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Trump’s Unwitting Devotion to Socialism

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Donald Trump and, unfortunately, many of his conservative followers, are absolutely clueless when it comes to socialism. You couldn’t find a better example of this phenomenon than a Trump op-ed that was published in USA Today yesterday. In fact, Trump’s op-ed is a perfect demonstration of the life of the lie that has come to afflict the entire ...

Why Kavanaugh Matters to Libertarians

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I get why conservatives are ecstatic that the U.S. Senate has confirmed President Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, to the Supreme Court. Conservatives prevailed in getting one of their own onto the Court. For a Republican or conservative statist, that’s obviously cause for celebration. For me, not at all. I couldn’t care less whether a conservative statist ...

Christine Ford’s Corroborating Evidence

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Throughout the controversy over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, some people were saying that Christine Blasey Ford did not produce “corroborating evidence” to  support her accusation that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. Therefore, since Kavanaugh was denying that he committed the assault, the argument went, he should be ...

Trump’s Conspiracy Theory About Christine Blasey Ford

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Now that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Brett’s Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, undoubtedly there are lots of people who are hoping that the controversy will die and go away. That’s not likely to happen though, especially given that President Trump and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have already signaled that they intend to ...

The Looming Degradation of the Supreme Court

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With Republican senators dutifully lining up to support President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court, it is increasingly likely that conservative lawyer and judge Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. At the same time, in its determination to “win,” the Republican Party will have brought not only shame to itself ...

The Trump-Kavanaugh Look-Alike Theory

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In deciding to go on the attack in the Kavanaugh confirmation debate by openly and publicly mocking Christine Blasey Ford at a political rally for purported “inconsistencies” in her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, President Trump might not realize that he has created an enormous inconsistency in his own position. Actually, “contradiction” would be a better word ...

Why Perjury Matters in the Judicial Branch

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If there is one thing that is plainly clear, when it comes to the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, lying is just no big deal. In fact, lying has become such a core part of the presidency and the Congress that Americans have come to accept that lying is just an inherent part of government itself. Nonetheless, ...

Trump’s Sham FBI “Investigation” of Kavanaugh

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Preliminary Note: See my September 28 article “Brett Kavanaugh: A Black Mark on the Supreme Court?” and my article today, “Summon Mark Judge to Testify in Kavanaugh Hearings.” *** On the eve of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote on whether to send President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the full Senate for a vote on ...

Brett Kavanaugh: A Black Mark on the Supreme Court?

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Like many others, I watched the congressional hearing yesterday involving President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, who currently serves as a judge on the D.C. federal court of appeals. My conclusion after watching both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testify? Congress should either conduct a more extensive investigation into Ford’s accusation or refuse to confirm Kavanaugh’s ...

There Is No Right to Healthcare

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A common belief among progressives is that people have a right to healthcare. Nothing could be further from the truth. People have a right to seek healthcare but they don’t have a right to healthcare. There is a world of difference between the two concepts. If I have a right to healthcare, that would necessarily mean that someone would be ...

Why Americans Choose Socialism

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There is no question but that the 20th and, so far, the 21st centuries have been the centuries of socialism for the American people. Yes, I know, many Americans don’t like to consider themselves socialists and prefer to think of the United States as “free enterprise.” But the fact is that Americans have chosen to live under the variation ...