God, Government, and Who is Really to Blame for the Mess?

By Janice Barlow For a while, I was not going to address politics. It just seems to generate dissension among the ranks of those of us who generally espouse the same basic values: smaller government, pro-life, fair taxes, high morals, and most importantly, a shared belief in God. Of note, is how often God seems to be set aside on social media, as people argue politics. Once, a person even told me that his love of his family comes before God, and how dare I even suggest that he is…

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Is There But One Senator to Blame in DC?

By Janice Barlow There is so much anger, so much bitterness, rage, and an underlying feeling of helplessness and frustration with the current administration and Congress. No doubt, it is true that much has gone awry. Many promises have been broken and it’s certain that many more will be. Everyone is pointing fingers, arguing, and wanting heads to roll. I am on board with some of that and have been for some time. How does a man like Mitch McConnell remain in a position of leadership for so long and…

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Are You a Rebel Without a Cause? – Constant Negativity Interferes With Conservatism

By Janice Barlow FOR THE PAST COUPLE YEARS, the nation has been dividing itself between those who were for, and those who remain against the man who ultimately became the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump. The lines dividing the voters kept shifting and continue to do so. For the conservatives among us, the narrative should be shifting from NeverTrump to NeverLiberal. Because Trump espouses no real ideology, he often aligns with liberalism anyway. But he won’t be in office forever. One stark truth remains obvious: Those who staunchly…

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The Purple GOP and Why it Must Bleed Red Again

By Janice Barlow WELL, IT’S FINALLY HERE. The year of the midterm elections. Instead of being revved up and ready to hit the ground running, Republicans seem skittish. The candidates and Congress members are not red-blooded anymore. They are oxygen depleted and absorbing the blue of the liberals. They are turning purple. Some are announcing their retirement, like Senator Orin Hatch (Utah) who served for 40 years. He certainly should retire though. His most likely replacement at this point is Mitt Romney, another moderate with a slightly better liberty score,…

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Bernie And Ted’s Excellent Adventure – Estate Taxes, Fact Vs Fiction, Sanders Vs Cruz

video still of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) at CNN town hall debate 10/18/2017

by Richard Cameron Wednesday evening this last week, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) once again renewed their old acquaintance at a CNN town hall where they sparred primarily about tax reform and to a lesser extent, continued to re-litigate healthcare.  Incidentally, there was a short ribbing session between them at the front end of the proceedings and it is obvious that despite their philosophical and policy differences, they greatly enjoy one another’s company:   Beware the phrase ‘reform’ – in any context … Congress and the…

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A Violent Circle: Where Socialism Meets Nationalism and the Two Become One

By Janice Barlow  It’s well established that Hitler’s Germany was a socialist Germany. For those who did not study that era, the term socialism means to: surrender ownership and control of private capitalism (such as factories and industry, enterprise and commercial ventures), and land, as well as some personal privacy and wealth, in order to benefit the common good. This is mostly done through taxation and redistribution of wealth. The difference between socialism and communism is that communism reverts control of ALL ownership of all properties to the State. The citizens have no rights, including no right to religious…

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The Right Needs To Focus on Becoming Government Watchdogs, Not on Idolizing Politicians

By Janice Barlow To venture where I am about to feels like entering into enemy territory. It shouldn’t. I am, after all, a conservative.  And I espouse most of the ideology of the Republican party. But nothing is black and white anymore for most people, and that’s actually a good thing. There are issues that I’m more moderate about than some of my colleagues, and vice versa. As I have said many times in the past however, I consider myself to be a government watchdog. I expose when politicians and parties keep…

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Secretive Legislative Process Produces Failed Health Care Bill – “You Can See It After We Release It”

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By  Janice Barlow It looks like, at least for the time being, at least unless/until it implodes, that Obamacare is here to stay. It is the Democrats’ baby. The majority in both the House and Senate are Republicans. They couldn’t even get their act together in their promised effort to repeal Obamacare in a laborious process that dragged on for months. So by default, we are stuck. Half-hearted efforts toward another bill are being bantered about, mostly to appease Trump it would appear; but these will probably end up in the…

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Six GOP Senators Still Stand Strong Against The “Mean” Senate Health Care Draft

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By Janice Barlow As the clock ticks rapidly toward a vote on the Senate health care reform bill, (Yes, that’s right, it’s no repeal, it’s a reform), another Senator has jumped into the No vote column, Susan Collins (R-ME). The real concern is that the general public has no idea about several issues regarding the bill and why some Republicans do not support it. Some are firm in what they refuse to vote for. Others are wavering. Let’s examine who the fairly certain No voters are, their most recent sentiments…

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