A nation in distress: The ever eroding First Amendment

American-ConstitutionOver the summer, I had a student send me a Facebook message telling me that if I did not stop posting politically and religiously based content, she was going to contact the Facebook administration and report my offensive content.  I shared her comments with a few of my Facebook friends, but before I had done it, I actually considered what had happened – because she did not want to be bothered by my content, she would rather report me to the “Facebook authorities” and have my account revoked than to simply unfriend me.  In other words, it was nothing more than an attempt to censor free speech and silence opposition to her world view.

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Why I will no longer subscribe to TIME Magazine

obama-time-magazineAbout three years ago, I received through my college mail, an offer to subscribe to TIME Magazine at a great offer of $12.00 for the entire year. Although I had a subscription to the magazine during my early graduate school years and already knew about some of the biases of the editorial staff, I decided to take the offer anyway.  After just three issues, I could barely tolerate reading the magazine. What I had expected was at least some critique or commentary on the policies of the Obama administration, its domestic policy platform, or even a review of its foreign policy.  What I did get out of the subscription were stories that instead of focusing on real domestic issues, were all focused on pop trends, the latest fads in the green energy movement, and even a blistering and biased view of conservative principles that were sometimes complete fabrications or gross embellishments; straw man arguments that had to be created to make the administration’s attitudes, policies, and agendas appear to be more balanced than they were.

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A nation in distress: An interpretation of Bergdahl

american-flag_half-mastI originally decided I was going to keep quiet on this most recent incident until all the facts have been weighed out.  From the beginning, I thought that there was a lot more to this story than what was being reported by the American mainstream media. While I could do what a lot of other right-leaning blogs have done and simply laundry list all the current articles dealing with the whole affair, I have decided to simply do commentary based on what has already been reported.  Firstly, why SGT. Bergdahl as a captive?  For the nearly thirteen years at war, why was he the only “captured” service member in custody?  In the military history of the United States, there have always been scores of service members captured, regardless of the precautions taken by the theater command.

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Soft selling socialism and communism

Karl MarxWhen Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels first published the Communist Manifesto in 1848, it immediately was met with resistance within the nations of Europe.  What they proposed, an uprising of the working class and the installation of a government based on a new and revolutionary theory.  This revolutionary theory – communism – was promoted by Marx and Engels as the ultimate development in governmental theory.  Within the communist framework, the simple philosophy of each according to his ability, each according to his need became the foundation of this new structuring of society. 

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