Piercing The Republican Propaganda

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy… look around, what do you see? Business men, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save… You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it. – Morpheus, the Matrix So the Republican Party is making the argument that the economy is doing much…

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A Typical Week in the Trump Era

rendering of a three dollar bill showing Donald Trump in the presidential oval

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org May 2nd, 2018 Days after joining Donald Trump‘s legal team, Rudy Giuliani goes on Sean Hannity‘s show and reveals that Donald Trump lied about not knowing about the hush money payment his then lawyer Michael Cohen paid to a porn star that Trump had an extra-marital affair with in 2006. For the most part, Trump’s supporters had absolutely no idea how to react to this revelation, so, for the most part, they simply ignore the fact that it happened or claim that the president’s inability…

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The Economics Quarterly: 2018Q1

bulls and bears

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org GDP GROWTH DATA The preliminary estimate for the first quarter of 2018 was 2.3%, which extended the period of time the GDP growth rate has been 2.0% or higher to over a year. The final growth figure for the fourth quarter of 2017 was 2.9%. There has not been a negative GDP growth rate since the first quarter of 2014. GDP Growth Rate (1/1/2002-05/4/2018) INFLATION RATE DATA The inflation rate rose to 2.4% in March, the seventh month with an inflation rate above 2%. The…

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The Conservative Creed: Freedom, Egalitarianism, Liberalism

Freedom, Egalitarianism, Liberalism

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org The newspapers shout a new style is growing. But it don’t know if it’s coming or going. There is fashion, there is fad. Some is good, some is bad. And the joke is rather sad. That it’s all just a little bit of history repeating! – Alex Gifford (as performed by the Propellerheads and Shirley Bassey) While it is true that the political landscape has changed drastically over the last 30 years, not every change has been for the better, a fact that many on…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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“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…

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