The Incumbent Advantage Myth
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by Eric Madden
2w ago
  There has been a long-standing myth in political elections called the “Incumbent Advantage.” Accordingly, in any given race, the incumbent has an inherent edge over any challengers and is usually safe in their seat despite negative approval ratings from constituents. However, given the groundwork that has been laid and the success achieved by Young Americans for Liberty, we are happy to announce that this particular myth is currently being busted.    For context, many supporters of the Republican Party subscribe to the belief that the state has a limited role to play in the li ..read more
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FISA Fumble: Section 702 and the Surveillance State
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by Eric Madden
1M ago
Yet again, Congress has proved itself to be the enemy of privacy rights in America. A bill reauthorizing Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was called to a vote this week in the House of Representatives, and defenders of the Constitution were quick to sound the alarm bells that it would be used to spy on American citizens. Section 702 would authorize the government to seize communications from telephone companies, email service providers, and internet companies without a warrant. With the FBI recently incurring sanctions for nearly 300,000 violations of the act for the un ..read more
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Wilson’s Ghost: Ukraine-Russia and the Failure of American Interventionism
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by Eric Madden
1M ago
In the early stages of the 20th century, then-American President Woodrow Wilson addressed Congress, imploring them to declare war against Imperial Germany and for America to enter full force into World War I. At a time when the Constitution still mattered in Washington, Wilson, limited in his capacity and requiring Congressional approval, painted a vividly false picture of a barbaric German military that had sent its submarines out into the world to engage in “warfare against mankind.” He demanded that our Nation’s armed forces be deployed with one goal: “The world must be made safe for democr ..read more
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Mike Johnson Has No Clothes: The Massie-Kibbe Interview
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by Eric Madden
2M ago
“He’s a lost ball in tall weeds.”-Congressman Thomas Massie on Speaker Mike Johnson In a recent episode of Kibbe on Liberty, libertarian firebrand Matt Kibbe sat down with fellow liberty champion Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY), focusing exclusively on the controversies surrounding current (and hopefully soon to be ousted) Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA). The interview opens with Kibbe giving a summary of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic literary folktale “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” a story in which a vain emperor is fooled by con men into thinking that they have woven him a new, l ..read more
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Shall Not Be Infringed: The Battle for Campus Carry in South Dakota
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by Dylan Oliver
2M ago
  The Student Rights Campaign (SRC) has been waging arguably its most important battle in its ongoing mission to defend the Constitutional rights of students nationwide: the fight for Constitutional carry on campus in South Dakota.    The campaign, which has been in operation for over two years, was initiated by SRC’s former South Dakota State Chair and current Midwest Grassroots Director Anton Mirzayants on the campus of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDM) in response to the increase in violent crime around campus that left students feeling vulnerable.  ..read more
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Shots Fired!: The Spike Cohen-David Hogg Gun Rights Debate
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by Peyton Hornberger
3M ago
The Dartmouth Political Union recently hosted a debate entitled “Guns in America: An Expert Debate on Gun Control,” in which former Libertarian Party Vice Presidential candidate Spike Cohen squared off against notorious gun control advocate David Hogg. As with most debates regarding gun rights, the focus primarily dealt with various statistics involving firearms and homicides, interpretations of the Second Amendment as understood by the founders, and how civil liberties and the right to self-defense factored into the discussion.    As the debate opened, David Hogg, attempting to appe ..read more
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Empowering Education on Texas Time: The Battle for School Choice in the Lone Star State
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by Peyton Hornberger
3M ago
While most news junkies will have their attention drawn to the Presidential election this year, those who follow local politics in the state of Texas will be focusing on a policy fight that is no less, if not more so, controversial: school choice.    Fresh off the heels of the recent GOP primary in which school choice supporters achieved significant victory, many voters and politicians have voiced their opinions regarding the results, either in praise or lamentation.     Chief among those celebrating the victory is Texas Governor Greg Abbott, whose support for school c ..read more
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Sick of Socialized Medicine: Why the Free Market is the Remedy for American Healthcare
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by Peyton Hornberger
3M ago
In its way, the state is akin to a virus: it does everything it can to infect an industry in the private sector. It bogs it down with regulations, taxes, and bureaucracy, decreasing competition and raising prices until the contagion eventually spreads to another industry to wreak similar havoc on the health of the market. In particular, there is an industry that unfortunately is not immune to this infection, with an exhibition of much more pronounced symptoms: healthcare.    The debate over state intervention in healthcare in the United States has raged for decades at this juncture ..read more
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A Bunch of Federal Bull: The Omnibus Bill and Electronic Cattle Tracking
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by Peyton Hornberger
3M ago
The rights of American ranchers and farmers are at stake. In early March of this year, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024, an omnibus spending bill that included a $15 million earmark for the electronic tracking of cattle owned by farmers and ranchers in the US. Through this act, the Department of Agriculture will be able to monitor and record all data concerning the raising of cattle for the purpose of meat production, subjecting meat producers to further regulations and restrictions on their operations. Accordingly, livestock owners and liberty-minded lawmakers balked ..read more
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The TikTok Countdown: H.R. 7521 and Why Time is Running Short for Free Speech Online
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by Peyton Hornberger
4M ago
By Eric Madden With the rise of social media as the new marketplace of ideas, the uniparty elite have set their sights on stifling perhaps the last frontier of free speech in America, encapsulated in H.R. 7521, colloquially known as the TikTok ban bill. The bill, recently passed by a 352-65 margin, nominally would force Bytedance, TikTok’s Chinese parent company, to sell the popular social media platform to a U.S. based firm, with the alternative being an outright prohibition of its use in the country.  The prevailing narrative used in justifying the bill is that the Chinese Communist Par ..read more
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