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Takeaway from the Second Debates: GOP is Personality, Not Ideology Centered

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Within the first moments of Tuesday night’s prime time debate, Donald Trump had established his superiority. Not as a candidate whose viewpoint had validity because polling- a very constrained measure at best- suggest his message resonates with voters, but as a Stalin-esque dictator whose premier standing in the race made him final arbiter of all related matters. As he belittled ...

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Redefining the Social Contract


The social contract is implicit in every campaign. In discussing the merits of various social programs and economic plans, candidates tout the benefits citizenship and specific party membership can bring, the obvious goal being to sway a plurality of the polity into voting for their vision of government. By extension, a positive vote for one plan is a negative vote ...

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The Evils of Political Tolerance Towards Rogue Regimes


The tolerance of an authoritative hand begets chaos, chaos in which dishonesty and maliciousness reign. Yet, it is precisely this hand of appeasement America has extended to the regimes whose antics resemble those of the lashing out of a petulant child. Dissidents in Syria, Ukraine and Cuba have called out to the United States for help. But the Obama administration ...

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The Coming Social Security War


When one faction of politicians makes a principled stance and threatens to shut down the government, the opposing faction likes to conjure up images of an apocalyptic world where the sick and the elderly are left to starve because they cannot get their federal benefits. As it turns out, the real threat to entitlements is a fully functioning government doing ...

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The Myth of Expansive Workers’ Rights


For many, Labor Day is a chance to seize the remaining vestiges of summer- the final trip to the beach, the last picnic before the weather turns too crisp. But for many politicians and labor activists, it’s a chance to harp on the supposed horrors of American capitalism. Because apparently any wage below $15 an hour is exploitation. As are ...

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Rampant Hatch Act Violations Revealed in Clinton Emails


The Hatch Act was first passed in 1939 to protect against the development of an oligarchy where high level political appointees use their official titles and powers to sway elections. Most federal employees who work for the executive branch are prohibited to some degree from participating in political activity. Members of the executive departments are held to less stringent standards, ...

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The Other Side of the Clinton Email Scandal

hillary clinton

Yesterday the State Department released another 7,000 pages of email correspondence sent and received by Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of State. Despite the announcement that Clinton viewed even more classified material through her private address, the sympathetic media is, predictably, making little of it. Clinton’s puerile blame-shifting and finger-pointing defense continues. And it is likely to do ...

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The Deeper Problem With Hillary Clinton Likening Republicans to Terrorists


Yesterday, Hillary Clinton launched another attack in the long-running Democrat guerrilla warfare campaign against the “war on women.” In an incredibly bold and impassioned display of rhetoric, which in no way made the same sort of ad hoc judgments her ilk claim to so despise, the Democrat frontrunner likened pro-life Republican presidential candidates to terrorists. As a registered Republican and ...

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Has the Right Abandoned Free Market Economics?

From the earliest days of the republic, a faction of people have recognized the inextricable tie between economic and civil liberty. During the days of the Constitutional Convention, minus the protections afforded by the Bill of Rights, much dissent focused on the affect unchecked taxing power could have in allowing despotism to flourish: “By virtue of their power of taxation, ...

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Is Modern Politics Just a Semantics Game?

Donald Trump

Donald Trump may have brought the immigration issue to the forefront of the primary, but the nuances have effectively become a cudgel with which the media can beat him and his running mates. And yet none of the questions asked in sanctimonious tones by anchors who confuse intensity and anger with serious skepticism seem concerned with the actual merit of ...

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Is Rule of Law Dead in America?


When the president rules by fiat, touting the dual powers of his pen and his phone, and the Supreme Court commandeers legislative power, political rule of law is obviously just a token on which feckless politicians run, paying lip service because it buoys political efficacy and turns out the vote. But lost in the lamentations of the tarnishing of the ...

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Could Ronald Reagan Be Elected in Today’s Republican Party?


Democrats like to point the supposed drift towards extremism in the GOP by claiming Reagan, the figurehead of the conservative resurgence, could not get elected in the party he so influenced. They, of course, mean this as a pejorative slam, but is there any truth in it? And, if so, is this a good thing? First, Ronald Reagan the rhetorician ...

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Why Joe Biden is the left’s Donald Trump

Biden Ryan

Derisive snorts, condescending snickers- these are the kind of reactions many conservatives have to the idea of a Joe Biden 2016 run, which is appropriate since it’s the same breezy haughtiness with which the vice president dismisses his opponents. But it is also the reaction many had to Donald Trump announcing his candidacy. And two months later Trump has a ...

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Digital Campaigning and the Rise of Populism in the 2016 Primary


Populism is amongst the most significant factors of the 2016 election cycle. Even Carly Fiorina credited competitor Donald Trump’s frontrunner status to his vehement anti-establishment rhetoric. Office seekers tout their populist credential; pundits often weigh the credentials of a candidate against it. But what does “populism” really mean, and how is it being utilized in voter outreach? The simple answer ...

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