Author: Bear Smith

Stop Blaming Racism for Trump’s Win

In the wake of one of their biggest losses since George Bush’s trouncing of Michael Dukakis, liberals are searching for explanations of why they lost to Donald Trump. One of the more popular attempts to explain away Clinton’s loss is the widespread racism of the American electorate. The argument is that Trump’s nationalistic sentiments have tapped into a deep-seated bigotry among voters, and this bigotry is what has led to his electoral success. But this explanation is as lazy as it is wrong. Nationwide, there are 209 counties that voted for Donald Trump who had previously voted for President Obama...

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Where Do Republicans Go From Here?

Hillary Clinton will almost certainly be the next President of the United States. It may be a difficult pill to swallow, but Republicans will have to come to terms with this reality sooner or later. And as with 2012, the post-election environment will be one ripe with reflection and analysis.  But it will also likely be ripe with conflict. In 2012, after Mitt Romney lost the presidential election to Barack Obama, the RNC issued a post-mortem in which it stated; “It is time to smartly change course, modernize the Party, and learn once again how to appeal to more...

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Is Evan McMullin Utah’s Next Senator?

On Monday, August 8, 2016, Evan McMullin announced his bid for the Presidency of the United States, and America said; “Who?” With little name recognition outside the most wonkish Republican Congressional policy circles, there was never really a chance for the independent candidate to win. In fact, in his announcement “Letter to America,” McMullin hardly mentioned the electoral college, campaign strategy, or his nonexistent chances of winning. It would seem that based on his late entry to the race and the tone of his campaign, McMullin never intended to win in 2016. His sights, however, may extend beyond November...

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It’s Time to Dump Trump

Late Friday evening, the Washington Post released a video recording that has plunged the 2016 election deeper into chaos. In the video, Republican nominee Donald Trump brags to TV personality Billy Bush about groping and trying to have sex with a married woman. He goes on to state: “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]. I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait…Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything.” Republican leaders nationwide have denounced these statements as offensive and inexcusable, with some going so far as to call for...

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America’s Real Gun Problem

Every time there is a mass shooting in America, the left’s leaders come together to call for “common sense” gun reform. Senators on both sides of the aisle and both presidential candidates have called for legislation which bars suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms. Initiatives push for even more restrictions, often calling for a ban on the AR-15 and its ammunition. The media is seemingly behind this movement, relayinghow menacing it feels to fire the rifle. Except each of these responses to mass shootings, from the Senate to CNN, fail to correctly understand and dissect the issues surrounding guns. America has a gun problem,...

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