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Top 5 Most Anticipated Films of 2019

Brennan Dubé | @BrennanForFilms

While still taking into account each movie’s potential in the money-making department, to compile these five films I looked past just dollar signs and also looked at their potential in terms of award-winning capability, nostalgia, and the huge upside if these films turn out to be great!

5. Captain Marvel

Director: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

Main Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Clark Gregg, Jude Law

‘Captain Marvel’ is the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will come out on March 8th of 2019. The film holds a budget of $150 million dollars and will definitely be a spectacle on the screen. Brie Larson stars as lead in the movie and this will mark the first time a female character will play the sole lead in an MCU movie. This is significant as it will be a great test for the untitled ‘Black Widow’ movie and may potentially open a door for Marvel. We were initially aware of the film during the post-credits scene in ‘Infinity War’ which foreshadowed her arrival. The film is said to be an origin story and will take place in the 1990s.

4. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Main Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning

Director Quentin Tarantino is back, this time with ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.’ The film is a mystery-crime movie centered around the Manson family murders which occurred in August of 1969. The film is sure to have its own flair and with an incredible cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, this film has enough intrigue already! The film is set for release on July 26th of 2019. The film definitely has award-winning potential as Tarantino has had great past success with almost every single one of his films having been at least nominated for an Academy Award.

3. Glass

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Main Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy

When this trailer dropped several months ago it sent the internet in a frenzy. This movie has a downside and a massive upside. The film will act as a sequel to Shyamalan’s critically acclaimed films, ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Split.’ ‘Glass’ has the potential to be Shyamalan’s huge comeback, with an excellent cast this film definitely has award-winning potential if everything is conveyed perfectly. The movie has the capability to be eerily unique and twisted, as well as artistically astounding. If Jackson, Willis, and McAvoy all hit home runs, this could be one for the absolute ages.

2. The Lion King 

Director: Jon Favreau 

Main Cast: Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Beyoncé, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogen

Disney’s live-action remakes continue in 2019 with ‘The Lion King’ highlighting them all. Some skeptics may doubt the necessity of live-action remakes but with the star-studded cast and the same director that brought us ‘The Jungle Book’ (2016), this film is surely going to be a hit. The trailer garnered record-breaking views for Disney on YouTube and will definitely be a massive hit at the box office next summer. The film is set for release on July 19th, 2019.

1. Avengers: Endgame

Director: Antony Russo and Joe Russo

Main Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson

When ‘Infinity War’ came out it was more than a superhero movie, more than just a blockbuster. It was an experience. Massive amounts of people went to see it, it was the talk of the internet for weeks following and it ended up grossing over $2 billion worldwide, only the fourth movie to do so. ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is set for release April 26th. For starters, the ‘Endgame’ trailer broke the record for being the most viewed trailer on YouTube 24 hours after release with 289 million views. This film will extend that experience and give us the answers we so desperately crave after ‘Infinity War.’ The entire globe plans on seeing this and that is why it is the most anticipated film of 2019!


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3 Amazing Replacements For Paul Ryan

By Colin Louis | United States

Paul Ryan recently announced that he would not seek re-election for Congress, leaving the speakership open. Should the Republicans keep the House we need a more conservative speaker (who won’t pass a $1.3 trillion Omnibus.) So here are three true conservatives that would make for excellent replacements to Speaker Ryan.

3. Mark Meadows

 

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Mark Meadows, Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus has proven himself a defender of liberty in the House. The Freedom Caucus lead the fight against “ObamaCare Light” in 2017. Meadows was instrumental in preventing conservatives from passing Paul Ryan’s failure at healthcare reform. Meadows also strongly opposed the Omnibus budget deal. Meadows is a strong and capable leader in the House Freedom Caucus and would make a terrific candidate for Speaker. Unfortunately, Meadows has expressed that he has no interest in the speakership. On the other hand, neither did Paul Ryan.

2. Justin Amash

 

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More notably in the liberty movement is Justin Amash. Amash has been consistent as a fighter for liberty in the House. Amash voted against the disasters omnibus. Long has he been a warrior among young libertarians. He’s strongly opposed the two-party system and the Federal Reserve. Amash is a member of the Republican Liberty Caucus and speaker at the Young Americans for Liberty.

1. Thomas Massie

 

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Perhaps the best Representative on this list is Thomas Massie. A Kentucky congressman, Massie has worked closely with perhaps the most famous liberty warrior, Rand Paul. Massie fought hard against the disaster of the American Healthcare Act and the Omnibus. As speaker Massie would be the best candidate for liberty and conservatism.


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Would a Government Shutdown Really be That Bad?

By Ryan Lau | USA

Anyone who has watched or read the news sometime this month is most likely aware of the fact that once again, congressional Democrats and Republicans are unable to agree on a budget. Democrats are consistently pushing for some form of protection for Dreamers, which has since sparked backlash from President Trump. Republicans, on the other hand, seek an increase in defense spending, which has been vehemently opposed and countered by Democrats. Both parties wish to avoid a government shutdown, with a deadline of Friday at midnight to reach an agreement. Ironically, though, the one area in which both Democrats and Republicans generally agree is the one area in which both are wrong. In fact, a government shutdown, contrary to popular belief, would be incredibly beneficial to both the American people and government.

In the event of a government shutdown, all funding for federal programs would come to an immediate halt. An obvious exception exists for branches such as the Post Office, which are self-reliant upon their own revenue from stamps and postage fees for operation. However, the vast majority of government agencies would immediately lose their funding, and this is not a bad thing, as the government will save a considerable amount of money during this process by halting the funding of useless or overpaid agencies. 

As a clear example of this, I first examined the expenditures of the United States National Guard, which has an alleged purpose of protecting our citizens in case of a foreign threat or emergency. The thing is, we don’t have any current foreign threats that require an acting home army. Most of these individuals are already trained for an event that has not occurred in our nation since the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Despite the clear lack of need for such a large force, the federal government allocates no small amount of funding for their archaic and currently obsolete services.

The average monthly wage of a guards-person ranges from $184 for a private enlisting in one weekend of basic drill training, all the way up to $18,936 for an active duty general. For the sake of simplification, I have conservatively estimated the average figure to be roughly $1,000 a month, though the true average is likely far higher. In the event that only half of the 348,156 currently enlisted National Guard members were told not to report to work (it would likely be a considerably higher number than this), the federal government would be saving 174 million dollars in a single month, but each guards-person would still be entirely capable of reporting to his or her full-time job.

Though admittedly a small figure, the National Guard is a tiny fragment of our overall spending. As an example of a larger agency, I will now examine the U.S. Department of Labor. The agency dumps out an exorbitant annual budget of 12.8 billion dollars for services that frankly, are none of the government’s business. If an employer and employee come to a voluntary agreement regarding the terms of the employee’s labor, it is not the place of any third party entity, regardless of their claim to power, to prevent this transaction from occurring, provided of course that it does not infringe upon the Natural Rights of any individual. On the other hand, if an able-bodied adult cannot find labor, it is not the business of the government to support him by forcibly taking money from the more successful. In both scenarios, a voluntarily funded market-driven solution would prove to be adequate and would do so without grand-scale theft.

Now, this aforementioned figure of 12.8 billion dollars also does not include the funding of over 17,000 full-time employees. Thus, not including the employees, a one-month long government shutdown would save over one billion dollars. Factoring in their salaries, this number would, of course, be significantly higher. That’s one billion at least, with nine zeroes, no longer being forcibly taken from the taxpayers in order to fund an inefficient organization, or one billion dollars used to shrink the staggeringly high national debt.

Ultimately, our federal government has a budget of approximately 3.8 trillion dollars for the fiscal year of 2017. When all is said and done, even a one month long partial shutdown, cutting the expenditures of the state by 50%, would save the American people 158 billion dollars. This money could be used in remarkably better places than it is now, and at the discretion of the American consumer, rather than a tyrannical and bloated nation willing to steal and kill to accomplish their allegedly-noble causes.

Though the finances of a government shutdown are a key aspect of its potential benefit, they are not the only one. Most notably save finances, the average American will have a significantly better experience with air travel. Given a shutdown is to occur, air traffic control and airport security staff would still be in place, as they are always hired by the airports themselves, and thus outside of the federal government’s payroll.

Who, then, is federally paid for in an airport? The Transportation Security Agency, with an abysmal record of zero terrorists stopped since its creation in 2001, devours nearly 8 billion dollars in federal funding annually. To make matters worse, dreadfully long lines can add five, fifteen or thirty minutes, even an hour to travel times due to security lines, depending on the airport and the occasion. A temporary shutdown, however, would eliminate these lines, and during the holiday season, families across the nation would be more able to travel without stress, spending more time with their families and less time waiting to be prodded by an eerie metal rod.

Clearly, the verdict is in on a government shutdown. Saving Americans money and protecting their happiness are allegedly in the direct intentions of the government. However, these intentions are clearly ignored. The American people are being stolen from in order to fund obsolete and inadequate services. Regardless of the state’s true intent (which I would venture to guess that nobody can fully explain in this day and age), the fact that a state that formerly protected the rights of the individual has fallen into such disrepair is a calamity. Reversal of this governmental decay, if you will, must be instituted at the earliest possible hour, in order to finally allow the American people to live in peace and prosperity. Thus, it is with no minute degree of irony that I declare: the federal government would best accomplish its goals by suspending its own existence.

Statist Express: What the Last Minute 500 Page Republican Tax Bill Says About Our Democracy

By Spencer Kellogg | USA

What a disaster! From the party that brought you such hits as ‘we prefer limited government’ here comes a massive federal program pushed through in the dead of a Friday night without an opportunity for either side to read and comprehend what exactly is in the bill. Tonight, our democracy has failed us and can be sadly summarized as nothing more than, ‘you’re with us or you’re against us’. Amendments to the bill were scribbled in poor handwritten cursive so that the Republicans could get on with their act of forcefully shoving legislation down the throats of the American public without so much as a whimper of resistance. Could you imagine if the Democrats acted with the same coercion on a 2nd amendment rights bill? Think of what the reaction would be if Nancy Pelosi and company were to show up at Rand Paul’s office on a Friday afternoon with a 500 page bill filled in with handwritten cursive outlining major changes to gun rights of the individual and then expected to take a vote later that night? There would literally be blood and pandemonium in the streets. Some in the far corners of the conservative movement (notably Jeff Flake of Arizona) had the decency to stand against this improper use of force, however even they have have caved to their pits of money that need keeping. For the party so concerned with law and order the hypocrisy of this midnight robbery is stunningly clear.

Dick Durbin correctly wondered “Will this make us a stronger nation?” Perhaps the bill could make us a stronger nation. Perhaps the terms laid out in the legislation do in fact serve the majority of Americans who find themselves teetering towards the poverty line with an expansive tax code weighing on their backs. Perhaps this is a fair and just way to open up competition and markets with a reduction in taxation on the individuals and enterprises that have provided our country with exponential luxuries of the economical and physical. Perhaps. However, the goal of this legislation never was to have a fair and open discussion about the situation of taxes in this country, was it? It never was the goal to actually provide a simple and brief tax plan that could save our society from billions of dollars and hours spent on government checklists. This was a win at all costs mission to make it look like the Republicans had achieved something worthy and distinct in Trump’s first year as President. By the looks of it, they have failed.

I have given this administration the benefit of the doubt too many times. I always saw Trump as an outsider who might just be able to shake up the DC elite who come not from backgrounds forged out of the fire of business and competition but too often from the swamp and muck of modern politico opportunism. Here was a man who promised to reduce the scope and size of our national government while alleviating the burden that centralized power has placed on the back of common entrepreneurs and workers. And yet here, in the first major legislation of his presidency, the weakness of our inefficient democracy, its politicians, and its archaic hierarchy only grows more obvious with him in charge.

The bill should ease some of the burden placed on the American taxpayer but by and large, it favors an increasingly small minority of wealthy citizens. For example, the plan calls for an end to the estate tax. While I personally believe there should be no ‘death tax’ whatsoever, right now, barely anyone even pays the thing! While the Republican leadership suggests this legislation a win for the ‘family farmer’ we know that the real reason they want the estate tax eliminated is to further their continued attempts to centralize agricultural power into the hands of the few. Contrary to Republican propaganda, in the past half-century, family farming has died a slow and miserable death at the hands of the state and its factory farms. The endless fields of manure and corn, tilled by the corporatist arms of Monsanto, that stretch across the Midwest down into Texas are the government subsidized deities of the 21st century. This bill stands to protect their interests, not the family. Farms so wide you cannot see their end do not account for the type of man, woman, and child that the establishment Republicans trot out to gain sympathy for their legislation.

Furthermore, there could be major changes to Medicare and Social Security within the bill but we have no way of knowing until after it’s voted on. How wonderful! Some have suggested there could be a 25 Billion (that’s with a “B”) dollar cut to Medicare and only hours leading up to the vote we are relying on the word of such huckster politicians as Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell! My fingers are bleeding from what I just typed. While the war machine continues its corporate sponsored and government-financed lurch into all corners of this globe, the men and women who suffer most in this country are being cast aside to make way for petty ideological games. There is a conversation that needs to be had about the socialized institutions that taxpayers fund but this is not the way to go about. Forcing a vote without debate and discussion is fascism. Showing up at an opposing Senator’s door on a Friday afternoon with a bill so long it would take days to read and be expecting a vote hours later is fascism. The basis of our freedom begins with a mutualistic understanding that we are all Americans who deserve respect and decency if treated with such and this behavior is not only unbecoming of the right wing it is downright tyrannical.

We need a simple replacement to the long and arduous process of taxation in this country and neither side seems apt to find a solution. If the Republican Party wants to be taken seriously as the party of limited government and the upholders of law and order then they have every opportunity to step forward and act like it. This display of force is not good for our democracy. It does not create inroads for communication or understanding. It is a blatant attack from one side to the other reminiscent of Obamas terms and the days that lead up to our worst war, the one between the states. It is better to win on the battleground of ideas than in the backrooms with lobbyists and Republicans of all people should know that best!

New Law Allows Searches of DC, Virginia, Maryland Homes Without A Warrant

By Max Bibeau | USA

 

A new bill was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Trump on August 22nd that compromises homeowner’s right to privacy in certain parts of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.

The law in question is a simple law regarding the foundation of a Metrorail Safety Commission. The bill cites the millions of people “the safety of whom is paramount” as the primary reason for the creation of a new Commission. The commission would have basic oversight over the Metrorail, to ensure that it meets safety standards.

One clause buried in the seemingly harmless legislation appears to be some cause for concern. The clause lies under the “Powers” section of the bill, and reads:

“(b) Enter upon the WMATA Rail System and, upon reasonable notice and a finding by the chief executive officer that a need exists, upon any lands, waters, and premises adjacent to the WMATA Rail System, including, without limitation, property owned or occupied by the federal government, for the purpose of making inspections, investigations, examinations, and testing as the Commission may deem necessary to carry out the purposes of this MSC Compact, and such entry shall not be deemed a trespass. The Commission shall make reasonable reimbursement for any actual damage resulting to any such adjacent lands, waters, and premises as a result of such activities;”

Essentially, any homes that the chief executive officer of the Commission deems that a “need exists” anywhere near the Rail System, can be warrantlessly searched. This power is given to the commission “without limitations,” and can be used “as the Commission may deem necessary.” This vague phrasing is leaving a few representatives in shock, such as a Republican Representative from Michigan, Justin Amash. Amash took to Twitter to express his shock.

In the vote held on whether or not to pass the legislation, 399 Representatives voted yea. Only 5 voted nay. 1.1% of House Representatives voted against the piece of legislation. Those who voted nay were Representatives Amash, Jones, Massie, Mooney, and Sanford, all of whom are Republicans.

You can read the full text of the bill HERE.

You can find more information on the Congressional Vote HERE.


Max Bibeau is a Senior Editor for 71 Republic. You can contact him through email at [email protected], or follow him on Instagram with the handle @_maxbibeau.