It is time to acknowledge that college football, at least at the Division I level, is a minor league for the NFL. Minor league baseball players get paid ... so should minor league football players. Check out Rick Telander's book "The Hundred Yard Lie." Even more relevant today than when he wrote it.
P.S. the only real reason for the government caring whether or not you are married is because it affects how they tax you. This is one of many excellent arguments for ending the income tax and replacing it with a national sales tax (or better yet, reduced spending on only items specifically authorized by the Constitution).
You are correct (and truly conservative) in arguing that the government should have no part in defining or licensing marriage. For well over 100 years after our founding, there was no concept of a "marriage license" in America. George and Martha Washington did not have one; neither did James and Dolley Madison, or Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. Marriage licenses are a relatively recent (within the last hundred years or so) invention, originally intended to limit access to interracial marriage. Those who don't approve of same-sex or plural marriage should be in the forefront of the effort to get government out of marriage, because the tide of public opinion is turning against "one man, one woman." The only way to keep government from issuing same sex or polygamous marriage licenses is to stop issuing them to opposite sex couples, too. It shouldn't take a genius to realize that marriage is a contract for mutual support and, for believers, a religious sacrament. Government should not be involved in dictating the terms of either of those things.
Maybe we can talk Rand Paul into moving to TN? ;)
If land owners want to develop THEIR property, who are any of you to say they can't? Don't want the property developed? Buy it from them at a mutually agreeable price and turn it into a nature preserve.
Conservatives are, or should be, people who want the Constitution to be followed. If the Constitution doesn't give the government power to do something, conservatives say government shouldn't do it.
It took a Constitutional amendment (the 18th) to give government the power to outlaw alcohol, and another amendment (the 21st) to make alcohol legal again. Can someone point me to the part of the Constitution that allows any other substance to be banned? If not, then Congress has no business banning marijuana or any other substance.
Likewise, absent authority from the Constitution on the definition of marriage, Congress has no business legislating that, either. Johnson is right on these issues and lots more.
dfclapp, sounds like a laundry list of reasons to vote FOR Gary Johnson!
anniebelle, the day the politicians remove the requirement for me to show ID in order to buy alcohol or purchase a firearm ... that's the day I'll support removing the requirement to show ID in order to vote. Not one day before.
GREAT editorial. It's about time we had a "right side" editor who will stand up to liberal "Republicans" who are as bad or worse than Democrats. The former editor kissed up to incumbents no matter how egregious their betrayal of the principles they supposedly stood for. I'm glad we now have someone who has the guts to call a RINO a RINO.