Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has far exceeded the expectations and hopes of conservatives across the United States. With his bold advocacy for the principles of limited, constitutional government, he has taken the country by storm. One of the most popular figures on the Tea Party circuit, Paul is emerging in the public eye as the de facto leader of the movement to reclaim America and return the federal government to its constitutional roots.
There is a movement in Pima County, Arizona to create a new state, "Baja Arizona," to reflect the political spirit of the southern part of the state. Advocates of this plan � with the informal name of Save our State (SOS) � point out that Pima County is larger than some New England states. The U.S. Constitution does not allow the borders of states to change without the consent of Congress and the state legislature. Article IV, Section 3 provides that:
In its most recent survey of state political climates, the Gallup polling organization has found Mississippi to be the most conservative state in America, with 50.5 percent of its residents identifying themselves as such.
A broad coalition of socialists, communists, government-employee unions and leftist special-interest groups held “Save the American Dream” rallies in all 50 state capitals and other cities across the nation over this past weekend in support of anti-reform Wisconsin protestors, who simultaneously held what according to police was the biggest demonstration in two weeks of intense protests in Madison. And organizers say it’s just the beginning.
In one of the most controversial, but many say common-sense, moves related to campus violence and Second Amendment rights, the state of Texas is considering legislation that would allow students, professors, teachers, and other personnel to carry firearms on the campuses of elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as those of colleges and universities — without any violations or punishments.
Some of the most disturbing and well-organized political incidents in U.S. history are riots and civil unrest, such as what is now boiling in the state of Wisconsin, where leftist and unionist forces have commandeered the state capitol, Madison, and are demanding that Republican Governor Scott Walker bow to their demands for collective bargaining and other exorbitant government benefits and pensions.
Fred DuVal, a friend of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and a member of the Arizona Board of Regents, has proposed a “Civility Institute” to promote compromise among opposing political parties and views. He believes the best way to start is by attempting to define “best practices and corrosive practices” in public discourse. DuVal puts it this way: “How do we nurture robustness on one hand and not in any way chill speech, and keep it in bounds that are not destructive to democracy? Will it change the nature of dialogue? That will be a tall order.”
The makers of the “Plan B” abortion pill want to broaden its reach to minors, and are asking the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to give the drug over-the-counter status to girls under 17 years old. As reported by FOX News, “Teva Pharmaceuticals, Plan B’s maker, submitted data from a study in which girls ages 11 to 16 used the drug to prove its effectiveness and safety. Girls under 17 currently need a doctor’s prescription to obtain the drug.”
As protests in Madison, Wisconsin dragged into their second week, both sides held support rallies for their cause across the country as the chaos spread to states such as Ohio and Indiana. Dozens of gatherings referred to as “solidarity events” were hosted across the United States to back the anti-reform Wisconsin demonstrators the week after protests started.
Despite the organization of massive union protests in Wisconsin in opposition to the "budget repair bill" proposed by Governor Scott Walker, the Wisconsin Assembly remained undeterred and passed the measure early this morning. The bill would raise the amount most state and local government workers pay for their healthcare premiums from about six percent of total costs to 12 percent, and it would raise their contributions for their pension benefits from less than one percent to almost six percent. It would also eliminate union collective bargaining for government employees for healthcare and pension benefits while allowing collective bargaining for salary increases not exceeding the increase in the Consumer Price Index.