Unilaterally banned bumped stocks.
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RT @realDonaldTrump
I will NEVER allow our great Second Amendment to go unprotected, not even a little bit!
twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/st

People who claim the Internet is a fantastic tool for academic research have clearly never actually used it to do academic research.

This, ladies and gents, is exactly why the Fourth Amendment exists.
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RT @realDonaldTrump
We are helping Apple all of the time on TRADE and so many other issues, and yet they refuse to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements. They will have to step up to the plate and help our great Country, NOW! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.
twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/st

Huge wasted opportunity in not naming @justinamash@twitter.com an impeachment manager. He's got a proven record of letting principle govern his actions. Same can't be said for Adam Schiff.

For too long Chafee's been one of the politicians who has used political office to codify his personal morals and judgments into law. His latest party shift doesn't suggest he's evolved beyond this. He still doesn't talk about first principles.

His comments on the drug war and criminal justice reform need to reflect that the harm caused from these policies is based on government assigning itself the role of social conscience.

Chafee's been anti-war for a long time but he's never talked about his hawkishness coming from a position that believes respect for the sovereignty of other countries should be paramount in foreign policy.

On Lincoln Chafee: Sure, he made some anti-war and anti-drug war comments. But this doesn't make him a libertarian. What might make him a libertarian is understanding the principles behind libertarian stances on these positions.

The administration's denial of basic Constitutional realities on war powers is disturbing. Especially when coupled to the "do-nothing Congress" fallacy. The federal govt. was laid out specifically to make action difficult and avoid a rush to action deleterious to civil liberties.

Article 1, Section 8: "The Congress shall have power to... declare War (Clause 11)." Sometimes known as the "War Powers Clause." The War Powers Act is not unconstitutional. Reaffirming its principles is not "empowering the enemy."

Recently, @marcorubio@twitter.com asked whether our country exists to serve the interest of markets, or markets exist to serve the interest of the nation. This false dichotomy denies individuals the ability to determine their own interests.
katherineemily.substack.com/p/

You can't promote the "public good" by doing harm to members of the public. Legislating morality takes choice away from individuals and erodes their sovereignty.
katherineemily.substack.com/p/

"Invoking the public good in political discussion means collectivizing value but filtering it through the judgment of individuals. Which effectively means that the proportionality so essential to justice in representative government is rendered null." katherineemily.substack.com/p/

RT @PoliQuads@twitter.com
@PoliQuads@twitter.com Magazine is back with a new PoliDebate series!!

Topic: “Is Taxation Theft?”

@BlueJayGliding@twitter.com’s “The Necessity of Taxation” (poliquads.com/post/the-necessi)

Vs.

@subversive_pub@twitter.com’s “Direct Taxation is Theft” (poliquads.com/post/taxation-is)

It's also why the electoral college is important. So, no, the U.S. is not a democracy, even though it uses democratic processes. These are offset by other processes that mitigate the democratic element, in an attempt to protect the rights of both individuals and the states.

Because the U.S. is a republic, the states are also constituent members of the polity and have a voice in the political process. This is why senators were originally appointed: federal decisions affect states and they're given a voice in legislating as a result.

In some respects, it does use procedural democracy: we elect senators and representatives, who are supposed to vote for our interests on a national level. But the U.S. is also not a procedural democracy.

That's antithetical to freedom. In a substantive democracy, the majority is the sole font of authority and that means the rights of the minority are often infringed. The U.S. is specifically not this.

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