Rise to the Moment of Truth Saturday, April 1, 2023


Phil Williams: One billion dollars — like scoot through a goose

A billion extra dollars laying around should always be a serious and well-informed debate. But last week that billion dollars blew out the backside of Alabama’s statehouse like scoot through a goose.

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Despite 'yes' vote, State Sen. Gudger admits problems with special session $1 billion ARPA bill process

It is all done now, but in the span of a week and a half, or five legislative days, the Alabama Legislature spent more than $1 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds.

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Phil Williams: The courage of your convictions

People will respond to a leader who says, with the courage of his convictions, “I see a better way! Follow me!”

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Phil Williams: Common sense politics

Governance is not rocket science and need not take an Ivy League doctorate in public administration. Governance can be good ol’ common sense, which unfortunately is all too uncommon.

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‘Like a bad preacher’: ACLL’s Matt Clark explains why Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan will likely be blocked by SCOTUS

Following oral arguments in Biden v. Nebraska before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) this week, an Alabama attorney said it isn’t looking good for the Biden administration when it comes to allowing student loan forgiveness.

Phil Williams: Something remarkable is happening

Type the words “Asbury Revival” into any search engine and you will find videos, news reports, book listings, articles, personal stories, and photographs from the last week. But you will also get plenty of search results from February 1970.

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Phil Williams: Fightin' words

Tell young red-blooded Americans you will make them warriors, in the spirit of those before them who stormed the beaches, rained from the skies, and defended that which we hold dear, and they will beat a path to the recruiters.

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Phil Williams: For our kids

Conservatives want our children to be educated. Liberal progressives just want our children.

Phil Williams: It seemed like a good idea at the time

History is replete with ridiculously bad decisions that cost someone, or some company, countless opportunities and boundless riches. The COVID vaccine is shaping up to be one of them.

Phil Williams: The dehumanization of turning Mawmaw into fertilizer

What we do with living, breathing, soul-filled humans—or their remains once they’ve passed—should never be based solely on questions of cultural convenience, finances, logistics or selfish emotion.

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Phil Williams: Debating the debate in Congress

It would be far more concerning if there had been no debate in Congress this past week. What we saw was healthy. It was truly democracy in action.

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Phil Williams: Where merit goes to die

DEI is where merit goes to die, where failure becomes an acceptable norm, and success becomes a crime. We must return to being a merit-based society.

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Phil Williams: Spend it like you've got it

We’ve all had times when we had to rob Peter to pay Paul. By that, I mean that I’m sure that most folks have had those days when paying one bill meant not paying another.

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Phil Williams: Twitter tips the scales

Twitter tipped the info scales and just like a pair of cheating fishermen the crowd has now seen them for what they are.

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1819 News Reporter Craig Monger talks woke educators on Rightside Radio

Listen to 1819 News Reporter Craig Monger on Rightside Radio with Phil Williams as they discuss a drag queen educator, "covertly and strategically" placing materials in his classroom to influence his students, and using insulting language about their parents.

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Phil Williams: Putting Alabama's top-heavy government back on an even keel

Ronald Reagan once said that “a government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.”

Education budget chair State Sen. Orr says tax rebate, cut both under consideration

Lawmakers are grappling with what to do with a $2.7 billion education budget surplus with the 2023 legislative session around the corner.

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Phil Williams: Always remember to never forget

We preserve who we are as a people by putting all of our past sacrifices, victories, and achievements into perspective.

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Phil Williams: It's all in the details

Some folks say, “the devil’s in the details." Not me. I believe that God is in the details. Details are what make the big picture come together. Details are what make bad get better and good become great. That sounds like a Godlier approach in my view. 

Speaker-designate Ledbetter: 'Serious' gaming bill unlikely in 2023

According to House Speaker-designate Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville), you might want to think twice about betting on the passage of a gaming bill this upcoming legislative session.

Phil Williams: 'Sweetie and the Sergeant Major'

Have you ever witnessed one of those moments when someone gets pushed a little too far? Or maybe you have experienced that straw-breaking-the-camel's back scenario yourself.

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Phil Williams: Chasing trash into a minefield

Let’s not forget that in some places in this world, there are folks who will chase a box of ladies' shoes out into a minefield. There are those who will be glad to have our trash. 

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Phil Williams: Voters are heroes

There is much at stake, but there are heroes still among us — ordinary folks who vote, and indeed every vote counts.

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Phil Williams: We must never, ever forget

If we don’t take the steps necessary to ensure that our nation's greatness and the sacrifices of our founders are accurately remembered, then we will one day be like the burning forgotten cemetery lost in the middle of the woods, and “nobody knew it was there."

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Phil Williams: No such thing as a free lunch

Legally, ethically, mentally and morally, the Biden student loan bailout is a bad idea fraught with negative second and third-order effects. It cannot go forward, and all necessary action should be taken to stop it.

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Phil Williams: Show me the money!

Is it possible that the elected leadership in Montgomery believes that we don’t have enough revenue? Not at all. The numbers don’t lie, and Alabama has more cash on hand than we’ve ever had.

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1819 News CEO Bryan Dawson talks drag queens on Rightside Radio

Listen to 1819 News CEO Bryan Dawson on Rightside Radio with Phil Williams as they discuss the drag queen middle school teacher in Huntsville, how that behavior is inappropriate because it attempts to sexualize children, and how school administrators need to have the courage to confront such behavior as inappropriate for children to view.

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