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Conservatives Can Promote Big Government Too

by Tim Baldwin For the past eleven years I have been practicing law as a criminal prosecutor and defense attorney. I have closely seen how the “War on Drugs” has ruined people’s lives and given tremendous, over-reaching police power to government. If you want to reduce police power and reduce taxes, there is a tremendous place to start. However, some Republicans only want to grow this police power. The latest example of this is Gov. Scott Walker’s intended policy of mandatory drug testing of welfare and unemployment recipients without even a suspicion of illegal drug use. Some politi...
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Matt Rosendale and The Truth About Shooting Drones

by Tim Baldwin Matt Rosendale (R), candidate for United States House of Representatives, quickly created a public image as a Tea Party conservative when he broadcasted a commercial where he shoots down a “government drone.” Looking at Rosendale’s state legislative record, however, evidence reveals that Rosendale really does not believe in “shooting drones” through legislation and did nothing to limit the use of drones in criminal prosecutions in Montana. In 2013, Rosendale sponsored Senate Bill 196 (which was passed and signed into law), and it supposedly qualifies the governme...
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The Lesser Evil Principle: A Choice Inside and Outside the Political System

The Lesser Evil Principle: A Choice Inside and Outside the Political System I have shown that Natural Law creates the lesser evil principle (hereinafter “LEP”) and that the Founders, philosophers and statesmen of yesteryear applied it in politics. The LEP simply states, where a person must choose between an evil and a greater evil, he must choose the lesser. The way one applies this principle depends on the circumstances, which is a philosophical study of its own. In a political context, there are, generally speaking, two main circumstances where the LEP applies. The first is inside the system, and...
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Passion and Politics Don’t Mix, Part 4

by Tim Baldwin Part 4 addresses A Conservative Vision of Government section, Law and Character. I will refer to A Conservative Vision of Government  as “the article,” not to be confused with the article I am writing, which I do not refer to herein as “the article.” The article contrasts the difference in philosophy between libertarians and Republicans and shows why all conservatives should work together to defeat the greater enemy destroying the basic principles of limited government. The article states the fact, but according to, this should make conservative blood...
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Passion and Politics Don’t Mix, Part 3

by Tim Baldwin Part 3 addresses A Conservative Vision of Government sections, The Founders and The State and Legitimate Object. The Founders and The State A Conservative Vision of Government states well the Founders’ differing political and constitutional views and shows how “self-described leaders of the Tea Party” create a version of the founding fathers that is myopic and incomplete. That is, it does not account for the diversity of ideas under the Republican umbrella. If the TEA Party would recognize that their version of politics, the constitution and government is not the only leg...
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Passion and Politics Don’t Mix, Part 2

by Tim Baldwin Part 2 addresses A Conservative Vision of Government sections, Introduction and The Anti-Government Party. Introduction The section introduces the common notion that government’s size and role have been “at center stage of our national politics”—an obvious observation—and then states its thesis: conservatives must do more than assert what government should not do; it should articulate what government should do. The article highlights what the TEA Party highlights: the harmful policies of the Obama administration—like, “$6 trillion in debt,&rdquo...
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Tea Party Battle: Pragmatists v. Purists

by Tim Baldwin Well-funded and nationally-recognized TEA Party political action committee, Tea Party Express, endorsed Congressman Steve Daines (MT-R) for U.S Senate of Montana. Tea Party Express stated in part, Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest Tea Party political action committee, is proudly announcing its endorsement of Congressman Steve Daines for the U.S. Senate. This is the organization’s second endorsement of the 2014 cycle. This endorsement displays a significant fact about the TEA Party movement. Namely, the TEA Party is composed of opposing forces, which are incompatible for a...
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TEA Party Now Playing Party Politics

by Tim Baldwin Some TEA Partiers now seem to understand they must accept the realities of using sound party tactics to implement their principles into public policy and law. recently reported their shift towards pragmatics,   America’s Tea Party movement is refining its electoral strategy to take a more pragmatic approach – a shift that could help it to better translate populist anger into conservative Senate seats. [Since 2010, the Tea Party] has tended to play a spoiler role for the Republican party in Congressional elections. Its staunchly conservative candidates have often ...
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Karl Rove Predicts Republican Unity in 2014: Will TEA Partiers Help?

by Tim Baldwin Karl Rove released his 2014 forecast on his website. was not happy with Rove’s statement, but why? Rove said about 2014 elections, “Every Republican senator and virtually every representative challenged in a primary as insufficiently conservative will win. In reaction to ObamaCare, GOP political divisions are giving way to unity.” In response, said, Karl Rove, the voice of the Republican donor class, is predicting that tea party-backed primary candidates will lose nearly all their primary fights against business-backed GOP politicians during 2014&he...
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Are TEA Party Leaders Selling Out or Gearing Up?

by Tim Baldwin In the midst of what some TEA Partiers perceive as “stonewalling” TEA Party leaders like Rand Paul and Mike Lee, evidence suggests that these men are more sensitive to building consensus in the Republican Party than simply fighting for all conservative principles at all cost. In a recent public statement, Harry Reid revealed what he perceived about Rand Paul in a long private conversation with Paul. Reid said about the TEA-Party-loved Senator, “I spent a lot of time with him and I’ve grown to really like him…Even though he has some set political views, he wants ...
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What Can the People Do To Restore Liberty, Part 3 (Political Pressure)

by Tim Baldwin   The matter addressed here is the use of political pressure (i.e. parties) to help restore liberty. What is the source of political parties? As much as some citizens may disdain “party politics”, parties originate from human nature. James Madison described our nature to form political parties this way, The latent causes of faction are thus sown in the nature of man; and we see them everywhere... A zeal for different opinions concerning…government…have, in turn, divided mankind into parties… So strong is this propensity of mankind to fall into mu...
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