The Truth About Trade-Offs

Contrary to what passes for leadership among elected officials, making informed decisions about these trade-offs is exactly what we elect them to do.

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Moments after President Donald Trump announced the United States will withdraw from the Paris agreement to mitigate the effects of global climate change through non-binding, voluntary standards set by each country, critics denounced his decision as “indefensible.” The president promised that he is someone “who cares deeply about the environment” in the White House’s Rose Garden but he offered a defense of his decision as consistent with his pledge to put “Americans first.” “I was elected to…


Uniting America Against The Forces of Division and Domination

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The most obvious observation about 2020’s winning Biden-Harris ticket is it was just the Obama-Biden ticket in reverse, less a reconciliation ticket, more of a redux. And there’s good reason to think the more moderate half of Obama-Biden could be a more successful president. While Barack Obama may be the Democrats’ Ronald Reagan, revered and emulated as an unmistakably great communicator, his presidency wasn’t much of a success. He would be the first to tell you his agenda was stymied every which way, first by centrist Democrats and then by ‘obstructionist’…


An Appeal to Restore the GOP

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President Abraham Lincoln Delivers his Second Inaugural Address on the steps of the Capitol; March 4, 1865. The very same steps occupied by rioters January 6, 2021

“Fellow Citizens: As Senators and Representatives in the Congress of the United States it is our duty to warn our constituents, whenever imminent danger menaces the freedom of our institutions or the permanency of the Union. Such danger, as we firmly believe, now impends, and we earnestly solicit your prompt attention to it.”

That was, as it was called then, an appeal from members of Congress calling on the citizens of the United States to unite against the expansion of slavery in the United States in January 1854. Following the appeal’s publication in major newspapers across the country, former Whigs…


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Have you seen this!?! That is usually what gets clicks, right? “You have to see this to believe it!” shrieks the caption on an American Federation of Teachers Facebook video. “This” refers to a short clip of a freshly-inaugurated President Trump signing documents to formally nominate people to his cabinet. AFT’s clip shows Trump mention Education Department nominee Betsy DeVos, look to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Speaker Paul Ryan and ask, “Education, right?” as if the president doesn’t know which department he nominated her for! The banter that follows provides the context: “Right?” refers to asking if Paul…


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The Fourth of July is going to look a bit different this year, but it is still no ordinary day on the calendar. It is, as always, the anniversary of the greatest day in the history of humankind: our Independence Day!

In this time of testing, let us all remember that trust is central to freedom and self-government. We trust in one another, looking out for ourselves and for each other, and we trust in the law, so that all may pursue happiness as they see fit.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…


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Students were asked to write one emotion or feeling they are having after a meeting with representatives from the Sacramento Police Department. Trust and Communication are key to building communities of hope.

What we have seen across the nation is the frustration of people who feel the American promise of equal justice, independence, and opportunity do not exist for them. Good people of good will and good faith must work together to address the inequities and injustice in our country, in our economy, in each and every community.

One of the key places where this is revealed is in our law enforcement practices. I will never forget attending a Black Child Legacy campaign meeting with representatives of the Sacramento Police Department. Students there told us of the pain of gun violence, the…


July 4, 1776 is the greatest day in human history.

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On this day, 243 years ago, 56 brave souls pledged their “lives,” their “fortunes,” and their “sacred honor” to one another. Never before had so many given up so much for something so uncertain. We often forget how close liberty is to anarchy. Indeed, the first battles of the Revolutionary War were guerrilla affairs in which makeshift militias ambushed uniformed soldiers of the homeland the colonists respected, if not revered. Imagine how a colonist might feel at the outset of this War for Independence. As blood was shed in taverns and fields that had only known peace and tranquility before…


Conservative Principles for Facing Modern Pressures

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I’m a conservative. I’m a conservative because in the words of William F. Buckley, “conservatism is the politics of reality.” What could be more worthwhile than conserving the foundations that have made millions, if not billions, prosperous?

The principles of conservatism are essential to life and meaningful service, which is why I refer to living as a conservative today as “straddling the world between timeless principles and modern pressures.”

But those pressures continue to mount, and every day feels like one day closer to one in which conservatism and the Republican Party exist as nothing more than amorphous entities barred…


“The American society as a whole can never achieve the outer- reaches of its potential so long as it tolerates the inner cities of despair.” — Jack Kemp

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This is going to be a difficult year.

What more can be said with the Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi returning to the position of Speaker of the House, and one of the most conservative Speakers retiring from Congress having accomplished only one great goal after twenty years of service? Speaker Paul Ryan’s legacy was supposed to be making a down payment on fiscal sobriety through modernizing…


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Donald Trump won states very few thought he had a chance of winning, capturing a margin of victory in the electoral college that has eluded Republicans since 1988. Hillary Clinton’s failure aside, these voters didn’t turn to Trump expecting a run-of-the-mill conservative agenda. As the Speaker noted at the start of the 115th Congress, they didn’t grant Republicans unified control of the federal government “out of the generosity of their hearts.” They did so because they want real change and they expect it.

In the Senate, Chuck Schumer leads a caucus of 48, with 18 seats up for reelection in…

Corey Uhden

Conservative Millennial

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