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Pence’s Hypocritical Speech to the OAS

In a speech this week to the Organization of American States, Vice President Mike Pence issued the standard, obligatory denunciation of the communist regime in Cuba, which the U.S. national-security establishment (i.e., the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA) have targeted for regime change ever since the Cuban revolution in 1959. Pence stated: In Cuba, the Castro name has begun ...

Why the Silence from Libertarian Immigration Controllers?

Let’s recap some of the recent events in the federal government’s decades-long war on illegal immigrants, a war that is part and parcel of a system of immigration controls, which a small segment of conservative-oriented libertarians have supported in the past. A couple of months ago, a team of well-armed ICE agents raided a privately owned slaughterhouse in Tennessee. According ...

The Emergency Destruction of American Liberty

Emergencies are the time-honored method by which people lose their freedom. That’s because public officials use emergencies as a way to acquire totalitarian powers, under the rationale that they need such powers to keep people “safe.” Of course, officials usually make it clear that the totalitarian powers will only be “temporary.” As soon as the emergency is over, they ...

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Is Roiling the Assassination Waters

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., is roiling the assassination waters with the publication of his new book American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family, where he sets forth his skepticism regarding the official explanations of the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. As much as it might like to, the mainstream media is finding it hard ...

Do We Still Need the Bill of Rights?

When you think about it, the U.S. Bill of Rights constitutes one gigantic insult against the Pentagon, the CIA, the NSA, and the FBI — yes, the very people that Americans profusely thank for “their service.” That’s because the Bill of Rights implicitly accuses these entities of being grave threats to the rights and freedoms of the American people. Okay, ...

A Conspiracy Contradiction at the Washington Times

I wonder if noted conservative writer R. Emmett Tyrell Jr. realizes that he has just contradicted himself in an op-ed in the Washington Times entitled, “Re-examining the RFK Assassination.” Based on a new book by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Tyrell is calling for a new investigation into the assassination of Bobby Kennedy to determine if he was killed ...

Tyranny and Gun Control in Venezuela

By any reasonable definition of the word “tyranny,” Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro meets it. His recent reelection was a sham, especially since he banned any opposition candidate or party who would have had any reasonable chance to defeat him. He also disbanded the elected legislature and replaced it with a legislative body stacked with cronies. The courts are also ...

Memorial Day Is Based on a Lie

Today, Memorial Day, Americans across the land will hear the same message: that U.S. soldiers who have died in America's foreign wars and foreign interventions have done so in the defense of our rights and freedoms. It is a message that will be heard in sporting events, memorial services, airports, churches, and everywhere else that Memorial Day is being ...

How Trump Can Still Win His Nobel on Korea

All is not lost. Despite the fact that President Trump has cancelled his much-ballyhooed summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un, the president and his army of Trumpsters and Trumpistas need not despair. There is still an opportunity for him to win his Nobel Prize for Peace. First things first, however. In 1962, a Cold War curmudgeon named Fred Schwarz ...

A Remarkable Lawyer and a Fascinating Case

The New York Times has published a lengthy obituary of one of most remarkable lawyers in U.S. history, an African-American woman named Dovey Johnson Roundtree, who passed away last Monday at the age of 104. Her most famous case was a criminal case involving the murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer, the former wife of a high CIA official ...

America: The Dictatress of the World

On July 4, 1821, John Quincy Adams delivered a speech that summarized America’s founding foreign policy of noninterventionism. Having gone down in history with the title “In Search of Monsters to Destroy,” Adams pointed out that one of the best things about the United States was that the U.S. government did not embroil itself or meddle in the affairs ...

Bush’s Wrong-Headed View on Foreign Policy

Like other conservatives, former President George W. Bush has a muddled understanding of the foreign-policy principles of "interventionism" and "isolationism." In a recent speech to a group in Washington, D.C., called the Atlantic Council, Bush decried President Trump’s foreign policy of “isolationism,” which Bush said was dangerous. Invoking Winston Churchill to explain his foreign-policy philosophy, Bush stated: America is indispensable for ...
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