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Does Moore win signal a return to conservatism by Republicans?

The Republican Party elite continue to oppose Alabama’s Judge Roy Moore. The party elite once embraced conservatives into its ranks both as voters and candidates, even if they (the elites) had no interest in governing as conservatives.  In doing so they led astray great numbers of middle class Americans, especially Christians, patriots and other good folks.

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The School Choice Deplorables

Are you now, or have you ever been, a supporter of the right of parents to choose their children’s schools? Then you’re a school choice deplorable. At least, that’s what some school choice opponents want us to believe. It’s no secret that President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are long-time school choice supporters….
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Checks and Balances: Assessing Trump’s First 200 Days

President Donald Trump’s administration has passed the 200 day mark, a milestone that might make it reasonable to look at what he’s accomplished after making big promises in his campaign. No Obamacare repeal. No tax reform. No NAFTA repeal. No wall. No immigration reform (although he did issue some executive orders that were partially…
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50 Years Ago Today: The Detroit Riot and the Decline of Civil Rights Liberalism (III)

(continued from Part II) After the Watts riot of 1965, bureaucrats in the administrative state (e.g., EEOC, Small Business Administration) created racial preferences in employment and lending programs based on their own administrative authority, not any explicit authorization from the Congress. Indeed, the Democratic majority (and the Republican minority) were adamantly opposed to racial discrimination…
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50 Years Ago Today: The Detroit Riot and the Decline of Civil Rights Liberalism (II)

Throughout American history, government at all levels has used race to categorize, enslave, segregate, regulate human behavior, and limit immigration with “nationality” quotas that served as substitutes for race. Categorizing by race was essential to racist agendas.

In response, classical liberal civil rights activists struggled to eliminate government-mandated racial categories. They were anything but naive: racism was real, categories or no categories, but the government stamp of approval made things worse–and caused constant mischief in the ever increasing addition of group categories in the census or in immigration statutes. The only feasible solution was the most radical one: the complete elimination of government racial categories. Individuals might discriminate but would no longer have the support of the State. With time, classical liberals felt, the irrationality of racism and xenophobia would give way to better human relations.

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Crowdsourced Redistricting

Last Monday, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear a Wisconsin case that would overturn a highly gerrymandered State Assembly redistricting map that heavily favors Republicans. The Court plans to hear arguments next fall, and it is expected that it will be closely divided. (New York Times, “Justices Take up Gerrymandering Based on…
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Senator Rand Paul to introduce legislation to end indefinite detention

How can Americans consider themselves free people when they can be detained indefinitely without trial or even charges? Hoping to end the practice, Senator Rand Paul plans to introduce a bill this week to stop the government from indefinitely detaining someone. The bill will be called The Sixth Amendment Preservation Act.

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Growing cadre of lawmakers want to sunset FISA

There is no privacy in America as the Deep State scarfs up every bit of electronic communication transmitted anywhere. But a tipping point may have been or is about to be reached. Conservative Republicans on the Hill are worried that the same spying apparatus that led to the intercepts of Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may be sweeping up too many people (meaning politicians) and flouting what few laws Congress has passed to it.

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Oppose Your Enemies, or Look for Common Ground?

On a few occasions I’ve used my privilege as a blogger on The Beacon to write in support of viewpoints held by people that some readers of The Beacon view as the opposition. For examples, I supported the Black Lives Matter movement for protesting police brutality, and more recently, the Resist! movement for opposing…
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The Mullibuster Option

One of the zanier features of American politics is the Senate’s fillibuster rule. Long ago, the Senate, by a simple majority vote, ruled that a supermajority is required to get any business done, with the result that often nothing gets done at all. On the positive side, however, the threat of a fillibuster has…
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Politics without the Romance?

James Buchanan, a pioneer in the development of public choice, viewed his approach to the study of government and politics as the analysis of “politics without the romance.” But Jim couldn’t really live without the romance, and no sooner had he expelled it out the front door than he let it in the back…
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