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How obsessing over gay marriage has grown government

Jack Hunter
Contributing Editor, Rare
FILE - In this April 13, 2012 file photo, Rick Santorum speaks in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

In 2012, Newt Gingrich said of same-sex marriage, “It is in every family. It is in every community. The momentum is clearly now in the direction in finding some way to ... accommodate and deal with reality.”

How big government hurts black Americans the most

12:16 PM 01/21/2014

In June, Senator Rand Paul wrote the following in USA Today, “Our government is simply too big and too out-of-control. When it comes to receiving fair justice, perhaps black Americans understand this best.”

Is Robert Gates an isolationist?

12:18 PM 01/09/2014

When libertarian-leaning Republicans suggest America should be reluctant to go to war, the eternal cry of the hawkish establishment is, "Isolationist!" John McCain says Rand Paul’s an isolationist. The Wall Street Journal says Paul and Justin Amash are both isolationists. The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin thinks Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin are isolationists too.

Establishment fearmongering vs. Tea Party fearmongering

11:14 AM 01/06/2014

Last week I read what was in some ways an insightful essay on the need for Republicans to have a more positive agenda. Then I read this:

2013 was a banner year for libertarian conservatism

12:00 PM 12/31/2013

In 2003, conservative Republicans vocally championed war and opposed civil liberties. In 2013, conservative Republicans vocally opposed war and championed civil liberties. In 2003, conservative Republicans led efforts to expand entitlements, grow the Department of Education, and nearly doubled the national debt. In 2013, conservative Republicans feared big government so much they shut it down.

The Tea Party is the only thing worth a damn about the GOP

2:32 PM 12/19/2013

The Tea Party has had one major legislative achievement: the sequester. By 2011, the movement was able to exert enough pressure on Republicans to ensure spending cuts would be a part of the budget deal.

Obamacare and Edward Snowden have shown the horror of big government

5:05 PM 12/16/2013

“If you like your plan you can keep it,” President Obama once said. He now says, “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me.”

Why neocons can’t cut

11:11 AM 12/13/2013

"We are not going to gut our military." – Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, October 20, 2012

Crazy about Justin Amash

10:55 AM 12/10/2013

Last week, over 100 young libertarians attended a karaoke night at O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub, in Arlington, Virginia, outside Washington DC. A weekly ritual for many of the attendees, the crowd on this particular night had a particular mission — to raise at least $2,000 for Republican Congressman Justin Amash. A reasonable goal, for which an appreciative Amash was glad to make an appearance and speak to a room full of admirers.

You can’t be pro-life and want to nuke Iran

10:19 AM 12/06/2013

Conservatives should stand for life, always and without hesitation. The moment the Republican Party ceases to be pro-life is the moment it ceases to be a conservative party.

Will the GOP be libertarian or authoritarian?

8:16 AM 12/02/2013

“It's now Authoritarian vs. Libertarian…” -- Matt Drudge’s tweet about Republicans who support NSA spying and Syrian intervention, September 3, 2013

Rand Paul shatters left-right paradigm, can help grow GOP

3:45 PM 05/06/2013

Many continue to ask how the GOP can remain a party that can win elections and govern nationally. They already have an answer.

Ban Chick-fil-A?

3:07 PM 08/01/2012

In my early 20s, I was pro-choice and opposed to gay marriage. Now that I’m in my 30s, I’m pro-life and more supportive of gay marriage. Sometimes our views change. It happens all the time. The important thing is that we are free to have views and voice them.

Obama insulted my dad

6:14 PM 07/18/2012

On Friday, President Obama said, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Who owns ‘conservatism’?

2:00 PM 07/12/2012

“We need more conservative Texans in Washington, D.C., including my friend David Dewhurst,” Texas Governor Rick Perry said during his state’s Republican convention last week. Perry’s comments were met with loud boos from the mostly conservative audience.

Ron, Rand and Romney

9:59 AM 06/15/2012

I have been at war with the Republican Party my entire adult life. Not as a liberal, but as a conservative. The obvious conservative things I always wanted the GOP to do — cut spending, shrink government, follow the Constitution — it never did. The things the GOP did instead, which seemed to satisfy many conservatives — unnecessary wars, empowering the executive branch, spying on citizens — were not only reckless and damaging, but a tragic diversion for the American right. I hope that four years removed from suffering through the most big-government Republican administration in history, conservatives have learned some lessons. And anyone who still entertains the notion that the Bush/Cheney Republican model represents any type of conservatism needs to go pay President Obama the right-wing respect he deserves. The only “change” Obama’s given us is even more debt and drone strikes.

Ted Cruz offers a real conservative choice

5:42 PM 05/31/2012

In 2004, I didn’t vote for John Kerry or George W. Bush because I wanted a conservative leader who stood for the Constitution, less government and individual liberty. Wanting these same things in 2008, I did not vote for John McCain or Barack Obama. Wanting these same things today, it looks like I might have the same dilemma in this year’s presidential election.

A Republican revolution in Kentucky

3:57 PM 05/23/2012

From 2000 to 2008, I was politically homeless. As a conservative I would’ve liked to have been a part of the Republican Party, but there was simply no conservatism in the GOP at the time. It was the Republican Party of Bush, Cheney, war, torture and executive orders, and it was anti-Constitution and anti-civil liberties. Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan were nowhere to be found. No Child Left Behind and Medicare Plan D were front and center. The traditional conservatism of the Founding Fathers, Robert Taft and Russell Kirk didn’t exist beyond my bookshelf. The world-police and nation-building policies of Woodrow Wilson and the New Deal socialism of Franklin Roosevelt had become “conservative.” For constitutionalists and limited-government advocates, it sucked. Bad.

The Deal with Jack Hunter: CISPA and other unintentional tyrannies

2:28 PM 05/04/2012

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, is another example of outrageous and unconstitutional government intrusion.