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Trump Nails Speech To Congress

President Donald Trump had a strong performance Tuesday night during his speech to a joint session of congress. He began by going over many of his campaign talking points about taking care of veterans, rebuilding infrastructure, and bringing back jobs to U.S. shores. He laid out a strategy for immigration, saying: “We will soon begin the construction of a great wall along our southern border. It will be started ahead of schedule and, when finished, it will be a very effective weapon against drugs and crime.” This is great. Building a border wall could be one of Trump’s most important and lasting achievements. As one of Trump’s keynote proposals, a wall will protect Americans and finally ensure that our border is secure. He continued on the topic of terrorism, saying: “It is not compassionate, but reckless, to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur. Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values.”… Keep Reading

Culture/Philosophy/Politics

The Price Of Free Speech

As a nation we must realize that our words are powerful and have consequences far beyond our control. While we have the freedom of speech to say anything, we must calculate the unintended cost of the words we use. It is easy to blame the access to guns for tragedies, but that is simply a false narrative, used by those that promote divisiveness in order to deflect responsibility away from themselves and their words. As Americans we’ve always understood that that the greatest freedoms came with the greatest restraint. Liberty was never about unfettered freedom to do as we please without any regard to our conscience. Instead, it referred to the ability to live without oppression, guided solely by our conscience. As a nation, we have bought the misguided philosophy of “it’s all about me,” and that being an American is being a “tough guy” who shouts down those who oppose you. Our words are used for the purpose of personal destruction and self-promotion, instead of advocacy for common… Keep Reading

Philosophy/Politics

You Are Perfectly Free To Say Nice Things

Continuing in its fifth year, the Broadsides series published by Encounter Books consists of paperback pamphlets modeled on 18th-century political pamphlets such as The Federalist Papers and Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. Short and accessible, polemical and jargon-free, speedily produced and mass-marketed, these pamphlets examine any number of policy issues from immigration and climate change to gun control and Obamacare. Published this year, the 39th book in the series is Greg Lukianoff’s Freedom From Speech, a vigorous and cogent refutation of the increasingly popular notion that people have a right not to be offended. Lukianoff is an attorney and the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving civil liberties in academia. His first book, Unlearning Liberty, earned high acclaim from pundits and reviewers with diverse political leanings. Who gets to decide what is offensive and what isn’t? How do we determine who is worthy of such power? “It seems as if every day brings a new controversy regarding the purportedly offensive… Keep Reading

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