Author: Alex Christy

Don’t Mourn Le Pen’s Loss

For some the French election was the third battle against the forces of globalism.  After Brexit and Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen was to be the exclamation point on the nationalist resurgence across the West.  If France, of all places, can tell the European Union to go pound sand, then globalism will truly be on the defensive.  It was not meant to be, as Marine Le Pen lost and lost big.  She lost from the Channel to the Mediterranean and from the Atlantic to the old Maginot Line. The fact that some are lamenting Le Pen’s loss is not only...

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Bob Ferguson Comes to Campus

It has been a while since President Trump’s travel ban has been in the news. However, it was front and center at Western Washington University on May 2.  In a public lecture hosted by the Political Science Department, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson spoke about the state’s lawsuit that resulted in the executive order being struck down. Nearly 300 people crammed into the main lecture room and overflow room, and some had to be turned away from both locations. The speech promised to be a great opportunity to learn from and challenge a key public official. Ultimately, however, the final results were disappointing at...

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Howard Dean Screams Nonsense

Former Vermont Governor and failed 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean recently decided to jump into the UC-Berkeley controversy surrounding Ann Coulter.  He offered his thoughts on Twitter last Thursday, making the entire nation forever grateful that he was not elected President. Hate speech is not protected by the first amendment. https://t.co/DOct3xcLoY — Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) April 21, 2017 This should concern every American who claims to care about the First Amendment.  The problem with “hate speech” is not whether it is a good thing or a bad thing, but who gets to decide on the definition of “hate.”  Are we...

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North Korea: Plenty of Bad Options

When news that the Carl Vinson strike group was turning around and heading north to the Korean Peninsula* the world once again moved to the edge of its seat and watched and waited.  (As an aside, why are we naming ships after congressmen, but I digress.)  Despite sudden newfound anxieties from the left about fairly routine shows of force in response to North Korean saber-rattling, the weekend came and went without the world tail-spinning into World War III.  As it turns out, the Carl Vinson strike group was actually in the Indian Ocean conducting joint exercises with Australia. The Trump Administration seems to want...

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The Aftermath of Trump’s Syria Strikes

President Trump has initiated his first military operation as President.  On April 6 USS Ross and USS Porter lobbed 59 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles into Shayrat Airbase in western Syria.  The President was reportedly moved to take action against the regime after seeing images of civilians, including babies, suffer after Bashar al-Assad launched another sarin gas attack on his own people.  The move was a shift for his previous policy of abandoning the effort for regime change in Damascus.  Being in the big chair appears to have changed the President’s approach to the conflict. Still, there are many unanswered questions in the wake of the...

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