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Guilty by association: Encouraging violence, but definitely not drugs

By Dan King
Our America Initiative Outreach Coordinator of New York

Yesterday I wrote about the great story of an anonymous Philly-based twitter account that used crowd sourcing to help Philly Police identify suspects in an anti-gay hate crime, that took place in Center City.

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We still haven’t learned why we are a target of terrorism, so we continue to make the same mistakes

Charles V. Pena
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Defense & Foreign Policy

According to the Spanish philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist, George Santayana, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."  Sadly, that seems to be the state of U.S. foreign policy.

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we were variously told that the terrorists attacked America because "they hate us," "they hate our freedom," "they hate our way of life, culture and values" and "they hate democracy."  In other words, they (whether al Qaeda then or ISIS now) hate us for who we are.
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Marita Noon: “We can do it better”—Scotland and The West Parallels

By: Marita Noon (Diary) - Red State
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Energy & Environment

A government closest to the people makes better decisions than one that is far away

The world watched and waited to learn the fate of Scotland following its vote on the referendum for independence. For many other regions within the U.K., including Wales and Northern Ireland; within Europe, including Spain’s Catalonia and Belgium’s Flanders; and states within the U.S., including Vermont, Texas and Alaska; Scotland’s vote energized and inspired separatists’ movements—even though they were disappointed with the outcome.

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Systemic Change 1: Eliminate the Income Tax, Install a Consumption Tax

By Earl L. Grinols
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Health Care

Many reasons explain why replacing America’s income tax structure with a consumption tax would naturally improve the way America functions as a system.  I begin with political reasons and end with economic.

Protection Against Arbitrary or Unrestrained Exercise of Power

The Constitution of 1787 granted Congress tax power to provide for the “general welfare,” but “all duties, imposts, and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.”  Further, “no capitation, or other direct, tax shall be laid unless in proportion to the Census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken.”  Two safeguards were present in the original language:

1)      Taxes must be uniform, and

2)      spending must be for general welfare.

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Randi Goes Rogue: Three Secrets About Teacher Tenure And Seniority

By Bob Bowdon - The Daily Caller
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Educational Choices & Executive Director of Choice Media.

False claims and misstatements aren’t rare on television; but usually when “experts” get something completely wrong, it’s something so arcane that few of us recognize the error amidst the din of “Crossfire” cable cacophony: ‘The growth rate in grain exports to China last year was what? Okay, if you say so.’

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The U.S. has now embroiled itself in an Israel vs. Hamas-like conflict

Charles V. Pena
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Defense & Foreign Policy

The U.S. has now embroiled itself in an Israel vs. Hamas-like conflict, bombing targets in Syria in retaliation against acts of terrorism and heinous brutality by ISIS in Iraq. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/world/middleeast/strikes-against-isis-in-syria-draw-mixed-reactions-in-middle-east.html  This despite the fact that ISIS does not represent an existential threat to U.S. national security. 

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The Case against Repealing Marijuana Prohibition?

By Dr. Mark Thornton
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Drug Policy

The recent victories in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana consumption in Colorado and the state of Washington have given hope for the eventual repeal of national marijuana prohibition. Many states have reformed their marijuana laws, including provisions for legal medical marijuana consumption in more than 20 states.

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World peace? These are the only 11 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict

By Adam Withna - The Independent

As new wars and civil unrests seem to be flaring up every week, we look for the only countries in the world that could be considered ‘conflict-free’

With the crisis in Gaza, the rise of Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria and the international stand-off ongoing in Ukraine, it can sometimes feel like the whole world is at war.

But experts believe this is actually almost universally the case, according to a think-tank which produces one of the world’s leading measures of “global peacefulness” – and things are only going to get worse.

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Marita Noon: Senator Tom Udall wants to shut me up

By: Marita Noon (Diary) - Red State
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Energy & Environment

For eight years, I've been preaching my brand of energy evangelism and I can do it thanks to uniquely-American free speech

Each week I write an energy-themed commentary. The topic on which I write is generally something that my readers—even those in the energy industry—don’t know about. I frequently get grateful responses for the information, education, and deadlines addressed.

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How Physician Licensing Hurts Medicine and Helps Pseudoscience

By DANIEL J. BIER - FEE

In 1900, average life expectancy in the United States was just 47 years, and one in 10 children died before their first birthday. Today, life expectancy is nearly 80, and infant mortality is down to half a percent. Vaccines have battered deadly diseases like polio, smallpox, measles, whooping cough, hepatitis, and tetanus to the brink of extinction. If ever there was a monument to human achievement, it is that, all around you, there are so many people alive and healthy—and so few sick and dying.

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