LeBron James’s Empty Promise

By Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

LeBron James has become the new angelic archetype of what a wealthy person should do with money, at least according to the left. The I Promise School located in Akron, Ohio hopes to be “that groundbreaking school.” The children attending the school will receive free tuition, uniforms, meals, transportation, bicycles, and guaranteed tuition to the University of Akron.

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The Right to Rebel

By Benjamin Olsen | United States

The right to revolution is a concept that seems to have its roots at the beginning of time. The first widespread idea of the right to rebel and the overthrow of rulers was started in ancient China. The philosophy was known as the “Mandate of Heaven.” The Mandate can be summed up as: “If a monarch is behaving poorly, then bad things will happen. If bad things happen, then heaven has withdrawn its support and the people may rise up to overthrow the ruler.” This sentiment is mirrored in a more secular way with the idea of the social contract, the idea that we continue to allow ourselves to be ruled as long as the ruler protects our rights. This idea has been promulgated by John Calvin, John Locke and the Founding Fathers of America. The idea of the right to rebellion has been seen all throughout history, but the most successful execution was seen in 1776.

The philosophy of the American Revolution was rooted in the ideals of the age of enlightenment. Thomas Jefferson and other revolutionaries saw the power these ideas had to change not only their country, but the world. Most of the founders were hesitant at the fact of starting their own country and rather sought to reconcile their grievances with the magistrates of Great Britain. It was John Adams, a founder with an ideology leaning towards monarchism, that lead the charge towards a full separation from the island of Great Britain. This idea was deemed radical and the Congress debated the idea for over a year before finally ratifying the Declaration of Independence. Even after ratification, the general populace was against the idea of revolution. Only 25% of the population was active in the fight against Great Britain. The idea of splitting from a government that the majority of people had familial and other ties to was beyond belief. Revolutions can start small but can grow to be an unstoppable juggernaut. The American Revolution was truly started by a small organization known as the Sons of Liberty. This small fraternity was responsible for the Boston Tea party and the opening shots at Lexington and Concord. What the American Revolution exemplifies the best is how successful a small revolution can be. Starting with a small fraternity and ending with an independent nation and a modern day powerhouse.

Another example of revolution is the Easter Rising in 1916 that took place in Ireland. This revolution is different from the American one as it takes place in what is considered the modern day and it is a failed revolution that sparked something bigger than itself. The Easter Rising is rooted in an ancient rivalry between England and Ireland. Dating back to 1169, England tried to exert its dominance over the British Isles, and in particular Ireland. Irish history, as a result of such occupation and colonization, has a history rife with tragedy and turmoil. Irish rebellions stretch back to the first occupation and extend all the way to the 1990s. The true turning point in the same story of a failed rebellion came in 1916.

In the midst of the great war, a small organization of Irish patriots, ranging in ideologies from socialism and monarchists to classical liberals and fascists, planned to rebel against the English crown while it was occupied in the trenches of northern France. The rebellion gathered its strength in secret and trained with what arms it could manage to procure. On Easter Monday, 1916 the small band of revolutionaries struck. They first seized the General Post Office and rose the Irish Tricolor, that continues to be the flag of Ireland to this day. By the end of the week, the rebellion was defeated. All of the signers of the proclamation of the provisional government were executed. The Easter Rising had failed to free Ireland from the British. However, within the next two decades the Irish people would rise up, their eyes opened to the British atrocities. Ireland would become independent in 1937. Throughout the rest of the century beginning in the early 50s and continuing until the late 90s, Irish freedom fighters fought for the freedom of the North and the ability for it to join the Republic of Ireland. The Easter Rising shows how even a failed revolution can lead to an independent nation.

All people that are governed have a right to overthrow their governor if their rights are not protected. In today’s world, we are taxed at a rate unimaginable by the Founding Fathers. We have atrocity after atrocity perpetrated against us. Rebellion does not always have to be with fire and bullets like the Easter Rising and American Revolution, but we cannot continue to allow our rights to be curbed in the name of security and safety. As Thomas Jefferson put it “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” We should all seek such freedom and the ability to decide our own destiny free from intrusion by a government, that may as well be foreign. Revolution can come through the ballot box such as the Civil Rights Movement. Revolution can be peaceful such as Gandhi’s liberation of India. Only if necessary must a revolution be violent. Let us not suffer to be ruled, but to be rulers of our own lives. A revolution is needed to be freed from the bureaucratic quagmire and corrupt governance that plagues this nation.


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Saudi Arabia Moves Medical Patients Out of Canada

By Eli Ridder | CANADA

(71 Republic) – Saudi Arabia said that it stopped all medical treatments of nationals in Canada on Wednesday, as part of increasing tensions after Ottawa pushed for the kingdom to free social rights activists last week.

Riyadh recalled its ambassador, kicked the Canadian envoy out and then froze all new trade with Canada on Aug. 5, in response to a statement by Global Affairs Canada last week calling for the Middle Eastern power to free the activists.

Saudi state news agency SPA said Riyadh had stopped sending patients to Canadian hospitals and “is coordinating for the transfer of all Saudi patients from Canadian hospitals … according to directives by the leadership,” reported Reuters news agency.

It is not yet clear how many Saudi patients are in Canadian hospitals, but transfers are underway, says Riyadh. The kingdom covers healthcare for public employees.

This comes after Saudi Arabia suspended educational exchange scholarships with Canadian schools and the kingdom’s state airline halted flights to Toronto.


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Lena Epstein Wins Michigan Republican Primary

By James Sweet III | Michigan

Based on reported results for the Michigan House District 11 race, 71 Republic can safely announce that Lena Epstein will become the Republican nominee for the general election. At 12:49 AM EST, Epstein garnered 30% of the vote with 74% of precincts reporting in. She received no national endorsements, but raised the most funds in the primary election.

The incumbent representative is Republican Dave Trott. The district, however, was won by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Election by 4.4%. With major Democratic figures like Hillary Clinton endorsing candidates for their primaries, and no major Republicans endorsing candidates in their respective primary, it is possible that Democrats could win this toss-up of a primary in the general election.


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Kansas Kids Garner Gubernatorial Votes

By Ryan Lau | @agorisms

Jack Bergeson, Tyler Ruzich, and Joseph Tutera are three Kansas kids. But today, they represent the future of the country, as all three participate in the state’s gubernatorial primary race.

Several months ago, these three, as well as three others, entered the race. One other withdrew, and two ran in third party races.

Ruzich and Bergeson communicated online, stating that they wished for a teenage candidate to run in both parties. As such, they voiced their belief that the current political arena needs drastic reforms. Bergeson is running as a Democrat, and the other two are Republicans.

Though none of the three are expected to win the race, they are all having an impact on the race. Of the Kansas kids, Bergeson is performing best. As of 11:00 PM EST, he has 2.7% of the vote, which is 2.7% higher than any other 17 year old Kansas Democrat.

The Republicans, though they are not performing as well, are shaking up the race. Respectively, Ruzich and Tutera received 0.6% and 0.4% of the vote. This, combined, far exceeds the 0.5% margin between first and second place finishing Jeff Colyer and Kris Kobach (40.9% and 40.4%). Though neither kid has a chance to win, it is possible that they may have swayed this race towards Colyer and away from Kobach.


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