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

March 29, 2013

Gay Marriage, Religious Rights, and Freedom of Association

(Re-post: originally posted November 23, 2008) California’s Proposition 8, the ballot measure aiming to outlaw same sex marriage, passed on a very close vote. Prop 8’s supporters* pushed a campaign of fear, misinformation, and a complete distortion of the meaning of individual liberty. This campaign commercial is typical of the intolerance and hysteria being promoted […]

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January 21, 2013

Recovered from the Memory Hole: Inaugural Rhetoric vs. Reality

Expect more of the same.

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October 10, 2012

Quote of the Day: Small Things Edition

[I]f you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things. And you know what? It’s worked before, because it feeds into the […]

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September 5, 2012

Delegates at the Democratic Convention: “We all belong to the government”

During the 2008 campaign I wrote a post about the real reason why Barack Obama would be dangerous for our country. These reasons had nothing to do with a long-form birth certificate or that he was some sort of Muslim Manchurian candidate intent on destroying our country from the inside. Now that Obama has an […]

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July 2, 2012

Recovered from the Memory Hole: Sen. Obama Opposed to the Individual Mandate in ‘08

“If a mandate was the solution, we could try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house. The reason they don’t have a house is they don’t have the money.” – Sen. Barack Obama during the 2008 Democrat Primary. A long, long, time ago, way back during the 2008 primaries, then Sen. Barack […]

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May 31, 2012

The Birther Distraction Only Benefits Obama

There it is again. That damned conspiracy theory about Barack Obama being born not in Hawaii but Kenya. An honest question for you birthers out there: even assuming that everything you believe about the birthplace of Barack Obama is true, do you really think that even if you could prove it 100% that people who […]

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May 4, 2012

The Libertarian Party at 40

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April 5, 2012

Quote of the Day: In Response to Van Jones’ Remarks About “so-called libertarians”

Over at Reason, Mike Riggs responded to President Obama’s former Green Jobs czar Van Jones’ tirade about “so-called libertarians” at an Occupy rally in L.A. In case you missed it, Van Jones said that libertarians “say they love America but they hate the people, the brown folk, the gays, the lesbians, the people with piercings.” […]

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February 1, 2011

Quote of the Day: Mandating Change Edition

In 2008, a U.S. senator made a very good point in arguing against government mandates for individuals to purchase health insurance: “[I]f a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house.” Who was the senator who said this? Answer below the fold.

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 11:57 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democrats,Election '08,Healthcare,History,Legal,Politics,Quote of the Day,Theory and Ideas
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November 9, 2010

Not Too Bad for an Amateur Prognosticator

Two years ago today, in a post I wrote entitled One Libertarian’s Advice for Republicans and Republican Leaders, I made the following observation and prediction: This is not to say that you [the Republican Party] will continue to lose every election until you return Goldwater/Reagan conservatism. There is a good chance that you will regain […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 11:40 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democrats,Election '08,Election '10,Election '12,Elections,History,Politics,Republicans,Tea Party
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August 12, 2010

Obama: Judge, Jury, and Executioner in Chief

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject […]

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April 14, 2010

Quote of the Day – Taken from “Government Brutality and Society’s Shadow”

This is an excerpt from a post from the blog Classical Liberal that was written in response to the post Doug wrote yesterday regarding the University of Maryland student police beating caught on tape. As long as men and women in uniform (State-issued costumes) carry out these violent acts, we think it’s okay, because they’re […]

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September 12, 2009

Obama Raises Taxes Without Vote of Congress

“I can make a firm pledge….no family making less than $250,000 will see any form of tax increase…..not any of your taxes”-Barack Obama, September 12, 2008 Once again, President Obama has lied to the country. After raising cigarette taxes earlier this year, Obama just ordered another tax increase. This time, he raised every American’s taxes […]

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July 31, 2009

Friday Humor II: William Shatner Reads Sarah Palin’s Tweets

Following up on Stephen Littau’s post, here’s the return visit William Shatner paid where he read selections from Sarah Palin’s (old) Twitter Account:

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:39 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Humor,Politics,Republicans
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Friday Humor: William Shatner Reads Selections from Sarah Palin’s Farewell Speech and “Acted Stupidly”

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 10:20 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democrats,Election '08,Humor,Republicans
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July 20, 2009

Don’t Blame Me Just Because I Voted For Bob Barr

Over the weekend, Melissa Clouthier took the time to take to task those of us who refused to compromise our principles last November and voted for Bob Barr over the atrocious McCain/Palin ticket: [P]eople are coming out of the woodwork saying, “Don’t blame me! I voted for Bob Barr!” I ask you, Is that something […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 12:09 pm || Permalink || Comments (23) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Elections,Libertarians,Politics,Republicans
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May 12, 2009

The Limits of Campaign Finance Law Abridgement of the First Amendment Tested in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission

During the 2008 presidential campaign, an organization called Citizens United produced an anti-Hillary documentary called “Hillary: the Movie.” The movie was available on pay-per-view cable channels until the FEC pulled the plug claiming that the broadcast violated campaign finance law. The case, Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, is now being considered by the Supreme […]

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April 29, 2009

The Obameter at the 100 Day Mark

Yeah I know, the “First 100 Days” of President Barack Obama is somewhat arbitrary. Still, a great deal has happened in these first 100 days so why not take another look at the Obameter shall we? So far, President Obama has kept 27 campaign promises, compromised on 7, broken 6, stalled on 3, has 63 […]

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April 10, 2009

Mike Gravel blast from the past

It’s hard not to smile when viewing this video by former Senator Mike Gravel from 2008. Power to the people! Give peace a chance!

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 3:29 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08
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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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