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Chris Dixon
Chris Dixon is a liberty activist and writer from Maine. In addition to being Managing Editor for the Liberty Conservative, he also writes the Bangor Daily News blog "Undercover Porcupine" and for sports website Cleatgeeks.
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Will Hillary Clinton Call Out President Barack Obama’s Commitment To Europe?

Partisan times are upon us. The general election is that special part of politics where principles and policy discussions become secondary to simply making sure the other party looks terrible. Anything probable Republican nominee Donald Trump does will be called out by the opposition party purely because of their party registration. The same is true for Associated Press-nominated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. For that reason, it’s not entirely surprising that the Brexit response of Clinton would be based on what Trump said. Speaking for the first time after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, Clinton slammed Trump without… Keep Reading

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President Barack Obama Refuses Benghazi Questions, Confused About Separation Of Powers

For quite some time now, the Benghazi issue has been lingering in American politics. As the general election draws near, it threatens to be an issue to haunt Associated Press-nominated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. For Republicans, the issue has been a rallying cry. Is it relevant however? Is this a legitimate issue or is it just more politicking? The debate over Benghazi itself aside, President Barack Obama is now entering as a major player and is letting his inner-constitutional scholar shine. The issue at hand is due to a recent line of questions coming from the House Select Committee on Benghazi.… Keep Reading

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Would It Make a Difference If Abortion Doctors Used Guns?

Tragedy is a horrible thing, but with it comes political controversy. We see this after every tragic murder spree, whether it be with a gun or another device. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, transportation security stepped up and the surveillance state became greater. With the recent attacks at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the gun control lobby has renewed it’s push to discipline law-abiding American citizens for the acts of terrorists. But is it really about saving lives or simply getting rid of guns? In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have weapons, because they wouldn’t be… Keep Reading

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Brexit Shows America Why It’s Time To Democrexit And Republixit

Everyone knows the story of the Brexit vote. A movement within the United Kingdom started to bring independence to the country and leave the European Union. The topic has been an enormous hot button issue. It’s amazing that independence can be such a controversial topic, but it was something that even proved difficult when the colonies explored it. While it is amazing that independence is a controversial topic, it’s not entirely surprising. Regardless of the philosophical arguments, the implications of breaking apart from something are significant. But despite the fear of the great unknown, the voters took a step forward. Similar… Keep Reading

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The Brexit Vote Highlights How Far America Has Fallen

By now the world knows that the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, with the message of freedom sending governments and central planners into a state of panic and chaos. Here at home, President Barack Obama attempted to threaten the United Kingdom voters into submission with vague trade threats. It failed and arguably empowered the Leave movement to pull ahead in the final days leading up to the election. Who wants to be told by a foreign leader how to think and vote? There’s a special level of hypocrisy in the United States of America telling Britain… Keep Reading

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What It Truly Means To “Support The Troops”

“Support the Troops” is a popular patriotic catchphrase. By having that bumper sticker on your car, with the added emphasis of red, white, and blue colors, we can seek the validation from our peers that soldiers have our support. Standing with those bravely living and dying for our freedoms abroad is a noble task. But do we do this in spirit or just in words? There’s only a small handful of days in a year that people thank a veteran for their service or kneel down before the grave of a lost soldier. On Memorial Day, we have long parades… Keep Reading

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Senator Bernie Sanders Fails His Own Movement, Will Vote For Hillary Clinton

Senator Bernie Sanders has lead a revolt through the Democratic Party over the last several months, crashing the Hillary Clinton coronation and getting under the skin of the Democratic National Committee. Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, never once hiding her bias, kept the primary in the bag for Clinton. Superdelegates have been Chairwoman Wasserman Schulz’s willing army of disciples keeping the party establishment on track. But to his credit, Senator Sanders stayed in the race and fought through each primary state. His movement expected him to stay in until the end and it became clear over time he was serious about… Keep Reading

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The UK Has Done More To Scare Wall Street Than Bernie Sanders By Rejecting Big Government

Leading up to the big moment, there had been a lot of heated rhetoric and high stress anticipation. Would the United Kingdom actually vote to leave the European Union? When the news broke this morning, everyone reacted and did so strongly. After it was official that the vote was 51.9% in favor of leaving, Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation. Scotland’s government is scared,  panicking about the idea of another attempt to leave and Germany is expressing regret this happening. The big government empire in Europe has failed. Back here in the United States, it’s interesting to watch. Everyone,… Keep Reading

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That Time Congressman John Lewis Was Frustrated About Being On a Government Watchlist

Government watchlists have become the next big thing in American politics. Whereas we once had due process to decide guilt and innocence by an impartial arbiter, we now have politicians and unelected bureaucrats deciding this for us. In order to ensure the power of big government remains strong, House Democrats have gathered together to sit in the middle of the floor in the House of Representatives and do absolutely nothing. This group of constitutional scholars is led by Democratic Congressman John Lewis. The concept behind due process is fairly basic. We are all innocent of any crime until proven innocent… Keep Reading

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Senator Elizabeth Warren Rewards House Democratic Slumber Party With Capitalist Dunkin Donuts Treats

Senator Elizabeth Warren has a huge following on the left. She is widely considered a progressive hero, even if she is backing AP-nominated candidate Hillary Clinton over the true progressive and fellow Senate colleague Bernie Sanders. Her fiery rhetoric mirrors that of Senator Sanders, with hatred thrown at Wall Street and other rich people, while calling for massive minimum wage hikes. Yesterday, Civil Rights leader and Congressman John Lewis led a so-called “sit-in” on the House of Representatives floor. With catering and being pampered, it hardly qualifies as a legitimate protest or sit-in and is more accurately a slumber party.… Keep Reading

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Cher Claims America Electing Donald Trump Would Be Gary Johnson And Jill Stein’s Fault

Famous singer Cher has made an entrance into political debate with the same tired third party blame game. In a tweet, she took a stand against Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein. The implication of the singer, who supports Associated Press-nominated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, is that supporting any candidate other than those of either two major party is simply dividing the vote. This is the argument two party supporters resort to when no more logical points exist. Why should we vote for Hillary Clinton? Let’s not discuss the points of such an argument, instead opting for fearmongering… Keep Reading

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Harry Reid Supports Susan Collins’ Attack On Constitutional Due Process

The political response to the tragic Pulse shooting in Orlando, Florida has been like 9/11 all over again. Like after 9/11, the limiting of constitutional rights is presented as the only solution to keeping America safe. At the time, legislation like the USA PATRIOT Act was presented and pushed aggressively on Congress using fear tactics. The same is occurring now in regards to an attack on constitutional due process under the guise of supporting gun control. A number of proposals with varying strengths have been presented, all with the same general idea. The federal government maintains a number of watchlists… Keep Reading

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U.S. Citizens’ Constitutional Rights Targeted Despite Analysis Showing Most Convicted Terrorists Are Foreign Born

The gun control debate continues in the political mainstream, now with many Americans and politicians calling for an end to due process. The idea is that someone who appears on a government watchlist, such as the “no fly” list, should not be able to purchase a firearm. The flaw in this argument is that American citizens who appear on the list will be deprived of constitutional rights based purely on suspicion. These citizens appearing on a watchlist aren’t necessarily convicted of a crime, but merely suspected of possibly committing one by government agents and bureaucrats. Senator Dianne Feinstein argued that… Keep Reading

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Senator Marco Rubio Launches Re-election Bid By Skipping Foreign Policy Hearing

Senator Marco Rubio is an interesting character in the United States Senate. While he’s not known for his word, he’s known for how he uses his word. Despite having an abysmal attendance record and poor stances on liberty, Republicans love the fact that he can make a whole lot of nothing sound like something. His oratorical skills have kept him in the light for a lot longer than he should have. When he launched his bid for the presidency, he revealed that he would not seek re-election in the United States Senate. Even after failing as a presidential candidate, he… Keep Reading

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Congressman John Lewis Would Have Disarmed Fellow Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Congressman John Lewis is leading a defiant movement on the House floor to push new legislation against the Second Amendment and due process of law. The movement, which involves a bunch of grown men and women sitting on the floor in the middle of the House of Representatives, is pushing for legislation that would make anyone appearing on a government watchlist ineligible for a gun purchase. The premise of the argument is that if you are on a government watchlist, you’re guilty until proven innocent and thus should be deprived of your constitutional rights. This is interesting because of who… Keep Reading

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House Democrats Stage Sit-in Protesting The Existence Of Constitutional Due Process

In the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida, the gun control lobby has stepped up it’s action. It’s no big secret that Democrats have often felt threatened by the Bill of Rights, but now we’re experiencing new extremes. Advocates for gun control are now pushing to not just take down the Second Amendment, but now eliminate constitutional due process. This is not The Onion. Democrats have spent the last week pushing legislation that would make it so anyone who appears on the “no fly” list cannot purchase a gun. The idea is that if you are suspected of… Keep Reading

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Predictably, Failed Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio Will Now Seek Senate Re-election

When Senator Marco Rubio stated he would not seek re-election in the United States Senate, he was going all-in with the presidential election. In theory, it wasn’t a bad idea. Traditionally, Republicans nominate moderate candidates who learn slightly to the right while bending left whenever the wind blows. What makes Senator Rubio special is his ability to speak. He melts the hearts of moderate Republicans with his ability to speak in beautiful soundbites. Senator Rubio also favors the continued expansion of the surveillance state, supports endless war, and is in lockstep with the failed legacies of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt… Keep Reading

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Senator Dianne Feinstein Declares Due Process In America Is Dead

The tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida has opened up a wide open debate on a number of topics. Should weapons like the AR-15 be readily available legally and easily in the United States of America? Should those suspected of ties to terrorism be allowed to even purchase a gun? It’s a passionate debate, but one that has largely been clouded by emotion and devoid of logic. United States Senator Dianne Feinstein has joined the debate. After the Pulse shooting, Democrats immediately seized on the political opportunity. The gun control agenda sparked again, with the same old… Keep Reading

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The Rise Of The Safe Space Republicans

The Republican Party has become gripped with chaos and fear over the probable nomination of controversial businessman Donald Trump. Trump has developed into a character of strong and unapologetic statements, with some positions concerning for Republican leaders. Everything from assassinating the families of suspected terorrists and defending the application of “no fly” lists to building a big wall, are positions of significant concern, among other things. And there are those mean things he says. There’s a number of registered Republicans who believe Trump’s level of proposed tyranny and hatred is unmatched within the Republican Party. Never before has there been… Keep Reading

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The Founders Never Intended For High Speed Communication

It’s been over two centuries since this country was founded. Even in an era of printing presses, muskets, and the absence of electronic technology, safe guards were required to protect citizens from a tyrannical government. Muskets could still injure or kill people, whether they’re used by authoritarians such as the British occupiers or private criminals. Because of the need to self-defense, the founding generation felt that the right to bear arms was essential to security. The Second Amendment isn’t a right to call the police or summon the sheriff, it’s a right to bear arms for the purpose of defense.… Keep Reading

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Being Prolife Goes Beyond Just Opposing Abortion

The abortion debate in society is a controversial one that often hits high emotional peaks. Advocates for abortion emphasize the choice of the woman and point to the right of individuals to decide the fates of their own bodies. Opponents of abortion point to the life of the child within the womb and emphasize that because we all have a right to our own lives, the child should not be held accountable for a mother’s choices. The position in opposition of abortion is the right one, because life is important. Every human being has a right to exist and live… Keep Reading

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The Fallacy In Blaming Remington For The Sandy Hook Shooting

It’s not necessarily a new idea for gun control advocates. The idea of blaming gun manufacturers for gun violence has already surfaced this cycle, as Hillary Clinton has previously criticized Senator Bernie Sanders for not embracing the liberal bandwagon. For all his questionable progressive ideas, at least the Vermont Senator was indeed Independent minded enough to realize the flaw in blaming gun manufacturers for gun violence. Contrary to what gun control advocates would often lead one to believe, gun manufacturers don’t make guns simply for the enjoyment of murder. Executives don’t huddle around a board room table talking about how… Keep Reading

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Libertarianism On Guns And Peace

Libertarians often get labeled as being supportive of two different views, both of which also contradict each other. In terms of foreign policy, non-libertarians often imply that libertarians are  pacifists who seek a utopia without conflict. In regards to domestic policy with specific respect to guns, non-libertarians will imply that libertarians are supporters of violence due to their support of personal gun ownership and skepticism of government control. Does it make sense to be a violent pacificist? This is the worldly view of libertarianism. It also doesn’t make sense. At the heart of the libertarian philosophy is the nonaggression principle. Libertarians do… Keep Reading

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Maine Restaurant Bans “weapons Of War” Supporters

For a few years now, there has been an ongoing debate in the political mainstream about the personal property rights of businesses and whether they can restrict their customer base by banning those they disagree with. Those opposed to restricting business note examples like bakers refusing to do business with homosexual couples, calling them homophobic and wrong. Historical examples include segregation, looking back at a time when businesses had separate water fountains and bathrooms for African-Americans. Some businesses even refused to do business with those of a different skin color. Now a Maine restaurant has taken a stand against guns, specifically the AR-15. Anne Verrill,… Keep Reading

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Hillary Clinton’s Thoughts About Those Under Investigation By The FBI

The ongoing saga of Hillary Clinton versus the world continues. The career politician had a spring coronation disrupted by a persistent battle with Vermont United States Senator Bernie Sanders, and all along has faced an ongoing battle with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Republicans continue to point to the source of the FBI investigation, an issue involving usage of a private email server while Secretary of State, and the Benghazi attacks as well. In Hillary Clinton’s defense, this is the United States of America. In America, we have the benefit of a justice system that views the accused innocent until… Keep Reading

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What We Need To Learn From The Tragic Orlando Shooting

The tragic shooting in Orlando has left a lot of people in complete outrage. There are always stories in the news about people being oppressed abroad. ISIS throwing homosexuals from rooftops to their death or burning captive women alive, Saudi Arabia executing homosexuals, or other Middle Eastern countries continuing to treat women as inequal. As tragic as this is, planet Earth still hasn’t caught up with the message of equality or reached an ability to tolerate differences. But now this extreme intolerance abroad has reached home. A mass shooting occurred against an LGBT gathering, simply because these people were homosexual… Keep Reading

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The Only Way The Libertarian Party Will Grow In 2016

The Libertarian Party is in a unique position in history right now. Their ticket has two former Governors, one a left-leaning libertarian with appeal to multiple spots on the spectrum. His running mate is a career neoconservative who found his libertarian streak just in time to get nominated and according to former New Mexico Gary Johnson himself, William Weld is an excellent fundraiser. Philosophical debates aside, this team looks viable on paper. The Republican Party is setup to nominate a candidate arguably less qualified in Donald Trump. Trump, while scoring record turnout among party voters, remains extremely divisive. Moderate, conservative… Keep Reading

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Bernie Sanders Selling Out To Clinton Shows Why He Was Never Like Ron Paul

The Bernie Sanders movement has been an interesting story to this point. The Vermont Senator sparked an incredible movement of young activists inspired by a message. The message was from a man who had been in Washington D.C. for quite some time and with little results. But he remained persistent in his principles and attempts to uphold them. People were drawn to this message and others respected him, even when disagreeing, because he was honest. For this reason, a segment of left-leaning libertarians who leaned a little far to the left this cycle said Senator Sanders was just like former… Keep Reading

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Is Green Party Candidate Jill Stein Right About Hillary Clinton Being Worse Than Trump?

This entire election cycle has been a bizarre time for politics. In a conventional year, a battle involving an involving an eloquent party golden boy from Florida or the heir to the Bush dynasty throne would theoretically have either come out on top. Instead, a bombastic businessman with no background in elected office is the Republican nominee for President. And on the Democratic side, while many widely expected Hillary Clinton to become the Democratic nominee, most thought it would be because of actual voting and not due to an Associated Press survey of superdelegates who don’t vote for another month.… Keep Reading

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Why The Democratic Establishment Should Be Afraid Of Gary Johnson’s Candidacy

Third parties have long been scapegoated for losses in American politics. Ross Perot and Ralph Nader are two prominent examples of major third party candidates being blamed for a race going in a certain direction. In Maine, liberal Independent Eliot Cutler was blamed for the election of Republican Governor Paul LePage. Beyond this, the examples are numerous. But is this fair? In recent memory, Republicans have feared the third parties. When former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney lost in 2012, libertarians and the Ron Paul grassroots were blamed. While a number of them wrote in the former Texas Congressman or just… Keep Reading

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A Presidential History Lesson For Barack Obama

President Barack Obama has a special thing going for him: he’s mastered the art of rhetoric. Nobody else can make empty air on the breeze sound like a choir when aided by a teleprompter manned by a talented writer. His rehersal abilities are only rivaled by maybe United States Senator Marco Rubio. But let’s dispel with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing. In yet another blow from the Democratic establishment against Senator Bernie Sanders, President Obama stated in his endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President, “I don’t think there’s ever… Keep Reading

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More Doctors Are Breaking Free Of The Health Insurance System

For quite some time, health insurance in America has been a heated topic of discussion. This is something that escalated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act , otherwise known as “Obamacare.” What degree of government intervention do we allow in our healthcare decisions? Should they be involved at all? Some could argue for the benefits of government advocating for the people, but the addition of another middleman complicates things greatly. This is why health insurance companies can be problematic as well. Whether it be the government or a health insurance company, allowing additional middlemen into the patient-doctor relationship… Keep Reading

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The Absurdity Of The #NeverTrump Movement

Donald Trump has become quite the polarizing figure in American politics. Over the course of the last year, he’s gone from being the candidate nobody thought could win to the candidate who won with the most votes in party history. The picture between the starting point and the present is also a collage of bad controversies. He’s taken positions that have been at best uncomfortable for many Republicans, and just downright shocking to others. For this reason, many Republicans have joined those outside of their party in rejecting Donald Trump. Trump believes Edward Snowden, the controversial National Security Agency whistleblower,… Keep Reading

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Michael Reagan, Keeper Of His Late Father’s Views

It’s no secret that Ronald Reagan was a beloved member of the conservative movement. Most Republicans will tell you he is a hero and talk about the things he did to benefit America. Republican politicians and conservative activists have long spoken highly of his legacy. He was a quotable President, providing some well-distributed one liners that are political and philosophical gold. It’s not difficult to see why many love him. Quotes like “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help” ring true even more so today than ever before. We live… Keep Reading

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Maine Democratic Congressional Candidate Claims Free Speech Is Unconstitutional

As the primary wraps up, political candidates are setting their sights on the general election. We now know that Hillary Clinton will likely be the Democratic nominee, because the Associated Press called it after a survey of people who haven’t voted yet was taken. The attempt to unify the party will begin, as Democrats are now ready to stop Donald Trump, who has essentially sealed the Republican nomination for himself. The problem Maine Democrats have is their entire strategy is Trump related. Want to stop an incumbent Republican congressman? Keep bringing up Trump. While our elected officials try to focus… Keep Reading

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The Mainstream Media Isn’t Even Hiding Their Bias Anymore

Last night, the news broke that Hillary Clinton apparently clinched the Democratic nomination. While this is an outcome that probably didn’t surprise many people outside of Senator Bernie Sanders’ devoted following, it’s something that certainly did cause shockwaves. The Associated Press called it on a day there were no primaries. Who voted to change the outcome? The answer is nobody. The Associated Press just affirmed that the fix is in. Hillary Clinton was widely speculated to be locking up the nomination Tuesday night after a number of contests are projected to put her over the top, so less than twenty-four hours… Keep Reading

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Maine Democratic Party’s Gotcha Politics Highlight Leftwing Hypocrisy Over Presidential Selection

It’s fairly clear at this point that Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential nominee, barring a significant breakthrough at the Republican National Convention. As that time draws closer, Republicans hoping that Trump would soften the rhetoric and prepare for the general election campaign have been let down. With racial attacks on judges and slamming the media, Trump is still hardcore. Up in New England, the Democratic strategy is gotcha politics. From the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to the Maine Democratic Party, the party elite has been hoping to trip up Republicans on the Trump issue. It’s clever and it’s… Keep Reading

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AP Calls Democratic Nomination For Hillary Clinton; What Now For Bernie Sanders?

For quite some time, many observers have said the Democratic nomination is already Hillary Clinton’s and that it was only a matter of time before that couldn’t be denied. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and his movement of energetic supporters have long disputed this, blaming superdelegates for rigging the race and accusing Democratic National Committeewoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of bias. Primary after primary has seen escalating rhetoric after the two started out early on relatively civil. Now it appears it may be over. The Associated Press announced tonight that Hillary Clinton has reached the minimum delegate threshold to clinch the Democratic nomination.… Keep Reading

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Is Edward Snowden a Traitor?

Edward Snowden has been a complicated figure in American politics. After fleeing the United States in 2013 to leak thousands of classified government files, America has been faced with an ongoing debate about the line between security and freedom. Do the things Snowden revealed violate the laws under the Constitution? When drafting the Constitution, our founders couldn’t have anticipated the world would become so interconnected and that technology would literally have our entire lives digitized. The founders also never anticipated how strong the terrorist threat would become, and how skilled their destructive actions would become as the world became more advanced.… Keep Reading

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Ron Paul Has Endorsed Senator John McCain’s Primary Opponent Kelli Ward

When former Texas Congressman Ron Paul ran for the Republican presidential nomination the first time, he emphasized that it was essentially an education trip and a way to give the libertarian ideology a national platform. From there, the Campaign of Liberty formed and libertarianism started to show signs of a viable run. Unfortunately that year, Senator John McCain would become the Republican nominee. Four years later, Paul would run again and ultimately lose to former Governor Mitt Romney, but he ran a stronger and much more viable campaign. Out of the ashes of the campaign came organizations, PACs, and a national… Keep Reading

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Bill Kristol’s Presidential Secret Weapon Has Declined To Run

The Never Trump crowd became an actual force too late in the presidential primary and now everyone is scrambling to find some sort of alternative. The mistake everyone made was refusing to accept the notion that Donald Trump could be a serious candidate for the Republican nomination and thus underestimated him. It became clear after some time that Senator Ted Cruz would be the viable alternate. The problem was the rest of the Republican Party didn’t unite in time around a single candidate, whether it be Senator Cruz or someone else. Now they are faced with the inevitable fact that… Keep Reading

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After Muhammad Ali Died, Tennessee State Representative Trashed Him Over Vietnam Opposition

The country has continued to mourn the loss of a legend. For so many people, Muhammad Ali was an inspiration because of not only his sports accomplishments, but personal ones as well. He was a defiant figure who held firm to his convictions even when things got tense. But this was also apart of the appeal of Ali. He didn’t waiver. But less than twenty four hours after he passed away, a Tennessee State Representative took to social media to trash Ali and stomp on his image because of his views of the Vietnam War. Muhammad Ali was selected to enlist… Keep Reading

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New Documents Show Government Lied About Edward Snowden’s Concerns Prior To Leak

Exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden continues to be a strong topic of debate. His leaks exposed a number of surveillance programs that reveal a massively Orwellian operation that has long been operating in the dark. Unseen and unbeknownst to most Americans, these revelations showed that even our worst nightmares could not imagine just how thorough and widespread the surveillance operations were. Yet, there is still a debate as to whether Snowden performed a public service. There are still those in society that believe he is a traitor because he refused to go through the proper channels, instead leaking documents and going to… Keep Reading

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Does The Latest X-Men Film Promote Violence Against Women?

Political correctness has become an enormous theme in American life, in and outside of political discourse. Anything that could be construed as negative regarding a person or group that just so happens to share a certain race, religion, affiliation, etc. could be seen as breeding hatred based on that type. X-Men: Apocalypse is the latest installment in the ongoing series about the Marvel Comics team of mutant superheroes. It is also the latest target of social justice warriors. The film features a villain by the name of En Sabah Nur, who has been reawakened from a long sleep to take down… Keep Reading

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Remembering Muhammad Ali And His Stand Against The Vietnam War

Muhammad Ali was admired by many. The boxing legend passed away late Friday evening and the world is mourning. His contribution to sports and American culture is well-known, but of the perhaps lesser known facts is his refusal to enlist in the United States Army when drafted during the Vietnam War. This, like all things he did, remain apart of his legacy. The draft itself can be a controversial topic. Is it right to stand down when your country calls you? A lot can be deduced from how the question is framed. Did the famous boxer serve his country or… Keep Reading

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Why Being Prolife Is a Libertarian Position

The topic of abortion is a heated topic in society, with pro-life and pro-choice crowds often getting extremely heated. Pro-choice crowds take the position that a woman’s body comes before the child, who is apparently not even a human. Pro-life crowds take the position that the woman’s body and the child’s body have equal rights to life, but more importantly, the child is a human being and his or her right to life cannot be overruled by another individual’s. Then there is the libertarian debate. Libertarians often have a reputation in the mainstream of taking the position of the left-leaning Libertarian Party,… Keep Reading

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Wearing Orange May Appease Our Conscience, But It Won’t Fix Gun Violence

Social media has a lot of benefits. On the plus side, it’s made society more interconnected and independent. Musicians, writers, and other types of professionals can thrive without big companies because they can advertise their own products and still make a living. On personal levels, it helps families remain connected across the country and even the world, as well as help long lost friends connect. Independent journalism has helped give rise to people who actually want to report facts and perform legitimate investigations, as opposed to the journalistic establishment that is more concerned about carrying water for their bosses’ political… Keep Reading

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How Ron Paul Finally Defeated The Republican Party Establishment

For everyone who was involved at the time, 2012 seemed like total war that wasn’t going to end peacefully for any party involved. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney had carried the frontrunner status that was bestowed upon him by the mainstream media and the political elite. All along the way, Republicans reminded unruly activists that speaking your mind must be kept to a minimum, because there’s going to come a time you would have to support the former Governor, even if you didn’t like or agree with him. Enter then-Congressman Ron Paul, who mounted an admirable challenge utilizing a caucus… Keep Reading

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When Did The Libertarian Party Become The Little Republican Party?

Someone recently described the Libertarian Party as an “elephant graveyard.” It’s an interesting description, but a factual one as well. The Libertarian Party has had a recent trend as being new life for opportunistic Republicans, many of which are hardly libertarian at heart. The Libertarian Party has essentially become an aspiring clone of the Republican Party. Libertarianism itself has it’s appeal, with a 2015 Reuters poll showing “One in five Americans consider themselves libertarian, with younger adults being the most likely to adopt the label. Among adults aged 18 to 29, 32 percent consider themselves libertarian. Just 12 percent of Americans… Keep Reading

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