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Archive for February, 2012

Ron Paul at His Very Best Confronting Ben Bernake

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

If Rep. Ron Paul has accomplished anything in his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns it would be the way he has educated the American public about monetary policy and the Federal Reserve. I’ve listened to on line lectures from the Cato Institute and read about monetary policy but more often than not its either over [...]

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Rule of Thumb: If it Makes Santorum Sick, it’s Probably Good for Liberty

Monday, February 27th, 2012

One of the more distressing things for me concerning this 2012 campaign is the religious test being imposed on some of the candidates by the voters and encouraged by other candidates. There are at least some voters who will not support Mitt Romney under any circumstances because he is a Mormon. Once upon a time, [...]

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Penn Jillette, Seth McFarlane, And The “Stupid or Evil” Political Fallacy

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Recently Chris has pointed out (here & here) the stupid/evil fallacy the left often uses* to paint the right. In short, the fallacy goes like this: 1) Republican policies are bad and designed purely to reward the current power structure. 2) If you are a Republican, you then must fall into one of two categories: [...]

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Should We Force Women To Bear Disabled Children?

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Rick Santorum believes that the Obama administration is in favor of some Gattaca-like dystopia, I suppose: “One of the things that you don’t know about ObamaCare in one of the mandates is they require free prenatal testing,” Santorum began telling about 400 people here. “Why? Because free prenatal testing ends up in more abortions and, [...]

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Katy Bar the Door: Social Conservatives Want in Your Bedroom Too

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Last week, I wrote a post about how the Left wants in the bedrooms of the people by mandating health insurance coverage for contraceptives. On the other extreme, we have Rick “every sperm is sacred” Santorum talking about the “dangers of contraceptives” and how non-procreative sex is somehow bad for society (as if concerns about [...]

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Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Final Installment of “The Plain Truth”

Friday, February 17th, 2012

As most of you are aware, Judge Andrew Napolitano’s final episode of “Freedom Watch” on Fox Business Channel aired earlier this week. The segment I will miss the most is the judge’s closing monologue he called “The Plain Truth.” Here is the final installment:

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Either You Want Government Out of Your Bedroom or You Don’t

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

One way we libertarians often describe ourselves are individuals who don’t want the government in our bedroom or our boardrooms. Those on the Left typically agree with the former while disagreeing with the latter while those on the Right typically believe the reverse. Yet when it comes to the federal government mandating that all health [...]

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Could a Santorum Nomination Bring About a Libertarian Renaissance in the GOP?

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

A Daily Caller headline caught my eye yesterday from the Cato Institute’s John Samples: Is there a libertarian case for Rick Santorum? If Samples aim was to write an outlandish headline to bring attention to his article, it certainly did the trick*. In the article, Samples does not make the case that Rick Santorum is [...]

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Observations from the Colorado Republican Caucus

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Just one day before the deadline late last year, I changed my party registration from Libertarian to Republican so I could participate in the caucus that took place yesterday evening (Colorado’s caucuses are closed to independent and third party voters). Being new to the caucus process, I didn’t know what to expect. Now that I’m [...]

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Impossible Ideology, False Dichotomy, and Unacceptable Conclusions

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

This post is a clarification of an ongoing theme I’ve addressed before… and which has been addressed many times before by myself, by other bloggers, and by scholars like Victor Davis Hanson, and Thomas Sowell. I’m talking about the “Stupid or Evil” false dichotomy. Those of us with a libertarian, or economic conservative bent (social [...]

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