Sean Hannity

A decision on whether to accept the validity of a story should be based on available facts, not on the number of individuals who believe the story or even the trust one places in certain individuals or media outlets who do not believe the story.

Additionally, all Americans should be free to discuss ideas openly without fear of consequences.  The manner in which we find truth is through the exchange and evaluation of ideas.

We’re losing this.

Sean Hannity is one of the last media members to discuss the Seth Rich story.  (Fox News has retracted its report, and a thorough review of the known facts can be  found here.)

Because of his stated desire for a truthful solution to the unsolved murder of the DNC staffer, Media Matters has called for a boycott of Hannity’s advertisers.

This is wrong.

I get it.  The insinuations are extremely serious, and a matter like this doesn’t need to be investigated in the media, but calling for a boycott because you don’t like the political position a host is taking on an opinion-based show violates the intellectual freedom that is such an important part of a democratic society.

Look at what happened to Ann Coulter a few weeks ago with UC Berkley. Invited to speak by a conservative group on campus, her speech was cancelled following the threat of violence by students opposed to her political views. 

The idea that it is somehow acceptable to silence a person because you don’t agree with them goes against the very foundations of our country.  

Most of our founding fathers adhered to the views expressed by the French philosopher, Voltaire. Evelyn Hall, as an illustration of Voltaire’s beliefs, wrote the following words in his biography, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death  your right to say it.”

One of the tenets of Fascism is the forcible suppression of opposition.  It’s ironic, is it not, that those advocating for the suppression of speech today mistakenly think they are doing so in the name of democracy?

-John Anchor


Is Donald Trump a Fascist?

How many times have you heard President Trump called a fascist?  Here is one example:  Sean Spicer Apple Store.

Is there any truth to the accusation? Let’s look into that.

According to Merriam-Webster, fascism is “a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.”

Let’s break it down:

“Exalts nation/race above the individual”

“Make America Great Again” is a campaign slogan, but does it rise to the level of oppression of individuals in favor of the state?  No.  That is not a reasonable argument. Patriotism, and even belief in American exceptionalism, is not a fascist movement because they do not involve oppression of individuals.  Just the opposite. America, at its best, promotes freedom and democracy around the world.

Has President Trump ever promoted one race as superior to others?  I know of no evidence for this.  

(Some may point to his travel ban executive orders as evidence he discriminates against one religion, but the facts do not support the allegation: the stated purpose of the travel executive order was national security as the seven chosen countries, previously identified by the Obama Administration as countries of concern, do not have functioning central governments and therefore, travelers cannot be effectively vetted for ties to terror on their end. In that regard, the selection of those countries for the order makes logical sense. In addition, the travel restriction was not permanent, but a 90 day stoppage until additional vetting procedures can be put in place.)


Do you know who has promoted one race as superior to others? The Black Lives Matter movement.  Repeatedly, promoters of Black Lives Matter have denounced those who use the phrase “All Lives Matter” as racist. Just google “All Lives Matter apology” to see how many people have been pressured to apologize for using the phrase “All Lives Matter”.

It’s been explained this way: If you break your arm and have your doctor say, “All bones matter,” you’ll respond by saying your broken bone is the one that matters most right now.


So Black Lives Matter, by virtue of that explanation, is saying that right now, black lives matter most.  How is that not exalting race above the individual?

“Stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader.”

Does President Trump display this characteristic?  Using his healthcare push as an example, President Trump reached out to many more members of Congress in an attempt at persuasion than President Obama ever did. 

Remember President Obama’s 2014 threat: “One of the things that I will be emphasizing in this meeting is the fact that we are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we are providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward.”

Additionally, the Washington Times writes: “The president was never good at reaching across the aisle…He never accustomed himself to operating in a system where he was not the sole player.”

“Severe economic and social regimentation.”

President Trump said during the campaign he wants to cut taxes and eliminate regulations that hinder economic growth. This is the opposite of economic and social regimentation.  A reduction in taxes and regulations is a promotion of free market capitalism.

Do you know who is promoting economic and social regimentation?  Those who say the rich don’t pay their fair share, and they should be taxed more so their wealth can be redistributed to the middle and lower income brackets.

(We’ve discussed this issue here.)

“Forcible suppression of opposition”

Yes, President Trump has picked on the media. He is called them dishonest and labeled certain outlets “Fake News”.  One could argue, though, that this tactic, while perhaps not the most presidential of actions, is a defense against unfair treatment by the press.

Regardless, the “Fake News” label is mild compared to what we’ve seen elsewhere this week.

Exhibit One:  Ann Coulter’s invitation to speak at the University of California at Berkley. Students of the University rioted in an attempt to silence her.  

According to NBC News, “Tensions remained high…in part because of Berkeley’s recent history. Two disagreements over conservative speakers slated to appear on campus in recent weeks have erupted into violence.”

In other words, forcible suppression of opposition.

Exhibit Two: Climate Change

Bret Stephens this week wrote his very first opinion piece in the New York Times.  The subject he chose was climate change, specifically that their is not a scientific consensus. 

(See our thoughts on the issue here and here.)

Readers of the New York Times are cancelling their subscriptions over the publication of Mr. Stephens’ opinion.

So, the question becomes: Who is the real fascist?  Donald Trump or his opposition.

Please understand that in writing this, I am not accusing any one person or group of being fascists. I am merely pointing out that in many cases, those who are calling President Trump a fascist are guilty themselves of the characteristics of fascism.

More facts…less rhetoric.

-John Anchor

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Sean Spicer Apple Store

Travel Executive Order

All Lives Matter

Pen and Phone

Obama and Congress

Ann Coulter and Berkley

Bret Stephens New York Times