Joshua Shumate

Joshua Shumate has 15 articles published.

Joshua Shumate
Joshua is a graduate student majoring in Public Administration at The University of Alabama. He is the Vice President of his campus' chapters of Young Americans for Liberty and Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and he is the campus leader of UA Students for Concealed Carry. In addition to writing for The Liberty Conservative, he is an opinions columnist for the University of Alabama student newspaper, The Crimson White.

The Senate Should Confirm Jeff Sessions

“The ultimate responsibility of the Attorney General and the Department of Justice is to execute the laws passed by this Congress and to follow the Constitution in that process.” Those are the words of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 11th. Sessions was nominated by President Trump to become the nation’s next Attorney General. Last week, after numerous stall tactics by Senate Democrats, Sessions’ nomination advanced out of the Judiciary Committee by a party-line vote. His nomination now goes to a vote by the full Senate, which is scheduled for later this week. On paper, Sessions is one of the most qualified of all of Trump’s cabinet selections, but his nomination has been among the most controversial. Criticism of Sessions stems from accusations of racism (the same accusations that tanked his nomination to become a Federal Judge three decades ago) and fear that his law and order attitude and strict conservative worldview would threaten the legal marijuana industry, roll back progress… Keep Reading


Alabama Trump Supporters Need To Grow Up

I would like to first say that I am not the biggest fan of Alabama Congresswoman Martha Roby. As a constituent, I have issues with her record in Congress. For example, she has a pitiful fiscal voting record and is widely seen as Alabama’s least conservative Republican member of Congress. Roby is also no fan of civil liberties and has spent her career in Congress protecting the surveillance state. These are among the many reasons that the various conservative organization’s scorecards make it clear she is far more moderate than the constituents of her safe Republican district (Roby has a 57% lifetime score from FreedomWorks). However, the recent attacks on Roby from Trump supporting Alabamians has reached a new low of ridiculousness. Trump supporters, led by Roby’s primary challenger Becky Gerritson, are angry that the Congresswoman un-endorsed Trump following the release of the sexually explicit Access Hollywood tape. They are vowing to write-in Gerritson on November 8th. While I certainly would be thrilled to see fair criticism of Roby,… Keep Reading


Pro-Trump Robocalls: Evan McMullin Is Gay

Utah voters have been receiving pro-Trump robocalls from self-described “white nationalist” William Johnson. Johnson was once listed as a California Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention before the state party removed him from consideration. The robocalls have targeted independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin. According to The Daily Beast, the calls will go out to 193,000 Utah landlines and were personally paid for by Johnson. In the call William Johnson makes the claim that McMullin is “is an open borders, amnesty supporter” who “has two mommies.” Johnson goes on to say that “Evan is okay with that. Indeed Evan supports the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage. Evan is over 40 years old and is not married and doesn’t even have a girlfriend. I believe Evan is a closet homosexual.” You can listen to the complete call below. While McMullin does support the Supreme Court ruling, he personally believes that marriage is between a man and a woman. He also denies the claim that he is gay calling it… Keep Reading


OBAMA: Comey Is Not Trying To Influence Election

Just one day after Senate minority leader Harry Reid had the audacity to claim that FBI Director Jim Comey had broken the law by writing a letter to Congress updating them about the Hillary Clinton investigation, the Director is finding an unlikely defender in President Obama. Reid wrote an open letter to Comey on Sunday in which he claimed that the Director “may have broken the law”. Reid was referring to the claim that Comey had violated the Hatch Act, a law that prohibits executive branch officials from engaging in political activity. While Harry Reid is well known to be a political hack who never lets the truth get in the way of winning an election (I don’t have to remind Republicans about the time Reid knowingly lied about Romney not paying taxes), it is nice to see someone on the other side of the aisle not jump on the opportunity to turn everything into a partisan fight. Obama’s take on the issue is undoubtedly the strongest defense of… Keep Reading


Top Clinton Aide Used Personal Email To Discuss Bringing Down Gaddafi

According to documents released by WikiLeaks, top Clinton State Department aide Jake Sullivan used a private email to discuss bringing down the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi with the Secretary. In an email chain to Sullivan, John Podesta, Huma Abden and others, Clinton staffer Nick Merrill quotes what appears to be correspondence between himself and a New York Times reporter in which is he writes the following: many emails jake sent or received from the secretary were from his account. but he did send mrs. clinton an email in april 2012 from his personal account that outlined her leadership in bringing down the qaddafi regime. This appears to be yet another example of a potentially classified conversation being had over unsecured personal email. At the very least this is more evidence that the Clinton State Department had little regard for the rules regarding email use. The email was released during WikiLeaks’ “The Podesta Leaks” campaign. This is the 22nd installment of that campaign. More is expected to be… Keep Reading


Leaked Emails Show That Clinton Technology Was “compromised” In China

According to an email released this morning by Wikileaks, Clinton technology was compromised during a trip to China. This new information is courtesy of an email that Chelsea Clinton, who used the pseudonym Anna James, sent to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta in November of 2011. In the email, Podesta states that his delayed reply was due to being “in China and not accessing this account for security reasons.” Chelsea Clinton (Anna James) replies by saying “[t]hat makes good sense to me. Our technology was all compromised while there.” It is unclear if Hillary Clinton was on the trip or when the hack occurred. However, the server Hillary used for her emails was shared by others in the family and her closest advisers. It could’ve been hacked without her devices being directly compromised. This new evidence adds to the already mounting speculation that Hillary’s use of a unsecured private server to send and receive classified emails has compromised national secrets and potentially harmed national security. The email was released… Keep Reading


Hillary Clinton Demands Transparency; Implies FBI Director Is Trying To Hurt Her Campaign

Yesterday the political world was shaken as FBI Director Jim Comey wrote a letter to Congress declaring that the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server was not over. In his words, “In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of emails that appear to be pertinent to the [Clinton] investigation.” We later learned that that unrelated case was none other than the investigation into disgraced former Democratic Congressman Anthony Wiener’s alleged sexting of a 15 year old girl. While the revelation is certain to shakeup the election, it highlights yet another instance of hypocrisy in this dreadful election. Hillary Clinton is now demanding that Director Comey release the “full and complete facts” regarding the investigation. Thats right, the BleachBitter-in-Chief now wants to make sure the American people know the whole story. It is not enough that she lied to Congress and destroyed thousands of emails to prevent them from going public, Hillary is now attacking the FBI. The same woman who stored classified… Keep Reading


Conservatives Should Embrace Obama’s Commutations

During the last 7 years, I have often criticized President Barack Obama for many actions he has taken that were outside the scope of his authority. He has continually ignored the Constitution and grown the power of the Presidency–something he specifically campaigned against. The President has carried out a foreign policy that has left us less safe and has killed thousands of innocent civilians. He has overseen the growth of the regulatory state and continues to promote economic policies that would kill small businesses and leave our nation less prosperous. It is fair to say that President Obama has earned a lot of criticism that he has received from conservatives, but occasionally he does something that should be praised–this past week was one of those occasions. Last Wednesday, The White House announced that President Obama was commuting the sentences of 214 federal offenders. The vast majority of those receiving commutations were non-violent drug offenders. The announcement marked the 562nd commutation granted by this President, and set a record for… Keep Reading


The Trump Campaign Truly Is a Dumpster Fire

Last summer, Donald Trump started his campaign with a bang. Viewed then as a loony outsider, Trump burst on to the scene when voters took to his signature brash tone and “tell it like it is” populist message. Whether it be calling Mexican immigrants rapists, championing a ban on Muslims entering the US, or his naive insistence that Mexico will pay for a border wall–Trump did what he had to do to get the attention and support needed to take his fringe campaign mainstream. Last month, the campaign reached new heights when Trump accepted the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Against all odds, Donald Trump’s primary strategy worked. He single-handedly dismantled one of the deepest benches in recent memory to become the GOP nominee. It’s truly an awe-inspiring accomplishment. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that the same tactics Trump used to win the nomination will cost him the presidency. This is certainly not something his supporters want to hear, and I seriously doubt they will… Keep Reading


You Probably Don’t Understand Gary Johnson’s Position On Abortion

Throughout his campaign for President of the United States, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson has been attacked by the right for being pro-choice. Many see Johnson as no better than Hillary Clinton on the issue of abortion. After all, Johnson says in nearly every interview that being libertarian means supporting a woman’s right to choose. However, a more in-depth analysis of his public statements about abortion both during this campaign and in the past make it fairly clear that those who dismiss Johnson with a pro-choice rubber stamp simply don’t understand his stance. First off, Johnson has made it clear that he supports state bans on late-term abortions. According to his campaign website, he also supports parental notification and counseling requirements. Johnson claims to be personally pro-life and morally opposed to abortion, although he believes the state should not ban the procedure until after the fetus is viable outside of the womb. While he has not stated as much this election cycle, presumably as a part of his strategy… Keep Reading


In Addition To His Sick Beats–did Dr. Marc Allan Feldman Leave Us With a Practical Solution To Social Security?

It has been almost three weeks since former Libertarian Party presidential candidate Marc Allan Feldman passed away. Feldman, an anesthesiologist from Cleveland, was a beloved Party activist who finished 5th in the presidential primary voting at the Libertarian Party convention in May. Among his many accomplishments in both his professional life, as well as in the Libertarian Party, Dr. Feldman is remembered for the closing statement–which is really more of a rap–he delivered during the convention’s presidential debate. However, one part of Feldman’s debate performance especially stood out to me, and it was not the rap. While responding to a question about social security, Dr. Feldman put forth one of the most practical and ingenious solutions to the social security problem that I have ever heard. As you are likely aware, the social security system is going bankrupt. The program is a huge portion of the federal budget and it is only growing. After years of squandering the payments of baby boomers, the government can’t afford the entitlement program… Keep Reading


You Can Be In Favor Of Policing Reform Without Being Anti-police

The past week has been tough for those of us who support law enforcement, but are also in favor of policing reform. Early Tuesday morning, video emerged of an incident in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in which a black man named Alton Sterling was killed during an altercation with police. Sterling was armed, but many believe the shooting–which took place at point-blank range while the officers were attempting to arrest Sterling for selling CDs–was excessive force, considering the videos did not show that Sterling reaching for the weapon. Following the shooting in Baton Rouge, video went viral of the aftermath of a police involved shooting in St. Paul, Minnesota. The shooting involved a man named Philando Castile who was carrying a concealed weapon–something he had a license to do–and was shot while sitting in his vehicle during a traffic stop that originated over a broken taillight. Castle’s girlfriend, whose Facebook livestream of the moments following the shooting went viral, claims that Philando told officers he was carrying the weapon and… Keep Reading


The Abortion Decision And The Right To Bear Arms

This Monday, the US Supreme Court struck down several Texas laws that regulated how abortion is provided in the lone star state. The 5-3 decision is undoubtedly the most significant abortion ruling from the high Court since the 1992 case Casey v. Planned Parenthood where it clarified the Roe v Wade decision. The Court decided that Texas laws that were aimed at making abortion safer were an undue burden on women exercising their constitutional right to the procedure. The laws included requirements that doctors have hospital admitting privileges which proponents claimed would make abortion clinics be subject to the same rules and regulations as outpatient surgery centers. Without wading too far into the details of the case or the future of abortion in America, I want to discuss part of the opinion that no one is talking about. Justice Breyer’s opinion reads like not just a rebuke of abortion regulations, but also as a repudiation of government regulatory schemes altogether. On page 27 of Breyer’s opinion, he discusses the… Keep Reading


Rand Paul’s Former Chief Of Staff Exposes Liberal Hypocrisy On Gun Control

Late yesterday afternoon, the Senate voted on 4 separate gun related amendments to the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act. The four amendments, two sponsored by Republicans and two sponsored by Democrats, were each voted down largely along party lines. The legislation followed a week that started with a shooting in Orlando, Florida that left 50 people dead and more than 50 injured and ended with a 15-hour filibuster by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) during which he preached “common sense gun reform”. Murphy’s amendments, which were proposed along with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), would prevent anyone on the “terror watch list” or the “no-fly list” from buying a gun and would expand background checks to all private firearms sales. The current use of these secret FBI lists already violates due process, but their use to limit a constitutional right would mark an unprecedented shredding of the 5th Amendment. Despite the claims of the gun grabbing duo, their “common sense” solutions would result in gross violations of our constitutional rights… Keep Reading


Congress Should Be Ashamed Of Itself

Most Americans who have taken a civics course are aware that the Constitution, in Article 1 Section 8, grants the legislative branch the authority to declare war. However, it appears that our country’s lawmakers have either forgotten this or are instead choosing to pass the buck on to President Obama to avoid their Constitutional obligation to declare war on ISIL. Last Thursday’s vote in the House of Representatives on a bipartisan amendment offered to the 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill is yet another example of this dereliction of duty by Congress. House Armed Services Committee member Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) authored an amendment to the appropriations bill that will cut off funding for the war against ISIL unless the Congress passes a new Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) by April 30, 2017. At the heart of the issue is the question of whether or not the AUMF passed in 2001 gives President Obama the authority to fight a war against ISIL in 2016. While… Keep Reading

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