Political Arena/Duty of Citizenship

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America

By The Editor

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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The Illinois Roadmap — a choice of two futures

By John Biver

It would be a welcome development in advance of this fall’s election for our state Republican candidates to draft a plan for turning Illinois around. Voters should be given the opportunity not just to vote against Democrats and the status quo – but also for a positive plan based on the Illinois GOP Platform principles.

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A film about the Illinois Republican Party

By John Biver

Did you know a movie was made about the Illinois GOP a few years ago? I missed it when it came out. It won the Academy Award for best foreign language film in 2007. In May it was recommended to me and last weekend I watched it. I give it five stars.

“The Lives of Others” is a movie set in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. It focuses on the activities of the Stasi, the secret police of the Communist Party. Anyone familiar with Republican politics in Illinois during the past twenty or more years will recognize some very familiar human behaviors in action.

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The Surge of Ideas and a Surge of Action (Part 3)

By John Biver

Those who understand the the importance of limiting government and the role of traditional morality like our founders did – know that liberty is being lost as government and a radically left-wing culture advances. To roll it back is going to take an enormous amount of work by millions of people.

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The Surge of Ideas and a Surge of Action (Part 2)

By John Biver

The reason the Founders stand out in world history is because they stood up. How many countries – still existing or gone from the map – suffered because the wrong people rose to power? I dare say there isn’t a country that has existed that hasn’t had its ups and downs. Some downs, of course, are hell – and those episodes typically get the most coverage in the history books.

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The Surge of Ideas and a Surge of Action (Part 1)

By John Biver

Last month at the American Enterprise Institute, General David Petraeus gave a terrific speech titled “The Surge of Ideas” that’s worth watching – and/or reading. In it, he reviewed the history of the ideas that went into the troop surge in Iraq that turned the tide in favor of freedom. His speech sparked what will follow in the next few columns.

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Understanding America at the tipping point

By John Biver

Fox News Channel’s CEO Roger Ailes said some interesting things when he was interviewed recently by Peter Robinson of National Review and the Hoover Institute. The Internet and twenty-four hour cable news has put…

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Needed: A Working Political Party

By John Biver

Before cell phones – wires had to be laid throughout the country so people could hear that familiar dial tone and connect with others. Today, phone companies are still building cell towers to cover the globe so mobile…

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A review of the Illinois GOP Platform – Security, Public Safety, Energy and Transportation

By John Biver

“The first responsibility of our government is to defend American citizens. Nothing is more important than the defense of our borders, our cities and our rural areas. The world remains a dangerous place – particularly while America is at war following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on our shores – and our government’s top priority must be national security…”

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