America Owes No Apologies to Japan

There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.” ~ President George Washington, 1793, Fifth Annual Message

It appears that Barack Obama wants to end his time in office in much the same way he began; by touring the world, highlighting and apologizing for America’s supposed sins, and minimizing or ignoring all the good we have done in the world.

He began his first term with an apology tour. On April 3, 2009, in Strasbourg, France, Obama declared “In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world…there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.” Three days later, in a speech to the Turkish Parliament, Obama doubled down, saying that “The United States is still working through some of our own darker periods in our history…Our country still struggles with the legacies of slavery and segregation, the past treatment of Native Americans.” These would be just two of many apologies Obama would make for America in the years to come.

This month, Obama becomes the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima, Japan, since the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on it seventy years ago in a bid to bring World War II, the most deadly war in world history, to an end.

Trump’s Nomination Doesn’t Mean Libertarians’ Involvement in the GOP Has Been Misplaced

[Editor’s Note: This commentary by former Federal Election Commission Chairman, Center for Competitive Politics Chairman and Founder, and Capital University Josiah H. Blackmore/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law Bradley A. Smith is reprinted here with his permission.]


A libertarian professor friend of mine took the opportunity of Trump’s nomination to write on Facebook:

The fact that the GOP appears to be nominating Trump, and the fact that libertarian-leaning conservative intellectuals in the GOP are (rightly) frothing at the mouth the most about it, only provides more evidence for my long-standing view that libertarian intellectuals who thought their (our?) home was in the GOP were making a very risky “pact with the devil.”

He went on a bit but that gets the mood and core message of the piece.

My response, which I’ll reprint here with light edits, was this:

Climate Refugees and Other Global Warming Hysteria

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Leftists are fascinating creatures. They claim to be the ones devoted to scientific inquiry, yet in reality they are only interested in the science that confirms their own biases, and they are willing to use government force to silence anyone offering any objections, criticisms, or facts which are contrary to their preferred narrative.

For example, though Leftists claim to be pro-science, they claim that gender is determined by how one “feels”, rather than the tried-and-true method of taking a peek in one’s Fruit of the Looms and seeking if you are an “innie” or an “outie”. This leads to their denial of the absolute and irrefutable biological differences between the sexes, and to attributing differences in men and women not to biology, but to social indoctrination.

Likewise, despite being repeatedly and demonstrably wrong for decades, the left also denies science in the area of global warming (or is it climate change? Or climate chaos? Or carbon pollution? It changes so often it is difficult to keep up). Hence the latest hysteria being peddled as science…climate refugees.

Climate refugees are those who are being displaced from their homes by changes in the Earth’s climate, which the left blames on global warming, which is in turn blamed on man’s drive to industrialization. As they tell the story, the more mankind industrializes, the more CO2 we generate, which in turn creates a force field around the Earth which traps greenhouse gases, which heats up the Earth, which melts the polar ice caps, which causes the sea levels to rise, which will lead to all of us living next door to SpongeBob at the bottom of the ocean by the end of the century.

Now we find out if #NeverTrump truly means anything

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After a crushing defeat in a two-man contest that everyone had begged for all year, Ted Cruz suspended his campaign in Indiana, effectively coronating Donald Trump the Republican nominee for president.

“We left it all on the field in Indiana. We gave it everything we’ve got but the voters chose another path,” Cruz said. “So with a heavy heart but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign.”

Though Trump has maintained 50-60% support in most recent primary votes, he is still woefully unpopular among a significant minority of Republicans, many of whom vow to not support him in the general election.

That pledge will now come front and center as the only viable alternative in the primary drops out. #NeverTrump Republicans have a decision to make. Fortunately, they have options.

As I outlined even before the first primary votes were cast, the November election is now almost certain to be between the two most unpopular candidates in modern history.

We will have a new president this time next year, one way or another. But on the current trajectory, he or she will take office hated by most of the country and with no mandate to impose much of a platform. What a waste that would be.

Obama Bypasses Security Screening in Importing Syrian Muslims

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Barack Obama’s legacy will be as the most lawless president in American history. His contempt for the Constitution in general, and its separation of powers doctrine in particular, drips from his lips like saliva from a rabid dog. Like most progressives, he sees the Constitution and Congress as useless impediments to the implementation of his brilliant policies.

One would be challenged to point out one area of Obama’s policy that has been a success (or, at least, a success by the standards of the American people, as opposed to progressive zealots), but if one were to try to pinpoint the area where Obama’s efforts have been most disastrous, a strong case could be made for his Middle East policy, which has made the world a far more dangerous place.

He pulled out all American troops from Iraq, against the direct recommendation of his military advisers, and as a result the “sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq” he left behind was soon overrun by ISIS, the most radical, violent terrorist group we’ve seen in our lifetimes. He essentially deposed Moamar Ghaddafi of Libya who, though certainly an evil tyrant, was no threat to the U.S. In the power vacuum in Libya, chaos and bloodshed has been rampant. He claimed a “red line” in Syria past which dictator Bashar al-Assad must not pass, and when Assad soon crossed that red line by using chemical weapons, Obama backtracked and claimed that the red line was never his, but the “world’s”.

7 Reasons Harriet Tubman is a perfect replacement for Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill

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Thanks largely to a successful social media campaign and a smash hit musical, Alexander Hamilton will remain on the $10 bill for the forseeable future. Instead of a woman replacing him, Harriet Tubman will replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. This is good news for several reasons, and beautifully poetic justice for several more.

1. The $20 is used much more than the $10.

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As of 2015, there were 8.6 billion $20 bills in circulation, but only 1.9 billion $10 bills. Having a woman, especially one as historically important as Harriet Tubman, on the $20 will mean more than 4 times as much visibility.

2. "Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?"

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As the insanely successful Broadway musical has reminded America, Alexander Hamilton was one of its most important and praiseworthy founding fathers. A penniless immigrant from the Caribbean, Hamilton fought in the Revolution and rose with sheer intellect and will power to be the first Secretary of the Treasury. He's basically single-handedly responsible for ensuring the financial solvency of the republic for its first generation. If anyone should be on American currency for the duration of the republic (or at least its fiat currency system), it's Alexander Hamilton.

Bernie Sanders Just Another Tax-Evading Liberal Hypocrite

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Bernie Sanders has won the hearts of basement-dwelling socialists everywhere with his angry, septuagenarian rants against the evils of capitalism and the greedy One-Percent, his denunciation and vilification of America’s top earners and producers, and a market system he deems “unfair” to the poor and the middle class (he actually once argued that there are poor kids in America because consumers have too many choices of deodorant).

Sanders has also repeatedly criticized anyone who takes advantage of standard tax deductions in order to lower their taxable income, and therefore their effective tax rate, stating on his campaign website that “We need a progressive tax system in this country which is based on the ability to pay. It is not acceptable that corporate CEOs in this country often enjoy an effective tax rate which is lower than their secretaries.”

Study Finds Unemployed Support Legalized Theft

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A “startling” new study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences takes a deeper look into how employment status impacts people’s views on wealth redistribution, and finds that people who work for a living prefer to keep more of the money that they’ve earned. In related articles, the science journal discovers other “startling” facts, such as water is wet, and fire is hot.

The only thing startling about these findings is that anyone would be startled by these findings. Human nature, despite the often absurd claims of the intellectual class, has not changed since Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden (or, if you prefer, since fish flopped onto land and turned into lizards, which turned into birds, which turned into apes, which turned into people…though I may have missed a couple of mutations there).

In the study, participants were invited to play anonymously in a “redistributive justice” game in which each player is allocated a different sum of money, and each player knows how much the other players have received. Prior to the start of the game, players had to engage in a specific task for which they were rewarded, with the best outcomes producing the higher rewards. The rules were as follows:

Obama Administration Push for Puerto Rico Bailout Will Benefit Cronies

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If the House legislation on Puerto Rico is defeated, and the bailout and super Chapter 9 Bankruptcy wins instead, Obama Administration cronies that support the latter will benefit greatly. They stand to make more than $100 million if the bankruptcy and bailout plan for Puerto Rico is put in place.

MillCo Advisors, headed up by former U.S. Treasury official Jim Millstein, could see $52.4 million in revenue from consulting work related to the Puerto Rico bailout, the New York Post is reporting, as well as, “Puerto Rico also has contracts with Manhattan law firms Cleary Gottlieb and Proskauer Rose that max out at $37 million and $6.6 million, respectively, according to government records and contracts reviewed by The Post.”

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico hired SKDKnickerbocker, an influential Manhattan communications and public relations firm, for a $3.4 million public relations and marketing contract that includes a $500,000 advertising budget. Former Obama administration Communication Director Anita Dunn, who still regularly visits the White House, and was hired by Puerto Rico’s Governor Padilla as a bankruptcy advisor, also works for SKDKnickerbocker.

“The fact that the Puerto Rican debt crisis resulted from years of over-spending, political cronyism and outright corruption goes a long way to explain why Puerto Rico’s political leaders have poured many millions of dollars into a small group of politically connected legal, lobbying and consulting firms,” the New York Post quoted from Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a Virginia watchdog.

Federal ban of “LSD Ale” shows corporatist consequence of overregulation

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The hallucinagen LSD has been illegal in the United States since the 1960s, and apparently in the fatherland of free speech, that means you can’t even name things “LSD” either.

From the Pioneer Press by way of Reason comes the story of “LSD Ale”, or at least that’s what it used to be called.

Call it what you want, but Indeed Brewing Company can no longer market or label its seasonal spring honey beer as LSD Ale.

The feds made the brewery change the name of its Lavender Sunflower Date (that’s where the acronym came from) Honey Ale so that the acronym was no longer apparent.

The brewery did not face federal regulation until it started to cross state lines, and for a while, when Indeed was selling only in limited Wisconsin markets, they kept that particular beer in Minnesota. Regulators were concerned that the name implied there were drugs in the beer.

It’s unclear what federal agency mandated this sophomoric overaction, likely the FDA or ATF. Regardless, the insanity and hipocrisy is self-evident.

Why is the federal government concerned about products that might (but definitely don’t) make people think there are illegal drugs in them? If the products don’t have illegal drugs in them, what is the harm done by that (entirely mythical) suggestion?


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