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Mitch McConnell Does Not Care

From the Right / Erick Erickson /

Unlike a lot of conservatives gleefully cheering on Mitch McConnell's announcement that he will step down as Senate Republican Leader in November, after the election, I actually paid the price for vocally opposing McConnell. In 2014, I used my platform at RedState to back Matt Bevin's race against McConnell. I was one year into my contract at ...Read more

A World Order, If You Can Keep It

From the Right / Erick Erickson /

With the exception of Pearl Harbor, the Western Hemisphere escaped World War II mostly unscathed. It also led, to paraphrase Japanese Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto's alleged quote, a sleeping giant to wake up in the form of the United States. With Europe and Asia in rubble, the threat of the Soviets replacing the Nazis, and China falling to the ...Read more

This Gridlock Is a Feature, Not a Bug

From the Right / Erick Erickson /

There are many things many people want Congress to do. I would like a law that allows private citizens to execute any slowpoke in the fast lane on the interstate, right then and there as they hold up everyone behind them. Our constitutional system would make that difficult, and it would never pass Congress for many reasons, one of which is ...Read more

When Losing Becomes Profitable

From the Right / Erick Erickson /

The Republican National Committee has been meeting in Las Vegas. Turning Point USA's Charlie Kirk arranged counter-programming in Vegas with a handful of hyper-online alt-right activists and fringe celebrities floating Taylor Swift conspiracy theories and demanding accountability for Ronna McDaniel, the RNC Chairwoman, and the RNC as a whole ...Read more

The Trick That Dropped Atlanta Crime

From the Right / Erick Erickson /

You have undoubtedly heard that crime is down in a lot of places. One trick often employed in places like San Francisco is not to report crimes. Shoplifting is no longer pursued, and employees of businesses can be fired for preventing shoplifting. So property theft crimes drop not because theft is no longer happening but because it is no ...Read more

Weakness Provokes Bullies

From the Right / Erick Erickson /

North and South Yemen no longer exist. During the Cold War, North Yemen had ties to the West, and South Yemen had Marxist leadership, branding itself as totalitarian regimes often do, the "People's Democratic Republic of Yemen." With the collapse of the Soviet Union and communist subsidy, North Yemen finally sought merger with South Yemen in ...Read more

The Reality of Small Margins

From the Right / Erick Erickson /

I support limited government because I am a Christian. I believe we are all sinners. I want as few in charge of me as possible. In Congress, conservatives are agitating against a $1.7 trillion spending package negotiated by Speaker Mike Johnson. Johnson is unquestionably a conservative, but the Speaker of the House of Representatives has ...Read more

Joe Biden Preps Trump Endorsement

From the Right / Erick Erickson /

On Jan. 6, 2024, President Joe Biden intends to address the nation in a campaign kickoff. He will make his focus the "threat to democracy" that is former President Donald Trump. His speech, less than 10 days before the Iowa Caucuses, should be seen for what it is: an endorsement of Trump as his Republican opponent.

Each time the Democrats ...Read more

Christmas Perspective

From the Right / Erick Erickson /

Seventeen years ago this week, I started the day losing my job and ended the day looking my wife in the eyes to tell her she was going to die.

Doctors thought they had found a very aggressive form of cancer in her lungs. She had, in their estimation, six months. Thankfully, before the end of the next day, they realized they had misdiagnosed ...Read more

Come As You Are

From the Right / Erick Erickson /

The holidays are messy. Families are messy. People are stressed and in perpetual pursuit of the recreated perfect memory that really was not but has become idealized. We do this to ourselves: debt, guilt, grief, depression, worry, frenzy, and then the lights go out, the trash packed away, and the tree comes down.

It does not have to be that ...Read more

So Far Past the Rubicon

From the Right / Erick Erickson /

In early January of 49 B.C., Julius Caesar and his army crossed the Rubicon, triggering a Roman civil war that eventually led to Caesar's dictatorship. In early June of 2013, thousands of abortion rights protesters stormed the Texas State Capitol, successfully shutting down a Republican attempt to pass pro-life legislation. The press treated ...Read more

 

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