Project 21: New Visions

How Conservatives Can Deliver On MLK’s Goals, by Demetrius Minor

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Since Americans across the political spectrum are inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it’s not surprising when politicians invoke a catchy phrase used by the slain civil rights leader to bring attention to the kind of society they dream to lead. Over the next few weeks, King’s sermons will be revisited in pulpits across America to commemorate Black History Month. We will reminisce about his vision for racial equality and justice. But beyond the nostalgia and fancy slogans, conservatives need to heed King’s convictions. It’s quite easy for us to clutch quotes about racial harmony, but ...
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Biden’s Parade of Shattered Pledges Makes Him America’s Promise-Breaker-In-Chief, by Deroy Murdock

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President Donald J. Trump’s friends and foes can agree on this: He fulfilled an astonishing number of promises. During his first year in office, he signed a $1.5 trillion tax-rate cut, killed some 1,500 meddlesome regulations, greenlighted the Keystone XL Pipeline, scrapped ObamaCare’s individual mandate (but not the entire program), curbed southern border crossings, erased the ISIS caliphate, and much more. Joe Biden’s presidency after one year is something completely different. His parade of shattered pledges makes him America’s promise-breaker-in-chief. "With unity we can do important things," Biden said in his inaugural address. This echoed the giant, national hug around ...
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The Commonsense Case for ‘Right to Repair’

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In today’s polarized political climate, there are very few pieces of legislation that can bring together policymakers from both sides of the aisle. This situation has resulted in many bills that could benefit the majority of Americans dying in Congress and being all but abandoned. Over the summer, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduced the Save Money on Auto-Repair Transportation Act, otherwise known as the SMART Act. This bill -- co-sponsored by three Democrats and two additional Republicans – has the opportunity to buck that trend and benefit working class households all over America. Why the SMART Act? According to the ...
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Dr. King’s False Heirs, by Richard Holt

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Imagine two children on a playground. These kids play. They laugh. They are helping each other on the slides and sharing a sandwich for lunch. At 4 years old, these children — one Black and one white — see each other as they see themselves. They see not a color or racism or social stigma. They see another kid who will help them throw their leftover bread to the ducks. What happens to these two children later in life that creates a racial barrier between them? Adults, and their lies. Race is a purely sociological construct, one that is taught ...
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How the Principled Dick Armey Served America Well

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Reading more like a tell-all than a memoir, Dick Armey's "Leader" details his life from his humble beginnings in North Dakota, to the halls of the United States Capitol and beyond in this captivating book which ultimately reveals that it is possible for an American leader to unfailingly promote freedom and liberty. Want to know what Dick Armey really thinks about Newt Gingrich, Tom Delay, John Boehner and other notable Republicans? Get “Leader” and you’ll see. In a way that seemingly only Armey can, he gives the reader a fly-on-the-wall perspective on every meeting that went on during that tumultuous ...
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Biden’s Resegregation Program, by AK Kamara

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Creating Conflict Between the Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Divides Our Society The “War Against the Unvaccinated” is about to enter its second year. This is a war of the Biden administration’s making. It is pushed by leftist politicians, bureaucrats, activists and the corporate media. President Biden echoed its rhetoric during his address to the nation on COVID-19 as most Americans prepared to see their families over the holidays. A conflict need not exist, but here we are. Leftist politicians in America and around the globe have a penchant for authoritarianism when citizens don’t comply with their edicts. Whenever there’s a crisis ...
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AUKUS Promises an Effective Check on China in the South Pacific

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Allowing Australia to purchase Los Angeles-class nuclear submarines would provide an immediate, unseen, and unpredictable counter to any Chinese naval advance. Speaking in Washington, D.C. in late October, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott floated the idea of acquiring  Los Angeles-class nuclear submarines from the U.S. At the time, Abbott  quipped  that he would have  asked  the British the same question if he were  speaking in London  instead. Despite  the  nonchalant  way that the  suggestion of leasing or purchasing American fast attack nuclear submarines  came about, the  possibility of this transaction has the potential to drastically change dynamics in the South Pacific and ...
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Jussie Smollett and the Power of Black Male Victimization, by Vince Everett Ellison

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Jussie Smollett is a microcosm of the cowardly, narcissistic, prideful, and nihilistic behavior that has permeated throughout much of the liberal-controlled black community. I feel a bit sorry for Jussie Smollett. His generation believes that for a black man, the highest form of human existence (self-awareness) can only come through victimization. Consider the adulation of the martyrs (both real and supposed) Martin Luther King, Jr., George Floyd, Trayvon Martin, and Colin Kaepernick. Jussie, understandably, coveted some of that exaltation. He had it for a fleeting moment. Jussie Smollett is rich, famous, young, and handsome. And despite being openly gay, he ...
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EPA’s ‘Environmental Justice’ Plan Fails to Address Black Community Needs, by Derrick Hollie

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Instead of Protecting Minorities From Eco-Hazards, Environmental Justice Disenfranchises Them Fundamentally flawed. That’s the only way to describe the Environmental Protection Agency’s new strategic plan. Administrator Michael S. Regan wants to put the EPA “at the center” of the Biden Administration’s equity agenda by pushing “environmental justice” policies likely to cause more harm than good. Instead of purportedly protecting minorities from a disproportionate share of eco-hazards, environmental justice puts unaccountable elites and their bureaucratic minions in the position of regulating the dispossessed to the degree they become wards of the state – further disenfranchising them. The EPA is proposing adding the pursuit ...
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Benjamin Crump: America’s ‘Racial Justice’ Profiteer

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Racial Justice Profiteers in Our Midst Threaten the Very Justice, Truth, and Healing That America Represents. As Benjamin Crump continues to carve out his niche in the legal arena, it is time America recognizes what’s going on. The George Floyd attorney is not a crusader for justice, he’s an opportunistic race profiteer. More sophisticated than the local ambulance chaser—but ambitious in a similarly distasteful way—he scours news reports to find examples of deadly interactions between Americans he can miscast as a racist relics of a bygone era. In this land of possibility, everyone is free to chart his own course ...
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Building Back Better for the Wealthy

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For all their talk about increasing taxes on the rich, the Democrats' budget reconciliation plan might actually result in a tax cut for high-income households. The latest addition to their reconciliation bill is a provision to raise the cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions from $10,000 to $72,500 for ten years. A new analysis from the nonpartisan Citizens for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) found that including this ten-year SALT cap increase would cost "roughly $300 billion through 2025, with roughly $240 billion going to those making over $200,000 per year." In fact, CRFB says this giant tax ...
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Foreign-Citizen Voting In U.S. Elections Is a Bad Idea — Period, by Deroy Murdock

Approximately 808,000 "non-citizens" may vote in future New York City elections, if the City Council welcomes them to do so, as early as December. These potential new members of the electorate would include Green Card holders and those with certain work permits. This is a rotten idea. However, love or hate it, everyone at least should debate this concept with maximum precision. These 808,000 potential new voters are not non-citizens. The computer on which I write these words is a non-citizen. So is the medium via which you are reading them right now. Rather than non-citizens, these people are foreign ...
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Regressive Energy Taxes Hit Poor and Lower-Income Families, Create More Inflation, by Derrick Hollie

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It’s hard to believe that the U.S. economy doesn’t have enough money, when the simplest definition of inflation – now at a 30-year high – is too much money chasing too few goods. President Biden has convinced himself that the way to increase the number of goods is to inject even more money into the economy. But if we could spend our way out of our inflationary problem, we would not be in one to begin with. According to budget expert Brian Riedl, over the past two years Washington has added $6 trillion in new deficit spending to combat Covid-19 and support the economy ...
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Kyle Rittenhouse and the Liberal Media’s Race Against Facts

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The clock started ticking on August 25, 2020. Amidst widespread rioting, looting and arson in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha Wisconsin, shots were fired that resulted in the deaths of two protesters and serious injury to a third. Behind the trigger was Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old native of Antioch Ill., who had arrived earlier that day with a Smith & Wesson MP-15 rifle, seeking to protect businesses that had been under siege for the prior 48 hours. As if a starting pistol had been fired — the race was on. Media outlets and politicians immediately ...
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Critical Race Theory Undermines Religious Faith, by Donna Jackson

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For decades, left-leaning crusades to solve the problems of the Black community have been either ineffective or outright harmful to the very people they were supposed to help. Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the latest and perhaps most dangerous example of this, and it must be opposed by everyone of conscience – and especially everyone of faith. Self-described civil rights leaders herald CRT as a positive step forward. They appear to believe that tearing down statues and retelling history from a slavery perspective are prescriptions for healing past racial wounds. And they celebrate the inroads they’ve made into many K-12 ...
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Jones Act Patriotism Protects the Homeland, by Donna Jackson

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People are unhappy with current delays in our nation’s supply chain, but a man now sitting in a West Virginia jail could have made things a whole lot worse. Nathaniel Blayn Becker is charged in connection with three explosive devices placed aboard towboats and barges operating on the Ohio River around the Ohio-West Virginia border. Disabling even one of these vessels would have caused inevitable delays and stoppage of water traffic along the Ohio River. And the shock of such a terroristic action would have caused inevitable chaos throughout American waterways and ports. But Becker’s alleged criminal acts were foiled ...
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Community Investment Before Government Reinvestment, by Richard Holt

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Created in 1977 with the intent of ensuring Black folk access to capital for growth in low-income urban and similarly struggling rural areas, the Community Reinvestment Act was an ambitious attempt at solving problems faced by minorities whose loans had been denied at an alarming rate. But simply creating a government mandate didn’t yield the intended results of building on the gains of the Civil Rights movement and creating a new class of homeowners and entrepreneurs. While the great optimism liberals had in trying to reconcile the sins of the past may have seemed admirable at the time, there is ...
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Black Lives Matter’s Self-Serving Anti-Israel Stance, by Marie Fischer

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Before the cease-fire, Hamas terrorists rained down over 3,000 rockets on Israel. Such hostility is nothing new, since Jewish-Muslim tensions trace back to the times of Avraham (Abraham), with respective Jewish and Muslim progenitors Isaac and Ishmael. But enemies of Israel are armed with new social justice weaponry to advance their cause while guns remain silent. For instance, Black Lives Matter (BLM) tweeted: “Black Lives Matter stands in solidarity with Palestinians. We are a movement committed to ending settler colonialism in all forms and will continue to advocate for Palestinian liberation. (always have. And always will be). #freepalestine.” BLM openly ...
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Biden’s $3.5T Spending Plan Ought to Be Called the Build Bigotry Better Act, by Deroy Murdock

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President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act should be rechristened the Build Bigotry Better Act. And then it should be buried in a shallow grave on Capitol Hill. This socialist tax-and spendathon, currently pushed by Biden and top congressional Democrats, reputedly would devour $3.2 trillion. As if! Once stripped of accounting gimmicks and augmented with $200 billion in debt-service obligations, this leviathan’s true, 10-year cost totals $5.9 trillion. That equals $41,172 for each of America’s 143.3 million taxpayers. But this extravaganza’s eye-popping tab is just one of its fatal flaws. This bill’s policies are nightmarish at any price. Atop $2.3 trillion in tax increases, lush entitlements, and unicorn-powered Green New Deal experiments, BBBA ...
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Left-Wing Ties of Spy Couple Follow in the Grand Tradition of Treasonous Leftist Couples

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How many cases involving couples motivated by left-wing ideas must we see before the media starts asking if there is any correlation to treasonous behavior against America and left-wing ideology? In the wake of the recent arrest of Maryland nuclear engineer, Jonathan Toebbe, and his wife, Diana Toebbe on charges they tried to sell classified nuclear warship information to a foreign country, the mainstream media has focused on the “mystery” of how this could happen. But very little media coverage has focused on their progressive political background—the most likely key to their misdeeds. In fact, strangely enough, husband and wife ...
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