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  • “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
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  • From MLK’s great essay “Pilgrimage to nonviolence” in 1960. For those interested in the longer quote and greater context, here is the longer version: “I came to feel that liberalism had been all too sentimental concerning human nature and that it leaned toward a false idealism.
I also came to see that liberalism's superficial optimism concerning human nature caused it to overlook the fact that reason is darkened by sin. The more I thought about human nature the more I saw how our tragic inclination for sin causes us to use our minds to rationalize our actions. Liberalism failed to see that reason by itself is little more than an instrument to justify man's defensive ways of thinking. Reason, devoid of the purifying power of faith, can never free itself from distortions and rationalizations.”
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  • “Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong”
-Calvin Coolidge
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  • Last Friday marked the birthday of Sir Winston Churchill. (November 30, 1874 to January 24, 1965) 
In 2008, a survey of 3,000 British teens found that 20% of them thought Churchill was a fictional character...60% thought Sherlock Holmes was a real person....🤦‍♂️
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  • 214 Years Ago Today: Napoleon Crowns Himself Emperor.
Mark Twain said that France had “two chief traits--love of glory and massacre.” A lot of this can be  traced to the French Revolution  The word “terrorist” first emerged in the English language during this time to describe the French Revolution’s atrocities.
On this day in 1804 Napoleon effectively ended the Revolution by his coronation as emperor – supported, it should be noted by the French voters who were no doubt weary of the radicals.  Aping Charlemagne a millennium earlier,  Napoleon  had the Pope present but unlike even Charlemagne he arrogantly took the crown from the pontiff and crowned himself.
The French Revolution differed in many significant ways from the American Revolution. The latter produced three anti-tax rebellions:  Shay's Rebellion in Massachusetts (1786-7), the Whiskey Rebellion (1795), and Freis Rebellion Philadelphia (1798). The first came to nothing and the latter two were ended by amnesties and pardons. The American Revolution also led to the Constitution (1787-8) which resulted in regular elections  ever since. 
By contrast the French Revolution led to the murder of the king and queen, a radical takeover, the changing of the calendar, the suppression of the church, a reign of terror with the guillotine as the enduring symbol (See photo), and  a dictator who despoiled Europe killing millions. 
France stumbled it way to some respectability in the two centuries after this era ended. 
France and the United States have tended to have an off-again-on-again relationship over the past two centuries from the French and Indian War through the modern crises in the Middle East where France was a colonial power. 
Now France faces it’s worst domestic crisis in years. These are the “Yellow Vest’’ protests — caused  by an increase in the gasoline tax, and named for safety vests worn by the demonstrators. They have burned cars, smashed windows and confronted riot police firing tear gas in Paris. 
The government has announced that it is considering imposing a state of emergency. 
Meanwhile Donald J. Trump 72 and Emanuel Macron 40 continue to work on our countries’ relationship.
  • Why argue about policy or facts when merely calling some “racist” or “sexist” wins you the argument?...This is the worst kind of lazy thinking that plagues our Universities. #benshapiro #hoplitereview #factsdontcareaboutyourfeelings #freespeech #pcculture
  • “A state of society where men may not speak their minds cannot long endure.”
-Winston Churchill 
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  • “When facts become secondary to emotion, truth dies. And a society that doesn’t value truth cannot survive”
-Ben Shapiro
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  • "If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today."
-Thomas Sowell
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  • “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.”
-George Orwell 
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