Author Archive | Laurence M. Vance

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A conservative writer is upset that high school and college kids never read the Constitution, can’t name the first president, don’t know what the stripes on the flag mean, don’t recite the Pledge of Allegiance any more, don’t pay attention when the National Anthem is played, and don’t “understand the costs of freedom paid by […]

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Shouldn’t the US Return to Its Constitution?

The Constitution (article VI, clause 3) requires that senators and representatives “be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution.” Do they? U.S. law requires that members of Congress be sworn in before they can take their seats. Senators and representatives must “solemnly swear” that they “will support and defend the Constitution of the […]

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Republican Hypocrisy

Republicans like to play the pro-life card. It makes their base think they are worthy of votes and financial support. But there is no greater example of Republican hypocrisy than on the issue of abortion. After Trump won the presidency in the November 2016 election and the Republicans retained their majorities in the House and […]

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The Trouble With Trump

If President Obama had talked about how he was “really smart,” “very intelligent,” and “a very stable genius,” Republicans and conservatives would have attacked him unmercifully. Yet, when President Trump says these things, most of them are silent. One reason is because it violates Reagan’s eleventh commandment to never speak ill of any fellow Republican. […]

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Improving Medicaid Just a Little

No, President Trump is not ending Medicaid as we know it. Not even close. Like the Republicans in Congress, he is a welfare statist who has no philosophical objection to the existence of Medicaid or any other welfare program. Just look at the “Democratic” budget Trump submitted to Congress last year. But the Trump administration […]

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Movies and Marijuana

Seventy per cent of the population of Saudi Arabia is under thirty years old. This means that the majority of Saudi young people have never seen a movie at a theater. You see, there are no movie theaters in Saudi Arabia. They have been banned for over 35 years because of pressure from conservative Muslim […]

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The Welfare-Expanding Tax Reform Bill

Although there are some good things in the Republicans’ tax-reform bill that President trump signed into law before Christmas (H.R.1, PL 115-97), the continuance and expansion of welfare is certainly not one of them. The tax bill cuts taxes, yes; but it also increases welfare spending. But first of all, how is it that a […]

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So What? Christians

Thanks to a note from a preacher friend, I think I’ve discovered a new type of Christian: the So what? Christian. I have written many times about Christian jihadists, Old Testament Christians, Christian armchair warriors, theological schizophrenics, Christian Coalition moralists, nuclear Christians, Janus Christians, evangelical warvangelicals, Catholic just war theorists, reich-wing Christian nationalists, theocon Values […]

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A Platform of Lies

I have read the Republican Party platform so you don’t have to. While doing some research on the Republican Party for yet another article on the failures of the Republicans, I ended up reading the most recent Republican Party platform that was adopted at the party’s convention in Cleveland in 2016. What a platform of […]

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Is Tax Reform Libertarian?

The Republicans in the House and Senate have passed their tax bills. Because they have some notable differences, they will have to be reconciled so a final version can be sent to President Trump for his signature. Liberals, predictably, have generally condemned both bills even as conservatives, predictably, have generally commended them. Libertarians have weighed […]

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Honor the Fallen?

“When men hire themselves out to shoot other men to order, asking nothing about the justice of their cause, I don’t care if they are shot themselves.” ~ Herbert Spencer On a recent flight to Boston with a layover in Baltimore, I witnessed, firsthand, and in living color, American military idolatry in action like I […]

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Trump, Free Prisoners

To get out of jail free you either need to draw the right card in a Monopoly game or be a basketball player who gets caught shoplifting in China. LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley, who are now on indefinite suspension from the UCLA Bruins basketball team, were in China with their team for […]

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