - Let's Hear It for Dennis Ritchie!
For those unfamiliar with Dennis Ritchie, you are using his software technology right now. He was the computer science wizard who invented the C programming language and (along with Ken Thompson and Brian Kernighan) designed the Unix operating system. Still baffled? These are the software technologies that freed computer power from mainframes for use in the desktop PC, like the Apple Mac, and that now run the Internet, Google, and information systems of the corporate world. Though a bit too technical to compete with the ephemeral glitz and glamour of Hollywood power agents or NASCAR heroes, they have an authentic industrial glamour of their own. Computer algorithms, those intricate skeins of logic that mimic the cognitive activity of the human mind itself, run the world we live in, and they are written in the C programming language (or in one of its many derivatives).
Apr 29, 2015 - 5:21:01 AM

Guest Column
A Tale of Two Cities
Whether you live in a small town or large city for many Americans the quality of their day to day lives is determined not only by where they live, but also by what is happening in Washington DC. Over recent decades the average working person's voice has been muted in regard to his or her influence over Washington. Conversely, the impact of big government has increased to near intolerable levels. Bureaucratic intrusion into every aspect of your American life is now dictated from DC, much as the edicts of past kings were imposed onto their subjects.
Apr 15, 2015 - 8:32:45 PM

Ed Feulner
Getting RFRA Right
Now, you can agree or disagree with that belief. But what could be more American than respecting their right to believe it and act upon it, free of persecution?..if a case goes to court, and the government proves that it has a compelling reason to insist that they act in defiance of their beliefs, so be it. Due process has been followed. But to simply say their beliefs are garbage? That they aren't to be respected because they don't align with our own ideas of political correctness? That's wrong.
Apr 13, 2015 - 8:27:11 PM

Scheme of Things
A Microwave Day
For days or weeks at a time, the microwave works perfectly. Then, for no apparent reason - poof - its buttons don't push, its timer stalls, and the panel goes dark. There's no way to anticipate whether the day will be a bad-microwave-day, requiring periodic trips to the garage to reset the breaker, or a fully functional day. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't. Each time it does, we hope this is not the day it finally stops working.
Apr 13, 2015 - 1:42:28 PM

Ed Feulner
Muzzling the Marketplace of Ideas
Unfortunately, this isn't an isolated incident. Hardly a week goes by without news about one campus or another preventing unpopular views from being expressed. According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which tracks such violations, most U.S. colleges are guilty.... But there's nothing funny about the underlying cause. Or with its effect: a society where political correctness makes debate impossible and only those who express the "accepted" opinion are permitted to speak.
Apr 3, 2015 - 4:38:37 AM

Guest Column
"Basic Instinct"
In short, the government should not force an individual to bake, arrange flowers or take photographs for an individual in a free market system full of other options for the same service. A Colorado baker has already been forced to bake "Gay wedding cakes," undergo sensitivity training and was subjected to government monitoring. If it becomes common practice to use government force to require one individual to submit to involuntary labor on behalf of another individual, we will lose America.
Apr 2, 2015 - 7:57:09 PM

Guest Column
A monster in the ultra-sound
One need not be a prophet in order to know what a monster would be born from the Palestinian "embryonic state" in Judea and Samaria. We would not be able to live with it in any kind of peace. And if this state would achieve its goal - our destruction - there is no way that we would continue to live at all. Those same people who preach the establishment of a Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza totally ignore what is written in clause no. 9 of the Palestine National Covenant, "the armed battle is the only way to liberate Palestine and it, therefore, is a strategy and not a tactic", while clauses 19 and 20 declare the annulment of the Balfour Declaration, the text of the Mandate, the UN decision of 1947 on the partition and the decision to establish the State of Israel.
Apr 1, 2015 - 6:17:04 AM

Ed Feulner
Critics? Or Traitors?
"Judas got thirty pieces of silver. What did you get?" one New Jersey resident tweeted. Others, sparked by a White House who accused the 47 senators of "wanting to make common cause with the hardliners in Iran," were equally vitriolic. The New York Daily News called it an "unprecedented missive."... The hypocrisy is breath-taking.
Mar 28, 2015 - 12:10:33 AM

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