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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

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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

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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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Lack of Objectivity in Debate Coverage Threatens Validity in Elections

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It is “trendy” in contemporary journalist ethics to eschew objectivity as an unattainable ideal, a damper on journalists. In a way, this is rational. The veneer of objectivity goes a long way towards exerting a subversive version of Truthful reporting which, when examined, carefully picks and chooses which facts it promotes, which stories and covers and, by exclusion which is ...

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Stasis politics, not voters, is driving elections

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When Donald Trump, after several election cycles of toying with the idea, announced he was actually running for president, the conventional political pundit class snickered openly. A bombastic businessman whose controversial and often outlandish opinions, conventional wisdom dictated that he had absolutely no chance of gaining support. When that bit of prognostication turned out to be totally fallacious, the pundit ...

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What is the Place of Loyalty in Modern Politics?

What role should loyalty play in democratic politics? On the one hand, party systems are necessary to republicanism. They provide structure, put a face on distant and often shrouded political mechanization for voters, unite like-minded individuals around ideas and help them ensure they support policies that work best for them. But take this idea too far and politics becomes about ...

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Venial politics at the latest GOP debate

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Last night’s main stage GOP debate did not need to go beyond the first five minutes. The opening statements of each candidate served as an abstract for the talking points that would be elaborated over the next few hours’ discourse. Each candidate was a variation on a theme, both at an individual epistemological level and at a GOP level. Essentially, ...

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Radical Tolerance and the New Political Lexicon

Compromise in a free society should not come at the price of conscience. Too often nebulous ideas such as “civility” or “society” result in censorship, either people living in fear of upsetting people in proximity with their opinion and keeping quiet or, if they dare speak, being beat to death by the avenging angel of social justice, salivating from the ...

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The holiday shopping season should be celebrated, not demonized

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The holiday season is the time of year when capitalism and big business are critiqued even more roundly and harshly. Not only are retailers slammed as being “anti-family” for opening on Thanksgiving, Black Friday is followed by Small Business Saturday, which touts itself as being a way to “support your neighbors.” This is a particularly pernicious view of capitalism as ...

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The Death of Tolerance and Rise of Fascism in America

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It is ironic that the price of diversity is actually that which it purports to embrace. Diversity of opinion is dead. It’s epitaph, written in garish rainbow letters on an uncarved hunk of stone for fear that a particular visage or symbol might offend some group- Tolerance. America has a problem with fascism. Don’t agree that a group of whining, ...

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Substantive FOX Business Debate Largely Fair, “Soft” to Liberal Media

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Both of Tuesday night’s GOP debates finally fulfilled a criteria promised by all networks which have hosted one- they actually discussed the issues. Most candidates actually delved into the specifics of their tax plan, citing specific rates they would assess and loopholes they would close. The controversial artificial control of interest rates by the Federal Reserve was also discussed. Yes, ...

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Taking Back the Political Lexicon

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There is a vein of philosophy which holds that the existence of absolute truth is negated by the subjectivity of language. Somehow the differing physiognomy of an object like a table individual minds envisioned when the word is mentioned alters and negates the concrete nature of material entities. This is obviously intellectual sophistry of the most puerile kind- clearly, perception ...

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A Look at the Free Market Credentials of the GOP Candidates’ Tax Plans

This combo made from file photos shows the 2016 Republican presidential candidates who have officially declared their candidacy as of Sunday, July 12, 2015. Top row, from left, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Bottom row, from left, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former New York Gov. George Pataki, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, and real estate mogul Donald Trump. (AP Photo)

Wednesday night’s CNBC GOP debate was touted as economic-centric. It ended up being more about the moderators baiting the candidates with ridiculous and biased questions, such as John Harwood’s query to Mick Huckabee as to whether Donald Trump has the “moral authority” to lead the nation. But there needs to be some serious discussion of economics injected into the primaries beyond ...

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Marco Rubio’s Defense of Senate Absence Indicative of Broader Political Cultural Failings

Marco Rubio’s winsome defense of his abysmal voting record- the worst in the Senate this year- is exactly the problem with American politics. Rubio, who recently announced that he will not be seeking re-election in the Senate, has, of course, talked himself in circles explaining why his lackluster performance is not his fault- he’s running for president, the strict procedural ...

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A Tale of Two Rhetorical Strategies at the Benghazi Committee Hearing

Once upon a time, in a place now known as “the birthplace of democracy,” debate between men whose primary interest was in using discourse to expand their knowledge not demonstrate their superior intellect revolved around rhetoric. There was an inherent understanding that the way an argument was constructed was equally important to the merits of an argument. Though this recognition ...

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