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Archive for June, 2007

Ron Paul’s Political Skills

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

Most people dismiss Ron Paul as a political hack on the fringe of the Republican Party, but the Cato Institute’s David Boaz makes an interesting observation: Similarly, Ron Paul is the only current member of Congress to have been elected three times as a non-incumbent. Given the 98 percent reelection rates for House members, it’s […]

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Jim Gilmore’s National Property Rights Initiative

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

As Jason mentioned in his post about the National Taxpayer’s Union poll, former Virginia Governor and Presidential candidate Jim Gilmore used the NTU conference to announce what he calls his National Property Rights Initiative: Property rights will be a major priority in Jim Gilmore’s administration. As President, he will: * Nominate judges who will strictly […]

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NTU straw poll

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Fred Thompson wins the straw poll at the National Taxpayers Conference, but guess who came in second place: Every attendee of our Conference was given a chance to vote for any of the declared Presidential candidates, Republican or Democrat. After counting the votes, we can announce partial results. Fred Thompson was the winner with 25.7% […]

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A Democrat For Ron Paul

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Apropos of this post, Andrew Sullivan links to a Democratic blogger who gives some interesting reasons for supporting Ron Paul: By helping Ron Paul supporters, we help ourselves. We don’t have to agree on every issue to agree on fundamental respect for the Constitution, respect for civil rights, and respect for the integrity of our […]

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Democrats For Ron Paul ?

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Reason Magazine’s Brian Doherty went to a Ron Paul meetup in Pasadena this week and was surprised to meet a few (former ?) Democrats: The meeting, which I stumbled into by accident (I hadn’t signed up for Paul’s meetup group myself and was unaware it was happening), had, even two and a half hours after […]

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Taxation Explained

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

The Cato Institute’s David Boaz enunciates The Mikulski Principle: There are whole books on the correct theory of taxation. I’ve always assumed that Democratic members of Congress operate on the theory most clearly enunciated in 1990 by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D, Md.): Let’s go and get it from those who’ve got it. There are many […]

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Explaining Ron Paul’s Online Appeal

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Ron Paul may be an also-ran in the race for the Republican nomination, but he’s pretty big online and the Washington Post, in a remarkably positive front page article, takes a look at the phenomenon: On Technorati, which offers a real-time glimpse of the blogosphere, the most frequently searched term this week was “YouTube.” Then […]

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Mitt Romney And Liberty: Friends Or Foes ?

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

I’ve been fairly critical in many posts here at The Liberty Papers of both Rudy Giuliani and John McCain. But what of Mitt Romney, the other declared candidate considered to be among the top contenders for the Republican nomination ? Unfortunately, he’s not much better than Rudy or John: “Mitt Romney’s ignorance of the Constitution’s […]

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Supreme Court Rules Against Unions On Political Fees

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that states can force unions not to compel their members to contribute fees that are used for purely political purposes: WASHINGTON — States may force public sector labor unions to get consent from workers before using their fees for political activities, the Supreme Court said Thursday. The court unanimously upheld […]

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Environmentalism: The Biggest Threat To Freedom

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic writes in the Financial Times that he sees environmentalism as the biggest threat to individual liberty: In the past year, Al Gore’s so-called “documentary” film was shown in cinemas worldwide, Britain’s – more or less Tony Blair’s – Stern report was published, the fourth report of the […]

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Ron Paul On The Colbert Report

Thursday, June 14th, 2007
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Rudy Giuliani’s Meaningless And Anti-Liberty “12 Commitments”

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Rudy Giuliani has released what appears to be his campaign platform and he does God himself one better by replacing the Ten Commandments with the Twelve Commitments: 1. I will keep America on offense in the Terrorists’ War on Us. Umm, okay. A terribly bland statement if I’ve ever seen one. Sort of like someone […]

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“Young man, turn off your camera.”

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Absolutely despicable: Brian D. Kelly didn’t think he was doing anything illegal when he used his videocamera to record a Carlisle police officer during a traffic stop. Making movies is one of his hobbies, he said, and the stop was just another interesting event to film. Now he’s worried about going to prison or being […]

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Loving v. Virginia: 40 Years Later

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Forty years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued it’s decision in what may well have been the most ironically named lawsuit in history. The Plaintiffs were Richard and Mildred Loving. A couple who had been married in the District of Columbia in June 1958. And that’s where the trouble started. You see, Richard was […]

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20 Years Ago Today: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Exactly 20 years ago on this day, June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan stood at the Brandenburg Gate of the Berlin Wall in West Berlin where he gave what would become one of his most famous speeches. This was the speech where President Reagan encouraged Mikhail Gorbachev to drop the Iron Curtain and release Eastern […]

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Demography Is Destiny

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

“Demography is Destiny”… It’s been a common quote on the political landscape throughout the post war era; often credited (with no primary sources to back it unfortunately) to French mathematician and social scientist/philosopher (and totalitarian socialist to boot – what a combo) Auguste Comte. Comte, charmingly, also penned “Love as a principle and order as […]

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More Mandatory Minimums Madness: The “Sexual Predator” Edition, Part II

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Back in January, I wrote a post about the injustice that befell seventeen year old Genarlow Wilson who was sentenced to ten years in prison for engaging in oral sex with a fifteen year old girl (just a few months shy of sixteen) at a New Year’s party. Wilson was charged with aggravated child molesting. […]

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Quote For The Day

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade […]

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Why Paris Hilton Is Not A Libertarian Hero

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

In this and other posts, Lew Rockwell and several contributors to his blog have bizzarely tried to turn the Paris Hilton saga into some kind of indictment of the American legal system. Ms. Hilton, they, seem to be arguing, was the victim of an out of control legal system. Sort of like how O.J. Simpson […]

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A Ron Paul Money Surge ?

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

Both Radley Balko and Andrew Sullivan are blogging about this report from Free Market News Network about an apparent up-tick in contributions to Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign: Congressman Ron Paul’s donations have moved up – not by hundreds of thousands – but by millions as a result of his debate performances and groundswell of support […]

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