With the 2014 midterm elections looming, the fight between moderate establishment GOP candidates and the socially conservative Tea Party for control of the Republican Party is growing fiercer by the day.
A native of the great Commonwealth of Virginia, Neal Gallagher graduated from George Mason University, where he studied history, journalism and international relations. He is a libertarian, an atheist, and an advocate of Jeffersonian democracy. He has contributed to numerous Virginia and D.C. area based newspapers, and is especially fond of writing about the constitutionality of the federal government today, and the role of organized religion in the world. He loves the Rolling Stones, loathes Justin Bieber, is unafraid to admit that he likes Haddaway, and sometimes, just sometimes, he is too sexy for his shirt. His influences include Thomas Jefferson, Albert Camus, Barry Goldwater, Christopher Hitchens, Thomas Sowell and Andrew Breitbart. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. Follow Neal on Twitter, at your own risk @nealxg
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Labor unions in America are dying.
As more and more states are running out of the time and money necessary to feed the unions, they are rejecting them outright. The unions themselves have felt the pain, with memberships at all-time lows, and are now turning to an unlikely source in a last-ditch effort to save themselves from extinction — the environment.
At this year’s CPAC, you couldn’t look in any direction without seeing a “Stand with Rand” sign. But what exactly is a “libertarian?”
On Wednesday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill that strictly curbs gun rights in that state.
Hickenlooper, a Democrat, signed legislation requiring a background check for all gun purchases in Colorado, a bill that requires the gun buyer to pay for that background check, as well as legislation that restricts gun magazine capacity to 15 rounds of ammunition. The new regulations will begin on July 1.
Sheriff Richard Mack of Graham County, Arizona took to the podium Thursday at CPAC with a message that you might not expect to hear from a police officer: gun control in America is illegal.
After requiring religious organizations to cover their employees’ contraceptive costs under Obamacare, and just hours before President Barack Obama trampled on the Second Amendment through 23 executive orders, the White House released an official statement, naming January 16,2013 “Religious Freedom Day” and touting the President’s respect for religious and constitutional rights.
Recall the contraception mandate in Obamacare, which requires religious organizations to provide access to free contraceptives through health insurance plans, even if it is against their religious beliefs. The White House later announced that third-party insurers would cover those costs, but realistically, the insurance companies will just pass those extra costs back on to the religious organizations – either way the other religious organizations will still be footing the bill. The exceptions also failed to cover private companies, and their owners’ religious beliefs. How concerned about religious freedom was Obama then?
Less than a week after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. that claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 young children, conservative and liberal news sources are reporting that gun sales across the country have soared. Another item selling at record numbers is children’s body armor.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is reporting a record 4,154 background checks submitted on Saturday alone.
Also seeing record sales is Utah-based company “Amendment II”, which sells bullet-proof backpacks and body armor for children.
President Obama holds the top two records for worst post-election sell-offs in the American financial markets.
On Wednesday morning, right after Obama’s re-election the Dow Jones Industrial Average, or DJIA, fell 2.8 percent in the first two hours of trading. It closed out Wednesday down 2.3 percent, the largest decline in a year. The S&P fell 2.3 percent. The Nasdaq lost 2.48 percent. 80 percent of all the stocks on the NYSE and Nasdaq ended up in the negative.
And that was just Wednesday.
In his victory speech Tuesday night, President Obama claimed that the country is not “as divided as our politics suggest,” despite having run one of the most divisive campaigns in American history.
In a speech that sounded like it was written by the Romney campaign, Obama spoke of an America that wanted to avoid debt and maintain a strong military presence in the world. He mentioned the “necessary work of self-government,” and he touted the American ideal of success through hard work. For a few moments throughout his speech, Obama actually sounded like a conservative.
The most suspiciously conservative statement came at the end of Obama’s speech. Having described the importance of hard work to be able to succeed, Obama went on to say, “I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe.”
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama appeared last night on Monday Night Football for separate interviews with ESPN presenter Chris Berman that briefly touched on both politics and sports.
The interviews, which were run during halftime of the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints matchup, consisted of Berman asking each candidate a mix of political and sports questions. Both men were witty and poised as they comfortably answered Berman’s questions.
Berman asked Obama what he now knows about America that he may not have known four years ago.
President Barack Obama squandered his last chance to persuade young Americans to vote for him again, choosing to use his high profile interview with MTV to instead to attack Mitt Romney with the same, old rhetoric he has used in weeks past during the debates.
On Friday evening the President sat down for a 30 minute “Ask Obama Live: An Interview with the President” in the Blue Room of the White House with MTV’s Sway Calloway that was broadcast across every MTV station. Meanwhile, MTV’s Andrew Jenks interviewed a group of young who were located elsewhere to get their questions for the President and feedback on his responses.
The Secret Service is turning to Twitter users to report any threatening tweets directed at President Obama or Mitt Romney.
In a new strategy to collect information on potential threats against Obama or Romney, the Secret Service took to its Twitter account, @SecretService, asking Twitter users on Tuesday “To report a tweet that concerns you, call the nearest field office in your state.”
In addition to protecting the President and Vice-President, the Secret Service also protects Presidential candidates in the 120 days prior to the election.
A documentary on the Navy Seal raid on Osama Bin Laden is going through extensive editing, and some critics claim that the edits, which now feature more of President Obama, are purely to bolster the Obama campaign before the general election on November 6th.
The documentary, entitled “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden” is set to air on November 4th, just two days before the general election. The film rights are owned by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, an avid Obama supporter. Weinstein has donated to the Democratic National Committee, the Obama campaign, and as recently as August 6th held a high-priced fundraiser for Obama at his home in Connecticut.
The edits to the film were made to strengthen the image of the role of Obama in the raid that ultimately led to the death of Osama bin Laden, according to a New York Times report. Filmmaker John Stockwell defended the edits, saying that Weinstein wanted revisions that “gave the movie context and helped root it in reality.”
In a new video released yesterday afternoon, Crossroads Generation compares the “cool” factor between President Barack Obama and GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney. In a classic case of style versus substance, the viewer is at first treated to alternating clips of a predictably smooth-talking Obama and a Mitt Romney who appears disjointed and out of touch.
But the video then sheds light on how president Obama’s “cool” factor might outshine Romney’s, but Romney has a much smoother record on job creation.