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Restore The Republic - The Home of the Freedom Movement!
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

Ed Feulner
Busting the Budget
Let's say you were a financial advisor, and a family came to you with the following situation. They make the median family income in the U.S. -- $52,000. But last year they spent $61,000. That's right, $9,000 more than they're making, and it all went on the family credit card. That's bad enough, but then you find out they already have $311,000 in debt. Would you say they have a problem? The "family" in this scenario is the federal government.
Mar 26, 2015 - 6:13:45 AM

Guest Column
Victory or Last Warning to Likud
Netanyahu must not forget why people voted for him this time. It could be the last time Jews of Israel believe in Likud!... International anti-Semites will never stop hating Jews! Only a strong, independent and self-assertive Jewish state will be able shut them down. It was seen after the "Six Day War" and the Yom Kippur war, when even traditional European anti-Semites had began respecting Jews. But it did not last long as Israel did not consolidate its victories, only squandered them under the pressure of its trans-Atlantic 'friend'!
Mar 25, 2015 - 6:44:30 AM

Guest Column
Pedophiles in the Church: Interview with Carol Kuhnert
On March 14th 2015, Book Reviewer Laure McCourt Lopez interviewed Carol Kuhnert, author of "No Longer on Pedestals" in relation to the book, and her participation in aiding victims of sexual abuse at the hands of her brother, Reverend Norman Henry Christian, of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Mar 23, 2015 - 6:45:03 AM

Tom DeWeese
The Clinton's Massive War Chest Disguised As a Charity
And for all of you who lost your homes when your mortgage company failed -- this one is for you -- Freddie Mac -- the government agency that so badly handled its duties that it had to be rescued with your tax dollars in an emergency -- $50,000 plus. All gave money to Bill Clinton in 2009 to promote global governance -- while the world's economy was collapsing. It's good to be king!
Mar 18, 2015 - 10:10:33 PM

Guest Column
"Beware the Ides of March"
Hillary Clinton proudly defines herself as a "Modern American Progressive." This is akin to shouting from the rooftops, "I'm a liar and I want everyone to know it!" I don't feel that writing phrases such as "less than forthright" or "disingenuous at best" as substitutes for the word lying demonstrate tolerance or civility. Use of those phrases can only denote intentional ignorance on my part. Let's dismiss the happy talk and embrace the reality of our present situation. You must listen to your own gut, because I can scarcely think of a politician or pundit that has the average working Americans best interest at heart. Happy talk just won't cut it.
Mar 17, 2015 - 5:25:01 AM

Scheme of Things
Things Change
A hundred years ago, most physicians in this country didn't have college degrees, most houses didn't have bathtubs, and no woman could vote. Fifty years ago, life expectancy was 70, a first class stamp was a nickel, and only ten percent of adults had college degrees. Twenty-five years ago, most people hadn't used a computer, email was new, and Amazon was a river in South America.
Mar 12, 2015 - 11:21:31 PM

Ed Feulner
Time to Hit "Delete" on Net Neutrality
Government involvement rarely helps. In many instances, in fact, it exacerbates the situation. I'm not saying the FCC is necessarily being disingenuous. But consider the government's track record.  Sorry, but net neutrality is like a virus or a bad line of code. It needs to be eradicated, not embraced. The government is here, all right, but not to help. Time to hit "delete."
Mar 12, 2015 - 7:33:46 AM

Guest Column
America's "Big Bang"
Progressivism's self-declared mission is one of distancing America from the nature of its founding. Our founders did something that is as simple as it is brilliant. For the first time in history; they eliminated the middleman. An individual's rights were no longer granted or stolen by others claiming to be representatives of god or actual gods. Individuals would now enjoy a direct relationship with the guarantor of their rights through divine and organic provenance. "This is how unique America really is." However, our uniqueness, inalienable Rights and Constitution have not gone unchallenged. The Progressive movement and progressive intrusion into our Constitutional journey has been profound.
Mar 11, 2015 - 7:06:05 AM

Opinion
The controversy of 'From Time Immemorial'
Peters showed the cocksure British archivist a number of quotes that she had catalogued from Syrian, Egyptian, and British sources which supported her argument. He was totally taken aback. Then she enlisted his help in pouring over the personal memos and secret documents written by British Mandate officials. These papers proved that not only were British officials were well aware of the scope of illegal Arab immigration to Palestine, but they also acted as accomplices. Urgent written orders from licensing authorities showed that the British permitted the entry of Syrians, Lebanese, and Palestinians to prestate Israel without a passport or entry visa.
Mar 5, 2015 - 8:03:40 AM

Ed Feulner
A Final First-Place Finish?
Every year since 1995, The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal have measured the state of economic freedom in the world. We go country by country, poring over the details of who's up, who's down, and who's treading water. And through all the changes we've charted, one thing hasn't changed: Hong Kong takes the top slot. But while Hong Kong in many ways continues to act as a fine example for other countries who aspire to be economically free, its foothold on the number-one spot is slipping.
Mar 5, 2015 - 7:50:35 AM

Guest Column
How to Empower Children to Overcome Sibling Rivalry
Teach them that they are Powerful Creators, and no matter what has happened in the past, they have the power to create something different... as do you. Talk about something they may choose to create. Something as simple as happiness or love. Or introduce a new word to them and explain what it means, like: Connection, Unity, Courage, Trust, Forgiveness, Integrity, Acceptance, Honor (Depending on their age level).
Mar 3, 2015 - 7:31:50 AM

Guest Column
Netanyahu's true electoral rival
But unofficially, a far greater electoral drama is unfolding. The choice is not between Netanyahu and Herzog/Livni. It is between Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama...."They will get their state in the end - whether through violence or by turning to international organizations." Indyk made his statements as an unnamed US official. When his identity was exposed, he was forced to resign his position...Today Obama believes that he is in a to-the-death struggle with Netanyahu. If Netanyahu's speech is a success, Obama's foreign policy will be indefensible. If Obama is able to delegitimize Netanyahu ahead of his arrival, and bring about his electoral defeat, then with a compliant Israeli government, he will face no obstacles to his plan to appease Iran and blame Islamic terrorism on the West for the remainder of his tenure in office.
Feb 25, 2015 - 4:05:15 AM

Jim Kouri
Newly released book provides the framework to end the scourge of Islamic jihad
One could only wish that President Obama and his so-called national security team, especially his National Security Advisor Susan Rice and his chief confidante Valerie Jarrett, would read a newly released book that more than explains not only how policymakers should discuss the enemy in this war against Islamic extremists but also how the United States, as the most powerful and exceptional nation in the world, should wage war against an enemy that is as cunning as it is fanatical.
Feb 24, 2015 - 7:09:42 AM

Guest Column
Women with wealth, protect yourselves
By nature, most women are determined, loyal volunteers who want to help mend broken people and won't give up until the man or his problem is fixed. By then Romeo is nowhere to be found because her money is all gone and there is nothing more for him to stick around for, no more supply of money or cars or businesses to steal. Brigitte Knowles is a financial security advisor and former deputy mayor of one of the largest cities in North America; a legislator who led the way for child support reform in Canada. Her knowledge and experience should have protected her, yet she became a victim of Romeo crime and lost nearly everything.
Feb 19, 2015 - 9:44:15 PM

Guest Column
Islamic Caliphate: Satan's Dream or a Fool's Errand?
Throughout history, other heads-of-state have tried to rid the earth of God's chosen people, eventually yielding to Adolph Hitler, the monstrous and most despicable anti-Semitic of all time. This evil leader came closest to succeeding but ironically, the Fuhrer's failure paved the way for the fulfillment of one of the great Biblical prophecies--the rebirth of national Israel (Isaiah 66:8). Hitler's murderous reign initiated the ongoing fulfillment of another set of amazing prophecies, the Aliyah, the immigration of Jews from the diaspora to the land of Israel (Ezekiel 20:34; Isaiah 11:11 -- 12).
Feb 14, 2015 - 12:13:13 AM

Tom DeWeese
The Threat to Freedom: The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Department of Homeland Security
Particular attention should be paid to SPLC's tax exempt status and the amount of money it receives from DHS or any other agency. And there should be an immediate stop to American law enforcement being trained by SPLC's Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. I fear that if private groups with their own political agendas, like the SPLC, are allowed to continue feeding their own brand of hatred into the policies of DHS then such a comparison with China is not too far off. I don't think that is the America each of you pledged to serve.
Feb 12, 2015 - 9:46:10 PM

Guest Column
Obamazational Threat to US Democracy!
Obama failed to attend the French unity demonstrations following the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and he did not attend the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz - this speaks volume about him as a person and attitude of his presidency for democracy! During the last State of Union address Obama said - "I have no more campaigns to run". Is this why he so eagerly went to the Wahhabi kingdom to pay his respects to the late king Abdullah and secure his financial future?
Feb 7, 2015 - 12:10:17 AM

Scheme of Things
Possibility Paths
Off road in a four-wheel drive, maneuvering a 26 mile, one way, deep and narrow canyon "road" in Death Valley National Park while on vacation, my husband and I came upon Leadfield, a ghost town with a story. The town was born from a get-rich-quick scheme with promises of lead and copper fueled by the Western Lead Mine Company. More than 300 people made the journey, and by 1925 Leadfield's population was at its height.
Feb 5, 2015 - 1:33:08 PM

Tom DeWeese
Never Underestimate the Power of a Pebble in Your Shoe!
And so, I'm looking for just 100 dedicated Americans who want to stop Agenda 21. All you have to do is go to www.apcmoneybomb.com and sign up to host a "Living Room Money Bomb" to help provide the resources I need to put this plan in place to defeat Agenda 21. It's that simple.
Feb 3, 2015 - 11:08:22 PM

Guest Column
10 calculated steps abusive partners take to trap you by Sarah Salem
For those currently in an abusive relationship or who know someone who is, you should be aware that some people regard an abused female as a frail, pathetic woman. They think it's her fault since "it's easy to pick up and leave." I would like to answer on behalf of those suffering women--having gone through it myself. It's not as easy as it seems.
Jan 22, 2015 - 9:11:35 AM

Jim Kouri
State of the Union: Obama 'disses' fallen cop heroes while honoring lawbreaker
A U.S. District Court judge in Pennsylvania issued an opinion that President Obama's unilateral action on immigration -- which permits some illegal aliens to stay in the United States and work -- is unconstitutional. "President Obama's unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause and is [therefore] unconstitutional," said Arthur J. Schwab.
Jan 22, 2015 - 8:44:09 AM

Ed Feulner
Opportunity for All, Favoritism to None
"Supporters of free markets, limited government, and robust civil society free from interference by federal overlords must find a way to speak to the people who are being left behind." - Michael Needham, CEO of Heritage Action for America
Jan 21, 2015 - 8:10:01 AM

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