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A Modest Proposal For Immigration Reform

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Via Twitter, I came up this 2007 Examiner article by Dan Riehl of Riehl World View that offers what seems like the beginning of a way out of what has been little more than three year long shouting match over the subject of immigration, illegal immigrants, and immigration reform: As with current and past generations, [...]

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Ron Paul And Rudy Giuliani Still Sparring Over 9/11

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

In one of the early Republican debates in the 2008 election cycle, Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani sparred over the September 11th attacks and the role that U.S. foreign policy choices may have played in inciting the attacks: On Iraq, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, the Libertarian candidate for president in 1988, stood alone in [...]

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Video Captures Campus Police Beating University Of Maryland Student

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

It’s always a raucous time on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Maryland after a basketball game, especially after a game against the Terrapins long-time ACC rival Duke, and March 5th was no exception as about 28 students ended up getting arrested for rowdy behavior and public intoxication. In turns out, though, that [...]

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Jefferson

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

America’s Third President was born 267 years ago today. Since there isn’t anything to write about Jefferson that hasn’t already been said, it seems appropriate to let his words speak for themselves from the text of the two written documents that he was most proud of throughout his life. First, from the Virginia Statute For [...]

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Justice Stevens Announces Retirement From Supreme Court

Friday, April 9th, 2010

After months of rumors and speculation, Justice John Paul Stevens officially announced today that he is retiring from the Supreme Court: WASHINGTON — Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, the leader of the liberals on the Supreme Court, announced on Friday that he will retire at the end of this term, setting up a confirmation battle [...]

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An Army Of Davids, With Video Cameras

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Fox’s Neil Cavuto spoke last week with Adam Sharp, the blogger who posted a video of a Democratic Congressman saying he doesn’t worry about the Constitution: Sharp is, of course, referring to a book by Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds titled An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big [...]

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Libertarianism Explained

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

John Stossel did a piece on Fox Business Channel about what a libertarian actually is: Laugh of the day was the guy who thought a libertarian was “a librarian who takes liberties.”

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Passage Of ObamaCare Leads People To Line Up For Their “Free” Health Care

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

This is utterly depressing: WASHINGTON — Two weeks after President Barack Obama signed the big health care overhaul into law, Americans are struggling to understand how — and when — the sweeping measure will affect them. Questions reflecting confusion have flooded insurance companies, doctors’ offices, human resources departments and business groups. “They’re saying, ‘Where do [...]

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Memo To Libertarians: There Was No Golden Age Of Liberty

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

David Boaz has a great piece over at Reason today on the historical blinders that some libertarians seem to have when looking at America’s past: When we look at our own country’s history—contrasting 2010 with 1776 or 1910 or 1950 or whatever—the story is less clear. We suffer under a lot of regulations and restrictions [...]

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Federal Appeals Court Strikes Major Blow Against Net Neutrality, Major Blow For Economic Freedom

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

The U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. today hand a major defeat to the Net Neutrality crowd: WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks. Tuesday’s ruling by the United [...]

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The Case Against An Article V Constitutional Convention

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Virginia Delegate James LeMunyon has an article in today’s Wall Street Journal where he makes an argument that I’ve been hearing with disturbing frequency lately: The remedy is in Article V of the Constitution, which permits a convention to be called for the purpose of proposing constitutional amendments. Any proposed amendment then would have to [...]

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The First Amendment Protects Ann Coulter, William Ayers, And The Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

This morning brings the news that a speech by former Weather Underground leader William Ayers at the University of Wyoming has been canceled: The University of Wyoming announced Tuesday that a public lecture by William “Bill” Ayers, a former 1970s radical antiwar protestor who is now a university professor, has been canceled. Ayers, 65, a [...]

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Instead Of Trying To Save The Post Office, Let’s Try Freedom Instead

Monday, March 29th, 2010

It’s been rumored for more than a year now, but the U.S. Postal Service is taking the first steps toward eliminating Saturday mail delivery: NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Saturday mail could be one step closer to cancellation when the United States Postal Service submits an official proposal to a government regulatory board on Tuesday to [...]

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Don’t Say You Want A Revolution

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Over at United Liberty, Kevin Boyd puts forward the best case I’ve seen to date against the idea that we are anywhere near the point where rebellion is justified: For those of you out there who think this is the time for revolution, please consider the following: 1) All political and legal options have not [...]

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Will The Supreme Court Strike Down ObamaCare ? Don’t Be So Quick To Say Yes

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

The New York Times’ long-time SCOTUS reporter Linda Greenhouse takes a look at how the current court might look at the challenges to the health care reform law: The challengers invoke and seek to build upon the Rehnquist court’s “federalism revolution” that flowered briefly during the 1990’s. In a series of 5-to-4 rulings, the court [...]

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Federal Court Gives Freedom Of Speech Another Victory Over McCain-Feingold

Friday, March 26th, 2010

A Federal Appeals Court in Washington, D.C. put another nail into the coffin of the monstrosity that is the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law: A federal appeals court on Friday handed another victory to conservative opponents of campaign-finance restrictions, striking down limits on individual contributions to independent groups who want to use the money for or [...]

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Legalization Of Marijuana To Be On California Ballot In November

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Advocates of marijuana legalization have succeeded in getting a referendum on the November ballot: LOS ANGELES, March 24 (UPI) — California will again be the flashpoint in the smoldering debate on legalization of pot as officials said Wednesday the question will be on the November ballot. Los Angeles County elections officials Wednesday submitted their official [...]

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Thirteen States File Suit Against ObamaCare

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Well, that didn’t take long: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Attorneys general from 13 states sued the federal government Tuesday, claiming the landmark health care overhaul bill is unconstitutional just seven minutes after President Barack Obama signed it into law. The lawsuit was filed in Pensacola after the Democratic president signed the bill the House passed Sunday [...]

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Will The Courts Strike Down ObamaCare ? Don’t Count On It

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Over at The American Spectator, conservative lawyer Stacy Cline points out that the legal challenges to ObamaCare have the odds, and the case law, against them: Last night’s passage of the greatest expansion of the federal government since the Great Society is a sad day for our country, not only because it may bankrupt our [...]

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Historically Appropriate Fact Of The Day

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

It was 245 years ago today, that The Stamp Act of 1765, one of the first of the many punitive taxes imposed on the American colonies and precipitated the Revolution, was passed by Parliament. 244 years and 364 days later, the United States Congress passed a piece of legislation that makes the Stamp Act look [...]

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