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How necessary are hate crime laws?

Love and hate: the two most prevalent human emotions. Every human on the planet, save those afflicted with serious mental health issues, has experienced these feelings. They cannot be legislated and neither emotion is in itself considered to be a crime. It is what some people do with their hate ...

20 years later, are we better off?

When the hijacked planes hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that first 9/11, the Taliban were in control of Afghanistan and providing sanctuary for al-Qaida. Today, the Taliban are in control of Afghanistan and providing sanctuary to al-Qaida. What then did our ...

Where were you 20 years ago?

Today is a solemn day in our nation’s history. For it was on this date 20 years ago terrorists attacked the United States using four hijacked airplanes. Of course, we all know what happened to them. Two of the planes — American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 — were ...

Texas, abortion and the Constitution

Last week, this column addressed state nullification and secession under the U.S. Constitution. It argued, in effect, that when the government fails to protect fundamental liberties or actively assaults them — as it has done in the past 18 months under the guise of public health — the ...

Is the left losing its grip on California?

The Democratic Party is rolling out its left-wing big guns to go to California to support Gov. Gavin Newsom in the recall election scheduled for Sept. 14. In California, the bluest of blue states, where, in 2020, challenger Joe Biden defeated incumbent President Donald Trump by a margin of ...

History matters and so does reality

Here we go again! In the aftermath of the mismanaged U.S. military pullout in Afghanistan, calls to impeach the president or demands for him to resign are being heard daily. Our republic cannot stand if lawmakers resort to undoing elections via impeachment every few years. If we, the ...