Moderation is not necessarily a virtue

Author Oscar Wilde once recommended “everything in moderation, including moderation,” and there is a nugget of truth in this whimsical remark. While moderation may well be advisable in one’s consumption of chocolate, it is, as Barry Goldwater put it, “no virtue” in the pursuit of justice and the defense of liberty. In political circles, we are frequently told that we must give up any form of extremism and support moderates in order to succeed, but succeed at what? When drafting the Constitution, “extremists” called for outlawing slavery because it explicitly violated the natural rights principle espoused in the Declaration of
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“A Summer Evening at the Lake” with Daniel Hannan

Daniel Hannan is a journalist and author who is a member of the European Parliament. A critic of the European Union (EU), Hannan says the the EU has made Europe poorer and less free. Hannan also argues that free market opportunities have made the United States a beacon for prosperity, and urges politicians here to avoid the mistakes that are ruining the economy of Europe. Hannan was the featured speaker at “A Summer Evening at the Lake” in Coeur d’Alene July 23, 2014. Watch his speech below.  
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Imaginary TV show poses questions about government-parental roles

In the new dystopian TV drama “The Lottery,” infertility has resulted in few children born in years. It’s a crisis, such that the government sets up a lottery to decide which 100 women will get to carry to term the only eggs a team of scientists have successfully managed to fertilize. The president hopes that this lottery will boost his poll numbers, but his advisers are worried about logistics: Will just any person be allowed to participate in the lottery or will the government establish criteria? Who will supervise each pregnancy? And, most interesting to me, what will the government’s
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Border mess the ultimate unfunded mandate from the feds

Since the federal government continues to put the country and the states in a tough spot by not securing our border with Mexico, it has forced governors to take action, specifically involving the tens of thousands of children and young adults from countries south of Mexico traversing Mexico and entering the U.S. For example, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is calling out his National Guard to assist in policing the border in an effort to stem the tide of illegals coming north. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, in an effort to be proactive on the issue, has sent a letter to
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