The United States is Backsliding Towards Autocracy and Taking the World With Her

The United States ranks behind 51 of the 87 free nations of the world.

by Tony Wyman “Democracy in Retreat.” That was the headline for the annual assessment of global freedom completed recently by Freedom House, the independent watchdog group founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. that works to expand freedom and democracy in countries around the world. The year 2018 marked the 13th consecutive decline in world freedom recorded by the group and included declines in the majority of nations the world depends upon for the defense of liberty.  The report blamed populism and nationalism as the major forces reducing freedom in…

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Trump’s Wall Emergency is Just Another Example of How He Uses the Powers of the Presidency to Protect Himself

by Tony Wyman Make no mistake about it, President Trump didn’t declare a national emergency to build a wall to protect you.  No, he declared a national emergency to build a wall to protect himself. If illegal border crossings of poor and desperate Latinos was really a national emergency, as President Trump claimed Friday before going off for a weekend of golf at taxpayers expense, he and the Republican-controlled Congress would have found $25 billion or more in 2016 to start throwing up barriers before the Democrats knew what hit…

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Trump Alone Can Do It, And We Decide–Claims The GOP

By Janice Barlow On the first day of Christmas I heard this from DC:  Trump 2020 merging with the RNC On the second day of Christmas I heard this from DC: No border wall, and Trump 2020 merging with the RNC On the third day of Christmas, I heard this from DC: A ban on bump stocks, no border wall, and Trump 2020 merging with the RNC On the fourth day of Christmas, I heard this from DC: $Billions for Mexico, a ban on bump stocks, no border wall, and…

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The First Amendment Is Being Smothered Right Under Your Nose

By Janice Barlow DOES FREEDOM OF SPEECH START at the top or at the bottom? Are we encased in a cocoon as mindless followers because we have become so jaded to what we should be standing up for? In this article, I will point to three specific examples of what is happening right under our collective noses in this country and how you, by your silence are acquiescing and allowing speech to be stifled.   Let’s start with the Press:    Jim Acosta, while displaying reporter-like aggressive behavior, was behaving…

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Former FBI negotiator talks about Waco and How It Became His Personal Tragedy

by Kseniya Kirillova In early 1993, the country’s attention was riveted on a 77.8 acre ranch in McLennan County, near Waco, Texas where federal agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had more than 100 members of a religious cult known as the Branch Davidians surrounded. Over the next 51 days, negotiators, led by FBI Agent Gary Noesner, former Chief of the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Unit, Critical Incident Response Group, tried in vain to talk cult leader David Koresh and his…

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Nationalism isn’t Patriotism, It Is Another Form of Collectivism

by Tony Wyman “You know, they have a word. It sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist. And I say, ‘Really, we’re not supposed to use that word?’ You know what I am? I’m a nationalist. … Use that word.” – Pres. Donald Trump When Mr. Trump used that word in front of an adoring crowd of supporters in Houston, Texas in late-October, he kicked off a controversy two weeks before the midterm elections that had fans praising his patriotism, critics warning that his dictatorial nature was showing, and…

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Consequences Of The GOP’s “Meatballs” Kavanaugh Confirmation

still from Ivan Reitman's classic summer camp comedy starring Bill Murray - "Meatballs"

by Richard Cameron   Though not on the magnitude of Harold Ramis’ iconic comedy, “Caddyshack” – close to that on the list of America’s favorite movies starring Bill Murray – in his first marquee appearance, is Ivan Reitman’s classic frolic, “Meatballs” Meatballs featured Murray as a senior camp counselor, Tripper Harrison, at Camp Northstar. In one of the most memorable and oft cited episodes in the movie, Harrison improvises a chant intended to stir the competitive spirit of his demoralized camp basketball team against their dominant tournament opponents, Camp Mohawk.…

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The Mechanics Of Donald Trump And Vladimir Putin’s Disinformation Operations

photo of well known graffiti of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump kissing on wall of business in Vilnius, Lithuania

by Kseniya Kirillova While analyzing all that is happening today in the United States, I’ve often noticed the striking similarity between the behavior and propaganda of President Trump with his entourage and President Putin’s Russia. The similarities are so obvious that sometimes it seems that Trump and his team’s methodologies were written in Moscow. Renown Russian opposition politician and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov recently last year the typical game plan that an autocratic leader follows when he gets caught “red-handed.” This is what it looks like: Deny, lie, slander. Claim that it was a misunderstanding.…

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Fascism Is On The Rise In America: Is It A Real Threat This Time?

by Tony Wyman There’s never been a time in human history where fascism took hold in a nation unless there existed in the population a strong sense of injustice, social or ethnic tension, or anxiety over a declining or stagnant economy. Never has fascism found purchase in a nation experiencing times when the economy was sound, when plentiful jobs were providing workers with growing paychecks, when the people were united by shared values and a belief that the nation’s governing system worked equally for all, regardless of class, politics, race…

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The Constitution’s Emoluments Clause – The Case Against Trump?

Night time photo of the Supreme Court building from the outside front looking up the steps leading to the entrance

by Paul Hamlin Emoluments, seems like a strange word in modern conversation and it is a confusing word when applied to modern politics.  This idea has come back to the forefront of the national political conversation, and as always there are several interpretations and several different solutions based primarily on what side of the political isle you find yourself on. If we try to take off our partisan hats and look at all sides of the emoluments clause and the constitution, what does that look like? Benjamin Franklin’s Snuffbox European…

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