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Trump and Duterte: Birds of a Feather

When it comes to the drug war, the verdict is in: The big, drain-the-swamp, anti-establishment president, Donald Trump, is turning out to be just like all the other mainstream establishment politicians. He made that clear last week in a speech before a group of law-enforcement officials, where he vowed to be “ruthless” in the war on drugs. Trump told ...

Pipe Dreams, Left and Right

It amazes me how liberals and conservatives remain so committed to the welfare-state, warfare-state way of life and honestly believe that there is still some magical formula that someone is going to come up with that is finally going to make it work. Or, better yet, that some president with a magic wand, such as Hillary Clinton or Donald ...

Immigration Chaos and the Troops

Amidst all the furor over President Trump’s immigration edicts, there is one important thing that every American should keep in mind: There is a much easier and simpler solution to the threat of anti-American terrorism, which is the excuse that Trump is using for his immigration edicts: Just bring the troops home from the Middle East and Afghanistan and ...

The Misguided Attacks on Betsy DeVos

The mainstream media and American leftists are up in arms over the selection of conservative Betsy DeVos to head the U.S. Department of Education. They’re pointing to her lack of knowledge about how public schools operate and her conservative devotion to school vouchers to show that she has no business running the federal Department of Education. They are lamenting ...

The Religion of National-Security Statism

In my article last week, Fallacies of the Anti-Islam Crowd, I pointed out three fallacies of the anti-Islam crowd in America, which consists of those people who have convinced themselves that terrorist attacks against the United States are part of a supposed centuries-old war that Muslims have been waging against the West rather than blowback from the ongoing ...

Moral Blindness among the Statists

A new controversy stirred up by President Trump has propelled the moral blindness of liberals, conservatives, and the mainstream press into the forefront of American political discussion. Trump’s latest controversy involved a response he gave in an interview with Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly, as follows: O’Reilly: Do you respect Putin? Trump: I do respect him. O’Reilly: Do you? Why? Trump: Well, ...

Yemen and at the Bay of Pigs

NBC News is reporting that contrary to what U.S. officials have been maintaining, the goal of the recent U.S. military attack in Yemen was not to capture computers but rather to kill or capture a man named Qassim al-Rimi, the head of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, who U.S. officials say is the third most dangerous terrorist in ...

Trump’s Dictatorial Tendencies Are Normal in a Welfare-Warfare State

President Trump has lashed out in anger against a federal judge in Seattle for putting a temporary quietus on Trump’s recent immigration dictates. Trump labeled Judge James Robart  a “so-called judge,” notwithstanding the fact that this “so-called judge” has been a federal judge for 13 years, having been nominated by President George W. Bush, confirmed by Congress, and duly ...

Fallacies of the Anti-Islam Crowd

Ever since the 9/11 attacks, there has been a fringe element in American society that has claimed that the attacks were part of a centuries-old religious war between Islam and Christianity. They’ve claimed that Muslims constitute a grave threat against everyone in the United States and the Western world because Muslims are supposedly determined to establish a world-wide caliphate, ...

Trump’s Other Expensive Socialist Plan

Unfortunately, the Trump Wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, which is estimated to cost around $15 billion but undoubtedly will end up being much higher, is not the only socialist project that President Trump is devoted to. There is also his massive $1 trillion infrastructure public works project, which, not surprisingly, is garnering the support of both conservatives and liberals. ...

Iraqi Refugees and Quislings

During this past weekend’s immigration-ban chaos, the stories of two immigrant refugees, Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Fuad Shareef, struck me. Both of them were from Iraq and both of them were fleeing to the United States in fear of their lives if forced to return to Iraq. According to the New York Times, “After the American invasion of Iraq in ...

Four More Years of Bush-Obama, and Maybe Worse

The verdict is in. After 16 years of death and destruction in the Middle East and Afghanistan at the hands of the U.S. national-security establishment, America is now facing four more years of the same. How do we know this? Because President Trump has now clearly signaled that he intends to travel the Bush-Obama road. First of all, there is the ...
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