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Author: Jonathan Paine

3 Things No One Is Talking About – #NationalWalkoutDay

This week there was an organized effort by some high school students to protest the 2nd Amendment. A lot of back and forth has happened. On the one hand there’s long been a complaint that apathy is a big problem in the next generation and we want to see them passionate and involved. Yet on the other hand, having individuals who are ill-informed regarding important issues spouting off can be problematic. So where do we find the balance? Here’s 3 things you need to know about #NationalWalkoutDay. Passion Does Not Give You a Right to Lead Seeing young people...

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PASS OR DIE – Why Hard Deadlines Are Killing America

It seems like an eternity ago, but it was just 6 months ago that Trump gave Congress a hard deadline to “do something” about DACA. That deadline was March 5. 4 days ago. And yet somehow the world continues to turn. This episode of yet another “hard deadline” is nothing new. Politicians use this flawed logic all the time. And more often than not, it has extremely negative results. Creating a sense of immediacy is a sales tactic that has been used for ages. And while it may work well for selling blenders on TV (“ORDER NOW and get...

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Kroger is Raising the Age Limit for Gun Purchases – Good for Them

As a conservative, I hold to certain fundamental, eternal principles that uphold freedom. These principles are the foundation of this country and the reason we have had the success we have had. They are as follows – Principle 3 could also be termed limited government. When government is limited to its proper role, freedom is expanded. The problem with freedom is often we disagree with people on how they use their freedom. Kroger recently joined Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart in raising the minimum age to purchase a rifle to 21. This is Principle 3 operating exactly as it...

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What I Learned From a 7 Day Media Fast – 3 Life-Changing Lessons

There was no post from Paineful Truth last week. Sorry about that. I was teaching myself a lesson – the world keeps spinning whether we debate national politics or not. I unplugged from the news cycle for all of last week. I heard about the big things like the shootings from friends. But I didn’t read the newspaper, listen to political talk shows, or watch the news.   It was extremely difficult at first. However, after a couple days I began to wonder where I had found the time to keep such close tabs on the news. I was...

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The State of the Union is Divided

The Constitution, Article 2, Section 3, “He [the President] shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient…” The State of the Union has become a phrase we use to refer to a speech given by the President. However, it’s more than that. What is the state of the Union? In other words – in what particular condition is the United States of America as a country? The SOTU is the President telling Congress how healthy or sick...

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