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Colin A. Hanna

Colin A. Hanna

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Colin Hanna

    Tue, September 04, 2018

    Understanding the Brennan Security Clearance Controversy

    When President Trump revoked the security clearance of John Brennan, the liberal commentariat went into full righteous indignation. James Clapper, whose own security clearance may be in jeopardy, ...

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    Mon, August 06, 2018

    Good Riddance: UVA Professors Resign over Hiring of Marc Short

    Remember the expression from former House Speaker Tip O’Neill: “All politics is local”? As true as that may have been when he coined the phrase, it has now effectively been replaced by a new ...

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    Thu, March 08, 2018

    Tariffs in the Context of Strategic Significance

    President Donald Trump is nothing if not unorthodox, so no one should be surprised when he proposes something as unorthodox as reinstating tariffs that fly in the face of the orthodoxy of free trade, ...

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    Thu, December 14, 2017

    Abolish the CFPB

    One of the most obvious means of shrinking the size of the federal government is to eliminate some of its agencies. Although many champions of limited government, including former President Ronald ...

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    Wed, November 29, 2017

    In Defense of the Trump Tax Bill

    By Richard Scurry and Colin Hanna

    As the tax reform bill heads onto the floor of the US Senate, the single element that seems to draw the most fire from the left is ...

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    Thu, September 21, 2017

    Santorum Policy Force Behind Graham-Cassidy

    Next week, one of the most important pieces of legislation to come before Congress this year will be voted on by the Senate. It’s the latest and perhaps final Republican proposal to replace ...

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    Tue, August 15, 2017

    Frederick Douglass and the Art of the Impossible

    Washington is the city where nothing seems to work these days, due in large part to partisanship. Truly bipartisan bills, even minor ones, are a rarity. Yet there is at least one exception: the ...

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    Thu, July 20, 2017

    Repeal Only Wrong Horse for GOP

    After the collapse of the ObamaCare Replacement bill in the Senate this week, Mitch McConnell and many in the conservative movement have adopted a new strategy: vote again on the pure ObamaCare ...

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    Thu, June 08, 2017

    Paris Climate Accords: Cutting Through the Fog

    The big news this week is the testimony of fired FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The big news last week was President Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the ...

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    Thu, May 18, 2017

    Constitution vs Hyperventilating Left

    There has been a lot of hyper-ventilating from both sides of the aisle on the matter of President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, but not much sound thinking. Let's try to pick our way ...

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    Wed, February 22, 2017

    Frederick Douglass' Majestic Wrath

    The month of February is officially called Black History Month, and this is its 91st year, although not always with that title, and originally designated as a week rather than a month.

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    Wed, December 21, 2016

    Keep, Reform Electoral College

    On Monday, the Electoral College was convened and performed its sole Constitutional duty: it officially elected Donald Trump as President. For the fifth time in our national history, a candidate for ...

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    Fri, September 09, 2016

    A Tribute to Phyllis Schlafly

    With the passing this week of the incomparable and indefatigable Phyllis Schlafly, another of the Founders of the modern conservative movement has left us.

    In ...

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    Thu, July 21, 2016

    To Understand Police Shootings, Look for Motive

    It was former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who once famously said, "…never let a serious crisis go to waste." Many people don't know that he was actually parroting a phrase from ...

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    Mon, June 20, 2016

    Look at Motive, Not Means

    The tragedy of the murders at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last weekend is intense and Americans of all political persuasions are rightly shocked and outraged. Statistically, it was one of the ...

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    Thu, April 14, 2016

    Time to Sunset the Tax Code

    This is tax week, the week we're reminded how utterly insane our tax code is, at over 70,000 pages long. It would take over a year to read it at 2 minutes-per-page for forty hours a week. Yet there ...

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    Fri, October 30, 2015

    Notes from the Third Republican Debate

    The Republican debate in Boulder was an embarrassment — not for any of the candidates involved, but for CNBC. I attended the debate, and as I was walking out of the Coors Center, one person ...

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    Fri, October 09, 2015

    Carly Fiorina Vs. the 'Fact Checkers'

    Carly Fiorina was the standout winner in both the first and second Republican debates, and with that achievement comes a higher profile. That's perfectly understandable. But the condemnation that ...

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    Thu, September 17, 2015

    The Second GOP Debate

    The second Republican debate this week was seriously flawed by the heavy-handed and unprofessional moderating by CNN's Jake Tapper. He showed himself to be more interested in the silliest and ...

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    Thu, August 27, 2015

    No Summer Doldrums

    As we approach the end of August — whatever happened to the summer doldrums? In the political world, there was no recess this summer — it has been more chaotic than quiet.

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    Mon, August 10, 2015

    Reflections on First GOP Debate

    I attended the Republican candidates' debate in Cleveland Thursday night, and I came away with some different impressions than I heard and read from the morning-after pundits on TV, radio, ...

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    Tue, July 28, 2015

    Religious Liberty: Going to Be An Issue

    (Part I)

    "It's certainly going to be an issue. I – I don't deny that. I don't deny that, Justice Alito. It is – it is going to be an issue." ...

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    Tue, July 28, 2015

    Religious Liberty: It's Going to Be An Issue

    Part 2

    This is my second American Radio Journal commentary on the topic of religious liberty — that freedom that was so important to our nation's Founders ...

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    Mon, April 27, 2015

    Sunset the Tax Code

    Tax day is now behind us — and we are no closer to real tax reform than we were at this time last year, or the year before, or the year before that. We have a tax code that is so complicated ...

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    Tue, March 17, 2015

    Letter to Iran Reasonable, Not Treasonable

    The most important national story in the past week was doubtless the damage to Hillary Clinton's presidential ambitions resulting not merely from her use of a private email account that may have ...

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    Fri, January 09, 2015

    GOP: One Eye on Future, Another on Public

    What should conservatives do now that Republicans have majorities in both the US House of Representatives and the Senate? Let me say at the outset that I am not equating conservatives and ...

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    Mon, December 22, 2014

    CRomnibus: A Different Take

    Before President Obama's surprise announcement that he was capitulating to the Castro brothers and reopening diplomatic relations with Cuba, all the talk in Washington this week was focused on the ...

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    Tue, November 25, 2014

    Immigration: A GOP Pyrrhic Victory?

    There are two ways of looking at President Obama's executive action on immigration: as a Constitutional matter, and as a political matter.

    As a Constitutional ...

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    Fri, November 07, 2014

    Sunset the U.S. Tax Code

    After Tuesday's midterm elections putting Republicans in majority control of the United States Senate and expanding the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, there's been a lot of ...

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    Thu, October 16, 2014

    Two Weeks Out: A Look at 10 Key Senate Races

    Which party controls the United States Senate for the last two years of Barack Obama's Presidency will be determined in just over two weeks — and I've never seen so many critical races so close ...

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    Thu, October 02, 2014

    Obama Foreign Policy: Four False Premises

    On Monday night, President Obama announced the beginning of an anti-ISIS bombing campaign. Just prior to this, the YouGov polling firm that tracks Presidential approval on Foreign Policy, recorded ...

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    Thu, August 14, 2014

    Mississippi Mudslinging

    I spent most of last week in Jackson Mississippi looking into the irregularities — and potential illegalities -- in the Republican Senatorial runoff election between Thad Cochran and Chris ...

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    Thu, July 03, 2014

    The Hobby Lobby Case

    This week the Supreme Court affirmed the right of the owners of a closely-held corporation, Hobby Lobby, not to include in the health insurance plans they underwrite for their employees certain ...

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    Fri, May 23, 2014

    VA Scandal: Obama's Katrina

    Politics and public opinion are unpredictable. What will resonate and what won't are seldom obvious. In the same way that President Bush was held personally responsible for his administration's ...

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    Thu, May 01, 2014

    The Benghazi Smoking Gun

    It's often said that the cover-up of a scandal is worse than the scandal itself. That was certainly true of Watergate. It may prove to be true about Benghazi as well. This week, a new email ...

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    Thu, March 20, 2014

    Ukraine Crisis Should Stop START

    This week the White House announced took action against 7 Russian and 4 Ukrainian top officials in Vladimir Putin's inner circle to punish them for their role in Moscow's power grab of the Crimean ...

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    Fri, February 07, 2014

    The Antidote to Complex Issues

    There's been a lot of talk about complexity lately — the complexity of ObamaCare, the complexity of economic recovery, the complexity of immigration, the complexity of Syria and the Middle ...

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    Mon, January 20, 2014

    The Obama Over-Reach

    Writing in the left-leaning political journal The New Republic, John Judis wrote an article titled "Only Foreign Policy Can Rescue Obama's Second Term." He says "… there is a ...

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    Mon, January 20, 2014

    Obama Foreign Policy: Peace Through Weakness?

    Writing in the left-leaning political journal The New Republic, John Judis wrote an article titled "Only Foreign Policy Can Rescue Obama's Second Term." He says "… there is a ...

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    Mon, December 30, 2013

    Obamacare: What Will 2014 Bring?


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    Fri, October 25, 2013

    Obamacare: Password Purgatory

    How bad is the ObamaCare federal exchange rollout? No one knows for sure, because the Obama administration that once claimed to be the most transparent in history has been about as opaque as lead on ...

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    Fri, October 04, 2013

    Pettiness Produces Shudown Silliness

    Since the so-called shutdown of the federal government began on Tuesday of this last week, I have spoken personally to a number of Members of Congress — all Republicans, I should point out ...

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    Thu, September 12, 2013

    Deal with Devil, Devil in Details

    The serious issue of what the US should do about Syrian President Assad and his use of chemical weapons on his own people has devolved into a full fiasco — one with many more twists and turns ...

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    Mon, August 26, 2013

    Four Existential Threats to America

    How much damage can President Obama do to the Republic we call the United States of America in his remaining three years and five months in office? Just as he claimed in a conversation with ...

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    Fri, August 02, 2013

    What is an Electromagnetic Pulse?

    What is an electromagnetic pulse, and what threat does it pose to the United States? Last week there was an event in Washington that attempted to answer those questions. It was sponsored by the ...

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    Thu, May 30, 2013

    Can Conservatives Win Immigration Debate?

    Is there a more contentious and divisive issue within conservatism today than immigration? I doubt it.

    So let's grapple with it. If you believe as Ronald Reagan ...

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    Mon, April 22, 2013

    A Look at the Immigration Bill

    The immigration bill announced this week by the Senate's so-called Gang of Eight will be one of the most important legislative issues of the year — and one of the most divisive, especially ...

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    Thu, January 24, 2013

    Debt Ceiling Vote: Win or Loss for GOP?

    What actually happened last week on the debt ceiling? Did John Boehner and the Republicans cave to President Obama and the Democrats? Or did they wisely re-sequence the whole fiscal debate?

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    Thu, January 03, 2013

    Kicking the Can Over the Cliff

    Not until after the clock ran out on 2012 did the Senate cobble together a "fiscal cliff" deal that finally passed the House late on New Year's Day. That we should get a deal instead of a ...

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    Tue, December 11, 2012

    Public Support for Tax Hike a Myth

    By Colin Hanna and Alex Cortes
    Dec. 10, 2012, 6:44 p.m

    Myths are perpetuated in Washington, with conventional wisdom created by one person and bouncing off hundreds more in a ...

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    Thu, November 01, 2012

    Benghazi: A Threat Worse than Watergate?

    This is a subject that looks like it will take many months past election day to fully understand — but also looks like it could be a Presidential scandal at least the equal of Watergate if not ...

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    Thu, October 11, 2012

    Presidential Race Now About Foreign Policy

    For more than a year, we've heard the same refrain from politicians, pundits and political science professors: this election is all about the economy. No other issues even comes close, and certainly ...

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    Mon, September 24, 2012

    Intellectual Property Protection

    This week the United States celebrated the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. A landmark document, this first in the world written expression of the rights of man and the ...

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    Fri, August 24, 2012

    The Reagan in Ryan

    Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate has the potential to affect this year's presidential race more than usual. It's often said that the vice presidential running mate has had ...

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    Thu, August 09, 2012

    Two Roads

    One of the most famous American poems of the 20th century was Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken. Familiar though it may be to most, let's refresh our memories by reading it in its four verse ...

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    Thu, July 19, 2012

    Gutting Welfare Reform

    A little over one hundred years ago, a Frenchman names Georges Polti wrote a book called "The 36 Dramatic Situations." He studied western literature from the Greeks to the then modern days ...

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    Thu, June 28, 2012

    ObamaCare Ruling: Turning Victory into Defeat

    It's not a pretty sound, the braying of donkeys. President Obama pretentiously claims that the Supreme Court decision affirming the constitutionality of his health care law is, "a victory for ...

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    Thu, June 07, 2012

    MSNBC's Parallel Universe

    I was intensely interested in the Wisconsin recall race this past week, so as soon as the polls closed, I settled down in front of the TV to watch the results begin to come in — first the exit ...

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    Fri, May 18, 2012

    The Real Cost of Obama's Latest 'Evolution'

    President Obama's announcement last week that he is now in favor of gay marriage has caused quite a flurry of commentary, but I think most of it misses a bigger story that is taking shape behind ...

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    Tue, May 01, 2012

    What Should Santorum, Gingrich Ask of Romney?

    This week's five Republican Presidential primaries, all won by Mitt Romney, clearly seal the deal for him to win the nomination, but raise a fresh set of questions. With both Newt Gingrich and Rick ...

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    Fri, April 06, 2012

    Jesus Was a Conservative

    I am going to depart from the normal news-oriented political commentary on American Radio Journal and turn instead to the season — the season of Easter — which those of us of Christian ...

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    Thu, March 15, 2012

    The Main Thing in 2012

    As the Republican Presidential nomination and delegate selection process stretches out longer than most thought likely, conservatives risk being distracted. We should remember the wise and simple ...

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    Sat, February 04, 2012

    Don't Count Rick Santorum Out

    In a little over two weeks, from Monday January 16th through Tuesday the 31st , we've had four debates, two primaries, one State of the Union speech, and an earlier caucus result restated to produce ...

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    Fri, January 13, 2012

    Santorum for VP?

    After back-to-back wins in Iowa and New Hampshire and leading in the polls in South Carolina, is Mitt Romney a lock to win the Republican nomination for President? He may be, but that's the wrong ...

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    Fri, December 02, 2011

    ObamaCare: Thomas Kagan

    Sometime next year, probably around March, the United States Supreme Court will hear the challenge to the so-called Patients Affordable Care Act, better known by most as ObamaCare. The Court will be ...

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    Mon, November 28, 2011

    Welfare Shouldn't Pay for Abortions

    ***NEWS RELEASE***

    For Immediate Release
    November 28, 2011

    Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, ...

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    Fri, October 28, 2011

    Ideals Behind Cain's 9-9-9 Tax Plan

    Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan has certainly captured the nation's attention. And along with the attention, it has become a target for every other Republican candidate to shoot at in the hope of dislodging ...

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    Fri, September 09, 2011

    Is Social Security a Ponzi Scheme?

    By Colin A. Hanna
    For American Radio Journal

    In the Republican presidential candidate debate this week, Rick Perry was asked about his characterization of ...

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    Mon, August 22, 2011

    Why A Balanced Budget Amendment is Necessary

    The recent debt ceiling debate, and its ostensible resolution in the Budget Control Act of 2011, was a spectacle of dysfunctionality. There was only one genuine solution proposed during the entire ...

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    Sat, August 06, 2011

    LFR Launches 'Obama Downgrade' Campaign

    August 5, 2011

    CONTACT: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716,

    Let Freedom Ring Launches

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    Sun, July 24, 2011

    The Next Ronald Reagan

    n the midst of all the intense negotiating, legislating, deal-making and speech-making on the debt ceiling, it might be good to pull back for a moment and look at this epic confrontation not from the ...

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    Fri, July 08, 2011

    Cut, Cap Balance Trys New Tactic

    We may look back on July 2011 as one of the great turning points of American history. Or we may see it as one of the greatest missed opportunities in American history. The issue whose disposition ...

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    Thu, May 26, 2011

    The Statecraft of Benjamin Netanyahu

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a Joint Session of Congress this week was a classic. It may well be one of the finest speeches delivered by a foreign head of state inside our ...

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    Fri, April 15, 2011

    President Obama: Cheap Shots

    I want to thank President Obama for focusing our national attention on the central question that lies beyond the current debate about budgets, spending and debt. He said that it is "about more ...

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    Thu, March 24, 2011

    Budget Cuts: Drastic or Miniscule?

    There's been a lot of talk about federal deficits lately, but very little understanding. Here's a way to put this complex issue into perspective: Let's assume that your family is in financial ...

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    Fri, March 04, 2011

    Tea Party Patriots Policy Summit

    I wish that Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow had been there.

    I hope that I got your attention with that opening, but I am serious. I attended the Tea Party ...

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    Mon, January 24, 2011

    The Truth About the Debt Ceiling

    Last week's vote in the House of Representatives to repeal the ObamaCare bill is more than just an honoring of various campaign pledges — it's an encouraging first indication that the new ...

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    Fri, December 31, 2010

    A New Year's Resolution for Congress

    Has the political pendulum ever swung so quickly from one side to the other?

    Less than two years after President Obama took office with an overall approval rating ...

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    Mon, December 13, 2010

    The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

    This is a Christmas story — but not the kind of Christmas story you're likely to read to children. It shows the pettiness of adults at their worst, and at a time of year when we would rather ...

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    Fri, October 29, 2010

    From Kool Aid to TEA

    We're just hours away from what many pundits have said will be an historic election. Is that valid — is this a year that somehow eclipses other mid-term elections, or is just the hackneyed ...

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    Fri, October 08, 2010

    The Two Most Important Political Races in America

    As we close in on the final three weeks before what promises to be an exciting, and quite possibly historic, election. The Tea Party phenomenon that grew from mere sign-carrying protest ralliers ...

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    Fri, September 17, 2010

    Join Us As We Commit to the Constitution

    We heard it at the 8/28 Restoring Honor Rally at the Lincoln Memorial. We heard it again on Sunday at the 9/12 march at the National Mall and in similar gatherings in St. Louis and Sacramento. It's a ...

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    Thu, September 16, 2010

    Final Primaries Point Way to a Tidal Wave

    Of the seven Congressional and Senatorial primaries that took place earlier this week, most of the attention has been focused on the results of the Delaware Republican primary for US Senate.

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    Thu, August 26, 2010

    Ground Zero Mosque and Boundaries of Religious Freedom

    A recent CNN poll shows that 68% of Americans oppose the construction of the mosque and Islamic center planned near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. Most Americans don't know that the mosque's ...

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    Thu, June 17, 2010

    Cap the Well, Not Cap and Tax

    White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel infamously said "Never allow a crisis to go to waste." Following President Obama's Oval Office address earlier this week, it is apparent that the ...

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    Thu, May 06, 2010

    Objections to AZ Immigration Law Irresponspible, Ignorant

    The recently-passed Arizona immigration law is being subjected to a constant stream of irresponsible and ignorant demagoguery. In a total sellout to the forces of multiculturalism, the mainstream ...

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    Wed, April 14, 2010

    Happy Birthday TEA Parties!

    This week marks the first anniversary of the emergence of the Tea Party phenomenon into a national movement. Tax Day 2009 saw 1,000 or more anti-tax, anti-spending, anti-big government ...

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    Fri, March 26, 2010

    Three Reasons Why Obamacare is Unconstitutional

    Conservatives are mounting challenges to the recently-passed ObamaCare health insurance bill on the grounds that it is unconstitutional: that the scope of the bill exceeds the scope of the federal ...

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    Mon, January 25, 2010

    The Real Lesson from Massachusetts: Voters Reject Arrogance

    Is there a single proposition that explains Scott Brown's stunning win in the Senate race in Massachusetts?

    The concept of a single proposition is that it both ...

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    Wed, November 18, 2009

    Obama Compromises National Security

    The Obama administration's decision to treat the 9/11 terror attacks as a matter for our civilian court system stands as a propaganda victory for al-Qaida and jeopardizes national security. It has ...

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    Mon, November 02, 2009

    High Noon for Health Care

    In the next few days, we will see the health care reform bills that the Senate and House have been cobbling together behind closed doors. In the Senate, the result of merging two bills, one from the ...

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    Fri, October 30, 2009

    Prop 8 One Year Later - Traditional Marriage Supporters Subjected to Discrimination

    Traditional Marriage Supporters Subjected to Discrimination

    By Colin A. Hanna
    President, Let Freedom Ring

    It's been a year since Californians said YES to Proposition 8, the controversial ballot initiative preserving ...

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    Thu, October 08, 2009

    Finally: A Simple Issue in the Midst of Complexity -

    There are a lot of complex issues in public policy that are on the front burners right now: health care, energy regulation, economic policy, the global threat of Jihadism are four obvious examples. ...

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    Thu, June 25, 2009

    The 'Pledge to Read'

    Commentary for American Radio Journal
    By Colin A. Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring

    Our nation's founders and our Constitution's framers had a radical idea a ...

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    Fri, March 13, 2009

    Stimflation: Worse than Stagflation?

    "We'll see inflation in the double digits again — and the first digit will not be 1." So said maverick economic pundit Peter Schiff in a speech that I recently attended in ...

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    Thu, February 19, 2009

    America's Inflation Stimulus Bill

    American Radio Journal Commentary

    The so-called stimulus bill that was signed this week contains more pork than a pig farm. President Barack Obama has badly ...

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    Tue, December 23, 2008

    The Real Meaning of Christmas

    A friend of mine sends me two or three email forwards a day — and almost every one of them is worth reading. But one that I got today was even more pertinent and poignant than usual. Here it ...

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    Wed, November 26, 2008

    Thanksgiving Message 2008

    By Colin A. Hanna
    President, Let Freedom Ring.

    On this Thanksgiving weekend, let's pause from our normal political commentary and simply say, Thank you, ...

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    Wed, November 05, 2008

    The Winter of our Discontent? No.

    "Now is the winter of our discontent." So begins Shakespeare's Richard the Third, and such is the refrain likely to be heard from conservatives across the country as they analyze this ...

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