How not to argue about guns like a deplorable

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I get it. Some people think there are too many guns and we need more restrictions. Others think that gun rights are individual rights and other people’s bad behavior shouldn’t determine what they can own. If you are not in favor of more gun restrictions, go ahead and argue it. You can try to convince … Continued

Emma Gonzalez and the power of victims

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Look at this amazing statement from Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Is there any question that this woman will be one of tomorrow’s leaders? This level of passion, logic, persuasion, and maturity in an 18-year-old is remarkable. Ms. Gonzalez has taken her status as a victim and turned it … Continued

How to pay for a $1.5 trillion tax cut

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The Republican tax plan reduces government receipts by $1.5 trillion over the next ten years. This is not a bug, it is a feature: it is, after all, a tax cut. But a trillion is a hard number to wrap your head around. Just how big is a trillion and a half? So, here’s a … Continued

You can count on the Bill of Rights. Except when you can’t.

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The Bill of Rights — the first and most important ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution — spell out our sacred and irrefutable rights in America: free speech, the right to bear arms, and so on. In the vast and powerful imagination of Americans, these rights are inviolable. In reality, every one of them is … Continued

The hypocrisy of the gun-control sit-in in the House of Representatives

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When our blood is boiling, we love to cheer on our causes and shout down the opposition. Is this you? “Guns — bad! Gun control — good! U.S. House of Representatives staging a sit-in to get a vote — very good! Periscope streaming to C-SPAN — great!” But hang on a second — have you really … Continued

The passive-aggressive furor of Antonin Scalia

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Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court Justice who died Saturday, had a reputation as a fierce, incisive, and sarcastic defender of conservative values. Read his most famous opinions and arguments and you’ll find his rhetorical secret: passive voice statements that obscure the boogiemen he rails against. As my tribute to Justice Scalia, here are some quotes … Continued