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John Sulzer

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John Sulzer
John Sulzer is a student and a 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 Misses Institute and Western Free Press.

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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