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Joel Griffith

Joel Griffith

Joel Griffith is an attorney and equities trader based in Washington, DC. He graduated from the Chapman University School of Law with a dual emphasis in alternative dispute resolution and tax law. Joel was a charter member and Treasurer of the Investment Law Society at Chapman. He also served on the board of the Chapman chapter of the California Republican Lawyers Association. In 2012, Joel played several roles in the Rick Santorum presidential campaign, including state field director, state operations director and delegate strategist. He is the Senior Foreign Policy Correspondent for Red Alert Politics. Follow Joel on Twitter at @joelgriffith.

Articles From Joel

UCLA’s refusal of donation from Donald Sterling harms African-Americans

A decision by UCLA to refuse $3 million pledged by the Donald T. Sterling Foundation to fund kidney disease research is sparking controversy. The decision to forfeit the funds was made in protest the racist sentiments expressed by Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Supreme Court Justice Stevens declares open season on the Second Amendment

In his recently published book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitutionretired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens argues for a seemingly slight revision to the Second Amendment. Don’t be fooled — the five word edit would undo centuries of  legal tradition underlying the right of private citizens to own firearms, gut the Constitutional guarantee of this right and transform the relationship of the citizenry to the State.

Bipartisanship at its Worst: Politicians in Ohio and New Jersey battle Tesla-style innovation

Ohio legislators have joined New Jersey bureaucrats in attempting to derail Tesla’s innovative distribution strategy. For decades, car dealerships nationwide have acted as middlemen between automobile makers and consumers. As the leading electric car manufacturer, Tesla has chosen to sell directly to consumers through more than 50 planned or currently operating company-owned stores.

Scarlett Johansson continues to stand strong against anti-Israel propagandists

Despite relentless calls from anti-Israeli activists to sever her relationship with Israeli company SodaStream, Scarlett Johansson isn’t budging.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers pushes individual empowerment in State of the Union response

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) delivered the official Republican response to the President’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, pushing individual empowerment instead of increased government control.

Justice Scalia implies the president is “self-interested,” hammers Obama attorney on recess appointments

Let’s hope the Supreme Court delivers a strong message that the President cannot change the clear meaning of the Constitution by disregarding it.

Democrats invited organizations with suspected terrorist ties, Iranian connections to testify before Congress

Three Democratic representatives are finding themselves the target of public outrage over the experts selected by them to brief Congress regarding the effects of drone strikes in Yemen — experts with terrorist ties and Iranian connections.

What New Jersey’s mostly unchanged legislature says about Chris Christie’s presidential prospects

As a result of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s electoral domination, a growing chorus within the media and GOP establishment expresses confidence that he could lead the Republican Party to national victory as its presidential nominee. Once the euphoria fades, however, a review of precedent suggests otherwise.

New study warns teachers no longer taught how to teach

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) alerts in its latest study of teacher preparation programs that “Many in the field…have rejected any notion that its role is to train then next generation of teachers.”

Elizabeth Warren’s student loan proposal does more harm than good for college students

Earlier this week, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced legislation in the Senate that would make the interest rate for federal student loans the same as it is for banks and large corporations. Yet the bill, her first since becoming the Bay State’s senior senator in January, will do more harm than good to the students she claims to cherish, while enriching only a select few at their expense.

Santorum at CPAC: President Obama Seeks to Exchange the ‘Why’ of the American Revolution for the ‘Why’ of the French Revolution

Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) delivered a somber, philosophical address to CPAC attendees Friday morning, covering everything from Hollywood to the French Revolution to President Obama’s “New Deal” as he reflected upon current American culture. His most damning remarks were saved for President Obama as he claimed Obama wished to “exchange the why of the American Revolution for the why of the French revolution.

Senator Kelly Ayotte at CPAC: Administration’s Benghazi explanations ‘False’ and ‘Absolutely Wrong’

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) delivered a withering rebuke of several Obama administration officials’ response to the Benghazi embassy attacks, during a Friday morning speech at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference. Senator Ayotte called UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s reaction “false,” telling the audience, “there is always a temptation to rationalize and discount evil.” 

CPAC panelists disagree on war policy, Arkansas Congressman insists we ‘must afford’ military engagements

A panel of congresspeople and foreign policy experts discussed whether or not the United States engages in too many global conflicts during a panel at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday. Each participant offered differing perspectives on the criteria for involvement and how war should be fought.

McCain delivers harsh critique of Obama foreign policy at AIPAC, says U.S. concessions to Iran “doomed to failure”

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) offered a sobering view of the present situation in the Middle East along with a harsh critique of the Obama administration’s foreign policy strategy at this morning’s Foreign Policy Roundtable at American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) annual policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Israeli ambassador on Iran: “Diplomacy Hasn’t Worked”

Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, addressed thousands of pro-Israel activists at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual policy conference Sunday morning. The remarks focused on the threats posed by Iranian nuclear weapons capabilities and the ambassador warned, “Sanctions have not stopped the Iranian nuclear process. Diplomacy hasn’t worked…We’ve seen years of diplomacy result in zero progress.”

Whole Foods CEO: ‘Capitalism Has a Serious Branding Problem’

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey delivered the opening keynote address for the International Students for Liberty Conference this weekend where he stressed that capitalism has the power to eradicate poverty in the next century. Mackey expressed concern over capitalism’s “branding problem,” and maintained that “self-interest” alone is an insufficient moral foundation for the system. The themes presented by Mackey closely followed the premises of his new book, “Conscious Capitalism.”

Mackey’s analysis reframed the issue of income inequality; proponents of government control often point to wealth disparity as a social evil resulting from capitalism. However, Mackey noted that since capitalism’s development more than 200 years ago, overall global per capita prosperity has increased 10 times.

Krugman: “Death panels” and “sales taxes” is how to solve national debt

Nobel Prize winning “economist” Paul Krugman spoke at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. last week and offered a sinister solution to the economic reality facing our nation. During the question and answer session following the lecture, an audience member asked him about the rising national debt, and “death panels” was his answer.

Earlier in the evening, Krugman had already vocalized his satisfaction at President Obama’s apparent lack of concern over the exploding cumulative deficit. However, in a moment of brutal honesty, the esteemed Princeton professor revealed his long term prognosis


New study: young adults becoming less liberal

new study suggests college students in the United States are shifting to the political center. The gap between college freshmen identifying as liberal vs. conservative narrowed to just seven points over the last four years. In fact, just 34 percent of freshmen identify as liberals. Notably, support for government sponsored universal health care dipped by 7 percent since 2008.

This poll by UCLA is not an isolated indicator. Obama’s share of the vote for the 18-29 demographic shrank by a stunning 10 points in 2012 vs  2008.

Tavis Smiley’s ‘Vision For A New America’ tour should be renamed ‘A Night of Absurdities’

PBS star Tavis Smiley brought his ‘Vision For A New America’ tour to the George Washington University campus in Washington, D.C. last night.

The program featured eight panelists, all but one of whom were committed Leftists. The vision presented by the panelists sounded more like communist Cuba or a socialist Greece rather than our nation “conceived in liberty.” But don’t take my word for it. I compiled a list of the top 17 Leftist lines of the evening.

Professor irrationally calls for Americans to “Give up on the Constitution” in the NYT

In an attempt to end 2012 with a bang, the New York Times published a controversial op-ed today that basically calls for for the abolition of  most of the United States Constitution.

In the opinion piece, Georgetown University Professor Louis Michael Seidman calls for politicians and judges to engage in “constitutional disobedience.”  According to the constitutional law professor – yes, the anti-Constitution academic teaches constitutional law at one of the nation’s most prestigious universities – the Constitution, “with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions,” is the “culprit” behind our broken system of government.

But without a court that ascertains whether or not laws violate these constitutional freedoms, how is the majority stopped from impeding the rights of the minority? Are we to trust judges and legislators to enact laws on these matters as they personally seem fit? What ultimate recourse does the public then have against a legislature intent on eroding these fundamental liberties? Are justices to be a law unto themselves?