We all win from this kind of infighting

Freedom Newspapers The kind of political fight we’ve longed to see finally broke out in Washington last week as Republicans battled other Republicans over whether to cut a lot from the federal budget, or to cut even more than a lot. Democrats, who lost control of the House in November’s election, can be thanked for […]

Political field trip festers frustration

All right, gang, nice trip up from Clovis. Appreciate your good behavior. When you exit the bus, gather together and wait for the other buses to unload. Then we’ll head over to the Roundhouse Rotunda to talk about our visit to the Legislature today.” (Oh, brother. These kids are driving me nuts.) “OK. Everybody here? […]

Squashing political speech not answer

Freedom New Mexico We add our thoughts and prayers to the many for Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the six people killed, including a senior federal judge, a 9-year-old girl fascinated by politics, a congressional aide and three other innocents, as well as the 13 people wounded, in the attack Saturday in Tucson. The accused, […]

Lame ducks take advantage of last session

To the surprise of most observers, the lame-duck session of Congress proved to be prolific in passing legislation. Whether it was productive is another question. The existence of lame-duck sessions, that period in which legislators rejected by voters in November get to pass new laws before the winners assume office in January, is one of […]

True liberty has no political affiliations

Freedom New Mexico We’ve always taken a moment the week of Nov. 24 — the birthday of R.C. Hoiles — to reflect on the ideas underpinning a philosophy of liberty that Hoiles strove all his life to understand and popularize, and to consider how those ideas fare in modern America. Hoiles founded Freedom Communications, the […]

Public support matters when declaring war

Freedom New Mexico America continues to struggle over the war in Afghanistan. Ronald E. Newman, the U.S. ambassador to that country from 2005 to 2007, offered some insight last week to about 200 business and political leaders in California. He is the author of the recent book, “The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan.” […]

Political debate taking its toll on Border Patrol

Freedom New Mexico Border Patrol agents don’t have it easy. Nobody seems to like what they’re doing. To many they’re the face of increasingly oppressive policies and arguments that have racial undertones. Others say they aren’t doing their jobs, since many people still manage to encroach our boundaries without getting caught. So news that suicides […]

Candidates use fear tactics to win votes

At least two Texas lawmakers, both seeking re-election in November, have taken the political lie to disgusting new lows. By now people should be used to politicians’ lies. It’s hard to think of any official, at any level, who has kept every campaign promise. The White House issues rosy statements about a presumed economic recovery, […]

Weekly update —

Political group pushing middle school petition A local political group is pushing the latest school debate up a grade or two. The High Plains Patriots are circulating a petition asking the Clovis Municipal Schools board of education to rethink the site chosen for the new middle school. The site chosen is more than a mile […]

Leave politics out of friendships

Yes, most of my friends have similar political convictions to mine. Actually, not just political but also more general philosophical ones, bearing on the theory of being, knowledge, the human good and even the nature of art. But I do have some genuine friends who disagree with me on important matters, including politics. How is […]