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

October 4, 2008

Why Libertarians Should Vote: Meet the Tyrants Next Door (Part 1 of 3)

Let’s face it: no matter who you vote for president in this election, it is highly unlikely that your vote will be decisive. It does not matter how much time you invest studying each candidate, the votes cast by those who do not make an effort to inform themselves will count the same. The good […]

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September 26, 2008

Weekend Open Thread: Presidential Debate Drinking Game

We’ve already seen one debate between McCain and Obama. And frankly, although I was drinking beer at the time, I was far too even-keeled to be able to take this nonsense. We’ve got two more of these, and we need something to make it a bit more interesting. So I propose a Presidential Debate Drinking […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:57 pm || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Politics
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Ron Paul & Bob Barr: It’s Time to Unite!

Whether you consider yourself a libertarian (big “L” or small “l”), classical liberal, a Barry Goldwater/Ronald Reagan/Ron Paul Republican, Objectivist, or just simply want less government and more freedom we should always remember that there is far more which unites us than divides us. This is not to suggest that these finer points of these […]

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Given these Options, this Could be the Best Possible Choice

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 11:27 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democrats,Election '08,General,Humor,Politics,Republicans
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September 24, 2008

Welcome to the U.S.S.A.

For those of us who value the concept of life, liberty, and property, there doesn’t seem to be much reason to be optimistic for America’s future. Last week we saw one government (taxpayer) bail out after another. The price tag seems to grow a couple of hundred billion dollars each day (depending on which figures […]

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September 16, 2008

UPDATE: Campaign Denies that Obama Used Stall Tactics with Iraq on Troop Withdrawal

Some readers have questioned the veracity of the article I cited in yesterday’s post (which is a good thing and should be encouraged). I am not familiar with the work of the article’s author, Amir Taheri and cannot speak to his credibility one way or the other. I realize that there is a great deal […]

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September 15, 2008

Iraqi Foreign Minister: Obama Asked Iraqi Leaders to Delay U.S. Troop Withdrawal Agreement Until After the Election

If this turns out to be true, this could be the most damning scandal exposed of any of the candidates seeking to be the next president or vice president. According to an article in The New York Post, Sen. Barack Obama told Iraqi leaders to delay a U.S. troop withdrawal agreement until after the presidential […]

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September 13, 2008

Do Strict Constructionists Wish to Bring Back Slavery?

The View seems to be an endless source of idiotic commentary, especially in the realm of politics. It appears that Whoopi picked up where Rosie left off when Sen. John McCain appeared on the show. To have “a strict constructionist” philosophy means to return to slavery and other injustices of the era of the founding […]

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September 12, 2008

Voting — Americans Do It Like They Eat

Over here, a YouTube clip of Craig Ferguson discusses the election. Most of his rant is spot-on (and hilarious), but he talks about American’s “duty” to vote. He goes a bit off line when he says that our American Democracy is about: free people making free choices… …in this case, to choose which candidate will […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:17 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Election '08,Politics
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September 11, 2008

Sarah Palin & The Libertarian Republicans

Reason’s Radley Balko takes a look at Sarah Palin and concludes that she’s about the best libertarian Republicans can expect right now: [W]hat I like about Palin should bother McCain. Palin actually has staked out unorthodox positions on a number of interesting issues, and they’re issues that McCain and the Republican base that has embraced […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:20 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Politics
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Some Damn Good Advice From an American by Choice

No further commentary necessary.

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 12:28 am || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Election '08,Politics
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September 9, 2008

The Palin Bump — Bigger Than I Expected

I’ve been saying for a long time that I’ve long figured this election was in the bag for Obama. Given the degree to which the nation is fed up with Bush and desiring change, coupled with the fact that he’s a dynamic speaker and near-celebrity, finally added to the historic demographic story of potentially ‘the […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:32 pm || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Politics,Theory and Ideas
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September 8, 2008

Inconvenient Convention Facts and Fictions Exposed

Now that the conventions are over, it’s time to separate the facts from the fiction. With so much misinformation being peddled by the political campaigns (not to mention rumors spread through e-mail, the internet and the MSM), this is very often a difficult task. My approach is to be skeptical until I am satisfied that […]

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Freedom Not Invited To The Party

Reason Magazine’s Steve Chapman reviews the recently concluded Democratic and Republican Conventions and notes that there was one thing missing from both; liberty: So what was missing? Only what used to be held up as the central ideal of the party. The heirs of Goldwater couldn’t spare a day for freedom. Neither could the Democrats. […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:30 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Individual Rights,Politics,Theory and Ideas
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September 5, 2008

Quote Of The Day

The title of one of McQ’s posts over at QandO: Jesus was a community organizer; Pilate was a governor I’m not sure what the point is (haven’t even read the post yet), but that’s funny.

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:13 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Quote of the Day
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September 4, 2008

What About McCain’s Legislative “Accomplishments” ?

We’ve heard a lot this week about Barack Obama’s lack of experience, Sarah Palin’s supposed experience, and John McCain’s military experience. As Reason Magazine’s Matt Welch notes, however, we haven’t heard much about the legislative accomplishments of the GOP’s nominee, mostly because they encompass things that Republicans would be embarressed to mention:

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 1:25 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08
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1,2,3 Set’em Up, and Knock’em Down

So, last night I watched, in succession (through the wonder of teh intartubes) the RNC speeches from Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani, and Sarah Palin. Folks, there has not been a better slate of political speeches in my lifetime. Oh sure, Romney, Huckabee, and Lieberman were in the mix; but their contributions were meaningless and everyone […]

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 9:57 am || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Election '08,Politics,Republicans
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September 2, 2008

Sarah Palin Is A Bona-Fide Conservative

First, let’s get it right out there. She’s definitely got the same sort of “star” quality that you get from a guy like Obama. It has nothing to do with policy, or politics, but there’s something about the story that is compelling. By Friday evening my wife– who is not a politico in any sense […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:59 pm || Permalink || Comments (20) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Politics,Republicans
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Ron Paul’s Speech at the “Rally for the Republic”

Ron Paul spoke in front of a crowd of approximately 10,000 at the “Rally for the Republic” (AKA the “Ron Paul Convention”) across the river from the Republican National Convention. Below are the first 3 parts of his speech, the full text of the speech can be read here. Other speakers on the last day […]

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September 1, 2008

Sarah Palin And The Bridge To Nowhere

She was for it before she was against it: ST.PAUL — In her nationally televised speech accepting the job as John McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she “championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress” and opposed federal funding for a controversial bridge to a sparsely populated island. “I […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:35 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Government Waste
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