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Brexit Highlights the Enduring Value of Federalism

Regardless of other economic, political and social implications of Britain's vote yesterday to depart the European Union, it highlights a value at the core of America's governmental system:  federalism.

On this side of the Atlantic, decades of almost uninterrupted centralization of authority at the national level has necessarily come at the expense of more localized decisionmaking.  Our own unfortunate experience has been an increasingly homogenized, sterilized, conformist, bureaucratic, technocratic, remote, suffocating, uniform, top-down, one-size-fits-all leviathan.  Ironically, those on the political left who so often pretend to value "diversity" defend that erosion of federalism most enthusiastically.  They expose themselves as intolerant of true diversity, freedom and independence…[more]

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61 Demonizing Police, Rising Crime and Increasing Support for 2nd Amendment Rights

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James B. Comey delivered a chilling speech this week regarding something sinister underway across America:  "Something deeply disturbing is happening all across America.  I have spoken of 2014 in this speech because something has changed in 2015.  Far more people are being killed in…

62 Unions Endorse Clinton, But Rank and File Love Her Not

Hillary Clinton remains the odds-on favorite to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for president next year. Sure, most voters dislike her personally and find her untrustworthy, but the “inevitable” candidate of 2008 looks to be seriously inevitable now that Vice President Joe Biden has opted out of the race and U.S. Sen. Bernie…

63 Hillary 2.0

Many people may share Senator Bernie Sanders' complaint that he was tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton's e-mails. But the controversy is about issues far bigger than e-mails. One issue is the utter disaster created by the Obama administration's foreign policy in Libya, carried out by Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. An even bigger issue…

64 Requiem for an Irish Lightweight

Vice President Joe Biden seemed so close to jumping into the 2016 presidential race. Washington had been abuzz this week with rumors that the three-time failed presidential candidate was certain to jump in the fray, that he was ready to go, that it was practically a mortal lock. So much for rumors. Looks like the fourth time won’t be the charm…

65 Stop Obama's War On Watchdogs

In the sadistic era of fraudulent Hope and Change, inspectors general inside the federal government have been kicked, neutered and starved of the authority and information they need to do their jobs. It's transparently clear: President Obama loathes and fears independent watchdogs. Accountability is an empty talking point without whistleblower protection…

66 Open Season on the Police

In recent months there have been a series of cases reported in the media, where some teenage thug — white, black or Hispanic in different cases — has been stopped by a policeman for some routine violation of the law and, instead of complying with lawful instructions, such as "show me your driver's license," chooses instead to…

67 Democratic Party: Not for Grown-ups

Think of today's Democratic Party as the little village of Hamelin. A piper called Bernie Sanders toots his socialist tune, and all the little Democrats skip along behind him to ... where exactly? According to the medieval legend, the Pied Piper of Hamelin led the children away and drowned them. "Socialist" was once an epithet in American…

68 Jim Webb, American Hero

When Democratic Party presidential hopefuls were asked by CNN's Anderson Cooper to list the enemies they have made during their careers that they are most proud of, the only candidate who didn't include any fellow Americans was Jim Webb. Webb — who, it should be noted, didn't exactly answer the question — explained that it was an enemy…

69 The 'Gun Control' Farce

President Obama's intrusion into the mourning community of Roseburg, Oregon, in order to promote his political crusade for stronger gun control laws, is part of a pattern of his using various other sites of shooting rampages in the past to promote this long-standing crusade of the political left. The zealotry of gun control advocates might make some…

70 The 'Gun Control' Farce: Part II

The grand illusion of zealots for laws preventing ordinary, law-abiding people from having guns is that "gun control" laws actually control guns. In a country with many millions of guns, not all of them registered, this is a fantasy and a farce. Guns do not vanish into thin air because there are gun control laws. Guns -- whether legal or…

71 The More You Politicize Guns the Weaker Your Case Becomes

After the horrific mass shooting at a community college in Oregon, President Barack Obama made an impassioned case that gun violence is "something we should politicize": "This is a political choice that we make, to allow this to happen every few months in America. We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved…

72 Unlock 'em Up?

The Justice Department has announced that it will begin releasing 6,000 "nonviolent" inmates from federal prisons starting at the end of this month. Welcome to the era of de-incarceration. At a conference named for former New York Mayor David Dinkins (who presided over the city at a time of runaway crime), Hillary Clinton decried the number…

73 By the Numbers: The U.S. Murder Rate Isn't Comparatively High, Nor Does It Suffer the Highest Mass Shooting Rate

If only Barack Obama exhibited as much contempt and tenacity toward America's foreign adversaries - particularly Russia, China and Iran - as he does toward fellow Americans who happen to interpret the Bill of Rights more expansively than he does.  This week, Russia utterly humiliated Obama before the eyes of the world, further eroding enemies…

74 Mandate for Conservatives: Make Obama a Historical Anomaly

When I penned my first column for the Center for Individual Freedom early in 2009, we didn’t yet have the full measure of Barack Obama. For those with eyes to see, it was clear that the new president was coming to office with a more explicit and comprehensive progressive agenda than any president since Woodrow Wilson. But we didn’t yet…

75 Welcome to Wealthy Middle Eastern Thug Privilege

You've heard endlessly about "white privilege" from the professional social justice warrior gripers. But rarely does that crusading crowd -- or their spiritual leaders in the White House -- acknowledge the brutal impact of wealthy Middle Eastern thug privilege in America. I'm looking especially at you, Barack, Michelle and Valerie Jarrett…

76 Good Riddance!

The impending departure of Speaker of the House John Boehner gives the House Republicans a real opportunity to accomplish something. But an opportunity is not a guarantee. It is a little like a football team being first down and goal at the ten-yard line. You have a good chance of scoring a touchdown from there -- if you can get your act together.…

77 Liberals Are Done Debating

Not always. Not everyone. But enough. This week, for example, while thinking about the pope's take on global warming, I tweeted out this comment: "Celebrate climate change, an externality of the greatest poverty destroying program in the history of mankind." There is plenty to disagree with in my observation, I admit. Although I believe…

78 "Bacha Bazi": Obama's Silence on Afghan Military's Child Rape

American soldiers are being punished for blowing the whistle on the systematic rape and enslavement of young boys at the hands of brutal Afghan Muslim military officials. Honorable men in uniform risked their careers and lives to stop the abuse. Yet, the White House -- which was busy tweeting about its new feminism-pandering "It's On Us"…

79 'IStandWithAhmed' Hashtag Is Not About Authoritarian Bureaucrats; It's About Pretend Islamophobia

Earlier this month, a 13-year-old boy in Maryland faced an assault charge after authorities say he kissed a 14-year-old classmate on a dare at school. He's being charged with second-degree assault as a juvenile. He has not, as yet, been invited to the White House. In December 2013, a 6-year-old boy in Colorado was suspended from school for kissing…

80 Obama's Legacy: America Plummets to 16th in New Global Economic Freedom Ranking

Presidential elections historically serve as inverse reactions to the outgoing occupant.  Even the 1988 election, notable because it remains the only time since the Truman-Dewey election of 1948 that a party retained the White House for a third consecutive term, saw George H. W. Bush promising a "kinder, gentler" course than his predecessor…

81 Should We Fear an Inexperienced President?

A CBS News/New York Times poll released earlier this week contains an amazing statistic: More than half of GOP voters’ first choice for their party’s presidential nomination is someone who has never held elected office before. Among them, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina win the support of 54 percent of the Republican electorate…

82 Hollywood Lib Matt Damon's "Diversity" Drama

Oh, this is schadenfreude-licious. Outspoken celebrity Democratic activist/donor Matt Damon opened his mouth and let the truth about the left's superficial commitment to "diversity" slip out. Now, liberal ideologues are furiously whacking the relentless GOP-bashing actor for his "white privilege." There's even a Twitter hashtag…

83 CFIF Constitution Quiz

Take our 17-Question Quiz to test your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. Constitution Day is observed annually on September 17th because on that date in 1787: a. The first state ratified the Constitution b. The last state ratified the Constitution c. The Constitution was sent…

84 Opportunity Versus Outcomes

A hostile review of my new book -- "Wealth, Poverty and Politics" -- said, "there is apparently no level of inequality of income or opportunity that Thomas Sowell would consider unacceptable." Ordinarily, reviewers who miss the whole point of a book they are reviewing can be ignored. But this particular confusion about what opportunity…

85 The Way of the Whigs?

Political parties come and go. The Federalist Party, which dominated the American political scene during the first decade of the republic, was a spent force by 1816 and extinct by 1820. The Progressive Party has come and gone at least three times—first in 1912 with Teddy Roosevelt’s third party run for the presidency; then in 1924 with…

86 Meet Candy Carson: The Anti-Michelle Obama

After nearly eight years of the East Wing's politics of mope and complain, it's refreshing to see a presidential candidate's spouse who is always smiling. Candy Carson — wife of GOP 2016 hopeful Dr. Ben Carson, mother of three sons, and grandmother of two — is the anti-Michelle Obama. She's a quiet but confident ray of sunshine: down-to…

87 When Persuasion Fails, Gun Control Groups Resort to Fearmongering

The clash between Americans who exercise their constitutional right to bear arms and proponents of gun control appears to be escalating. Restrictionists have lost in Congress and in all but a notable handful of states. They have lost in the courts of law. That leaves only the court of public opinion. Most states allow citizens to carry firearms openly…

88 Denali and the "I Don’t Give a Damn" Presidency

I’ve long held the minority viewpoint that the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution — limiting the president to two terms in office — may well have been a mistake. Yes, there’s no question that the executive branch is uniquely susceptible to consolidating power in a way that threatens the integrity of the Republic. That&rsquo…

89 It’s Hard to Vindicate Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina has emerged as something close to a top-tier Republican presidential candidate after her stellar showing at the second-tier Fox News debate earlier this month. She’s seemingly been everywhere, talking with just about everyone about the pressing issues of the 2016 campaign — national security, entitlement reform, galvanizing…

90 Manliness: An Unsung Trait of The Train Heroes

When a heavily armed man emerged from the bathroom of a European train and began what was clearly intended as a massacre of innocent, unsuspecting civilians, six men ranging in age from 22 to 62 sprang into action. A banker and a middle-aged academic, both French, were first on the scene. The sound of gunfire awakened three young American tourists:…

 
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"LONDON -- British voters didn't just shock the world and the financial markets by voting to leave the European Union hours ago: They also ignored President Barack Obama, handed Hillary Clinton a potential economic burden and injected new energy into the populist currents roiling politics on both sides of the Atlantic. ... A Brexit represents nothing less than the partial splintering of the world'…[more]
 
 
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While the UK’s vote to exit the European Union will produce a period of global economic and political turmoil, does it make you feel more optimistic or more pessimistic about the long-term future?