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Protecting America's national home
Immigration has been ingrained in the American consciousness from our earliest days, as many people left foreign lands to make a new life here. While President Trump did not invent the concept of making America great, his call for protecting that greatness stands in sharp contrast to those who see nothing special in our nation at all. But when you consider that so many have come together to make this place their home, a wall with a door that opens to those we want in not only makes sense, its purpose is clear.

Miss Ocasio-Cortez Goes to Washington
Walking onto the floor of the new Congress must’ve been like visiting the planet of Tatooine where Obi-Wan Kenobi stumbled into a hive of misfits in that Star Wars cantina bar scene.

There's Wisdom In Crowds But Madness In Mobs
The market considered and reconsidered comments from Jay Powell yesterday as it seesawed in a tight range.   Finally, stocks gained momentum into the close.  The session underscores the fact there has been a shift in urgency and a growing belief the train is leaving the station.  On that note, we are a long way from everyone jumping on board, especially a lot of Wall Street firms that panicked in December lowering their outlook for 2019.

How The Free Speech Wars Can Up-End Americans’ Current Political Alliances
We have entered a new era that is redrawing political battle lines. The widespread use of new communication technology has changed how Americans interact with one another and what they interact about. This can be seen most clearly in the fight between social justice progressives and free speech advocates on online platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. This fighting has cracked the traditional left-right political spectrum.

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