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Scott Horton Talks Patriotism, Israel and Palestine, and Hope

By Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

Scott Horton is the author of Fool’s Errand and managing director of The Libertarian Institute. 71 Republic’s Mason Mohon sits down with him to talk about the wars.


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Post Election Analysis and Exclusive Interview with Drew Miller

John Keller | United States

Drew Miller, former candidate for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, spoke with 71Republic in this exclusive post-election interview. Drew Miller received 1,378 votes – more than the margin Conor Lamb won by. The GOP is pushing for a recount and many are criticizing Drew Miller for “handing the election” to Conor Lamb. This is simply not the case.

Keller: What encouraged you to run for public office?

Miller: I decided to run for public office because I was tired of going into a voting booth only have to choose between 1 — or at the most — 2 options.  I knew that if I wanted to see real change, maybe it could start with me.  I really decided after the Libertarian Parties of Allegheny and Washington Counties came to me and said they wanted me to be their candidate. 

Keller: You are running for Congress as a libertarian. In your own words, what is libertarianism?

Miller: Libertarianism is the idea of taking power away from the government and putting individual freedom and responsibility back into the hands of the people.  It’s also about being fiscally conservative, but socially liberal.  Essentially, “live and let live”.

Keller: With a majority of Democrats and Republicans in Congress, how would having a libertarian in Congress change the dynamic of the national government?

Miller: Being a Libertarian in Congress would allow me to be a truly independent thinker and could allow me to bridge the divide between the two major parties, since I consider myself to be a mix of the best qualities of each party.

Keller: Gun control has come to dominate the national conversation with the recent tragic events in Florida. Where do you stand on gun control?

Miller: I don’t think banning guns or putting in more restrictions will help the root cause of gun violence and mass shootings: mental illness.  People can always find different ways to obtain a gun or different ways to kill and creating some sort of a “mental illness database” would only stigmatize those deemed to be mentally ill.  I think the best way to address it would be to address the mental illness problem we have in our country.  If we do that, we won’t just solve gun violence, but a plethora of societal issues.  

Keller: Pennsylvania is a battleground state and arguably decided the 2016 presidential election. What is your message to on the fence voters?

Miller: My message to on the fence voters is that the 2 party system has failed you. 221 years ago Washington gave his farewell address to Congress and he warned us that if we allowed the parties to get too strong, they would undermine everything we worked so hard to create as a country. Now we are at the threshold of Washington’s premonition. We have the ability to send a REAL message to Washington, D.C. by rejecting the duopoly and authoritarianism and giving the power back to the people. Republicans and Democrats tell you how government can make your life better. I’m here to tell you how your life will be better without the government interfering.  

Keller: Do you have any final remarks for the readers?

Miller: My entire campaign relied upon unpaid volunteers and talking to high school and college aged students.  I believe we are going to see a youth-lead revolution of libertarian ideas very shortly.  This will be the first time since 1996 that voters in the 18th District will have the ability to choose a 3rd option for a congressional candidate.  It has been an honor to be that 3rd option.

Drew Miller formally conceded the election at 8:05 am on the 14th of March, 2018, after receiving 0.6% of the vote, triple the 0.2% margin of victory. Conor Lamb was able to secure an upset victory in Pennsylvania’s 18th District against Republican Rick Saccone, not because of Drew Miller but simply by gaining enough support.

Many are trying to look into the “tea leaves” to see what the future holds for November elections. Trump won this district by twenty points in 2016, and a democrat was able to win the seat in 2018 election. While many are saying this is a voter mandate rejecting the policies of the Trump Administration, it is hard to speculate due to the democrat that one being a moderate, pro-life and pro-gun veteran. Only time will tell what this means for 2018.

I would like to thank Drew Miller for his time. Be sure to follow him on Twitter for updates.

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The March for life – Chilly winds, Full Hearts, and Hope For a Better Future

By Jason Patterson | USA

The 45th annual Right to Life March was the antithesis of the recent spate of Antifa quasi-riots to protest against, well, almost everything, but especially Donald Trump. The March for Life was different. This March wasn’t about opposing opposite parties but fighting against one true enemy, abortion.

Children and adults, young and old, came in in droves, scared and hopeful.

“There were so many young people, ” exulted David McGettigan, a Lutheran pastor from Ocean City, N.J. “They are part of a new generation that has been — ironic, isn’t it? — born that see the emptiness of the culture of death that their parents and grandparents created.”

Exuberant and with no noteworthy conflicts or incidents, the throng came to a near-reverential hush as an image of Trump appeared on a Jumbotron. Once an avowed pro-choicer, Trump, not for the first time, changed his mind.

He also became the first sitting president to address the March live, albeit via satellite. Typically, he wasted no time trashing the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

“As all of you know, Roe v. Wade has resulted in some of the most permissive abortion laws in the world,” Trump said. “It is wrong. It has to change.”

For Pastor McGettigan,  it was a transformative moment. “There was a sense of momentum here today, that progress has been made.”

With the President firmly on the side of life, there is a new future ahead for the pro-life movement.

Hope Solo is The President US Soccer Needs

By Spencer Kellogg | USA

Hope Solo, the Tanya Harding of US Soccer and the former goalie and captain of the US Women’s National Team, has thrown her hat into the upcoming race for United States Soccer Federation (USSF) President. In an announcement posted to her Facebook (Hope Solo Facebook) on Friday, Hope Solo laid out the reasons she is seeking the most influential position in US Soccer. Namely, Solo points to the costly American youth soccer system as the main culprit in narrowing the field of prospective players. She details how as a child she had to go from house to house begging for the money of neighbors so she could participate in the highest levels of our youth development program. Travel soccer and the Olympic Development Program are cost-prohibitive programs that would significantly shrink the player pool of almost any nation in the world. Solo points to the USSF, flush with money, and asks why they have not done more to help the poor and disadvantaged in this country participate in the world’s game. Her campaign rightfully suggests that the USSF has prioritized money over the progress of the sport in this country and implies that the defeat of the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) in last year’s World Cup signals a deep desire in both the players and the fan-base for a significant overhaul.

Long a controversial figure in the sport, Solo has seen her ups and downs. She guided her team to a World Cup in 2015 and was plastered all over popular collectible items. Later, her career came crashing down in one night, as she was arrested for domestic abuse in a bizarre incident that left much of the soccer watching public questioning the character and leadership ability of one of the US Women’s National Team’s top stars. To this day, she is still banned from participating with the national team due to her past troubles, which made her Friday announcement a shock. Many in the soccer media have already dismissed and criticized the campaign, due to Solo’s troubles and to her young age. I also suspect there is a certain amount of gender bias at play in the media’s reaction. Though the women have achieved greater success than the men’s team, the sport is still run and organized by men. On ESPN FC, former Scottish defender Steve Nicol appeared to be sitting on a pine cone as he bounced incredulously in his seat, attempting to hide his obvious disdain for the woman from the wrong side of the tracks. Solo is the exact messenger we need for this time because she is a rough and tumble winner who battled for everything that she has and refuses to go silently into the night.

The past decade, US Soccer has been run by the Columbia University economics professor and serial wimp Sunil Gulati, who represents everything that Solo is not. He’s about as charming as a fig newton and speaks with the subtle confidence of a cerebral academic that owns no heart. His tenure has proved divisive to many in the US Soccer community calling for quicker progress and higher expectations on the field. Derided by some as out of touch with the game and its player pool, many used the USMNT failure to qualify for Russia 2018 as the evidence they needed to force his resignation. Solo is not a charming and eloquent speaker. She chairs no federations or owns no tenure-track position at a prestigious university. She is aggressive in her approach and unafraid to tell you exactly what she thinks. After the loss to Sweden in the past World Cup, she called Sweden’s players “a bunch of cowards” and was promptly browbeaten by the rich and fat administrators and media who have made US Soccer into a monolith of politeness. The federation has been weakened by the approach of the man from the ivory tower and it is time to move forward with an outsider with outside ideas.

Soccer is a sport of the people. Developed in the favelas of Rio, the ghettos of Napoli and in cement alleys all over the planet, soccer is hailed as the “world’s game” due to the level playing field it provides to all players. You only need a ball at your feet to play and many of the great players throughout the game’s history have grown up in abject poverty. In the US, on the other hand, we associate soccer with suburban mothers, orange slices, and a modified pay to play scheme that keeps many of our top talents from reaching their highest potential. A major problem facing US Soccer is precisely that its image is that of an upper-class white sport. For years, I have watched commentators speculate on how well the USMNT would perform if only they had players of Kobe Bryant and Russell Wilson’s athletic makeup and racial diversity. A power and money hungry USSF has restricted poor talent from reaching this leveled playing field in recent decades by often putting their own benefits over their players. No clearer an image of this can be drawn than the particular case of Freddy Adu, a Ghana-born American midfielder who an eager media hailed as the ‘next Pele’. Despite this, a greedy federation spurned the player. Now 28 years old, Adu is out of the game entirely. Much of the discussion around his lack of development falls squarely at the feet of US Soccer, who used the young athlete to furnish corporate deals at a time when US Soccer was morphing into the behemoth of corporatism that it represents today. The sport of soccer was never meant to be about money. It was a beguiling game of tactical nuance and creative flair on a field as open as the minds of the players who stood on it. Looking at the USSF, it is hard to make out any of that independent spirit, and I believe someone like Solo is exactly the type of lightning strike needed to blow up the breaker.

Hope Solo does not play nice. She is a fighter from the streets of America and nothing was ever given to her. She does not shy away from speaking her mind and the controversy that has followed her can make it difficult to trust her ability to lead. Still, I want to see her as President of USSF. Of all the candidates to come forward, Solo has been best at enunciating what plagues our national teams and what needs to be done to change a network of operations that does not always have what is best for the sport in the forefront. After a decade of weak and polite conversations about the passive state of soccer in the USA, I want to know what it’s like to have a brash outsider bulldoze over the cemetery of American soccer and that is why I am supporting Hope Solo for USSF President in 2018!

The Rise of Emotional Abuse

 

Psychological abuse (also referred to as psychological violence, emotional abuse, or mental abuse) is a form of abuse, characterized by a person subjecting, or exposing, another person to behavior that may result in psychological trauma, including anxiety, chronic depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

– The British Journal of Psychiatry (1996)

In the last century, no topic has been as demonized or been commonly denounced as physical abuse in relationships, any relationship. Today, however, a light is being cast on the realities of emotional abuse and coercive control. Specifically, there must be a spotlight on the emotional abuse of children.

New figures published in the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s How Safe Are Our Children? report shows the number of calls made to the charity’s helpline about children being subjected to emotional abuse increased from 3,341 in 2010 to 10,009 in 2017. That’s more than a 200% increase, dramatic numbers for the UK.

In the United States, Child Protective Services has confirmed that 1 in every 8 children has experienced maltreatment and that of those maltreated 20% are emotionally abused. That is over 5 Million confirmed cases of emotional abuse of children in the United States since 2012. Devastating numbers for such a large nation.

The results of emotional abuse are indisputable, scary, and deadly. Children can be forced into a corner where they do whatever it takes to make their parent happy regardless of the path they must take. Children are forced to take a backseat their parents wishes, being stonewalled. Children are told they’re not worth what they are. The end result is depressed children, higher rates of suicide, children turning to drugs, to drinking, to smoking, to anything that they can use to contain their fear, their anxiety.

I can’t argue with her about it, because everything will get worse.

– Anonymous

Anyone who has ever had to use the above phrase when talking about a parent’s decision is describing an emotionally abusive moment, if not their parent’s general behavior. This leads inevitably to the cliche, “I’m right because I say so, I will take something from you if you aren’t in agreement.” Some children know where to turn to and others have no idea, and when they have no idea, the world closes in.

So what has led to such a large uptick in not just regional but worldwide emotional abuse towards children? Change. The differences between the world of the 2000s and the world of these children’s parents are so great it is truly hard to pinpoint one cause, though a few causes shall be listed here:

  • The Internet has revolutionized the way the world interacts. People now have “internet friends,” people they just know through the internet. Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter all have resulted in a world so interconnected that Parents sometimes cannot understand, refuse to understand, or cut off their child’s use of these sites, refusing to hear refutations and new information that may be useful in their decision.
  • The world is more politically split than ever before, with a sharp rise in violence all over the world over political disagreements. Children who are gay, trans, bi, or are of a different political belief than their parents are common victims of emotional if not physical abuse.
  • The world is changing religiously. Children growing up in homes under Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, and Judaism are increasingly atheist or agnostic. Their reasons are not always clear, not always enough for their parents and their parents’ insistence on their religious beliefs may lead to confusion, anxiety, and fear of being wrong. It can lead to the children growing up to refuse the help of the medical industry as they attempt to follow their parent’s maxims.
  • The world is strongly shifting towards individual freedom and no one yearns for this freedom than the child. Whether they are able to handle such freedoms at young ages is up for debate but the drive is none the less there. How are parents supposed to react to such desires? The common reaction is to regulate them and give them boundaries, but increasingly so the reaction is to clamp down and control. At the macro level the UK has left the EU and at the micro level, the child leaves the home.
  • The world has seen a dramatic increase in nihilism in many forms. Humanity has experienced nihilism since ancient times, but nihilism is becoming increasingly prevalent as humanity becomes more technologically advanced. We don’t have to work nearly as hard for the things we desire. Survival is definitely not too large of a problem – we can get food, water, and all of our basic needs with relative ease. It seems with ease of survival, our mission and our purpose seem more obscured. How then is a parent supposed to respond to this increase in loss of direction than to try and guide the child, point them? This is all well and good but when that guiding and point turns into orders and control it has evolved from mentorship and parenting into emotional abuse.
  • Life isn’t as satisfying. As technology lowers the amount of effort required to obtain our wants/needs, those wants/needs become less pleasurable. However, perhaps “the net amount of pleasure in life” works differently from how we perceive it to. The millennial and post-millennial generations are universally acclaimed as “different;” as changing societal norms. Leading to a widespread fear among older generations that these recent peoples are lawless, as in need of control, as in need of direction and while in moderation this has been true for all childhoods it has increasingly turned to total control and emotional abuse.

There is, again, no specific cause, there is just too much different and children feel the effects. From a 200% increase in cases in the UK since 2010 to the 0.9% of the American Population under 18 receiving emotional abuse, there is a clear symptom. There is no obvious solution: suggestions of compromise, suggestions of intervention, therapy, and court intervention are all possible solutions but they are all so rarely listened to or used.

While organizations like Prevent Child Abuse America and National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children are doing the best they can they are not always able to as much as they would care to do. Emotional abuse of children seems difficult to solve and it certainly won’t be easy. No one knows where it will start and how it will end but we all know we must do our best to prevent it and try to learn from the mistakes of our parents.

This large uptick in emotional abuse is naught but a symptom of change, the result of vastly different worlds. It is hard to spot, hard to stop, and it destroys lives. People in these relationships feel stuck, feel trapped. They often end up suffering from chronic anxiety, depression, and are heavily correlated to a rise in suicide numbers. The world is changing and how we react to that change reflects on our values. Let those values be valued by our children, let them cherish not fear us. Stop the abuse.