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Nationalism: Not all it’s Cracked up to Be or Is It?

Nationalism and Hate
It is interesting to me how often Obama made astute observations which directed him to the wrong conclusions. It's perhaps the hallmark of his presidency. As Reagan said about such people, he knows so much, that isn't so. Obama correctly observes the rise of nationalism, he correctly observes the resentment against immigration, he correctly observes the increased frustration with globalism. Ye...
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Voter ID Requirements Makes Sense

Can't Vote Here
This is a great video. I've seen it before but watched it again because it still stuns me. Some people think that black people and people in other minority groups are either too stupid, too uneducated, or too unresourceful to obtain a valid state identification. The video shows some cherry picked whites giving the pat leftist answers about why we can't have voter ID laws. In case you haven't he...
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Pay the Homeless?

Money in Cup
The long read editorial linked below is about the homeless. But that's not what I want to comment on. The author tells of an early experience he had that shaped his view of the homeless. One day he purchased some pretzels for a homeless man to have something to eat. The man was thankful but said the pretzels were useless to him as his teeth were in such poor condition he could not eat them. That c...
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Republican or Conservative Do You Have to Choose?

Conservative Puppets
I am often called a conservative though I consider myself a liberal in the classical definition of the word. The only thing I want to conserve politically is liberty. But I must admit that personally speaking I would love to conserve strong families with both parents and there are probably some other social things I want to conserve on a purely personal level, but as I write this, I struggle to th...
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Supreme Court Ruling on Public Sector Union Dues

Of the three cases I've commented on this week this is the one that gives me the most hope to write about. It represents the correction of what I consider to be a great wrong. It overturns a previous court ruling that allowed a wrong to take place. Unions exist to represent their members. Much of what they do is negotiate wages. If you have a company of 1000 workers with 500 union members the o...
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Supreme Court Ruling on California Abortion Information Law

Little baby feet
I don't believe that the government has the right to force someone to say something. As a nation we have refrained from passing such laws. There is one area where we have made an exception - we force companies to tell us about their products. For example a drug company is forced to tell the side effects and a food company is forced to give information about the ingredients and a doctor is forced t...
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Is immigration about racism or respect?

No human being is illegal
The below video explains correctly that in the early days of America there was no such thing as illegal immigration and that we had open borders. What was controlled was not who came here but who was a citizen. That's why naturalization was originally the purview of the federal government and immigration was up to each state. That changed relatively soon after the nation's founding with legal meas...
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Anarchy is as Much a Fantasy as Socialism

Anarchy violates human evolution. Or, if  you don't believe in evolution, it violates the will of God. Either way, human nature abhors anarchy. That may sound odd since anarchy is defined as an either "a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority" or an "absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal". You may think that is the n...
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ICE Arrest Makes Me Wonder if Sentimentality Drives Anti-Immigrant Passions

Man arrested by ICE in photo with his granddaughter
The crux of this story is this: A man - in the US for decades but who is not a citizen - was arrested by ICE and is being held for deportation. He was targeted because he had a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction. He was arrested out in front of his house. Now he is being held pending a deportation hearing. That's the basics - but that's not all there is to the story. The man's arre...
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We have lost the war on drugs.

No more war on drugs
Even if you think that drugs should remain illegal I hope at this point people at least will acknowledge the current methods are not working. In fact they've made the problem worse. The rise of drug cartels, which have a stranglehold on good people south of the border and neighborhoods here in the US, is a direct result of the so-called war on drugs. It's a war we've lost. If there is a drug pro...
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Parents give son pot to stop seizures, it works, they are arrested

Family of Boy who had seizures
I've mentioned before that I don't believe claims that Marijuana "cures" anything but that I am sure it has use as a medicine. Just about any plant that is psychoactive (which cannabis is) has such benefits. There is A LOT of false information about this and MANY bad studies were done in an effort to justify legalization. As happens many of those studies get repeated still even though they have be...
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America Needs Prison Reform for Liberty’s Sake

Trump at podium
I am one of those people that views prison as something that should be a last resort rather than a first and something that should be reserved only for those who cannot live in society. House arrest, or other restrictions can be used instead. Even though electronic tracking devices aren't foolproof I would rather have the occasional error than toss everyone in prison. There are approximately 1,330...
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Racism causes STD’s in LA County?

"STDs in L.A. County are skyrocketing. Officials think racism and stigma may be to blame." This is an article I don't recommend you read. I read it for you and suffered through it on your behalf. It's poorly written and obfuscates its own point with storytelling. Anyway, I just say that because reading it was frustrating but I wanted to understand. I can only imagine that a tiny number of people w...
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He was one of millions of Chinese seniors growing old alone. So he put himself up for adoption.  

Chinese man on bike
This story is touching and sad. It also highlights why a lot of people are in favor of things like Social Security and other government interventions. Such heart wrenching tales make it hard to argue against them from a logical perspective. It becomes all emotion. Reasonably so I think. "Han Zicheng survived the Japanese invasion, the Chinese civil war and the Cultural Revolution, but he knew he c...
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Words Mean Things: Words are a Weapon

Gender Cutout
Though I honestly feel most things should be legal even when I don't think they are moral, I do not believe that the line between those things should be blurred. Parents have the right to teach their children the morality they want to instill on them and it isn't the business of schools to do so. Schools should teach academics. Sticking a child into a school by government mandate then spending the...
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