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Presidential Coins Are Pathetic

I recently came into possession a $1 “presidential coin,” issued by the U.S. Mint. Although this particular series of coins, which honor American presidents, started in 2005, it was the first time I have seen one of the coins. My reaction to the coin: Pathetic, mostly because it has a gold-like color to it, which, presumably, is supposed to harken ...

Police State Along the Border

Several days ago I made a short visit to my hometown of Laredo, Texas, where I was reminded of the police state that federal immigration officials and drug-war officials have long imposed and enforced against people living or traveling along the border. I rented a car in San Antonio and traveled south to Laredo, which is ...

Captain Khan Died for Islam

In my article “Captain Khan Did Not Die for His Country,” I pointed out that Army Captain Humayun Khan, the U.S. soldier who died in Iraq and whose parents attacked Donald Trump at the Democratic national convention, did not die for his country, did not die to keep us safe, and did not die defending ...

Captain Khan Did Not Die for His Country

Amidst the firestorm of controversy between Donald Trump and Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the couple whose son, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq, the mainstream media and mainstream political commentators continue to repeat ad infinitum, ad nauseam, the bromide that has been drummed into their heads ever since the U.S. invasion of Iraq: that U.S. soldiers ...

Captain Khan Was Waging an Unconstitutional War

Amidst the fury over the exchanges between Donald Trump and Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the couple whose son, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Kahn, was killed in Iraq, the mainstream media and mainstream political commentators are missing some important elements in the controversy. In his speech at the Democratic national convention, Khizr Khan asked if Donald Trump had read the Constitution. ...

Clinton or Trump? Pick Your Poison.

Clinton or Trump? It’s your choice. Socialism or fascism. Take a look at Venezuela. Or Cuba. Or North Korea. If Clinton has her way, that’s the direction in which America will continue to head. Those are socialist regimes. They are also impoverished, bankrupt regimes in which people are suffering chronic economic hardships and perpetual chaos and crises. The pure idea of ...

Should We Have Prayer in Public Schools?

Suppose someone proposed a law requiring every child in America to report to a government facility to receive Christian indoctrination. How many Americans would support such a law? Actually, most Americans would. According an article in Lifestyle, 57 percent of Americans favor prayer in public schools. 54 percent of Americans believe that there isn’t ...

Turkey and the War on Afghanistan

Glenn Greenwald asks a provocative question: Would Turkey be justified in assassinating or kidnapping a Turkish citizen named Fethullah Gulen, who resides in Pennsylvania. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Gulen of being a terrorist who helped orchestrate the recent military coup attempt in Turkey. What causes Greenwald to ask such a question? ...

Help the Poor by Abolishing the Income Tax

The standard leftist position on helping the poor is: Increase income taxes on the rich and give the money to the poor in the form of welfare. The idea is that it’s just not fair that someone has more money when someone has less money. By equalizing people’s financial conditions, through the force of a progressive income tax and ...

More Blowback in France

The reaction to the terrorist attack in Nice, France, where a truck driver killed dozens of people by running them down and shooting them with a (illegal) pistol, was predictable: denunciations of Islam, Muslims, and ISIS, calls for more bombing and killing in the Middle East, and more emergency clampdowns on liberty and privacy at home. There is one big ...
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