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The End of the Libertarian Dream?
Post Date: 2018-07-06 21:22:42 by Gatlin
Justin Amash cant seem to concentrate. His eyes keep drifting toward the TV behind me, mounted on the wall inside his congressional office. The 36-year-old representative from Michigan, who arrived in Washington six years ago as a self-described libertarian Republican, is rattling off a list of concerns about the newly inaugurated president, but he is distracted by C-SPANs programming: Mick Mulvaney, his close friend and colleague from South Carolinaand a similarly libertarian-minded Republicanis getting grilled during his confirmation hearing to become director of the Office of Management and Budget. Arizona Senator John McCain had just finished his inquisition and ...
Libertarian Movement Is Dying
Post Date: 2018-07-06 07:28:01 by Gatlin
It may not feel this way but the libertarian fad is on its way out. Sure it dominates the English speaking Internet at the moment. Sure the absolute number of adherents is rapidly increasing by the day. However, as this oligarch funded movement is about to reach its moment of triumph, the engines will stall and it'll nosedive very rapidly (at least in its current form). This is primarily due to realization of early members that they are fighting for a hideous neo-feudal future that they will most likely not benefit from. To visualize the state of the movement, picture a fire that begins in the middle of the forest. As it spreads and rages in all directions, the original center is no ...
The Libertarian Political Movement Is Dead
Post Date: 2018-07-06 01:29:55 by Gatlin
When a poor person steals from the rich, Mick Mulvaney calls it a crime. When the rich steal from the poor, he calls it capitalism. On Wednesday, the White House budget director appeared before the House Financial Services Committee to deliver the semiannual report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, of which he is also the acting head, and to dispel rumors that he might run to replace Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as speaker of the House. Mick Mulvaney is a busy man. Or maybe not. A day before the hearing, The Associated Press reported that the CFPB has not taken a single enforcement action against any financial institution during the six months Mulvaney has been at the helm. Under ...
The Passing of the Libertarian Moment [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2018-07-05 21:45:54 by Gatlin
The end of the Cold War and the rise of Donald Trump have left classical liberals without a political home. Senator Rand Paul is a man out of time. It was only a few years ago that the editors of Reason magazine held him up as the personification of what they imagined to be a libertarian moment, a term that enjoyed some momentary cachet in the pages of The New York Times, The Atlantic, Politico (where I offered a skeptical assessment), and elsewhere. But rather than embodying the future of the Republican Party, Paul embodies its past, the postwar conservative era when Ronald Reagan could proclaim that the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism, ...
Is The GOP Going To Throw Jim Jordan Under The Bus Or Will They Defend Him?
Post Date: 2018-07-05 02:46:25 by Gatlin
Yesterday, Ohio Representative and co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, Jim Jordan, was hit with allegations that he knew about and ignored allegations of sexual assaults perpetrated on members the Ohio State University wrestling team. From 1986 until 1994, while he was going to graduate and law school, Jordan was an assistant coach of the Ohio State wrestling team. In April, Ohio State announced it was investigating a now-deceased team doctor, Richard Strauss, for sexual misconduct with athletes: Ohio State University is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct involving a former wrestling team doctor, now deceased, who was with the university for two decades, the school ...
At Their Convention, Libertarians Struggle To Distinguish Themselves From Trump
Post Date: 2018-07-04 21:01:31 by Gatlin
If you already have an outsider president who is cutting taxes, deregulating, considering Pentagon base closings, and more, it is unclear how Libertarians can run against him. Although you can see the SuperDome just next door from the glass elevators in the Hyatt Regency, the convention hotel hosting the Libertarian Partys national convention this Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans, NBCs Brian Williams is not here covering any notables who might float by. No other major media are here either, although the delegates convention bags all have the C-SPAN logo emblazoned on one side. C-SPAN covered their infamous 2016 convention in Orlando, where the ...
Ron Paul Tweets Racist Cartoon, Blames Staffer In Latest Deflection Of Bigoted Remarks Attributed To Libertarian Hero
Post Date: 2018-07-04 11:35:00 by Gatlin
STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) Former Texas congressman and perennial libertarian darling Ron Paul has apologized for a racist photo sent out from his official Twitter account. Earlier today a staff member inadvertently posted an offensive cartoon on my social media. I do not make my own social media posts and when I discovered the mistake it was immediately deleted, Ron Paul tweeted after the original photo was deleted. Earlier today a staff member inadvertently posted an offensive cartoon on my social media. I do not make my own social media posts and when I discovered the mistake it was immediately deleted. -Ron Paul However, this being Twitter, the cartoon showing racist ...
Man allegedly threatens to chop up Rand Paul and his family with an ax
Post Date: 2018-07-02 15:30:59 by Hondo68
Developer Jim Skaggs 'couldn't believe' when he heard that a neighbor allegedly assaulted U.S. Senator Rand Paul outside his home in Bowling Green. Matt Stone/Louisville Courier Journal A man is accused of threatening to chop up U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and his family with an ax.The man has been arrested. He allegedly called in the threats to Paul's Bowling Green office. Paul mentioned the attack publicly at an event in Litchfield, Kentucky, on Monday. "Capitol Police have issued an arrest warrant for a man who threatened to kill me and chop up my family with an axe," Paul said. "It's just horrendous that we have to deal with things like this."Capitol ...
Maxine Waters' Defiance Against Rebuke
Post Date: 2018-07-02 08:34:59 by Gatlin
California member of the United States House of Representatives Maxine Waters told supporters at an outdoor rally to "push back" against Trump, members of his administration, and his supporters. She said, "tell them they're not welcome." Republicans criticized Congresswoman Waters for what they believed to be an incitement of violence, and Democrat Party leaders have also provided criticism regarding her remarks. Waters responded by stating she was "surprised" by the criticism from her own in the Democrat Party, adding she was not going to be "intimidated by the likes of Donald Trump." President Trump responded with a tweet, stating that Waters ...
The Democratic Party Is Killing Itself
Post Date: 2018-07-02 08:28:24 by Gatlin
What does Americas political climate bode for us in the next 25-50 years? What if I told you the Democratic Party will fracture into multiple parties and the Republican Party will grow stronger? And what if I said changing demographics and the normalization of identity politics would be the reason? The Democratic Party has redoubled its embrace of identity politics. Whether it be Mexican-American, African-American, Chinese-American, Muslim-American or any of the two-dozen hyphenated American groups out there, these ethno-religious- cultural groups have by and large used the Democratic Party to further their group interests. Why wouldnt they? Human beings are tribal creatures ...
Never Trumpers Suffer Yet Another Utter Humiliation
Post Date: 2018-07-02 08:11:01 by Gatlin
Last week was especially glorious not just because we rejected the latest GOPe amnesty scheme, not just because we defunded the lefts union cash extortion machine with the Janus decision, and not just because Justice Kennedy is leaving to be the swing vote on his retirement community HOA. It was especially glorious because these enormous victories these latest enormous victories were the direct result of normal Americans giving the gimps, grifters, and geebos of Never Trump the George Costanza treatment by doing precisely the opposite of our alleged betters political instincts. Everything they told us was wrong. If we had done what they demanded, we would not ...
Michael Goodwin: The left needs to face reality -- Trump is winning
Post Date: 2018-07-02 07:58:53 by Gatlin
To understand the madness gripping American leftists, try to see the world through their eyes. Presto, youre now part of the raging resistance. Like the Palestinians who mark Israels birth as their nakba, or tragedy, you regard Donald Trumps 2016 victory as a catastrophe. Its the last thing you think of most nights, and the first thing most mornings. You cant shake it or escape it. Whatever you watch, listen to or read, there are reminders Donald Trump really is president. You actually believe The New York Times is too nice to him, so you understand why a Manhattan woman urged a reporter there to stop covering Trump to protest his presidency. And ...
Top Democratic senator bucks calls to abolish ICE: 'We are always going to need immigration enforcement'
Post Date: 2018-07-01 22:06:30 by Gatlin
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Sunday bucked calls by fellow high-profile Democrats to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, putting a damper on the far-left proposal that has gained mainstream traction in recent days. "We are always going to need immigration enforcement," Klobuchar said on ABC's "This Week." "I think we know that," she added. "We are a major country with major borders, so to me, the issue is what are those policies." New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, and Mayor Bill de Blasio both advocated abolishing ICE this week. Another possible presidential candidate, ...
Are baby boomers more useless than immigrants?
Post Date: 2018-06-30 14:02:15 by continental op
Immigrants use up resources, tax dollars, and use government handouts So do baby boomers, Should they be rounded up and executed and their resources be given to young American families?
McConnell Trolls Obama [with tan suit] After Kennedy Announcement
Post Date: 2018-06-30 12:38:50 by Tooconservative
On Thursday, the day after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his impending retirement, paving the way for another genuine conservative to join the Court, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who made sure the late Justice Antonin Scalias seat got filled by a conservative, seemingly had a little fun of his own, trolling former President Obama by wearing a suit exactly like his. Obama had caused mild controversy when he appeared in the briefing room in 2014 wearing a tan suit. McConnell had famously warned then-Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid back in 2013 not to destroy the filibuster and make a simple majority in the Senate enough to confirm a judicial nominee: ...
Survey Finds Among White Millenial Men, 23% Move From Dems To GOP In Last Two Years
Post Date: 2018-06-30 11:44:59 by Tooconservative
The Democrats have been relishing their popularity with millenials for a variety of reasons: 55% of millennials voted for Hillary Clinton, while roughly 33% voted for Donald Trump; an AP-Norc/MTV Youth Political Pulse poll found only 33% of young Americans approve of President Trumps actions in handling his job as president, while the majority believe he is mentally unfit (60%), generally dishonest (62%) or a racist (63%); and a Pew Research Center study found millennials gave a 64% job approval rating to President Obama in 2009-2010 but only 27% approval of Trump in 2017-2018. So why should Democrats worry? Here's why. The Guardian reports ...
Trump hints about Supreme Court nominee: 'Going to be there for 40 years, 45 years'
Post Date: 2018-06-28 10:03:50 by Tooconservative
President Trump outlined a hypothetical replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement from the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Trump first thanked Kennedy Wednesday who served on the Supreme Court for 30 years for trusting him enough to retire on his watch: "He felt confident in me to make the right choice and carry on his great legacy." The president told the crowd at his rally in Fargo, N.D., that he wants to pick a justice "that is going to be there for 40 years, 45 years." "We need intellect, we need so many things," he continued. "There is so many elements that goes into the making of a great justice of the Supreme ...
Evangelical Nevada Voters Back Trump-Praising Brothel Owner; 'I Want to Hurl,' CWA President Penny Nance Says
Post Date: 2018-06-22 19:09:53 by Deckard
A number of evangelical Christians in Nevada recently turned their backs on a longtime Republican lawmaker described as a family man and helped hand victory to popular brothel owner Dennis Hof in a Republican primary for the state Legislature.They say he will offer more "honest politics" after the general election in November where he is favored to win. Evangelical leaders have condemned their support for a pimp. "The religious people voted for me because they're tired [of] being lied to by politicians who say they are Christian folks. And they set aside the fact that I have brothels because they are legal businesses in Nevada. It's [been] part of ...
HIT & RUN BLOG Trump Announces Plans for a 'Space Force.' Seriously
Post Date: 2018-06-19 05:41:04 by Deckard
President Donald Trump says he supports the idea of creating a Space Force as a co-equal branch of the military in order to project U.S. dominance beyond the reaches of Earth's gravity. "When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space," Trump said at a Monday meeting of his National Space Council. "I'm hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces." The idea of a Space Force admittedly sounds pretty badass. However, it is also likely unnecessary, unwise, ...
How Trump's Republican Party Went Soft on Communism
Post Date: 2018-06-18 09:36:31 by Deckard
Its the most astonishing reversal in modern American political history.If you had told Ronald Reagan in 1988 that in 30 years, the president of the United States would be chummy with communist dictators in China and North Korea, eager to please a brutal Kremlin autocrat, and indifferent to the needs of our military allies, he might have said: That's what you get for electing a Democrat. Today's Republicans make up a party he wouldn't recognize. For decades, the Russians and Chinese dispatched spies and enlisted American sympathizers to try to harm the United States and tilt its policies in their favor. Under Donald Trump, they don't have to. They have a friend in the ...
Trump Says Comey 'Totally Protected Hillary' but Was Fired for Actions That Hurt Her
Post Date: 2018-06-17 11:13:05 by Deckard
The president reverts to his original, highly implausible excuse for dismissing the FBI director.Donald Trump says his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey is vindicated by the report that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released yesterday. "The IG Report is a total disaster for Comey, his minions and sadly, the FBI," the president tweeted this morning. "Comey will now officially go down as the worst leader, by far, in the history of the FBI. I did a great service to the people in firing him." Since Horowitz's report criticizes Comey, Trump's claim is superficially plausible. But Horowitz's conclusions about the FBI's ...
Trump Only Notices Mass Surveillance When He is the Victim
Post Date: 2018-06-15 14:47:45 by Deckard
From Donald Trumps perspective, the intelligence operation directed against his presidential campaign is one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history. The Donald doesnt like to read. He prefers his information in small digestible chunks, delivered verbally by aides, who are increasingly neocon in orientation. Fox News is his primary source of political information. Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign. Large dollars were paid to the Spy, far beyond normal. Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history. SPYGATE a terrible thing! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2018 ...
Obama’s Dirty Political Tricks. It’s an America Tradition
Post Date: 2018-06-15 14:46:57 by Deckard
Its amusing in a cynical sort of way that everybodywell, at least Trump supporters and his loyal MAGA crowdare outraged by Obamas spies in the Trump campaign and revelations of the administrations dirty tricks, including a sting of Trump aides by the Department of Justice and the FBI. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said new information begs the questions: Who were the informants working for, who were they reporting to and why has the [Department of Justice] and FBI gone to such great lengths to hide these contacts? Imagine, a foreign governmentthe United Kingdomcolluding with the Obama administration and the Clinton campaign to ...
Bill Clinton: Norms have really changed in terms of what you can do to somebody against their will
Post Date: 2018-06-11 20:30:47 by Tooconservative
You think Im exaggerating what he actually said in the headline but Im not. Direct quote, bro. The inspiration for this sentiment is Al Franken, one of the most minor celebrity offenders of the #MeToo era. What Clinton has in mind when he mentions doing things to women against their will is, presumably, what Franken was accused of a butt-squeeze here, a too-friendly friendly kiss there, the sort of Mad Men behavior that might have been seen as a bit fresh in the workplace in years past but certainly not something thatd cost you a job or a U.S. Senate seat. Norms have changed, its true. And if its alarming to hear it described in ...
Dennis Rodman will be in Singapore for Trump-Kim summit (Ambassador of Goodwill)
Post Date: 2018-06-07 16:01:13 by Hondo68
Kim Jon-Un, Dennis RodmanEPA NBA star turned Kim Jong Un soulmate Dennis Rodman will be in Singapore during President Trumps summit with the North Korean dictator next week, The Post has learned. The Worm will arrive in the country a day before the June 12 sitdown and sources said he could even play some sort of role in the negotiations. No matter what you might think about his presence. One things for sure the ratings will be huge, a source said. A lot of times in situations that involve complex diplomacy countries like to identify ambassadors of goodwill and whether you agree with it or not Dennis Rodman fits the bill. The zany, ...
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