• What Lincoln Foresaw Would Occur Under Maxine Waters' Mob Justice

    What Lincoln Foresaw Would Occur Under Maxine Waters’ Mob Justice

    In 1836, at the Young Men’s Lyceum in Springfield, Illinois, a 28-year-old lawyer named Abraham Lincoln delivered one of his finest addresses.

    Lincoln condemned the sharp increase of mobs in America, which had exploded in number as the debate over slavery and regional animosity intensified.

    “Accounts of outrages committed by mobs, form the every-day news of the times,” Lincoln said.

    Many of these mobs had turned violent and subverted the law. They were undermining free government.

    Calls for civility are sometimes vapid excuses to shut down political dissent. But what’s occurring now in America is not just heated debate at political rallies, it’s a surge in mob activity directed at political opponents in everyday life.

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  • The False Premise of the Equal Rights Amendment

    The False Premise of the Equal Rights Amendment

    The idea that the Constitution doesn’t protect equal rights for women, or that the Founders didn’t include women in their views about individual rights, is completely wrong.

    Unfortunately, some self-described members of the “Me Too” movement have embraced the so-called Equal Rights Amendment to “fix” the Constitution, including actress Alyssa Milano, who spoke at rallies to generate support in New York City and Washington, D.C.

    Illinois recently became the 37th state to ratify this proposed constitutional amendment, which says, in part: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

    The amendment has been a huge issue for the left for quite some time.

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  • How Harvard Secretly Discriminates Against Americans of Asian Descent

    How Harvard Secretly Discriminates Against Americans of Asian Descent

    In April, a group launched a lawsuit against the school, insisting that Harvard University release hidden information regarding its admissions.

    The organization leading the lawsuit is Students for Fair Admissions, which is comprised of Asian-American students who applied to get into Harvard and were rejected. The group says it believes the school is guilty of racial discrimination, specifically against students of Asian descent.

    “The public has a right to know exactly what is going on at Harvard,” said William S. Consovoy, a lawyer for Students for Fair Admissions, according to The New York Times. “Even if this were a commercial issue—as Harvard would like to portray it—the public would have a right to know if the product is defective or if a fraud is being perpetrated.”

    Harvard has refused to release information about its application process, calling it a vital trade secret.

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  • Blame California’s Crazy Left-Wing Politics for Water Rationing

    Blame California’s Crazy Left-Wing Politics for Water Rationing

    California suffers from droughts, but the state’s government is an endless well of bad ideas.

    The latest absurd legislation, which Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed into law, places onerous restrictions on water usage.

    California citizens will be limited to using 55 gallons of water a day now and just 50 per day by 2030.

    According to the San Jose  Mercury News, the new laws will “require cities, water districts and large agricultural water districts to set strict annual water budgets, face fines of $1,000 per day if they don’t meet them, and $10,000 a day during drought emergencies.”

    As some have noted, the restriction could make it difficult for some California citizens to do laundry and take a shower on the same day without going over the limit.

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  • Debunking 3 Myths About Trump’s Moves to Make Bureaucrats More Accountable

    In an under-the-radar move before Memorial Day weekend, President Donald Trump signed a series of important executive orders that could speed up “draining the swamp” in Washington.

    The executive orders adjust rules pertaining to federal workers so that it now will be easier to get rid of bad employees in a shorter amount of time.

    The orders also limit the time federal employees may devote to union organizing during work hours. And they set up a shorter time for negotiating contracts in the collective bargaining process.

    Over the last century, civil service rules have made it increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to fire bad bureaucrats.

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  • These California Rebels Are Working With Trump, Not Against Him

    These California Rebels Are Working With Trump, Not Against Him

    The resistance is growing in California.

    The Golden State has set itself up as the stridently progressive thorn in the side of the Trump administration. California has not just become a sanctuary state in an attempt to undermine federal immigration enforcement, but has gone a step further.

    Recently, California lawmakers proposed giving health care to illegal immigrants, which would make it the first state to do so. The plan would cost state taxpayers billions of dollars.

    However, as the state, which is under nearly one-party rule, doubles down on its left-wing drift, there is bubbling discontent among residents who are outraged by California’s increasing lawlessness and wild spending.

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  • The Left’s War Against Prosperity in Seattle

    The Left’s War Against Prosperity in Seattle

    The left is sleepless in Seattle, working overtime to squander years of economic success.

    Seattle is, by many measures, one of the fastest-growing cities in America if not the fast-growing city.

    A few big tech companies, including Amazon and Microsoft, plus other large, successful businesses such as Boeing and Starbucks, have fueled this explosive rise.

    But prosperity hasn’t necessarily bred contentment, as the traditionally left-wing city turned on the elements that made it rich.

    In the latest move to soak the productive part of the city’s economy, the Seattle City Council voted 9-0 to approve a new “head tax” imposing a $250-per-worker charge on companies making over $20 million a year.

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  • Our Approach to Severe Mental Illness Endangers Everyone

    Our Approach to Severe Mental Illness Endangers Everyone

    Americans pour billions of their taxpayer dollars into treating mental illness, but the spending isn’t addressing the real crisis.

    Though most media coverage focuses on gun control after shootings take place, few reports pay attention to the increasing problem of untreated, severe mental illness.

    As The Daily Signal previously reported, a massive deinstitutionalization of mentally ill people occurred in the past half-century.

    In an article in National Review, the Treatment Advocacy Center’s executive director, John Snook, writes about how dramatic the move to deinstitutionalization has been:

    From its historic peak in 1955 to 2016, the number of state psychiatric-hospital beds in the United States plummeted almost 97 percent, in a trend known as ‘deinstitutionalization.’ There are now fewer beds per capita in the United States than there were in 1850.

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  • The Left’s Chilling Refusal to Stop Flirting With Marxist Ideas

    The Left’s Chilling Refusal to Stop Flirting With Marxist Ideas

    The New York Times just can’t stop talking about communism.

    Recently the Times ran an editorial headlined  “Happy Birthday, Karl Marx. You Were Right!”

    The piece, written by Jason Barker, a professor in South Korea, is about what one would expect from a defense of communism. As one Federalist writer noted, it was “beyond parody.”

    Hilariously, the article was behind a very capitalistic paywall.

    The New York Times hasn’t shied away from publishing Marxist boosterism.

    In 2017, the Times dedicated an entire section of its website to the 100-year anniversary of the communist revolution in Russia.

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  • Reports Show Obama-Era Policies May Have Eroded School Safety in Broward County

    Reports Show Obama-Era Policies May Have Eroded School Safety in Broward County

    The discipline policies that allowed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter to fall through the cracks may be coming to your community.

    In 2013, Broward County, Florida, adopted school discipline policies aimed at ending the “school-to-prison pipeline” as well as racial disparities in punishment. The Obama administration recommended these policies as official guidance to schools across the country.

    The results in Broward County have been worrying, to say the least.

    Since 2015, three Broward County students have “brought loaded firearms into schools and threatened to go on shooting sprees.” That’s just one of the many shocking findings uncovered by a recent report by RealClearInvestigations.

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  • How Better Treatment of the Mentally Ill Could Reduce Mass Shootings

    How Better Treatment of the Mentally Ill Could Reduce Mass Shootings

    After a 19-year-old with a rifle killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, President Donald Trump lamented how mental illness could have been a contributing factor in that massacre and many others.

    Trump hit on an uncomfortable topic that the media, focused as usual on gun control, has given little coverage in the wake of the Feb.

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  • The Changes That Made California Become a Liberal Fiasco

    The Changes That Made California Become a Liberal Fiasco

    Is America destined to become like California?

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey created a stir recently when he tweeted out an article calling for an end to bipartisanship and the beginning of nationwide, one-party rule—similar to the Golden State. He called it a “great read.”

    A Twitter spokesperson told The Daily Signal in an email, “Twitter’s tools are apolitical, and we enforce our rules without political bias.”

    Nevertheless, the tweet certainly brings up concern over Twitter’s political bias.

    The article, titled “The Great Lesson of California in America’s New Civil War,” argued that due to the intractable division of worldviews in America, bipartisanship is unworkable.

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  • The Sinclair Controversy Is About the Legacy Media’s Fear of Losing Control

    The Sinclair Controversy Is About the Legacy Media’s Fear of Losing Control

    A vast right-wing conspiracy is taking over America’s newsrooms.

    That’s the narrative that has taken off with the release of a video by the popular news site Deadspin, which shows news anchors on multiple local stations reciting the exact same lines.

    Those local stations are all owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, a media group that is generally considered conservative or right-leaning. According to the Washington Examiner, Sinclair owns “193 TV stations spanning over 614 channels in 89 U.S. markets.”

    A number of media pundits and politicians wildly overreacted to the recitation of fairly innocuous lines—that have been used in CNN ads—by calling Sinclair’s editorial practices a threat to democracy and an omen of coming authoritarianism.

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  • This Incident Shows How Heeding Warning Signs of a School Shooter Works Better Than Gun Control

    This Incident Shows How Heeding Warning Signs of a School Shooter Works Better Than Gun Control

    All of the glaring red flags surrounding the Parkland shooter were ignored.

    Authorities failed to connect the dots through years of bad behavior, incidents on and off campus, as well as reports from concerned citizens that the shooter was displaying worrisome behavior.

    According to a CNN report, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter even used to introduce himself to people by saying, “Hi, I’m Nick. I’m a school shooter.”

    He should never have been able to pass a background check when he acquired his weapon if he had any kind of criminal record that seemed to be highly warranted.

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  • The Second Amendment and American Gun Culture

    The Second Amendment and American Gun Culture

    The history of guns, gun control, and the Second Amendment is the topic of this week’s episode of “The Right Side of History,” a podcast dedicated to exploring current events through a historical lens and busting left-wing myths about figures and events of America’s past.

    This week, hosts Jarrett Stepman, a contributor to The Daily Signal, and Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal’s White House correspondent, talk about how some states enacted early forms of gun control to disenfranchise black Americans.

    Joining Stepman and Lucas is David Harsanyi, a senior editor for The Federalist who is writing a book titled “First Freedom: A Ride Through America’s Enduring History With the Gun, From the Revolution to Today.”

    Harsanyi recently wrote about calls to repeal the Second Amendment from retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and others.

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