Following his discharge and graduation from San Jose State University with a degree in journalism, Stormer settled in Missouri to edit an electronics trade magazine. But his time in the service had left him with the political bug. He got involved in politics and became president of the Missouri Federation of Young Republicans. … [Read more...] about Gizzi: Remembering John Stormer, Cornerstone of Modern Conservatism
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TIME OUT: FLORIDA’S FIRST TOURISTHistory: “Near present-day St. Augustine, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon comes ashore on the Florida coast, and claims the territory for the Spanish crown. Although other European navigators may have sighted the Florida peninsula before, Ponce de Leon is credited with the first recorded landing and the first detailed exploration of the Florida coast. The Spanish explorer was searching for the ‘Fountain of Youth,’ a fabled water source that was said to bring eternal youth. Ponce de Leon named the peninsula he believed to be an island ‘La Florida’ because his discovery came during the time of the Easter feast, or Pascua Florida. In 1521, he returned to Florida in an effort to establish a Spanish colony on the island. However, hostile Native Americans attacked his expedition soon after landing, and the party retreated to Cuba, where Ponce de Leon died from a mortal wound suffered during the battle. … [Read more...] about A defining debate for Florida politics
There was a nightclub vibe to Michael Gove’s leadership launch: loud music, sweaty bodies and, I kid you not, you needed a wristband to get in. His speech was a masterclass in how to move on from a personal embarrassment. He strode out, screwed up his notes and spoke straight from the heart about schools, Brexit, anything other than cocaine. Unfortunately, the press questions were a masterclass in how to never let go. Can you be trusted, Mr Gove? Aren’t you a hypocrite, Mr Gove? Do you think the Tories are going to elect a coke sniffer for leader? … [Read more...] about Never mind the cocaine, what about conservatism?
Ever since the 1930s, conservatives have been promising their flock the rollback of the progressive agenda. They have warned about the dangers of leaving the welfare state intact and pilloried conservative leaders for failing in this crucial task. Yet, despite the Reagan revolution, the Gingrich revolution and the Tea Party revolution, the welfare state is still standing as strong as ever. Republicans dominate almost every arena of American politics -- and the state is bigger than ever. Should we chalk this up to incompetence? More likely, conservatives know that the public actually wants the welfare state and that a modern country could not function today under some libertarian fantasy experiment. Of course, they will never admit this. … [Read more...] about Facts of history, politics create confusion for conservatism
Today the Federalist is a right-leaning humor magazine similar to the Onion. The paper congratulated Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination in this article expressing confidence that “Merrick Garland’s voodoo doll of him won’t stand in the way of his confirmation.” … [Read more...] about As a college journalist, SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch defended conservatism, gave space to the other side