Letter to the editor: City needs conservative leadership

In the final days leading to the mayoral and City Commission election, I’d like to take a moment to remind the citizens of Clovis about an important vote they cast last year to defeat the insidious Affordable Housing Plan the mayor and her minions on the City Commi-ssion tried to shove down their throats. When […]

Tea party needs to stay true to cause

Freedom New Mexico Black and conservative are notmutually exclusive. That’s the theme of the Rocky Mountain Black Tea Party, an organization that’s gaining momentum in Colorado. Throughout our history, black Americans have needed no more than protection of liberty in order to succeed. If freedom is the theme of the tea party movement, it should […]

Conservative could trump race card

Freedom Newspapers Some on the left, frustrated by the disappointing presidency of Barack Obama, are resorting more than ever to the politics of ethnicity. Those who don’t like Obama’s policies may be racists, the reasoning goes, because Obama is black. One problem is the matter of conservative voters in Florida giving an enormous straw poll […]

Libertarians can bridge parties

I place a high value on liberty. My own, obviously, but also on yours. After all I only get as much liberty as I respect for all others. If we are to ever have that free society, rather than going it alone, there is a realization that needs to occur: It takes all kinds. Or […]

Freedom Fest offers insight for libertarians

Freedom New Mexico Anyone curious about the direction of the conservative or libertarian movements, priorities for Tea Party enthusiasts or Republicans — or anyone generally interested in the hottest topics for right-leaning politicos — ought to pay close attention to what happens at Freedom Fest, set for July 14-16 in Las Vegas. This conference may […]

Libertarianism true love of freedom

How does a kid grow up in a deeply conservative background, and become libertarian? Probably by taking those teachings to heart and realizing there can be no double standards without compromising the principles he was taught. By internalizing the lesson that if someone is doing something you believe they shouldn’t be doing — unless they […]

Individual matters more than integers

Freedom New Mexico Air traffic controllers had better keep an eye out for flying pigs, because Pat Buchanan has come out in support of quotas. The conservative commentator and erstwhile presidential candidate recently weighed in on President Obama’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, Solicitor General Elena Kagan. The court currently includes two justices of […]

Buckley made excellence seem effortless

Freedom New Mexico Just a listing of his accomplishments is a bit wearying, causing one to marvel that he packed so much into what in context seems like a mere 82 years of William F. Buckley Jr.’s life. The godfather of modern American conservatism wrote at least 55 books, ranging from serious political treatises to […]

Ballot lists candidates, not ideology

Freedom Newspapers A critical drumbeat that Arizona Sen. John McCain isn’t “conservative” enough persists into a second week after Super Tuesday gave him a dominating lead for the Republican nomination for president. McCain is widely viewed as the presumption nominee with a commanding total of party convention delegates. But concerns about McCain’s true commitment to […]

Hostility will do nothing to change U.S. fortunes

Freedom New Mexico He talked about wanting to do what was best for the party and for the country and at some level he was no doubt quite sincere. But last week, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney acted like the businessman he was while amassing the fortune that made it possible for him to play […]

GOP faithful still have tough choices to make

Freedom New Mexico The fallout from the Super Tuesday presidential primary contests has Democrats still taking their time to pick between two popular candidates while Republicans are trying to decide if they can embrace the front-runner from Arizona, who is better known as a maverick than as a party standard bearer. Sen. John McCain already […]

Religious rights era may end with Falwell

By Freedom Newspapers The passing Tuesday of the Rev. Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority and Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., at age 73 coincides with what just might be the passing of the influence of the political movement that he helped launch. While the Rev. Falwell struck us as a genuine and decent […]

Vaccine mandate oversteps bounds of government

By Freedom Newspapers You have to give Texas Gov. Rick Perry credit for showing the gumption to step outside his conservative political reputation by initiating a policy that some circles might view as “progressive.” But his execution of this new direction — mandating anti-cancer vaccines for all girls entering sixth grade — was clumsy and […]

Letters to the Editor: Bond B would greatly benefit students

Editor’s note: Deadline for receiving letters related to the Nov. 7 election is Thursday. Letters addressing new issues will not be published after Nov. 1. On Nov. 7, every voting New Mexico citizen will be given the opportunity to make a positive difference for our state’s universities and colleges. Regardless of your political affiliation, voting […]

Conservatives should cringe over Coulter

Leonard Pitts Jr. : Syndicated Columnist Apparently, it’s news that Ann Coulter is a nasty piece of work. I had rather thought that was the attraction, at least for those people who find her attractive. So forgive me for being mildly mystified by last week’s headlines about her most recent spasm of trash mouth, i.e., […]

Conservatives in danger of giving up values

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist Conservatives, almost by definition, have an appreciation of the past: They want to conserve valuable traditions and principles. But one of the paradoxes of many people who go by that name is they are forgetting essential precepts of their own philosophy. Their current eagerness to amend the U.S. Constitution, not […]

Miers’ bid backfired on administration

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist In a way, you can’t blame the Bush Administration for turning the conversation to Harriet Miers’ religion. What else are they going to talk about? Her qualifications? Those, as we have learned in the two weeks and counting since President Bush nominated her to the Supreme Court, are a trifle […]

Miers nomination hurts president’s support base

CNJ Editorial Conservatives, libertarians and other professed believers in limited, constitutional government have had many reasons to be appalled at the George W. Bush administration. For starters, government spending has gone through the roof, the president has further federalized education, he has yet to veto a single bill of any type, and he continues to […]

Conservatives stung by lost opportunity

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist The line making the rounds among those eager to excuse President Bush for his choice of Harriet Miers to replace Sandra Day O’Connor is that conservative opposition to her is based on snobbery. Thus, John Gibson of the Fox News network demanded of professor Larry Sabato: “We keep hearing about […]

Bush’s nominee conservative, confirmable

Freedom Newspapers With the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts of the D.C. Circuit, President Bush has nominated a lawyer with a solid reputation as an able advocate who appears to be both conservative and confirmable. The fact that he has been an appellate judge for only two years is a blessing as far as […]