Ryan James Girdusky

Ryan James Girdusky has previously been published at Human Events, DailyCaller.com and Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on Twitter @RyJamesG.

Back and Forth With Rand Paul

 

Senator Rand Paul rose to national prominence in March of 2013 during his 13-hour filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan to run the CIA. It showed fortitude, principles, and a strong bladder in the face of Brennan’s belief that it was okay for the federal government to target and kill American citizens with drones. […]

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Bill de Blasio’s War on Education

 

With the next school year just a month away, New York City’s progressive mayor Bill de Blasio is continuing his war against academic achievement. In his bid for mayor, de Blasio the class warrior cried that there are two New Yorks. He wasn’t entirely wrong: there’s the New York of Bill de Blasio and the […]

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A Conversation With Pat Buchanan

 

Pat Buchanan’s latest book, The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority (Crown, 400 pages, $28), chronicles the political resurrection of Richard Nixon after he suffered defeats in the presidential election of 1960 and California gubernatorial election of 1962. It’s a fantastic read, giving an insider’s look at the Nixon’s […]

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How the Tea Party Got 2014 Wrong

 

The North Carolina Republican primaries were a big day for the Tea Party. The movement had not one, but two candidates campaigning to take on Democratic Senator Kay Hagan in November. Greg Brannon and Mark Harris had millions of dollars spent on their respective campaigns, yet it was obvious early on that this would be […]

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The Unsinkable Walter Jones

 

If there is a man who represents independence from the political establishment it’s North Carolina’s Walter Jones. A man of principle, Congressman Jones isn’t afraid to buck his own party on issues like foreign policy, extending unemployment insurance, and financial reform.  He’s gone so far as voting against John Boehner for speaker, opting instead for […]

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Bill de Blasio Wins the Lottery

 

There’s a familiar story of a man who has nothing, wins the lotto, and lives the same lavish lifestyle that he once criticized rich people for. Then, in just a few short years, he’s back in poverty, with only memories of good times. Bill de Blasio won the lottery: a weak Republican opponent in an […]

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New York: Right From the Beginning

 

In the wake of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s statement that “extreme conservatives” have no place in New York State because “that’s not what New York is about,” Mayor Bill De Blasio quickly agreed. But Cuomo and de Blasio are not only proving their own prejudice, but also their ignorance of history. New York State and New […]

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Fear and Loathing in New Jersey

 

The scandal of The George Washington Bridge and Chris Christie is one of the most overhyped political dramas of the last decade. We live in an era where political vindictiveness and a bully government seem ubiquitous—the IRS scandal, TSA, NSA—and gross human error is epidemic—Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Hurricane Katrina. The Christie scandal has gotten […]

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Dead Hipster Walking

 

Last Tuesday’s election was a good day for Republicans in New York State. Republicans retained control of bellwether Nassau, Rockland, and Westchester counties by sizeable margins, and won the mayor’s race in three notable cities: Glen Cove, Peekskill, and Binghamton. The Grand Old Party even took control of the Erie County legislature for the first […]

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The Machine Still Rules

 

There was one big surprise in the New York City election: The party machine still rules the roost. Despite the brewing clamor that New York needed a change from the same old policies, New Yorkers overwhelmingly supported the establishment. As of right now, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has 40.2 percent of the vote, putting […]

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