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A Recess Appointment for Amy Coney Barrett?

A Recess Appointment for Amy Coney Barrett?

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A Supreme Court justice has left the bench unexpectedly. The president was hospitalized. And it’s less than four weeks until the election. That may sound ...
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Advances by Black Americans Defy Claims of Systemic Racism

Advances by Black Americans Defy Claims of Systemic Racism

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Lenin used to call them “useful idiots.” Just like in the days of the former Soviet leader, gullible Americans are still being recruited to promote ...
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BLM Protesters “Want to Create Socialism”

BLM Protesters “Want to Create Socialism”

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Innocent people going about their daily lives – shopping, driving and eating in restaurants – are finding their law-abiding behavior disrupted by Black Lives Matter ...
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Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America

About Project 21

Project 21 is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research to promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to family and commitment to individual responsibility have not traditionally been echoed by the nation’s civil rights establishment.

Project 21 participants have been interviewed by hundreds of media outlets, including the O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, the CNN Morning News, Black Entertainment Television’s Lead Story, America’s Black Forum, the McLaughlin Group, C-SPAN’s Morning Journal and the Rush Limbaugh, Michael Reagan, Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy and Larry King shows, as well as in newspapers such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times and many others.

Project 21 participants live all over the U.S. and have a variety of careers. What they have in common is a desire to make America a better place for African-Americans, and all Americans, to live and work. Project 21 members do this in a variety of ways in their own communities, and, through Project 21, by writing opinion editorials for newspapers, participating in public policy discussions on radio and television, by participating in policy panels, by giving speeches before student, business and community groups, and by advising policymakers at the national, state and local levels.

Project 21: A History

Project 21 is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research to promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, sense of family and commitment to individual responsibility have not traditionally been echoed by the nation’s civil rights establishment. This became most obvious during the April 1992 riots in Los Angeles, when the media provided extended coverage of the reaction of liberal civil rights leaders to the events surrounding the Rodney King controversy. Curiously, the media made little mention of those in the African-American community who spoke out in favor of law and order and individual responsibility – and against the rioting.

Rather than merely complain about the lack of attention given to conservative and moderate African-Americans as typified by the coverage of the riots, The National Center for Public Policy Research convened a meeting of conservative and moderate African-American activists in mid-1992 to determine whether it was feasible to construct a network to bring conservative and moderate voices in the black community to the attention of the media. The answer was yes, and Project 21 was born. By March of 1993, Project 21 secured the necessary funding to hire a full-time coordinator to pursue its goals. Project 21’s mission includes the active promotion of conservative and moderate viewpoints by Project 21’s network of members in the media, and the ongoing recruitment of new members to be promoted.

Project 21 acts as a public relations network for moderate and conservative African-Americans, and is interested in promoting those African-Americans who want to discuss their beliefs not only in the privacy of their own homes but in thousands, sometimes millions, of homes across America. Whether a member is a talented writer, articulate speaker, dedicated policy analyst or just have interesting viewpoints on important issues, Project 21 is there to help its members get recognition.

Project 21 has enjoyed enormous success. Project 21’s network of African-American moderates and conservatives have been interviewed by hundreds of newspapers, talk radio shows and television programs throughout the country. Participants have been featured on such programs as CNN & Company, CNN Morning News, The McLaughlin Group, C-SPAN’s Morning Journal, Larry King, Rush Limbaugh, The Michael Reagan Show, BET’s Our Voices, and America’s Black Forum as well as in newspapers such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Detroit News, USA Today, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and many others.

Project 21 members have been published, quoted or interviewed over 35,000 times since the program was launched in 1992.

Project 21 first burst into attention following the release of Black America 1994: Changing Direction in January 1994. A 77-page volume, Black America 1994 is a comprehensive assessment of the challenges and opportunities facing the African-American community. A collection of 15 essays written by Project 21 participants, the report addressed important contemporary issues including economic stagnation, crime, education, health, welfare, and the disintegration of the black family.

In the weeks following the report’s release, its contributors participated in several hundred media interviews, and Project 21 received nearly 5,000 requests for information and numerous offers of support.

Project 21 released a major report, The Health Care Ghetto: African-Americans and Health Care Reform, at a National Press Club press conference in August, 1994. The report was the first of its kind to analyze how various health care reform initiatives would affect minority communities.

In January 1995, Project 21 released a second annual report: Black America 1995: A New Beginning. The report consisted of 38 essays by Project 21 members on topics ranging from the information superhighway to crime. In January 1996, a series of profiles were released of black conservatives and moderates who shun government spending and embrace greater community involvement as the way to solve problems. Black America 1996: A Time for Renewal also included an agenda created by black conservatives and moderates outlining what government needs to do – and what it needs to stop doing – if people are going to start solving their own problems.

In 1997, following two years of research, Project 21 released an in-depth report: Black America 1997: How Government Harms Charities… And How Some are Succeeding Anyway. Until now, it has not been widely known that humanitarian groups suffer from government’s regulatory harassment. The 90-page report received front page newspaper coverage in Washington D.C. and led to calls from lawmakers interested in repealing the regulations that harm the ability of charities to help the poor.

Project 21 also has taken a lead role in bringing to public attention the fact that a substantial number of government environmental rules have a disproportionately negative economic impact on minorities. In addition to assisting with the research and publication of over 60 studies, op-eds and press releases on this topic in recent years, in 2002, joining with the John P. McGovern Center for Environmental and Regulatory Affairs to form a Center for Environmental Justice, Project 21 released a comprehensive econometric analysis of the impact of so-called “smart growth” regulations on minorities. The study, “Smart Growth and Its Effects on Housing Markets: The New Segregation” was published in November, 2002.

Project 21 is also actively involved in educating the public on proposals to empower communities rather than the government. For instance, Project 21 was instrumental in promoting the ideas incorporated in the Community Renewal Act, sponsored by Reps. Jim Talent (R-MO) and J.C. Watts (R-OK) in the 105th Congress. Project 21’s Contract with Black America, proposed to the leadership of the Republican Congress in January 1995, started the process that eventually led to the crafting of the Community Renewal Act.

Press Releases

Black Conservatives Support Border Security, Immigration Enforcement

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Project 21 “Blueprint” Recommends Prohibition of Most Public Services for Illegal Immigrants Washington, D.C. – In response to President Donald Trump’s address to the nation on immigration and border security issues, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are supporting strong enforcement policies intended to stop the unfair strain on public services caused by illegal immigration – a strain that disproportionately impacts black communities. “President Trump laid out a clear case for why we need to secure our southern border,” said Project 21 member Emery McClendon. “Liberals are allowing the government shutdown to overshadow a very serious problem. That ...
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Proposed Federal Retirement Security Rule Supported by Black Activists

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Option to Pool Resources Can Help Small Businesses Short on Time and Money Washington, D.C. - Recognizing the benefit of allowing small businesses to pool their resources and share risk regarding 401(k) investment plans, the Project 21 black leadership network offered supportive comments about a proposed federal rule designed to encourage the expansion of Association Retirement Plans. "By allowing the willing to work together, the Trump Administration is promoting a way for small business owners to offer their employees and themselves retirement security opportunities," said Project 21 member Derrick Hollie, a small business owner who submitted the organization's comments to ...
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Food Stamp Work Requirements Applauded by Black Activists

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Work Requirements Encourage Self-Worth, Build on 1996 Welfare Reform Success Washington, DC - Plans to strengthen the work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or "food stamps") assistance eligibility are being applauded by members of the Project 21 black leadership network. This reform is consistent with a recommendation found in the organization's "Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America." "People should not be able to become professional entitlement beneficiaries – especially during times of low unemployment. President Trump and the U.S. Department of Agriculture should be commended for wanting to make sure our tax dollars are spent wisely," ...
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‘First Step Act’ Criticized by Black Conservatives as Harmful to Minority Communities

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Bill Undermines Mandatory Minimum Sentencing That Applies Law Equitably, Prevents Lenient Judicial Activism Washington, D.C. - Black conservative leaders are speaking out against the "First Step Act" criminal justice reform bill because of provisions in the bill that would undermine the benefits of mandatory minimum sentencing. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network, who offer their own set of criminal justice reform recommendations, said the bill as currently written "would be a step back" for public safety and "have an especially harmful effect on minority communities." The First Step Act is supported by President Donald Trump. It may come up ...
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Detroit School Board Condemned for Blacklisting Ben Carson

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Black Activists Say Voting Carson’s Name Off School Devalues Black Achievement, Ignores Hope and History Washington, D.C. - A Detroit school honoring Dr. Ben Carson may be renamed, and activists with the Project 21 black leadership network criticize the effort as a purely political act which willfully ignores the accomplishments and charitable acts of the famous Detroit native who now serves as the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). "This is another misguided effort by liberals to erase history. The Detroit school board had no problem with the name of the school before Dr. Carson became active in ...
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Black Activists Call on CNN Management to Address Don Lemon’s Racial Comments

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Host Called White Men America's "Biggest Terror Threat" Washington, D.C. - Leaders of the Project 21 black leadership network are calling on CNN to break its silence about host Don Lemon's radical on-air comments in which he called white men the "biggest terror threat" facing America. The co-chairman of Project 21 – Horace Cooper, Bishop Council Nedd II and Stacy Washington – made the following statement: Within a space of five seconds, CNN's Don Lemon went from saying we shouldn't demonize people to broadly labeling white men as our nation's "biggest terror threat." That's not responsible journalism. This cannot stand. CNN ...
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Black Activists Support Trump Fuel Efficiency Plan in Public Comments

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Washington, DC – Calling “excessive regulation… one of the most significant non-racial obstacles to black economic progress,” members of the Project 21 black leadership network filed public comments with the federal government supporting a halt to increasing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for cars and light trucks. Declaring the proposal to retain model year 2020 miles-per-gallon mandates through at least model year 2026 a “smart move,” Project 21 member Derrick Hollie wrote in a public comment submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration that the proposal “promises more vehicles that people want to safely transport their families, engage ...
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HUD Ditches Diversity Goals, Black Activists Applaud

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Cost and Availability of Public Housing Should Be Prioritized Over Racial Demographics, Say Project 21 Leaders Washington D.C. – New plans by the Trump Administration to refocus public housing policy on supply and affordability rather than diversity are being applauded by members of the Project 21 black leadership network. This policy change rescinds an Obama-era mandate that is “actually suffocating investment in some of our most distressed neighborhoods,” according to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson. “Public housing isn’t supposed to be permanent housing,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Council Nedd II, who is also an ...
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Black Activists Condemn Anti-White Remarks by New York Times Editorial Writer

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Lack of Action by the Times Shows “Leftist Privilege,” Says Project 21 Leader Washington, D.C. – Anti-white social media posts made by newly-hired New York Times editorial writer Sarah Jeong are “vulgar” and “racist,” say members of the Project 21 black leadership network, who note the inconsistency and irresponsibility of the newspaper in dealing with intolerant statements by its staff. “Sarah Jeong’s comments are antithetical in an age when we should be moving beyond racism to embrace our greater American identity,” said Project 21 member Rich Holt, a political consultant. “This racist liberal engages in a divisive anti-white narrative that is just as ...
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Black Leaders Applaud New Trump Administration Fuel Efficiency Rule

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Washington, D.C. – Because of its ability to make new cars and light trucks safer and more affordable, the Trump Administration’s proposed rule to freeze a fuel efficiency mandate imposed on vehicle manufacturers by the previous administration is being applauded by the Project 21 black leadership network. This regulatory relief was specifically recommended in Project 21’s “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America” as a way to lower economic barriers and increase opportunity for small businesses and low-income households, among other groups. “We commend the Trump Administration for its common-sense approach to fuel economy standards. It’s essential to have ...
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Black Leaders Urge “Minority Impact Assessments” for All New Federal Regulations to Prevent Disparate Impact

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Washington, D.C. - Excessive regulation stifles economic growth and has a disproportionate negative impact on small businesses, say members of the Project 21 black leadership network. To prevent any new and unnecessary hardship due to overregulation, Project 21’s “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America” recommends reining in agenda-driven government agencies by requiring “Minority Impact Assessments” that preemptively determine and remedy how new federal regulations might harm minority communities. “Regulations come at a cost. In the past, the government has imposed regulations while only occasionally assessing the associated costs to the overall economy. We almost never ask if marginalized ...
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Black Leaders Applaud Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court

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Washington, D.C. – Applauding President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, members of the Project 21 black leadership network praise Judge Kavanaugh’s dedication to the Constitution and his impressive record of accomplishment. “This is a judicial grand slam! As someone familiar with Judge Kavanaugh’s record, I can say that – though the left may be upset – those who love our Constitution will be thrilled,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, a former professor of constitutional law at George Mason University and senior counsel to congressional leadership. “His record in over 300 opinions ...
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Race-Neutral College Admissions Action Applauded by Black Activists

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Project 21 Offers Recommendations Complementary to Trump Administration Move to Help Black Students Succeed Washington, D.C. – Black students will be more likely to succeed in higher education thanks to new action by the Trump Administration against race preferences in school admissions, say members of the Project 21 black leadership network, who offer additional guidance toward the same goal. “I’ve always felt that acceptance to higher education should be merit-based and means-tested. I believe President Trump is wise to rescind the aggressive Obama-era affirmative action directive for the use of race in student admissions,” said Project 21 member Dr. Carol ...
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Give Blacks Equal Voting Rights: Put an End to Schemes That Dilute the Black Vote, Black Leaders Say

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Washington, DC - Although poll taxes and literacy tests have been illegal for many decades, blacks are still being denied their rights to fully participate in elections today, according to the black leadership network Project 21. While the techniques used now to restrict the black vote are more subtle and sophisticated, Project 21 says, the end result is the same: Blacks aren't being given an equal voice in elections. To ensure that every black citizen has an equal voice in selecting elected officials at all levels of government, as intended by the 1963 Voting Rights Act, Project 21 recommends specific voting reforms ...
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Institutions of Faith are Critically Important to Black Progress, Black Leaders Say

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Project 21 Releases Plan to Reinvigorate Black Churches, Including Tax Incentives for Supporting Church Day Care and Schools, Bans of Race-Based Abortions and Ending Federal Restrictions on Church Speech Washington, D.C. – Black churches have long been the most important institutions in the black community and reinvigorating them is critically important to further black progress, according to the black leadership network Project 21. Project 21 is urging policymakers to create Tax Credit Scholarships that would allow individuals and businesses to earn tax credits for donations in support of church-sponsored daycare and K-12 educational programs. This recommendation – one of seven ...
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Black Leaders Praise Trump Administration for Helping Make New Vehicles Safer, Cheaper

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Rollback of CAFE Mandate Is Compliant with Project 21’s “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America” Washington, D.C. - The Project 21 black leadership network is thanking two members of President Trump’s cabinet for easing regulations that disproportionately hurt black Americans and jeopardized driver safety. Noting that excessive regulatory costs are among the most significant non-racial obstacles to black economic progress, Project 21 thanked Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt for their decision to roll back Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) vehicle emissions standards.  Project 21 deems this action to be “Blueprint Compliant,” ...
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Empower Black Americans Long After Juneteenth is Over

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"Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America" Could Improve Lives of Millions Washington, DC - Celebrating "Juneteenth," the oldest and most popular commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, leaders of the Project 21 black activist organization urge black Americans seeking more opportunity and prosperity to question political beliefs that have failed them. Project 21's new "Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America" furthers Juneteenth's goals of self-improvement and stronger communities by offering innovative policies that address longstanding problems affecting black households. "Blacks and conservatives both value freedom, and that's what Juneteenth is all about. It's ...
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Stop Forcing Black Citizens to Subsidize Non-Citizens

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Prohibit Illegal Immigrants from Accessing Public Services Washington, DC - Illegal immigrants should be prohibited from accessing all but emergency public services because the cost of these services unfairly and disproportionately falls on black families, according to the black leadership network Project 21 in its "Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America." The Blueprint is Project 21's 57-point plan for removing barriers blocking blacks from empowerment and ensuring that they have their chance of attaining the American dream. The influx of millions of illegal immigrants has strained public services and placed a disproportionate burden on black communities, Project 21 notes ...
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Make Schools Serving Black Students Better Through Competition

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... Make Them Safer By Arming Personnel, Black Leaders Say Washington, D.C. – Students trapped in failing schools can be freed by encouraging competition among public schools through the provision of vouchers and “Tax Credit Scholarships,” according to the black leadership network Project 21 in the latest installment of its “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America.” Project 21 suggests funding these programs by reducing funding for schools failing to meet certain minimum academic standards and by replacing the “Presidential Campaign Fund” tax form check-off with one supporting needs-based educational support. Education is considered the key to upward mobility, ...
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Black Leaders Urge Repeal of Gas and “Sin Taxes” to Level Playing Field for Minorities

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Washington, D.C. – Excise taxes should be repealed because they harm the poor disproportionately by requiring them to pay a higher portion of their incomes in taxes, say members of the Project 21 black leadership network. In its “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America,” Project 21 calls for repealing both gasoline taxes and “sin taxes” on items such as alcohol, soda, tobacco, non-tobacco nicotine products and fatty foods. This, they say, will reduce the burden on those who are economically at risk. “With fuel prices on the rise, repealing taxes that can add up to 60 cents per ...
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New Visions Commentary

2019 Is the New 1984, by Adrian Norman

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Within just a few short years, we might be saying, “Welcome to a Brave New America—a dystopian freak show of a world, where the capricious whims of a few control the lives of the many.” Picture it as a dark existence where faceless, nameless authoritarians are free to make decisions on your behalf and against your will. You have no recourse. There’s no one to petition, no one to object, and no one to stand on your behalf. This is the world being created, as tech giants and banks work in tandem with progressive advocacy organizations to exclude people from ...
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Case Of Unvaccinated Boy Gives Good Reason To Get Immunizations, by Jerome Danner

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Although vaccinations are (and have been) commonplace in society for decades now, there is still a healthy debate over their necessity or if they are detrimental to children. The arguments typically come from those persons in the anti-vaccine movement regardless that research has shown vaccinations have overwhelmingly been a benefit. For most individuals who have been blessed with children, they can attest to the fact that any doctor’s office visit for a child not only includes measurements of their body, but “shots” given by healthcare professionals in addition to being checked out. Obviously, it is to check the child’s growth ...
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Are the Words ‘Fake News’ a Problem? by Jerome Danner

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The freedom of the press is obviously important to a free society such as the United States. There is no doubt that our Founding Fathers felt it necessary to have this freedom placed in the First Amendment. The fact that there are (and there have been) so many publications and/or media companies expressing various views and concerns about any number of topics in our country (without any punishment) is a testament to this freedom. However, like with any freedom, the possibility for abusing it is always easy. This is why there will always be a need for every American to ...
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We Will Not Fall For Socialism, by Emery McClendon

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Amid the growing calls for the institution of Socialism in the United States, a new call to stop its momentum rang out in the Chamber of the United States House of Representatives during President Trump’s second State of the Union Speech. Using seven words, the President made his intentions crystal clear to those in the Democrat Party that are striving to transform our nation into the failure known as Socialism. “America will never be a Socialist country” were the words that rang out. It was a crystal clear message that pierced the hearts of those who want to institute that ...
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The Last Government Shutdown? by Christopher Arps

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Although President Trump threatens to shut down the government again if a budget deal that includes border protection funds can’t be reached in three weeks, we may have seen the last gasp of closing the government for political leverage. The longest government shutdown unwittingly revealed the secret to defeating shutdowns, and it’s not the obvious. It wasn’t the stream of stories and images of government workers worried about paying their mortgages and putting food on their tables that were peddled by liberal politicians and their media allies. No sensible American faults these workers for their fears. To have a steady ...
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Covington Kids Not Credited for Ignoring Black Hebrews, by Marie Fischer

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For all of the talk of tactless youthfulness on the part of the Covington Catholic High School kids, their decision to remain calm at the Lincoln Memorial despite the taunts of an extreme religious sect showed a lot of maturity. I initially ignored the confrontation between the Covington kids and a Native American activist as it popped up in my social media news feeds. I felt it was seriously cringeworthy. Seeing a Caucasian student smirking at a Native American man screamed a storyline with an undoubtedly racist bent. So I decided to pass on looking at that initial video. When ...
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The War on Success: The Wealthy and Their ‘Fair Share,’ by Adrian Norman

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The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is underway this week, with thousands of global business and political leaders in attendance. It was reported by CNBC that the “elite financiers attending the World Economic Forum are worried about the 70 percent tax rate on earnings above $10 million proposed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)” Rest assured, the global financial elite don’t fear Ocasio-Cortez one iota. They do, however, have concerns about the power to destroy the global economy being wielded by people so completely inept on issues concerning fiscal policy as Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). CNBC reported ...
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For Proof Of Left’s Double Standard On Racism, Compare The Women’s March And Tea Party, by Emery McClendon

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Plans for the 2019 Women’s Marches in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere are falling apart. The radicalism of the movement and controversial views of its leadership are bringing it down. Surprisingly, what’s happening with the Women’s March right now is similar to what the left claimed about the Tea Party ten years ago. The only difference is the reports this time appear to be true. New Orleans will not have a Women’s March this year due to “drastically declined” interest and fundraising. Chicago won’t have one despite boasting more than 250,000 people in 2017. The march in Eureka, California was cancelled ...
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Liberal Hard-Heartedness Prolongs Gov’t Shutdown, Immigration Impasse, by Stone Washington

In an effort to end what has become the longest government shutdown in American history, President Donald Trump addressed the nation last week to stress the need for strong immigration reform – primarily through the construction of a border wall. He clearly explained the many devastating repercussions of leaving our southern border exposed, declaring it a “growing humanitarian and security crisis.” The President’s message was a much-needed reminder to his hard-hearted critics, who are apparently willing to overlook the violent crimes and catastrophes occurring due to an influx of drug dealers, human traffickers and even potential terrorists across our southern ...
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Serving Anarchy: The Antifa Guide to Protest, by Jerome Danner

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Once upon a time, protesting meant something. It was more than getting attention from news anchors, parading around with signs and somewhat clever chants or slogans, and “sticking it to the man.” The protests of yesteryear, say during the time of Martin Luther King or Gandhi, were about making a difference by confronting the opposition head-on, while bringing attention to a movement. There was a sophistication and a logic applied to protesting that had been developed to accomplish goals. And all without trying to meet those with an opposing view with fists or weapons. Imagine that! Then, nonviolent engagement undergirded ...
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Taking a Knee on Criminal Justice Reform, by Adrian Norman

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The Rev. Al Sharpton was recently back in the news, making statements on a TMZ video blasting rapper Travis Scott for accepting an invitation to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show. Sharpton equated Scott’s performance as a slap in the face to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been unable to find work in the NFL after his “take a knee” movement spread throughout the league. “[T]he NFL should come to terms with what they have done and continue to do to Colin Kaepernick and those that protest on criminal justice issues,” said Sharpton. “You can’t fight Jim ...
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Watch Your Step on “First Step Act,” by Constable Council Nedd II

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Our criminal justice system may need reform, but the “First Step Act” that’s now headed for the President’s desk poses a significant risk to public safety – particularly for the most vulnerable members of our communities. For aspiring criminals, mandatory minimum sentences enforce the memorable advice found in the theme song of the 1970s cop show “Baretta”: “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.” As a Pennsylvania State Constable dealing with criminals all the time, I believe kneecapping mandatory minimums – as the First Step Act would do – threatens a throwback to the gritty lawlessness of ...
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Students Miss Out When Religious Debate is Banished from Classroom, by Derryck Green

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Teachers should absolutely discuss religion with their students. A comprehensive education necessarily includes learning and discussing issues of faith. This is not an easy process when rules keeping religion off school grounds are rigidly enforced. The underlying question that really seems to be driving the religious education debate is whether teachers should discuss Christianity with their students. The answer should be “yes,” provided that discussion does not seek to persuade or discourage students from further academic or personal consideration. The reality is that the majority of people on the planet are religious. The majority of people in human history have ...
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Why I Choose to Pack a Pistol Inside My Own Parish, by Bishop Council Nedd II

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Well into last Sunday’s worship service, someone entered my church and was lurking in the rear of the sanctuary. As I tended to matters of faith in the pulpit, I was also assessing that potential security threat. After the horrific Pittsburgh synagogue massacre that occurred the previous day, I decided to take no chances in protecting my congregation from harm. Under my vestments, I carrieda Smith & Wesson M&P 40 pistol on my hip. Outside of my religious duties as a church rector and Anglican bishop, I also serve as a Pennsylvania state constable. I have served on protective details at ...
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Voter Fraud Undermines the Votes of Black Americans, by Derrick Hollie

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We often hear people complain that their votes don’t count, and recent election results have many questioning our voting process. Indeed, without effective safeguards, the civil rights movement’s goal of making everybody’s vote count may never be achieved. White authorities in the Jim Crow South used tactics ranging from poll taxes to ballot destruction to lynching to keep blacks from participating in the political process. Efforts to limit and hijack votes still exist, but they are much more subtle. When a vote is cast in someone else’s name—dead or alive—the votes of others are diminished. When an illegal immigrant or ...
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In Renaming Senate Building, Is Any Candidate Perfect? by Christopher Arps

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John McCain, the late Arizona senator and former presidential nominee, was referred to as a “maverick” by his colleagues and the media for his fierce independence. McCain, who began his service to our nation as a Navy pilot and then became a prisoner of war in Vietnam, received many accolades and honors over the years. But the latest proposed honor is stirring a bit of controversy. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has proposed renaming the Richard Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in honor of McCain. Simple enough, right? Until I started working for former senator Jim Talent, R-Missouri, ...
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Another Example of Liberal Paternalism Harming Minorities, by Derrick Hollie

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The people of Buckingham County, Virginia, live in the geographic center of the state, but if paternalistic liberal environmentalists have their way, economic prosperity will pass them by. A compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been proposed for Buckingham County, a rural part of the state that has seen more than its share of economic difficulties. A compressor station, as the name suggests, compresses—or pumps—natural gas to move it through the pipeline system. The natural gas in this case would be compressed by a gas-fired turbine, which burns a portion of the natural gas in the process, and ...
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How Stalking Diversity Statistics Sidelines Education, by Council Nedd II

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Harvard stands accused of discriminating against applicants of Asian descent in pursuit of a more diverse campus. The compelling case brought against the school is scheduled to begin in federal court on Oct. 15 and could lead to a precedent-setting decision on affirmative action at the U.S. Supreme Court. Regardless of the end, the means of diversity measures — whether sanctioned or not by a court — only create pleasing statistics. They do nothing to actually promote the success of a student body designed to look like America. What students and their families really need is a strategy toward a ...
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An Official Language Is Not Hate Speech, by Jerome Danner and David W. Almasi

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America is one of only seven countries without an official language. It should have one, and English is the natural choice. Despite not being the official language, English has been the dominant one. Why? Assimilation was once seen as a virtue for immigrants, and thus English became pervasive. Subsequent efforts to cater to people in another “preferred language” — including those who were born here — resulted in the deprioritization of learning English, putting those who don’t understand it at inherent risk of ghettoization. An official language should be recognized as key to the American ideal of a melting pot ...
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What Has Colin Kaepernick Really Sacrificed? by Christopher Arps

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Another opening NFL weekend is over, leaving me ambivalent about another upcoming season. Admittedly, part of it stems from the Rams being yanked from my hometown and sent back to Los Angeles. But my ambivalence mostly comes from NFL players still taking a knee during the national anthem and disrespecting the American flag — even if unintentionally. Social obligations kept me from watching last Sunday, but I didn’t even try to sneak a peek on my phone. I suspect my viewing habits this season will match the same pattern as the last two years. I’ll watch and follow my favorite team ...
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