Brain Drain: Trump Derangement Syndrome

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org Now this is the inscription that was written out: ‘MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.” – Daniel 5:25 June 14, 1993 currently marks the last day the great State of Texas was represented by a Democratic Senator. For the first time in a generation, however, this decidedly red state is in serious danger of turning more than a little blue, based on a Quinnipiac poll released yesterday, which showed incumbent Senator Ted Cruz (R) only 3 points ahead of his challenger Beto O’Rourke (D), well within a margin of error of +/-3.6…

Read More

Spend Your Tax Day Remembering Thomas Paine

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org [A] by-stander, not blinded by prejudice… would declare, that taxes were not raised to carry on wars, but that wars were raised to carry on taxes.” – Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man Thomas Paine, whose name sadly few Americans will even recognize, is undeniably as central a hero of the American Revolution as any of the Founding Fathers. Without Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, there isn’t Paul Revere‘s midnight ride, Thomas Jefferson‘s Declaration of Independence, or George Washington‘s ultimate victory at Yorktown. Without Paine, the American Revolution dies stillborn…

Read More

Rediscovering Sobriety in America

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32 Political victories are intoxicating. The passion of the movement. The zeal of a shared purpose. The consummation of esprit de corps. Being party to something larger than one’s self. All of it is intoxicating… but, like all things that intoxicate the mind and the spirit, there are inevitable downsides. Eventually, the high wears off, the glowing facade fades with it, and you’re left with the world as it is, the sum…

Read More

Tyranny Actual: Trump’s Border War

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org “An instance of invading a country or region with an armed force.” – Definition of “Invasion”, The Oxford Dictionaries   Border Wars President Donald “Ow, my bone spurs! I guess I can’t go to Vietnam after all, guys…” Trump announced that he wants to militarize our southern border with Mexico (that’s what you get when you put an armed military on a border), and then, after finding out that it’s actually illegal to deploy actual military combat units on US soil in these circumstances, Trump signed an executive…

Read More

In Context: “The Perfect Before The Good”

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org Back in July of 2017, Kellyanne Conway was on FoxBusiness rallying support for a GOP health care plan that, like its predecessors, went on to die of lack of support in Congress. During the interview, however, she complained that too many American conservatives were putting “the perfect before the good” in their opposition to what even she admitted was a seriously flawed health care plan that maintained the overreach of federal interference into the health care market, just in a GOP flavor. This counter argument of “not putting…

Read More

“Braking” the March for Our Lives Narrative

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org Well, I say one life is worth more than all the guns in America.” – Sarah Chadwick, Parkland School Shooting Survivor The gun control lobby is continuing a strong emotional push for legislation abridging the constitutionally protected right of millions of Americans to keep and bear arms, most recently with the so called “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington, D.C. that featured several of the survivors of the Parkland School Shooting. Though their movement is heartfelt, and I don’t doubt for a moment the sincerity…

Read More

America Descending: The Reality TV Presidency

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org I’m going to surround myself only with the best and most serious people…” – Donald Trump It’s no secret that coverage of the Trump White House has been an unabashed three ring political circus of scandal, confusion, and incompetence from the word go, though, to be fair, some of the insanity has clearly been manufactured by a hostile media firing off everything they can lay their hands on to take Donald Trump down. That’s not to say that not all of it has been serious (it has),…

Read More

Generation Gap Will End The Republican Party

photo of an atomic mushroom cloud

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation.” -Simon Sinek Earlier this month, Pew Research Center released their latest data on political party membership in the United States focusing on the generation gaps in American politics. What they’ve found is the Republican Party, after reversing years of positive trends, is fantastically doomed in November. To understand just how bad things really are, we have to rewind a bit to 2006, halfway through George W. Bush‘s second term and the first year…

Read More

The Economy in Context

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org The most recent job numbers released on March 9th by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, represented a strong preliminary number for February that, should they hold, could be a solid piece of good economic news since the tax reform bill passed last year. It remains likely that the numbers will not survive the tariffs put into place last week, assuming they aren’t revised downward next month, and, despite the bump in the stock market from the positive preliminary jobs numbers, it’s important to keep in…

Read More

Salvaging the Conservative Movement

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” –Will Rogers It goes without saying that the Republican Party has a credibility problem heading into the 2018 mid-terms. Even if Donald Trump is ultimately exonerated (fat chance) of all of the shady dealings and questionable collaborations with foreign powers, he’ll still already be responsible for reversing almost a decade of modest but steady economic gains, for polluting long standing foreign relationships, for what promises to be massive deficits coming in 2018, for an indefensible reversal on gun…

Read More