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BY BOB BARR Reading the social media posts of liberals following the latest mass shooting tragedy, occurring over the weekend in the small Texan town of Sutherland Springs, one might notice a pious gloating to their collective outrage. Rather than just the reflexive recitation of hatred at the National Rifle...
BY BOB BARR In the childhood fairy tale Snow White, the magic mirror from which the evil queen seeks reassurance of her beauty never lies, much to her ultimate fury. In a contemporary story - definitely not a fairy tale - an expert on opioid abuse is forcing the Congress to...
BY BOB BARR Like the rising of the sun or the changing of the tides, another opportunity for the GOP to right the wrongs of the post-9/11 security state is here again. In less than three months, Section 702 of the 2008 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act, which authorizes the...
BY BOB BARR In spite of this horrific news from Las Vegas, I remain convinced that Americans, on the whole, are the most kind, moral, and resilient people on the planet. This is why crimes and tragedies such as mass shootings shake us to the core; they challenge what...
BY BOB BARR Turn on the television any given night, and you’re likely to see late night host Jimmy Kimmel bloviating like a public healthcare expert, unemployed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick pretending to be a professor of criminal justice, or perhaps even crooner Stevie Wonder warning us about the dangers...
BY BOB BARR There is a simple, universal elegance to the conservative concept of federalism. When confronted with a governing decision not explicitly addressed in the Constitution as a duty of the federal government – providing national defense, for example – that decision is best left to the states. Not...
BY BOB BARR On a daily basis, government officials at all levels make decisions and take steps that are, to put it mildly, without basis in our Constitution, or are in direct contravention of that magnificent document.  As bad as these actions are, most citizens do not consider them fundamental...
BY BOB BARR Perhaps it is too much West Coast air, or perhaps because the vast wealth of their owners keeps them insulated from the working class, but with few exceptions (such as Pay Pal founder Peter Theil), tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Amazon all share a left-leaning, Kumbaya-like...
BY BOB BARR With college football booting up for another season this weekend, many are hoping to head back to their alma mater for some action on the gridiron. Imagine, however, waiting months for the chance (or for some, years), and spending hundreds on tickets, only to see your beloved...
BY BOB BARR When it comes to political violence such as we witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, there are no partisan “sides” to the issue. In an enlightened society, you either believe violence is an acceptable means to an end, or you do not.  In this parity, there is...
BY BOB BARR While most Americans do not know the name of their local sheriff, they do know the name of Maricopa County, Arizona’s former sheriff – Joseph “Joe” Arpaio. He is known to millions across the country as “America’s toughest sheriff.” To be sure, “Sheriff Joe” is a controversial figure....
BY BOB BARR Despite the title of “Senate Majority Leader” prefixed to his name, Mitch McConnell has demonstrated little leadership in his approach to repealing Obamacare over the last few months. Rather than starting with a straight repeal – a bill that sailed through the Senate in 2015 – such action long-demanded by conservative...
BY BOB BARR "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” Lewis Carroll, “Through the Looking Glass,” 1872 Although appearing in a satirical novel nearly a century and a half ago, this statement...
BY BOB BARR In his more than 36-years as a military and police officer, including years devoted to training those who currently serve, David “Bo” Bolgiano says he never met a peace officer who got up in the morning thinking, “Gee, I hope I get to kill someone today.” In...
BY BOB BARR The “Sorkinization” of American politics; a cultural phenomenon engendered by the works of Hollywood director Aaron Sorkin -- in which Washingtonian politics is romanticized as some grandiose theatrical production, in which the protagonist (normally a liberal archetype) wins against his unscrupulous foe (usually a conservative stereotype) by...
BY BOB BARR Of the 500 million pieces of mail processed and delivered by the United States Postal Service each day, many are solicitations from non-profit organizations. In fact, if you’re above a certain age and have been an active donor to non-profits in the past, there is a good...
BY BOB BARR Much has been said of the ineffectiveness and intrusiveness of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) over the last decade and a half. However, when newspaper headlines start mocking the agency for asking a passenger “Is that a cookie or a bomb?”, it becomes clear that we have...
BY BOB BARR President Ronald Reagan once famously quipped the nine most terrifying words a U.S. citizen can hear are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” One can only imagine what folksy wisdom the Gipper would have for us today, when facing a massive surveillance Panopticon operating without accountability...
BY BOB BARR The necessity for the federal government to know what items were being brought into the country from outside our borders, in order to ensure payment of customs duties, was deemed of such importance that the very first Congress in 1789 passed a law providing plenary authority for...
BY BOB BARR Judging by all the smiling, smug faces gathered at the White House last week after House Republicans passed the much ballyhooed American Health Care Act (“AHCA”), one might be lead to believe they actually did what they promised to do – repeal ObamaCare. And, in the typical logic-twisting of...