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Grover Norquist Draws the Linenew

There have always been libertarian and authoritarian strains within the Republican Party. Both are very different, and sometimes they're even incompatible.
Charleston City Paper  |  Jack Hunter  |  12-05-2012  |  Policy Issues

A Pro-Life View on Dronesnew

U.S. drone strikes violate the sanctity of life.
Charleston City Paper  |  Jack Hunter  |  10-31-2012  |  War

Sen. Marco Rubio's foreign policy is Wilsonian, not conservativenew

During what was advertised as a "major foreign policy speech" at the Brookings Institution last Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio said, "I am always cautious about generalizations, but until very recently, the general perception was that American conservatism believed in a robust and muscular foreign policy."
Charleston City Paper  |  Jack Hunter  |  05-03-2012  |  Commentary

Why get involved in politics when nothing ever seems to change?new

My sanest friends are usually those who spend their time far away from the world of politics. Their main concerns are their wives or husbands, girlfriends or boyfriends, kids, family, and everything but the ongoing mischief in Washington. I think this is quite normal. Some talk radio hosts and conservative pundits constantly criticize Americans who aren't politically engaged. Not me. In fact, I often feel like joining them.
Charleston City Paper  |  Jack Hunter  |  03-27-2012  |  Commentary

Does Rush Want to Cut and Run?new

A flip-flopping Rush Limbaugh now questions the war in Afghanistan.
Charleston City Paper  |  Jack Hunter  |  03-18-2012  |  Commentary

The GOP attacked Clinton for cheating, but they've given Newt a free passnew

I have always been primarily policy oriented in my politics. The most boring candidate imaginable has my support so long as he is right on the issues and the most charismatic politician imaginable is worthless to me if he does not support the right things. Much of my writing is dedicated to showing my fellow conservatives where their beliefs and behaviors regarding the principles of limited government are inconsistent or lacking. I believe conservatism must be about more than simply rooting for your favorite team.
Charleston City Paper  |  Jack Hunter  |  02-01-2012  |  Commentary

Lindsey Graham fears the spending cuts DeMint demandsnew

After the Republican presidential debate in Myrtle Beach last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Fox News, "I hope people in the country understand that we're Ronald Reagan Republicans in South Carolina. We believe in peace through strength and we're not isolationists."
Charleston City Paper  |  Jack Hunter  |  01-27-2012  |  Policy Issues

I fear those who fear Iran more than I fear Iran itselfnew

Everyone from U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to the 2012 GOP presidential candidates now seems to be preparing for war with Iran. Iran, we are told, might be, could be, may be thinking about developing nuclear weapons. Iranian leaders say they are not. Our leaders say they are lying. The number of shady characters on both sides guarantees that someone is lying.
Charleston City Paper  |  Jack Hunter  |  01-11-2012  |  War

Ron Paul's Government Guillotinenew

Ron Paul's Unique Ideas: Adopting a non-interventionist foreign policy. Making massive cuts in federal government, including the elimination of the Department of Education. Eliminating the income, capital gains, and death taxes.
Charleston City Paper  |  Jack Hunter  |  01-11-2012  |  Elections

Government's Power to Arrest Citizens Without Due process a New Lownew

Since 9/11, Sen. Lindsey Graham has said repeatedly that we must fight the terrorists "over there" so we don't have to fight them "over here." But last week, Graham threw this all out the window. We are now at war everywhere. Forever.
Charleston City Paper  |  Jack Hunter  |  12-08-2011  |  Commentary

Ending Government Largesse Always Top Priority for Conservativesnew

Conservatism is a negative philosophy. I don't mean "negative" in that it proposes something undesirable, but negative in that it has always sought to negate the more objectionable aspects of the human condition. Man has a propensity for evil. This means that men must be restrained in some fashion, which is precisely why conservatives have typically stressed religion, conventional morality, humility, etc.
Charleston City Paper  |  Jack Hunter  |  11-10-2011  |  Commentary

Foreign Intervention Can Create More Problems Than it Solvesnew

The current U.S. foreign policy is a disaster. For many Americans, this sounds harsh. Yet, it is something most of us can admit after examining our most recent foreign interventions individually.
Charleston City Paper  |  Jack Hunter  |  11-03-2011  |  Commentary

A Decade After 9/11, Our Government Continues to Make Things Worsenew

A primary tenet of conservatism is that government action or inaction affects human behavior. If taxes are raised, the economy worsens. If taxes are lowered, the economy improves. If guns are prohibited, crime rates rise. If gun ownership is legal, crime lessens.
Charleston City Paper  |  Jack Hunter  |  09-07-2011  |  Commentary

The GOP's fever for war will destroy any hope of shrinking governmentnew

Why is it that during the last decade, when Republicans controlled all three branches of government, the national debt still exploded? Why is it that the last time a real conservative sat in the White House -- Ronald Reagan -- government grew astronomically?
Charleston City Paper  |  Jack Hunter  |  09-01-2011  |  Commentary

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