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If 2016 is a choice between the worst options, the people bear some responsibility


A mere four years ago, pundits were bemoaning the death of the Lincoln-Douglas style debate. In an election cycle defined by quips about “binders full of women” and where the most serious dismantling of ideology involved repeatedly calling it “malarkey,” the staid deliberation of 19th century campaigning seemed the height of rhetorical finesse. If the clamoring for such gravitas seems ...

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The Trump-Ryan Feud and Intraparty Loyalty


The fast-eroding relationship between Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Donald Trump is about as friendly as the one which existed between Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany. Many have been quick to descry Ryan, who has seemingly gone through more positions on Trump than a ballerina, and other party members for disavowing the nominee so close to an ...

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Why the “GOP is out to destroy Trump” line is ludicrous

Donald Trump

The structure of the American political landscape is such that the president is the head of his or her party. This is true in both a literal and symbolic capacity. Obviously, the president is the chief executive, meaning he not only commands the greatest degree of functional power, but he also is the most visible and identifiable member of the ...

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What the vice presidential debate revealed about Hillary Clinton’s power lust


In Federalist 70, Alexander Hamilton, not exactly reticent in his support for a powerful, proactive president, wrote, “The ingredients which constitute energy in the executive are unity; duration; an adequate provision for its support; and competent powers. The ingredients which constitute safety in the republican sense are a due dependence on the people, and a due responsibility.” This latter understanding ...

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What Comey’s Testimony Reveals About the Culture of Modern Government


As is usually the case in any proceeding where Trey Gowdy is present, an exchange between the South Carolina representative and FBI director James Comey, testifying in an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, stands out of the hours of futile verbal sparring as one moment of clarity and consequence. Asked by Gowdy what Hillary Clinton would have had ...

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The Greatest Loser in the First Presidential Debate: The Truth

Donald Trump - Hillary Clinton - Debate

As with much of the 2016 campaign, Monday night’s debate drifted into strange and uncharted waters. Not only was most of the anti-trade sentiment voiced by the GOP nominee, with Donald Trump at one point suggesting he might levy a tariff against all foreign imports, but Hillary Clinton was also the harshest critic of Russia, stunning in consideration of Barack ...

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Should individual conscience or party loyalty rule at the voting booth?


Do individuals have the unequivocal right to express their opinion through the voting booth or do competing loyalties bind them to the interests of political and social organizations? In a pre-2016 America, rabid individualism seemingly would have led most citizens to assert their self-sovereignty by exercising conscience in the voting booth, but amidst the other disruptions to “politics as usual” ...

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Are digital campaigns the machine politics of the 21st century?


The days of strong-arm politics creating a single party-dominance so concrete it rivaled dynastic monarchies, when urban kingmakers such as the infamous Boss Tweed ruled from the smoky back rooms of pool halls, are now like fables in the rich backstory of America’s political heritage. Their primary purpose in the enlightened now is seemingly to convey a moral, one of ...

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Trump’s reliance on daughter for policy calls into question his leadership style

Trump in Little Rock Arkansas Barton Coliseum

This week, Donald Trump outlined a plan for the federal government to provide six weeks of paid maternity leave for those who do not receive compensation from their employers. The problem, aside from the implications that this mandate has for the right’s foundational beliefs in free-market economics and the ability of private business owners to set the terms of their ...

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NFL protests on 9/11 anniversary highlight freedoms, not injustices, of America


When San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the singing of the national anthem during a preseason football game, he was the catalyst for a still-unfolding series of protests and counter-protests. Both players from around the league and fans have expressed support and outrage for Kaepernick’s actions. Interestingly, the majority of the controversy has not been focused on Kaepernick’s ...

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The truth about the trade imbalance


At no time besides elections does the trade imbalance — the difference between the monetary value of a country’s imports and exports — become such an important yet poorly understood issue. According to recent information compiled by the Census Bureau, the United States’ trade deficit as of June 2016 stands at $39.47 billion, down slightly from a previous level of ...

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Clinton pushes dishonest message of economic nativism in attacks on Trump


In a testament to the facile trivialities to which nuanced and weighty policy issues have been reduced, Hillary Clinton’s campaign recently advanced a line of attack against Donald Trump’s economic policy which claimed the fact that various items from Trump’s clothing line are manufactured overseas proves the hypocrisy of his promise to “Make America Great Again.” The series of ads, ...

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Trump’s Statements on Libel Laws Promote Fascism

Being an opinion writer opens the floodgates for all sorts of criticism. I should know- I’ve been personally insulted and demeaned, had professors insinuate my political opinions would preclude me from employment and even, during my undergraduate days, been told that my conservatism should get me thrown out of my journalism degree program. Despite all this, I have never once ...

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Candidates demonizing campaign finance reform infantilize voters


With the Iowa caucus, electoral politics have made a rather splashy re-entrance to the public dialogue, and a familiar bogeyman has snuck in with it. Since the Supreme Court issued its decision in Citizens United v. FEC in 2010 politicians on the left and right have sought to curry easy electoral points by vilifying this victory for freedom of speech, ...

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Palin’s endorsement is day that will live in infamy for conservatives

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump has generated a lot of salacious talk from pundits over-eager for election-crushing political gossip. The theories range- some believe she is no longer relevant, some believe Palin’s action was a calculated political bid for the VP nod. But most seem to believe this is an attempt to bring conservatives over from grassroots darling Ted ...

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