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Reagan-salutesNow days, when you see the President of the United States pass a U.S. Marine or another service-member you’ll see a quick exchange of salutes. Most don’t know that this tradition was only recently established. Prior to 1981, the service-member would salute the President, but it was never reciprocated until President Ronald Reagan began the custom. As you can probably imagine, even this seemingly innocent change didn’t come without it’s critics. Read more…

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The Only Photo of a Revolutionary War Veteran

↳ Posted on June 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Dxs32qoTo the right is a daguerreotype photograph of Conrad Heyer, a Revolutionary War veteran who crossed the Delaware alongside our nation’s first President, George Washington. The daguerreotype was the first type of photograph used, and Heyer was the oldest American to be photographed. This picture was taken in 1852, when Heyer was 103 years old. According to the Maine Historical Society, Heyer was a New England man born in 1749 and the first white child to born in his hometown of Waldoboro, Maine, a German immigrant community. Read more…

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Reagan140610At the beginning of his 2nd term, President Ronald Reagan sifted through throngs of previously issued executive orders and found hundreds of them from as far back as 1907 that were no longer needed or were no longer applicable. This novel concept for some reason has yet to be realized again since the Gipper last cleaned that closet back in 1986, almost 30 years ago. Read more…

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Russians Are Laughing in Obama’s Face

↳ Posted on March 27th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Putin_laughIn a recent article the Washington Examiner quoted Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) as saying “The only thing Putin respects is strength… At this point the Russians are openly laughing at the president.” It’s not just Russia, it seems the entire world is laughing at Obama. The only people with any fear of his regime are American citizens. The increasingly violent police, federal authorities and tyrannical legislation and executive orders leaves my head spinning. 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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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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Ny Legalizes Gay Marriage

Posted on June 26th, 2011 by Ben Spera

I’m sure everyone is aware that the state of New York recently passed legislation legalizing gay marriage. The irony is that this was accomplished primarily thanks to the support of key Republicans.

I really don’t understand the strong opposition to gay marriage. I am a Christian and have read the Bible. The few times homosexuality is mentioned in the Bible really doesn’t deserve the amount of opposition put forth by Christian conservatives. Is homosexuality wrong? Most likely. But in my opinion it is probably on par with other “sins” such as jerking off or whistling at a young blonde. It really doesn’t hurt anyone. God, in his infinite wisdom, explicitly gave mankind free will and it is contrary for believers to try and force their interpretation of his word onto anyone.

Most importantly, regardless of it’s moral position, it is not the government’s position to enforce morality. In my opinion government shouldn’t be involved in marriages at all. The fact that I had to go to the courthouse for the government’s permission to get married, even as a heterosexual male, is kind of ridiculous.

I’m not anti-gay, I’m not pro-gay. I really don’t care either way. Our country has much more pressing issues in need of our attention.

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