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Conservative Bookshelf

The Conservative Bookshelf

No serious student of American history and politics can be considered well-informed without a solid grounding in works like these.  The list is somewhat arbitrary.  We think most Conservatives would call this a fair sampling of modern and classic Conservative thought. 

Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left.   by Jonah Goldberg.  From the French Revolution to, Goldberg shows how social movements and governments ruled by the Left nearly always devolve into Fascism. 

The Real George Washington.* by Jay A. Parry.  There is no better model of honesty, courage, honor, and sacrifice, throughout our history, than George Washington.  Parry gives us an excellent biography, one of the best ever.

The Real Thomas Jefferson.* by Andres W. Allison.   Another title in the American Classics series, Allison has captured the life, times, and thoughts of one of America’s most beloved presidents.  Buy the set of three Real books and get a discount, along with many weeks of pleasant, inspiring reading.  

The Real Benjamin Franklin.*  by Andrew W. Allison.  Everyone knows Franklin, the publisher, diplomat, writer, inventor, humorist, scientist, abolitionist, and philosopher.  He was a Renaissance Man whose achievements are finally getting their due in this great book.

 The Federalist Papers.*  by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay.

Learn the true meaning of the Constitution and the true intent of its authors.  Check out Madison’s description of the dangers of “factions” (what we call “special interests” today).  His article, and each of the newspaper columns that became The Federalist Papers, are as instructive today as they were the day they were written 224 years ago.  

 The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle that Changed the World.* by W. Cleon Skousen.
Skousen’s classic exposition of the Constitution, written 30 years ago, has become a modern-day best seller.  His analysis of the Judeo-Christian roots of the new American government is exceptional.  

 Free to Choose: A Personal Statement.  by Milton and Rose Friedman.  Classic free market economics from two of its most brilliant theorists.  Read this very readable book and you’ll understand the simple beauty and astounding effectiveness of the marketplace.  You’ll also understand why Milton Friedman so justly deserved the Nobel Prize he was awarded for his work.   

 Basic Economics 4th Ed: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy.  by Thomas Sowell.  Sowell is the Milton Friedman of the 21st century.  Not many can explain the American economy, and the harmful effects of government meddling, as well as Thomas Sowell.  

 The Unmaking of a Mayor.   by William F. Buckley.  Its difficult to pick out “the best” of Buckley’s many great books, but his recounting of his run for Mayor of New York City, is certainly a favorite.  Buckley ran a principled, ideological campaign, filled with rare honesty and refreshing humor.  What would we give to have politicians acting like this today?

 Wild Swans.   by Jung Chang.  The true story of three generations of Chinese women, from Kuomintang times, through the reign of Mao, to today.  Forty million dead, killed for a theory.  And some Americans still "go carryin' round pictures of Chairman Mao.

 The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).   by Robert Spencer.  Some important things you thought you knew just may be wrong.  And it might be much worse than you thought.  A great read, long overdue. 


And, the best Conservative bookshelves also have a generous mix of works by Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Dinesh D’Souza, Russell Kirk, Bernard Goldberg, David Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, Andrew Breitbart, Sean Hannity, F. A. Hayek, Mark Steyn, and a host of others too numerous to mention.  If we left out your favorite Conservative author, sorry.   We’ll be happy to include them if you’ll mention something at our next general meeting.    

* Copies available at 912 2nd Tuesday meetings.


Oregon Legislative Sesson 2018

HB4001 and SB 1507 Cap and Trade

Places caps on greenhouse gas emissions by creating a market-based compliance mechanism, buying and selling credits and levy fees on private corporations.  Identifies CO2 as a pollutant which is the basis of "anthropogenic climate change" and ocean acidification.

SB1512     National Popular Vote

This bill enacts Interstate Compact for Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote.  Will eliminate Electorial College if most states agree by voting.

SB 1519/SB 1537   HB 4148

Creates Oregon Energy Commission Commission appointed by the governor will determine policy and rules controlling State Department of Energy.

SB 1508/HB 4002/SB 1541

Fee surcharge for toxic air program Environmental Quality Commission to establish fee on top of fees on industry and commercial activities.

HJR 203 Makes Healthcare a Right

Amends Oregon Constitution, establishing obligation of state to ensure every resident has health care.  Obligates tax payers to pay for it.

HB 4118 Good Neighbor Authority Bill

Requires Governor to work with US Forest Service to produce increased timber harvest volumes, are self-sustaining and maximize financial return to Oregon.

HB 4145A Adds to list of persons prohibited to possess firearms

Covers all types of people, making "swatting" possible by nearly anyone.

HB4091 Creates State Banking Entity

Creates a new governmental entity that would, facilitate the pot and other businesses.  Circumvents Federal regulations.

Blog Posts

Principles of Tyranny

 By Jon Roland

Definition of tyranny

Tyranny is usually thought of as cruel and oppressive, and it often is, but the original definition of the term was rule by persons who lack legitimacy, whether they be malign or benevolent. Historically, benign tyrannies have tended to be insecure, and to try to maintain their power by becoming increasingly oppressive. Therefore, rule that initially seems benign is inherently…


Posted by Concerned44 on January 19, 2018 at 8:30pm

Watergate on Steroids

• The Clinton Campaign hired Fusion GPS in April 2016. Fusion GPS then sub-contracted retired British Intel MI6 agent Christopher Steele. Fusion GPS employee Nellie Ohr gets HAM radio license in May 2016

• Is it COINCIDENTAL that a 60 something year old woman decides to use a HAM radio the month after contracting with Christopher Steele for a Russian dossier on Donald…


Posted by BlueCat on January 11, 2018 at 2:00pm

Behind the Fight Against Modern Slavery in Los Angeles

David Callahan                        August 23, 2017

L.A. is a center of human trafficking in the U.S.

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world after drugs, generating $150 billion in profits, according to the International Labor Organization. More than 20 million people are victims of forced labor, around a quarter of them victims of sexual exploitation.

Modern slavery is not a faraway problem, unfolding on shrimp ships in Southeast…


Posted by Concerned44 on January 8, 2018 at 10:30am

Why parents are "paranoid" about Common Core by Michelle Malkin


Assessing Common Core is inextricably tied to the big business of data collection and data mining. States that took the Race to the Top bribes in exchange for adopting Common Core must now comply with the edutech requirements of two private testing conglomerates, the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Common Core states also agreed to expand existing statewide longitudinal database systems that contain…


Posted by Concerned44 on February 26, 2014 at 11:30am


EPA makes another power grab

Here is another example of governance through bureaucratic regulation.  There is no tax payer representation involved.The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers’…Continue

Tags: private, property, water, rights, Environmentalism

Started by BlueCat in Environmentalism Aug 20, 2015.

city vs country 3 Replies

Watched Rabbi Lapin last night.  He talked about the need for cities in an advanced society and a theory of why they tend to become liberal and socialist. To simplify his simplification, city people are isolated and lack independence. Country folks…Continue

Started by Paul F. Carnes in Progressivism, Liberalism, & other 'isms. Last reply by clara chan Feb 13, 2015.

Parents and teachers across America are fighting against Common Core Standards 13 Replies

Rotten to the Core: Obama’s War on Academic Standards (Part 1)by Michelle MalkinCreators SyndicateCopyright…Continue

Tags: Race, curriculum, to, the, Top

Started by Concerned44 in Education. Last reply by Concerned44 May 11, 2013.

Are your children being indoctrinated into Islam?

by Phyllis Schlafly April 4, 2012Political Correctness has a double standard when it comes to teaching about religion in public schools. Drop Christianity down the Memory Hole, but give extensive and mostly favorable coverage to Islam.Even the…Continue

Started by David Clark in Terrorism Apr 9, 2013.


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