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Consistency matters: Why we shouldn’t create a second class

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Many Republicans are caving into leftist pressure in regards to the Second Amendment. Among the popular grounds from which Republicans are caving is raising the gun buying age to 21. Both Trump and Rick Scott are among the cavers. The belief behind raising the minimum age to 21 is centered on the premise that 18 years-olds cannot think clearly. The biggest fact cited to support this is the whole thing about the brain not being fully developed until 25.

Inconsistencies Rampant

The age of consent varies state to state as does a drivers license. The age to vote is 18. The age to buy cigarettes is also 18 except for a few states that raised the age to 19, and California is 21. Nonetheless one can enter into a contract at 18, watch porn at 18 (a meaningless age barrier with the internet), and get married at 18. Getting married is probably the most adult thing an 18 year old can do. A person can enlist in the military at 18 and men must register for the draft at said age. At 21 you can purchase alcohol, marijuana, and handguns. There is no consistency in our country when it comes to the rights of young adults. The government legislates them as they see fit.

Brain Development

If the premise for alcohol and firearms is the development of the human brain, then the age should be mid-twenties. If brain development is what qualifies a person to make responsible cognitive decisions, why are the most meaningful decisions a person can make, the earliest rights a person receives? Voting, marriage, and military service are three of the most meaningful choices a person can make. I agree that voting isn’t as meaningful, but in our political system, voting is a trusted right to citizens. Alcohol and marijuana are the most trivial of these and are restricted to 21. Handguns are restricted to 21.

Perhaps the person with this argument would specify a level of danger as a premise for denying the “underdeveloped” human rights. Again we see a problem here. Alcoholism is dangerous but not inherent. Small amounts can be beneficial, but alcohol is far safer than cigarettes which you can purchase three years earlier in life. Marijuana, by every metric, is safer than cigarettes and alcohol by most. Military service has the risk of death. Are eighteen-year-olds developed enough for the military? Because how can they be if they aren’t developed enough for the rifles they will be assigned? This argument falls apart at the inconsistencies. Perhaps one would argue that the inconsistencies are flaws in the system that were not implemented using “brain development”, which isn’t true in many of these.

Young adults aren’t developed enough to purchase a firearm but we’ll let them, and push them to, go into debt to attend glorified summer camps to maybe achieve a certificate that says you are somewhat qualified for a job.

Brain Deterioration

If we gain rights due to brain development, the logical flow follows that we should then lose rights as our brains deteriorate. The premise of using brain development follows that cognitive optimization is essential to being trusted and endowed, by the state, certain inalienable rights. As we humans age, our brains shrink. Our memory and quickness become fade. And these are mild compared to degenerative diseases out there. If brain development is the standard than many old people should lose their “majority” status and accompanying rights. The old politician seeing this argument would then respond that “brain development is tied to mature decision making.” But do our young people act irrationally due to biology or culture? I counter with two examples:

Example 1: Chicago

Chicago’s crime should come as a shock to no one. It’s an overused talking point. Chicago not only reaps an atrocious body count but much of the of crime committed is by young offenders. 2011 data shows that 53% of homicide offenders were between the ages of 17-25. The “fully developed 26-35 year olds were 26% of the convicted. What’s unique is that Chicago is above average when it comes to young people committing murder. But it’s not just offenders, it’s also the victims who are young. Compared to other cities, Chicago is an outlier for youth violence. Not being able to trust youth with a gun would reasonably have far more to do with underlying cultural issues instead of brain development. But I’m sure blaming Indiana will solve all of Chicago’s problems… Point being, unless we are to assume that minorities are inferior, which I don’t, I remain steadfast in contending that the poor decision making of America’s troubled youth is far more correlated to cultural issues (fatherless homes, political corruption, big government etc.) than an underdeveloped brain.

Example 2: Alcohol

I raise the argument that denying rights to young adults is bad for the general welfare of our population. Restrictions upon young adults have only worsened our culture and the health of young adults. Pushing the age off alcohol to 21 has rendered, decades later, rampant alcoholism among young people. According to Addiction Resource Approximately 20% of college students meet the medical criteria for having an Alcohol Use Disorder, which includes alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. Not all college students who binge drink end up becoming alcoholics, but they are only a step or two away from developing alcoholism, also known as alcohol dependence. Since like to do comparisons with Australia and Switzerland with guns, how are all these other countries with alcohol? Turns out the countries with the most alcoholics are former communist states, uncorrelated with the legal age, of which the US is among the highest. It’s not a faulty analogy to point out that the alcohol at 21 age discrimination has yielded no empirical benefits (reduced drunk driving deaths have many other factors) while enabling a youth worship of the bottle. Good job politicians…

Prolonged Adolescence

Prolonged adolescence is one of the biggest threats to our culture and perhaps our economy. Adolescence was largely a 20th-century invention, whereby society created a period between childhood and adulthood. Teenagers always existed but at what point should adults be treated as, and act like adults? They graduate high school, go to college while not working except when on break. This is a general state of many college students, with the addition of underage drinking. What enables our youth to be so lackadaisical? Young people aren’t treated like adults, therefore do not act like them. We don’t hold young people to higher standards because we can’t trust them. So they carry on adolescence. The partial blame goes to the politicians who regulated the ages between 18-21, the notorious years for prolonged adolescence.

Age of Majority

When rights are protected at the age of majority, those at the arbitrary age selected are entitled to equal protection as those well above the arbitrary protections. This is a consistent platform for all rights to be protected. This is the most logically defensible solution. The age of majority is not only fair, it is beneficial to our culture as a whole.

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  1. Don McCullen

    March 1, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    Awesome piece Ray!!! Well said.

  2. ed

    March 2, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Well said Ray !

    Though I’m against Trump’s “National Military Parade” idea for a number of issues, if he DOES succeed in squandering the time & money of the military in such a useless exercise, I hope we get to see the soldiers marching down the street carrying broomsticks instead of rifles and frequent explanations by the press narrators is that the broomsticks are the Military replacement for the rifles that the soldiers are too young and not trusted by their Commander-in-Chief to carry because those carrying broomsticks are under 21 and will therefore be shouting “bang bang” at their foes.

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Gregory Wrightstone debunks Bill Nye on Ingraham Angle

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Gregory Wrightstone debunks Bill Nye on Ingraham Angle

Heartland Institute Policy Advisor Gregory Wrightstone was a guest with Laura Ingraham on the Ingraham Angle last week on Fox News. On the show, he took on claims by Bill Nye “the science guy” regarding droughts, famines, and how we’re going to have to move up north just to be able to survive as a species.

Wrightstone, who is known for debunking such heavy hitters as Al Gore, who was certain we’d all be burned alive by 2015. On the show, Wrightstone also took on NASA.

Science isn’t all that hard, folks. Where it gets complicated is when “science” is driven by political agendas and money behind the scenes. Both sides of nearly every debate have politics and money manipulating the science, but the lion’s share definitely goes to the leftists who are more “enlightened” and they’re willing to pay for any result they want from the scientific community that they weren’t able to bully into before.

There is no doubt that strange things are happening with the weather. Is it man-made? Is it reversible? Is it going to kill us all in a decade. The true scientific answer to all these questions is, “probably not.”

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Was Christchurch a lone gunman or a conspiracy?

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Was Christchurch a lone gunman or a conspiracy

Yesterday in “Aotearoa, The Land of the Long White Cloud, needs to step back and look at Christchurch objectively“, we indicated that we were dealing with a snapshot of a developing story regarding the slaughter of Muslims in their mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was evident that the investigation into this act of terror and hate crime would continue to unfold.

There has been a 180° turn in what New Zealand authorities are saying about how many people were involved in this attack. In the hours after the unimaginable occurred, Radio New Zealand was citing the law enforcement authorities as having multiple people in custody and hastening to determine if more were involved.

Though an Australian citizen is still being held and believed to be the perpetrator, his alleged motive of white supremacy is having further aspersions cast upon it. As we mentioned yesterday, he had travelled to Pakistan and praised the people whom he met there.

“In the post, the accused said he was visiting Pakistan for the first time. He called it an incredible place filled with the most earnest, kind hearted and hospitable people in the world.”

Now it turns out that Turkish intelligence is investigating the time that he spent in that country and believes that others may likely be involved. Today RNZ posted an article entitled “Turkish intelligence investigating Christchurch accused ~ report“.

Among the troubling concerns documented are:

“Tarrant’s interest in the Ottoman Empire, which controlled much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia and North Africa between the 14th and early 20th centuries and its downfall, have raised suspicions.”

“Turkish intelligence thinks there is a well-resourced organisation behind this.”

“That kind of ordinary profile, that is not very well educated, and not rich … this person cannot commit such a violent action on his own….”

Without further details, it could be either that he was fascinated by the Ottoman Empire and/or that he sought retribution against the acts of the Ottoman Empire. If the RNZ article is accurate ~ and because it is very much at variance with most of the articles which have been posted showing empathy for the Muslim victims, and painting the perpetrator as a white supremacist ~ it’s unlikely that RNZ would invent the story about Turkish intelligence.

The article further states:

“Senior politicians from Turkey have been meeting with New Zealand government representatives and are expected to spend the next few days in Christchurch.”

Therefore it is rather surprising that today, New Zealand Police has tweeted out that:

“This is now an international investigation which includes staff from the FBI and @AusFedPolice on the ground in New Zealand, as well as investigators assisting in Australian states.”

No mention of Turkish authorities.

NZP also tweets:

“There is no indication at this stage that anyone else was directly involved in the attack – we believe this horrific act was committed by one person.”

Just as FBI quickly concluded that the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was strictly an act of domestic terrorism. But there is adequate information even in the public domain that Terry Nichols had traveled at least twice to his wife’s home country of the Philippines and had opportunity to potentially meet with 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to learn the art of bomb-making.

So, NZP appears intent upon disavowing or simply ignoring earlier indications of co-conspirators for Christchurch. They acknowledge the FBI and Australian Federal Police but they do not allude to the presence of Turkish officials in New Zealand at this time.

When we add to this the warning for the New Zealand Jewish Community to stay away from their synagogues the day after the attack on Muslims in their mosques in Christchurch, it is readily apparent that a wider threat was perceived even though the gunman was in custody. So, if the shooter acted alone, all this was just an over-reaction by New Zealand authorities. An alternative explanation could be that there are others still at large that they don’t want to discuss.

But the most important consideration goes even deeper into what is starting to look like a possible cover-up. Was white supremacy really the motivation?

“It’s more than just irony that the mosque attack occurred in a city named Christchurch. It’s probably deliberate. An alleged white supremacist chose such a locale. So could a Muslim offended by the city name. In this, they’d have common cause. Both wonder why Muslims chose to live there.”

If Christchurch was intended to strike a blow in the name of white supremacy to end unmitigated immigration by Muslims, it has accomplished the exact antithesis of that objective. Overnight, the prevailing narrative of Islamic terrorism against non-Muslims in a worldwide Jihad ~ though accurate and well-documented ~ has been replaced by politicians everywhere jumping on the bandwagon to express solidarity with Muslims as victims of religious bigotry.

We will continue monitoring the aftermath of Christchurch. Our purpose is to provide counterpoint to those who start with a preconceived notion and then strive to confirm it. Rather, we look at the facts and draw conclusions objectively.

If it was white supremacy, we will plainly so state. But, the alternative is not necessarily a false flag operation. The perpetrator could have been manipulated by those with motives different from his own. That’s why this report about the suspicions of Turkish intelligence are so significant.

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It’s official: Sen. Mike Lee has come out of the closet

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Its official Sen Mike Lee has come out of the closet

In the Age of Trump, where Trumpservatism has replaced conservatism within the Republican party, many of those once heralded for their “strident” defense of conservative values have come out of the closet — politically speaking — to publicly admit their same-politics attraction to the Far-Left.

One such “conservative” is Gutless On Principles Hall of Shame enshrinee, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).

Over the past two years, Lee has developed a political infatuation with Ivanka Trump’s socialist feminist agenda and has worked to advance many of the same policies promoted by Hillary Clinton during her 2016 campaign.

Lee, along with Marco Rubio, were same-politics partners with Daddy’s precious to “help” working families by using so-called tax reform to increase their dependency on the federal government via the tax code.

A few months ago (Nov 2018), Lee was same-politics partners with Ivanka and Van Jones — yes, THAT Van Jones — to promote and eventually pass the First-Step Act, a law that Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz said gave drug traffickers and gun felons early release from prison, emasculated police and prosecutors, and made America less safe.

This brings us to Lee’s most recent out-of-the-closet moment.

In his 2018 State of the Union, Trump pushed a big-government agenda even Barack Obama would love, and his wish-list of progressive priorities included Hillary’s and Ivanka’s paid family leave. Following the SOTU, Lee, Rubio and Ivanka engaged in another political affaire de coeur to create a so-called “budget neutral” scheme that would allow individuals to borrow from their future Social Security benefits in order to take several paid weeks off work for the birth or adoption of a child.

Though temporarily put on the back burner until after the 2018 mid-terms, Trump again promoted paid family leave in his recent SOTU. And just as before, Mike Lee got to work to make it happen, this time with a new same-politics partner, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA).

Known as the CRADLE Act (Child Rearing and Development Leave Empowerment Act), Lee and Ernst have proposed a plan that will allow America to “catch up with other countries” by creating a cradle-to-grave welfare state sure to bring a smile to Ivanka’s face.

Conservatives know that creating a new entitlement is a bad idea for a host of reasons. But when you add the U.S. debt crisis, the unfunded liabilities of $123 trillion dollars and growing already on the books for entitlements, and the fact that Social Security is projected to be bankrupt in 15 years, Lee’s socialist-friendly proposal is epitome of out-of-control big government.

Mike Lee has officially come out of the closet to declare his same-politics attraction to the Far-Left. Meanwhile, the search for a “straight” conservative in Washington continues.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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