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  1. A View from the Right: Are Our Days as a Superpower over?

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    February 13, 2012 by Mike Landry

    Numerous national political commentators such as Zakaria Fareed, Tim Rutten and Mortimer Zuckerman have suggested that the United States’ reign as the world’s number one superpower is coming to a close. Do you agree? What will America’s role be in this century? One can view the health of America as a glass half empty or a glass half full. The glass half empty is that America’s role on the world stage is over. Consider the venality of our leaders in politics, media, and business; the unbridled hedonism of consumers; the ignorance of the bread-and-circuses masses; a Republican President saying we need- ed to destroy capitalism to save it; the mistaking of the last presidential election for an episode of American Idol. The can-do American spirit is declining, we think. The America that provided moral, economic, and military leader- ship for decades is collapsing under its own obese, self-centered success. Many in the world are becoming afraid, thinking “If America declines, what happens to us? Who protects us from the growing strength of China, or the stifling repression of jihad?” Mindless bureaucracies running our schools are assaulting our children for the most minor infractions in the name of “zero tolerance.” The …

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  2. Political Spectrum, a View from the Right: This 2012 election funded by …

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    January 20, 2012 by Mike Landry

    The 2012 presidential election will be the first since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, allowing large organizations such as unions and corporations to contribute an unlimited amount of funds to promote candidates and issues. How do you think this will affect the outcome of the race? It’s possible the Citizens United decision will bring some advertising dollars to the table, but results are hard to predict. The free political speech absolutes of the First Amendment were the primary focus of the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, when it said the First Amendment applied to organizations voicing political opinions. Such organizations had been hampered by the 2002 McCain-Feingold Act’s as- sault on the First Amendment, assaults through regulation that the Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority in Citizens United, called “censorship.” Trying to decide who may be unworthy of political speech because they are an or- ganization or are too rich, is blatantly un- constitutional, the Court said. Opponents of the Citizens United decision like to say that it benefits “corporations,” raising the image of powerful oil and pharmaceutical companies using their mega-dollars to subvert the democratic process. But the Citizens United decision is aimed …

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  3. Political Spectrum: A View From the Right

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    January 8, 2012 by Mike Landry

    ​In your opinion, what were the most significant political events of 2011? While Occupy Wall Street (OWS) was probably the single biggest political news event of 2011, three other things provided an ongoing political backdrop to the year. ​They were 1) the continued Obama administration attempts to remake America, 2) the up-and-down gyrations of Republican presidential candidates, and 3) the continuing change of Arkansas into a genuine, two-party state.

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  4. View from the Right: Will Barack Obama be a one-term president?

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    December 19, 2011 by Mike Landry

    By Mike Landry It’s hazardous to guess election outcomes (the famous Chicago Tribune “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline comes to mind). President Obama can be re-elected, but he has to overcome the possible loss of some constituencies.

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  5. Political Spectrum Question: An Answer from the Right

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    November 19, 2011 by Mike Landry

    District 87 State Reprsentative Justin Harris has received significant media attention regarding his Christian-centered, partially state-funded preschool in West Fork. The Establishment clause aside, what is your opinon on public money being used to teach religious principles? Mike Landry:

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  6. Political Spectrum Question: An Answer from the Right

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    October 22, 2011 by Mike Landry

    For several weeks, thousands of people across the country have been participating in what has become known as “Occupy Wall Street.” These protests have been described as either an angry, undefined mob or the beginning of a new political movement. From your perspective what does “Occupy Wall Street” mean. Mike Landry:

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  7. A Voice From the Right: Big Goverment Could Use a Course in Aristotlian Philosphy

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    October 14, 2011 by Mike Landry

    By Mike Landry It’s about five in the morning and I can’t sleep.​ So online I start reading the Standard Highway Signs and Markings (SHSM) Book – Interim Releases for New and Revised Signs of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices of the Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation.​ That title alone should be enough to send me back to bed.

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