Our friend Dr. Wm. Scott Magill, Executive Director of Veterans in Defense of Liberty wrote a powerful Independence Day message saying with clarity and conviction what many conservatives are thinking: Our beloved Republic is no longer the land of the free, nor apparently the home of enough of the brave. The entire basis of our founding – the consent of the governed – has been wiped away by traitors within all three branches of the federal government. But, says Magill, we are truly blessed to live in these times. Blessed because we are entrusted with the future, not only of our great Constitutional Republic but with the future of humanity.

CHQ Charman Richard A. Viguerie forcefully made the case in his book TAKEOVER that Republicans never, ever win the presidency unless they nationalize the election by campaigning on a conservative agenda— drawing a sharp contrast between the Democrat worldview and the conservative worldview. John McLaughlin’s latest poll and the conclusions one can draw from it not only reinforce that case, but demonstrate that, with Democrats running ahead in the generic ballot, establishment Republican leaders in Congress have failed to grasp that election winning lesson.

While President Obama bows to the oppressive Castro regime leading conservatives in Congress, including Rep. Ron DeSantis, the CHQ endorsed candidate for Senator to replace Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio have come out strongly against President Obama’s announced decision to reopen diplomatic relations with the Communist Castro regime in Cuba, to exchange ambassadors and reestablish a U.S. embassy in Cuba. Wisconsin Governor and 2016 presidential contender Scott Walker likewise issued a statement opposing the Obama plan.

The Export – Import Bank’s charter officially expired at midnight last night and those opposed to its cronyism and corruption rightly celebrated its demise. But the celebration may be just a little premature as the corporate vampires who have gotten fat sucking the taxpayers dry through Ex-Im and other crony government deals haven’t given up on maintaining their subsidized loans and insider deals.

Observant Christians and Jews will be particularly put to the test and some, such as Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, have already caved-in to the demands of the secular left that they abandon their beliefs and accept the Supreme Court’s decision as final. Others, such as we here at CHQ, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, our friends at the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage, and others, see the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex “marriage” for what it is – a profoundly political decision that can be undone through political means.

CHQ invites you to join us and our conservative movement partners in #AmericaProud. While the progressive left is intent on growing government, eroding man’s natural dignity from God as anchored in the Declaration of Independence, and threatening prosperity and sovereignty, we conservatives understand that millions of Americans remain committed to the foundations of American exceptionalism. #AmericaProud is a celebration of all that makes America exceptional.

When judges take upon themselves the legislative power to order such routine state functions as the specifications for a medical clinic, then it is time to recognize that these judges have become the masters of the people, not impartial weighers of law and fact. Congress has the power to set the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the time is now to bring the reign of these unelected oligarchs back within the limits of the Framers’ vision lest they render all other branches of government, especially the States, irrelevant.

CHQ Exclusives

Our friend Dr. Wm. Scott Magill, Executive Director of Veterans in Defense of Liberty wrote a powerful Independence Day message saying with clarity and conviction what many conservatives are thinking: Our beloved Republic is no longer the land of the free, nor apparently the home of enough of the brave. The entire basis of our founding – the consent of the governed – has been wiped away by traitors within all three branches of the federal government. But, says Magill, we are truly blessed to live in these times. Blessed because we are entrusted with the future, not only of our great Constitutional Republic but with the future of humanity.

CHQ Charman Richard A. Viguerie forcefully made the case in his book TAKEOVER that Republicans never, ever win the presidency unless they nationalize the election by campaigning on a conservative agenda— drawing a sharp contrast between the Democrat worldview and the conservative worldview. John McLaughlin’s latest poll and the conclusions one can draw from it not only reinforce that case, but demonstrate that, with Democrats running ahead in the generic ballot, establishment Republican leaders in Congress have failed to grasp that election winning lesson.

While President Obama bows to the oppressive Castro regime leading conservatives in Congress, including Rep. Ron DeSantis, the CHQ endorsed candidate for Senator to replace Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio have come out strongly against President Obama’s announced decision to reopen diplomatic relations with the Communist Castro regime in Cuba, to exchange ambassadors and reestablish a U.S. embassy in Cuba. Wisconsin Governor and 2016 presidential contender Scott Walker likewise issued a statement opposing the Obama plan.

The Export – Import Bank’s charter officially expired at midnight last night and those opposed to its cronyism and corruption rightly celebrated its demise. But the celebration may be just a little premature as the corporate vampires who have gotten fat sucking the taxpayers dry through Ex-Im and other crony government deals haven’t given up on maintaining their subsidized loans and insider deals.

Observant Christians and Jews will be particularly put to the test and some, such as Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, have already caved-in to the demands of the secular left that they abandon their beliefs and accept the Supreme Court’s decision as final. Others, such as we here at CHQ, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, our friends at the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage, and others, see the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex “marriage” for what it is – a profoundly political decision that can be undone through political means.

CHQ invites you to join us and our conservative movement partners in #AmericaProud. While the progressive left is intent on growing government, eroding man’s natural dignity from God as anchored in the Declaration of Independence, and threatening prosperity and sovereignty, we conservatives understand that millions of Americans remain committed to the foundations of American exceptionalism. #AmericaProud is a celebration of all that makes America exceptional.

When judges take upon themselves the legislative power to order such routine state functions as the specifications for a medical clinic, then it is time to recognize that these judges have become the masters of the people, not impartial weighers of law and fact. Congress has the power to set the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the time is now to bring the reign of these unelected oligarchs back within the limits of the Framers’ vision lest they render all other branches of government, especially the States, irrelevant.

The European story is reaching its climax and no one knows how it is going to end. Greece and the European establishment might yet come to terms and the Euro might stagger along. But this almost certainly is not the Eurozone’s last crisis.

The Supreme Court's decision on same-sex "marriage" will now pit the power and resources of the federal, state and even local governments against individuals, churches, businesses, nonprofit organizations, colleges, home schoolers, and all legally recognized -- and regulated -- human endeavors that communicate and act in ways consistent with the religious and ancient tenet that marriage is exclusively between one man and one woman.

Our friend Mark Skousen, producer of FreedomFest, reports this year's FreedomFest promises to be another intellectual feast, and perhaps the summer's best collection of thinkers on economics and politics with over 250 speakers, panels and debates gathered under one roof. Time is short to register; use this link for FreedomFest 2015 registration or go here to view the complete program and here to view the list of speakers, including Glenn Beck, economist Stephen Moore, John Stossel of Fox News, columnist and author John Fund, Daniel McCarthy, editor of The American Conservative, WND's Joseph Farah and Steve Forbes. 

In a ruling sure to spark a wave of protests and civil disobediance, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a decision mandating same-sex marriage that upends millennia of history and guts the rule of law. The 5-4 decision redefines marriage and strips states of their authority to define marriage as between one man and one woman. More on this developing story will be posted as the implications of the decision become clearer.

What Justice Roberts’ opinion and the Supreme Court majority said to Congressional Republican leaders in King v. Burwell was, in essence, “don’t expect us to save you from the bad policies previous Congresses passed into law,” so “man-up” and do the work the Constitution gave you to fix them or live with them. And the way we see it, this tough love from Justice Roberts to the Republican leaders in Congress applies to other areas of Obama overreach and governmental “jiggery-pokery" as well.

Front Page Headlines

  • Adam Freedman, Ricochet.com

    Lest you think that I was overly alarmist in my earlier post on Obergefell’s threat to religious liberty. Here are some of the comments I got:

  • FoxNews

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky filed a federal lawsuit against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis Thursday on behalf of two homosexual and two heterosexual couples, all of whom were turned down when they tried to get marriage licenses from Davis’ office this week.

  • Madison (Mississippi) Journal

    Whether our religious institutions and people of faith will still be permitted to act on moral beliefs will be tested eventually. Since before the foundations of the Earth, the one constant is that the Lord remains on His throne and in control, no matter what the Supreme Court rules.

  • Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange

    We cannot allow our first freedom to become second class in the eyes of the law. Instead we have to fight back. That fight starts by acknowledging that freedom of religion does not end at the church house door, nor does it apply only on Sundays.

  • Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Dallas Morning News

    The ruling by five justices of the U.S. Supreme Court marks a radical departure from countless generations of societal law and tradition. The impact of this opinion on our society and the familial fabric of our nation will be profound. Far from a victory for anyone, this is instead a dilution of marriage as a societal institution.

  • Tom LoBianco, CNN

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to make his White House bid official Monday, July 13, in the Milwaukee suburb Waukesha. A Walker aide with knowledge of the rollout confirmed the plan Thursday morning on condition of anonymity because no public declaration has been made yet. The aide also said that Walker will be filing paperwork with the Federal Election Commission shortly.

  • Charles Gasparino, The Daily Beast

    Jeb Bush says he released 33 years of tax returns this week because he wants to be the most transparent candidate to run for president in 2016. But if that’s really the case, why is he continuing to obfuscate some of his most lucrative and potentially controversial business dealings he had before announcing his candidacy like his work as an “adviser” for investment bank Lehman Brothers?

  • Adam Freedman, City Journal

    Despite what the newspaper headlines say, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges did not “legalize” same-sex marriage. It mandated same-sex marriage, something very different. 

  • Reuters

    U.S. job growth slowed in June and Americans left the labor force in droves, according to a government report on Thursday that could tamper expectations for a September interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. Nonfarm payrolls increased 223,000 last month, the Labor Department said. Adding to the report's soft note, April and May data was revised to show 60,000 fewer jobs were added than previously reported. With 432,000 people dropping out of the labor force, the unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.3 percent, the lowest since April 2008.

  • Jason Noble, USA Today

    Fifty-two percent of Quinnipiac poll respondents say they would support Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of State and senator, in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential vote. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., follows at 33%. The result is the first time Clinton’s support has fallen below 60% in a poll conducted by Quinnipiac and represents and substantial bump for Sanders, who in a May survey polled at just 15%.

  • Real Clear Politics

    Walker 18, Carson/Trump 10, Paul/Cruz 9, Bush 8

  • Maria Stainer, The Washington Times

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and real estate mogul Donald Trump lead the GOP presidential candidates in a new CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday, but the poll shows they both still lag behind former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, a Democrat.

  • Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times

    The Obama administration still hasn’t fully rescinded the 2,000 three-year amnesties it wrongly issued four months ago in violation of a court order, government lawyers recently admitted in court, spurring a stern response from the judge who said the matter must be cleaned up by the end of July — or else.

  • Daniel Trotta and Lesley Wroughton, Reuters

    The United States and Cuba are set to announce the restoration of diplomatic relations on Wednesday, the result of a two-year courtship between former Cold War rivals who severed ties in 1961.

  • Shelby Sebens, Reuters

    Crowds counted down the minutes to midnight then lit up joints as smoking marijuana became legal in Oregon on Wednesday, part of a growing legalization movement spreading down the United States' west coast.