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White Privilege Isn’t A Thing—With Proof!

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I can already hear my audience groaning at this. “Of course white privilege isn’t a thing, Larsen. It’s just a blood libel thrown against the scions of Hyperborea.” However, as a man of science I like to be fair and objective—and besides, billions of howling innocent-angels-without-agency—AKA People of Color— can’t be wrong (according to leftists, anyway). And indeed, in a few, mostly unconscious ways, white privilege can be said to exist. It still is extant (or was until VERY recently) that the overwhelming majority of Fortune 500 CEOS, movie stars, and other powerful people were white (in the broad sense),…

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The Liberty Conservative Endorses Debbie Lesko In AZ-8 Special Election

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The Liberty Conservative has endorsed Debbie Lesko in Tuesday’s special election for Arizona’s 8th congressional district. Lesko is running for the open seat left by the resignation of Freedom Caucus Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ). Like Franks, Lesko is a staunch Tea Party conservative, and has received the backing of Freedom Caucus leaders Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH), as well as in-state Freedom Caucus members David Schweikert (R-AZ) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ). She has indicated that if elected, she intends to join the caucus in fighting for conservative values.

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Ted Cruz Hails Donald Trump In Time 100 Op-Ed As “Flash-bang Grenade” Against Establishment

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Former primary rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has hailed President Trump in an op-ed for Time magazine’s 2018 100 Most Influential People in the World list, released Friday. Describing the President as a “flash-bang grenade thrown into Washington by the forgotten men and women of America”, Cruz appeared in awe of how Trump “disorientated and distressed members of the media and political establishment”. He went on to tout Trump’s achievements during the first year of his presidency. He noted the President’s tax cuts, business-friendly policies, and successful strategy towards dealing with North Korea, despite the vehement opposition the Trump agenda…

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Attractive People Are More Likely To Be Republican

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The more attractive you are, the more likely you are to be a Republican. You may assume that statement is just a bias writer’s opinion. It’s not. In fact, it is a conclusion reached in a survey published in the Journal of Public Economics in December 2017. Research was led by Rolfe Daus Peterson from Susquehanna University and Carl Palmer from Illinois State University. The duo compared data from 1972, 1974 and 1976 American National Study surveys which asked people to evaluate the appearance of others. The survey also explored participants’ political beliefs, income, race, gender, and education.

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GOP Senate Leader: Trump Will Support Legislation Bolstering Marijuana Rights

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President Donald Trump, led by his Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has doubled-down on enforcement of the federal drug war. Sessions indicated that the administration would be increasing civil asset forfeiture and marijuana enforcement, but a Republican Senate leader has indicated that Trump is now pivoting in the opposite direction toward cannabis freedom. “Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states’ rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana,” U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) said in a release from last week. “Late Wednesday, I received a commitment from the President that the Department of Justice’s rescission of the…

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Don’t Regulate Facebook — That’s What Zuckerberg Wants

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If Facebook disappeared forever this afternoon, I wouldn’t exactly be upset about it. I’m astounded when I see people post loads of personal information on the site, including posts about all their travel plans, their shopping habits, their daily routines, and their family members. Long is the list of people who have been harassed by law enforcement agencies or “child welfare” agencies in response to something they said or did on Facebook. And, given what we know about Big Tech’s willingness to collaborate with government agencies, people who are fond of posting their every move in Facebook might as well hand over…

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Solving Colombia’s Drug Violence Dilemma: Legalize Drugs And Guns

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With the 2018 Colombian presidential elections rapidly approaching, presidential front-runners Iván Duque and Gustavo Petro face numerous challenges ahead. One of them involves dealing with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the perpetrators of a more than 50-year-long armed conflict in Colombia that has left 220,000 dead and has displaced over 5.7 million people. Part of outgoing President Manuel Santos’ legacy was brokering a peace deal with the FARC that would be decided by the Colombian people through a popular referendum. However, things did not go Santos’ way at first when Colombians rejected the peace accords by the thinnest of margins. Following the original peace agreement’s defeat, Santos’ government and the FARC came together…

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Paul Ryan Was a Failure — It’s Important To Understand Why

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Paul Ryan’s retirement from Congress marks the end for one of the most prominent Republicans of his generation. Even before taking the role of Speaker of the House, Ryan had managed to become, in the words of Mitt Romney, the “intellectual leader” of the post-Bush GOP. Unfortunately Ryan’s story can be seen as nothing but a tragedy. By all accounts he is a good-natured man, but one who ended up betraying almost all the causes he claimed to care about. The legend of Paul Ryan begins when he was a college student studying economics and political science. As his enemies in DC…

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Hey, Republicans: Stop Crying And Start Leading!

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House Speaker Paul Ryan’s retirement announcement Wednesday suggests that Republicans are bracing for heavy losses in November, perhaps costing them control of the House and even the Senate. But the biggest danger for Republicans is not ferocious Democrats, who collectively resemble a freshly fueled tank brigade. What Republicans have to fear is…fear itself. In nearly every center-Right gathering that I have attended lately, the sense of impending doom threatens to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Improving GOP numbers in the generic ballot, President Donald J. Trump’s rising approval ratings, and encouraging news — from the economy to the becalmed Korean peninsula…

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Cargo Cult Libertarianism

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A mere six years after Ron Paul’s last presidential run the “liberty movement” has collapsed. As many former Ron Paul libertarians jumped ship and joined either the far left or the alt right, once thriving grassroots organizations were forced to either close up shop, sell out, and/or severely limit their operations. Campaign for Liberty, for example, effectively shut down all of its grassroots operations for lack of interest. Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) was forced to consolidate its low-turnout State Conventions into larger Regional Conventions, in order to make it look like more people were showing up, while Students for…

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Potential Trump Tower Arsonist Revealed As Bernie Supporter Who “Hated” Trump

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Todd Brassner, the art collector who died during the Trump Tower fire on Saturday, has been revealed as a vehement opponent of the Trump presidency, and a far-left acolyte of subversive socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), suggesting that he may have had a motive for starting the fire, which engulfed his Trump Tower apartment, leaving him dead. A review of Brassner’s Facebook profile reveals that he shared posts praising communist activist Allen Ginsberg, and that the only political pages he liked were ‘U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’, ’New York for Bernie Sanders’, ‘POTUS 44’ and ‘Women’s Rights News’. According to the…

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Trump’s “atrocities” Began As Democrat Policies

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President Donald J. Trump announced Tuesday that he will deploy U.S. troops to reinforce America’s “border” with Mexico. Democrats were not amused. “We don’t need to turn our border communities into militarized zones,” Congressman Joaquin Castro of Texas said. His colleague Ruben Gallego of Arizona declared that the armed forces should not “stand guard against dangers that exist only in President Trump’s fevered imagination.” That fever also must have struck Trump’s predecessor. “President Obama will deploy 1,200 National Guard troops and request an extra $500 million to secure the Mexican border,” the Washington Post reported on May 26, 2010. “The initiative echoes 2006’s Operation Jump Start, in which President George W. Bush devoted…

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Removal Of Neo-Nazi Website From Internet Has Broader Implications For Global Censorship

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The Daily Stormer, a white nationalist and neo-Nazi website that was seen as an instrumental force behind the ‘Unite the Right’ fiasco in Charlottesville last summer, was thrown off of the Internet capriciously by Cloudfire CEO Matthew Prince shortly after that event took place. “I woke up this morning in a bad mood and decided to kick them off the Internet,” he said last year. Since then, Daily Stormer has appeared on many different hosts and registrars but has remained on the web. Prince is now suffering the consequences for his decision, as his company is being sued by adult…

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Secession Is Going Mainstream

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If it seems like secession is become a more frequent topic in the global media, it’s not just your imagination.  In recent years, talk of political separatist movements have become not only more commonplace, but are increasingly discussed as reasonable alternatives to the status quo.  Historically, of course, established states have long sought to portray secession movements as unsavory forms of agitation pushed only by extremists.  In the US, of course, secession has long been portrayed as strictly the realm of right-wing zealots motivated by racism, or even something worse.  In 2014, however, it became increasingly clear that this strategy’s days…

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GOP’s Omnibus Bill Should Have Gone Off a Cliff

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The Republican Party needed just 90 days to tumble from triumph to self-humiliation. On December 22, President Donald J. Trump signed the $1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the most significant levy reduction since 1986. Even Trump’s critics conceded that Republicans ended 2017 on an unexpectedly high note, with their free-market banners flapping smartly in the tail winds. But on March 22, the GOP House hosted a drunken orgy of bipartisan fiscal recklessness. The resulting $1.3 trillion omnibus bill should have been steered off a cliff.

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Privileged Whites Leave Inner-City Minorities Defenseless With Gun Control Push

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As the privileged white community of Parkland, FL spreads its message of universal disarmament following a high school shooting, the voices of inner-city communities are not being heard as the debate continues. In Detroit — where violent crime is a much more regular occurrence than it is in the suburbs — residents as well as police personnel recognize that more gun control is not the answer for keeping communities safe. “You watch the news and it’s like, ‘somebody got shot on Puritan and Fenkell; oh, well, on to the next one,’ ” said Deidra Harris-Thomas, whose son was shot dead…

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The Founding Fathers Would Agree: End The Legislative Filibuster

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While announcing his intention to sign a massive $1.3 trillion, 2,000 plus page omnibus spending bill derided by fiscal conservatives and many of his core supporters, President Trump called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to end the so-called legislative filibuster. “We have to get a lot of great legislation approved, and without the filibuster rule, it’ll happen just like magic,” President Trump declared at a press conference Friday where he also called for the reinstatement of the line-item veto.

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Mueller Should Probe Clintons’ $152 Million-plus In Russian-collusion Payoffs

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Strolling one afternoon near Manhattan’s Sixth Avenue and West 34th Street, I spotted two tourists with their faces nestled in a map. They looked hopelessly lost. “Can I help you?” I asked. Thoroughly flummoxed, they pleaded, “Where’s the Empire State Building?” I pointed straight up, one block east, and said: “It’s right there!” Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team resemble those hapless visitors. They scour their guidebook in vain for any trace of Team Trump’s alleged Russian collusion. Meanwhile, just steps away, the Clintons’ Russian-collusion skyscraper soars into the clouds.

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Why (Most) Children Shouldn’t Vote

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Media outlets from The Washington Post to CNN are now calling for changes in law that will allow children to vote.  The motivation appears to be the perception that teenagers are more in favor of gun control than older people. Thus, gun control advocates right now are seeing young people are more reasonable, and humane than their elders. So why not give them the vote? At least then, we would have young people to balance out those awful old people who refuse to defer to the sensible position that cops and soldiers — undoubtedly the most enlightened people among us — should be the only people…

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When “Mental Health” Is Used To Empower The State

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Cries for gun control have reached deafening levels since the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14th, 2018. Exploiting the tragedy that left 17 people dead, gun control advocates are using every means possible to ram gun control measures across legislatures nationwide. One avenue that gun control proponents have pursued is the advancement of legislation containing mental health restrictions. Consequently, legislators at both the federal and state level have recently proposed extensive background checks and mental health screening processes to ensure that guns don’t fall into the hands of the mentally unstable. For many gun control proponents, the current National Instant Criminal Background Check…

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Hungary’s Orban At Nationalist Rally: Hungary “Must Not Become A Multicultural State,” Resist Soros At Every Opportunity

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The incumbent Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, spoke of the need for the Central European nation to remain steadfast in resisting the mass migration desired by elements of the European Union at a peace rally in support of his reelection last Thursday. In the rally, held in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, Orban placed the total focus of his 25-minute address to tens of thousands of patriots in support of his reelection on the necessity to resist the globalist immigration policies several countries of Western Europe have become associated with, expressing a desire to explicitly avoid their model.

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Kudlow Thrills Free-marketeers As President Trump’s New Economic Guru

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President Donald J. Trump has tapped Larry Kudlow as chief economic adviser. Free-marketeers are cheering among their graphs and charts. “Larry Kudlow is an excellent choice,” Freedom Works president Adam Brandon tells me. “He’s a former economist in the Ronald Reagan administration with the knowledge and the experience necessary to advise the president on ‘America First’ policies that will continue growing the economy and creating jobs through free markets, lower taxes, and less regulation. The White House deserves to have the finest economic minds in the room, and Larry Kudlow is the real deal.” National Association of Manufacturers president Jay Timmons says: “President Trump has chosen a tremendous advocate for…

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South Africa Land Theft: Crappy Constitution All But Allows It

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Up until, or on the day, a predictable calamity unfolds in South Africa, you still find Western Media insisting that, No, there’s no racial component to the butchering of thousands of white rural folks in ways that would make Shaka Zulu proud. No, the mutilated, tortured, white bodies of Boer and British men, women and children aren’t evidence of racial hatred, but a mere artifact of good old indigenous crime. No hatred crimes. No crimes against humanity. Move along. Let the carnage play on. And the latest: To listen to leftist, counterfactual, ahistoric pabulum served up by most in media,…

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Latin America Vs. The United States: A Tale Of Two Independence Movements

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Independence movements in Latin America and the United States have generated interesting discussions in historical circles over the past two centuries. Both wars of independence featured colonists in the New World revolting against their European overlords, eventually leading to the creation of new nation-states. Yet since then, the results in these two region’s levels of economic prosperity and political stability have diverged considerably. What could explain such differences in overall economic and political outcomes? A closer look at the underlying principles behind the independence movements and the political circumstances surrounding them reveals a nuanced picture that history texts tend to…

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Southern Poverty Law Center Targets Anti-Establishment Leftists In Russia Conspiracy Theory

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Leftist-anarchists in the US, apparently displeased with mainstream liberal Russia conspiracies, have decided to aid the western intelligence agencies by concocting an even more outrageous ‘Russian plot.’ On Friday, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the liberal go-to non-profit for “tracking hate groups,” published a piece by red and black anarchist author and geography lecturer Alexander Reid Ross titled “The Multipolar Spin: How Fascists Operationalize Left-Wing Resentment.” The piece, which has since been removed (you can still read it here) after “receiving some concerns” about claims made concerning independent journalist Max Blumenthal. For those who didn’t see the piece, Ross…

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Can Populism Be The Savior Of Conservatism?

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Raucous cheers of “USA, USA, USA,” flowed through the crowds at President Donald Trump’s Saturday-night rally to support Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. The speech was quintessentially populist, or rather, “Trumpian,” free flowing, direct, braggadocious, and sometimes quite humorous. Trump then took time to critique a recent piece by Peggy Noonan which ridiculed his demeanor and deemed it as not “presidential.” Trump mocked Noonan’s concept of what it means to be presidential. The enthralled crowd chuckled as Trump imitated a stiff, tight-lipped, rank-and-file politician.  Noonan, Trump added, “is writing like I’m some kind of Neanderthal.”

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Wakanda Forever!

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Marvel’s Black Panther is smashing box office records left and right, due in no small part to the mainstream media’s dogmatic marketing campaign, while triggering strong emotions left and right, if you catch my drift. There has been much talk of the politics of this movie and yet they cannot be overstated. Set in an “Afro-futurist” world unencumbered by white influence or oppression, but somehow light-years ahead of the Western world in technology and sophistication, the isolationist nation of Wakanda is led by King T’Challa, also known as the Black Panther. It exists beyond an invisible barrier or wall separating…

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Metal-import Taxes Will Make America Rusty Again

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President Trump deserves applause for boosting the prospects for this county’s forgotten manufacturing workers, notably in steel and aluminum. Democrats lately have neglected these Americans. Hillary Clinton barely campaigned among them in Michigan in fall 2016, and she thoroughly ignored them in Wisconsin. Alas, Trump is doing this all wrong. He likely will hurt the very middle class that he has championed since his escalator ride onto the political stage. Trump aims to protect U.S. metal makers with new taxes of 25 percent on foreign steel and 10 percent on overseas aluminum. “Tariffs” is just a jumped-up word for taxes on…

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Against Free Trade Dogmatism

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President Donald Trump announced last week that he plans on slapping a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum. Everyone seemingly lost their minds in response. Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, and the mainstream media all had the same reaction: they universally opposed it. Where’s the other side to this story? The fact that no mainstream media outlet, politician, or think tank “economist” is willing to even mention the other side of the story will raise questions in every critical mind. Clearly the political and media establishment are all on-board for free trade. But…

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The Liberty Conservative Endorses Rick Saccone In PA-18 Special Election

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The Liberty Conservative has announced its endorsement of Pennyslvania State Rep. Rick Saccone in the special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district. Saccone, who served as a principled conservative and a champion of limited government in the state legislature, defeated two establishment Republicans opponents to clinch the nomination, and now faces Clinton ally Conor Lamb. While Saccone boasts the backing of President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and the Club for Growth, Clinton-connected megadonors are pouring millions of dollars into Lamb’s candidacy, hoping to inflict a blow to President Trump before the mid-term elections. Although Lamb masquerades as a moderate…

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There Are Fewer School Shootings Now Than During The 1990s

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Now that I have several children, I’m often in the company of other parents who talk about the way things “used to be.” When the issue of child safety comes up, I hear parents sadly shake their heads and say things like “it’s not like it was when we were kids … the world is so much more dangerous now.”  Usually, the sentiment behind this idea is that there are more murders now than there used to be.  Now, I’m not exactly known for being a Pollyanna, but I am willing to admit when things are not, in fact, getting…

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The Myth Of America’s “Stingy” Welfare State

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According to the usual news sources, Donald Trump’s new budget proposal “envisions steep cuts to America’s social safety net” and will “gut social programs.” Most of the cuts were proposed to pave the way for more Pentagon spending.  In truth, Trump’s proposal doesn’t matter, and Congress will set to work piling on more deficit spending for both social programs and for the Pentagon.  But, the debate of “gutting” social programs will no doubt be used to perpetuate, yet again, the myth that the United States is ruled by libertarian social Darwinists who ensure that no more than a few pennies are spent via…

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CPAC’s Foes Hurl Fake Racism Charges At Right’s Venerable Gathering

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American Conservative Union communications director Ian Walters, ACU chairman Matt Schlapp, and the ACU-sponsored Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) are being accused of racism due to Walters’ comments at last Friday’s Ronald Reagan dinner. These phony charges deserve rejection and scorn. I attended that banquet and watched Schlapp invite Walters to the stage for an unexpected honor — a sort of lifetime-achievement award that startled Walters and surprised the crowd. Visibly stunned, Walters observed that conservatives struggled to respond to Obama’s election in 2008. “That was a hill we got over,” Walters ad-libbed, “and it was something we were all…

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What’s Next For Gun Policy Reform?

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With pressure on both the administration and congressional leaders to move forward with gun policy reforms, it was no surprise that Monday’s White House Press briefing received a myriad of questions regarding President Trump’s position on various gun policy proposal. President Trump has met with students and parents of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, state Governors, and NRA leader Wayne LaPierre to discuss the initiation of safer schools and communities. According to Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, the goal of the administration is to “protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, while keeping guns out of the hands of those who pose a…

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Freedom Caucus Candidate Prevails In AZ-8 Special Election Primary

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Former State Sen. Debbie Lesko prevailed on Tuesday in the Republican special election primary to succeed outgoing Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) in Arizona’s 8th congressional district with 35.8% of the vote, beating her nearest challenger, former State Sen. Steve Montenegro, by 11 points. Lesko had been endorsed by Freedom Caucus leaders Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), as well as Arizona Caucus member Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and the Caucus’s political arm, the House Freedom Fund. She was known for her fiscally conservative record during her tenure in the Arizona state legislature, but was criticized by opponents for directing…

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Profit And Pleasure: The Tragedy Of Human Trafficking And The Power Of Pornography

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It was a small solemn room in which many were seated with serious expressions. Around me sat clergy of many faiths, from Nuns to Coptics to Evangelicals. All gathered to hear a panel at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in DC centered around on a little recognized epidemic. The daunting discussion was on the Human Sex Trafficking of young women, girls and boys across the United States and the world, paramount to a new sexual slave trade ensnaring millions. The stories shared brought shock or sadness to some and seething anger to others. A Coptic Orthodox Priest with a…

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Where Are All The Right-Wing Intellectuals In Academia?

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You might have had the privilege of taking a course on Friedrich Nietzsche or Martin Heidegger in the Philosophy Department here at Cal – or perhaps you had the good luck of studying H. P. Lovecraft or D. H. Lawrence in an English course. If you were lucky, you might have heard tell of Arthur Schopenhauer or Oswald Spengler’s influence on these writers and philosophers. Undoubtedly their politics came up in passing – and certainly you heard them dismissed as racist, nativist, sexist, and every other slur under the sun. But did your professor or graduate student instructor have you…

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Annihilation Movie Review: Has The Left Officially Ruined Science Fiction?

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Believe me: I’d love to write a movie review of director Alex Garland’s brand-new sci-fi flick Annihilation where I could address its retro-futuristic score, kaleidoscopic graphics, and thought-provoking ideas – but instead of judging the film based on its artistic merits, I’m forced to take a skeptical look at its politics. Alex Garland had shown himself to be something of an ‘indie’ director with his debut film Ex Machina (2015), which was well-received by critics for its exploration of the subject of artificial intelligence. So I wasn’t expecting a radical departure from his independent cast of thought and an excessive…

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Making Of a Tragedy: The Cowards Of Broward County

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In the wake of all mass shootings, the predictable exhortation from the conservative corner of our national discourse is to wait before injecting politics into the discussion. It’s out of respect for the dead, it’s an instinct to not use these tragic victims as political footballs. This isn’t a competition between dueling ideologies. The Left has no such qualms about instantly leaping to their emotionally charged conclusions and maybe they have a point. Maybe it’s more disrespectful to the victims to not politicize their untimely deaths. Maybe the most respectful thing we could do is to leap directly into action.…

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Slam The Brakes On Proposed Gas-tax Hike

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Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Republicans are on a roll. So, why is President Donald Trump praising a gas-tax hike to finance his infrastructure plan? Despite House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi’s complaints that the GOP tax-rate reductions are “Armageddon, “crumbs,” and — as of Tuesday — “unpatriotic,” Americans are growing fond of tax reform. Tax-relief promises helped boost GDP growth from 2016’s 1.5 percent (under Obama) to 2017’s 2.3 percent (under Trump). Unemployment is just 4.1 percent. And some 3.8 million Americans at 377 companies are enjoying bonuses, higher wages, lower power bills, and other post-tax-cut benefits. Survey Monkey has watched the tax cut’s popularity…

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Stop Blaming Mexican Violence On American Guns

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2017 may have been the worst year for homicide in Mexico since the government began keeping track in the 1990s.  It’s a safe bet that the homicide rate isn’t coming anywhere near what it was in the years surrounding the revolution. But it may be the worst rate in several decades. 

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Assault Weapons: America’s Final Barrier To Tyranny

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In what has become a grim routine, some sickeningly look to capitalize on the mass outpouring of anger and grief following mass shootings to push a political agenda – namely, the implementation of so-called “common-sense” gun control. Debates on the issue, much like the recent town-hall discussion hosted by CNN, regularly devolve into kangaroo courts where those who oppose “common-sense” reforms are interrogated, bullied, and demonized. “If you’re not with us, you’re with the child murderers,” is their slogan of choice.

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Marion Le Pen Draws Parallels Between Conservatism And Nationalism In CPAC Address

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Marion Le Pen, niece of French National Front leader Marine Le Pen, spoke before the CPAC audience today in National Harbor, MD. She drew parallels between conservatism and nationalism during her speech, and gave an international touch to the ethnocentric affair. “Our freedom is now in the hands of the European Union,” Le Pen said. She framed the French struggle in terms that Americans could understand. “Let me be clear here. I am not offended when I hear President Trump say America First. In fact, I want America First for the American first. I want Britain first for the British…

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Security Works At Disney — But Can’t Work At a Public School?

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An odd thing has happened. Advocates for gun control have actually begun arguing against practical measures addressing school security. Rather than take strategies that can be implemented virtually immediately, and which address the dangers in a specific place in a common-sense way, gun control advocates would rather focus on a political victory at some point in the future and continue to leave schools without proper security measures.  The general argument is that any effort at meaningful security is unacceptable because it turns schools into “fortresses.” Numerous examples of this line of reasoning can be found on Twitter. They are often remarkably similar…

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A Strategic Realignment Of Conservative Priorities

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We don’t know for sure if Charles Darwin actually said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change,” but whether he said it or not, it’s an insightful observation that transcends the context of natural selection. It is supremely relevant in this day and age of a Republican Party and conservative movement both in a state of flux after Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency. The RINOs in congress and various think tanks and the Never Trumpers are enormously outnumbered by the…

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Key Gubernatorial Races In The 2018 Midterm Election

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After successfully holding the gubernatorial seat in Virginia, as well as flipping the state of New Jersey following the departure of unpopular Republican Chris Christie, Democrats hope to seize more gubernatorial seats in 2018 – a critical objective as many Governors elected this year will play a major role in the process of re-drawing congressional lines following the upcoming Census. Republicans currently hold 33 gubernatorial seats, its highest total since World War II, while Democrats hold 16. The lone remaining seat, in Alaska, is held by an independent.

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Shootings: Why Don’t Schools Have Better Security?

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Whenever there is a mass shooting in the media, commentators rush to figure out on what to blame the latest violence. Predictably, those who want gun control blame gun control. Others blame mental illness — and perhaps a lack of government programs related to it. Some others blame racism or ideology, as was the case with the Aurora theater shooting when one ABC talking head concluded the shooter must a “Tea Party” member within hours of the shooting. And then there’s the Republican politician who blamed the same shooting on “the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs.”

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GOP Spending Bonanza Screams For Budget Reforms

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There’s plenty to hate about last week’s GOP surrender on the federal budget. According to Citizens Against Government Waste, this nearly $300 billion extravaganza is “a 14 percent annual spending increase over current levels.” This exceeds 2017’s 2.1 percent inflation rate nearly seven-fold. Even worse, this spend-o-rama avoids structural reforms to limit, or even reverse, the damage from this midnight raid on the Treasury. Among the items that Congress should have included:

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DOJ And FBI Subjected Trump To Watergate Without The Break-in

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Two recently declassified documents offer chilling details on how deeply Department of Justice and FBI leaders intervened in the 2016 election, to advance Hillary Clinton and stymie Donald J. Trump. GOP senators Charles Grassley of Iowa and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina penned a,January 4 criminal referral against former British spy Christopher Steele. A January 18 memo by House Intelligence Committee Republicans outlines DOJ and FBI abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). These records confirm actions by Trump haters atop DOJ and FBI to assure Hillary’s election and foil Trump’s nascent government by deceiving federal judges (in another branch of government) and manipulating America’s…

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Secession Movements In Mexico Challenge Federal Power

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Earlier this month, The New York Times reported on a remarkable development in Mexico. In an article titled “Losing Faith in the State, Some Mexican Towns Quietly Break Away” we discover that some municipalities in Mexico are turning to de facto secession in order to put a stop to the rampant drug-cartel violence that has become so problematic: “Tancítaro represents a quiet but telling trend in Mexico, where a handful of towns and cities are effectively seceding, partly or in whole. These are acts of desperation, revealing the degree to which Mexico’s police and politicians are seen as part of the threat. Visit three such…

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