The Totally, Utterly Irrefutable Case Against Socialism

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Opposition supporters hold a banner reading “No More Socialism” during a gathering with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido in Caracas on Feb. 2, 2019. (Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)


When a dozen of conservatism’s best minds take on Socialism and expose it for the utopian fraud it is, attention must be paid.

In a brief foreword to a special issue of National Review, Editor-in-Chief Richard Lowry admitted that many conservatives thought socialism in America had been “vanquished” after the collapse of Soviet Communism 30 years ago. But as T. S. Eliot insisted, “There is no such thing as a Lost Cause because there is no such thing as a Gained Cause.”

The experts examine socialism in its many guises, beginning with Charles Cooke’s blunt assessment that socialism is not and never can be “democratic.”

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Why These Defensive Uses of Firearms Should Disarm Second Amendment Skeptics

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Firearms are used in self-defense between 500,000 and 3 million times every year in the United States. (Photo: Getty Images)


At a time when many high-profile politicians are comfortable proposing laws that impose serious burdens on the right to keep and bear arms, including the mass confiscation of commonly owned firearms, it’s important to remember that those same firearms are regularly used by average Americans to defend their life, liberty, and property.

While some gun control advocates claim the Second Amendment is a dangerous historical relic, even going so far as to call for its repeal, they often overlook the fact that firearms are significantly more likely to be used for self-defense than in criminal activity.

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More Renewable Energy Coming to Texas: Government-Induced Malinvestment

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New wind and solar farms are continuing to be constructed all over Texas. Longroad Energy, a company headquartered in Massachusetts, has recently announced plans to build two new renewable energy plants in Texas, which are both set to be completed in the year 2020.

Earlier this month, Longroad Energy signed a 15-year Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) with Pennsylvania company, Crown Holdings, Inc., agreeing to supply them with over 400,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity from a new wind farm set to be located in Knox County, Texas.

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This New York Man Got Arrested After Defending His Own Home

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The county district attorney charged Ronald Stolarczyk with a felony for failing to obtain his own handgun permit and register the gun in his name. (Photo: Pratchaya/Getty Images)


All too often, advocates of strict gun control promise that more complex and convoluted laws will save lives without imposing a serious burden on the right of law-abiding citizens to exercise their constitutional rights.

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ICE Releases List of Murderers and Rapists Protected Under Sanctuary City Policies

Many criminal illegal aliens released by sanctuary jurisdictions went on to commit other crimes, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says. Pictured: An ICE special agent prepares to arrest immigration violators June 19, 2018, at a Fresh Mark meat-processing plant in Salem, Ohio. (Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)


Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a list of criminal illegal aliens who were released from jail due to sanctuary city policies, many of whom went on to commit other crimes.

Washington and Oregon, two states under Democratic Party control, have enacted some of the strongest sanctuary laws in the country that protect illegal immigrants from federal apprehension.

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Gun Rights Made All the Difference for These Intended Victims

Roughly 1 million defensive gun uses occur every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Photo: RonBailey/Getty Images)

Contrary to the rhetoric of many gun control advocates, the Second Amendment’s protection of the individual right to keep and bear arms is not a malevolent, outdated barricade to peace that must be demolished or diminished in the name of public safety.

Rather, the Second Amendment is a fundamental part of the nation’s scheme of ordered liberty.

Firearms are used far more often in self-defense than in crime.

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Tax Credits: Valuable Incentive or Slippery Slope?

TPPF, By Carly Good|June 13, 2019
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Proponents argue that economic development incentives – such as tax credits – provide a multitude of benefits to taxpayers and society at large. This apparent popularity could be due to the perception that government subsidies effectively “have no downside and cost taxpayers nothing.” However, this is simply not the case. Tax breaks do in fact have a downside and impose a huge cost to the taxpayer. For instance, when looking at renewable energy subsidies in the State of Texas, “we estimate the total cost to taxpayers and consumers of these subsidies in Texas from 2006 to 2029 to be $36 billion.”

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WISD board votes to table compensation increase

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Weatherford ISD board of trustees tabled the compensation increase in a 6-1 vote on Monday evening during the regular board meeting.

Trustees discussed increasing pay for all employees by 3 percent from the pay grade midpoint on top of the state-required pay raises for employees. They are scheduled to meet next Monday to reconsider the increase.

In the motion to table, most of the board members agreed that the compensation increase decision should be resolved by July 1. Employee contracts begin in July for 12-month and 11-month contracts, and 10-month contracts, which most teachers are on, begin in August, WISD Business and Finance Assistant Superintendent Lori Boswell said.

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Archbishop who called on pope to resign gives 1st interview since self-imposed exile

LMTonline, by Chico Harlan and Stefano Pitrelli, The Washington Post,

ROME – In the instant he became one of the most controversial figures in modern Catholic Church history, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò went dark.

The retired Vatican ambassador to Washington wrote a bombshell letter last summer calling on Pope Francis to resign on the grounds that he had tolerated a known sexual abuser. As that letter was published, Viganò turned off his phone, told friends he was disappearing, and let the church sort through the fallout.

Nine months later, in his first extended interview since that moment, Viganò refused to disclose his location or say much about his self-imposed exile. But his comments indicate that, even in hiding, he is maintaining his role as the fiercest critic of the Francis era, acting either as an honorable rebel or, as his critics see it, as an ideological warrior attacking a pope he doesn’t like.

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Nullification ~ “the rightful remedy” for federal acts outside the constitution

In 1798, Thomas Jefferson wrote that nullification was “the rightful remedy” for federal acts outside the constitution.

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But what did that mean? And how do you nullify?

When Jefferson told us that “every state has a natural right” to nullify federal acts outside the constitution, he didn’t say how to do it.

In fact, even though a few decades later, some of his most prominent supporters claimed to base their own nullification process on his advice, he never in his life actually gave us step-by-step nullification instructions.

So is Jeffersonian nullification just an abstract philosophical concept? Did he leave us totally in the dark?

Well, he did leave a pretty serious clue about how to nullify in his draft of the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798. In response to the hated Alien and Sedition Acts, he called on each state to:

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