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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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A Message To Congress: Repeal Obamacare, Then Get Out Of The Way

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The drama and tension surrounding the future of healthcare in the United States give House of Cards a run for its money. To say that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, nicknamed Obamacare) is falling apart would be a great understatement. Like many issues facing our country, the disaster that is the ACA is a clear example of misguided government intervention. While the recent tax cut legislation Congress passed repeals the individual mandate, Republicans in Congress should not even dare to think that they are now off the hook for their years of promising to repeal Obamacare once they regained control.…

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How President Trump Can Build Infrastructure The Right Way

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In a stellar State of the Union, President Trump was firmly in control Tuesday evening as he addressed leaders in all three branches of government. Trump offered specific ideas on immigration, national security, and — for terminally ill patients — an urgent “Right to Try” experimental, possibly life-saving drugs. He also invited Democrats to collaborate with him on multiple issues. But Trump’s scowling resistance was virtually paralyzed. The Party of No refused to stand and cheer even the fact that black unemployment is at record lows. This reveals just how little liberal Democrats really care about black Americans.

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Special Election In PA’s 18th District: Critical Test For Both Parties

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The first major special election of 2018 is set to occur less than two months from now in southwest Pennsylvania, and the result could paint a clearer picture of the political climate as the midterm election approaches. On March 13, voters in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional district will cast ballots in a special election to replace former Republican Representative Tim Murphy, who resigned following reports he encouraged a woman with whom he was having an affair to have an abortion. The Republican candidate is state Representative and former Air Force counterintelligence officer Rick Saccone, while the Democratic candidate is former federal…

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Border Wall Needed For National Security, Counterterrorism

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As the bench-clearing brawl over border security roars on, it would behoove wall advocates to broaden their pitch. A wall would slash illegal immigration on the southern frontier. And it also would bolster U.S. national security and counterterrorism. Not every illegal alien dodges Gila monsters and skirts cacti in search of the American dream. Beyond old-fashioned killers, such as the remarkably brutal MS-13 gang, “special interest aliens” hail from nations rife with militant Islam, including Iran, Pakistan, and Syria. Most of these border jumpers may be perfectly harmless, but the risk that even a few may crave American blood is…

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Schumer Shutdown Debacle Reveals Dems’ Historical Cynicism And Racism

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In addition to being a leftist icon, President Lyndon B. Johnson was an extraordinary vulgarian and a rabid racist. Prior to the passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, he is said to have told fellow Democratic power players that the bill would initiate a liberal golden age in which “those niggers” would be “voting Democratic for two hundred years.” An eccentric purported whore-monger at Snopes would have you believe that because this quote is “unproven” it is not worth taking seriously. Not long ago our current Commander-in-Chief is alleged to have referred to Haiti and Africa as “shitholes.”…

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ISIS Is Defeated, So Let’s Bring The Troops Home

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In the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, much was made of the threat of ISIS. Wild threats abounded as candidates fought each other over who would come down harder on the then-thriving Islamic State. Sen. Ted Cruz threatened to “carpet bomb (ISIS) into oblivion.” Now-President Donald Trump promised to “bomb the (expletive) out of ‘em.” Former Secretary of State and presidential participation trophy winner Hillary Clinton added the possibility of war with Russia by insisting on a no-fly zone over Syria. And who could forget neocon mascots Sens. Rick Santorum and Lindsey Graham engaging in what amounted to a bidding…

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Control Of The Senate Hinges On 12 Critical Races In 2018 Midterms

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While the Democratic Party hopes to capitalize on its victory in the Alabama special election to win back control of the Senate, the sheer number of seats they must defend, especially in states won by President Trump in 2016, makes the prospect of wresting back control of the Senate a significant challenge at best. Heading into the 2018 midterms, Republicans hold a slim 51-47 majority, with two seats held by independents who caucus with the Democrats. Democrats are poised to defend 25 seats (including both independents), while Republicans must defend eight. While the lopsided number of contested seats held by…

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First Anniversary Of Trump Era Finds Americans Great Again

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Are you better off now than you were one year ago? From the Potomac to Puget Sound, President Donald J. Trump and other Republicans should ask voters this exact question. Their answers should buoy GOP prospects for November’s mid-term elections. Saturday marks one year since President Trump’s inauguration. Since January 20, 2017, Trump and the GOP Congress have mopped up much of the previous management’s mess. Obama’s hectoring, anti-business tone has been hushed. His class warfare, “global-warming” fetish, and lead-from-behindism are neutralized. Some 1,500 absurd and intrusive regulations, many of them Obama’s brainchildren, have been junked. And Obama’s taxaholism has been…

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Trump Towers Over Mainstream Media Monkeys

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Much to the chagrin of the mental midgets in the mainstream media, former president Barack Hussein Obama appointee Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, has given President Trump a clean bill of health. More important than his physical fitness is President Trump’s mental acuity which was also noted by Admiral Jackson. For the record, that’s one more churlish liberal narrative obliterated. Our president is not an imbecile and he’s not crazy. He’s large and incharge and crushing everything he lands on. Tax reform was, is, and will for the foreseeable future be, a huge deal. It’s a feather in a cap already…

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Don’t Force Google To Hire Conservatives

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On January 8th, 2018, former Google employee James Damore filed a discrimination lawsuit against the tech giant. Damore made national headlines last year after he released the Google Memo. In the memo, Damore alleged that Google has shunned ideas that disrupt their leftist narrative. Google fired Damore for drafting this now infamous memo. The lawsuit lists Google’s discrimination against white conservative men as a violation of Damore’s rights. Despite the outright immorality of Google’s anti-freedom bias, James Damore is wrong to sue. Ultimately, James Damore will only damage freedom if he wins this lawsuit. Assuming the judge sides with him, Damore will…

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The FBI’s Attacks On MLK, Jr. Are Helpful Reminders For Today

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Writing for the Wall Street Journal in 2005, federal judge and former U.S. deputy attorney general Laurence Silberman recalled how he was “shocked” to discover the extent the FBI abused its power to spy on Americans.  Speaking of the first time he reviewed the files of J. Edgar Hoover, Silberman writes how Hoover tasked “his agents with reporting privately to him on any bits of dirt on figures such as Martin Luther King or their families — information Hoover sometimes used as blackmail to ensure his and the bureau’s power.”

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Trump Is Correct, Haiti Is a Shithole

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As with many, if not most, of the reported obscenities to have emerged from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the latest raft of divulged vulgarities are based upon anonymous sources with one exception. In addition to the unnamed, faceless rats who leaked President Trump’s recent, “shithole” comments, there is one verified witness of our fearless leader’s alleged latest debacle, senior senator from Illinois and dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, Dick Durbin. The Daily Wire was quick to note Mr. Durbin’s tenuous relationship with the truth in the specific context of his history of deceptive disclosures regarding the inner workings of the White House. It’s not…

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Now’s a Great Time To Stop Meddling In Haiti

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Earlier this week, President Trump allegedly disparaged Haiti, describing it as “sh*thole.” The response has been what you might expect. It’s been a torrent of demands for apologies from the Trump administration and commentary on how “troubling” Donald Trump’s views are.  Upon hearing of such comments supposedly directed at Haitians, a well informed person might be tempted to think “if only this were the worst thing a US president has inflicted upon the Haitian people.” 

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Peter Tatchell And The Total State

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I have some respect for Peter Tatchell. He campaigned against the anti-homosexual laws before this was a safe thing to do. He has shown courage on other issues. This being said, I am troubled by his latest set of recommendations. Writing on the 8th January 2018 for The Friends of Europe blog, he declares that “equal rights are not enough.” It is not enough for people to be treated equally before the law. It is also necessary for children to be brainwashed into agreeing with him. He says:

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Thanks, Government — Nearly Half Of Puerto Rico Is Still Without Power

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In the wake of Hurricane Maria, most of Puerto Rico lost electricity. Since electronic transactions were not longer possible under these conditions, the Federal Reserve was forced to fly a planeload of cash to the island to avoid a total breakdown of the economy there.  But even then, we were assured that the loss of power was a momentary blip. Everything would be back to normal soon.  But as of December 29 (more than three months after the hurricane hit) only 55% percent of power-company customers actually have power again. The good news is that the “Army Corps of Engineers has projected that power…

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DACA: ‘A Bill Of Love’ Or A Bill Of Goods?

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DACA. That’s the magic word, the “Open Sesame” of sorts, that stopped Democrats from saying President Donald Trump was senile. DACA is the acronym for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” The DACA program is Barack Obama’s grant of education, food stamps, health care, a shot at a job and a reprieve from deportation for the youthful alien among us. Or, for the older illegal immigrant who still has that certain, impish je ne sais quoi, and can pass for a younger lawbreaker. Trump said “DACA,” and he said it with love.

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President Trump Seems Far Saner Than His Critics

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After 18 months of scrutiny, the accusation that candidate Donald J. Trump colluded with the Kremlin looks as empty as a Soviet store shelf. Far-Left Democrats screamed for Trump’s impeachment even before his inauguration. Nonetheless, the House considered articles of impeachment on. The measure was massacred 58-364. In fact, 126 Democrats just said, “Nay.” Undeterred, the Trump-loathing Left’s latest gambit is that the president is “unfit for office” due to mental illness.

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No, We Don’t Need A Federal “Solution” To Infrastructure Problems

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On December 19, an Amtrak train in Washington State killed three people and injured 100 others when it derailed and crashed into traffic lanes on a nearby highway. The day before, Atlanta’s international airport suffered a disastrous power outage: the whole airport, the world’s busiest, went dark for 11 hours. Thousands of flights were disrupted. For many hours nobody in authority attempted to explain—or even seemed able to explain—what had happened. Both cases have been used to bolster claims that the US federal government needs to spend more on infrastructure.  In the wake of the Washington derailment, President Trump quickly took…

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Feminist Rewriting Of Morality: Abortion Is Empowerment

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In the 1993 film ‘Schindler’s List’, directed by Steven Spielberg, there’s a scene where the main character Oskar Schindler (played by Lian Neeson) is speaking with Nazi soldier Amon Goeth (played by Ralph Fiennes). Schindler explains what real power means. His explanation is simple. Real power is when justice is deserved for an offender. However, instead of punishment, the judge pardons them.  Goeth is an evil Nazi soldier who hates the Jewish people. The movie depicts scenes where he’s standing on a balcony overlooking a concentration camp holding a rifle, shooting and killing Jewish prisoners as target practice. Within his…

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How President Trump Normalized Neoconservatism

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It’s fact: Neoconservatives are pleased with President Trump’s foreign policy. A couple of months back, Bloomberg’s Eli Lake let it know he was in neoconservative nirvana: “… for Venezuela, [Donald Trump] came very close to calling for regime change. ‘The United States has taken important steps to hold the regime accountable,’ Trump said. ‘We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people.’” “For a moment,” swooned Lake, “I closed my eyes and thought I was listening to a Weekly Standard editorial meeting.” Onward to Venezuela!

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False Allegations And The Case For Reciprocal Punishments

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Following the Harvy Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal, it was apparent our nation has a problem. For decades many accusations were swept under the rug and payouts made to keep victims quiet. All of it done to protect the reputations of industries and companies. One might say the pot finally reached its boiling point and now America’s faced with a massive overflow of accusations and terminations. While the number of firings has subsided, this recent #MeToo movement has brought to light the problems many women faced in the workplace. It’s likely companies and industries are frantically reviewing sexual harassment and misconduct policies…

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The FBI Did Everything But Drive Hillary’s Getaway Car

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The FBI did everything but drive Hillary’s getaway car. Former secretary of state Clinton is a free woman largely thanks to the tender loving care that the FBI provided her and her conspirators during its probe of her illegal, unsecure e-mail server and related abuse of government secrets. GOP lawmakers concluded this after grilling FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe on December 21, behind closed doors, according to John Solomon’s molar-grinding expose in Tuesday’s The Hill. “For the first time, investigators say they have secured written evidence that the FBI believed there was evidence that some laws were broken,” Solomon reported. This proof includes newly confirmed…

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EXCLUSIVE: CO Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Tancredo Calls For Limited Government And Strong Borders, Praises Ron Paul

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Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, a leading 2018 candidate for Governor of Colorado, elaborated on his vision for limited government and stronger border controls in an exclusive interview with The Liberty Conservative. Tancredo previously ran for Governor in 2010 as the Constitution Party candidate, coming in second place, with 36.4% of the vote. Now, he has rejoined the Republican Party, which he sees as essential in order to avoid the restrictions that have been set up by the major parties against third parties. “I’d make it as easy as possible for third parties to run – I have nothing against…

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Paul Backs Trump On Pakistan: He “Comes From A Wing Of The Party That Represents A Lot Of The Things That I’ve Said”

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has backed President Donald Trump’s call to reduce foreign aid to Pakistan, and is prepared to work closely with the administration to help achieve this objective. “I couldn’t agree more. I’ve been fighting to end aid to Pakistan for years and will again lead the charge in the Senate. Let’s make this happen,” Paul said in a tweet on Monday. After Paul had a phone conversation with the President on this issue on Tuesday, he decided to elaborate his position further during an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox News. “You know, I think most Americans…

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Rand Paul Criticizes Prospective Mitt Romney Senate Bid, Citing ‘Romneycare’

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) appeared critical of reports that 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is considering a run for Senate, in the wake of Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) announcing his retirement on Tuesday. When questioned about his thoughts regarding a prospective Romney bid by Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, Paul appeared dismissive. “I’ve met Mitt Romney before, I don’t know if in Utah they’d hold it against him that he was the Governor of another state across the country – a lot of those things would have to be decided over time.” Although most commentators believe Romney will easily get…

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2017 Was Trump’s Year Of Winning Dangerously

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For President Donald J. Trump, 2017 concludes unlike how it commenced. Huge distractions arrived early, including court battles concerning Trump’s travel restrictions on terror-torn nations, a Niagara Falls of classified leaks, and loud threats of impeachment over alleged Russian collusion. Meanwhile, repealing and replacing Obamacare, expected to take just a few months, devolved into a quagmire that devoured time, energy, and morale. But 2017 ends as Trump’s Year of Winning Dangerously. He has navigated these and other troubled waters and defied his liberal and conservative critics. As he puts it: “We are compiling a long and beautiful list” of achievements.

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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You’re more than likely familiar with Aesop’s brief fable of a mouse and a lion. If you’ve lived under a rock your whole life I’ll bring you up to speed: A mouse convinces a lion to spare his life in exchange for the promise of a future favor. Cue the future. The lion finds himself trapped in a hunter’s net and the mouse responds to his roar and saves him from the net. It’s a quaint story with a timeless message, that is, a kindness is never wasted. It’s a nice thought but we don’t live in a fable, we…

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Turning Point USA Holds Successful Conference Despite Mainstream Media’s Sabotage Efforts

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Last week, The Liberty Conservative covered the Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit in West Palm Beach, FL. The event was largely considered a success, but was marred by a hit piece that was dropped by the New Yorker conveniently timed to undermine the event. This was supposed to be a big bombshell, but largely fell flat. It consisted of the same old accusations of racism fueled by an anti-black text message released by a now former employee as well as the testimonials of bitter ex-employees with axes to grind because they are no longer getting paychecks. The article also…

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President Trump Unleashes The Engines Of Growth

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It was a little over a year ago that I wrote my first article for the Liberty Conservative, “The Authors of Prosperity.” Published on the 20th of November, 2016, it expounds on the promise of then-candidate Donald Trump’s intent to slash taxes for individuals, couples, and businesses, and in so doing, usher in an epoch of wealth generation the likes of which most millennials can’t fathom. This would not be an unprecedented feat, and I wrote of how Harding and Coolidge, Kennedy, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush all stewarded over economic rebounds and successes through of conservative tax reform. In my…

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Rand Paul Calls For Investigation Into “High Ranking Obama Officials” Who May Have “Colluded” Against Trump

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has accused the Obama administration of having illegally attempted to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in a tweet sent out Thursday. “Time to investigate high ranking Obama government officials who might have colluded to prevent the election of [Donald Trump]!” Paul stated. “This could be WORSE than Watergate!” Paul has previously suggested that the Obama administration may have illegally spied on his own 2016 presidential campaign. “I have formally requested from the WH and the Intel Committees info on whether I was surveilled by Obama admin and or the Intel community!” Paul stated on…

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Donald Trump Jr: An Anti-American Conspiracy Is Out To Sabotage My Father!

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Donald J. Trump Jr. did not mince words during his address to the Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit yesterday. He called out the deep state conspiracy that is trying to sabotage his father’s presidency, and his ‘Make America Great Again’ agenda. “There is, and there are, people at the highest levels of government that don’t want to let America be America,” Trump Jr. said yesterday. Right now, Trump Jr. is currently under investigation by the feds for his possible role in a Russian conspiracy. That hasn’t stopped the man, clearly cut from the same cloth as his brash father,…

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Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit Kicks Off With Exhilarating Night Of Speakers

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On Tuesday, thousands of young conservative activists aged 15-25 from across the country convened and left with free t-shirts and smiles as Turning Point USA kicked off what should be their biggest event to date. West Palm Beach, FL is the backdrop of the third-annual Student Action Summit. Over three thousand of the top student activists have come from all corners of the United States of America for the event, it is just getting started. The event goes all the way until Dec. 22. The activists watched speakers such as Ben Shapiro of the Daily Wire, Dennis Prager of PragerU,…

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Busting Statist And Scripture-Based Fibs For A Borderless America

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When preaching immigration leniency and lawlessness in America, immigration bleeding hearts should lay off the Hebrew Bible, Leviticus 19:34, in particular. “The stranger that sojourneth with you shall be unto you as the home-born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.” One Rev. Ryan M. Eller, on Tucker Carlson’s show, gave a dissembling and misleading reading of the tract, in mitigation of the immigration status of Kate Steinle’s killer. The reverend glibly translated the word “sojourn” to mean citizens living among you, the latter having created, presumably, an immutable…

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Republican Senators Tank Trump’s Libertarian-Leaning Ex-Im Nominee

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President Donald Trump’s libertarian-leaning nominee to chair the Export-Import Bank, former Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), has been rejected by the Republican-controlled Senate Banking Committee. As a member of the House of Representatives, Garrett was a close associate of former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), and a member of the Freedom Caucus and the Liberty Caucus. He voted against the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, delivering a scathing critique of the institution on the House floor, and condemning it as a “corruption of the free enterprise system”. His staunch opposition to corporate welfare led to conflict with special interests who benefit substantially…

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President Donald Trump: Enemy Of The Deep State & Regulatory Destroyer

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There was much debate over how President Donald Trump would govern once he became President. His conservative and libertarian supporters thought he would use his knowledge of the system to tame it while his conservative and libertarian detractors believe he would be a bully with no concern for the Constitution and govern like a New York City liberal. Almost a year into his young presidency, his conservative and libertarian supporters are being vindicated bigly. Trump is attacking the federal bureaucracy in a way that we have not seen in generations. He has even set his sights on the Federal Bureau…

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Trump Is Better Than Santa

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He’s making a list, and he’s checking it twice. No, I’m not talking about that jolly old poster-child-for-morbid-obesity, Saint Nick. I’m talking about President Trump. His list is a little different than Santa’s. Santa compiles a list of children who are naughty and nice, the nice ones get presents, and the naughty ones get coal or something. The most fitting corollary in today’s current affairs would be Lindsey Vonn trash talking President Trump prior to her aborted efforts at the Winter Olympics. That’s a stocking full of coal if ever I’ve seen one. President Trump’s list is different than Santa’s.…

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Groupthink In Academia: The Will To Submit

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“Groupthink” is a phenomenon that social psychologists know well. It was in 1972 that Irving Janis first coined the term, and since this time the concept of groupthink has been applied to the study of decision-making in various contexts. However, all too rarely have scholars analyzed academia in terms of groupthink. Yet there can be no question that contemporary academics at most universities and colleges throughout America (and beyond) are at least as much as and, truth be told, probably much more so than anyone else under the spell of Groupthink. I have been teaching philosophy for the last 18…

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Just In Time For The Holidays, Reckless States Are Coming For Your Online Purchases

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If there is anything that gets demagogic politicians and pundits riled up, it’s the closing of tax loopholes, and the tax-hike demagogues might just be getting one of their wishes come December. Bloomberg reports that most online consumers will pay sales taxes in some shape or form in the next few months. Currently, consumers pay taxes on goods purchased straight from Amazon, but they can avoid paying taxes on goods if they purchase them through Amazon’s third-party merchants. By the start of December this could all change, as several merchants are expected to start collecting taxes in return for partial…

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Optimistic Trump Stumps For Tax Cuts

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President Donald J. Trump’s tormentors paint him as a brooding grinch who oozes pessimism. The New Republic last October decried “Trump’s dark portrayal of the country.” But Trump was Mr. Sunshine at the White House Wednesday as he promoted the Republican tax-cut plan, now in production on Capitol Hill. “The goal of my administration is for every American to know the dignity of work, the pride of a paycheck, and the satisfaction of a job well done,” Trump declared. “We want people to love waking up in the morning and going to work.” Even more broadly, Trump discussed this nation’s…

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New Yorker Fires Ryan Lizza Over Sexual Misconduct, While CNN Only Suspends Him

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2016 was the year of the mainstream media. Then candidate-Donald Trump and his allies attacked the press often for what they called fake news. The supporters of this agenda regularly attacked multiple news sources for their alleged bias. But instead of backing down, the mainstream media stood up against what they claimed as an attack on the free press. Their characterization of themselves was holy, infallible and valiant. The journalists could do no wrong. The same applied for news anchors and other prominent figures in the media. 2017 was the year they fell. Ryan Lizza was a Washington correspondent for…

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#MeToo Movement Claims Its First Life As Republican Lawmaker Commits Suicide

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The insane atmosphere created by the #MeToo movement has claimed its first life. As accusations continue to fly without evidence and due process becomes a thing of the past, Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson committed suicide after having accusations pinned on him by the mainstream media. Johnson died of a single gunshot wound on Wednesday. The bullet appeared to be self-inflicted. This came shortly after he was accused publicly of molesting a 17-year-old girl, accusations staunchly denied by the former legislator before he committed apparent suicide. “This is a tragic situation,” said Mac Brown, the chairman of the Republican Party…

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Why Justin Amash Is Correct About Spending Caps

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Congress has a bad habit of treating compromise like a good thing even in instances where it does bad things for the American people. The same can be said of bipartisanship. The problem is that in a lot of these instances, Congress coming together doesn’t mean they’re coming together for the people. If anything, they’re coming together for their own political careers. The optics of bipartisanship is stellar, it’s just the details that get ugly. It’s been an rough year for an ineffective Republican Congress that has repeatedly failed to pass various legislative promises. Now the threat of government shutdown…

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