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Bringing reason to an unreasonable political world: An interview with Austin Petersen

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Over the last couple of years, our politics have become more and more polarized and those in politics have become more unreasonable, seemingly day by day. One of the few voices of calm, reason, and stalwart principles that have emerged over that time is Austin Petersen.

The former Libertarian Party candidate for President who gathered a huge following during his run is now running for US Senate from Missouri, looking to gain the Republican nomination and challenging the far-Left incumbent, Claire McCaskill.

Missouri, a state that went for Donald Trump in 2016, seems like a perfect spot for the GOP to pick up a seat now held by a Democrat. I got a chance to speak with Mr. Petersen about what some of his priorities would be if the voters of Missouri are ready to be represented by someone other than a far-left ideologue.

I have to say that while I’ve met dozens of politicians, Mr. Petersen came off as one of the most authentic, a man dedicated to securing a future for Americans and who really wants government to stop invading every aspect of our lives.

BW: What issue(s) do you see as most crucial to ensuring continued American prosperity?

AP: Well one of them was tax reform which the GOP Congress passed and the President signed. That legislation has brought people in Missouri pay increases and bonuses. Senators McCaskill voted against those tax cuts for working Americans and that’s something I plan on bringing up during this campaign.

The next thing we need to do now that we’ve gotten some tax reform is spending reform at the Federal level. Federal spending is out of control and leaving us with more debt year by year. This is something I’m very intent on fixing.

BW: You’ve long been a strong and outspoken supporter of the 2nd Amendment. If elected, what would you do to strengthen the rights of gun owners?

AP: Well I think one of the biggest problems has been that we need to stop playing defense in the assault on the 2nd Amendment. We need to start playing offense. Instead of debating new restrictive regulations we need to start rolling back the regulations we already have. I would even support a repeal of the National Firearms Act.

BW: How do you feel about Attorney General Sessions crack down on states that have legalized marijuana.

AP: I think it’s a waste of DOJ resources to police cannabis at the Federal level. It’s a state matter, and I would support the bipartisan bill proposed by Senators (Cory) Booker (D-NJ) and (Rand) Paul (R-KY) that would decriminalize marijuana at the Federal level.

BW: Would you cosponsor that Bill?

AP: Yes, I would.

BW: What do you feel needs to be done about the illegal immigration in America today?

AP: Well I think there are two extremes, neither of which is right. We don’t need open borders and we don’t need the other extreme of shooting anyone who comes across.

I think the best thing we can do is reform our welfare system to make sure illegals aren’t coming here to live on the taxpayer dime. If we set up a system that prevents this, it will set up our economy to be present for those who want to come here, work hard, and build their American dream, rather than coming and expecting handouts.

BW: Since you brought it up, what kind of welfare reforms would you like to see?

AP: Well the elephant in the room (on welfare) is corporate welfare. Corporations just got their tax rate so lowered with excellent results for workers, and it’s time taxpayers stopped giving out welfare to corporations. This is something I would like to tackle head-on.

BW: What is the most important thing the voters of Missouri should know about you?

AP: I keep my promises. I’ve been offered bribes and received pressure, even threats, in order to get me to change my position on certain issues. I never have. My primary opponent has made promises he then backed off of due to political pressure. I never have and I never will.

BW: Do you think the St. Louis Cardinals have made enough moves to be competitive this season?

AP: No, I don’t. I will admit that while I like the Cardinals, I’m a Royals fan. I root for the Cardinals, as long as they aren’t playing the Royals.

*Authors note: I’m a huge Cardinals fan but you have to respect a guy who stands by his team even when asked about the OTHER Missouri team.

Benjamin Wilhelm served as a commissioned officer in the United States military for 10 years, serving one combat tour in Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge among other military awards. Ben has worked in a variety of private sector businesses both large and small. He is a former military and civilian firearms instructor and an advocate for veterans issues. Ben is a strict Constitutionalist who sees the Federal government as an out of control leviathan, and the federal debt as a burden that will break the country. Ben is a divorced father of two boys.

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The Top 5 Reasons Socialism Isn’t Cool

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Back on Martin Luther King day the ever so ‘Objective’ CNN put out a piece of propaganda that is sadly typical of the Socialist-left these days containing the spurious assertion that MLK “was a socialist before it was cool” http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/12/us/mlk-relevance-today/index.html?

The first part of that assertion is quite dubious considering these quotations from his writings:

“In communism the individual ends up in subjection to the state.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“This deprecation of individual freedom was objectionable to me. I am convinced now, as I was then, that man is an end because he is a child of God. Man is not made for the state; the state is made for man. To deprive man of freedom is to relegate him to the status of a thing, rather than elevate him to the status of a person. Man must never be treated as a means to the end of the state, but always as an end within himself.”  – Martin Luther King, Jr.

However, we shall address the second part of that assertion, similarly to the “5 Reasons Why Che’s Not Cool”  posted on the Dissident.

First of all, we see the typical self serving arrogance of the national Socialist Left in presuming that their base ideology is somehow ‘cool’. Being that it was established on ancient ideas and the ‘first socialist position’ of the book Utopia published in 1516, these tired old collectivist ideas could hardly be considered ‘cool’ by any stretch of the imagination. Except perhaps by those attempting to sell it to a new generation who neglect to mention its back story of oppression and mass murder.

1. The collectivist ideology’s are generally fostered by a system of lies and falsehoods.

Socialists tend to unfairly equate it’s lofty (and never realised) theoretical ideals with the practical reality of the free-market. However, that deception only scratches the surface in how they try to sell their base ideology. The free-market system of economic liberty is founded upon voluntary interactions, while the collectivist ideologies are set on strict control of the economy and the compulsory property redistribution. This collectivist reality hides behind flowery language of ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ and has to be concealed whenever possible along with the darker aspects of Leftist ideology.

2. 500 year old ideas are hardly considered to be ‘cool’

As previously mentioned, the collectivist ideology’s are based upon ideas that harken back over 500 years. While the Socialist-Left loves to perpetrate the falsehood that it’s ideas are fresh and new and therefore ‘cool’, this is hardly the case. While many historians postulate that these ideas can be sourced in ancient times, they were most certainly expressed over 500 years ago in the book ‘Utopia’ [a word coined for the title of the book that literally means ‘no place’] This was a time centuries before the modern era when slavery was still in acceptance, would CNN also consider that to be ‘cool’ as well?

3. Collectivist ideologies are immoral.

Ben Shapiro has made this point many times over in his trenchant evisceration’s of these ideologies. In essence, the socialist’s ‘moral’ position is that ‘I exist, therefore you owe me a living’. In the addled mindset of the collectivist this type of ‘logic’ falls right in line with their absurd notions of ‘fairness’ and ‘equality’. The fact is that living beings since the dawn of time have had to provide for themselves. Every living thing from bacteria to brontosaurs have had to ‘work’ to survive and yet the collectivists want to turn this basic fact of life on it’s head and absurdly blame it on the free-market.

They try to use this to justify the morally bankrupt practice of stealing from those who provide for themselves and buy votes from those who do not. As is typical of the moral inversions of the Socialist-Left, wealth redistribution is considered to be acceptable while keeping one’s hard earned property is somehow ‘theft’. Witness the hyperbolic statements used by the Socialist-Left to describe tax-cuts

4. The parasitic nature of the Collectivist ideologies eviscerates any pretence of their being ‘state of the art’ or new.

Socialism is far from being ‘cool’ in that it parasitically takes from the free-market. Those parts of popular culture that are ‘cool’ are taken to be cutting edge, state of the art and new. Being over 500 years old destroys part of this contention. Socialism’s inherently parasitic nature is also at odds with those qualities in that it has to use that which was produced by the free-market. To paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.

Most, if not all technologies developed by these collectivist systems are copies of that which was created under the auspices of the economic liberty of the free-market. During the ‘Great Patriotic war’ [WWII] The ‘Soyuz Sovetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Respublik’ couldn’t manage to build a decent 4 engine bomber, so they copied the genius of many a Boeing engineer in the B-29 Superfortress down to minuscule repairs.

5. Mass murder and oppression on an Industrial scale.

It should go without saying that the force that has to be utilised in the implementation of the collectivist ideologies could hardly be consider to be ‘cool’. Have these approbation’s ever been applied to the ‘final solution’ or the Gulag Archipelago?

Collectivist ideologies are based upon a theoretical world of perfect beings. The ‘first socialist position’ had a Utopia where everyone worked as they were supposed to do while they only took that which they needed from the storehouses. The real world doesn’t work that way, but the Socialist-Left has the misguided idea that their theoretical model of a perfect collectivist society is possible – and just around the next corner. The problem with an ideology based on perfect human behaviour is that one has to quickly penalise those who don’t get with the program to the point of getting rid of them permanently, to the tune of over 100 Million dead. But that doesn’t quite fit into the glossy brochures handed out to potential supporters, and once again we harken back to reason number one and the ‘that wasn’t real socialism’ excuse.

The Takeaway

It’s not surprising that those of the nation’s Socialist-Left tend to self-servingly label their base ideology as ‘cool’ since it’s reality is much darker. It can only survive by deception and distraction from it’s true nature, that should be the first criteria for it’s rejection. If one has to incessantly lie about the true nature of their ideology, they are doing it wrong – this includes the tiresome ‘that wasn’t really collectivism excuse’ so often heard. Any ideology that is based on mass murder on an industrial scale should be roundly rejected as a viable governmental model, no matter how many times it’s proponents label it as ‘cool’.

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Mike Pence defends President Trump’s comments

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Mike Pence defends President Trumps comments

Vice President Mike Pence stood by with President Trump following last week’s comments about certain nations being “s***hole countries.” The evangelical referred to what he knew about the President personally: his heart.

“I know the president’s heart and I know that what President Trump wants to do is reform immigration to make our system one that puts the interests of America first.”

Source: AP

VP defends Trump over vulgar remarks on African immigrants

https://apnews.com/7fa410a4b30b443bbddc8cee267fc3c0/VP-defends-Trump-over-vulgar-remarks-on-African-immigrantsJERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday defended President Donald Trump over his recent comments disparaging immigration from Africa and Haiti, telling The Associated Press that the president’s “heart” is aimed at a merit-based system that is blind to immigrants’ “race or creed.”

Pence, in an interview with the AP from Jerusalem, said the president was intent on implementing a merit-based system that encourages immigration by those who will “contribute to a growing American economy and thriving communities.”

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President Trump on Roe v. Wade

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President Trump on Roe v Wade

Most of the quotes we post here are longer than 17-words, but when the quote is this truthful, we can keep it short. It’s ironic that our often long-winded President is the source of the quote. He said much more about abortion, but this line is not spoken nearly enough in a society that somehow believes we’re behind the times when it comes to abortion rights.

The fight against abortion must come from the top and the President delivered a strong message today to the March for Life crowd:

“Roe v. Wade has resulted in some of the most permissive abortion laws anywhere in the world.”

Source: Washington Examiner

Trump delivers historic speech to March for Life: ‘We are with you all the way’

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-delivers-historic-speech-to-march-for-life-we-are-with-you-all-the-way/article/2646458President Trump became the first sitting president on Friday to deliver a live address to participants of the largest annual anti-abortion gathering, voicing his support for the pro-life movement and touting what his administration has done to cut back access to abortion.

“l want to thank every person here today and all across our country who works with such big hearts and tireless devotion to make sure parents have what they need to choose life,” the president said via satellite to hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall for the 45th March for Life.

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