Author: Alex Christy

No, Bernie, European Socialism Does Not Work

Bernie Sanders and other supporters of “soft socialism” tell us that they think we should be more like Scandinavia.  Putting the fact that Sanders and his wife took their honeymoon in the heart of America’s Cold War enemy aside, the left’s love affair with countries like Sweden needs to end. But what’s the problem with this “softer” version of socialism? To finance “free” benefits, a country will have a combination of three options: high taxes, high deficits and debt, or the printing of money which could lead to inflation problems.  The European social state that was propped up by American capitalism...

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Why Boehner Failed

There is an old saying in politics, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”  The heat has become too hot for John Boehner, and he has announced that he is stepping down as Speaker of the House. The reason for Boehner’s downfall is quite simple: His criteria of “getting things done” put him at odds with the conservatives both in and outside of Congress who viewed it was the job of the Republican majority to be the loyal opposition.  Ultimately, Boehner decided to try to counter the media and Democratic narrative of a “Do Nothing Congress” which led to conservative dissent.  The...

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Syria and the Consequences of Unseriousness

It has been over a year now since the United States began the bombing campaign against ISIS.  Therefore, it must be asked: what has over 12 months of bombing gotten us? The answer is as tragic as it is infuriating: not much. In recent days, most of the Western world’s attention has been on the wave of people seeking to relocate from Syria to Europe.  Debate has occurred over whether this is a genuine refugee crisis or a refugee crisis in name only, and what do about the situation.  According to the United Nations, the ratio of refugees is almost...

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Hillary’s E-Mail Problems

The snowball rolling down the mountain that is the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal keeps getting bigger.  She has now admitted to receiving classified information after originally denying that she ever sent or received classified information on her private e-mail.  She has justified it by saying they were not originally “marked classified.” Regardless, there are multiple problems with her reasoning.  The first is that the State Department’s Inspector General disputes this claim.  Second, some information she possessed, sent, and received, is classified by default regardless of whether or not it is marked “classified.”   For example, Reuters points out that information automatically classified...

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What is Political Correctness?

According to “Republican” presidential candidate Donald Trump, something America does not have time for is political correctness.  This raises an important question: what is political correctness, and what is political incorrectness?  These words are frequently thrown around in political discourse, but we rarely take the time to stop and think about them. At their core, political correctness and incorrectness have to do with how we use language to talk about issues faced by society.  Politically correct speech may be defined as a “description of the practice of using speech that conforms to liberal or radical opinion by avoiding language which might cause offence to...

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