Over the past two months, I researched and wrote a Wikipedia article about the 2000 presidential campaign of Donald Trump. Trump had sought the presidential nomination of the Reform Party of the United States. Today, the article appears on the front page of Wikipedia in its “Did You Know” series. Continue Reading
Last month, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly took the spotlight when she asked presidential candidate Donald Trump the following question about statements he made long ago in very different contexts:
Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women. You’ve called women you don’t like “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?
Longtime Prohibition Party activist Leroy Pletten died earlier this year at the age of 68. Pletten, an anti-smoking activist, differed from his fellow party members in holding generally progressive views. In 2004 and 2008, as the running mate of Gene Amondson, Pletten served as the party’s vice presidential nominee. In addition, he had a major role in the party split between 2003 and 2007 as leader of the faction opposing multi-time presidential nominee Earl Dodge. His advocacy against Dodge continued after Dodge’s 2007 death, spreading even to wikipedia.
Consumer advocate and four time Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader appeared yesterday on Fox Business Network calling Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a “breath of fresh air,” explaining that he was “delighted” by Trump’s refusal to rule out a third party bid.
“The two party tyranny that blocks voter choices and dominates the political scene on behalf of big business needs to be broken up and Trump is the one to do it,” said Nader to host Deirdre Bolton, “it takes a billionaire. Ross Perot got 19 million votes as an independent candidate in 1992. And Trump has every possibility of doing the same, and by the same token, opening up opportunities for multi-party systems; more voices, more choices.” Continue Reading
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Republican Continue Readingcandidate , former commissioner of the (IRS), filed a complaint on Monday with the (FEC) to challenge his exclusion from Thursday’s first Republican Party presidential debate. Everson argues his exclusion violates Title 11 of the in that debate hosts must not “structure the debates to promote or advance one candidate over another”, and must “use pre-established objective criteria to determine which candidates may participate in a debate.”
“Americans, whatever their thinking on [same-sex marriage], should worry about what the [Obergefell] majority’s claim of power portends.”
–Justice Alito dissenting in Obergefell v. Hodges
Obergefell v. Hodges, which struck State prohibitions on same-sex marriage, establishes a troubling precedent for democratic institutions and limited government. Through the “reasoned judgment” of five of its nine justices, the Supreme Court bypassed traditional democratic means to establish the issuance of public benefits for same-sex marriages as a fundamental right under Fourteenth Amendment substantive due process. Though many libertarians now celebrate the decision, a careful reading should temper any jubilation. This decision promotes the Cult of the Court, which may now work to restrict rights and actually expand government. Continue Reading
Dylann Roof committed a heinous act in Charleston last week when he shot up an historic African-American church and killed nine people therein, presumably based on a racist ideology. When condemning Roof’s action, it is important to remember that Roof’s ideology itself did not commit the act. Rather, Roof himself acted with a depraved. murderous mind that even the most vile racists do not share. It is not wise or fair to use this act to silence those with what some perceive as similar views. Specifically, this act does not provide a compelling justification for banning or desecrating symbols of tradition and pride, such as the Confederate battle flag. Continue Reading