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.
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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Reaping a False Narrative Sown by Our Elites: George Floyd, Riots, and Civil Discourse


The looting and violence we see taking place throughout the country has very little to do with George Floyd.

No President Has “Total Power” over States’ Plans to Reopen


According to this article from Business Insider, “the governors of California, Washington, and Oregon said they were working together on a West Coast plan to safely reopen those states, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a multistate coalition to coordinate on ways to reopen the region’s economy as the spread of the virus…
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Easter Brings Pushback on Coronavirus Restrictions


As I mentioned in recent commentary for The American Spectator, the states (not the federal government) are charged under our system of government with dealing with the coronavirus. They possess the “police power” and may make laws for the health, welfare, and safety of the people. Chief Justice John Marshall recognized this exclusivity in…
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Defense Production Act, the Constitution, and the Voluntary Way


President Trump initially seemed uncertain whether he would use the Defense Production Act (“DPA”) in the coronavirus situation. Then the head of FEMA announced on March 24 that the DPA would be used to speed up the production of coronavirus testing kits. Shortly after the FEMA announcement, a FEMA press secretary informed the public:…
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Court-Packing: Democrats Ignore Painful Lessons


Several Democratic presidential candidates say they will consider supporting legislation to increase the size of the Supreme Court.

National Emergencies Act: Flawed from the Beginning


Anyone holding any loyalty to our written Constitution should decry the National Emergencies Act itself.

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