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Who Should be Allowed to Carry a Gun?
Thursday, August 08th, 2019 | Author:

This commentary provides a good illustration of a common political paradox (or hypocrisy):

Democrats have complained about police brutality for years. The police, they assure us, are out of control. And, the story goes, they have it in for anyone whose skin is not lily white. You can’t trust the racist cops, they tell us. Remember Ferguson, Missouri, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Tamir Rice, and others.

But these same Democrats also tell us that the police are the only ones who should have guns, which is to say that the police we’re not supposed to trust, who are guilty—in their view—of unspeakable crimes against Americans, should be given a monopoly on physical force and that private citizens should be deprived of their most effective means of defending themselves. That’s a headscratcher, but I’ll come back to that later.

 

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Trump: Triumph and Tragedy
Saturday, August 03rd, 2019 | Author:

Some extractions of Victor Davis Hanson’s book and analysis of Trump.  In a nutshell, given the current trajectory of the country, Trump is the right man for the job:

Hanson predicts that Trump will go the way of most tragic heroes – ostracized, with his accomplishments unacknowledged….

Although Hanson does not offer his personal opinions of Trump, he says the current president is at least a partial salve to the nation’s problems. Hanson writes that Trump’s goal to make America great again hinges on remembering what made America great in the first place and on recognizing the historic threats to American greatness.

He then explains that historically the only way declining nations have reversed their decline has been to limit the size of state bureaucracies, avoid costly optional wars, preserve the rule of law, inculcate national pride in ancestral customs, and ensure equality under the law for all citizens. If Hanson’s prescription for a declining nation is accurate, then his case for Trump is made.

Source: VDH Examines The Triumph And The Tragedy of Donald Trump

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