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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 →
Donald Trump’s catchphrase is “I’m gonna make America great again.” On the surface, he’s got a lot to back it up. He’s a wealthy businessman. He knows how to handle a crowd, get attention, and say the right words to fire up crowds. He’s moderately conservative, with ultra-conservative stances on immigration balanced out with moderate stances on Planned Parenthood, guns, and gay rights, thus well-positioned to keep the right happy while stealing moderate voters from the left.
But his ‘ability’ to “make America great again” is shallow, and doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. His business savvy and crowd appeal is only a mirage. Even supposing he manages to make the Republican nomination, and by a miracle beats the Democratic nominee, his four years in office will sink America’s foreign policy and financial policy. Continue reading →
On October 1, 1997, 16-year-old Luke Woodham began to shoot his fellow-students and classmates at his school – Pearl High School in Pearl, Mississippi. Earlier that day, he had murdered his own mother, then retrieved a .30-30 lever action deer rifle and ammunition. As soon as the gunshots began to ring through the school facility, Vice Principal Joel Myrick ran to his truck to retrieve his Colt .45 pistol to fight back. While he did so, Principal Roy Balentine called 9-1-1.
Woodham’s rifle was neither semi-automatic nor automatic, requiring reloading after each shot. Woodham methodically thumbed rounds into the gun, “all business, no play […] just shooting and reloading, shooting and reloading.” (Laugesen, “A Principal and His Gun”) He shot until he could hear police sirens, than ran to his car to escape. Woodham later confessed that he had planned to drive to Pearl Junior High School and shoot even more kids until the police could show up. This plan was foiled by Principal Myrick. Two people had already been killed and seven more injured before Myrick returned to find Woodham racing to his vehicle to escape to Pearl Junior High. Myrick drew his pistol on Woodham and brought him to bay. Continue reading →
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 →
Early voting began on Friday in Washington, and ballots should start showing up in your mailbox in the next few days.
This year, the presidential race has been brutal and nasty. I’m personally backing a third party candidate, but I know many are seriously considering leaving the President and Vice President slots on their ballot blank. I sympathize with them, even though I don’t fully understand their choice.
Regardless of where you stand on the presidential election, though, one thing should be indisputable for all American voters, and that is that the down ballot matters.
The message of this post is simple – don’t forget the rest of your ballot. Vote the down ballot, and get informed about the down ballot. 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 →
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When Marco Rubio first announced his candidacy, I refused to support him. I felt that he lacked administrative experience and was not ready to lead the United States. I chose to support Scott Walker instead.
However, I have been convinced that I was wrong. When Walker dropped out of the race, I switched my support to Rubio. Rubio is experienced, equipped, and ready to take on the Democratic nominee and serve with distinction as the next president of America.
To all my friends who are old enough to vote – I urge you to take a second look at Rubio as well. I beg you to learn the truth about him, as well as the other candidates that will be on your ballot. I hope and pray that you will make an informed, logical decision based on the facts, not rhetoric or sound bites.
With that said, here are the reasons why I changed my mind about Rubio. 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 key part of Sanders’ platform includes reforms that are designed to help minorities.
As president, Sanders has promised to institute reforms designed to improve race relations, improve social justice, end racially motivated discrimination, and help lift minorities, especially blacks, out of poverty.
Sanders has constantly attempted to win broader support from minority groups, but hasn’t succeeded.
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See also Liberal Logic – Talking Points: It’s a Choice
Liberals love to claim the label of the ‘Pro-Choice Party.’
Using the word ‘choice’ to refer to abortion makes them feel nice, warm, and fuzzy. It erases the guilt of supporting organized mass murder for profit from their conscience, and instead replaces it with the happy feeling of doing something good by supporting a woman’s so-called ‘right to choose.’
The only problem with this is that liberals are only the ‘party of choice’ when that choice adheres to their preconceived agendas. Specifically, liberals only support ‘choice’ when it comes to a woman’s decision to abort (read kill) an unborn child. Continue reading →
Not to be confused with the only distantly related logical fallacy Ad Hominem.
Name-calling is the name that I personally give to the act of changing the name of some act or object or person, in an attempt to change the audience’s perception of it. Normally, name-calling is perfectly acceptable as a rhetorical device, but when it is used as an argument that purports to support or refute an argument, it is logically fallacious. Continue reading →