Girl, We Got Robbed!

Most of us have conveniently forgotten just how closely Obama squeaked by to win the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination. Hillary was 333 delegate votes away – a margin of less than one percent – from being the nominee.  She could have been even closer.

If delegates from Florida and Michigan had been given the full strength of their votes, instead of only half-votes, Hillary would have been closer since she won both of those states.  Instead, DNC chair Howard Dean claimed both states held the primaries too early and should thus get less weight in deciding the nominee.  These were not “pop” primaries, like a pop quiz.  They were announced.  And then they were ignored, out of political convenience.  Michigan and Florida voters got cheated out of the full strength of their votes.  Funny, millions of voters were punished when the date of the primary in each state was decided by just a handful of political elites.  Read more…

 

Pardon Me?

On the night of Friday, October 7, 2011, eighteen-year-old Charity Smith was killed in an automobile accident in Pontotoc, Mississippi. A recent high school graduate who was working at a local Cracker Barrel to save money for her college education, Charity was a talented young woman who had dreams of receiving a business degree. Tragically, she would never see that dream become reality, as her life was cut short when a man by the name of Harry Bostick, driving under the influence, slammed into her vehicle, killing her on impact.

This was not the first time that Harry Bostick had been driving drunk; in fact, Bostick was charged with his third DUI – all three of which occurred within the span of one year.  In May 2010, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year of house arrest and four years in an alcohol treatment program.  Hoping to have his slate wiped clean, family and friends of Bostick initiated an effort to have him pardoned by Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.  Read more…

 

Leviathan’s Justice: America’s Rule as the Global Hegemon

Contrary to the leftist and libertarian interpretation of the world, American exceptionalism exists and has certain implications for the country’s foreign policy.  Why did the United States abandon its isolationist tendencies in the mid-20th century?  After the Second World War, America was the dominating super power in the world; it had no rival.  However, with this new status came a powerful enemy: the Soviet Union and other communist nations.  This led American leaders to re-think isolationism and the U.S.’s response in the wake of two World Wars and address the threat of communism.

Men like George Marshall and Harry Truman decided it was better for America to engage the world, including using intervention and economic aid, to prevent another world war.  Essentially, America engaging the world comes from an ultimate desire for peace and to prevent millions of deaths.  Read more…

 

Rightfully Educated: The Ultimate Threat to America’s Workforce

On January 27th, 2012 at the University of Michigan, President Obama outlined his plan to cut public college and university costs down by working with states, universities and Congress. Meanwhile, he also emphasized that he wants America“…to be a big, bold, generous country where everybody gets a fair shot, everybody is doing their fair share, everybody is playing by the same set of rules.”

We can all attest to the rising costs that come with attending college, but does everybody need to go to college after all?  Sure, people should get “a fair shot” and be judged based on their merits when it comes to college admissions. But do all Americans need to waste away their lives learning theories far removed from reality or pursue purposeless majors such as Ethnic Studies or Women’s Studies?  Read More…

Should High School Graduation Be Mandatory?

President Obama seems to be rather fond of mandates.  We are all familiar with his health care insurance mandate and his love of executive orders.  Now it seems that he wishes to solve our educational woes with mandatory high school graduation (or at least attendance until the age of 18).  It seems strange that the president should choose to address this relatively minor problem so emphatically when faced with the ever more dire threats of debt the size of the nation’s economy, the prospect of a nuclear Iran, and the continuing financial crises.

First, it is important to address the issue of choice.  What seems to be a common theme in politics repeats itself; the government allows individuals a choice.  When individuals make the wrong choice, the government declares the ability to choose must be eliminated.  This attitude is especially disquieting in a nominally “pro-choice” President.  It seems that in the eyes of the administration, a seventeen-year-old girl is qualified to decide the fate of her unborn child, but is unable to decide whether or not to attend high school.  Read More…

The Root of All Evil

The state of the world is undoubtedly disturbing. Our President has proposed that the Federal Government become involved in mortgages, the United Nations is considering more foreign adventures, and Europeans are still attempting to prevent Greece from defaulting on its crushing debt from decades of socialist policies.  Many wonder, “How did we (the West) get here?”  True, most European nations have never been what the United States was at its founding.  But, it is not only Europe that has strayed far.  The United States is among the worst, considering the basic principles of the Founders.  So, how did we get here?  How did our nation go from the personification of classical liberal ideas to the government funding shrimp on treadmills? The answer is really quite simple.  Read More…



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