Category Archives: National Issues

What Liberals Forget: Before the Welfare State, Americans Took Care of Each Other

The Daily Signal, Ben Shapiro


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., attends a session called “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the New Left” during the 2019 South by Southwest conference on March 9 in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Samantha Burkardt/Getty Images for South by Southwest conference)

Over the weekend, Democratic fresh face and socialist darling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., spoke at the South by Southwest conference. While sitting amidst the enormous bounty provided by capitalism—top-notch electronic equipment, a massive crowd of paid ticket holders—AOC tore into capitalism.

She called the system that has raised 80 percent of the globe from extreme poverty since 1980 “irredeemable.” She railed against the injustice of people having to work jobs rather than write poetry—as though socialist countries are famous for ensuring that people work only the jobs they find spiritually rewarding.

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The Left is Doubling Down on Scheme to Pack the Supreme Court

The Daily Signal, by Jarrett Stepman, March 08, 2019


Anything the left can’t control, it aims to destroy.

From campaigns to abolish the Senate to the growing movement to upend the Electoral College after Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the 2016 presidential election, progressives have few qualms about getting rid of long-standing constitutional institutions.

Now they’re doubling down on their efforts to wage war on the Supreme Court.

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Shall We Defend Our Common History?

Imprimis, January, 2019


The following is adapted from a talk delivered on board the Crystal Symphony on July 19, 2018, during a Hillsdale College educational cruise to Hawaii.

The recent news that the University of Notre Dame, responding to complaints by some students, would “shroud” its twelve 134-year-old murals depicting Christopher Columbus was disappointing. It was not surprising, however, to anyone who has been paying attention to the widespread attack on America’s past wherever social justice warriors congregate.

Notre Dame, a Congregation of Holy Cross institution, may not be particularly friendly to its Catholic heritage. But its president, the Rev. John Jenkins, demonstrated how jesuitical (if not, quite, Jesuit) he could be. Queried about the censorship, he said, apparently without irony, that his decision to cover the murals was not intended to conceal anything, but rather to tell “the full story” of Columbus’s activities.

Welcome to the new Orwellian world where censorship is free speech and we respect the past by attempting to elide it.

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Noncitizen Voting Called ‘Next Battle Space’ in Fight for Election Integrity

The Daily Signal, Kevin Mooney / /


Voter Shane Schoepke drops his ballot Nov. 6, 2018, at the Voter Service and Polling Center at the Arvada, Colorado, Department of Motor Vehicles. (Photo: Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Americans willing to volunteer their time to ensure that only lawful votes are cast and counted in upcoming elections got a critical piece of advice during the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“A lot of you know about voter ID,” former Justice Department lawyer J. Christian Adams said Friday at CPAC, the annual gathering of conservative activists just outside Washington. “But that’s yesterday’s issue and it is 10 years old. Voter ID is not the solution; the left has moved on.”

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Gun Grabbers Admit Feds Can’t Enforce Laws Without State and Local Support

Tenth Amendment Center, Mike Maharrey, 02/22/19


The federal government needs state and local support to enforce gun laws and the anti-gun lobby knows it.

On February 12, around 450 supporters of the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America descended on the state capitol to lobby for passage of a state bill that would bar anybody convicted of domestic violence from owning or possessing a firearm.

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The US ‘Has the Most Mass Shootings’—and Other Bogus Gun Research

The Daily Signal, John Stossel / /


Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., warned President Donald Trump that if he declared an “emergency” to build a wall, “think what a president with different values can present. … Why don’t you declare [the epidemic of gun violence in America] an emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would. … A Democratic president can declare emergencies as well.”

Her fellow Democrats, Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., quickly agreed. Warren tweeted: “Gun violence is an emergency. Climate change is an emergency.”


Not every problem in America should be declared an emergency—or used by a president to justify acting without Congress.

The liberal Left continue to push their radical agenda against American values. The good news is there is a solution. Find out more >>

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The Armed Citizen, February, 2019 

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Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

Imprimis, • Volume 48, Number 1


The following is adapted from a speech delivered on January 15, 2019, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.

Seventy miles northwest of New York City is a hospital that looks like a prison, its drab brick buildings wrapped in layers of fencing and barbed wire. This grim facility is called the Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Institute. It’s one of three places the state of New York sends the criminally mentally ill—defendants judged not guilty by reason of insanity.

Until recently, my wife Jackie­—Dr. Jacqueline Berenson—was a senior psychiatrist there. Many of Mid-Hudson’s 300 patients are killers and arsonists. At least one is a cannibal. Most have been diagnosed with psychotic disorders like schizophrenia that provoked them to violence against family members or strangers.

A couple of years ago, Jackie was telling me about a patient. In passing, she said something like, Of course he’d been smoking pot his whole life.

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It’s Time to End DACA – It’s Unconstitutional Unless Approved by Congress

The Heritage Foundation, Jan 25th, 2019 

GettyImages-1091162402.jpgThe lower court rulings defy not only common sense, but the Constitution. Muni Yogeshwaran/Getty Images

Key Takeaways

Importantly, the high court didn’t reject the request filed by the Justice Department to allow President Trump to end DACA. The request is still pending.

The issue at stake is what power the Constitution gives the president to act alone by issuing executive orders, without seeking approval from Congress.

According to the most recent figures only 49 percent of DACA beneficiaries have attained a high school education – despite a majority of them now being adults.

It’s disappointing that the Supreme Court failed Tuesday to grant the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court order that prevents the president from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. But it’s not the end of the story.

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The Armed Citizen, The American Rifleman, January, 2019

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