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Lionel Trilling: Cold War Prophet

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Depending who wants to claim as one of their own, literary critic Lionel Trilling has been called a conservative, a neoconservative (a direction we are assured by neocons of where he was headed before his death in 1975), and a liberal anti-communist. One thing missed in this game of ideological scrabble is how much of a Cold War prophet Trilling was in point of fact. This is evidenced by his one and only novel, The Middle of the Journey, now seventy years old. When it debuted in 1947, the novel came and went, garnering praise only in England. And so it might have remained, were it not for the fact that, one year later, the Alger Hiss case came to dominate the nation’s headlines.

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Trump Doubles Down On Regulatory Reform

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On Friday, the media was clamoring about President Trump’s unfair treatment of them. However, this was not the important news story of the day. The important story was Donald Trump’s unprecedented step towards fulfilling his campaign promise of reducing the regulatory burden in this country. Trump Signs Executive Order to Enforce His Regulatory Reform Agenda On January 30, 2017, Trump signed an executive order dealing with regulatory reform. This executive order required federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new regulation that is introduced. On February 24, 2017, Trump doubled down with a new executive order that created a regulatory reform task force within each federal agency.

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Back To Reality

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While campaigning, two of President Trump’s promises were to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and bomb the living hell out of ISIS. Promises made based on failed healthcare policies and the Obama Administration’s sad efforts toward ridding the world of Islamic terrorists. Trump also vowed to overturn many policies and programs former President Barack Obama instituted during his eight-year reign. Recently, Trump crossed off another one from his long list, overturning the short-lived specialized guidelines for the transgender community. With all the changes taking place, it seems like a modern-day remake of “Back to the Future”. Not the first movie, the second installment of the trilogy. If you haven’t seen it, the main characters, Marty and Doc, travel 30 years into the future to help Marty’s future son from making a poor life-altering decision. While occupied, their nemesis Biff steals the time traveling DeLorean, takes it back to 1955, meets up with his younger self and alters the future with – as you can likely guess – disastrous…

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The Deep State Attempts a Coup

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Hitler’s 1923 coup attempt, best known as the Beer Hall Putsch, was only a nominal failure. The immediate result was his arrest, trial, and conviction, though his sentence was barely carried out. The long-term effect was to inspire in him the belief that power is best achieved through engagement with the ruling regime and existing democratic apparatus. Ten years later, his goal was accomplished by way of his legitimate but coercive ascendancy to the Chancellorship and the implementation of the Enabling Act. World War II put an end to his ambitions but Hitler’s prowess in actualizing his aspirations within the machinations of the state remains a blueprint for tyranny to this day. Things have changed since then of course, but often only aesthetically and in the arrangement of events; the deep state actors of America’s shadow government have perfected the Fuhrer’s sinister model without the pomp and circumstance and rituals of democratic processes. The faceless spooks of the intelligence community, the unelected career bureaucrats of various departments, and the…

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The Right To Kill Your Equal

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We all enter the world through a woman and (spoiler alert) everyone dies. Regardless of how you exit this world (natural causes or freak accident), no human being is immortal. We’re all here today and gone tomorrow. Aside from various man-created hierarchies, are there any universal categories to determine who’s greatest among us? Is someone’s significance based on: • What family they’re from? • Their level of attractiveness? • What their occupation is? • How financially stable they are? All these categories are based on one person’s opinion over another’s. Humans are notorious for judging one another based on this set of criteria.

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Islam, Not Trump, Is The Elephant In The Room, Threatening Jewish Survival

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As a Jew on the libertarian Right, I am sickened by the compulsion of some American Jews to force President Donald Trump to convulse over Jewish angst. The Anti-Defamation League and other largely self-anointed representatives of Jewish interests are kvetching, accusing the President of not making it abundantly clear that he will not tolerate violence against Jews. #AnswerTheQuestion is the dramatic, petulant hashtag these nudniks have tweeted out. Apparently, President Trump must spell out, tweet out, and beat on the breast at every opportunity to showcase his abhorrence for the specter of Jewish community centers, cemeteries, businesses, and places of worship being vandalized.

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The Cannabis Market Is Still Very Much Open For Business Under President Trump

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When former Sen. Jeff Sessions was announced as Trump’s pick for Attorney General, many leftists and even some libertarians cried foul. This would be the end of marijuana legalization, they claimed! Others claimed that he was the big bad racist boogeyman who loved the Klan. The histrionics were almost unbearable. Nevertheless, their whining and their crying did woefully little to stop the confirmation of Sessions. After he was confirmed, news reports have circulated indicating that the Attorney General under Trump will be focused on taking out serious drug cartels while leaving the recreational marijuana industry relatively unscathed. The U.S. News reports:

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Judd Apatow Compares Election Of Donald Trump To Getting Raped

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It’s no big secret that Hollywood is dominantly liberal. When it was clear that President Donald Trump was a viable force in the political mainstream, the celebrity elite entered a state of total meltdown. Although it has yet to occur, many liberal celebrities even pledged to flee the country to Canada if the controversial businessman ever found his way to the White House. Now that he’s President and able to enact his agenda, Hollywood’s cries have grown worse with stronger meltdowns. The extremes those within the celebrity mainstream will go to know no lows.

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Senator Rand Paul Says America Is Lucky Warmonger John McCain Isn’t President

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Throughout the election cycle, Donald Trump often clashed with members of his own political party over policy and tactics. A number of proposals by the controversial then-candidate were unsettling, and the tactics would put career politicians in uncomfortable positions. When Trump was a candidate, it was easier for politicians to disavow him. Believing he was never going to win made it easy to keep him at a distance. Now that he’s President, Republican politicians have been forced to come up to bat and play ball for Team Trump. Some, like failed presidential candidate Senator John McCain, refuse to work with President Trump. What is Senator McCain’s issue with the President? President Trump himself has earned a great deal of criticism for attacking critical news outlets and labeling them as being enemies of the American people. Journalists, anchors, and politicians all lined up to parrot shallow lines about the First Amendment being under attack and how a free, independent press is critical to democracy. There has been no shortage in…

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High-Tech Traitors Are Social Justice Warriors 1st; Businessmen 2nd

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“More than 100 companies, including most of high-tech’s biggest names,” have threatened to “move jobs outside the United States,” unless they get their way. What do they want? They want President Trump to give up on “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” the POTUS’s Executive Order, currently being refined to withstand legal challenges from these and related special interests. Where will America’s “tech titans” go? Presumably to the banned countries, without whose high-tech talent our companies cannot do business. Or, so their antics imply. Washington State, which led the charge against President Trump’s “travel ban” on Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Libya, and Iran, is home to some of these powerful, high-tech traitors. Why the strong language?

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Is The Mainstream Media The Enemy Of The American People?

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Since he first declared his candidacy for President of the United States, Donald Trump has been no stranger to controversy. Time and time again, throughout the campaign cycle and even now as President, he is unafraid to shake the foundations of the political establishment. One ongoing conversation that has sparked, thanks to the rise of Trump, is the role of the mainstream media. While conservatives have generally labeled the mainstream media as a left-leaning propaganda machine, there has been a renewed reevaluation of the networks and the journalists that the country relies on to bring us the news.

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Revolt, Not Racism Behind Trump’s Rise

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Donald Trump’s inauguration has been taken as a call to arms by millions across the world who fear the newly minted President threatens to wind back the clock on the hard-fought progressive victories of the past century. The fear is that Trump’s victory signals the rise of a brutish new nationalism, epitomized by Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration, mooted deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants and vulgarian asides about the fairer of the two sexes. Yet fresh post-election polling suggests prophecies of a 21st-century throwback to the days of uber-nationalism and retrograde chauvinism are overblown. A survey conducted by the University of Chicago run AmeriSpeak polling group has found that Trump’s views on race, immigration, and women barely rated a mention among his voters.

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Trump’s America Is a Land Of Opportunity For Crafty Libertarians

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Whether you like it or you love it, the Trump era is upon us. There is no escaping now, and it’s going to be a wild ride. Many libertarians are finding it difficult to find where they fit within this new paradigm of excitement and insanity that the Donald has thrust upon us. There is no need to fret, though. Libertarians can easily find a juicy new angle that will allow them to promote their beliefs and keep them fresh as they wade into Trump’s unchartered waters. Thus far, Trump has been a mixed bag from a libertarian perspective when it comes to his policies. He has signed an executive order ending the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), given repeated reassurances that taxes and regulations are going to be axed, and has a surprisingly qualified Supreme Court appointee under his belt. That is impressive, but not the entire story by any means. Trump has also indicated his strong support for civil asset forfeiture, furthered Saudi weapons deals, put Goldman Sachs goons in…

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The Southern Avenger Predicted The Alt Right In 2009

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It was 2009 and the freshness of the liberty movement was still in the air with hope on the horizon, even with the recent election of Barack Obama as President. The liberty movement was an organized group on the right that would push back against the status quo; an alternative right of sorts. At least that’s what the once fiery paleolibertarian writer Jack Hunter called it back in 2009. A movement he could be proud of, with the likes of Paulites and Buchanites, who could deliver a huge blow to the neoconservatives and left alike. This alt-right in its infancy stage was called the liberty movement. This movement which had the likes of the self-described Southern Avenger, who wrote with a never-ending passion against the beltway elite and took no prisoners. In an article in November of 2009, the paleolibertarian stalwart wrote about being against NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement),  illegal immigration, and the war hawks. This man was unafraid of standing for the constitution, even if he was deemed…

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Turning Point Launches New Expansion Into Canada

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In the wake of the upcoming Conservative Party of Canada leadership election, Chicago-based conservative youth organization Turning Point USA has announced a groundbreaking expansion into Canada. Several Turning Point staffers with extensive knowledge of the new project spoke exclusively to The Liberty Conservative regarding it. Joshua Thifault, Advancement Director at Turning Point USA, said TP Canada’s launch was spurred by popular demand: “Turning Point Canada came about because so many Canadian students asked us to make resources available to them.”

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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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Hypocrisy At The Heart Of The Left

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There exists no dearth of outrage on the Left toward the perceived hypocrisy of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party at large. Mr. Trump, they remind us, was elected due to a number of campaign promises, not least of them was the pledge to “drain the swamp”, a not-so-thinly-veiled allusion to the pervasive influence of lobbyists and career politicians infesting the halls of power in Washington, D.C. Mr. Trump’s cabinet nominees, particularly Steve Mnuchin and Betsy DeVos, are stark examples in the minds of leftists that our president has broken his word. The Left is correct, from time to time, when they call out the hypocrisy of the Right. We cannot on one hand claim to be for limited government and then on the other demand Big Brother interfere in a woman’s right to choose to exterminate her young. We cannot claim to be for free markets while also bending to the will of big business lobbies that demand unfair tax breaks and access to our regulatory apparatus…

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House Agriculture Committee To Discuss Placing Restrictions On SNAP

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With President Donald Trump quickly fulfilling promises made on his campaign trail (from cutting down a number of federal regulations present today to ordering a withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership), we can expect fast changes to be made to inefficient welfare programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).  SNAP has been called out multiple times by President Trump and other well-known conservatives for reform. The House Agriculture Committee comes together this Thursday to debate placing food restrictions onto the program.

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The Fascism Of The Lawless Left

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The birthplace of the free speech movement, UC Berkeley, was desecrated recently by a platoon of masked cowards who set fires, smashed windows, and assaulted peaceful people who had gathered there to hear a talk by infamous internet maven, Milo Yiannopoulos. Their efforts were successful: Milo canceled his appearance and the perpetrators of the inexcusable violence faded into the night. Not a single arrest was made in a stunning instance of law enforcement joining the lawless to make a mockery of the rule of law. These terrorists are not some modern version of good Samaritans, they are mercenaries, they are harbingers of what they claim to fight: fascism. The terrorism inflicted at Berkeley mirrored the violence of identically masked terrorists who wreaked the same spineless mischief in Washington, D.C. during the inaugural rituals of our latest president. Throughout the course of the contentious election season, the same craven and horrifying behavior was present at Trump rallies where provocateurs burned cars and destroyed storefronts and physically attacked many of those…

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What Do They Want From This Lady?

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I just witnessed on TV a crowd of Black-Lives-Matter demonstrators protesting the arrival of our newly confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at a predominantly black public school in Southwest Washington. The following questions immediately came to mind as I looked at this scene—in total wonderment. Why would Black Lives Matter zealots be up in arms against Ms. DeVos, who has done absolutely nothing to offend them? Why were, among other sometimes violent demonstrators, blacks screaming “shame!” at this middle-aged lady? If the demonstrators were concerned that policemen are unfairly targeting black youth, then the new Secretary of Education has nothing to do with this practice, assuming that the charge is justified, which statistically it’s not… What the angry blacks seemed to be protesting, however, was DeVos’s policies as an educational reformer. But here my perplexity is even greater. As far as I know, DeVos has been a champion of charter schools, as a vehicle for helping inner city minorities. She was closely identified with this project in Detroit, to…

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Coequal In Tyranny: The Ninth Circuit’s Rules For Radicals

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Read the judicial rules for radicals issued by the United States Court Of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in affirmation of the ban on The Ban. It follows the Executive Order issued by President Donald Trump, with the imprimatur of 62 million voters, to protect the nation from foreign terrorists entering the United States. Two states objected to the president’s undeniably badly written Order, which, while upholding negative rights—and neither denying natural rights nor minting positive ones—was nevertheless replete with administrative errors. Acting as coequal partners in the administrative tyranny the president is trying to break, the two states issued a temporary restraining order against “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” (I can already hear the election midterm ads.) In the corner for the Deplorables was a government lawyer. August Flentje Esq. had “argued” (if you can call it that) for an emergency stay of the Washington State district court’s temporary restraining order against the president. The three Ninth Circuit jurists who heard the…

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Democrats Are Winning Even Though Trump’s Appointments Are Being Confirmed

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Senate Democrats have shut down the Trump administration. Even though Republicans hold a majority on the Senate floor, Democrats have been able to stop Trump’s political appointments. As President, Trump is entitled to make over 1,200 political appointments that must be approved by the Senate. Thanks to former Senator Harry Reid, it only takes 51 votes to break a filibuster. However, under the Byrd Amendment, after the filibuster is broken, 30 hours must elapse before the final vote can occur. On Monday, February 6, the Senate started the current marathon session. By Saturday, the Senate will have only been able to clear four of Donald Trump’s cabinet picks, Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions, Tom Price, and Steven Mnuchin. This means it will take until the end of the month before Trump’s cabinet is finally in place. At this rate, it will take 1,500 days to approve all of Trump’s political nominees. For your information, the first term of the Trump administrative is only 1,461 days. These 1,200 political appointees do…

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Are Liberals Turned-On By Turning The Other (Gluteus Maximus) Cheek?

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A Norwegian male was raped by a Somali asylum seeker. The last term—Somali asylum seeker—is something of a contradiction, like the first (Norwegian man). The asylum-seeker honorific is given to practically anyone from Africa or the Middle-East who washes up on Continental Europe’s shores. The politician, Karsten Nordal Hauken, who says he’s heterosexual, went public with the details of his awful ordeal. “I was raped by a Somalian asylum seeker,” he wrote in a Norwegian newspaper. “My life fell into ruin.” But it was Nordal Hauken, not his assailant, who proceeded to assault sensibilities with a confession that rivals the crime for reprehensibility. Hyperbole? I don’t think so. As Hauken, a self-described left-wing feminist, tells it, he has been wracked by guilt because one night of passion has caused his Somali assailant to be returned to sender. After resting up in a Norwegian prison, the rapist is said to have been deported to Somalia. (I can find no evidence of said rapist’s whereabouts. Maybe he’s en route to the US?)…

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If You Don’t Like President Trump’s Power, Why Did You Give It To Him?

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As the Democratic establishment and liberal activists across the country march in the streets and flood airports in protest of President Donald Trump’s immigration and national security policies, many fail to realize their complacency in what has taken place over the course of the last eight years. While in office, President Obama drastically expanded his executive authority in a variety of ways, finalizing over 560 major regulations, or regulations with significant economic or social impacts. He worked to restructure our national healthcare and banking industries, for better or for worse. He continued the tradition of warring with other countries without congressional authorization. He became the most prolific user of drones in American history, killing hundreds of civilians in the process. And through all of this, Democrats enabled him and allowed it to happen.

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Ideology Trumps Reality

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If you were to ask the average American what they think is the most pressing problem facing the United States, the answers will vary. “We live in a patriarchal society. Women still make 77 cents for every dollar made by their male counterparts! These republicans hate women!” “The world is a very dangerous place. National security should be first and foremost amongst our priorities! These democrats want to make us less safe!” “The average voter just doesn’t understand politics and economics. If they would just gain some basic knowledge, they would vote for better candidates! Neither party gets it!” In the era of “fake news,” the stakes for what counts as reality have perhaps never been higher. But while the holders of these various opinions are no doubt sincere in their beliefs, they miss a fact that is applicable to all of them: For human beings, ideologically informed perception can be more important than actual facts.

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Firm Linked To Globalist George Soros Funded Anti-Trump Republicans

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Employees of a hedge fund founded by globalist billionaire George Soros donated thousands of dollars to numerous high-level anti-Trump Republicans in 2016, according to a report by the Center for Responsive Politics. Soros Fund Management was originally founded as a hedge fund by George Soros in 1969; in order to avoid reporting requirements under the Dodd-Frank Act, Soros reformed the fund into a family office in 2011. The Soros Fund once acted as an advisor to the Quantum Group of Funds, a privately owned group of hedge funds based in the Cayman Islands and Curaçao in the former Netherlands Antilles. It was documented that the globalist Rothschild family, along with other wealthy European families, once placed $6 million into the funds.

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The Senate Should Confirm Jeff Sessions

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“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…

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The Importance Of Language: Leftist Thugs Are Terrorists, Not “Protesters,” “Snowflakes”

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While violence has always had a home on the political left, and while the Left in America has been engaging in violence from at least the time of the late 1960’s, forces on the thuggish left became emboldened during Obama’s tenure in the White House. Within the last year or so, they have become especially brash and merciless toward Trump supporters. This came to a head at Berkeley a few nights ago when “protesters” prevented provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos from delivering a planned speech. Mobs of anti-Milo and anti-Trump demonstrators were on the scene. No small number were self-described “anti-fascists” (or “antifa”) clad in black with masks concealing their faces. Things turned feral as fires were lit, Molotov cocktails were thrown, property was destroyed, officers were assaulted, and innocents were tear-gassed and beaten up with various weapons. And the police arrested…no one. While it’s true that most of those on the Left do not physically engage in violence, for two reasons this is neither here nor there.

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Disabled Lawmaker Speaks Out Against Aborting Babies Because Of Disabilities

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Abortion continues to be a controversial topic in society. For progressive extremists and liberal feminists, the practice is seen as a woman’s rights issue. But for many others, it is an issue about life and the right of an unborn child to live. The reasons why women get abortions vary. Some do it because of the child being doomed to death or because their own life is in danger. Others choose abortion because they simply do not want a child and, rather than at least give the child a chance at life through adoption, they opt for the inhumane medical procedure. Then there are some who get abortions because of disabilities and not wanting the burden of a child who may be different. British lawmaker Lord Kevin Shinkwin, a Conservative member of the House of Lords, recently gave a speech against abortion and the fear that disabled individuals, such as himself, are facing extinction. His concern is that disabled unborn children are being targeted for abortion.

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No Strike!? You’re Out – Online Wagering Is Your Right.

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Microaggression – Noun A comment or action that is subtly and often unintentionally hostile or demeaning to a member of a minority or marginalized group It was with much gusto that I discovered “Strike! Real Money Bowling” over the Holidays in Boston. An iOS app that allows the user to play an online bowling game for cash. I deposited 10 dollars and had a blast. Then I returned to Chicago, Illinois. “Real Money is Not Allowed in Your Area,” said the app. Excuse me? Who would think this game, with its tiny stakes and skill-based gameplay, could be a danger to the American populous? The Government, of course. After much research, I discovered their rationale. Just last year, Senator Lindsay Graham was rallying to ban all online gambling, allegedly at the behest of wealthy donors from Las Vegas who believe their profits would dwindle if online gambling was officially legalized.  This should offend you. Death of liberty comes via a thousand tiny cuts; micro-aggressions. It all comes down to a fundamental question: Is it the government’s responsibility to…

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Why Tulsi Gabbard’s Visit To Syria Was The Right Thing To Do

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When news broke that Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard had personally and secretly visited Syria, outcry erupted in Washington D.C. almost immediately. The political establishment greeted the news with outrage, with many taking issue with her meeting with Syrian President Bashir al-Assad. The main problem at hand was the claim that her meeting legitimized the embattled leader. But is this trip to Syria as bad as her critics make it sound?

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The New Colossus Criteria

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When Emma Lazarus wrote The New Colossus in 1883 she may or may not have been aware that, 6,500 miles to the east in the Arabian Peninsula, the Al Saud were clashing with their bitter rivals, the al-Rashids from the city of Hayil. Things didn’t go well for the Al Saud and, consequently, they were driven from Ndaj into exile, eventually settling in Kuwait. It’s a fascinating story and perhaps Miss Lazarus would have agreed. Warring factions and power struggles aren’t unique to Islam. For centuries, bitter rivalries between the monarchical governments of Europe tormented the continent with near non-stop bloodshed. World War I destroyed the European monarchies as well as the Muslim Ottoman empire, and after the Second World War western states eventually coalesced under a new covenant. Rivalries persist to this day among NATO member states but we have, by in large, become more civil and sophisticated. It’s a cerebral and superficially amiable relationship but it works.

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Rape Really Is About Power!

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A cliche that you’ll often see in the regular public service announcements regarding rape and sexual assault is the idea that “rape isn’t about sex, it’s about power”. And, despite my derisive tone in the first sentence, I feel that this is basically true. Sex certainly isn’t difficult to get whether it’s free or purchased—while that easily obtained sex may be uninviting and somewhat mortifying for one or both parties, the fact remains that should you want to have le petit mort with a partner, it’s remarkably easy to do so. Combined with the fact that rape is a recognized tactic of irregular warfare/terrorism (as seen in numerous African conflicts), and it’s hard to argue that rape is not at least partially motivated by the desire for political and social power. In fact, I would go as far as to say that human sexuality, on the whole, is, to some extent, motivated by ideas of domination and subjugation—bodices are ripped, rather than asked politely if they can be unlaced.…

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There Is No “Hate Speech” Exception To The First Amendment

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Anyone concerned with the future of free speech in the United States should be appalled by the recent events on the campus of U.C. Berkeley. A seemingly peaceful protest of controversial media personality Milo Yiannopoulos quickly turned violent as protesters broke barriers, threw rocks, and started fires in an attempt to prevent Yiannopoulos from speaking at a previously scheduled event. One 19-year-old protester was quoted as saying: “The whole reason we are here is for free speech. Milo’s hate speech is not allowed here. When it is hate speech, our free speech is to shut him down.” This protester, while passionate and undoubtedly sincere, is woefully wrong in her assessment of how free speech functions in a free society. There is no exception for “hate speech” under the First Amendment.

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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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Why The Mainstream Media Is Shifting Away From Print Towards Digital

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It’s no big secret that technology is taking over a lot of things in our lives. Instead of telephone calls and e-mails, we have Facebook and text messages. Instead of playing board games and going outside, we have digital video games to play with each other. Physical books are also being rendered obsolete by eReaders. This trend is also affecting our news sources, as many publications are shifting resources away from print towards digital. Because of this, many suggest print is either dying or dead. Is this true? And if it is true, what does it say about the mainstream media?

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The American Left’s Abandonment Of Diplomacy

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In history, there has been both diplomacy and war. At times, diplomacy saves the world and other times it provides false hope we’ve averted chaos. War can be successful in defeating an enemy, in other times it can be a demoralizing failure. The various events in history teach us there is a time and place for fighting and the same for talking. In modern politics, the same can be said. In recent years, war has escalated. In the aftermath of the tragic terrorist attack of September 11th, the United States has become a global leader in a war against terrorism. While presented as a noble quest against evil, it is actually a complicated web of global politics.

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Milo Yiannopoulos Continues To Shatter Liberal Stereotypes

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Politics in America is often quite shallow and full of stereotypes. Conservatives are often portrayed as working class citizens sometimes bordering on redneck, while establishment Republicans are big business people who have little regard for the common citizen. Liberals are fun and loving people who are sexual deviants and flamboyantly obnoxious people. In terms of the LGBT community, it is often seen as a leftwing movement and both sides of the spectrum are to blame. Largely due to social conservatives, the potential support of the LGBT community is turned away over religious stances and negative prejudice. Because of this, it is easy for liberals to take political ownership of the community. Remember when Caitlyn Jenner, the former Bruce Jenner who became a transwoman, came out against Hillary Clinton while defiantly supporting Senator Ted Cruz for President? Liberals came unhinged and with a vengeance. All of a sudden the lines about not being a real woman were no longer social conservative lines, but now were ammunition for intolerant liberals. How…

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Associated Press Spreads Fake News Story About Trump Threatening To Invade Mexico

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Fake News was a hot issue during the presidential election. As President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continued to escalate tension, the threat of fraudulent news sources only worsened the partisan divide. As has been shown time and time again, the fake news threat isn’t in the so-called “alt-right” movement or a product of conservatives. Fake News is actually on the rise in the mainstream media, the most trusted source of news for many Americans. The dishonesty among propagandists disguised as journalists is a betrayal of American trust. When people turn on the television or open their web browser, they seek these news sources as a means of becoming informed about current events. Instead of learning about the issues of our day through an objective lens, they’re given biased and misrepresented information that is selectively presented. It’s disgraceful, but it is the rule instead of the exception.

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What The House’s Rescission Of Obama Gun Rule Means For The Bill Of Rights

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As the Republican Party prepared to again reclaim power of Washington D.C., it became increasingly clear that the legacy of former President Barack Obama was in danger. In the final days of the Obama presidency, Obama sought to salvage his legacy by pushing through a series of regulations. The House of Representatives pointed to the Congressional Review Act, which gives them the power to take down regulations before they take effect. The process has already begun, but the gun control battle has been ignited when a background check rule was rescinded. A last minute rule passed in December gave permission to the Social Security Administration to share information with the national background check database regarding those receiving disability payments. The logic behind this move was that by identifying those with mental impairments, the government could potentially prevent gun crime by monitoring potential threats. The problem with this rule is it is more than just about guns. This is about the Bill of Rights as a whole and the foundation of…

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Intolerant Left Bullies Uber CEO Into Dropping Out Of Trump Business Council

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Once upon a time, the left wing of American politics favored the practice of diplomacy. Whereas Republicans had invaded Afghanistan and Iraq while favoring aggression against Iran, the Democratic Party sought to speak with Iran instead. While a questionable move with a dangerous foe, Democrats knew escalating tensions could trigger worse results. During the most recent presidential election, President Donald Trump represented an aggressive change to politics. Many in the mainstream media and political left noted how he allegedly endorsed violence, spoke with fiery rhetoric, and otherwise embraced a more assertive brand of politics. Democrats, as the narrative went, would represent a more rational alternative. We now know this is not the case. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has met the wrath of the Left’s anti-President Trump rampage for a couple reasons. First, when the controversial immigration executive order was passed, Uber was the only taxi service that still served customers. Other taxi companies were aiming to leave innocent travelers stranded as retaliation for a government action.

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Words Matter! (Human Lives Don’t)

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It’s essentially become universally accepted that the political arena as of late has been steadily undergoing a transformation from a place of discussion and debate to one of battle. Throughout the duration of the past election season, the media never hesitated to remind viewers of just how divided the nation had become regarding the selection of the country’s new president. Inevitably, commentary of this sort would be accompanied by clips of each candidates’ inflammatory rhetoric, whether it was Donald Trump railing against illegal immigrants or Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders crusading against the evil corporations. And though there was occasional discussion about actual incidences of violence, much of the conversation would come to center less on actual actions and more on words and rhetoric. Eventually, a theme began to emerge: Words matter. Now taken at face value, there really is nothing wrong in pointing out the importance of language and how it may affect people. However, the mantra also hints at what has become a far more troubling political trend than divisiveness. And that is the…

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Responding To Leftist “Protesters:” Self-Protection, Self-Defense, And Going Feral

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On Inauguration Day, January 20, a mob of howling leftists arrived at the campus of the University of Washington to prevent Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos from delivering a scheduled speech. Milo is a foreigner, a particularly flamboyant homosexual Jew who is a provocateur par excellence. The consummate troll, Milo delights in shattering such Politically Correct icons as feminism, Black Lives Matter, Islam, gay activism, and the like while gabbing about his black boyfriends. He is also an unabashed Trump supporter who affectionately refers to the President as “Daddy.” In other words, despite his membership in more than one of the Left’s protected classes, Milo’s political background has made him an object of the Left’s hatred.

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How Donald Trump Put Democrats On The Hypocritical Defensive

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Rewind back to the months prior to the stunning presidential election and the picture we find is much different from today. The defeated and divided Democratic Party stood in an arrogant position of superiority. As countless polls seemed to paint a picture of imminent success, the Democrats positioned themselves to stomp the Republican Party. Assuming the polls were right, there was an offensive against the Republican Party. A common storyline throughout the election cycle was the balance of the Supreme Court, which former President Barack Obama sought to tilt to the left to complete his legacy. Merrick Garland was his nominee and, while not as progressive as some had hoped, still sufficiently liberal enough to make conservatives uncomfortable. Republicans gambled on an improbable presidential victory and blocked Garland, insisting the next President should pick the nominee. Democrats, at the time, reacted furiously with strong hyperbole. The refusal to act was viewed as obstructing the processes of government, something many liberals even labeled as unconstitutional. Everything changed.

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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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All That Glisters: What The Media Miss In Trump’s Golden Reign

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In Ovid’s account of Perseus’ rather maculate conception, King Acrisius, on learning that his grandson was destined to kill him, imprisons his daughter in a brazen tower. And just like every mythological figure who doesn’t understand that oracles are oracular, the king obliviously underestimates the weather as Jupiter impregnates the captive princess in a shower of gold. Besides teaching to never google “golden showers,” the myth reminds us of how the many in the media haven’t caught on to Trump’s look-over-here MO. Drapes and dimensions (be they inaugural or otherwise) serve as the trivial and alt-factitious glitter that engenders the results the President wants: a discredited press and a blackout of substance. In fact, to borrow from the myth of King Midas, the press often gilds otherwise useless material and starves themselves of actual substance. Trump often deploys the distraction pre-emptively. I was never a Twitter truther, believing that the then-candidate would purposefully plant grammatical errors in his tweets to increase circulation. But the great bigly v. big league debate of…

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Layin The Sarwark Down: Nullification Expert Mike Maharrey Pile-Drives Libertarian Chair On “States’ Rights”

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One of the many contentious issues in the libertarian community is the notion of “States’ Rights.” There is confusion over what the term means and how it pertains to the liberty movement as a whole. A recent exchange between Mike Maharrey, Communications Director of the Tenth Amendment Center, and Nicholas Sarwark, Chairman of the Libertarian Party, has shed a little light on the controversy. Both men appeared on the Lions of Liberty Podcast and gave their perspective. Sarwark appeared last month, and gave comments criticizing Ron Paul for championing the idea of states’ rights as a Congressman and Presidential candidate. Sarwark said:

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A Donald Trump Presidency Indicates The Necessity Of Alt-Right Libertarianism

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On January 20th, the reality finally set in. Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States. The anti-establishment, anti-globalist firebrand was at the helm of the most powerful position in these United States. The power that grew throughout the Bush and Obama years gave the Presidency an unprecedented amount of power. The power is there, but can this power be used to reduce government even slightly? Just within days of his presidency, Trump answered that question by signing an executive order to remove the United States from the corporate-devised Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Madman that is Donald Trump had people like Bernie Sanders, the devout socialist, praising him for exiting the TPP. However, the likes of Reason Magazine and Cato Institute took to the internet to criticize Trump for hurting “Free Trade.” As pointed out below in a tweet by the principled Mises Institute, government-managed free trade agreements are not free trade in the libertarian sense: 

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President Trump Versus The Democrat Dunce-Cap Lobby

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Donald Trump is the gift that keeps giving. The week is still in its infancy, but the President has already made Chucky Schumer cry, fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates within hours of her acting up, and caused the Forgotten Man to go even harder for their president. All of this Trump accomplished by inadvertently exposing the Democrats as firmly in the camp of Hollywood harridans, tech execs, the immigration lawyers lobby, the global refugee industry, and in the grip of the international human rights octopus. The Democratic constituency can no longer hide. It’s as though all these ghastly people are wearing the pussy dunce-caps adorned by the Madonna and Ashley Judd protesters. The first moment of joy came when, flanked by swaddled Muslim women, the sanctimonious Schumer, a politician to his fingertips, choked up because of President Trump’s executive order to “temporarily halt the U.S. refugee program and ban entries from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days.” The president campaigned on this promise, was elected based upon it,…

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Secession Or Civil War? Considering Options With The Left In a Post-Trump World

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What’s come to be called “Calexit,” the movement among some Californians to secede from the United States, is gaining momentum. Let’s hope that it is ultimately successful. First of all, despite the postbellum, i.e. Lincolnian, conventional wisdom that states are not morally and legally entitled to secede from the Union, the historical truth is that secession is as American as the proverbial apple pie. These United States were founded in secession. Had the original 13 colonies not seceded from the Motherland of England, there would have been no independent country that we now recognize as America. Californians have a right to secede.

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