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John Sulzer
John Sulzer is a senior contributor at The Liberty Conservative. John has been writing on politics, culture, and public policy since 2015 from a conservative perspective. His work can also be found at the Ludwig von Mises Institute and Western Free Press.

Roy Blunt Is Right To Investigate Russian Ties

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On Monday night, General Michael Flynn formally stepped down from his position as National Security Advisor for the Trump administration. One Republican called for a further investigation, and should not be castigated. Michael Flynn had been under fire for weeks from outlets like the Washington Post for speaking to Russia about sanctions before President Donald Trump was inaugurated and lying about it. He issued a letter of resignation and Trump accepted Monday. The reason given for the resignation was that Flynn had given “incomplete information” to Vice President Mike Pence. Not knowing the extent of Flynn’s contact with Russia caused Pence to present ‘alternative facts’ to the media. One Republican, Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, has called for an ‘exhaustive’ investigation into ties between the Trump administration and Russia. Blunt, chair of the Senate Select Intelligence Committe, has concerns about unanswered questions about Flynn’s post-election communications. Whether this investigation will be separate from or included in the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has yet to…

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Celebs Bash Trump At Grammys, Ruin Entertainment

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At the annual Grammy Awards ceremony Sunday night, things got political before the event even started. Singer Joy Villa entered the venue wearing a red and blue dress with ‘Make America Great Again’ emblazoned on the front and ‘Trump’ on the back. Every leftist in attendance simultaneously decided that entertainment and politics really shouldn’t mix. Soon after, the Left decided that using entertainment to ‘speak out’ was a good idea again as Grammy host and actor James Corden opened the show by telling the audience, “We can survive by sticking together.” Beyoncé followed up the Trump bashing by saying, “Our voices are needed more than ever.” Singer Katy Perry showed up wearing a ‘resist’ armband.

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The Conservative Case Against Right To Work

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On Thursday, the Missouri State Legislature passed right to work legislation, sending it to the desk of Governor Eric Greitens. Should Greitens sign the bill, Missouri would become the 28th right to work state. Right to work laws are becoming more and more popular among conservatives and have spread to many new states in recent years. However, the effect of right to work on the freedom of business owners is not usually considered. Right to work laws allow employees to opt-out of paying union dues or being a member of a union as a condition of employment at a given firm. For public sector workers, right to work is a must. Postal unions, teachers unions, and other public sector unions have been financing Democrats for years. Between 2012 and 2014, unions donated over $400 million to left-wing causes. After union-backed politicians get into office, they often appoint union leaders as those who negotiate with the unions, leading to inflated wages for government workers and inflated taxes for the rest…

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How Reagan Handled Out Of Control Berkeley Hippies

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On Wednesday, Alt-Right provocateur Milo Yiannopolous held an event at the University of California at Berkeley. It was taken over by violent protesters who used pepper spray and metal poles to assault Trump supporters and those who came to hear Milo. Demonstrations and violence against those engaging in free speech are becoming more and more common at campuses across the U.S. as leftists continue to shut down speakers that they don’t agree with. Regardless of whether or not we agree with Milo or any of the things that he was speaking about on campus, shutting him down is not appropriate. The best strategy for combating rhetoric that is problematic is simply to debunk it using facts, statistics, and empirical evidence rather than shutting down the person who is speaking or attacking the messenger ad-hominem. What was even more stunning than the deplorable behavior of the rioters was the lack of any law enforcement presence. Rioters hurt people, started fires, looted, and vandalized buildings with impunity. Security was nowhere to…

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Trump Vows To Expedite FDA Approvals

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President Trump met Tuesday with the heads of several pharmaceutical companies at the White House. During the Oval Office meeting, Trump discussed bringing more pharmaceutical jobs back to the U.S. and making drugs more affordable. He urged the drug companies, which included Johnson and Johnson, to bring more jobs back to America, saying, “So you have to get your companies back here. We have to make products…” “We have no choice,” he added in typical Trumpian fashion. He called on the execs to lower drug prices, which are exorbitant, saying, “We have to get prices way down.” Trump’s first point was similar to what was discussed in his CEO meeting last week.

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Boy Scouts Go Nuts, They’re Now Allowing Girls

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Boy Scouts of America finally fell to the social justice warriors Monday night when it announced that it would welcome transgender ‘boys’ to the program. Unlike the social justice-savvy Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts have been long afflicted by the champions of so-called social justice. Their insistence on religious and traditional values has been challenged over and over. Despite winning every lawsuit in court, the BSA eventually capitulated to their demands. For years, the BSA held that openly homosexual individuals wouldn’t be allowed to join. In 2013, after tremendous controversy and criticism from both the Right and the Left, the BSA finally announced that it would accept openly homosexual boys into Boy Scouts of America while retaining the ban on gay adults. Finally, in 2015, the BSA decided to allow gay adult leaders.

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Trump Blamed For Canadian Mosque Attack

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On Sunday, a white supremacist entered the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre and opened fire on a group of Muslims engaged in evening prayers. This comes just days after President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order restricting immigration from several middle-eastern, Muslim countries. In the shooting, which occurred Sunday night, five people were killed and more were wounded. Just like the Charleston church shooting, the perpetrator of which I will not mention by name, this heinous crime was motivated by bigotry, plain and simple. The Charleston shooter shot and killed nine black churchgoers inside Emanuel AME church in 2015. His attack raised criticism of the Confederate flag, as he was seen on social media posing next to it with firearms. It’s worth mentioning, however, that the shooter didn’t have same affinity for old glory. Pictures surfaced showing him spitting on and burning the American flag. The first line of attack by the left in any shooting scenario is simple. Go after the guns. Unfortunately, this shooting occurred in…

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The War On Drones

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The proliferation of drone technology has taken the world by storm. Quadcopters that cost many thousands of dollars just years ago are now available to hobbyists, commercial operators, and photographers for just a few hundred dollars. This new technology has also fostered several regulatory challenges. Known as Unmanned Aerial Systems, quadcopters, or simply drones, they are similar to remote control helicopters and planes. However, unlike RC aircraft, many of these drones are able to be flown out of the box without training or practice and are generally equipped with HD video and still photo cameras attached.

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Media Silent While Millions March For Life

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Media bias is on full display as huge crowds of pro-lifers gather in Washington D.C. for the March for Life against abortion, which has been receiving, unsurprisingly, little to no media coverage. On Friday, during the 44th annual March For Life, pro-life activists filled the national mall in Washington D.C. to March in solidarity with the unborn victims of abortion. Taking place on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision creating the ‘right’ to an abortion, the March for Life is the largest annual demonstration in Washington.

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Get Ready, The Wall Is Coming

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order allowing a wall to be built along America’s southern border. In addition, he banned “catch-and-release” of illegal aliens and took steps to limit sanctuary cities. In a Wednesday interview with ABC news, Trump promised that “construction of the border wall will begin in months.” He also affirmed the fact that Mexico will pay for the wall. He claimed that U.S. taxpayers will front the cost, being reimbursed by Mexico later on, saying: “I’m telling you that there will be a payment. It will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form.”

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The Real Bitter Clingers

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Every Republican remembers that memorable day in April of 2008 when President Obama infamously said the following at a San Francisco fundraiser to his champagne socialist donors: “It’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” Obama, almost nine years ago, had to explain why folks chose to stick to their traditional roots rather than embrace the progressive revolution. And he did so by explaining that they were racists and rubes, too foolish and stuck in their ways to see the light. As a way to explain why some folks wouldn’t vote for him, Obama insulted millions of Americans. He explained that when the jobs left Pennsylvania and other blue collar manufacturing states, it made folks xenophobic.

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Free Markets At Home The Cure To Outsourcing Abroad

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Fixing the outsourcing epidemic requires looking to treat the cause, not the symptom. The case for free trade is simple. Businesses should be able to locate where they want and import what they want. International free market activity is fundamentally parallel to that which occurs within U.S. borders. Thus, when everyone is doing what they are most efficient at, all benefit. For example, Floridians may be efficient at producing produce while Missourians may be most efficient raising livestock. Kansans may be best at growing crops while Pennsylvanians may be best at making steel. The same holds true internationally. The U.S. may be the best at developing technology while Korea may be the best at producing said technology. Canada may be a great exporter of maple syrup while Mexico may be great at producing boats.

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President Meets With CEOs. Here’s The Problem…

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“They’re going to have to pay a border tax — a substantial border tax,” President Trump pledged Monday morning during a White House meeting with twelve CEOs including the heads of Dow Chemical, Proctor and Gamble, and Ford. He went on to thinly veil threats against the businessmen, saying, “All you have to do is stay. Don’t leave. Don’t fire your people in the United States.” The President also discussed a 75% regulation cut and tax cuts for both the middle class and for corporations and a ‘big border tax.’ This is troubling for several salient reasons. Primarily, the public image of President Trump holding White House meetings with businessmen just doesn’t wash. This meeting, at least, was open to the media, however, previous meetings with high-level executives have not been. What was discussed during these back-room meetings? We don’t know. Did the president offer incentives or threats? We don’t know.

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Why Does The Left Riot? Because They Don’t Work!

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On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Washington D.C. to express their disdain for the live incarnation of sexism, President Donald J. Trump himself, and the misogynist patriarchy during the Women’s March on Washington. Throughout the 2016 election cycle, massive and unprecedented rioting and protesting has taken place at Trump rallies, after election night, and again during and after the inauguration. What brings the left out in force to riot? And why weren’t Republicans doing the same thing to President Obama, Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton? Rioting became out of control during several Trump rallies this past year, the most notable being the March 11th, 2016 rally at The University of Illinois in Chicago. Trump was forced to cancel the event after agitators violently clashed with Trump supporters inside and outside the venue. I attended another Trump event days later. Astroturfed protesters showed up in force carrying Mexican, and ironically, Soviet flags. As I said at the time, they were the worst behaved people…

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Why The Left Hates Guns

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The Left has declared an all-out war on firearms because of the American independence and individualism they represent. Hillary Clinton, the most anti-gun presidential candidate in recent memory, proposed a bevy of gun-control measures aimed at disarming as many Americans as possible. First she championed a ban on ‘assault weapons’, then a ban on ‘high capacity’ magazines, and finally promoted the asininity of holding gun manufacturers responsible for gun homicides.

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Taxation, Regulation: Not Reasons To Legalize Pot

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In the marijuana legalization debate, two talking points are often utilized: taxation and regulation. These are good arguments from a liberal perspective, but quite problematic in a conservative or libertarian context. The basis for justifying the legalization of marijuana is simple. Consenting adults should be allowed to choose what to put in their bodies, whether or not it’s harmful, so long as there are no externalities. This is the only legitimate and principled basis for legalization.

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The Solution To Firearmphobia: Education

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On a variety of issues ranging from same-sex marriage to transgenderism to Islam, the Left has called for a more informed and accepting public. On one issue, however, it seems to benefit them to keep the public in the dark: firearms and the second amendment. Passing modern gun-control schemes such as an ‘assault weapons’ ban and a ban on ‘high capacity’ magazines intrinsically requires an ignorant public. The reason why so many folks are anti-gun is simply because a large swath of the general population doesn’t really know all that much about guns. With only about 1/3 of Americans owning a firearm, the rest don’t have much of a reason to learn about guns, much less the laws surrounding them.

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Is Buying American Really Being American?

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On Monday night, “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe joined Tucker Carlson on Fox News to discuss Ford’s and Chrysler’s respective plans to reinvest in U.S. manufacturing. Rowe, who is a proponent of technical and skilled jobs, told Carlson, “Get a skill that’s in demand, that’s really in demand, that can’t be outsourced. Plumbers, steamfitters, pipefitters, carpenters, mechanics, those men and women right now … can pretty much write their own ticket”. Rowe is right about skilled jobs. According to the Manhattan Institute, there are around a half-million U.S. skilled jobs that aren’t being filled. Millennials are spending their time in the college safe spaces instead of doing the ‘dirty jobs’ which can pay well. However, when Rowe talked about making things in the U.S. he got it wrong. “There’s just something … larger at work here,” Rowe said. “It has to do with our identity, it has to do with what it feels like when we’re actually making things as a country.” This ‘be American, buy American’ attitude has…

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Celebs “Speaking Out” Will Destroy Their Ratings

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Meryl Streep took to the stage at the Golden Globes Award ceremony Sunday night to slam President-elect Donald Trump for his mocking a disabled reporter back in the fall of 2015. Trump predictively logged on Twitter later that night and called Streep an, “over-rated Hillary flunky.” This comes after top Hollywood celebs produced a plethora of pro-Clinton propaganda and called Trump out explicitly on stage plenty of times. Celebrities aren’t just hurting Democrats by politicizing entertainment—they are diminishing themselves. Celebrities making political statements is nothing new. In fact, President Ronald Reagan was an active promoter of conservative and free-market principles during his stint as spokesman for General Electric and president of the Screen Actors Guild. According to Thomas Sowell, however, Reagan had intently studied the issues before making any political statements.

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Top Dems Denounce Alleged Bigot Bannon, Endorse Proven Bigot Ellison

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When President-elect Donald J. Trump appointed Stephen Bannon, alleged anti-Semite, as White House chief strategist, Democrats and some Republicans were outraged. Now, those very same Democrats are voicing support for Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), verifiable anti-Semite, to become DNC Chair. In November, Bannon was selected to fill the role of White House chief strategist and senior counselor to Trump. Bannon previously served as a Naval officer, investment banker for Goldman Sachs, and movie producer before becoming head of Breitbart News, a self-declared ‘platform for the alt-right’, in 2012. Under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart has actively promoted Trump and published several allegedly racist and anti-Semitic stories. In August, Bannon left Breitbart to join the Trump campaign as its CEO. The Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center have condemned Bannon’s selection because of his perceived bigotry and anti-semitism. Though these left-leaning groups castigated Bannon, the Zionist Organization of America as well as former Breitbart Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro, an Orthodox Jew, came to his defense against the claims of anti-semitism. Shapiro,…

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Disagree? No, You’re Just An Ignoramus.

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The Left’s totalitarian ideology doesn’t lend much credence to diversity of thought, viewpoint, or opinion. While leftists on college campuses are gunning for diversity of skin color and ethnicity, they decry opposing views as physically harmful. Both students and faculty retreat to the cocoon of so-called ‘safe spaces’ to shield themselves from the scourge of dissent. What’s more, those with minority opinions can’t just disagree with the Left. They clearly must be liars or deniers. From the lack of free speech on college campuses to the media condemning ‘fake news’, there is no room for opposition to the leftist narrative. Those who oppose gun-control are indicted as ignorant, bigoted, and bitter gun-clingers. Anyone who questions ‘progressive solutions’ to the ‘catastrophe’ of climate change is labeled a denier of science. Those who contest the morality of a social welfare state are called racist liars. In fact, any individual who dares object to the Left’s narratives is not simply incorrect. They don’t just disagree. They are purposely rejecting reality or maliciously…

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SPLC: Dallas Ambush, Orlando Shooting “Right Wing Terror”

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The highly politicized Southern Poverty Law Center keeps a list of “Terror From the Right” attacks. SPLC describes the list as a “detailed listing of major terrorist plots and racist rampages that have emerged from the American radical right.” Included on that list are Dallas police shooter Micah Xavier Johnson and Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen. Mateen, a security officer from Florida, opened fire inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL. He killed fifty individuals, including himself, and left scores more injured. Rumored to be a gay former patron of Pulse, Mateen called 911 during the attack, making references to Allah and pledging allegiance to ISIS. It was the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11 and the most lethal mass-shooting in our history. Then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump responded to the attack by delivering a scathing speech, one of his best ever, in which he denounced radical Islam as “anti-woman, anti-gay, and anti-American.” Indeed, many on the right shared in his harsh criticism of radical Islam’s…

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Trump’s Deal Cutting Just Won’t Cut It

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Last week, President-elect Donald J. Trump and his administration reached a deal with United Technologies, holding company of the air conditioner and appliance manufacturer Carrier, to keep around 1,000 jobs in the United States. Trump has promised on the campaign trail that he would keep those jobs on US soil since Carrier first announced that they would move their manufacturing from Indiana to Mexico in February. Outlets from Breitbart to The Young Turks have praised the deal. What a great power move! Trump isn’t even in office yet, and he’s already closing deals. But what if Trump’s latest deal is filling the swamp rather than draining it? Carrier’s decision was purportedly based on tax breaks promised by Indiana Governor and Vice President-elect Mike Pence in conjunction with Trump’s planned pro-business policies. There’s an issue with that narrative, however. The total in tax breaks is $7 million. The cost to keep those jobs in the States: $65 million. The incentives were offered months ago and subsequently declined by Carrier, so it’s…

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Transportation Secretary Pick: Elaine Chao

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On Tuesday, Elaine Chao was chosen to serve as the Transportation Secretary under President-elect Donald J. Trump. Chao has previously served as the Secretary of Labor for the administration of George W. Bush and is married to Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). A formal announcement of the pick is expected in the afternoon. This is a good pick for several reasons. Primarily, Chao is the first Asian-American woman in American history to serve in a cabinet position. Her family moved from China to Taiwan, where she was born, to escape the communist regime. She immigrated at age eight to the United States. This pick may help to curb media concerns that Trump is filling up his cabinet extensively with white men. Along with Dr. Ben Carson and Gov. Nikki Haley, Chao will diversify Trump’s cabinet. Also, Trump plans to spend $1 billion on infrastructure as a major priority once he is inaugurated. Chao would be intensively involved in any transportation infrastructure improvements during the stimulus. Her husband, Senator McConnell, would…

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Trump’s HHS Pick: Obamacare Critic Tom Price

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On Tuesday morning, Tea Party conservative Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) was officially chosen as Secretary of Health and Human Services for the administration of President-elect Donald J. Trump. Trump announced, “Chairman Price, a renowned physician, has earned a reputation for being a tireless problem solver and the go-to expert on healthcare policy, making him the ideal choice to serve in this capacity.” This pick reflects Trump’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, as Price has been a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act and the Obama administration generally. On Obamacare, Price said, “While President Obama and Democrats have the audacity to tout Obamacare’s ‘success,’ the cold hard facts and figures prove the opposite is true.” In The House of Representatives, Price sponsored the Empowering Patients First Act, a potential replacement for Obamacare. The EPFA creates and expands tax credits for purchasing health insurance and permits interstate health insurance markets. This pick may quell some of the Republican concerns that Trump will not make repealing and replacing Obamacare a…

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Mr. Trump, Don’t Let Obama And Clinton Off

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After the contentious and bruising 2000 election and it’s aftermath, President Bush refused to go after President Clinton for his misdeeds while president. From Chinagate to Travelgate to using the IRS to target their political opponents, the Clinton crime family needed to be investigated more fully. Our next president must go after the corruption and misconduct of the Obama administration in order not to repeat the mistakes of the past. Last week, President-elect Donald J. Trump revealed that he would not pursue legal action against his former opponent Hillary Clinton for her private email server scandal and the Clinton Foundation scandal. Trump promised, in the presidential debates, to appoint a special prosecutor to look into Clinton’s misconduct were he elected President. On Tuesday, in an interview with the New York Times, President-elect Trump responded to a question about what he would do about investigating Hillary Clinton by saying,”It’s just not something I feel very strongly about.” He added, “I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t…She went through…

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The Media Who Cried Wolf

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The reaction to President-elect Donald J. Trump’s tweets about the Broadway show “Hamilton” has been priceless. Hollywood stars and the media are treating Trump’s tweets, which chastise the musical’s actors for lecturing Vice President-elect Mike Pence about diversity while he was attending the show, like watergate 2.0. When the media goes nuts over a tweet and cry wolf, they risk desensitizing Americans to real scandal. Everyone knows the story about the boy who cried wolf. As the story goes, a boy was watching his herd of sheep outside his village when, desperate for attention, he cried, “wolf, wolf!”, and the townspeople came to his aid. Upon realizing that there was no wolf, they went back to their business. When the boy again cried wolf, the villagers rushed back up to the pasture, and again seeing no wolf in sight, headed back down to the village, shaking their heads. The next day, the boy spotted a wolf stalking his flock. He summoned the townspeople by yelling, “wolf, wolf!” No one…

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