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 By Kent McManigal    Opinion    May 11, 2022 

Neither side correct on court leak

The recent Supreme Court leak is all over the media. People on both sides feel compelled to speak out loudly and passionately for whichever side they support. There is no debate; just a fight. For...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Opinion    May 4, 2022

Musk may help end liberal narrative

My Twitter account was shut down during the dark days of censorship, but I made a new account a month or so ago. Just in time to see all the fun and drama over Elon Musk’s buyout of the platform....

 

Be cure to government's disease

Joe Biden has done us a favor. One he didn’t intend to do and one his supporters probably haven’t noticed and wouldn’t like if they did. If America can survive Biden, in his mentally degraded...

 

Tolerance pushers most intolerant

Tolerance has a proper time and place, but this time and place isn’t all the time nor is it everywhere. Nor does everything have to be tolerated. Even the most tolerant person won’t tolerate every...

 

Liberty remains essential principle

Liberty, as a principle, will always prove true. Respecting liberty always works, violating it always hurts. The truth doesn’t care whether you like this or not. Government’s very existence violat...

 

Texas marijuana laws are failure

An excellent measure of whether a “law” is good or bad is to see if it prohibits something that isn’t prohibited elsewhere -- especially, right next door. If something is clearly bad enough for...

 

Life too short to govern others

Life is too short to waste it trying to govern other people. If you’re honest you’ll admit you have enough to keep you busy just controlling – governing -- yourself. Even if you have it all...

 

'Law' always benefits the elite

It’s aggravating that New Mexico’s Supreme Court decided the petitions aimed at possibly holding the New Mexico governor accountable for her COVID overreach were “legally invalid.” Aggravating...

 

Blame inflation on century of bungling

The U.S. government is probably relieved it can now blame the results of some of its past crimes and bungling -- such as inflation and other economic disasters -- on the Russian military invasion of...

 

Shame Ukraine, Russia suffering

It’s crazy how many people still imagine political government is credible or legitimate. How many take it at its word, even while watching events around the world today. Even the national media...

 

War is yet another government lie

Whenever a government wants to go to war, you can be sure it is lying -- to its population and to anyone who listens to its justifications. If anyone supports a war, they have been hoodwinked by the...

 

Social media doing invisible damage

Throughout history the older generation has thought the younger generations are weak, frivolous, and self-centered. Just as that older generation’s elders thought the same of it, and so on to the...

 

Legislation only creates more crime

Legislation, which many people incorrectly call “law,” doesn’t reduce crime. It can’t. In fact, each new bit of legislation creates at least one more crime -- often several more -- and many...

 

Hard to deprogram cult of government

There is room in this world for many different beliefs, even those that are wrong. Beliefs are only truly incompatible when one of them includes the belief that it’s OK to force others to believe on...

 

Obedience isn't the ethical choice

Here’s something you probably don’t hear every day: I dislike obedience. Obedience is not something to be encouraged or celebrated; it’s one of the most dangerous human traits there is....

 

COVID-19 not worth shutting down over

As I write this I am wrapping up my own adventure with COVID-19. It didn’t feel good, but it was nothing worth destroying the economy over. It was not worth any mandates, shutdowns, or other...

 

Pay attention; it's your responsibility

There’s almost no one more dangerous than a driver who refuses to yield because they have the right-of-way. I’ve known people who got into accidents because the other person was supposed to move o...

 

Modern life not from government

The conveniences of the modern world are all around us all the time, but I don’t think I’ll ever take them for granted. One of my grandmothers grew up in this area during the Dust Bowl days. Her...

 

Can't join Libertarian party, either

I’m libertarian, uncapitalized, to separate the ethical philosophy I follow from the political party I can’t. A Libertarian, capitalized, is a member of the Libertarian Party. Ethical libertariani...

 

Can't call myself a political liberal

Once upon a time, the word “liberal” was used to describe people who were “generous,” “open-minded,” and “accepting of other opinions.” It was closely related to the word...

 

US's Constitution was a mistake

There can be a difference between what a person likes and what they are willing to force on others. Most of my preferences lean conservative: liberty, family, and keeping government out of my life....

 

Predictions take paying attention

This past spring I noticed a bigger than usual crop of the plant that becomes tumbleweeds when it dies and the wind blows. I told a few people to be ready for an epic tumbleweed season this year. Then...

 

Best to let people make own choices

I love people. I also know that humans are deeply flawed. This combination explains why I’m a libertarian. Every other position insists that no one is smart enough to run their own life while also...

 

Good jury makes the right choice

The Kyle Rittenhouse trial may have served as a canary in the coal mine. That’s how I saw it. Government doesn’t respect your right of self-defense and would prefer you die at the hands of...

 

Free market means individual choice

I love the free market. The market, liberated from government rules, subject only to the choices of individuals. One of my choices is to not shop on major holidays. If I knew for certain the store...

 

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