Ray Nothstine

Ray Nothstine

Today’s progressivism is a bore. The constant demand for more and more government spending places progressivism on a path toward destruction. Debt, inflation, and a diminished existence for the citizenry — that’s all the result of constant cries for more and more spending and government action. Shouldn’t we be asking more profound questions about what the purpose of government is and what it can really do for us? 

The politicization of the classroom created a great awakening for parents. Truthfully, in many families, too much instruction has been outsourced to the state without much thought. Pandemic lockdowns changed all that. Learning loss altered the status quo trajectory. Further evidence of politicized classrooms, whether through viral videos or parents witnessing instruction over Zoom, propelled calls for change. A bill of rights for parents is the first step towards empowerment against an educational system that might not always have a student’s best interest in mind.

Jussie Smollett’s release from jail mere days into his sentence for faking a hate crime reveals another example of entitlement culture run amok. It’s not just that Smollett likely got preferential treatment with his release because of his money and status, but that he never apologized or admitted any wrongdoing from his hoax. When held to account by one judge, the disgraced actor then threw an epic tantrum, weaseling his way out of a few months of prison in Chicago with the help of attorneys.  

Abraham Lincoln famously said of Ulysses S. Grant in the early days of the Civil War, “I can’t spare this man — he fights.” After playing defense on social issues — and doing it rather poorly for decades — conservatives are echoing a similar sentiment about politicians willing to take up the fight against illiberal ideologies.

‘Power corrupts’ is a famous dictum throughout human history. One of the most well-known versions comes from Lord Acton, a 19th century English historian, and writer who declared, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” America, of course, has a long tradition of suspicion over centralized power. So much so, our entire Constitution places strict limits on the strength of our government. U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-North Carolina, landed in hot water this week for upping the ante on the debauchery and abuse of power in Washington D.C., comparing it to the popular Netflix show “House of Cards.”

Seth Dillon, CEO of the Babylon Bee, likes to say, “The world has become too absurd to be satirized.” He’s right, of course, and it was a line Dillon repeated as keynote speaker at the Carolina Liberty Conference last month. Anybody who consumes news knows that many cultural celebrations championed today were absurdities just a few years ago.

The likelihood of over half of states securing constitutional carry before North Carolina is all but inevitable now. Alabama and Ohio passed constitutional carry this month, and Georgia, Indiana, and Nebraska are close. Gov. Mike DeWine’s signature in Ohio makes it the 23rd state. Constitutional carry, based on Vermont’s state constitution, simply means that if one can legally own a firearm, they should be able to carry that firearm concealed or not. (North Carolina allows for open carry). Simply put, free citizens shouldn’t be required to pay fees and receive a permission slip for an inherent right enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

Many ideologues focus on the politics of higher gas prices and what it means for the November midterm elections. Yet, poorer North Carolinians and Americans across the country are bludgeoned by rising energy costs, particularly today’s sticker shock at the gas pump. In North Carolina, the average price of gasoline is more than $4, and it’s much higher in many parts of the nation.

Friday, 04 March 2022 14:06

OPINION: A look at the state of America

President Biden’s State of the Union Address represents much of America today, a meandering belief in big government that’s woefully short on economic coherence. Yet, the state of the union is pretty evident to most.

The continued realignment of working-class Americans toward the Republican Party is one of the more fascinating political traits today. It essentially began in the 1970s, when Pat Buchanan, then an aide to Richard Nixon, noted the working class “were clearly coming unmoored from the great FDR coalition.” If the Reagan Democrats and Trump’s embrace of middle America were high points for Republican outreach to workers, figures like John McCain and Mitt Romney represented the low. Now, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is siding for workers against big businesses by denouncing forced masking policies.

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