Mark West column
Mark West is Corporate Office Manager for Mechanical Construction Services, Inc., in Newark, Arkansas, and serves in an evangelistic preaching ministry. He is a devoted husband to his wife Kristy and father of three children. As a political analyst, he devotes his writing and speaking to the social and financial impact of public policy. Mark is a member of the Constitution Party, serving in public relations for Arkansas.

A rotten bunch
Mark West
August 26, 2010

Weaving my way through Wally World, bewildered by the remodeling, I grazed toward the fruit section. Thankfully it hasn't moved! My mission was simple. Retrieve . . .

Yo Joe!
Mark West
August 12, 2010

Am I the only old dope who enjoys hanging out in the toy department with his kids? The uncontainable excitement is akin to a sort of hyper‐stimulation, . . . trade away from destitution
Mark West
July 21, 2010

Scoping my daunting to‐do list I am inescapably enthralled by the glory of getting it done. Yet, my path to grandeur is blocked, impassable. Between my . . .

Day of the debt
Mark West
July 19, 2010

Recurring dreams plague my life. I have a couple of dreams, from my childhood, that have recurred often throughout my lifetime. One is a flying dream in . . .

Dawn of the debt
Mark West
June 21, 2010

ZOMBIES!!! I LOOOOOVE Zombie films! Allow me to clarify, I'm not a fan of the gruesome gorging on human flesh, nor the glamorously gory zombie kills, but . . .

Real recession now...or deep depression later?
Mark West
June 10, 2010

Date nights are great nights! My wife and I enjoyed an awesome film during one of these over Memorial Day weekend. Typical for a Russell Crowe film, Robin . . .

World War III will materialize
Mark West
June 9, 2010

Begin with Paul Volker, Larry Summers, Richard Holbrooke and Robert Rubin. Toss in Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller, Bill Gates, and Eric Schmidt. Add a . . .

Mark West
May 27, 2010

"Oh my gosh!" said my wife as she looked at my daughter during dinner a couple of nights ago. "Did the sitter say anything about her eye?" At this point I . . .

Before a fall
Mark West
May 20, 2010

My four-year-old daughter and I were playing a game a couple of days ago. Well, she was playing a game; I was actually trying to work. In her game she would . . .

A frightful despotism
Mark West
May 17, 2010

In her infancy, or at least throughout the term of her first President, the United States maintained an aura of non-partisanship. George Washington avoided . . .

Chess and the Constitution
Mark West
August 26, 2009

Watching the debate over health care reform disintegrate into partisan skullduggery troubles me. Our federal government has no clue how to do their duty and it . . .

It's the reform, stupid
Mark West
August 17, 2009

We are a racist, un-American, mob! We are the protesters and town hall disrupters targeted by public health care plan advocates in Congress and the media.  . . .

The International: exposure or control?
Mark West
August 6, 2009

You had me at the trailer! When I saw the trailer for "The International" I was hooked. I had to see this film. Honestly, any film promising to expose the . . .

Dear Congress, oppose public health care plan
Mark West
July 23, 2009

Dear Congressman Berry, Senator Lincoln, Senator Pryor, I write this letter having read 400 pages of the House Health Care bill that is currently being . . .

Response to John Hawkins' "3 reasons why a successful third party wouldn't solve anything"
Mark West
July 22, 2009

Read John Hawkin's Article: 3 Reasons Why A Successful Third Party Wouldn't Solve Anything Then read my response to his article . . .

What would you do?
Mark West
July 14, 2009

I'm writing this letter to Congressman Marion Berry and Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor. What would you do...if you discovered that our President was . . .

1913, Part 4
Mark West
July 1, 2009

"An unlimited power to tax, involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation."  . . .

1913, Part 3
Mark West
June 24, 2009

Nelson Aldrich had a deep affinity for the private central banking system in Europe. I'm sure his affinity had nothing to do with his relationship to the . . .

1913, Part 2
Mark West
June 10, 2009

Funding government initiatives was becoming a very costly process at the turn of the century. Tariffs and excise taxes were enormously expensive creating . . .

1913, Part 1
Mark West
June 1, 2009

Pivotal moments affect every nation. Originating from crises that are both external and internal in nature, these moments demand critical attention.  . . .

Just an American
Mark West
May 11, 2009

"insofar as there is jealousy, strife, and factions among you, aren't you fleshly" — 1 Corinthians 3:3 I couldn't wait to take part in my first election. . . .

...And pigs flu...
Mark West
May 4, 2009

"He has dug a pit and hollowed it out, And has fallen into the hole which he made." — Psalm 7:15 What is this "swine" influenza? A mutation of the H1N1 . . .

It's gonna blow!!
Mark West
April 27, 2009

"Some people pretend to be rich but really have nothing." — Proverbs 13:11 Balloon animals play an important role in our society by placating the minds of . . .

Just wanna go home
Mark West
April 20, 2009

"But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more . . .

So close and so far away
Mark West
April 11, 2009

"I do not understand the things I do. I do not do what I want to do, and I do the things I hate...What a miserable man I am! Who will save me from this body . . .

Arrogance, I guess?
Mark West
April 10, 2009

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." — John 15:13 Awesome and gruesome, such are the mixed emotions of someone, . . .

The other side of China
Mark West
March 29, 2009

Barter economics: where the rice farmer and the bean farmer both eat rice and beans without a middle man! Sounds odd to start an article on China with . . .

Destroy, destroy!
Mark West
March 24, 2009

"Do not owe people anything, except always owe love to each other, because the person who loves others has obeyed all the law." — Romans 13:8 My wife and I . . .

More than they need us
Mark West
March 15, 2009

"Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and honor: and he provided him treasuries for silver, and for gold, and for precious stones, and for spices, and for shields . . .

Mark West
March 13, 2009

"The borrower is servant to the lender." Proverbs 22:7 Our President introduced a new "catch phrase" into the vernacular of American economic malaise as he . . .

R.I.P. Bushism
Mark West
November 7, 2008

November 4th, 2008, should be known as the night Bushism died. Sound too harsh? Well, the main-stream media got it wrong, as usual! Hailing this election as . . .

Embraced by history
Mark West
November 5, 2008

Wiping the tears of disappointment from my eyes, I fix my unwaveringly patriotic gaze upon the soon-to-be 44th President of our great nation, the United States . . .

Baseball ties
Mark West
October 26, 2008

Are you noticing the parallel between what we see happening in the baseball playoffs and what we witness occurring in the Presidential campaign? I wasn't until . . .

Water in the bucket
Mark West
October 1, 2008

OK, I get it, you want a solution already. If I oppose the current bail-out bill, what would I do differently? Are you ready for a ride? Let's begin where we . . .

Finger pointing
Mark West
September 26, 2008

Has anyone noticed the theme of the D.C. bailout talks? Come on, surely you've heard it several times by now. Here is my paraphrase: "We don't have time to . . .

The "big" bad word
Mark West
March 8, 2008

"On the other hand, big government, which so many liberals adore, represents a usurpation of the allegedly inalienable rights of individuals." — Burt Prelutsky  . . .

Are we too fat?
Mark West
March 2, 2008

"Beyond — beyond these essentials, I believe our federal government is overgrown and overweight. Indeed, it is time our government should go on a diet." — . . .

Conservatism is change
Mark West
February 25, 2008

"Facts are stubborn things." — President Ronald Reagan A change will do you good. Does it remind you of the song? Good, that's what I was going for. If it . . .

Hope is substance
Mark West
February 24, 2008

"We are the showcase of the future. And it is within our power to mold that future this year and for decades to come. It can be as grand and as great as we make . . .

Semantics or politics?
Mark West
March 11, 2005

Literally, I couldn't believe what I was reading. One day after reading Arkansas Attorney General Mike Beebe's seemingly vague non-opinion on HB1525 I read this . . .

Security of liberty and progress
Mark West
February 12, 2005

Marked by cheers, jeers, laughter, and tears, the 2005 State of the Union Address emphasized a political shift that too few are mentioning. President George W. . . .

The power of purple
Mark West
February 5, 2005

Symbols carry tremendous significance in this world. We generally use symbols to portray a reality that cannot be conveyed by words alone. A new symbol has . . .

Realize our calling
Mark West
January 28, 2005

American history is poised on the threshold of an innovative era. However, abandoning this perch is the trying challenge of our time. Past generations rose to . . .

Securing Social Security
Mark West
January 21, 2005

What do you believe to be the greatest threat to Social Security? Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy said that he believes that President George Bush and the . . .

Back to the drawing board
Mark West
January 14, 2005

A couple of years ago my in-laws set out to build their dream home. Cashing in on years of hard work and sacrifice, they embarked on the project of a lifetime. . . .

Unified at home
Mark West
November 21, 2004

"To render us again one people acting as one nation should be the object of every man really a patriot." —Thomas Jefferson Media pundits . . .

Diplomatic incentives
Mark West
November 12, 2004

"'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent Alliances, with any portion of the foreign world." — George Washington Following the 2000 election the nation . . .

It's the morality, stupid!
Mark West
November 6, 2004

Most presidential elections are manipulated by a few central issues that seem apparent to everyone. Taxes, Social Security, Health Care, Terrorism and a litany . . .

When impossible is possible
Mark West
October 30, 2004

After 86 years of waiting, the city of Boston is celebrating as their Red Sox are the champions of Major League Baseball after their World Series sweep of my . . .

Pick 'em up
Mark West
October 24, 2004

Health care prices! We've all got 'em, we all deal with 'em and we all hope insurance will pick 'em up. I paid a surprise visit to our family doctor this week. . . .

Reforming American philosophy
Mark West
October 16, 2004

What do Americans believe in? What drives them in their daily lives? Whether you realize it or not, your life is driven by an underlying philosophy. From the . . .

Truly defending America
Mark West
October 9, 2004

I received an email this week that requested that I deal with some foreign policy and national security issues. This person must have been reading my mind! How . . .

Family friendly culture
Mark West
October 1, 2004

Several years ago, as a young Christian man, driving home from work I saw a man under an overpass holding a sign. On the sign was a plea for compassion. He just . . .

Life: an American value
Mark West
September 25, 2004

Have you ever participated in an "Average Joe" poll? An "Average Joe" poll is one in which you walk a neighborhood or a city block and you just ask people . . .

Is religion free?
Mark West
September 18, 2004

Americans share a common value. We wake up on Sunday mornings with the intention of attending religious services or of staying home. Deciding what to wear, or . . .

Liberty's century
Mark West
September 10, 2004

Defining America's role in this world has been a challenge that our Founding Fathers faced and that we still face today. Thomas Jefferson coined phrases in the . . .

Upgrading the college
Mark West
September 3, 2004

Governor George W. Bush captures 285 electoral votes en route to winning the election. Bush won this landslide victory over Vice-President Al Gore who managed . . .

Theft by representation
Mark West
August 27, 2004

I have run into many zany, partisan arguments for a variety of policies. I encountered one this week that nearly knocked me to the floor. Interestingly, I wasn . . .

The voiceless states
Mark West
August 20, 2004

"I certainly trust the people of Illinois to choose who they want to represent them in the U. S. Senate. That is the very basis of our democracy." Democrat . . .

Election dynamics
Mark West
August 12, 2004

Lingering in the rear view mirror is the Democratic National Convention. As hard as it will be, we must press on toward November when the United States will . . .

Ideology of the Johns
Mark West
August 4, 2004

Vacationing in Branson, Missouri last weekend provided me with enough down time to properly digest what I had witnessed on television last week. Unrestrained . . .

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