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Sebastian Gorka Resigns, Claims Opponents Of “MAGA” Agenda Occupying White House

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Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, has formally submitted his resignation, claiming “forces that do not support the MAGA promise” have assumed control of the administration and are blocking the agenda Trump campaigned on. “[G]iven recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are―for now―ascendant within the White House,” Gorka said in his resignation letter first obtained by The Federalist. “As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.” Gorka, a passionate defender of President Trump who regularly…

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The Wrath Of Trump: Sen. Jeff Flake Bashed On Twitter Following Phoenix Speech

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President Donald Trump bashed Sen. Jeff Flake on Wednesday morning after swearing he would never mention Republican senators by name, according to Politico. “Phoenix crowd last night was amazing—a packed house. I love the Great State of Arizona,” tweeted Trump the morning after he traveled to Phoenix for a rally. “Not a fan of Jeff Flake, weak on crime & border.” Flake, a junior senator from Arizona, has been one of the Republican Party’s most vocal critics of Trump. During the 2016 election cycle, he refused to endorse Trump for president. Flake recently authored the book Conscience of a Conservative:…

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Christopher Cantwell: Modern-Day Civil Rights Icon?

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Ready or not, libertarian-turned-fascist shock jock Christopher Cantwell received his close-up following the “Unite the Right” fiasco. Cantwell’s blubbering face was plastered all over the mainstream media. He has been made into a convenient punching bag, and everyone is seemingly lining up to kick this easy target while he is down. Cantwell did himself no favors by flaming out of the libertarian movement, making many enemies along the way, before emerging as a figure in the alt-right. Going out of his way to inflame and enrage people, while an amusing shtick at times, has ultimately backfired on Cantwell (at least…

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How The Libertarian Party’s Partisan Politics Hurts Libertarianism

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If you speak to any political activist operating outside of the two-party mainstream, a common point mentioned is how party politics compromises principles. Republicans often sacrifice conservative principles to advance the party elite. Although individuals such as House Speaker Paul Ryan or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are considered leaders in the Republican Party, conservative activists generally do not consider them standard bearers of their cause. Case in point is the failure to legitimately repeal Obamacare. The same is said for many liberals and progressives in terms of the Democratic Party. Instead of nominating someone more devout to their cause…

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Eyewitness Report: ANTIFA Outmaneuvers Police During Chapel Hill Confederate Statue Protest

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Yesterday night, Black Lives Matter, ANTIFA and other extremist left-wing groups gathered on McCorkle Place on northern side of the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill to demand the tearing down of Silent Sam, a Confederate Civil War memorial dedicated to fallen alumni soldiers. Initially, the demonstration started with the usual left-wing protest chants of “Hey Hey Ho Ho, Silent Sam Has Got To Go!” and “Cops & The Klan Go Hand-In-Hand” and other rehashes of 60’s protest anthems. The left is forever locked in the time warp of the Civil Rights era. As the evening wore on,…

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Rand Paul Slams Afghanistan Troop Increase

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) slammed President Donald Trump’s decision to commit 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan in an op-ed for The Hill. “The mission in Afghanistan has lost its purpose, and I think it is a terrible idea to send any more troops into that war,” he wrote on Tuesday. “It’s time to come home now.”

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Game Of Thrones Unfolds Amidst The Chaos Of US Politics

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This past weekend our country watched wide-eyed on television screens as a small, stalwart band of diverse rogues stood huddled together as tens of thousands of mindless zombies surrounded their dwindling redoubt. Off in the distance were their sinister overlords, their personas and powers still shrouded in mystery. Am I talking about Game of Thrones? Or am I referring to the free speech rally in Boston this past Saturday afternoon? It’s a trick question, I’m talking about both. I’ve been to a free speech rally in Boston, and I even wrote about it for this publication. It was one hell of…

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Trump Reveals New Afghan War Policy In Televised Address

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President Donald Trump will announce an updated policy on the United States military’s 16-year involvement with Afghanistan during a televised address on Monday night, according to the Associated Press.

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Howe: Christopher Cantwell Did Nothing Wrong

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If you hadn’t heard of him before last week, you’ve probably heard of him by now. Christopher Cantwell, an alleged “neo-Nazi white supremacist” who was scheduled to speak at the now infamous “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, has been making national headlines this week for his role in the rally and subsequent appearance in an inflammatory and heavily-edited VICE smear piece intended to impugn the organizers of the aforementioned event. In reality, Chris isn’t a Nazi at all. It’s not unfair to say that Chris doesn’t disavow Nazis, but Chris himself takes issue with their economic policies. Chris is…

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The Alt-Right Done Goofed

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So the “Unite the Right” rally has come and gone…and now I can no longer say that “…the alt-right, for all of its many flaws, has never killed or committed bodily harm upon somebody.” In looking at the driver of the car that ran down and killed that woman, it turns out that James Fields is the walking embodiment of the media’s caricature of anybody to the right of Joseph Stalin: a violent Neo-Nazi LARPer who attempted to join the military but got rejected due to mental health issues. While there is some new evidence to show he was surrounded…

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Barcelona And Beyond: How Politicians & Policy Wonks Play God With Your Life

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No sooner do terrorists attack, than those who monopolize the conversation revert to abstractions: “terrorism returned,” “terror struck,” when, of course, not terrorism, but terrorists struck Barcelona, Spain, on August 17. Terrorists did the same days later, in Newcastle, England and in Turku, Finland. The men who murdered 14 in Spain, maiming and injuring over 100, 15 of them critically, are flesh-and-blood. Young, Muslim, Moroccan men with murder on their minds. It is the duty of governments to bar such men from civilized society, or keep such barbarians at bay. So, drop the Orwellian bafflegab when describing what elites have…

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Charlottesville: Fact Vs. Fiction

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As everyone who cares now knows, the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that was held last Saturday “turned violent.” It “turned violent” just as did so many of Donald Trump’s campaign rallies, the “free speech” rallies that have been held over the last seven or so months, and Trump’s inauguration. Of course, it is only within the fantasy land of the Fake News media that any of these rightist (or pseudo-rightist) events “turned violent.” The latter is one of the many stock phrases that Fake Media trots out whenever it is leftist “counter-demonstrators”—another of its terms of choice—crash…

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You Don’t Want Christopher Cantwell On Your Side

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Christopher Cantwell is a fascist. That is not meant as a slur or an exaggeration. He says that he is a fascist in his Gab.ai profile. There is a warrant out for his arrest because somebody claims he broke the law during the Charlottesville protests. He professes his innocence. Whether or not he is guilty is not up for me to decide. Cantwell has the right to due process, something that he would not likely get if he were in a similar situation in a fascist country. Not even Nazis are safe from other Nazis. How did Cantwell go from…

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Privatize The Public Monuments

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When I was a student at the University of Colorado, I regularly walked by the Dalton Trumbo memorial fountain which was named after the communist Stalin-sympathizing novelist and screenwriter. Once upon a time, the fountain had been simply known as “the fountain,” but around 25 years ago, it was unnecessarily renamed after a controversial person. The reason for the renaming the fountain was the same as it is with any memorial or monument designed to honor a person or idea—to create an emotional connection and familiarity with the person or idea connected to the place; to communicate a certain view…

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Alabama Attorney General Sues Birmingham For Covering Confederate Monument

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The Alabama Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit against the city of Birmingham for hiding a Confederate monument in Linn Park on Wednesday, according to USA Today. A crew erected plywood walls around the 52-foot-tall obelisk that honors Confederate sailors and soldiers, after a violent white supremacist rally defending a Confederate monument in Charlottesville, VA turned deadly over the weekend. Concealing the monument violated a state law that aims to preserve historic monuments, and the AG’s office intends to get to the bottom of the controversy. “My office has determined that by affixing tarps and placing plywood around the Linn…

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Paul Johnson: The Double-Edged Sword Of Character Mattering

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I was once startled to hear the late Christopher Hitchens support the view of President Bill Clinton-era conservatives that “character matters.” As with everything else, Hitchens used impeccable logic in defending its application to those either campaigning for or already in power. Because the candidate’s “personality” was literally created based on what characteristics played best with voters (this method most recently and perhaps the most energetically thus far to create a “human” personality for the robotic Hillary Clinton), the only means available for voters to see the person behind the spin was through the unscripted behavior of said persons evident…

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Thoughts On Charlottesville

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I’m not going to bother going over the gory details of the national disgrace that unfolded in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday. It’s been hashed out over and over again, and there’s nothing to be gained by putting it under a microscope here. But I do have some observations that I’d like to share. First, there are a lot of people out there who want to punch Nazis. Fair enough, I’ve wanted to do the same thing since I first watched Raiders of the Lost Ark. My zeal for crushing National Socialists only grew with my first play-through of Wolfenstein 3D…

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Rep. Rohrabacher Meets With WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, reports Business Insider. Conservative journalist Charles Johnson told the Daily Caller that he arranged the meeting between Rohrabacher and the WikiLeaks founder on Wednesday because Assange hoped to strike a deal with the United States so that he can stop living in asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he has resided since August 2010.

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Libertarian Party Chairman Teams With Open Leftists To Vilify Tom Woods As Racist

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While Libertarian Party chairman Nicholas Sarwark has frequently embarrassed himself during his achievement-less tenure in his post, he has stooped to a new low. Sarwark is working with professed communists to throw libertarian icon, Tom Woods under the bus as a racist. Using the fallout from “Unite the Right” to attack his critics, Sarwark–assisted by openly-leftist LP members–dug up a quote from a podcast that took place many years ago where Tom Woods congratulated Christopher Cantwell for attacking figures such as Jeffrey Tucker and other libertarians who were attempting to inject leftism into the movement.

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Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues In The Dead Of Night

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Crews removed Confederate statues from city parks and public squares across Baltimore shortly after midnight on Wednesday, according to the New York Times. The City Council unanimously passed a resolution to tear down several monuments after a white nationalist rally to defend similar statues turned deadly in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh told the Baltimore Sun that she was acting in the “best interest of [her] city” to remove the statues without announcement and under the cover of darkness, citing public safety fears as her reason for doing so. “The mayor has the right to protect…

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Libertarian Party Chairman Slams Mises Institute, Links Holocaust Survivor To Nazism

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In case any question remained as to whether non-leftist and paleolibertarian voices were welcomed in the Libertarian Party, LP Chairman Nicholas Sarwark made it clear in a recent Twitter battle with liberty movement voices associated with the Ludwig von Mises Institute. The institute’s President, Jeff Deist, was singled out in particular for ridicule. Attempting to deflect from his critics’ accusations of the LP being nothing more than a gargantuan black hole defined by a puerile obsession with marijuana, Sarwark shamefully accused the Mises Institute of “being the preferred choice of actual Nazis.“ Sarwark’s sensationalist accusation is distasteful not only for its…

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Learning Lessons From “Unite The Right” Fallout

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The day before “Unite the Right” was set to commence, spirits were at an all-time high. The torch demonstration was a shocking and unexpected success. What looked to be in excess of 500 people gathered and marched through the University of Virginia campus. They even cornered ANTIFA, who in their complete bewilderment even held a large sign upside down in a hilarious display. Going into the rally, the organizers seemed confident that it would be a tremendous success. Those hopes were dashed almost instantaneously. Before the rally began, it was clear that the cops–presumably at the behest of the leftist…

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NAACP Bizarrely Demands Trump Fire “White Supremacist Leader” Bannon After Charlottesville Unrest

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a prominent liberal civil rights organization, has demanded that President Donald Trump fire White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon in response to the violence at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, according to a bizarre statement released by the group on Saturday. “We call on the President to take the tangible step to remove Steve Bannon – a well-known white supremacist leader – from his team of advisers,” the NAACP declared. “Bannon serves as a symbol of white nationalism and his high place in the White House only energizes that…

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Pastor Clinton?

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To hear Hillary Clinton’s considering becoming a lay-preacher has created a social media firestorm of comments and opinions. The biggest challenge in addressing whether her qualifications as a lay-preacher are valid is the likelihood that her supporters are standing by, ready to pounce on anyone who questions the former First lady’s interest in sharing her faith. Regardless, even under the threat of public scrutiny, some real questions need to be asked. If Clinton is serious about this latest endeavor, her actions and political stances will certainly come into question. Not to beat a dead horse, but she was responsible for…

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Steve Bannon Could Be Fired In Ongoing White House Reshuffle

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White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has once again fallen out of Trump’s favor, and his job could well be at risk, according to reports by Axios‘s Jonathan Swan and Politico‘s Josh Dawsey, Eliana Johnson, and Ben White. Trump appears to have two main gripes with Bannon. Firstly, he suspects Bannon to be responsible for the negative leaks about National Security H.R. McMaster to conservative publications such as Breitbart, which was previously headed by Bannon. Bannon reportedly believes “believes the globalists pose the greatest internal threat to the Trump presidency, and could send it veering off course with foreign interventions,” according to…

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“Unite The Right” Protesters Become Civil Rights Heroes As Leftists Mount Discrimination Campaign

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In their desperation, leftists are doubling down on their immense hypocrisy. Having proclaimed the virtues of civil rights for generations, the left is now turning their backs on their principles and openly discriminating against white people who they suspect to be “racist.” In the town of Charlottesville, VA–a leftist stronghold–a group of pro-white protesters ranging from identitarians to southern nationalists to anarchocapitalists is organizing under the banner “Unite the Right.” They are set to demonstrate tomorrow, but many impediments stand in their way. Unwilling to let the protesters peacefully rally in favor of the Robert E. Lee statue in Emancipation…

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The Anti-Federalists Were Right

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On the eve of the federal convention, and following its adjournment in September of 1787, the Anti-Federalists made the case that the Constitution makers in Philadelphia had exceeded the mandate they were given to amend the Articles of Confederation, and nothing more. The Federal Constitution augured ill for freedom, argued the Anti-Federalists. These unsung heroes had warned early Americans of the “ropes and chains of consolidation,” in Patrick Henry’s magnificent words, inherent in the new dispensation. At the very least, and after 230 years of just such “consolidation,” it’s safe to say that the original Constitution is a dead letter.…

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Dean Heller Faces Challenger Danny Tarkanian In Nevada Primary

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Danny Tarkanian announced that he will challenge Senator Dean Heller in Nevada’s Republican primary during “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday, according to Politico. “So many people have contacted me in the past few months, saying, ‘You got to run against Dean Heller,’” said Tarkanian on the morning news program. “They understand, like I do, that we’re never going to make America great again unless we have senators in office supporting President Trump. Dean Heller wasn’t just one of the first Never-Trumpers in the state of Nevada, he was one of the most influential. He actually helped Hillary Clinton win the…

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Leftist Attacks

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A dispute recently erupted at a conference sponsored by the Mises Institute between right- and left-leaning libertarians, that is, between Jeff Deist, President of the Mises Institute, and Daniel Horowitz, who is something of a fixture at CATO. Since Tom Woods has provided a spirited defense of Deist’s position, which calls for a combination of liberty with traditional social morality and traditional community identities, I needn’t rush to Jeff’s defense. Although I’ve never (to my knowledge) met the Director of the Mises Institute, I fully share his perspective on the necessary preconditions for living in a free society under a…

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Defending Jeff Deist From The Politically Correct Libertarians

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Certain quarters of the libertarian universe are in an absolute tizzy because Mises Institute President Jeff Deist invoked “blood and soil” in a recent speech. In the minds of some PC brain-addled libertarians, this is clearly an indication that the speaker was dog whistling to Nazis. This is both profoundly clueless and shameless PC grandstanding. Proof that “blood and soil” can only be some sort of cryptic reference to Nazism is supposedly supplied by a Google search of the term which brings back a lot of links to “wrongthink” websites. I respect many libertarians. I have many libertarian friends, both…

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Christopher Hitchens: Premature Anti-Castroite

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Nearing the end of his life, Christopher Hitchens no longer considered himself a Trotskyite, or even a socialist. But he never repudiated his Vietnam-era politics, and to his dying day praised the “heroic” Vietcong, despite Ho Chi Minh’s obvious Stalinist-style politics and how said politics were murderously applied after Saigon fell (Hitchens, like others in the New Left, blamed Minh and Pol Pot’s savagery on America’s relentless bombing campaign). But Hitchens departed from the New Left from the very beginning by criticizing one of their sacred cows: Fidel Castro. Like Lee Harvey Oswald (who, as a gun-brandishing Marxist-spouting deadbeat, would…

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Virginia Man Sues Republican Party Over ObamaCare Repeal Failure

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A disappointed Republican donor in Virginia has filed a lawsuit against the national and state Republican Parties for failing to repeal ObamaCare, according to The Hill. The retired attorney, Bob Heghmann, filed the suit in U.S. District Court on Thursday, alleging that the GOP raised millions of dollars in donations despite having knowledge that the party would not be able to repeal ObamaCare. In the suit, he claimed the Republican Party “has been engaged in a pattern of racketeering which involves massive fraud perpetrated on Republican voters and contributors as well as some Independents and Democrats.”

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An X-Rated Conversation About LGBTQ & XX In The Military

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Predictably, the Joint Chiefs of Staff have already pooh-poohed President Trump’s July 26th LGBTQ directives, banning the politicized transgender production from the theater of war.Why “predictably” (preachy, too)? Whether Republicans like it or not, the military is government; it works like government; is financed like government, and is marred by the same inherent malignancies of government. Like all government-run divisions and departments, the US military is manacled by multiculturalism, feminism and all manner of outré sexual politics, affirmative action, and political correctness that can kill. And has killed.

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Trump Is Correct, New Hampshire Is A Drug Infested Den

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In a phone call to Mexico’s in-over-his-head head-of-state, Enrique Pena Nieto, President Trump said he won in New Hampshire because it is a “drug infested den.” Not long after, NH Governor Chris Sununu weighed in with a carefully measured response, one tailor made to suit the political dissociative identity disorder of a state that votes overwhelmingly for Republican legislators but sends a fully Democratic delegation to the US Congress. And sometimes New Hampshire will elect a Democrat governor and other times it will elect a Republican; from time to time, it’s a Sununu. No one can ever really be sure…

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Mainstream Media Hacks Abandon Objectivity On The Immigration Question

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CNN’s Jim Acosta went on a rampage during yesterday’s press briefing toward Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller while he was discussing the RAISE Act, an immigration reform bill. “This is the largest proposed reform to our immigration policy in half a century,” Miller began. “The most important question when it comes to the U.S. immigration system is who gets a green card.  A green card is the golden ticket of U.S. immigration.” Immigration reform has been, since the campaign began, one of the areas of main concern for the President Donald Trump and his administration. For some odd reason, it…

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As “Liberty Summer” Campaigns Implode, Young Americans For Liberty Leaders Continue To Push Them On Activists

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The fallout from the “Liberty Summer” campaigns continues on. Young Americans for Liberty leaders have been selling their activists on these campaigns all summer (and continue to do so), but they have not turned out as expected. The “Clean Mi Govt” part-time legislature initiative headed by Brian Calley continues to receive terrible press in Michigan while Luther Strange, a Mitch McConnell crony who is receiving help from YAL activists as well for his Senate campaign, has a bevy of scandals to deal with as he tries to keep his seat against more conservative opponents. For “Clean Mi Govt,” the entire…

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Letter From England 2: Europe And The Culture War

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If I were to draw up a list of the problems facing my country, and then to discuss their nature and possible solutions, I might be starting work on a rather long book. Instead, I will confine myself to what I think are the two most immediately pressing, and that are within the direct control of the British Government. These are our withdrawal from the European Union and the state of our so far uncontested culture war. I begin with Europe. When we voted, in June 2016, to leave the European Union, we were plainly willing an end without willing…

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Too Much Winning: Scaramucci’s Flame Out Shows The Limits Of Trumpism

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To those who enjoyed the Scaramucci show and are sad that it has come to an end, please consider the old adage: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Anthony Scaramucci came into the Trump administration like a knight in shining armor. Besieged with constant infiltration, leaks and seemingly unprecedented turmoil throughout his first six months, President Trump needed a man to come in like gang busters and take care of business. Replacing Sean Spicer, Scaramucci came in as White House communications director guns a-blazin’ with a style so brash and confrontational that it may have…

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John McCain: A Good Man & Good Public Servant?

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As soon as John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer, a bipartisan chorus of praise for the career politician emerged. Whether McCain is the good man and good “public servant” that he is now being made out to be are empirical questions. The evidence with respect to both is overwhelmingly in the negative. Since a disastrous public servant is and must be a person with bad character, i.e. not a good person, we needn’t even look at McCain’s private life in order to see that he is neither a good man nor a good public servant. Let’s take his foreign…

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Helen Gahagan Douglas: The Hillary Clinton Of The 1940s

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As Hillary Clinton continues her “excuse” tour regarding her decisive loss to Trump, ranging from the now well-worn Russian collusion thesis to weak support from Obama during the campaign to an ineffective and shattered DNC, many Democrats have sought to acquaint her with the painful reality that she was simply a bad candidate. Such frankness, however, has not attached itself to a cherished liberal history lesson regarding an eerily similar 1950 California Senate race between Republican Congressman Richard Nixon and Democratic Congresswoman Helen Gahagan Douglas. For liberals then and now, Nixon’s victory was achieved by his métier of red-baiting and…

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Reason Magazine Feminazi Threatens Libertarian Youth Activist Over Harmless Joke

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Libertarians have typically been known as standing for freedom of expression, but that is going to change if Elizabeth Nolan Brown has her way. The sex-positive Reason contributor, who co-founded Feminists For Liberty with the vehemently anti-libertarian Cathy Reisenwitz, is bringing social justice warrior-style thought policing into the libertarian movement. And for what reason? Because her little feelings were hurt over a silly joke. This whining Feminazi, with stereotypically dyed hair and all, started a pathetic Twitter crusade on Saturday because a Young Americans for Liberty activist made a harmless joke on Twitter about women making sandwiches. Her goal was to…

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Why Everyone Reacted Inappropriately To Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

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On July 26, 2017, President Donald Trump announced a ban on transgender individuals from joining the military. Trump’s announcement was met by praise from the Right and hate from the Left. In response, leftists continued to use their same-old Hitler comparisons and acted like this was the worst thing to happen in American history. But on the other side of the aisle, the religious right applauded this announcement and proclaimed that this was just another tactic in making America great again. Overall, I believe that the response from both sides of the political spectrum revealed that the Left continues to…

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The Many Reasons Why Conservative Missourians Will Reject “Open Borders” Austin Petersen

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Since announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, former Libertarian Party presidential candidate Austin Petersen has piqued the interest of Missouri conservatives seeking a candidate to unseat left-wing incumbent Claire McCaskill. A candidate with national prominence like Petersen would initially appear to be an ideal nominee in one of the most closely watched races of 2018. However, the more Republicans will learn about Petersen the less they will like him. Here are five reasons (of many) why Austin Petersen is not fit to represent Missourians: Immigration: Petersen supports allowing countless illegal immigrants to come across the United…

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Like Trump, Nixon Also Wanted Allies To Supply Their Own Protection

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Once upon a time, a Republican president formulated a doctrine that had little to do with regime change, and demanded that countries previously protected by the US military look to their own defense. Quickly into his first term, then-President Richard Nixon in 1969 announced “the Nixon Doctrine” which asserted that the nation’s Cold War allies in Asia would have to provide for their own protection. This policy, which reversed the thrust of US foreign policy for the last 20 years, was linked to the president’s campaign promise for “peace with honor” regarding US forces in Vietnam. By 1968, even some…

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Jeff Sessions’s Drug-War Fanaticism Shows a Growing Gap Between DC And The States

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In recent years, numerous states have been passing new reforms of the long-abused civil asset forfeiture in which police agencies seize private property without any due process. At least 11 states, plus the District of Columbia, have passed new reforms. Some reforms, such as those in New Mexico and Nebraska, prohibit asset forfeiture altogether in the absence of a criminal conviction. Other states have opted for a more incremental approach, and have settled for new mandates in which law enforcement agencies must publicly report what has been seized — with the intent of identifying abuse for possible additional future reforms.…

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The Rise Of Trump From An “Elite” Perspective

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As we are well into the first year of the Trump administration, and leftists are still walking around in a dim haze of incredulity, I’d like to reflect a little on why the man was elected. As some of you have probably inferred from the title, I am (on paper) a “coastal elitist.” I was born and raised in New Jersey, I am college educated (holding both two undergraduate degrees and a graduate degree), and being that I read, exercise, and listen to classical music, I suppose my tastes run to the fairly “highbrow.” In practice, some of my other…

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Male Taxpayers Are Literally Rape Survivors

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As always, we should begin by defining our terms: What is rape, and why is it bad? There is nothing inherently traumatic about a foreign object being inserted in the vagina. Women insert tampons in there several times a month. Moreover, a large majority of rapes are not forceful, so the concept of rape is not related to physical pain or mere penetration. Rapes can even occur without the victim being aware of it. Yet, rape is punished as severely as aggravated assault, such as breaking someone’s legs. Why is that? We punish rape for psychological reasons. Women who experience…

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How To Make Conservatism More Attractive To Minorities

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As a Latino in the conservative movement, I can honestly say that conservatives have not hit the right notes with minorities. This is mostly because leftists and Democrats have a way of conflating right-wing ideas with immoral acts such as murder and racism, thus scaring minorities into leaning liberal. Even though it should be easy for conservatives to refute such notions, it tends to come off as pretentious and even bigoted to everyone else. In order to actually get minorities to switch to conservatism, we must choose our words carefully on certain issues, and take advantage of their genuine concerns…

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Graham Greene: Catholic Communist

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One of the more transparently manipulative and hypocritical slogans used by Western Communist Parties in the mid 1930s to recruit allies for Stalin was specifically designed for Catholics: “You can still take Communion and love the Soviet Union.” Graham Greene, novelist, pundit, and above all, Catholic, embodied this slogan. Indeed, Greene’s attempts to link Catholicism with a Soviet Union that persecuted priests from the get-go predated this slogan. Since the 1920s, Greene had sought to merge his Catholic faith with his Communist one, which prompted George Orwell, a foe of both organized religion and communism, to label Green the first…

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Fake News Sure Didn’t Start With Trump

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Contrary to the narrative of Donald Trump’s friends and foes alike, the phenomenon of “fake news” long precedes the 2016 presidential election, even if the moniker is of a fairly recent vintage. To deem an item reported by journalists a piece of “fake news” is not necessarily to say that it is patently false. Of course, fake news does not preclude outright lying on the part of “fake journalists”—those who are motivated not by a desire to inform the public as much as they are driven by political, financial, and/or professional considerations. What makes a fake journalist fake is their…

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