Posts by William J. Watkins, Jr.
William J. Watkins, Jr. is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and author of the Independent books, Crossroads for Liberty, Reclaiming the American Revolution, and Patent Trolls.
The Radicals Are Gunning for John Marshall


Marshall County, Alabama, is located in the north of the state near Huntsville. It was founded in 1836 and named for Chief Justice John Marshall, the fourth chief justice of the United States and an ardent nationalist. In step with the times, it is also the target of regular protests. One facet of the...
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Trump’s Legacy and the Future of the GOP


The days of the Trump administration are winding down. His lawsuits contesting the outcome of the 2020 election have gone nowhere. Despite Trump’s impressive total of 74,223,744 votes, Joe Biden (with the help of the media) beat him. It’s time to take a look at what many call “Trumpism” and think of the future.

Trump Announces Members of 1776 Commission


Last week, President Trump announced his picks to staff the 1776 Commission. Larry P. Arnn, Hillsdale College president, will serve as the chairman of the 18-person commission. Trump created the commission by executive order back in November to combat the narrative spun by the 1619 Project that the United States is rotten to the...
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Supreme Court Grants Injunctive Relief to New York Churches and Synagogues


In a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court granted injunctive relief to Catholic and Jewish houses of worship affected by an executive order issued by New York governor Andrew Cuomo to battle the spread of the COVID-19. The governor’s order imposed restrictions on attendance at religious services in areas classified as “red” or “orange”...
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Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Aiders and Abettors in Election Fraud?


Appalachian Trail hikers often call Pennsylvania “Rocksylvania” because of the rocky terrain along the trail. With all the shenanigans related to the 2020 election, “Fraudsylvania” is perhaps the most appropriate moniker. Things are a mess. According to this article from The Epoch Times: More than 20,000 absentee ballots in Pennsylvania have impossible return dates...
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Amy Coney Barrett Hearings: Grandstanding at Its Worse


Pundits and Democratic strategists considered advising Democratic senators to boycott the confirmation hearings as a means of protesting the nomination of Judge Barrett to the Supreme Court. I never thought for a second a boycott would happen and it did not. Hams at heart, the senators could not turn down an opportunity to grandstand...
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Nancy Pelosi and the 25th Amendment


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to get rid of Donald Trump. She apparently does not have faith in the voters. Instead, she is proposing legislation to create a commission under the 25th Amendment so Congress can remove the Trump from office. She claims that since his coronavirus treatment, Trump is in an altered state...
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Breonna Taylor Riots and More Irresponsible Rhetoric


Two police officers have been shot in Louisville as mobs ransacked local businesses. The mob did not get the murder charge they wanted and now are taking things into their own hands. Unfortunately, even organizations such as the NAACP are continuing to allege that Taylor was murdered by the police. They will not accept...
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Kansas City Fans Were Right to Boo at Chiefs’ Opening Game


The media in its “reporting” of NFL fans’ reaction to wokeness on the football field lets us know what “good people” should think. Just take a look at a few headlines: From NBC News: K.C. Chiefs fans’ booing moment of unity for ‘ongoing fight for equality’ mars NFL home opener The Kansas City Star:...
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Jacob Blake, More Riots, and a Forced Narrative


We have all seen the short video of the conflict between police and Jacob Blake. The shooting has led to riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, wanton destruction of property, and loss of life. The headlines and story from the mainstream media try to shoehorn the incident into the popular narrative of white supremacy and police...
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