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December 12, 2017 Kevin Fairchild

President Trump continues his success in foreign policy. On December 6th, 2017, President Donald Trump took an unprecedented stance on the Middle Eastern conflict that is Israeli/Palestinian land dispute. For the first time, the President of the United States has formally recognized the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Since the establishment of Israel in 1948 the Israeli government has designated Jerusalem its capital. Much of the rest of the world has denied this fact as a means to appease Palestinians and groups like Hamas, which claim not only that Jerusalem is not the Israeli capital, but that…

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December 7, 2017 Cody Rizzuto 1Comment

Al Franken removed himself, and so should Roy Moore. Today, in a long overdue development, Al Franken took to the Senate floor and officially resigned his seat as a second term Senator from Minnesota. This comes after weeks of allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment from, at this point, seven different women. In his statement, Franken came off as self-righteous and bitter in that he was being forced out while others have not been, rather than contrite and apologetic for his own transgressions. He may have done it for the wrong reasons, and in an overly delayed manner, but it…

The USS Arizona via the National Archives

December 7, 2017 Cody Rizzuto 1Comment

Seventy-six years ago today, a sleeping giant was awoken. It was a clear, beautiful Sunday morning on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Civilians and military personnel alike shuffled to church, nursed an ailing hangover from the night before, or reported for duty on one of the dozens of war vessels anchored in Pearl Harbor. The island, just west of Honolulu, must have felt like an oasis far removed from the daily troubles of the American mainland. For many it was paradise. That soon changed. With almost no warning over 400 Japanese fighter pilots buzzed the harbor unleashing a hellstorm of…

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December 6, 2017 Mollie Finnegan 1Comment

Being for something is far more persuasive than being solely against.  Today, while engaging in one of my favorite millennial activities, browsing social media, I came across one of my “friends” who had some strong words to share. She decided to point out how our government is essentially running our country full speed into the Earth and our doom is imminent. I was somewhat shocked because this is not one the activists I follow, or someone who I know to be very involved in politics, but rather someone I do not think I have ever seen engage in any political…

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December 5, 2017 Brad Johnson 1Comment

Hyperbole is now a strategy. In reflection upon the constitutional republican system they had just established, Benjamin Franklin once said, “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” This is especially relevant today because, according to many, Congress has just caused the former by way of the latter. Tax reform has been on the Republican to-do list for quite some time, and it is certainly much needed. The United States Tax Code sits at a whopping 73,954 pages in breadth….

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December 4, 2017 Charles Heintel

Australian Parliament is set to take up the issue of same-sex marriage. Nearly 80% of Australians voted in a postal survey (plebiscite vote) from September 12th through November 7th on whether the Australian government should legally recognize same sex unions as marriages. The Marriage Act of 1961 defines marriage as “the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.” Thus, purported marriages of same-sex couples in Australia are considered legally void. While it is not illegal for same sex couples to publicly consider themselves married, activists refer to hopeful government…

2012 Presidential Debate

November 29, 2017 Brad Johnson

The system under which we live is the greatest luxury a people has ever been afforded in all of recorded history. Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday — in my opinion, the best — because it oftentimes brings together families who do not get to frequently see each other, and it does so over nothing more than the premise of giving thanks for that which with we have been blessed. Christmas has gifts, Independence Day has fireworks, and Halloween has candy — but Thanksgiving does it with solely food and family. Ronald Reagan once said that “All great change in America…

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November 24, 2017 Liam Gorman

Regulatory reform is a necessary step towards improving the business environment. The effects of regulations exist all around us, in every product we buy and in the practices of every business we shop at, but they are rarely noticed. One of the most undervalued pieces of federal policy making is not the ability of Congress to pass a law, but the creation of regulations or rules to enforce the law. The rule-making process can seem unglamorous to many people: it can appear that anonymous bureaucrats are creating dry, inaccessible rules. These rules, however, are some of the most important tools…

Thanksgiving is a Day for Thanking and Praising God, via Free Republic

November 22, 2017 Cody Rizzuto 1Comment

“Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude.” – Nigel Hamilton As we all sit in preparation of Thanksgiving, we are likely inundated with visions of turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and the consumption of perhaps a little too much alcohol. Maybe we sit anxiously preparing a Tweet for “what we are thankful for” that will receive the maximum number of retweets. There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of this, but like so many other holidays the true and original meaning has been lost to commercialization. We are all guilty of this in some way, shape, or form to…

The cast of Stranger Things (Netflix)

November 22, 2017 Mollie Finnegan 1Comment

Children are not sexual objects. As a nation handling the ongoing fight against sexual assault and misconduct that our favorite actors and “well-respected” politicians have apparently been engaging in for decades, it is time we start to address another side of the issue. While interns and young actors and actresses are being taken advantage of by repulsive individuals in roles of authority and power, children in Hollywood are being dragged into the hyper-sexualized spotlight as well. This is not about teens having crushes on other teens from their favorite shows, but rather fully grown adults being attracted to children. Kids…