Today, college and university students are facing a crisis involving their basic rights.
For decades, the highest courts of America have recognized that the Constitution broadly permits the freedom to express one’s opinions. However, this basic right that is absolutely fundamental to democracy is under attack. The right to free speech is the first and most fundamental civil liberty. It enables us to engage in social discourse and provide input on government decisions. No society that compromises free speech will ever be truly free.
The thesis of this article is simple. Lawful expression ought to be protected on college and university campuses that receive state funding. Continue reading →
Today, Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.
The ceremonies were meh. Everyone knew what was going to happen ahead of time – who was going to pray, who was going to read Scripture, who was going to sing and play music.
The real attraction was Trump’s inaugural address. America was eager to hear the vision Trump would offer for our nation. Trump’s address started and closed with appeals to national unity, sandwiching more policy-oriented statements. Let’s take a moment and unpack exactly what he said. Continue reading →
On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.
Trump is expected to deliver a “short” inaugural address. I will be live-blogging my reactions to the ceremonies as a whole, but especially to Trump’s inaugural address.
To see my thoughts, tune into this post, starting at 11am EST (8am PST). Continue reading →
I-1501 is an unnecessary bill that doesn’t do much of anything, except benefit unions and special interests.
I strongly urge a NO vote on this Trojan Horse initiative. It uses public sympathy for victims of identity theft to pass a highly specific union-backed policy change. Several bills incorporating that same mandate were introduced in the state legislature, but failed to pass. The people of Washington should accept the judgment of their elected representatives, and vote down this dangerous initiative. Continue reading →
Tonight, Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Mike Pence will face off in the first Vice Presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle. They are the Democratic and Republican candidates for Vice President of the United States.
They both face the same difficult task – persuading disaffected and undecided voters to join their side and vote for their ticket. Pence has the dubious distinction of running alongside Trump – he therefore has the responsibility for salvaging Trump’s disasters last week. Kaine has the unenviable job of defending Clinton and her policies from Pence’s attacks.
I will be live-blogging my reactions to the debate on this post, starting at 9pm EST (6pm PST). Continue reading →
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Donald Trump released an immigration reform policy paper in August 2015. His proposals are unrealistic, and strikingly bare of any facts, figures, or concrete implementation plans. Continue reading →
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A slew of deadly school shootings took place this October. In response, Senator Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, proposed a blanket ban on all semi-automatic rifles, which he labeled ‘assault’ weapons. He cited support from the ‘vast majority’ of Americans.
“Instead of people yelling at each other, we have got to come together on commonsense approaches which, in fact, the vast majority of the American people support. [… There is] widespread support to ban semiautomatic assault weapons, guns which have no other purpose but to kill people.”
— Bernie Sanders
However, his logic is fundamentally flawed. Here are six concrete reasons why. Continue reading →
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This is easily the most cited argument in support of what the blogger Matt Walsh has called “the highest sacrament in the Church of Liberalism.” (Matt Walsh on TheBlaze) Namely, abortion.
Many liberals seem intellectually unable to come up with better support of one of their most prized social reforms. Granted, there are some truly intelligent liberals, but they are rare and few in between. Continue reading →
“Until the courts put a stop to it, public debate over same-sex marriage displayed American democracy at its best. Individuals on both sides of the issue passionately, but respectfully, attempted to persuade their fellow citizens to accept their views. Americans considered the arguments and put the question to a vote. The electorates of 11 States, either directly or through their representatives, chose to expand the traditional definition of marriage. Many more decided not to. Win or lose, advocates for both sides continued pressing their cases, secure in the knowledge that an electoral loss can be negated by a later electoral win. That is exactly how our system of government is supposed to work.”
— Antonin Scalia in Obergefell v. Hodges
It’s one thing to hear about mass Chinese government censorship of Western social media networks and websites – it’s a whole other thing to experience it firsthand.
Every one of the top four websites on the Web (by Alexa ranking) is blocked. Continue reading →