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BY DON SORCHYCH  |  February 24, 2016

Sam Steiger

I was shocked when I tried to call Sam Steiger’s son, Gale, and the number had changed. I called a friend and Sam died in September almost four years ago. Although I subscribe to the Arizona Republic it is too liberal to read without getting mad as hell, so I only read the sports page and TV guide and missed the obituary. Recall Sam had a stroke about ten years ago and was taken care of by his loving family and friends. I had planned to publish some of his editorials but I will introduce him here before I do. His editorials written in 1998 are timely still. One is an “Open letter to John McCain” and the other is “The GOP is dead.”

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By Lawrence SELLIN, PHD  |  February 24, 2016

The 2016 election for dummies – Part 2

On August 5, 2015, I wrote:

The two most important issues of the 2016 election are non-partisan.

(1) The federal government and the media are, as institutions, hopelessly corrupt.
(2) The United States has elections, but we no longer have representative government.

None of the problems facing the country can be solved effectively without first confronting those two issues.

By Dustin Howard  |  February 24, 2016

What would Ronald Reagan say about Bernie Sanders' socialism?

"We have so many people who can't see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion that the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one."

Ronald Reagan powerfully stated this truism in 1964 while campaigning for Barry Goldwater. Reagan had Bernie Sanders pegged while he was a school boy reading Eugene Debs. Bernie Sanders would tell you that the fat man ate the thin man out of house and home, and that's why he's fat. In reality, the fat man freely bought food and ate it, and the thin man apparently did the same, just less of it. The Sanders solution is to assure none of us ever get fat again.

By Dr. Caleb Verbois  |  February 24, 2016

Scalia and the Constitution

I had the great privilege to hear Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speak on three separate occasions and once to meet him in person after hearing him announce a decision. You can learn a lot about someone by reading his or her work, but some things have to be seen to be fully understood. Scalia was known for his public role as an associate justice and a staunch originalist. But he should be appreciated for much more than that—as a man with a genuinely wonderful sense of humor, as a man who loved his family, and who loved God. However, most of us only really know Scalia through his public work on the Supreme Court, and his insightful, sometimes biting opinions.

By Dr. Paul Kengor  |  February 24, 2016

Donald Trump on Bush’s WMD “Lie”

“George Bush made a mistake,” said Donald Trump in the South Carolina debate last week. “We should have never been in Iraq.” Trump added that “we destabilized” the larger Middle East.

Those are legitimate points of contention—though Trump should not exclude President Obama’s decision to premature pull troops from Iraq. That move by Obama in 2011 was disastrous, as so many (including Bush himself) warned it would be. It unquestionably helped enable the surge of ISIS and its establishment of a self-proclaimed “Islamic State” caliphate.