Robert Maynard column
Robert Maynard
Robert Maynard was born and raised in Vermont and now lives in Williston, VT, with his wife Yukiko and son Sean. A former Product Engineer at IBM, he now serves as the Editor of True North Radio website ( and grass roots Project Director of Family Security Foundation (

Promoting "functional values"
Robert Maynard
December 3, 2012

I have written previous about why I see the supposed dichotomy between the fiscal and social concerns of conservatives as a false one. Both the free market . . .

A false dichotomy between fiscal and social issues
Robert Maynard
November 15, 2012

One of the supposed lessons that some Republicans apparently are taking from the recent electoral defeat is that the GOP should stay away from social issues and . . .

Leahy gets a head start parroting HCAN's talking points
Robert Maynard
May 30, 2012

There has been a lot of media attention focused on Vermont's senior Senator's shot across the bow of the Supreme Court Justices who are considering the . . .

More B.S. on Social Security
Robert Maynard
May 17, 2012

Once again Vermont's junior Senator Bernie Sanders is demagoguing the social security issue: "I find it rather appalling that a Wall Street billionaire, Pete . . .

Putting "which people" first?
Robert Maynard
May 4, 2012

On Tuesday May 1st, a coalition of left leaning groups held a rally in Montpelier supposedly with the aim of showing "support for creating a world where we put . . .

Left abandons ObamaCare for Green Mountain Care
Robert Maynard
April 25, 2012

It looks like certain sections of the left are getting ready to ditch support for ObamaCare in favor of something closer to Vermont's own Green Mountain Care.  . . .

Obama's clash with the Supreme Court brings the proper role of government into focus in time for the elections
Robert Maynard
April 5, 2012

I recently posted a piece which noted that the issue of federalism was at stake in the Supreme Court decision regarding Obamacare. Now, thanks to Obama's . . .

The "Path to Prosperity Budget" is actually quite moderate
Robert Maynard
March 22, 2012

As most are aware of by now, Paul Ryan has introduced a budget proposal entitled "The Path to Prosperity Budget." This proposal has been demonized by the left . . .

Mobilizing the conservative majority
Robert Maynard
March 13, 2012

As we get closer to the upcoming elections the question of how to best advance the conservative cause presents itself. Some would argue that elections present . . .

Cultural competency or the destruction of culture
Robert Maynard
February 21, 2012

Last week I published a commentary on a Burlington School District Report written with the following aim in mind: "The goal posited by this plan is to bridge . . .

Educational excellence: trying what works
Robert Maynard
February 14, 2012

Back in November we published a commentary about a Burlington School District Report actually plans to take an "anti-racist stance against the conventional . . .

Fighting for liberty and virtue
Robert Maynard
January 17, 2012

The rise of both Rick Santorum and Ron Paul in the current GOP Primary has inspired a sometimes-contentious discussion within the conservative ranks between . . .

Visions of the anointed
Robert Maynard
December 21, 2011

I would like to follow up on an early piece I wrote entitled "The Left's Authoritarian Vision." In that article I noted the left's historical tendency to admire . . .

The left's authoritarian vision
Robert Maynard
December 14, 2011

The latest example of the left's authoritarian vision is a recent Wall Street Journal article by the Service Employee International Union's President Andy Stern . . .

America: still a "city on a hill"?
Robert Maynard
September 28, 2011

Everywhere we look, freedom is under fire. The prognosis in some circles, for the future of freedom, is bleak indeed. In his book "America Alone: The End of the . . .

The role of the state
Robert Maynard
September 23, 2011

One of the central themes in this series is the responsibility those who enter into a Covenant with God have to establish a just social order. In this section . . .

American culture: an irreversible decline or a coming renaissance?
Robert Maynard
September 13, 2011

The other day I was reading n article by Mark Steyn that peaked my interest. The article was entitled "A Tale of Two Declines." The theme of the article is . . .

America's "broadband miracle" and the law of unintended consequences
Robert Maynard
August 22, 2011

In the midst of politicians clamoring for yet more government backed stimulus money to be spent on infrastructure projects, it is time once again to consider . . .

Mobility of capital trumps class warfare
Robert Maynard
July 2, 2011

Senator Sanders is up to his usual class warfare tactics again. The occasion this time is the battle going on in Washington D.C. over deficit reduction. The . . .

Smart Meter implementation should be left up the free market
Robert Maynard
June 9, 2011

True North has recently ran a couple of articles on Burlington's quest to adopt "Smart Meters" as a means of saving on power costs. See here and here. It has . . .

The left's real problem with our healthcare system: no one is in charge
Robert Maynard
May 2, 2011

On Wednesday April 27th the Democratic Committee of Burlington held a forum on the proposed healthcare reform legislation being rushed through our political . . .

Is healthcare a human right?
Robert Maynard
March 27, 2011

There is a large and well-funded national movement called the Universal Health Care Action Network behind Vermont's push for a single payer system that gives . . .

The situation in Egypt
Robert Maynard
February 14, 2011

The situation in Egypt is a bit more complicated than it is being presenting in the media. Some are portraying this as a democratic people's revolution that . . .

The frontier within
Robert Maynard
January 13, 2011

The notion being entertained in some circles of punditry that America will soon be overtaken by China as the world's top economic power gives me a sense of deja . . .

Vermont as a "laboratory for change"
Robert Maynard
December 15, 2010

The pro-freedom movement has done a good job so far of resisting Obamacare. The new House majority has the ability to de-fund much of it. Officials at the state . . .

Tax slavery?
Robert Maynard
December 8, 2010

Quite a few years ago a group called The International Society for Individual Liberty published a series of pamphlets on various subjects related to the overall . . .

A tale of two futures
Robert Maynard
November 11, 2010

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of . . .

Catholic social teaching and the tea party
Robert Maynard
October 29, 2010

A recent article in the Catholic Newsletter "Our Sunday Visitor" entitled "Is the Tea Party movement in sync with Catholic teaching?" has raised some . . .

No taxpayer's money to expand radical Islam
Robert Maynard
September 13, 2010

There has been an outpouring of response to both the proposed building of a Mosque at Ground Zero and the intention to burn copies of the Koran. In both cases . . .

Tea party focus
Robert Maynard
August 17, 2010

There has recently been talk within the Tea Party movement on whether to maintain a focus on "fiscal issues," rather than take on the "social issues."  . . .

Prosperity economics
Robert Maynard
July 20, 2010

As has already been discussed, the early American notion of a covenant with God mandated that they sanctify the social order. Of course, that meant realizing . . .

Family and community the foundations of a just social order
Robert Maynard
July 10, 2010

As has already been discussed, Americans are well known around the world for our sense of Individualism. It is this characteristic that has led us to take very . . .

Fairness and pain
Robert Maynard
July 6, 2010

On Thursday July 1st the True North Radio show had Vermont's U.S. Senate candidate Daniel Freilich on as its guest. Mr. Freilich is running in the Democratic . . .

Revisiting our vision of liberty and virtue
Robert Maynard
June 17, 2010

The 20th Century has given rise to serious challenges to the American notion of human rights rooted in a vision of liberty and virtue. Cato Institute senior . . .

In defense of jihad?
Robert Maynard
June 1, 2010

Once again the mindset of political correctness is hard at work muddying the waters when it comes to the War on Terror. In a Fox News article entitled . . .

Freedom, truth, and President Obama
Robert Maynard
May 3, 2010

With the retirement of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, President Obama will have another opportunity to select someone to the highest court in the land . . .

Taxation and tea parties
Robert Maynard
April 20, 2010

On April 15th the Tea Party movement once again held tax protest rallies all across the country. In a surreal response to their protests, President Obama . . .

The "best of times" or the "worst of times"?
Robert Maynard
April 13, 2010

Recently I have been following a friendly debate between two champions of liberty that brings to mind this famous quote from Charles Dickens "A Tale of Two . . .

Jihadism and the destruction of Western Civilization
Robert Maynard
March 14, 2010

The Preamble of the American Constitution states that one of its purposes is to "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity." All too often . . .

The source of American individualism
Robert Maynard
March 9, 2010

The Image of God One theme from American civilization that has attracted a lot of attention is the ideal of "American Individualism." The modern notion that . . .

Glenn Beck takes on the Leviathan
Robert Maynard
March 2, 2010

Conservative "blogs" and radio shows are still buzzing about the keynote speech that radio and TV host Glenn Beck delivered at this year's "Conservative . . .

A conflict of visions
Robert Maynard
February 28, 2010

A City on a Hill We have been discussing the vision that was behind America's founding. This was a vision that Americans strove to share with the world from . . .

The biblical roots of American civilization
Robert Maynard
February 26, 2010

Americans have historically taken a great deal of pride in their tradition of the protection of individual rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. What is . . .

Religion resurgent
Robert Maynard
January 6, 2010

According to Mark Steyn in his book, "America Alone: The End Of The World As We Know It," the combination of a demographically prolific Islam, coupled with . . .

The politics of personal transformation
Robert Maynard
December 25, 2009

A while back, Vermont's Times Argus published an article entitled "Scholar to bring 'Christian Left' message to Vt.," by Mel Huff. The article refers to . . .

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