Jack Kemp

Whatever Happened to the Party of Ideas?

From about 1978 until the Monica Lewinsky fiasco, the GOP was called “the party of ideas.” I miss the ideas. William F. Buckley helped. Buckley liked big ideas and smart people. He liked politicians who gave legs to great ideas and governors with the guts to experiment. Governor Ronald Reagan appeared on Buckley’s Firing Line shortly after the…

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We Interrupt This Program . . .

I am scaling back my blogging. I spend about 1-2 hours on most posts. That’s writing, researching, photo editing, etc. It’s time consuming. It’s also worth the effort. Blogging is an opportunity cost, too. Every hour I spend blogging is an hour I’m not doing anything else. The things I’m not doing include: admiring my wife…

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Why Ann Wagner Is Wrong to Attack Heritage Action

Accountability? We don’t need no stinking accountability. No, Ann Wagner didn’t actually say that. But her comments to a 2nd District Republican committee meeting on Tuesday gave at least one attendee the impression that Mrs. Wagner opposes the idea of conservatives holding Congress accountable. Ann Wagner Attacks the Conservative Heritage Action Rep. Ann Wagner accused…

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I Will Vote for Libertarian Bill Slantz for Congress

Libertarians want to take over the world and leave you alone. What a refreshing ambition! A couple days ago, I wrote that I will not vote for Ann Wagner’s re-election in 2014. I arrived at that position after realizing that Mrs. Wagner and I share incompatible, mutually exclusive views on the proper relationship between government…

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Why Municipal Courts Matter to Liberty

I am embarrassed. I am embarrassed that I didn’t know about this problem sooner. Or I heard about it and ignored it, which is even worse. Maybe I thought it was just the usual liberal whining about trumped up racial problems. Whatever, I should have listened. On September 2, I asked a room of about 30…

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How To Ruin a Perfectly Good Joke

If you talk long enough, you can butcher the best joke in the world–even the one from Monty Python that the Allies used to win WWII. Tuesday night at a Tea Party meeting, I managed to destroy a joke of my own, poor making, and insult a friend at the same time. That takes talent. Or…