Author: Nick Hamilton

2019 Is the Year to Legalize Marijuana

Nick Hamilton | United States

As 2017 drew to a close, I wrote a piece on why 2018 was the year that marijuana legalization should become popular. Though there is still a long way to go, many locations took this to heart. Canada decided to fully legalize the plant, and several more states in the United States followed. But as of right now, it’s still federally illegal.

Three states legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2018: Michigan, Vermont, and Maine. This past midterm election, North Dakota voted on a referendum that would have legalized it, but the vote failed. Oklahoma also legalized it for medical use. Moreover, in December of 2018, President Trump signed the Farm Bill into law, which passed in both chambers of Congress easily. The Farm Bill allows American farmers to grow and harvest hemp.

Marijuana is now legal for recreational use in ten states and legal for medical use in 33 states. Presumed Democrat Presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-CA) said that she believes it’s time to legalize and regulate marijuana federally. In her new book, “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey,” Harris asserts multiple times that America needs to fully legalize marijuana for all uses and erase marijuana-related convictions from people’s criminal records.

Americans Want to Legalize Marijuana

With the 2020 election cycle starting to heat up, I expect that marijuana legalization will soon be a critical issue on both sides of the aisle. According to Pew Research Center, 62% of Americans favor legalization, up 31% from 2000. Additionally, 54% of Boomers (1946-1954) support it, showing a drastic increase from around 15% in the 1990s. Even some Republicans are starting to make legalization concessions. 45% of Republicans support legalization, as do 59% of Republican-leaning independents.

It’s absolutely clear the Americans want legalization. It’s clear that if marijuana is not federally legal in the coming years, our government is doing something very wrong. President Trump has been surprisingly open to the idea, making a commitment to push for reform of marijuana laws, with a goal of having medical marijuana federally legal. If he accomplishes this, he will have done more to legalize the plant than any previous administration.

It wouldn’t surprise me to see New York state legalize marijuana for recreational use in 2019, considering that New York City has thrown around the idea. A lot of the more liberal states could absolutely follow suit soon. However, in order to do so in every state, marijuana activists need to continue persuading more Republicans to get behind the movement.

Seeing as marijuana legalization could be a hot topic of the 2020 Presidential Campaign, it wouldn’t be crazy to say that more states will lift bans. I’m predicting that four states legalize recreational marijuana this year: New York and three others.


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Don’t Fall for the Hypocrisy of Jim Acosta

By Nick Hamilton | United States

The time has finally come. CNN’s Jim Acosta has crossed the line and had his press credentials revoked by President Trump. I wrote an article back in September about this, which you can read here. I’m honestly a little surprised this actually happened. However, it was the right thing to do.

Acosta and the Press Conference

At Wednesday’s press conference, CNN’s Jim Acosta asked a question about the migrant caravan and tried to lecture President Trump on why he thinks this caravan isn’t an invasion. President Trump simply stated after that that they had a difference of opinion on the matter and that Acosta should let him run the country. Seems reasonable, right? After that, President Trump proceeded to call on another reporter, however, Acosta just wasn’t finished. Even after President Trump called on another reporter, Acosta still tried to ask questions. When a White House intern tried to take the microphone away from Acosta, he proceeded to grab onto the mic and forcefully push down on her arm.

Nevertheless, the media is portraying this incident as nothing more than an attempt for President Trump to dodge a tough question from Acosta. That is a blatant lie. Trump had already called on another reporter. There were a lot of reporters at this press conference, and I’m sure Trump wanted to get to as many as he could.

However, when Acosta wouldn’t give up the mic, the President did something that the media hated. First of all, he answered the bogus question about the Russia investigation. He then took a couple of seconds to walk away from the podium. President Trump also proceeded to, as he has done before, turn off the mic of Jim Acosta.

A Rude Reporter

“CNN should be ashamed of itself to have you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. The way you treat Sarah Sanders is horrible. The way you treat other people is horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”  -Trump to Acosta

Trump isn’t wrong. As I have outlined, Jim Acosta is one of the rudest reporters in the liberal media. He consistently thinks he has the right to overpower other reporters. People don’t just lash out at him for no reason; they do so because of his lack of respect for the industry. Mark Dice, a conservative YouTube commentator, put together a short compilation of his most unprofessional moments that justify Trump’s outburst. You can view it here. CNN has claimed that Acosta is just trying to ask questions that the American people want answers to. My question to CNN, however, is that if that’s truly the case, why won’t another reporter ask them? If it is truly an important question, then Acosta is not the only person capable of asking it.

Other Media Attacks

Acosta is not the only reporter Trump has attacked this week. CNN’s Brooke Baldwin had a few choice words for the President in her daily show on CNN. Yamiche Alcindor, a journalist for PBS, tried to question Trump’s rhetoric of calling himself a nationalist at a recent Houston rally, linking him with white nationalism. I was very privileged to be able to attend that rally, and it was quite clear he was speaking only of United States nationalism; there was no mention of race or any discriminatory language. Trump has denounced the KKK and Alt-Right nationalists on many occasions. Thus, it is not surprising that such questions annoy him.

Later in the press conference, April Ryan, a CNN contributor, had the same problem Jim Acosta did; she tried to ask a question during another reporter’s time. Trump told her to “sit down,” because he was answering a question from another reporter. Nonetheless, she kept interrupting.

Then, on November 9th, as Trump was leaving the White House, reporters swarmed him. Many asked him about April Ryan: why he chose to call her “nasty” and “a loser” because of her reporting. Then, Abby Phillip, another reporter, asked Trump about Whitaker’s involvement with the Russia investigation. Trump couldn’t answer that, and said: “It’s up to him.” But then, Phillip responded by saying, “Do you want him to rein in Robert Muller?”

“What a stupid question. But I watch you a lot, and you ask a lot of stupid questions,” replied Trump.

Attacks Against Black Women?

Now, of course, Baldwin had something to say about this. But what did she choose to say? She chose to try and say that Trump was wrong for these attacks. But read closely. He was wrong to say this because they were black women. She didn’t even acknowledge what happened with Jim Acosta, a white male, who got it worse than all three of thee reporters. Why is it only bad when Trump negatively targets black female reporters?

Now, if he only ever criticized black women, then perhaps her accusations would make more sense. But, this is not the case: Trump regularly slams people of all races, removing any likelihood of racist intent.

Baldwin, thus, appears to be playing the race card. If we want to truly live in a society free of racism, it starts with Brooke Baldwin. It starts with The View and Jimmy Kimmel, who have also employed this narrativeThe color of someone’s skin and someone’s gender are completely irrelevant to their journalistic ability. If you believe otherwise, then you’re part of the problem. Baldwin is trying to say that just because they’re black women, they are immune to criticism. This is true for neither them nor Acosta.

The Tucker Carlson Incident

On the contrary, let’s talk about a real attack on a journalist. This week, Antifa protesters swarmed the house of Fox News host Tucker Carlson. His wife had to hide in the pantry, and everyone on the right was angry. Why aren’t Brooke Baldwin and Jim Acosta upset with this?

Sally Kohn, a writer for CNN, did publish an article saying that the protest went too far. She deserves credit for that, as it was quite an admirable thing to do. But to Acosta and Baldwin: why are attacks only worth criticizing when they are against you? This shows a clear double standard: one that does not represent good moral faith.


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The Democrats Have Embarrassed Themselves

By Nick Hamilton | United States

Ever since Justice Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday, the Democrats in America have lost their cool. AntiFa, or the basement dwellers of America, has staged numerous violent protests over this past week around the nation. On Saturday, a mob of Democrats stormed the Supreme Court and tried to literally pry open the Supreme Court doors. We’ve never seen anything like it. The Democrats have become nothing short of an utter embarrassment.

In an interview on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic Presidential Nominee, urged the most un-American notion I’ve ever seen. She stressed that the Democrats cannot maintain civility with Republicans because they don’t represent their values. Not only that, but a former Attorney General under the Obama Administration, Eric Holder, said, “When they go low, we kick em.” This is frightening. Are we just going to meet everything we disagree with in this country with violence? Just imagine for a second that Donald Trump suggested that Republicans can’t remain civil with Democrats anymore because we disagree with them. The media would be all over the place on it. Now, if Trump said that, obviously I’d call him out on it, as would many other people, because it doesn’t truly represent American values. Why won’t the liberal media do the same when one of their members does it? That’s what we call hypocrisy at it’s finest.

However, the fun has just begun. On Wednesday night, the night before a key meeting between Kanye West and President Donald Trump, CNN’s Don Lemon (who was included in the Columbia Journalism Review’s list of “Worst Journalism” in 2014, you can view that entire list here) had a panel of guests on his show. They were discussing this meeting, and what came out of one of the anchor’s mouths what quite disturbing.

“He’s an attention whore, like the president. He’s all of a sudden now the model spokesperson. He’s the token negro of the Trump administration,” -CNN Contributor Tara Setmeyer

“Kanye West is what happens when negroes don’t read” -Former Congressman Bakari Sellers

This is where we’re at folks. The left, the party that claims to take a stand against racism and bigotry, the party that claims to be so “tolerant” decides to simultaneously throw out racial slurs to people who disagree with them. Sellers later put the clip on his Instagram and stated that he stood completely behind what he said on CNN. So the question has to be asked: Have the Democrats really changed that much since the 1960’s? Are the Democrats really this great party of acceptance and tolerance that they say they are? Does CNN have the moral right to really be calling anything racist from here on out? Keep in mind, their anchors pretended to have outrage when Trump made his Pocahontas joke at a ceremony, yet TWO of their contributors just decided to throw out a racial slur on live television.

While we’re on the subject of Don Lemon, how about those comments he made about Kanye’s mom Thursday night? He asserted in his show that Kanye’s mother was “rolling in her grave” concerning Kanye West’s meeting with the President. Seriously? We’re bringing people’s parents into this now? Why? Seriously, Don, only third graders make insensitive comments about people’s parents like that. However, it seems as if that may be an upgrade for CNN’s reporters.

To sum it all up, the left has had an embarrassing week. Actually, an embarrassing few weeks. All we’ve seen from them is their platform dying, which shouldn’t serve them well going into midterms in less than a month. I’ve stated before in an article how I feel about the Democrat running for Senate where I live, Beto O’Rourke, and quite frankly, he’s made even more of a fool out of himself since I wrote that article, saying that police officers are “the new Jim Crow” and that he would not have voted to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.

Nevertheless, I firmly believe that Republicans will have a fantastic midterm season, and my prediction for midterms is that Republicans will maintain control of Congress, and, if anything, gain seats in the Senate. In North Dakota, you’ll definitely see the incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp get unseated. According to a poll conducted by Fox News, challenger Kevin Cramer was up 12 points, in a state where 62% of people approve of the job President Trump is doing. In Montana, we may see Jon Tester get unseated by challenger Matt Rosendale. Tester is holding slight leads in polls as of right now, with an average of 3 points. Perhaps the most important race in this midterm election season is the Missouri Senate election. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, and Josh Hawley, a Republican, are battling out one of the closest races this midterm season, with Hawley having an average lead in the polls of just .4 points. Many news organizations who have conducted polls on this race have found ties within this race, while some have found each candidate to be up by around three points. This race is an important one for the Republicans, and if the Republicans can win in Missouri, as well as in North Dakota and Montana, the Trump agenda and the Republican agenda will be looking very prominent for at least the next two years.


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Beto O’Rourke Cannot Defeat Ted Cruz, and Here’s Why

By Nick Hamilton | United States

Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz are finally set to debate Friday night in Dallas. In the critical midterm, the race appears to be one of the closer ones. Though Texas is heavily Republican, O’Rouke is nonetheless gaining steam. As a result, Democrats are investing a lot of time and energy trying to flip Texas blue. However, this appears to be a near impossibility.

Admittedly, O’Rourke is fairly moderate, compared with other Democrats. But in the state of Texas, he still leans too far to the American left to gain enough acceptance. A Texas Tribune poll stated that immigration and border security are the most important issues to Texas voters. As a majority are also Republicans, they generally are strict on both matters. O’Rourke simply does not have the policy record to satisfy these voters.

O’Rourke vs. Cruz on the Issues

Cruz has expressed a firm stance on the border. But on the other hand, O’Rourke has voiced a desire to provide healthcare and lawyers for illegal immigrants. The statement, in an interview with Tucker Carlson, is available here. O’Rourke has also voted against body armor for border patrol officers, arguing that the border has “never been safer”. He even has discussed abolishing ICE, an unpopular idea among Republicans. Thus, O’Rourke will be at odds with the desires of the many conservative Texans who favor increased border security.

O’Rourke also does not have a very strong record protecting gun rights. The National Rifle Association recently gave O’Rourke an F rating on the issue. He then tweeted about the ranking, remarking he has never taken a dollar from them. Cruz was able to retweet him, saying in an interview, “How many times do you get to retweet your opponent?” The incumbent received an A+ from the NRA.

Texas comes in at #18 in the states with the most registered guns per capita, weighing in at 588,969. However, recent data suggests there are more guns than people in the United States. So, the figure in Texas is probably a very strong underestimate. The fact, then, that O’Rourke favors fun control will likely scare some Texans into voting for Cruz.

One of the biggest issues with O’Rourke’s campaign is his desire to “eventually achieve universal healthcare.” Cruz, on the contrary, has repeatedly made his stance clear, saying that healthcare isn’t a right, and is best left up to the private sector. Texas has some of the lowest taxes in the country, and O’Rourke has implied his opposition to raising federal income taxes. But in order for universal healthcare to exist, it is very likely that other senators would propose tax hikes. As a result, O’Rourke may be forced to choose between these two beliefs. In either situation, he would not become a popular figure for a large portion of his fanbase.

Limited Momentum

While O’Rourke seems to be gaining momentum, he has yet to win a single poll against Cruz. And a few years ago, Wendy Davis showed some of these same numbers and momentum against Governor Abbott, whom she lost to in a landslide. So, it appears that Beto O’Rourke does not have much of a path to victory, and Texas will remain under Republican senatorial control.


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Cryptocurrency is Taking the Next Step into the Mainstream

By Nick Hamilton | United States

Cryptocurrency is about to become much more accessible when making purchases in public.

Square, a major digital payment service that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey leads, has won the patent to allow merchants to accept crypto payments, such as Bitcoin. The service would then transfer the payment into the local currency.

Cryptocurrency: Payment of the Future

Dorsey has said that he believes cryptocurrency will be the leading method of payment in ten years. Adding Bitcoin to this service that already supports many major credit cards is a way to make this a reality. This system also eliminates latency in these transactions, meaning approval on purchases will occur much faster. They’ll be able to do this via a blockchain that records Square-managed wallets in real time.

Tackling Major Obstacles

This, of course, means that cryptocurrency payments will process at the same speed of credit card payments. Previously, one of the big drawbacks of crypto was the increased transaction time. Another key issue was a very low accessibility, but Square is tackling both of these issues.

It’s not often that companies who do blockchain research have such an enthusiastic CEO when it comes to cryptocurrency. However, due to this patent, and Dorsey being so invested in cryptocurrency, we could see cryptocurrency emerge more in the mainstream. At the very least, it now will be considerably easier to use. This could mean that Bitcoin’s demand will rise, thus raising its price.

A Bright Outlook

The patent may affect the backbone of the future economy, at least according to Dorsey, who tweeted earlier this year that Bitcoin would become a path towards financial success for all.

As the price of Bitcoin continues to rise, Dorsey’s dream of seeing crypto thrive in the future may be coming true.


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