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.
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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Leaked George Floyd Video: Shedding Light on the Arrest


After weeks of riots, calls to defund the police, and national acceptance of the systematic racism narrative spun buy radicals, the public can finally see the full story of George Floyd’s encounter with law enforcement. The leaked body-cam footage obtained by the Daily Mail shows a legitimate law enforcement investigation, a non-compliant suspect, and...
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Goya Foods, Free Speech, and Pluralism


Angry that the CEO of Goya Foods praised Donald Trump as “an incredible builder,” the Left has organized a boycott of the company. Goya, of course, brands itself as providing “authentic Latino foods.” According to its website, “Goya Foods is the largest, Hispanic-owned food company in the United States.” CEO Robert Unanue was at...
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The Moderate Left Tries to Thwart a New Reign of Terror of Its Own Making


Moderate voices on the Left, fearful that the current cultural revolution has/will devolve into tyranny where opposing voices are forcibly silenced, have signed an open letter pleading with the radical Left. Signatories include Gloria Steinem (feminist and journalist), Garry Wills (historian), and J.K. Rowling (author of the Harry Potter books). Signed by 150 movers...
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July 4th or July 14th? Today’s Upheaval Isn’t George Washington’s Revolution


America is experiencing a revolution. But it is a far different revolution than the one we celebrate every Fourth of July. In fact, it has much more in common with the French Revolution of 1789 than the Spirit of 1776. The American Revolution is often called a lawyers’ revolution. This is based on the...
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Dishonest Interpretation


Once again the Supreme Court has strayed from declaring what preexisting law is to making law. Impatient with the pace of legislative action on amending Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual-orientation discrimination, the Supreme Court has rewritten the statute via interpretation. In Bostock v. Clayton County (a 6-3...
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