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Today, TheBlaze is excited to announce a new feature for TheBlaze TV annual subscribers: 1791 email.  Click here to get started.

What is 1791?

When we decided to launch our new email service for TheBlaze TV annual subscribers using the name of a completely different division of the company that sold clothes and didn’t appear to have anything to do with news or television, many on my staff were left scratching their heads. What does a clothing company have to do with a private e-mail provider and an online subscription network? The answer, like so much of what we do as a broader company, lies with the story of America.

I’ve built Mercury Radio Arts, TheBlaze, American Dream Labs, and 1791 around one very simple truth: we are American storytellers. We are telling the story of this country that no one else will. Some days, that means TheBlaze is exposing some of the darkest areas of corruption I’ve seen in recent memory. But more often than not, we are telling stories of good, of inspiration, and the struggle for man’s freedom.  We seek to preserve the principles and values – like hard work, fair play, respect, and charity - etched into the soul of our country by the Founders and the essence of which is found in the Constitution.

In the year 1791, The Bill of Rights was ratified by the states making up the infant United States of America. With those first ten amendments, Americans were guaranteed individual freedoms and a limited federal government. We were going to be something different than the monarchies and empires that had come before us. America, from it’s very beginning, was going to blaze a new path – one that centuries later would bring us to the stars.

Somewhere in the last one hundred years or so, we started to lose our way. We gave up some of those individual powers in exchange for comfort and security. Our once limited federal government has grown wildly out of control. The government can now listen in on your phone calls, read your emails, and record your movements on public streets. Millions of Americans vote to expand those powers even more, and if we don’t take a minute to look at where we are headed we will never be able to return to where we came from.

Through 1791, we seek to preserve and demonstrate what it means to live an authentic life with value.

One of the first products launched under the 1791 name was 1791 Denim. We saw that an iconic piece of American history, the blue jean, was no longer being Made in America. It no longer represented hard work, ingenuity, and rugged individualism. Instead, blue jeans had become the “uniform of progress” with advertisements glorifying the kind of revolutionary violence that has disrupted the Middle East and Europe.

In response, members of my team set out to create an alternative; a jean that celebrated the American values that other clothing manufactures had chosen to leave behind in the pursuit of profit. Values like hard work and authenticity. And I insisted they were made in America with the best material, from the selvedge denim to the copper rivets. 1791 Jeans are built to last, to be worn whether you were just working around the house or out getting dirty on the farm.

1791 was never just about jeans; it’s always been about celebrating those core values that make America great. It’s about remembering the way we used to be, returning to a time when Americans built railroads, cars, and rockets. When we looked up at the stars and dreamed of adventures. We turned imagination into reality. We dreamed.

When you put on a pair of 1791 Jeans, we hope you tap into that great American dream that lies within each of us. That you proudly say “I am an American”, and through your words and your actions you inspire others to dream again.

1791 now offers another way to share the spirit of America with 1791 email.

Much like clothing manufacturers have shrugged off the dream of “Made in America”, giant software companies are abandoning the principles of individual privacy and personal liberty. They’ve invaded your Inbox, scanned your personal emails, and targeted advertisements based on the content. They’ve allowed backdoors and warrantless searches. Does it feel like your privacy is being respected?

We’ve decided that Americans deserve a choice, and with 1791 email you can have a private email account that will never be scanned by us. We will never sell your email address or use the contents of your emails to sell something to you. And if the government feels like you are a threat, then the government will need to follow The Constitution and serve us with a warrant. We believe in a little thing called “the rule of law”.

It says a lot about where America is today that something like “privacy” has become a foreign concept to businesses that handle your personal information.

With a @1791.com address, you are also making a statement. You are showing every person that you communicate with that you believe in individual freedom and that you are part of an ever-growing community that wants to work hard and dream big. YOU are living the story of America.

We pledge never to follow the rest of the herd. Like America in it’s earliest days, 1791 is blazing a new path, one that we hope inspires others to wake up and remember what made this country great.

We live and breathe the values and principles set forth by the Founders in 1791. It’s not a catchy name, a fad, or a meaningless brand. It’s enough not to say you believe in something. You have to embody those things you say you believe in. You have to live it.

1791 has meaning. It’s timeless. It’s exceptional.

It’s a way of life.

Laus Deo,

 

The number of people serving life sentences now exceeds the entire prison population in 1970, according to newly-released data from the Sentencing Project. The continued growth of life sentences is largely the result of "tough on crime" policies pushed by legislators in the 1990s, including presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Biden has since apologized for backing those types of policies, but it seems he has yet to learn his lesson. Indeed, Biden is backing yet another criminal justice policy with disastrous consequences—mandatory drug treatment for all drug offenders.

Proponents of this policy argue that forced drug treatment will reduce drug usage and recidivism and save lives. But the evidence simply isn't on their side. Mandatory treatment isn't just patently unethical, it's also ineffective—and dangerous.

Many well-meaning people view mandatory treatment as a positive alternative to incarceration. But there's a reason that mandatory treatment is also known as "compulsory confinement." As author Maya Schenwar asks in The Guardian, "If shepherding live human bodies off to prison to isolate and manipulate them without their permission isn't ethical, why is shipping those bodies off to compulsory rehab an acceptable alternative?" Compulsory treatment isn't an alternative to incarceration. It is incarceration.

Compulsory treatment is also arguably a breach of international human rights agreements and ethical standards. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have made it clear that the standards of ethical treatment also apply to the treatment of drug dependence—standards that include the right to autonomy and self-determination. Indeed, according to UNODC, "people who use or are dependent on drugs do not automatically lack the capacity to consent to treatment...consent of the patient should be obtained before any treatment intervention." Forced treatment violates a person's right to be free from non-consensual medical treatment.

It's a useless endeavor, anyway, because studies have shown that it doesn't improve outcomes in reducing drug use and criminal recidivism. A review of nine studies, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, failed to find sufficient evidence that compulsory drug treatment approaches are effective. The results didn't suggest improved outcomes in reducing drug use among drug-dependent individuals enrolled in compulsory treatment. However, some studies did suggest potential harm.

According to one study, 33% of compulsorily-treated participants were reincarcerated, compared to a mere 5% of the non-treatment sample population. Moreover, rates of post-release illicit drug use were higher among those who received compulsory treatment. Even worse, a 2016 report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found that people who received involuntary treatment were more than twice as likely to die of an opioid-related overdose than those with a history of only voluntary treatment.

These findings echo studies published in medical journals like Addiction and BMJ. A study in Addiction found that involuntary drug treatment was a risk factor for a non-fatal drug overdose. Similarly, a study in BMJ found that patients who successfully completed inpatient detoxification were more likely than other patients to die within a year. The high rate of overdose deaths by people previously involuntarily treated is likely because most people who are taken involuntarily aren't ready to stop using drugs, authors of the Addiction study reported. That makes sense. People who aren't ready to get clean will likely use again when they are released. For them, the only post-treatment difference will be lower tolerance, thanks to forced detoxification and abstinence. Indeed, a loss of tolerance, combined with the lack of a desire to stop using drugs, likely puts compulsorily-treated patients at a higher risk of overdose.

The UNODC agrees. In their words, compulsory treatment is "expensive, not cost-effective, and neither benefits the individual nor the community." So, then, why would we even try?

Biden is right to look for ways to combat addiction and drug crime outside of the criminal justice system. But forced drug treatment for all drug offenders is a flawed, unethical policy, with deadly consequences. If the goal is to help people and reduce harm, then there are plenty of ways to get there. Mandatory treatment isn't one of them.

Lindsay Marie is a policy analyst for the Lone Star Policy Institute, an independent think tank that promotes freedom and prosperity for all Texans. You can follow her on Twitter @LindsayMarieLP.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani joined Glenn Beck on Tuesday's radio program discuss the Senate's ongoing investigation into former vice president Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and reveal new bombshell documents he's currently releasing.

Giuliani told Glenn he has evidence of "very, very serious crime at the highest levels of government," that the "corrupt media" is doing everything in their power to discredit.

He also dropped some major, previously unreported news: not only was Hunter Biden under investigation in 2016, when then-Vice President Biden "forced" the firing of Ukraine's prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, but so was the vice president himself.

"Shokin can prove he was investigating Biden and his son. And I now have the prosecutorial documents that show, all during that period of time, not only was Hunter Biden under investigation -- Joe Biden was under investigation," Giuliani explained. "It wasn't just Hunter."

Watch this clip to get a rundown of everything Giuliani has uncovered so far.

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For most Americans, the 1980s was marked by big hair, epic lightsaber battles, and school-skipping Ferris Bueller dancing his way into the hearts of millions.

But for Bernie Sanders — who, by the way, was at that time the oldest-looking 40-year-old in human history — the 1980s was a period of important personal milestones.

Prior to his successful 1980 campaign to become mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Sanders was mostly known around the Green Mountain State as a crazy, wildly idealistic socialist. (Think Karl Marx meets Don Quixote.) But everything started to change for Sanders when he became famous—or, in the eyes of many, notorious—for being "America's socialist mayor."

As mayor, Sanders' radical ideas were finally given the attention he had always craved but couldn't manage to capture. This makes this period of his career particularly interesting to study. Unlike today, the Bernie Sanders of the 1980s wasn't concerned with winning over an entire nation — just the wave of far-left New York City exiles that flooded Vermont in the 1960s and 1970s — and he was much more willing to openly align himself with local and national socialist and communist parties.


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Over the past few weeks, I have been reading news reports of Sanders recorded in the 1980s — because, you know, that's how guys like me spend their Saturday nights — and what I've found is pretty remarkable.

For starters, Sanders had (during the height of the Soviet Union) a very cozy relationship with people who openly advocated for Marxism and communism. He was an elector for the Socialist Workers Party and promoted the party's presidential candidates in 1980 and 1984.

To say the Socialist Workers Party was radical would be a tremendous understatement. It was widely known SWP was a communist organization mostly dedicated to the teachings of Marx and Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the Russian Revolution.

Among other radical things I've discovered in interviews Sanders conducted with the SWP's newspaper — appropriately named The Militant (seriously, you can't make this stuff up) — is a statement by Sanders published in June 1981 suggesting that some police departments "are dominated by fascists and Nazis," a comment that is just now being rediscovered for the first time in decades.

In 1980, Sanders lauded the Socialist Workers Party's "continued defense of the Cuban revolution." And later in the 1980s, Sanders reportedly endorsed a collection of speeches by the socialist Sandinistas in Nicaragua, even though there had been widespread media reports of the Sandinistas' many human rights violations prior to Sanders' endorsement, including "restrictions on free movement; torture; denial of due process; lack of freedom of thought, conscience and religion; denial of the right of association and of free labor unions."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Comrade Bernie's disturbing Marxist past, which is far more extensive than what can be covered in this short article, shouldn't be treated as a mere historical footnote. It clearly illustrates that Sanders' brand of "democratic socialism" is much more than a $15 minimum wage and calls for single-payer health care. It's full of Marxist philosophy, radical revolutionary thinking, anti-police rhetoric, and even support for authoritarian governments.

Millions of Americans have been tricked into thinking Sanders isn't the radical communist the historical record — and even Sanders' own words — clearly show that he is. But the deeper I have dug into Comrade Bernie's past, the more evident it has become that his thinking is much darker and more dangerous and twisted than many of his followers ever imagined.

Tomorrow night, don't miss Glenn Beck's special exposing the radicals who are running Bernie Sanders' campaign. From top to bottom, his campaign is staffed with hard-left extremists who are eager to burn down the system. The threat to our constitution is very real from Bernie's team, and it's unlike anything we've ever seen before in a U.S. election. Join Glenn on Wednesday, at 9 PM Eastern on BlazeTV's YouTube page, and on BlazeTV.com. And just in case you miss it live, the only way to catch all of Glenn's specials on-demand is by subscribing to Blaze TV.

Justin Haskins (Jhaskins@heartland.org) is editorial director of The Heartland Institute and editor-in-chief of StoppingSocialism.com.

Candace Owens, BLEXIT founder and author of the upcoming book, "Blackout," joined Glenn Beck on Friday's GlennTV for an exclusive interview. available only to BlazeTV subscribers.

Candace dropped a few truth-bombs about the progressive movement and what's happening to the Democratic Party. She said people are practically running away from the left due to their incessant push to dig up dirt on anybody who disagrees with their radical ideology. She explained how -- like China and its "social credit score" -- the left is shaping America into its own nightmarish episode of "Black Mirror."

"This game of making sure that everyone is politically correct is a societal atom bomb. There are no survivors. There's no one that is perfect," Candace said. "The idea that humanity can be perfect is Godless. If you accept that there is something greater than us, then you accept that we a flawed. To be human is to be flawed."

Enjoy this clip from the full episode below:

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