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I was an immigrant

Maybe I’m remembering this wrong. Maybe not. I met my best high school friends at the lunch table. Scott Oppelt, John Clancy, Christian Saller, Tom Newport, and . . . and dude with curly blond hair who was in Scott Oppelt’s band. John. John Martin. I met them early in my junior year. We had…

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How to kill a movement

Did you ever see a movement grow? Did you see the way it starts? Did you feel it spread around you? Did you hear it rustling the leaves and scraping the sidewalk? Did you want to kill it? The weird thing about movements is that opposition tends to strengthen them. Movements feed on hostility the…

Dissolve the Empty See (MTC)

The Holy See is in Rome.The Empty See is in St. Louis. The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission (MTC) is a racket to protect incumbent taxicab companies. They use their power to keep St. Louis in the stone age of transportation. It’s time to dissolve the MTC. It has served its purpose and outlived its usefulness. Like…

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Analysis of Donald Trump Poll

Last week’s poll asked for your degree of support for Donald Trump’s candidacy. This poll received far less attention than the Missouri GOP Governor poll of the previous week, as only 60 people responded. On the plus side, there was no detectable cheating on the Trump poll. One Word: Polarization Respondents had choices from 0…

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Poll: What Do You Think About Service?

Last week, we posted a 5-part series on national service. This week, we’d like to see what you think. Be heard The poll closes Saturday, August 1 at Midnight. Please vote only once. Last Week’s Poll: Trump Here’s my analysis of last week’s poll on Donald Trump.

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Free eBook of National Service Posts

My series on National Service is important. Maybe not urgent, but important. (See Eisenhower Square.) So I turned it into an eBook: DOWNLOAD FREE E-BOOK Be warned: I did not edit the posts, so the ebook contains all the links to previous posts in the series. If there’s interest, I’ll go back and clean it…

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A Conservative Missouri Service Program–Part 5

We’ve reached the end. On Monday, we corrected disinformation about The Franklin Project. Next, we looked at the historical conservative framework for national service. Wednesday was a dissection of The Franklin Project’s Plan of Action (as distinguished from the group’s vision.) Yesterday, we examined the consequences of ignoring the call for national service. Today, we…

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Why Conservatives Should Get Involved—Part 4

In part 1 of this series, we clarified some misconceptions and falsehoods about the Franklin Project. In part 2, we examined the debate on the right from 1990 with William F. Buckley and Milton Friedman. Part 3 was a critique of the Franklin Project’s Plan of Action. Today, we will look at the consequences should…

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What’s Wrong With The Franklin Project? – Part 3

This is part three of a five-part series on national service. Part 1 introduced the controversy and corrected a major misconception. Part 2 looked at national service through the eyes of conservative giants, Milton Friedman, William F. Buckley, and Ronald Reagan. So, what’s wrong with the Franklin Project? Plenty. The Franklin Project promotes the idea…

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Buckley vs. Friedman on Service-Part 2

This is part 2 of a series on national service and the Franklin Project. Read part 1 here. First, answer this for yourself: would you vote for William F. Buckley Jr? Milton Friedman on National Service My friend Lloyd Sloan points out that Milton Friedman disagreed with Buckley’s call for national service. It seems appropriate,…

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Fact and Fiction of the Franklin Project–Part 1

You know how to tell when a political camp has nothing on an opponent? It begins making stuff up. That “making stuff up” has become the chief form of amusement among those who oppose Eric Greitens for Governor. The current fiction they advance has to do with an organization called The Franklin Project. The fiction…

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Analysis of 2016 GOP Governor Poll

Last week, I launched an online poll of declared and likely candidates for governor. This was not a controlled survey, so be careful what you read into it. Instead of using the poll as a measure of breadth, I recommend looking at from a few other angles. Suspicious Voting Yes, there was a lot of…