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home : columnists : john pickerill December 17, 2014

GOP Chairman: We used to believe in freedom
Back in the 1980s our local newspaper used to publish the following quote every day in the Opinion page:

"Journal Review, your watchful freedom newspaper.

"Ever striving for West-Central-Indiana to be an even better place to live.

"The Journal Review is dedicated to furnishing information to readers so they may better promote and preserve their freedom and encourage others to see its blessing. Only when man is free to control himself and all he produces, can he develop to his utmost capabilities.

"We believe that freedom is a gift from God and not a political grant from government. Freedom is neither license nor anarchy. It is control and sovereignty of oneself, no more, no less. It is thus consistent with the Coveting Commandment."

Yes, there was a time in this community when this concept of freedom was mainstream. We didn't look to government coercion to make our community a better place to live, we looked to individual citizens to freely cooperate with each other to make our community a better place to live.

Monday, December 15, 2014
We need accountability, transparency in government
James Madison once said, "A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives... What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on each other for their mutual & surest support?"
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Elected officials should think for themselves
There is a reason why we have seven people on County Council instead of just one. It's to make sure county tax dollars aren't spent recklessly. The County Council is a deliberative assembly.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
What does Mark Smith stand for?
The most important piece of information we voters need to know about the candidates is, what core beliefs would guide their decision-making if they got into office. This can be difficult if a candidates avoids taking a stand on issues important to the voters. It's even more difficult for them when the candidate is also an Independent candidate.
Monday, October 6, 2014
'National Popular Vote Compact' betrays our Constitution
So what could possibly be so bad about electing our President by a majority of the people nationwide? That would be the fairest way to do it, right? Aren't we a democracy?

Monday, September 29, 2014
Electoral College remains important to U.S.
The League of Women Voters has taken the position that our Constitutional system for electing the President of the United States (the "Electoral College") should be abolished and replaced with the so-called "National Popular Vote Compact." Their goal is to always elect the President by the majority of popular vote nationwide. But they fail to mention this was never the intent of the Constitution1, and for very good reasons.

Monday, September 15, 2014
Indiana's primary election system is flawed
Political parties are supposed to be private organizations. So why does government dictate so much control over them? Why does government force county taxpayers to fund political party operations? Why do we put up with this?

Monday, September 8, 2014
Tea Party idea is successful
Do you know how you can tell if you've won a debate with a big-government liberal? They call you a racist. Today's politics has become that silly. Instead of having a civil discussion debating the merits of ideas, too often it degrades to sensational accusations that don't enlighten, but merely play on the emotions and fears of the public.
Monday, August 25, 2014

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