Abortion Supporters Declare War On Freedom of Speech





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A Massachusetts law makes it illegal for any citizen to  “enter or remain on a public way or sidewalk”  within 35 feet of an abortion clinic if they are distributing pro-life literature. This case has made it to the Supreme Court, where it is anyone’s guess how they will rule on this issue.

How they should rule on the question is pretty clear- speech, especially political speech, is protected under the 1st Amendment. If this law stands, it will keep concerned pro-life people from one effective venue to spread their message to those who are considering abortion.

Free speech is one of our most sacred rights- its importance is one thing on which conservatives, libertarians, and liberals should all agree. Liberals trumpet it all the time. It is most distressing to see them abandon it when it doesn’t suit their purpose.

Let us hope and pray that the Supreme Court will render a just decision on this issue and uphold free speech, even when the liberal Massachusetts legislature is assaulting it.

 

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Should John McCain Leave The Republican Party?

John McCain SC Should John McCain Leave the Republican Party?

When asked in a recent interview who he would vote for in a 2016 Presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul, John McCain responded that it would be a “tough choice.” Really? Has the Republican Party standard bearer in 2008 really sunk this low, that he would have a hard time choosing between Clinton and Paul? What is it that attracts McCain to Clinton? Is it because she is pro-choice? Is it because she is in favor of big government? Or is it because she is very famous and really popular with the media? If anything, it is probably the last reason; for John McCain loves the media that has long portrayed the establishment Senator as being a maverick. Indeed, in the interview, John McCain called Clinton a “rock star” when praising her. It is not too hard to tell what is important to him.

How about Rand Paul? Senator McCain famously called Paul and Ted Cruz “wacko birds” for their desire to not march in lock step with the party establishment. Rand Paul has been more of a maverick than McCain ever was, recently casting a gutsy single vote against the nominee for FBI Director in the Senate. His filibuster on drone usage against American citizens also comes to mind. If John McCain can’t choose between Clinton and Paul, it is because Paul represents the forces that McCain has sought to stifle in the Republican Party: libertarians and the Tea Party. McCain works against the heart of the grassroots GOP, all the while still making the rounds on the Sunday shows as a “Republican.” It is time for McCain to put an end to this nonsense and, like Arlen Specter before him,  side with the Democratic Party. It would work against the Republicans seeking to gain control of the Senate in 2014, but at least it would save the party from someone who clearly no longer belongs in it.

What else has John McCain been up to? Of course, he has been a member of the Gang of 8, seeking to bring a pathway to citizenship to illegal immigrants.  He has been “working closely with the White House and a handful of Democrats.” Why does bipartisanship come so naturally to him? It is because he shares so much in common with the Democrats as opposed to grassroots Republicans.

The time has come for McCain to accept that he needs to cross the aisle permanently on his frequent trips over there. If he doesn’t, he risks seriously diluting the Republican brand of limited government policy-making.

 

F. Peter Brown is an Associate Editor at the Western Center for Journalism and Editor of the Sound Money Institute. Check out his personal website.

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Politically Correct Hatred Of Minorities

 Politically Correct Hatred of Minorities

Minorities still have a difficult time in this country. Yes, blacks, gays, Muslims, and atheists still have very real challenges that we need to be aware of and sensitive to. However, they are not the focus of this column. Thankfully it is by now politically incorrect to hate any of these groups. This is in stark contrast to a different set of minorities, whom hatred of is often accepted by the politically correct. The wealthy, evangelical Christians, heterosexual white males, libertarians, and the Tea Party are minority groups whom it can be politically correct to hate.

Let’s start with the wealthy. “The wealthy?” you may ask. “Aren’t they the group who have it the easiest in this country? Why should I care about them?” On the contrary, being wealthy these days means exposing oneself to the raw hatred and envy of the masses, more so than in the past. Everywhere one  turns one see the wealthy being bashed:  in Hollywood movies, on the nightly news, and college texts, to name a few places. I recently watched Atlas Shrugged Parts I and II. One realizes Ayn Rand hit the nail  on the head in her books: it is the producers, the wealthy whom it is politically correct to bash and steal from. The progressive income tax is the new serfdom. Make more money, i.e., produce more, and we’ll take more and more from you. If you don’t like it, we’ll throw you in prison.

Evangelical Christians are another group whom it can be PC to hate. Watch the mainstream media and you won’t be disappointed if you are looking for hatred of this group. Ministers, the Bible, and evangelical churchgoers are attacked with a ferocity one wouldd think the left would reserve for convicted felons. And, this is happening to a morally upstanding group of people.

Heterosexual white males are another minority group who have the Left’s bulls-eye on their back. You see the stupid father portrayed over and over again in television. No wonder many of today’s males don’t stick around to start a family with their partner. Who wants to be that stupid father guy? White males lose out on jobs and educational opportunities because of government-sanctioned reverse racism and hardly anyone bats an eye.

“Libertarian.” Just the name brings ridicule. I wrote to one person, mentioning I was a libertarian, and his response was an exuberant ‘hahahaha’!  Expect to see plenty of ridicule if you adopt this name. However, your opponents will probably prove light on arguments, and heavy on the laughter. As long as you stick to your guns, you have nothing to sweat. Establishment people are afraid that there is a real alternative out there to their propaganda, and they will fight you tooth-and-nail to give up on liberty.

The Tea Party is the final group we will discuss who have had a rough handling by the establishment. The establishment doesn’t like grassroots organizations they can’t control ; it’s no matter that these groups are the backbone of a democracy. 2010 was a triumph of democracy, not just a triumph of the Tea Party, as the people turned out incumbents for new and alternative thinking.

As you can see, there are plenty of groups out there whom it can be politically correct to hate. These groups, not just the groups you normally think of when you hear the word ‘minority,’ need our support. They are suffering from a full barrage from the establishment and can hold out for only so long.

F. Peter Brown is an Associate Editor at the Western Center for Journalism and Editor at the Sound Money Institute. Visit his personal website .

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10 Point Plan To Reform America’s Economy

Dollar Bills SC 10 Point Plan to Reform America’s Economy

1. Reduce welfare spending by 50%.

2. Reduce military spending by 50%. The US should only at most spend five times the amount the next-highest spending military is spending, not ten times. We’ll be plenty safe with that amount of military spending. We just won’t be able to maintain hundreds of military bases abroad and engage in unnecessary wars.

3. Reduce corporate subsidies by 50%. The federal government spends $92 billion on corporate welfare subsidies, whereas $59 billion is spent on social welfare. We spend much too much in both areas, but why do corporations receive more than people in need?

4. Abolish public education. Why entrust one of the most important tasks to one of the most incompetent and inefficient organizations, the government? Plus, abolishing public education would save the government $600 billion dollars a year- and that is money spent on just K-12.

Private education and homeschooling are more efficient and allow for more diversity of schooling choices. Currently, “free” public education is crowding out the private educational system that could blossom in the United States.

5. Abolish the minimum wage (and watch jobs get created.)

6. Reduce the number of federal regulations by a third. The Code of Federal Regulations at the end of 2011 was 169,301 pages.

The King James Bible is 1,888 pages. Enough is enough.

7. Appoint someone like Dr. Ron Paul to lead the Federal Reserve in the right direction, one without massive amounts of quantitative easing.

8.  Stop Obama’s War Against Coal with its immense human and economic costs.

9.  Stop all green energy subsidies. We’ve had enough boondoggles. Energy companies should have to stand on their own two feet.

10. Abolish the IRS. Reform and dramatically simplify the tax code by instituting a flat tax.

 

F. Peter Brown is an Associate Editor at the Western Center for Journalism. He also edits the Sound Money Institute website and constitutionalfreedoms.net.

What Would Thomas Jefferson Think Of The NSA Surveillance Program?

Thomas Jefferson SC What Would Thomas Jefferson Think of the NSA Surveillance Program?

Though many Americans are opposed to it, some still defend the NSA surveillance program as being necessary. I thought it would be worthwhile to visit quotes from someone who commands the respect of conservatives, liberals, and libertarians alike: Thomas Jefferson. Would he be opposed to the modern day surveillance state existing in the US? Undoubtedly so, and here are some of his quotations indicating why:

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”

“I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.”

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

“I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.”

“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”

“Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add “within the limits of the law,” because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.”

“It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings, collected together, are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately.”

“Liberty is the great parent of science and of virtue; and a nation will be great in both in proportion as it is free.”

“Most bad government has grown out of too much government.”

“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.”

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”

Over and over again, Thomas Jefferson criticizes the expansion of government against the individual. There is no doubt in my mind that this great man, who stood firmly for freedom in all endeavors, would be staunchly opposed to the current NSA surveillance program. He would correctly label it as tyranny. Let us today remember his true patriotic example and strive to keep faithful to the Declaration of Independence he wrote and the Bill of Rights he supported.

(All Thomas Jefferson Quotes are drawn from http://jpetrie.myweb.uga.edu/TJ.html.)

 

F. Peter Brown is an Associate Editor at the Western Center for Journalism. He is also the Editor at the Sound Money Institute and constitutionalfreedoms.net.