From 9/11 to COVID-19: The United State[s] of Emergency

Its time Americans stop waiting for political saviors to fix what is wrong with this country. 

Riot Police Feature photo

CHARLOTTESVILLE (Rutherford) –– Don’t pity this year’s crop of graduates because this COVID-19 pandemic caused them to miss out on the antics of their senior year and the pomp and circumstance of graduation. Pity them because they have spent their entire lives in a state of emergency. They were born in the wake of the 9/11 attacks; raised

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The ABC’s of America’s Descent into Tyranny

You can call it the age of authoritarianism. Or fascism. Or oligarchy. Or the American police state, whatever label you want to put on it, the end result is the same: tyranny.

Police, Police State

Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an

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Freedom For The Speech We Hate: The Legal Ins And Outs Of The Right To Protest

“If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other, it is the principle of free thought — not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.”— Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

Confederate flag supporters climb Stone Mountain to protest of what they believe is an attack on their Southern heritage during a rally at Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain, Ga. Aug. 1, 2015. (AP/John Amis)

There was a time in this country, back when the British were running things, that if you spoke your mind and it ticked off the wrong people, you’d soon find yourself in jail for offending the king. Reacting to this injustice, when it was time to write the Constitution, America’s founders argued for a Bill of Rights, of which the First Amendment

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Gun Control: How To Solve The Second Amendment

The Second Amendment is not limited to a simple sentence. It is of critical importance that it could have been left at that, a simple sentence making a straightforward declaration about a right of the people, but it was not.

A Colt M4 gun and a button that reads "I Vote - Proud Washington Gun Owner."

OPINION -- In my lifetime 'gun control' has become as explosive as any political issue in this country can be. To my mind, all we need to do to settle that issue once and for all is to read the Second Amendment and do what it says. Here it is: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to

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‘We The People’ Against Tyranny: Seven Principles For Free Government

“As I look at America today, I am not afraid to say that I am afraid.”— Former presidential adviser Bertram Gross

Dozens of protestors demonstrating against the expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline wade in cold creek waters confronting local police, as remnants of pepper spray waft over the crowd near Cannon Ball, N.D., Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016.

As history teaches us, if the people have little or no knowledge of the basics of government and their rights, those who wield governmental power inevitably wield it excessively. After all, a citizenry can only hold its government accountable if it knows when the government oversteps its bounds. Precisely because Americans are easily

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In a Cop Culture, The Bill Of Rights Doesn’t Amount To Much

Police officers are more likely to be struck by lightning than be held financially accountable for their actions.—Law professor Joanna C. Schwartz (paraphrased)

Missouri National Guard line up behind police officers monitoring protesters in front of the Ferguson Police Department Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. “In a democratic society,” observed Oakland police chief Sean Whent, “people have a say in how they are policed.” Unfortunately, if you can be kicked, punched, tasered, shot,

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