Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

May 28, 2009

Does Sonia Sotomayor Believe that Some Individuals are More Equal than Others?

Perhaps we could chalk up President Obama’s SCOTUS nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s racially charged statement as a Bidenesque blunder if she had not made rulings as a judge which suggests that she does believe that some individuals are more equal than others. Ricci v. DeStefano is a case-in-point. Sotomayor joined the Second Circuit’s majority which concluded […]

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May 18, 2009

Does Rick Perry think that NCLB preceded the 10th Amendment?

I’m getting pretty sick and tired of hearing about Texas Governor Rick Perry being described as some sort of libertarian Messiah or hero of the 1oth Amendment. If Perry has a libertarian bone in his body, it’s one he obtained through the use of eminent domain.  This paragraph clearly outlines his dedication to small government: […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 3:01 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Doublespeak,Republicans
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May 14, 2009

DHS Pulls Report On “Right-Wing Extremism”

It was just a little over a month ago that our own Stephen Gordon was among the first to break the story about a Department of Homeland of Security report that appeared to label most conservatives and libertarians in the country as “extremists.” Now, the Washington Times reports that DHS has officially pulled the report: […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:01 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Doublespeak,Fascism in America,The Surveillance State,War on Terror
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May 11, 2009

Cap And Tax

Coming from Ezra Klein — Via Dave Weigel and Matt Yglesias comes the depressing news that the vast majority of the public doesn’t know what cap and trade” is. And I don’t mean in the sense that they don’t understand the auctions. They have no idea what problem the policy actually refers to. “Given a […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:14 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Doublespeak,Economics,Environment,Government Regulation,Taxation
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May 8, 2009

Quote of the Day: Empathy vs. The Rule of Law

President Obama says that he wants to nominate a Supreme Court Justice who has “empathy” as opposed to a jurist who makes decisions based on “some abstract legal theory.” Not surprisingly, I’m not the only one troubled by his selection criteria. Thomas Sowell has written an excellent 3 part series “Empathy” Versus Law” (Part 1, […]

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May 1, 2009

No Secession, No Legitimacy!

Many Republicans, having discovered that Bush’s policies are tyrannical, are making noises about wanting out of the fascist state that they were cheering on a few months ago. While we may wonder why it took the trivial matter of having people who have the letter D appended to their names on news reports executing Bush’s […]

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April 30, 2009

A new libertarian line-of-attack when debating medical marijuana issues with Republicans

For years, activists have been trying to pass federal legislation which prevents the feds from arresting patients (or doctors, growing clubs, etc.) when they’ve been prescribed medicinal marijuana by a physician in the states where such prescriptions are allowed by law.  Libertarians have often made valid points about Republican hypocrisy regarding federalism when it comes […]

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April 15, 2009

DHS Responds To Uproar Over Report On “Right Wing Extremism”

In light of the uproar that we’ve seen over the report that Stephen Gordon brought into the public light earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security has issued this press release: Release Date: April 15, 2009 For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary Contact: 202-282-8010 The primary mission of this department is to […]

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April 13, 2009

If you are reading this, you may well be a terrorist

Last night, I uploaded a document I had received by e-mail and wrote the following: According to this new Homeland Security report, all it takes to fit the terrorist profile is to have general anti-government feelings or prefer local/state government to federal control over everything. The federal Homeland Security Department document entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current […]

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April 12, 2009

Astroturfing Republican of the Day Award

Big-government Republican hypocricy knows no limits, it seems.  Here’s the latest tweet from Mike Huckabee: Pls support HPAC today, my 3 reasons for $3: rising taxes, deficits, massive exp. of govt http://tinyurl.com/cwpy6t Plse RT #tcot Let’s see if I understand this correctly: Tax Hike Mike wants us to give money to the Huck PAC because […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 4:25 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Doublespeak,Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Huckabee Watch,Republicans
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April 10, 2009

Andrew Sullivan, astroturfing Republicans and GOP hypocrisy

Andrew Sullivan gets it right, and wrong, at the very same time.  He scribed: The remarkable thing about today’s partisan Republicans is their capacity to forget instantly and entirely anything that went on for the past eight years. And so suddenly we are rushing toward socialism, even though by far the biggest jumps in state […]

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April 9, 2009

Another Republican pot calls kettle black

Speaking of astroturfing Republicans, Alabama Congressman Spencer Bachus told folks in Trussville, Alabama that there “are exactly 17 socialists” in the House of Representatives.  The  National Taxpayers Union just gave Bachus a failing grade of 56% (which they upgraded to a C+ on their liberally-curved grading scale) on spending issues.  Perhaps Bachus should realize that […]

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March 29, 2009

Don’t Read This if You Aren’t Libertarian

Here’s the wording (no direct link available yet, but here’s the latest cut-and-paste source) from one of the April 15th Tea Party notifications. To further insult people with an I.Q. over 80, they threw a new Gingrich video on the page.  They ask: Are you fed up with a Congress and a president who: * […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 10:07 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Doublespeak,Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Republicans,Taxation
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March 23, 2009

I WILL NOT OBEY

As I have said here before, I am a senior technical executive at a large bank. As it happens, a bank that was forced at gunpoint, by the secretary of the treasury and chairman of the federal reserve, to accept TARP funds (as all the top surviving banks in the U.S were). Let me be […]

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March 22, 2009

IRONY ALERT: Government conference on openness and transparency is CLOSED to members of the public and the press

The following government conference on openness and transparency is CLOSED to members of the public and the press.  The information below comes from this URL:  http://www.usdoj.gov/oip/foiapost/2009foiapost6.htm. Upcoming Conference Providing Guidance on President Obama’s and Attorney General Holder’s Memoranda on the Freedom of Information Act On March 26, 2009, the Office of Information Policy (OIP), Department […]

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March 20, 2009

Pre-Law Student Suggests State Of California Divorce Marriage Licensing

Language matters. When you call a gigantic pork sandwich a “stimulus”, it becomes a very difficult thing to oppose. When your version of “campaign finance reform” is a big slap in the face of free speech and only increases the ability for moneyed interests to protect their incumbent investments, it is still seen by the […]

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March 13, 2009

Is the White House “Going Galt” on Us?

In a 2001 article entitled “The Virtue of Greed,” noted economist Walter Williams wrote: “YOU CAN CALL IT GREED, selfishness or enlightened self-interest, but the bottom line is that it’s these human motivations that get wonderful things done. Unfortunately, many people are naive enough to believe that it’s compassion, concern and ‘feeling another’s pain’ that’s […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 1:23 pm || Permalink || Comments (15) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democrats,Doublespeak,Economics,Monetary Issues,Politics,Socialism,Taxation
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March 8, 2009

Is Obama a Socialist?

Writing that “Calling Barack Obama’s plan socialistic lacks any class,” Albor Ruiz argues that “fear mongering over a ‘class war’ and an Obama conspiracy to turn the U.S. into a ‘socialist’ country is reaching a fever pitch.” He then cites “Tax Hike Mike” Huckabee as an example: Huckabee, no doubt, takes the cake. “Lenin and […]

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February 27, 2009

Doublespeak — We’re Not Going To Nationalize

What would they call this, then? A new Citigroup deal has finally been announced by the Treasury. The government will convert $25 billion in preferred shares to common shares. The move could give the Treasury close to a 36% stake in the company. The government’s influence is becoming apparent. Citi will eliminate its dividend and […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:55 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Doublespeak,Economics
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February 23, 2009

Doublespeak Of The Day

From Ezra Klein: Over the weekend, I asked Henry Aaron, an economist at Brookings, whether it would be fair to say that the definition of fiscal responsibility had changed. Where once it meant entitlement cuts, now it meant an attention to health reform. “Yeah,” he said. “That’s exactly right.” Ahh, I see… Instead of trying […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:41 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Doublespeak
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