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

August 29, 2008

Is Palin a reformer and fiscal conservative?

One thing I am hearing right now is that Sarah Palin is a fiscal conservative. The Club for Growth released a statement on a potential Palin VP candidacy that praises her stance on earmarks and support for opening ANWR. Fighting earmarks and opening ANWR are important, but they are only half the battle. When the […]

Posted By: Jason Pye @ 8:32 pm || Permalink || Comments (56) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Republicans
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August 28, 2008

Bob Barr: The Lone Candidate in the Lone Star State

As with most third party campaigns, the Barr/Root campaign has had an uphill battle to make the ballot in certain states. In Texas, however, Bob Barr is the only presidential candidate on the ballot. The McCain and Obama campaigns have failed to meet the August 26th deadline to file the necessary paperwork and are not […]

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Obama And The Libertarians

Reason’s Steve Chapman lists some reasons why libertarians should not panic if Barack Obama becomes President: —He’s liberal, but not that liberal. Contrary to the famous National Journal ranking that put him most leftward in the entire Senate, another study found he is really the 11th-most liberal. In the primaries, when Democratic candidates are under […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:33 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Politics
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August 26, 2008

My Thoughts On The Convention

On a Purdue football message board, one of the off-topic threads asked what we thought of the Democratic National Convention. My reply: I hear Obama himself is speaking on Thursday, right? I think NC State @ South Carolina will be far more compelling viewing… As with most things when it comes to politics, the convention […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:41 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Politics
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Biden And Pay For Play

First, a disclaimer. I’m not singling out Joe Biden for the below piece for any reason other than that he’s now become a vice-presidential candidate. I firmly believe that situations like the below are quite common in our government, at all levels. That being said, this one is particularly conspicuous. Joe Biden, breaking ranks with […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:43 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Corruption,Democrats,Election '08,Government Regulation,Politics
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August 25, 2008

Joe Biden And Liberty

Both The Club For Growth and The Cato Institute are out today with analyses of Joe Biden’s position on economic issues of importance to libertarians and, as you might suspect, it’s not good. First from Cato on the issue of international trade: Here are the highlights and lowlights of Biden’s voting record on trade: On […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:27 am || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democrats,Economics,Election '08,Free Trade,Politics
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August 22, 2008

Three words on Obamassiah and Biden

Gross Tactical Error

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 11:36 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democrats,Election '08,Politics
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August 20, 2008

Strange Bedfellows To Say The Least

Ron Paul endorses Alaska Congressman Don Young (R., Bridge To Nowhere): Former Republican presidential contender Ron Paul has endorsed Don Young in his bid to win an 18th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Paul, the 72-year-old congressman from Texas whose maverick presidential bid drew wide support in Alaska, sent out a letter to […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 1:14 pm || Permalink || Comments (17) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Politics,Republicans
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August 14, 2008

Barack Obama: Starting Forced Volunteerism Early

If you want to go see Barack Obama speak on the last night of the Democratic National Convention, you’ll have to agree to be the guinea pig for his first exercise in forced volunteerism: Some of those hoping to wrangle a seat for Barack Obama’s speech were told this week they have to put in […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 8:08 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democrats,Election '08,Politics
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August 13, 2008

Barr Weighs in on No-Knock Raids

I didn’t see the press release from the Bob Barr campaign when I wrote yesterday’s post so I thought I would pass along some of his thoughts on the issue today. The case Barr is specifically referring to is the recent raid in Berwyn Heights, Maryland. Here are a few excerpts: “Absent exigent circumstances, not […]

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August 8, 2008

Quote Of The Day – National Greatness Conservatism

From NYT: “We are fast becoming a nation of alienating individualists, unwilling to put the unifying values of patriotism ahead of our narrow self-interests,” Mr. McCain warned in a speech during his 2000 presidential campaign. He added that “cynicism threatens to become a ceiling on our greatness.” The only people “alienated” by my individualism, as […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:27 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Fascism in America,Quote of the Day
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July 26, 2008

The Time for Liberty is Now

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July 23, 2008

Want to Serve Your Country? Well, What’s Stopping You!

Time has an ongoing series which advocates the need for “voluntary” national service. In the magazine’s latest article by Managing Editor Richard Stengel, the author praises both John McCain and Barack Obama for their urging of Americans to “serve interests greater than self.” It is a unique moment for the idea of national service. You […]

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July 21, 2008

Analysing John McCain’s Foreign Policy Wish List – No Ponies For Little Girls

John McCain must hate little girls. It is one of many inescapable conclusions that arise from reading his National Security position paper, which promises all things to everyone – well almost everyone. His foreign policy plans promise more submarines, more ships, more aircraft, more divisions, more security, more military assistance for allies, more attacks on […]

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July 16, 2008

What is Your Life Worth?

No, I didn’t ask you about your net worth but what dollar value would you say that your life is worth to you. Most of us would not be able to come up with a figure or might say that putting an exact dollar amount on one individual’s life (especially one’s own) is impossible to […]

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July 9, 2008

A Hell of a Way to Describe the Dilemma

“When it comes to picking our next president, I can’t decide if I prefer the smooth-talking, inspirational candidate who promises to give my money to people who don’t work as hard as I do, or the old, short, ugly, angry guy with one good arm who graduated at the bottom of his class and somehow […]

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 9:47 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08
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July 7, 2008

Quote Of The Day: Putting The Country First

For anyone advocating that a libertarian-leaning person vote for John McCain, ask yourself a question… Patriotism is deeper than its symbolic expressions, than sentiments about place and kinship that move us to hold our hands over our hearts during the national anthem. It is putting the country first, before party or personal ambition, before anything. […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:50 am || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Quote of the Day
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June 29, 2008

No, there IS Another Choice

If my vote for Bob Barr is a “wasted vote,” than so be it.

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June 27, 2008

What are you REALLY voting for?

Yesterday, the supreme court announced that the constitution actually means what it says, and that it’s OK if we want to exercise our pre-existing and fundamental rights… at least most of the time, presuming we follow the allowed restrictions… Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy about Heller, and I think it’s a better ruling […]

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June 26, 2008

Presidential Candidates Respond to D.C. vs. Heller Ruling

Given that the D.C. vs. Heller ruling is a historically important ruling for the Second Amendment and given that the next president could appoint between two and three Justices to the Supreme Court over the next four years, I think the responses from Bob Barr, John McCain, and Barack Obama might give us some insight […]

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