Opinion

The Golden Age That Never Was

James O'Brien
Two big changes to the standardized testing landscape occurred in the late 1950s. In 1958, SAT takers were first allowed to see their own SAT scores. In 1959, E. F. Lindquist, a professor of education at the University of Iowa, and Ted McCarrel, the school's admissions director, created American College Testing. Their new test, the ACT, was pitched as an achievement test, not a test of innate intelligence. It would eat away at the SAT's market share. (In 2010, the ACT finally surpassed the SAT as the preferred test among high school seniors.)

Liberal pundits view the 1950s as a golden age of the American middle and working classes, but this is more historical fiction than historical fact.

Thank God For Christianity In America

Opinion | Julian Wan
Mourners pay there respect to the late Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop-Emeritus, as he lays in state at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York

Christianity has been vilified by cultural elites for decades. Could the most vilified candidate of them all be an answer to Christians’ prayers?

Leave Politics Outside Of National Parks

Opinion | Ryan Yonk
A view of Half-Dome from Yosemite National Park village. (Photo: Shutterstock)

National Park Service bureaucrats often respond to political pressures from interest groups to the exclusion of properly managing their parks.

Why There Is No Mention Of "Democracy" In The U.S. Constitution

Opinion | Alan Keyes
Stock Photo of the Consitution of the United States and Feather Quill

Democracy does not achieve what America’s Founders understood to be the essential purpose of constitutional government.

Recess -- Something So Loved, Only Bureaucrats Could Kill It

Opinion | James V. Shuls
Oklahoma Tornado Back to School.JPEG

Recess—Something So Loved, Only Bureaucrats Could Kill It

You Gotta Read Coulter's New Column On Trump

Ann Coulter | Ann Coulter
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally in Tampa

Would any politician ever blame foreign law-breakers themselves? That’s a rhetorical question — the answer is “no.” Until Trump.

What Is The Alt Right, And Why Is Hillary Doing An Entire Speech On It?

Opinion | Scott Greer
A man types on a computer keyboard in Warsaw in this February 28, 2013. (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

An explanation

New Department Of Education Rules Threaten Colleges

Opinion | Julian Adorney
Diplomas

A new rule proposed by the Department of Education would encourage frivolous lawsuits and burden colleges with substantial legal costs.

Pro-Gun Conservatives Should Oppose Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Opinion | Kevin Ring
Prisoner Behind Bars Photo: Shutterstock

Pro-Gun Conservatives Should Oppose Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Trump Vs. The Elites

Opinion | Patrick J. Walsh
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives in the rain for a campaign rally in Tampa

People are sick and tired of the vulgarity of establishment media machine trying to destroy Mr. Trump with their “gotcha” journalism.

The Downside Of An Ideological Litmus Test For Immigrants

Opinion | Alex Nowrasteh
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 1:  Marchers pass next to the 101 freeway, on their way to the Metropolitan Detention Center during one a several May Day immigration-themed events on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Demonstrators are calling for immigration reform and an end to deportations of undocumented residents.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

We should rejoice that the Founders eschewed ideological litmus tests for those entering the country.

A Social Policy For Donald Trump

Opinion | Stephen Baskerville
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to the Trask Coliseum at University of North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSM6CO

Trump must simultaneously reign in welfare and reach out to the poor.

Trump's Art Of The Deal: Don't Tip Your Hand Early!

Opinion | Bryan Crabtree
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at the ​Ziegler Building at the Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center in West Bend, Wisconsin

Donald Trump is baiting Hillary Clinton into exhausting smear attacks early so that they will lose their potency by October.

The Centuries-Old History Of Extreme Immigration Vetting

Opinion | Ian Smith
ROMA, TX - APRIL 14: A Border Patrol agent speaks with Central American immigrant families who crossed into the United States seeking asylum on April 14, 2016 in Roma, Texas. Border security and immigration, both legal and otherwise, continue to be contentious national issues in the 2016 Presidential campaign. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

The liberal argument that ideological exclusions are morally repugnant is curious, given the source; their conception of society is entirely based on ideological exclusion.

Maintaining A Secular Muslim-Majority Society

Opinion | Supna Zaidi-Peery
A police officer keeps watch near a cemetery where the bodies of soldiers and civilians who were killed during Monday's attack on army and police posts by Islamist fighters will be buried in the town of Ben Guerdan, Tunisia, near the Libyan border March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

Islamists resort to violence because their ideas can never win the hearts and minds of the majority of Muslims.

U.S. Military Bases Targeted In Sea-Level Rise Scare

Opinion | Bonner Cohen
U.S. navy personnel walks near U.S. MV Cape Ray ship docked at the naval airbase in Rota

U.S. Military Bases Targeted In Sea-Level Rise Scare

High-Skilled Immigrants Fuel Economic Growth

Opinion | Stuart Anderson
An Airbus A321 is being assembled in the final assembly line hangar at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile

Arguments against high-skilled immigration ignore a simple fact — the labor market is global.

The Olympics -- U.S. swimming up stream

Opinion | Ron Hart
Swimming - Men's 200m Individual Medley Final

When Obama heard about Americans being held at gunpoint at the gas station, he instinctively ordered a jet, loaded with $400 million in cash sent there, to secure their release.

Olympic Coverage Puts Identity Politics Over Performance

Opinion | Gary Bauer
Gold medalist Katie Ledecky of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's 200m Freestyle Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

For some journalists and left-wing activists, the Olympics are about identity politics — so long as it’s an identity they approve of or want to promote.

Welfare Reform Turns 20: What Trump & Clinton Can Learn from Its Success

Opinion | Logan Pike and Justin Haskins
President Bill Clinton signing welfare reform in 1996. Photo: AP.

Since the welfare reform of 1996, states — both red and blue — have created significant changes that have helped to move countless people off of welfare and into self-sufficiency.

The Disaster In Louisiana Calls For A Measured Response From Congress

Opinion | Neil Siefring
Kevin Grey looks at his flood damaged property in Sorrento

Capitol Hill is oriented to fueling the status quo with federal dollars, and the opportunity for increasing federal funding is often too easy for lawmakers to pass up.

Third-Party Flop

Opinion | Keith Naughton
Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson looks on during National Convention held at the Rosen Center in Orlando, Florida

Don’t bet on Gary Johnson or Jill Stein gaining considerable traction, even against against Democratic and Republican candidates with historically low favorability ratings.

Property Rights After The Rio Olympics

| Brady Wilson
Boxing - Women's Middle (75kg) Victory Ceremony

The Rio Games showed us more than just feats of athleticism — they came with lessons of property rights in Brazil and around the world.

Hillary Clinton's Lying: Does It Depends On What The Meaning Of The Word "Is" Is?

Opinion | Robert Chernin
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is accompanied by her husband former President Bill Clinton as she speaks to supporters at her final 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary night rally in Manchester

The Clintons’ handling of the Lewinsky scandal explains a great deal about Mrs. Clinton’s seemingly never-ending problem with telling the truth.

Trump's Outreach To African-Americans Isn't Pandering -- It's Strategy

Opinion | Stewart Lawrence
Donald Trump, Screen Grab RSBN YouTube, 8-18-2016

A shift of 85,000 black votes to Trump in a state like Ohio could make all the difference.

Stem Cell Therapy: The Best Kept Secret In Medicine

Opinion | David Prentice
Stem Cells.JPEG

Adult stem cells — those not dependent on the destruction of embryos — are the true gold standard for treating patients. So why does the media ignore and disparage such therapies?

The Hypocrisy Of The Black Lives Matter Movement & The Southern Poverty Law Center

Opinion | Ken Blackwell
Black Lives Matter Getty Images/DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS

The Hypocrisy Of The Black Lives Matter Movement & The Southern Poverty Law Center

On The Breitbart-Bannon-Trump Controversy

Opinion | Christian Hartsock
Conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart speaks at a news conference prior to U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner in New York

When I hear mutual friends and colleagues of Andrew Breitbarts’ purporting to channel him from the grave, that immediately disbars their credibility as far as I’m concerned.

Follow The Money Trail: The DNC May Have Sold Access To Elected Officials

Opinion | Shaun McCutcheon
A voter arrives to cast their ballot in the Wisconsin presidential primary election at a voting station in Milwaukee

The Democratic Party is quick to talk about money in politics. But leaked DNC emails suggest that federal officials on the Obama administration’s payroll were selling access to policymakers.

Republican Blame-Gamers Join The Misguided, Self-Defeating NeverTrumpers

Opinion | Gayle Trotter
Trump border Reuters/Rick Wilking

Conservatives need to realize that high-profile attacks against Donald Trump ultimately benefit Hillary Clinton.

The First Among Firsts: The Advantages of A Deceased Candidate

Opinion | Roger Banks
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The First Among Firsts: The Advantages of A Deceased Candidate

Obama's Ransom Payment To Iran Opened The Door To Future Hostage Crises

Opinion | Rep. Bill Johnson
Iranian documentary shows a pallet of cash sent to Iran from the U.S. Source: YouTube Screengrab

The Obama administration rapidly changed its story on the Iran hostage payment and rapidly undermined American credibility.

The Intelligence Community Can Get It Wrong For Avoidable Reasons

Opinion | Daniel DePetris
President Bush speaks to reporters after participating in briefings at the NSA at Fort Meade in Maryland

The taxpayers who provide the intelligence community with hundreds of billions of dollars every year didn’t get the blunt, honest truth.

Hookstead's Hot Take: Obama Should Have Sent The Military To Rescue Our Swimmers

Opinion | David Hookstead
Hookstead's Hot Take (Credit: Getty Images, Shutterstock)

It was the right call

The White House Is Using The SEC To Crack Down On Fossil Fuels

Opinion | R.J. Lehmann
SEC

Congress didn’t want to buy what Obama was selling, so now the president is trying to legislate through federal agencies.

Common Sense Is Not A Color-Based Characteristic

Opinion | James T. Harris
A playground is seen behind a locked gate at Woods Elementary Math & Science Academy in Chicago in this file photo

Liberals use the Uncle Tom slur to silence conversations they don’t like, such as the impact of single motherhood on the black community.

Politics Leads To Unintended Consequences In National Parks

Opinion | Jordan Lofthouse
File photo of a herd of bison grazing in the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park

When bureaucrats try play god and plan an ecosystem, things will go wrong.

In Venezuela, Reality Comes Crashing

Opinion | Robert Mariani
People line up to try to buy toilet paper and diapers outside a pharmacy in Caracas

Reality is the water and ideology is the dam. Guess which one will eventually fail?

You Should Never Stay Home On Election Day

Opinion | Ben Collins
A voter arrives to cast their ballot in the Wisconsin presidential primary election at a voting station in Milwaukee

Don’t underestimate the power of the legislative branch. Those who don’t vote in congressional elections live under laws created by those who do.

What A Vermont Carbon Tax Means For The State -- And The Nation

Opinion | Bradley Wyatt
Global Warming Record

The carbon tax is an ideologically driven regulation in search of a problem that does not exist.

The flaw, fatal to liberty, in Trump's anti-terror ideology

Opinion | Alan Keyes
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally on January 26, 2016 in Marshalltown, Iowa

Since he acknowledges that the invasion of Iraq achieved “gains”, does Mr. Trump thus tacitly admit that his opposition to the intervention was a mistake?

Minimum Wage Hikes Mean Major Job Losses

Opinion | Michael J. Webert
union & labor activists gathered along Varick Street to urge the NY Wage Board on its first ever meeting to seek a $15 per hour minimum wage. (Shutter stock)

Increasing the minimum hourly wage here in Virginia would adversely impact small businesses.

The Anti-"Keep It In The Ground" Campaign

Opinion | David Holt
Two women carrying a installation asking to keep fossil fuels in the ground during the Jobs,Justice and Climate rally on July 5, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (arindambanerjee / Shutterstock.com)

By all accounts, advancements in fossil fuel energy production transported by pipelines have been a win-win for Americans. Yet no one is talking about it.

Meme Magic: Why We Troll

Opinion | Julian Wan
Make memes great again

Trolling is the activism of the populist right: it’s a crafty answer to lies and prohibitions on wrongthink.

The Democratic Party's Radical New Abortion Stance Could Cost Hillary The Election

Opinion | Jeanne Mancini
Annual March For Life Protests 1973 Roe v. Wade Ruling In Washington

Voters don’t want an abortion platform that has moved from “safe, legal and rare” to “unlimited, without apology, and paid for by tax dollars.”

Clinton And Her Media Allies Don't Want The Public To Hear Trump Speak

Opinion | Stewart Lawrence
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to the Trask Coliseum at University of North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSM6CO

Trump’s latest speeches got a very warm reception from voters – and that makes the media anxious.

Book Review: The Problem With Socialism

Opinion | Allen Mendenhall
Wall clocks with Venezuela's shield, with country map and with a portrait of Ernesto "Che" Guevara are seen on a shelf at a store in Caracas

Thomas DiLorenzo maps the odious history of socialism and supplies the data to back up his cartography.

Obamacare's Slow-Motion Car Crash That Everyone Saw Coming

Opinion | Joanne Butler
A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this October 2, 2013 photo illustration. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Obama’s health mandate is in such bad shape that it looks as if participating insurance companies didn’t even use actuaries.

The Trump Inside All Of Us

Opinion | Bryan Crabtree
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio

Elites criticize Trump’s candor because they expect members of the public to say one thing while believing another.

Backlash Against Sharing Economy Worthy Of The Luddite Label

Opinion | John Bicknell
File photo of a  driver displaying Uber and Lyft ride sharing signs on his car windscreen in Santa Monica

Liberals have long demanded that government stay out of our bedrooms. But now the hysteria revolves around bedrooms hosting tourists.

I Ran For Senate As A Republican. Now I've Left The Party.

Opinion | Jim Huffman
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to the Trask Coliseum at University of North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSM6CO

I cannot in good conscience support a candidate devoid of good judgment and human decency.