On the afternoon of Valentine’s Day, a 19-year-old man walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and murdered seventeen people and injured fourteen more. This was one of the deadliest school massacres, and it went down on the watch of an incompetent, cowardly, arrogant sheriff named Scott Israel. The number of mistakes his department made are mind-blowing.
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Mark is one of the nation’s most effective grassroots activists. After he co-founded and was the national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, he founded Citizens for Self-Governance to revolutionize American government. Founded in February 2012, this grassroots initiative expands and directs the ever- growing, bipartisan self-governance movement. Mark appears regularly on wide variety of television outlets, including MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He is the co-author of “Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution,” and writes regularly on Breitbart, the American Spectator, and SelfGovern.com. He also is an attorney who specializes in internet privacy law.
Mark and his wife live in Northern California with their two teenage children where they share their love of the outdoors, mountain-biking, soccer and horses.
Friday morning, the House of Representatives passed a major budget deal into law, one that they’d been working on for months. The final vote tally was 240 to 186, but no matter the numbers, this steaming pile of legislation sent a message to disappointed Tea Party activists: stop being so naïve.
If you’ve been on Twitter, you’d be excused for erroneously thinking a gigantic political shift has rocked the nation: President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon leaked gossip to author Michael Wolff, whose new book is full of rumors, innuendo, and behind-the-scenes scoops. In response, Trump issued a blistering statement. “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency,” he wrote. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”
Something remarkable is happening in Washington: Actual governance is breaking out, and Republican leaders are working together on an important issue. The House and Senate have passed tax packages. The president appears to be leading on tax reform. He says he wants to give us "a huge tax cut for Christmas."
Luther Strange has a name that captures the essence of modern American politics.
Like many of you, I was enjoying my weekend when the news of the London stabbings came across my phone and consciousness. Again? I thought. So soon after the Manchester attacks? But the timing isn’t what makes the deaths horrific. Many of you remember the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, which killed six people and injured over a thousand. And you’ll never forget watching the attacks on the World Trade Center occur on live television on September 11th. Spacing them out doesn’t make them more acceptable.
Imagine you’re in elementary school, and there’s a kid in your class who’s always trying to get you in trouble. In first grade, he put tacks in the seat of the teacher and blamed you. In second grade, he pulled a girl’s hair and – when she turned around angry – pointed in your direction. In third grade, he actually ate your favorite teacher’s apple and put the core on your desk. This is a well-documented, contentious relationship. The teachers know, the principal knows, and your parents know.
I’m glad Saturday came and went. “The First Hundred Days” is a nice gimmick for talking heads on television, but it means nothing in the real world. Pundits say that the first three months set the tone for what’s to come in a Presidential administration, but politics have been so volatile and unpredictable, it hardly seems like a good indicator of, well, anything. With President Trump, it’s safe to say that there’s no guarantee that the first hundred days will bear any resemblance to the next, or the next after that.
Many Americans just dropped a check in the mail to the most loathsome entity in Washington, D.C., the Internal Revenue Service. Sure, it’s tough to part with hard-earned money, but it’s even tougher when you realize that the IRS is a corrupt organization out to take away your liberty just because they don’t like your politics.
Thanks to the apathy and inaction of public officials, fascists succeeded in shutting down free speech at the University of California at Berkeley this week.
It was 2002, and I’d finally given up. It felt like a big step, but I had to do it. Even though I didn’t follow politics closely, I knew enough to know that I was sick of all of it. No matter how good politicians seemed on the campaign trail, both Democrats and Republicans transformed once they got to Washington, D.C. by letting power go to their head… power that was supposed to exist for citizens.
I live in California, so I'm used to disagreeing with my neighbors on politics. But the 2016 election has opened up so much controversy and in-fighting that I say we should forget the condescending word “deplorable” as the buzzword of 2016 – “disagreeable” would be more universally apt.
"I always wanted to get the Purple Heart," Donald Trump said after a military veteran bestowed upon him his medal during a campaign stop. "This was much easier."
Nearly 20,000 hacked e-mails from the Democratic National Committee were published to Wikileaks, and it’s not pretty.
The people of North Carolina spoke. Democracy worked. Legislation supporting transgender bathrooms in schools failed. The state of North Carolina is the first state to mandate that schoolchildren use only bathrooms designated for the students’ sex at birth.
Leading “establishment” conservatives are meeting behind closed doors to plot a scheme to steal the election from the probable nominee, Donald Trump. Politico reports that a possible third party candidate – Mitt Romney? – might appear in the fall to upset the apple cart. But the “establishment” of the GOP has one – and only one – honorable option to “dump Trump.”
Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has now officially announced his intention to run for Speaker of the House. While there may be a challenge from within, he is, by all odds, likely to lead the Republican conference. He faces a critical choice. Will he lead, or will he follow? And I don’t mean at the end of October, when John Boehner officially retires. I mean, right now. Will Kevin McCarthy step up and lead?
This summer, billionaire Republican candidate Donald Trump said on CNN that Obamacare had to go. When a reporter asked what he’d replace Obamacare with, he responded “something terrific.”