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Tag: Barack Obama
  • Protesting Obama at Wayne State University

    President Obama came to Wayne State University on November 1 for a campaign event, endorsing Democratic Party candidates in Michigan. Advocates of liberty from all over Michigan, including several YAL chapter members and myself, met to protest the President’s illiberal policies and to offer a competing opinion — but we were met with heavy resistance. …

  • YAL Protests at Obama’s Northwestern University Visit

    On Thursday, October 2, Barack Obama visited Northwestern University to speak on the economy. Taking advantage of the situation, the Midwest Campus Invasion team decided to invade the school to find like-minded students and activists. We don’t feel that the President’s policies are a good reflection on what today’s youth want, and we found that …

  • US Foreign Policy: The Definition of Insanity

    On Thursday, President Barack Obama announced airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria, becoming the 4th consecutive president to announce the bombing of Iraq. He made no mention that it was likely the United States’ intervention in 2003 that facilitated ISIS’s rise to power, as Senator Rand Paul noted in a recent interview with …

  • Airstrikes in Iraq: Remember that Thing Called Congress?

    “President Obama has authorized airstrikes in Iraq.” Does anyone else see something wrong with that headline? Not “The United States Government has…” or “With the approval of Congress, the President has…” No. The headlines have always told us that Obama is doing this, that, and the other thing on his own, as if he holds …

  • How Barack Obama spends his leisure time is the least of our worries

    I don’t know if it’s a longstanding American tradition to waste political discussion on topics that really don’t matter, but in the last decade or so, we seem to have really honed this skill: The frequency and cost of President Obama’s golfing trips is a favorite topic. Apparently he doesn’t lift heavy enough weights at the gym. Any time …

  • YAL @ NC State Protests Obama’s Visit

    On January 15, President Barack Obama came to the central campus of NC State to talk about adding more jobs to the Tarheel State’s economy. As soon as word was released, the dedicated members of the NCSU chapter of YAL went to work organizing a protest. The team prepared by creating a plethora of attention …

  • That Time Obama Plagiarized Ron Paul

    It took Obama over 50 minutes to tear the eyes of libertarian kids away from their phones and to his State of the Union Address, but he managed to do it. After nearly an hour of recycled punchlines that were illogical to begin with, Obama made a truly enlightened comparison between Iran and the Soviet …

  • 5 Reasons Obama’s State of the Union Speech Changes Nothing

    It’s that time of year again. Polar vortexes are freezing the nation, banal award shows are all the rage in Tinseltown, and the president gives a speech that may provide a glimpse into America’s future but has no real bearing on what will actually happen in the coming year. Here are five things that President …

  • Obama’s Hollow NSA Promises

    In a speech on Friday, President Obama outlined his plans to reform the National Security Agency’s data collection programs, citing particular sections of the PATRIOT Act that garnered renewed scrutiny after Edward Snowden leaked information about the intelligence agency’s activities.  Many voices on the left and right have criticized the speech for its vacuousness, particularly …

  • Obama can’t point to a single time the NSA call records program prevented a terrorist attack.

    Much like the TSA, which has never caught a single terrorist, it turns out the NSA can’t claim a single concrete instance of foiling a terrorist attack. The Washington Post (not exactly an obscure outlet with a civil liberties agenda) reports: National Security Agency defenders, including President Obama, continue to cite the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001 when defending the program that scoops up domestic call …