Antiwar.com founder and editor Justin Raimondo has succumbed to lung cancer at age 67.
Rest in peace.
The level of hate aimed at President Donald Trump in the political sphere is much greater than what any of his predecessors faced. Members of Congress have endorsed public harassment of cabinet members, accused the President of capital crimes, and even suggested a military coup to remove the President from power. People in such prominent positions of power would never have even considered such careless rhetoric in the darkest days of the Bush and Obama presidencies. But we have entered a new era. Trump threatens the established order, and so, he and his followers are forced to feel the wrath.
This past week, entertainer Kanye West set off a twitterverse supernova with a series of tweets promoting conservative causes, personal responsibility and freedom of thought in the African American community. The gist of Kanye’s thesis imagines African Americans as the mental slaves of corporate elites; those who encourage people, particularly African Americans, to hate President Trump and disregard his many accomplishments. Continue Reading
When all the swamp critters flee your campaign and the most honest man in Washington is all who remains, you must be doing something right. That is exactly what has happened to Judge Roy Moore this past month. After The Washington Post published a potentially defamatory article about Moore, and women with obvious axes to grind came forward with stories of sexual misconduct, nearly every Republican politician in the nation condemned Moore, retracted their endorsement and/or demanded he exit the US Senate race in Alabama. One notable exception was Senator Rand Paul who maintained his support even as polls (some with questionable methodology) showed the Democratic nominee with the lead. The reason Paul stayed loyal may lie in Moore’s political positions. Continue Reading
A War rages in Washington. The fate of a nation at stake. For decades one side sat silent as the other enriched itself, stagnated the culture and economy, and intervened unnecessarily in the never-ending cycle of violence worldwide. In 2016 the American people had had enough. They elected a President who stood against the established order and promised to “drain the Swamp” of corrupt influences. In response, the established order doubled down in its war. Through the news media, it brainwashed segments of the populace into believing the President fascist, white supremacist, and “literally Hitler.” Suddenly, by virtue of his words alone, the President was worse than those who wrought actual death and destruction upon the nation. But this was not enough. It just made a coup more palatable. The establishment had to invent a scandal to justify ousting the duly elected President and replacing him with one of their own. Enter the Russia scandal and special prosecutor Robert Mueller, a general in the establishment’s war to regain power. Continue Reading
Back in 2010 I witnessed the future of politics. A little known councilman went before his local party and delivered the most passionate speech of this century thus far. Though the speech concerned, of all things, the Stark County Treasurer’s office, it harkened back to the exciting and entertaining aspect of politics. As the speech went on, I felt something special happen. Politics became fun again. Continue Reading
Every time I read the news, I hear about so-called “fake news.” “Fake news” spread Russian propaganda. “Fake news” invented Clinton scandals. “Fake news” elected Donald Trump. “Fake news” has destroyed American democracy. And now, the mere mention of a “fake news” story could cause the loss of life.
Hysteria over “fake news” reached a fever pitch with the election of Donald Trump. The mainstream media had repeatedly declared there was no way Trump could win. Continue Reading