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In this week's Freedom Minute, CFIF's Renee Giachino discusses Barack Obama's misguided push to have the Federal Communications Commission regulate the Internet like a public utility under telephone and railroad laws drafted in the 1930s - long before the Internet (or computers, for that matter) was even invented.

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31 Obama in 2009: “You’ve Got Me.” Democrats Today: “Barack Obama? Never Heard of Him.”

In 2009, an Icarus-like Barack Obama with artificially high approval ratings demanded fealty from Congressional Democrats toward his ultra-partisan agenda.  From his trillion-dollar “stimulus” spending to “Cash for Clunkers” to ObamaCare, the Obama White House breezily dismissed centrist Democrats’ trepidation and…

32 To Impeach… or Not?

When it comes to the subject of whether to impeach President Barack Obama, Republican sentiment is coalescing around three options: Yes, No and Maybe. Sarah Palin is now the face of the Yes camp with a blistering op-ed that doesn’t mince words. “Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president,” she writes at Breitbart.…

33 "Consent of the Governed" No More?

Here’s a disquieting observation: The most controversial decision out of the Supreme Court this session dealt with a legal requirement that was never approved by a single member of Congress. ObamaCare’s contraception mandate — the applicability of which was narrowed by the judiciary last week — was, believe it or not, never…

34 CFIF Independence Day Quiz

Take CFIF's 13 Question Independence Day Quiz to test your knowledge of American history and civics. (Answer key may be found at the bottom)   1. Americans celebrate the Fourth of July for which one of the following reasons? a. It marks mid-summer vacation b. It is the day America declared her independence c. It marks the day the Revolutionary…

35 U.S. Politics in the Age of Instability

One of the most peculiar facts about American exceptionalism is that we know it exists precisely because so many Americans are blind to its effects. Consider, for instance, all of the factors — each of them luxuries by historical standards — that Americans take for granted: power will peacefully be transferred from one political party to…

36 With Cantor Loss, Liberals Whistling Past the Graveyard

The Democratic Party may have finally landed on a campaign slogan for 2014: “Any port in a storm.” That’s the only explanation for the glee that some liberals have been expressing in reaction to the news that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in the Republican primary for Virginia’s 7th district. They have to have…

37 VA Scandal Scapegoating: Don’t Blame Insufficient Spending, Bush or Iraq and Afghan Wars

The burgeoning Department of Veterans Affairs scandal presages the dysfunctional future of ObamaCare, and it serves to erode what remains of Americans’ faith in the big-government model more generally.  For that reason, liberals find themselves desperate to rationalize by trotting out their usual litany of scapegoats:  insufficient…

38 Barack Obama, Presidential Kamikaze

I have to admit, I’ve always had a hard time with arguments that President Obama is intentionally trying to undermine the standing of the United States of America. It’s a testament to how spectacularly he’s failing the country, however, that I now have to take them seriously, even if they still reside on the outer fringes of plausibility…

39 Mind the Gap: The Dangerous Distance Between Civilians and the Military

In a just world, the scandal over the mistreatment of retired military members by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ healthcare system would’ve broken in early November. That may sound like a strange argument, so bear with me. The fact that the VA scandal was capturing headlines in late May had the unfortunate effect of making the story…

40 Yes, the VA Is a Real Scandal; No, Obama Won’t Do Anything About It

After years of throwing palm fronds before President Obama’s feet, the sycophants in the media had to admit it: Yep, the scandal within the Department of Veterans Affairs is pretty bad. It’s hard to imagine how anyone could come to any different conclusion. At the Phoenix VA — the location of the first revelations of systemic dysfunction…

41 Liberal Insanity on Mental Health

There are certain issues on which America — goaded by a perpetually breathless media — can become too hysterical to react reasonably in the moment. The best example in recent years: gun violence. Whether it was the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut; the attack on a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, or the Arizona rampage…

42 New Poll: Majority Favors Further Investigation of Benghazi

The American people don’t really care about Benghazi, right?  In the juvenile words of former Obama Administration National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor to Fox News’s Bret Baier this week, “Dude, this was, like, two years ago.”  Or as Hillary Clinton infamously shrieked, “At this point, what difference…

43 Are the Rich to Blame for America’s Problems?

It seems you can’t go anywhere these days without hearing the refrain: America is suffering … and it’s because of the wealthy. Barack Obama rails against fat-cat bankers and employers sitting on money. Liberal protestors bewail the influence of money in politics in the wake of the Supreme Court’s campaign finance rulings.…

44 Barack Obama and the Tyranny of False Choices

Barack Obama loves the rhetorical trope of the “false choice.” From his earliest days as a national figure, the president has repeatedly attempted to convey his intellectual superiority to ordinary politicians by announcing that some controversy of the day is being unnecessarily simplified.   Thus was there “a false choice between…

45 The “Equal Pay for Equal Work” Myth

I probably don’t have to tell you, dear reader, that Tuesday was “Equal Pay Day.” I assume that you gathered with your friends and family to commemorate the fundamental injustice of America, a nation where, as I’m sure you heard ad nauseam this week, women only make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Perhaps you even…

46 Will the 2014 Election Yield a Republican Senate (Part 2)?

Last week, this column looked at the GOP’s prospects in the Senate races being held around the country this November. As we saw, the GOP is in a strong position to make serious inroads in the upper chamber. This week, we’ll pick up where we left off, with a consideration of the rest of the races not analyzed in last week’s piece.…

47 Attacks on Paul Ryan Show Liberals' True Character

The irony of Paul Ryan’s career is that he should be every liberal’s favorite conservative. On Medicare and Medicaid he accepts the premise that government has a role to play in providing access to medical care for the elderly and poor. Back in 2009, his ObamaCare alternative – the Patient’s Choice Act – used a similar…

48 Will the 2014 Election Yield a Republican Senate (Part 1)?

President Obama and Democrats in Washington are in trouble. With the economy still listless, America looking helpless abroad and ObamaCare increasingly looking like the biggest failed experiment in social engineering since Prohibition, it’s no surprise that the Left regards this fall’s midterm elections with dread. Of the 33 Senate seats…

49 The High Price of Michelle Obama’s Food Nannying

Stumping for her husband on the campaign trail in 2008, Michelle Obama told a crowd in Puerto Rico, “Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we're going to have to change our traditions, our history; we're going to have to move into a different place as a nation.” Little…

50 What Rand Paul Gets Right

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul feels a lot like a man who has met his moment. In the aftermath of the George W. Bush Administration, the Republican Party was beset with widespread fatigue and disappointment, with many conservatives believing that the party had abandoned its foundational beliefs in limited government. It was partially that sense of disquiet…

51 Problems at the Obama Library [Satire]

Barack Obama Presidential Center Chicago, IL January 17, 2016 Dear Supporter ~ We are pleased to announce that work is now underway in Chicago on the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum, an institution that will prove to be a stirring testimony to the legacy of our 44th President. As you know, we are reliant on your financial support for…

52 Whereas Obama Once Compared Himself to Reagan, Today It’s Nixon

Back in 2008, Barack Obama brashly aspired to a Reagan-like “transformative” presidency:  “I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that, you know, Richard Nixon did not, and in a way that Bill Clinton did not.  He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it. …

53 The State of the Union and the State of the Presidency

Back in 2008, one of the McCain campaign’s repeated attacks on Barack Obama was that he was more of a celebrity than a statesman. Based on the ratings for this week’s State of the Union address, the president ought to be glad that he chose Washington rather than Hollywood.  If this presidency was a television show, it would’ve…

54 Obama’s Unexceptionalism: U.S. Plummets from Economic Freedom Index Top 10 for First Time

Remember how Barack Obama, following his inauguration in 2009, infamously disparaged the concept of American exceptionalism?  “I believe in American exceptionalism,” he sarcastically said with his trademark self-satisfied smirk, “just as I suspect the Brits believe in British exceptionalism, and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism…

55 Conservatives, Moderates and a Dose of Political Prudence

The news earlier this week that Liz Cheney would abandon her pursuit of a U.S. Senate seat in Wyoming — a quest which found her launching a primary challenge to long-time Republican incumbent Mike Enzi — generated a predictable overreaction from members of the mainstream media. Salon’s Joan Walsh — a woman who is paid to be…

56 Gallup: Obama Has Driven Americans’ Fear of Government to Record High

How momentous and delicious a moment in history for libertarians and conservatives willing to indulge in schadenfreude – that German term for the joy derived from the misfortune of others.  Namely, to witness the mad holiday scramble among the Obama Administration and their liberal accomplices as ObamaCare collides like a slow-motion Hindenburg…

57 Obama’s Inequality Canard

If President Obama is to be believed — a dependent clause that collapses under its own weight — the single greatest malady afflicting the American economy is the plague of economic inequality. In a speech earlier this month, he labeled it “the defining challenge of our time,” the sort of cheap superlative at which this president…

58 Big Government, Eroding the Founders’ Design

Imagine for a moment if a modern politician wrote something like this: “Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. Theoretic politicians, who have…

59 Want to Reduce Corruption? Reduce the Size of Government

The worst thing that ever happened to the United States of America was dependable air conditioning and central heating. Sure, it’s made life hospitable for those who live in climates that are less than temperate, but it’s had this regrettable consequence:  It’s made it that much more tolerable to live in Washington, D.C. We&…

60 Fifty Years Later: JFK Conspiracy Theories Rightfully Erode

According to a new Gallup poll, the number of Americans who believe that the assassination of John F. Kennedy resulted from a conspiracy has declined to a low not seen since conspiracy theories began infecting the public arena in the late 1960s.  And according to Rasmussen, the public is now evenly split on the matter.  That is a positive…

 
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"'This is how democracy works,' Barack Obama lectured the country before giving everyone the specifics of his expansive one-man executive overreach on immigration. If you enjoy platitudinous straw men but are turned off by open debate and constitutional order, this speech was for you. Modern Democrats aren't the first political party to abuse power - far from it. Obama isn'€™t the first president…[more]
 
 
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