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Hating America After 9/11

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Listening to President Trump accuse Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of supporting al-Qaeda reminds me of how conservatives behaved toward libertarians who dared talk about motive immediately after the 9/11 attacks. At the time of those attacks, some of us libertarians understood that this was a watershed event in U.S. history, one that would inevitably adversely affect the rights and liberties of the American people. Fueled by deep anger and fear, the overwhelming sentiment among the American people was to support the desire of federal officials to lash out against “the terrorists” anywhere and everywhere they could be found in the world. That’s, of course, how we got the ongoing, never-ending “war on terrorism.” Equally important, it was a time when Americans were ready and willing to sacrifice whatever liberties they had to the federal government in order to keep them safe from the terrorists. Not surprisingly, U.S. officials were eager and willing to adopt whatever ...

Protect the Right to Criticize the Government

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“Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us? The constitutional theory is that we the people are the sovereigns, the state and federal officials only our agents. We who have the final word can speak softly or angrily. We can seek to challenge and annoy, as we need not stay docile and quiet.”— Justice William O. Douglas Unjust. Brutal. Criminal. Corrupt. Inept. Greedy. Power-hungry. Racist. Immoral. Murderous. Evil. Dishonest. Crooked. Excessive. Deceitful. Untrustworthy. Unreliable. Tyrannical. These are all words that have at some time or other been used to describe the U.S. government. These are all words that I have used at some time or other to describe the U.S. government. That I may feel morally compelled to call out the government for its wrongdoing does not make me any less of an American. If I didn’t love this country, it would be easy ...

Another Statist Immigration “Solution”

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In a New York Times op-ed today, Mexican businessman Ricardo B. Salinas is endorsing what he calls a "humane" alternative to President Trump’s cruel and brutal enforcement of America’s system of immigration controls: a “Marshall Plan” for Latin America! He says that it is the “right way” to solve America’s decades-long, ongoing, never-ending immigration crisis. According to Salinas, if the U.S. government will just use the IRS to plunder and loot the American people even more than it already is doing so, the U.S. government will be able to send hundreds of millions of dollars to Latin American regimes, which will use the money to bring economic vitality to their countries, which will cause Latin Americans to stay home instead of coming to the United States for jobs. Voila! Immigration crisis over!  No more death, suffering, and immigration police state along the border. Just like that! Why, that’s just ingenious!