Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Allow Students To Defend Themselves

This past weekend, a killer in California named Elliott Rodgers stabbed and shot six college students in a murderous rampage. By the time law enforcement arrived, he had already taken his own life.

When are Americans going to realize that the only way to stop these criminals is to give people the right to protect themselves on college campuses?

Campus carry would allow students to fight back against school shooters. When a killer strikes, there is no time to wait for the police. Let me ask you this: if someone like Elliott Rodgers attacked you, wouldn’t you prefer to have a gun with you?

Gun grabbers are afraid that allowing guns on campuses would put students in danger, but nothing could be further from the truth. States that allow campus carry have not reported any problems. Utah specifically prohibits gun bans on college campuses, and the law has existed for years without a single serious incident.

Finally, lest we forget — the right to bear arms is an inalienable part of the US Constitution! Students deserve gun rights just like every other American.

I would prefer to send my kids to a university that respects the Constitution and allows law-abiding gun owners to carry on campus. In a worst-case scenario, they would be able to stand up for themselves.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Why McConnell Must Lose

Kentucky conservatives cannot give up on defeating Mitch McConnell in tomorrow’s primary, no matter how much of an underdog Matt Bevin has become. This primary is about far more than kicking a single moderate out of office. It could determine who becomes the next Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate.

Republicans' chances of taking over the Senate this fall are looking stronger and stronger every day. If McConnell loses re-election, the man who replaces Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader could be a true conservative like Mike Lee from Utah (or even Ted Cruz). Lee has the grassroots support and he also has the votes, and he has a real shot of getting the job should McConnell lose.

Even John Cornyn, of Texas, who has been talked up as a replacement for McConnell, would be a real improvement. Despite being closer to the establishment than Senator Lee, Cornyn is guided by conservative principles far more than McConnell.

For the first time in a long time, the most powerful man in the Republican Party could actually be a real conservative.

But if McConnell wins re-election, he will undoubtedly become majority leader and nothing will change in Washington. The most powerful Republican in the country will be a poster child for backroom deal making. The face of the Republican Party will be a moderate known for his earmarks and his support for Wall Street bailouts. Conservatives will be left out in the cold. Again.

Until a true conservative takes over leadership of the Republican Party, all of those Tea Party rallies and marches will have had a limited effect. Tomorrow in Kentucky, conservatives have an opportunity to show once and for all that our voices are more powerful than McConnell’s millions. We need to make it count.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tea Partiers Will Never Support McConnell

With victory for Mitch McConnell looking increasingly likely, people are starting to wonder whether Matt Bevin’s supporters will vote for McConnell in the general election.

Let me make this perfectly clear: I will not be voting for Mitch McConnell, and neither will any other self-respecting conservative.

I admit that I am not surprised that Bevin has fallen behind. He made too many mistakes —especially his attempt to cover up the whole cockfighting thing — and he simply couldn’t stand up to McConnell’s well-financed attacks.

But I will never support a candidate who refuses to speak to Ted Cruz, vows to “crush” the Tea Party, and is backed by the Washington lobbyists in the NRA (despite barely being able to hold a gun correctly). It doesn’t matter whether or not Republicans take the Senate — if he is re-elected, Mitch McConnell is going to be the same big-spending dealmaker that he has been for decades.

America is in the worst shape that it has been in since the Great Depression. Federal debt is choking our economy, and our representatives are sitting there doing nothing. Do you honestly think that electing the same old people to the same old jobs is going to change anything?