Arthur Christopher Schaper

Arthur Christopher Schaper is a teacher-turned-writer on topics both timeless and timely; political, cultural, and eternal. A life-long Southern California resident, Arthur currently lives in Torrance.Twitter -- @ArthurCSchaper

Most Recent Articles by Arthur Christopher Schaper:

West Virginia’s Right To Work Works for All of Us?

Jan 29, 2016 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

A few days ago, the otherwise overlooked state of West Virginia was featured in and National Review. Despite limited—if not token—opposition, the Mountain State will become the 26th Right To Work state.

Rand at the Kiddie Table - Are You Kidding?

Jan 14, 2016 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

US Senator Rand Paul was one of many anti-Establishment insurgents who rose to power in Washington.

Coffee (and Burns) With a California Congressman

Jan 12, 2016 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

In California, conservatives get burned. We fight so hard, and yet the scalding of Big Government getting bigger gets on our nerves. Those are days when you just do not feeling like doing mornings.

Thankfully, January 9th 2016 was not one of the days. Two days prior, I got an email from my fellow conservative activists “We the People Rising”. Freshman Democratic Congressman Peter Aguilar (D-San Bernardino) a small, unimpressive Hispanic version of Barack Obama, was hosting an event.

And a Happy New Year in Huntington Park

Jan 7, 2016 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

In a previous article for Canada Free Press, I reported on the dedicated activism of “We the People Rising” in Huntington Park, particularly for their appointment of two illegal aliens to city commissions. Our relentless demands have so disturbed the city council, they resorted to limiting our time for public comment. They called a last-minute special meeting on December 23rd, with barely twenty-four hours’ notice (and the one honest member receiving no notice). The city clerk then informed me through a Freedom of Information Act request that the regularly scheduled January 5th, 2016 city council meeting would be cancelled.

Despite the cancellation notice from the city website (which actually displayed conflicting information up to January 4th, 2016) We the People Rising arrived, with festive cheer, ready to celebrate the Christmas season and a Happy New Year. In the well-known Christmas Carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, January 5th is the Eleventh Day, and on this day, the True Love gets Eleven Dancers Dancing. For We the People Rising, who expected to attend a regularly scheduled city council meeting on January ¬†5th, we saw elected officials, city leaders, and office staff tap-dancing, sprinting, fleeing left and right, seeking to escape from our demands for justice, for the rule of law, and for leadership in Huntington Park which puts Americans first.

Gowdy Disappoints with Rubio Endorsement

Jan 1, 2016 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

I don’t know if it’s something in the water, or Congressmen lose touch too quickly with their constituents. But I have noticed that so many conservatives in Washington start to lose it on immigration.

Trey Gowdy is the latest to falter.

One conservative activist in California told me that Gowdy was a fraud. When she wanted to talk to him about immigration issues, he literally jumped over a small fence to avoid talking to her.

“Weekend at” Bernie Sanders Pushes Socialized Medicine

Dec 29, 2015 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

“Weekend at” Bernie Sanders is rising on individual donations. He is not taking in the same level of money as Hillary Clinton, but the groundswell of support will make him formidable in the early primary states.

In his last fundraising eblast of the year, Sanders touts single-payer health care as the saving element for the American burdened by rising, exorbitant health care costs.

Sanders’ latest begins with the following tired screed for “health care as a universal right” blah, blah, blah:

A Huntington Park, CA Merry Christmas

Dec 18, 2015 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

Two thousand years ago, the weary world rejoiced. A Savior was born in Bethlehem, and His work endures to this day. Today, on the cusp of a new millennium, no matter how grim our times may stare at us, the world is waking up, crying out for the better to break forth. This holiday season draws men and women away from their daily lives, to busier pursuits: buying gifts, connecting with extended family, talking about gun control (Just kidding. A little holiday jeer!)

For We the People Rising, a growing coalition of concerned California conservatives who fight against illegal immigration and its enablers, the holidays do not interrupt but augment our activism for truth, justice and the American way.

Make America Great Again: Tell Lindsey Graham to Go to Hell

Dec 13, 2015 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

“You know how you make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell.” Lindsey Graham

I am tired of US Senator Lindsey Graham.

He is a total S’more: tough on the outside, but squishy on the inside. He wants to please the powers that be, rather than use his power for good, for the general welfare of the entire country.

Less Facebook, More Face-to-Face Conservatism

Dec 8, 2015 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

For the past five months, I have worked with a citizen activist group called We the People Rising. This coalition of freedom-loving conservatives, fed up with elected officials not doing their job, has put all politicians – Republican, Democrat, or anything else – on alert regarding immigration and enforcement of the rule of law.

Labor Unions Fraying—Liberty Rising

Nov 30, 2015 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

I have never been a big fan of unions. They force individual members to join, then force them to pay the fees for their collective bargaining representation. Then they spend the members’ money on candidates and causes, regardless of the individual members’ support. Granted, such forced cooperation would not be so bad, except that unionism and its precepts are hurting the very people whom they claim to represent. When unions functioned from a position of liberty and service, they succeeded and assisted their working man. Now in collusion with Big Government and Big Business, labor unions are working over their members rather than working for them.

Today, in spite of economic data discouraging this agenda, Big Labor is on the forefront of the open border amnesty lobby. Do these interest groups really think that driving in more cheap, unskilled labor will help the employment opportunities for Americans living here? Big Labor wants forced wage hikes, such as the $15 minimum wage bump in Los Angeles, then the same syndicates spend more resources backpedaling out of the requirements in their own firms. In California, the Unified Food and Commercial Workers colluded with the Grocery Industry in a backroom deal to ban plastic bags statewide. This ridiculous policy does nothing to stop waste, and will end up costing consumers money and put manufacturers out of work.

Rethinking the GOP Push for a Big Tent

Nov 24, 2015 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

There’s a great deal of talk within the Republican Party about expanding the brand as well as building the base. The unsettling criticism unfolds to this one phrase: “We need to have a big tent”.

Boy Scout Politics Won’t Work Anymore

Nov 17, 2015 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

I think one of the great problems we have in the Republican Party is that we don’t encourage you to be nasty. We encourage you to be neat, obedient, loyal and faithful and all those Boy Scout words, which would be great around a campfire but are lousy in politics.—Newt Gingrich

The former Republican Speaker of the House, the first to hold the office in over forty years, was by many metrics no boy scout. Extramarital dalliances ruined his first two marriages. He failed to foster the necessary strong consensus to maintain the House Republican majority after four years in the Speakership. To this day, there are conservative activists and pundits who have no respect for him, and view a self-affirming opportunist out to further his ambitions, whether everyone else agrees or not.

Gutfeld is Wrong: The Right is Right because. . .it’s Right!

Nov 3, 2015 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

In a recent episode of Prager University, Greg Gutfeld advised conservatives to tell liberal agitators why they are conservative:

“I’m a conservative, so that you can be a liberal.”

I had a really hard time taking in what Gutfeld had to say about conservatives and conservatism.

It’s About We the People, Not They the Government

Oct 31, 2015 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

I am not happy about what I am seeing in Washington. Frankly, I believe everyone feels this way. It’s about time that more people felt angry with Washington DC backroom deals, big business bailouts, and big labor cronyism.

Then again, I am not unhappy about being unhappy. Too many people in this country were NOT angry. They were not even paying attention to what was going on, or they turned a blind eye to the big promises and the growing debt which followed. This profligacy is wrong.

Beware Big Business and the Chamber of Commerce

Oct 9, 2015 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

This has been the hardest lesson for me to learn.

I never thought that being pro-business could compromise one’s fight for liberty and limited government. Yet I have learned to accept what Scott Rasmussen argued after the disappointing 2012 President Elections: too many people still see the Republicans Party as pro Big Business.

There is much truth to this assertion. More conservatives must confront this fact, and the forces behind it, then overcome Big Business elements to make sure that their party grows stronger, and enhances the preeminence of the individual, our local governments, and state sovereignty against the federal government.

Politics is a Numbers Game, Which We Can Play

Oct 4, 2015 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

I have heard this truism many times, and indeed it bears repeating:

“Politics is a number’s game.”

Absolutely it is. No matter how strongly I may feel about any piece of legislation, if my political party and their ideology rests in the minority, I cannot plan on getting anything done on my own with my like-minded colleagues.

The GOP Presidential Candidates Must Discuss Divisive Issues

Oct 2, 2015 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

Ann Coulter mocked the eleven Republican Party Presidential candidates in their second debate. All of them lined up and declared that they were pro-gun, pro-life, pro-Israel. I would add that all of them affirmed that they would cut taxes. That is all well and good, but why do Republican candidates seeking the “most conservative” mantle, and then the nomination, keep stumping on these nearly non-issues, which have been all but decided years ago?

Conservatives: Stop Seeking a Presidential Messiah

Sep 28, 2015 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

This year, there are —or rather were – seventeen Republican candidates running for the nomination and then the Presidency. The large majority of them have impressive records, long-standing experience in the government, the military, or the private sector, although not always interlocking at the same time in the same person.

Sadly, Texas Governor Rick Perry already dropped out. He presided over a state with one of the fast economic expansions in the country’s history, more outstanding because this drive emerged despite the economic malaise of President Obama’s abortive policies, from wasted stimulus dollars, to his Environmental Protection Agency overreach, to Obamacare, and its dizzying, byzantine myriad of regulations.

Conservatives are rightly angry with the political establishment.

Sep 11, 2015 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

Free market and limited government advocates were particularly annoyed with Republican President George W. Bush, who expanded government into health care and education in an unprecedented fashion.

“Compassionate conservatism” turned into a face-lift for unchecked government progressivism, all with a warm heart on its sleeve and a deceptive happy face.

WaPo’s George Will: Wrong About Kim Davis

Sep 8, 2015 — Arthur Christopher Schaper

I had so much respect for Washington Post conservative columnist George Will.

Like Charles Krauthammer, he piqued my interest early to the conservative world view, and deepened my appreciation for Founding Father and Constitutional Framer James Madison, the limited government version, and the necessity for constitutional rule in the face of cultural malaise and political meanderings.