Common Core: More Federal Government Involvement in Education

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Common Core

Anyone who follows education on any level has probably heard the phrase “Common Core” regarding curriculum in their home state.  They’ve probably also heard that there is some push back against it, though most don’t really understand what the issue really is.

It would be easy to assume that Common Core requires such controversial topics as anthropogenic global warming and gun control to be taught.  Well, that doesn’t appear to be the case.  Oh, it’s happening, but it doesn’t seem to be the fault of the curriculum.

That’s not to say there aren’t problems. [Read more...]

Goodbye First Amendment

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Once upon a time, we libertarians believed that on issues involving the First Amendment, we could look to Democrats as allies.  Luckily, President Obama is doing everything in his power to disabuse of this notion.

Oh, he may claim that he had no knowledge that the IRS was targeting conservative groups for “special attention” regarding their non-profit status, but it happened under his watch.  He’s responsible.  If that was all that he had done, it would have been more than enough.

It’s just too bad it isn’t. [Read more...]

The Free Market, Not the Police State, Identified the Tsarnaev Brothers

I suppose it was inevitable.  After surveillance images came out identifying Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s faces as those who brought terror to the Boston Marathon, it was going to happen.  Someone out there would argue that we need even more cameras to help catch terrorists who strike.

However, what those who want more cameras seem to miss is that the cameras which gave us the best images of the terrorists?  Yeah, those cameras were privately owned by a department store.

You see, private businesses have a vested interest in installing cameras in and around their businesses.  Rather than to combat terrorism, it’s to deter more mundane crimes like burglary or vandalism.  These crimes cost businesses money, so the investment of a few cameras to deter them – or help catch the perpetrators if the deterrent fails – makes financial sense. [Read more...]

Mandatory gun ownership?

As word surfaced that the town of Nelson, Georgia was seeking to join the city of Kennesaw, Ga as cities that require firearm ownership, Second Amendment advocates throughout the nation applauded the North Georgia city.  After all, they note, more guns equal less crime.  A town that requires everyone to own a gun will obviously be a bad place to go to get rowdy with the law abiding, right?

Well, all of that may be true.  However, it’s also irrelevant. [Read more...]

We Call It Registration Because It Is

With the Obama administration’s push for universal background checks, Second Amendment advocates have been screaming “gun registration” at the top of their lungs.  To counter, gun control advocates are using this is as “proof” that gun rights advocates are nuts.  After all, they argue, no one is wanting to register guns.  They just want to make sure people buying guns are legally able to do so.  Too bad they don’t understand that what they’re asking really is gun registration.

The idea of universal background checks is gaining some traction in Congress because it’s hard to argue against, on the surface.  After all, who doesn’t want to keep guns out of the hands of the next Adam Lanza or Jared Loughner?  However, the gun community is concerned because they all understand the full process of purchasing a firearm under current law. [Read more...]