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It’s quite likely that wherever you are reading this, you are currently subjected to lockdowns, restrictions, regulations, or executive orders to one degree or another, as government officials respond to the coronavirus pandemic with increasing coercion and control. Indeed, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that US states and cities have “imposed …

The Battle of Athens, Tennessee. Ever heard of it? It was an armed rebellion led by World War II veterans and citizens in Athens and Etowah, Tennessee against the tyrannical local government in August of 1946. A movie was even made about it, released in 1992 under the name “An …

It is a deliberate false narrative that the Speaker of the House would be appointed as acting president if the popular votes are not all counted by Jan. 20, 2021. This narrative is derived from a false conflating of the Twentieth and Twenty Fifth Amendments. The fact checkers ought to …

Why is socialism so popular? Less than ten years ago you couldn’t refer to “socialism” in a positive way and hope to have a career in American politics. Socialism was referred to as the “s” word. Now it is affirmed, either explicitly or implicitly, by just about everyone on the …

More rioting and looting broke out in American cities this week. This time, it was Philadelphia consumed by violence after a police shooting.  According to ABC News, at least 30 police officers have been injured in the violent unrest, while dozens of people have been arrested for rioting or vandalism. Mobs …

Elections are messy. As the day of any election gets closer, more stories are leaked as opponents and muckraking journalists try to hurt the opposition’s campaign. This process can be ugly—just ask John Adams and Thomas Jefferson—but it plays an important role in informing voters. It was on display just …

Is there a problem with universal mail-in balloting?  Sounds simple enough: You fill out a ballot, stick it in the mail; somebody counts it on Election Day. In fact, we already do that with absentee ballots, right? So why would universal mail-in balloting be any different?  Well, the biggest difference …

He ventured where no other man of his age dared to go. He saw things no other man of his age had ever seen. He discovered a New World. For centuries, he was universally admired as a hero. Now he’s widely considered to be a despoiler of paradise, an enslaver, …

Is racism in the DNA of white people, and is it a permanent part of American society? Critical race theorists argue that American society is structured to give white people undeserved advantages over people of color. They say people who look like me (Black) are victims. We are supposedly powerless …

When I got out of bed the morning of May 31, 2020 after a sleepless night, I knew I had to do something. I didn’t know what. Or what I would say.  I saw the protests and the riots. I had heard all the accusations about racism, racial injustice, and police …