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Americans Oblivious to Revolution

↳ Posted on January 27th, 2011 by Ben Spera

As @sayrer bluntly put it in a tweet, “Egypt just shut off the Internet. CNN is interviewing some Kardashians, and Maddow is reporting some boring partisan politics.” While Americans are one of the most ‘plugged-in’ nations in the world, we are unreasonably unaware and ignorant to anything going on outside of our borders. Read more…

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Why the Pow/mia Issue Still Remains

↳ Posted on January 21st, 2011 by Ben Spera

Shumaker Shootdown Wide 2I am a Veteran. A U.S. Marine with two tours in Iraq and enough combat experience to go around. I still had no idea the full breadth of the POW/MIA issues that still exist 50 years after Vietnam. I really didn’t even know what the POW/MIA movement was all about until recently. Read more…

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2011 Vfw Legislative Agenda Released

↳ Posted on January 21st, 2011 by Ben Spera

On January 5th, VFW Legislative Director Raymond Kelley officially released the organization’s legislative priorities for the year. These include familiar objectives such as improving VA health care, creating a seamless transition after active duty, improving the VA claims process and ensuring military quality of life.

You can view the official press release in more detail here.

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A Lonely Wikileaks Advocate

↳ Posted on January 18th, 2011 by Ben Spera

After the Wikileaks disclosure I was really amused sitting back and watching people’s reactions. People who were staunchly libertarian and anti-government 24 hours earlier quickly came to the defense of the state, making accusations of treason and “high crimes” against Assange. This is all pretty ridiculous seeing how Assange can’t be charged with treason, as he’s not an American citizen, and I’m pretty sure “high crimes” only apply to acts against a sovereign Monarch (p.s. we don’t have one).

Why is everyone so upset about Wikileaks? The same government everyone complains of being so corrupt, overbearing and deceitful is finally being injected with some accountability. Maybe not the financial accountability that we desperately need, but accountability none the less. Most importantly, who do these leaks hurt? Primarily you’ll find the bruises landed on the ego’s of sideways politicians and diplomats, not U.S. troops or middle class Americans.

Now Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking the information, is undeniably guilty of treason. Regardless of the content of the cables, leaking classified information cannot be taken lightly. But there are several politicians I could name off the top of my head who have done much more despicable things than Assange, and are still in the employment of the American people. I’m not losing any sleep over Wikileaks.

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Az Shooter Not the First of Its Kind

↳ Posted on January 15th, 2011 by Ben Spera

The only other sitting Congressman to be murdered in the line of duty was Rep. Leo Ryan (D), killed by crazy socialist Jim Jones and his followers in 1978. Jones was also a dedicated follower of the Communist Manifesto and Karl Marx, Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler. Details all eerily similar to those discovered of the Arizona shooting suspect.  As pointed out by @CJF_Fontenot_1, they also both murdered women & children indiscriminately. Read more…

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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President Jackson Paid off the National Debt, and It Wasn’t with Magic

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by Ben Spera

3072615-andrew-jackson-20President Andrew Jackson (term 1929 – 1937) was the only U.S. President to have completely paid off our national debt. He did this through selling federally owned land, blocking every spending bill possible, and killing the national bank. The resulting federal surplus was given back to state governments. He also attempted to require that gold or silver be used for land purchases to prevent additional debt and market bubbles.

Unfortunately, this did not last long.

Source: NPR


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