Author: Alexander Hampton

The Orwellian re-definition of freedom

Leftists often appropriate “freedom” and “rights” in a way that twists the meaning of ideas that are fundamental to a free society. For example, the issues page on Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 presidential campaign website claims he runs on three values: freedom, security, and democracy. “Freedom is not just ‘freedom from’ but also ‘freedom to’,” it says on his site. He uses this slogan, which he often repeats, to justify providing universal healthcare and higher education through government programs and regulation. A recurring theme of his campaign is the conflation of two concepts: (1) freedom for people to live their...

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Eight Candidates Who Won’t Be in Tonight’s Debate

The next Democratic presidential debate is coming tonight. Unlike the last two, it will only be one night, and will only feature ten candidates. Four also-ran candidates have dropped out of the race since the debates started, and several others did not qualify for Thursday. Here is a look at some interesting facts surrounding eight candidates who will not be featured on tonight’s stage. 1. Kirsten Gillibrand New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand became the most recent Democrat to leave the race after she didn’t make it into the next debate. What is less well-known than candidates answering in Spanish in the CNN debate, is that...

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Republicans should not cave on gun rights

When President Donald Trump was a candidate, he emphasized that he would “totally protect” the second amendment. Although he angled for gun-rights votes, sometimes it has been unclear if his position is as principled as he claims, such as last year when he said law enforcement should “take the guns first, go through due process second.” The comment was in reference to a process the government can use to suspend a person’s Second Amendment rights if they deem them dangerous. Known as red flag laws or extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs), these laws came up again this month in response...

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