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 By John Martin    Opinion    July 1, 2019 

Too Many Laws

This year’s legislative session has been one of the most counterproductive we have had in recent years—from the rammed in gasoline tax increase, to overspending, to more extreme seat belt penaltie...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    June 1, 2019

The Abortion Dilemma

The topic of abortion is probably the most controversial political issue that exists today. Opinions range all the way from abortions on demand to outright prohibition in all cases no matter what....

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    May 1, 2019

Should Children be Voting?

In our nation’s beginning, our founding fathers wrote our Constitution to specify that American citizens must be 21 years old to be eligible to vote. This was considered to be the minimum age for a...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    April 1, 2019

No More Taxes

This past March 8, during a special session called by Governor Kay Ivey, 83 of our state representatives voted to pass a ten cent increase in our gasoline tax. Then on March 12, the Senate railroaded...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    March 1, 2019

The Great Shutdown

During this past December and January, the United States suffered the longest government shutdown in its history—over a month. But was it really a shutdown? Of course not. Like all of the previous...

 

The Ethanol Scandal

One of the biggest boondoggles ever imposed by our government has been the mandated addition of ethanol to gasoline. It has been done for over a decade, and we are still stuck with it today. Of...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    January 1, 2019

Eminent Domain

Eminent Domain is defined as the power of government to condemn private property for public use—provided that “just compensation” is provided to the owners as payment for suitable and fair repla...

 

The Day of Infamy

In the 1920’s and ‘30’s, we the people of the United States still retained vivid memories of the horrors of World War I—“The War to End all Wars.” Two decades later, when WWII erupted in...

 

Off the Grid

In recent years, self-sufficiency and living off the land is becoming more and more popular. Now that relatively inexpensive photoelectric cells, wind generators, and composting toilets are becoming...

 
 By John Martin    News    October 1, 2018

Wild Child of the Deep State

On this past August 25, after a long bout with brain cancer, Arizona's senior Senator, John Sidney McCain III, finally lapsed into a Neal Boortz "eternal celestial dirt nap." Flags in Arizona,...

 
 By John Martin    News    September 1, 2018

Profiteering Prisons

Just about every American will agree that our country is the greatest in the world. In many ways, it is just that. But in others, we have grave shortcomings. One of these is the way we operate our...

 
 By John Martin    Legal    August 1, 2018

PRICE GOUGING

We are now well into the 2018 hurricane season, and a major storm may or may not hit us this year. But when one does, the news media will always mention a little consequence called “price...

 
 By John Martin    Legal    July 1, 2018

The Letter of the Law

The purpose of a law, any law, is a singular objective—protecting people from the wrongdoings of other people. To be moral, just, legitimate, and Constitutional, it must meet that criterion....

 
 By John Martin    Legal    June 1, 2018

Check out Zimbabwe

Don’t laugh. Little Zimbabwe could be a model for providing prosperity for the entire world. Most people remember this African nation for creating the most rampant hyperinflation in recorded...

 
 By John Martin    News    May 1, 2018

Making America Great Again

Today, we are nearing the midpoint of Donald Trump’s second year. So far, he has done some very good things: 1. Ended our subjugation to the Paris Climate Agreement. 2. Put the brakes on mass m...

 
 By John Martin    News    April 1, 2018

Trump's Tariffs

As we forge ahead into the Donald’s second year of office, we are witnessing some serious improvements in America’s economy—taxes are being cut, production is up, wages are up, and unemployment...

 
 By John Martin    News    March 1, 2018

The Safety Nazis

Some of the biggest public menaces that have developed over the years have been the overbearing numbers and intensity of safety regulations. They have gone far beyond anything we need for reasonable...

 
 By John Martin    News    February 1, 2018

Survival for the Misfittest

Just about everybody now understands the law of natural selection. It is very simple and obvious—the strong survive and reproduce; the weak perish and die out—what we call “Survival of the...

 
 By John Martin    News    January 1, 2018

PUBLIC PAY RAISES

There is no doubt that nearly everybody is frustrated with the increasing dishonesty and declining value of most of our public servants—from Senators and Congressmen down to city councilmen and coun...

 
 By John Martin    News    December 1, 2017

FLOOD INSURANCE

Catastrophic destruction wrought by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma this year, we have witnessed a great deal of wailing and gnashing of teeth in response to the failure of our National Flood Insurance Pro...

 
 By John Martin    News    November 1, 2017

Disaster Relief

After witnessing the inefficiencies and abuses of government-run programs, it is no surprise that government is grossly inept at providing adequate help to the victims of natural disasters—i.e....

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    October 1, 2017

DEALING WITH NORTH KOREA

Right now, a sizable portion of America’s elected officials and military leaders is running around like chickens with their heads cut off in response to Kim Jong Un’s belligerent displays of...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    August 1, 2017

TRUMP'S BETRAYAL

While campaigning for office, Donald Trump, like any respectable candidate, promised to defend the people’s right to keep and bear arms along with the remainder of the United States Constitution....

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    July 1, 2017

The New Gestapo

Right now, in the United States Senate, the Sword of Damocles is hanging right over our heads. Keep an eye on it. Don’t let it drop and chop our heads off. It is Senate Bill 1134, labeled as the...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    June 1, 2017

Victimless "Crimes"

DID YOU KNOW that right here in America, “The Land of the Free,” we have FIVE TIMES the percentage of our population in prison than the rest of the world? Of every 100,000 of our people, we have...

 

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