One of the most overused terms in American politics is that of “Manchurian Candidate,” a reference to the 1959 novel of the same name written by Richard Condon and twice made into a film. The basic premise is that of a foreign government secretly controlling a candidate and the presidential election process in order to insert their own agent into the role.
The French writer, theorist, and social commentator Alexis de Tocqueville said of America after visiting in the 19th Century “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.” Well, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a member of our bicameral Congress, harkened the end of the days Monday with his promise of student loan forgiveness and free university education.
This past weekend in Dallas, Texas, Turning Point USA hosted its Fifth Annual Young Women’s Leadership Summit. Starting back in 2015 in a small Chicago suburb, the event has grown from its initial attendance of 83 young women to this year’s total of 1,400. It is the largest gathering of its type anywhere in the country.