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

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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October 26, 2010

Colorado Republican Party Could Lose More in the Governor’s Race than the Election

In an election year that seems to favor Republicans nationally, there’s a whole different story unfolding here in the Centennial State in the gubernatorial campaign. The Republican candidate Dan Maes has lost support even among the party faithful due largely to being caught in a lie about his law enforcement background in Kansas back in [...]

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September 20, 2010

Ken Buck’s “Radical” Proposal to “Rewrite” the Constitution

I do not support Ken Buck in the Colorado senate race and I will not vote for him. Actually, between his extreme position on abortion, on banning common forms of birth control, and his sexist comments he made about his primary opponent, I think he is quite a jackass. But even as much as I [...]

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September 17, 2010

Constitution Day Open Thread: Top 3 Amendments You Would Make

Today marks the 223rd anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, allegedly the supreme law of the land. The framers of the Constitution recognized that over time changes would need to be made through an amendment process. In the intervening 223 years, this document has been amended only 27 times. This brings me to the question I [...]

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September 8, 2010

Fidel Castro’s Incredible Revelations

In an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, some incredible quotes came from the aging Cuban dictator: (Reuters) – Fidel Castro said Cuba’s economic model no longer works, a U.S.-based journalist reported on Wednesday following interviews with the former president last week. Jeffrey Goldberg, a writer for the Atlantic Monthly magazine, wrote in a blog [...]

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September 4, 2010

UPDATE: Despite Possible Political Implications, Gov. Strickland Stops Kevin Keith’s Execution; Commutes Sentence to Life

Bob Driehaus writing for The New York Times reports: CINCINNATI — A death row inmate convicted of murdering a child and two adults was spared the death penalty Thursday by Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio, who said there were possible problems with the evidence. A diverse group of Republicans and Democrats, attorneys general and federal [...]

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August 24, 2010

Failbook: Facebook Bans Anti-Prohibition Group

It’s beginning to be really easy to hate Facebook. While Google has stuck to its libertarian principles of free exchange of information by not cooperating with Chinese censorship, Facebook has become more and more creepy: The people behind the “Just Say Now” marijuana legalization campaign (oft-Boinged Salon contributor Glenn Greenwald is one of many political [...]

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July 20, 2010

A little inisight as to why the Democrats are losing so badly this election

It’s because they don’t realize that the elements of their “turnaround plan”, are what is causing them to lose in the first place: From Mark Halperin, writing in Time: “What has kept the easily panicked denizens of Capitol Hill from open revolt until now was a shared confidence that there was still plenty of time [...]

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July 14, 2010

Majority Math

Ok, so I’m hearing a lot of noise from people on the right and libertarian side of the aisles that “the dems are going to lose everything this election and we can undo everything Obama has destroyed yaaaay!!!!” Yeah… No. Not Gonna Happen. Oh, I agree the dems will lose huge, but I doubt they’ll [...]

Posted By: Chris @ 6:59 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democrats,Election '10,Elections,Politics,Republicans
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Democracy Doesn’t Work

Yet another in a long line of evidence showing that while democracy might be a way to gauge the public’s general mood or satisfaction, it’s certainly too clumsy of a tool to really have anything to do with setting policy: Led by Loyola Marymount University’s Andrew Healy, a team of researchers compared 44 years of [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:54 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Elections
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May 18, 2010

Wayne Allyn Root Backtracks On Participating In Birther “Trial” Of President Obama

As I noted on Sunday, Wayne Allyn Root had announced his participation in a “trial” of President Obama led by Rev. James Manning, a noted birther and virulent Obama critic. Late yesterday, Root issued a statement saying that he had decided not to participate in the event: I had a chance today for the first [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:27 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Elections,Libertarians,Politics
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March 23, 2010

The Cost Of Repeal

So, the CBO says this bill lowers the deficit. And thus, says Ezra Klein, it’ll be tougher for the Republicans to repeal, should they win control of Congress: And as a reader reminds me, people should also remember that “now that the reform bill is the law of the land, [repeal] would increase the budget [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:10 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Elections,Healthcare,Taxation
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March 5, 2010

Ezra Klein And The Seeds Of Cynicism

One of Ezra’s regular commenters is running for Congress, and had this to say: You are way off, Ezra. The time breakdown on fundraising during a campaign is more like 50-70%. It’s absolutely horrifying. I used to be a policy wonk who could talk the most minute details of big bills and who actually read [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:54 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Elections,Look About,Politics,Strategies For Advancing Liberty
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January 21, 2010

Supreme Court Strikes A Blow For Free Speech

By driving a stake through the heart of McCain-Feingold: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that corporations may spend as freely as they like to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on business efforts to influence federal campaigns. By a 5-4 vote, the court overturned a 20-year-old ruling that [...]

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November 4, 2009

Is the End of Government Reefer Madness Near?

Referring back to my post I wrote last week about the “perfect storm” the Obama Administration has created regarding medical marijuana, Colorado in many ways seems to be in the eye of this storm. It seems that more and more people are starting to understand the insanity of declaring war on a substance which has [...]

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September 9, 2009

Supreme Court Seems Poised To Overturn Campaign Finance Precedents

Based on the oral argument that occurred before the Supreme Court today, it seems pretty clear that the Court is prepared to strike down many restrictions on political advocacy that it had previously allowed: WASHINGTON — There seemed little question after the argument in an important campaign finance case at the Supreme Court on Wednesday [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:22 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Election Law,Elections,Free Speech,Individual Rights
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September 8, 2009

Supreme Court May Overturn Previous Rulings On Campaign Finance

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear re-argument in a case that could lead to a big change in campaign finance law: The Supreme Court’s unusual hearing Wednesday on the role corporations can play in influencing elections carries the potential not only for rewriting the nation’s campaign finance laws but also for testing the willingness of [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:08 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Democracy,Election Law,Elections,Free Speech,Individual Rights
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August 19, 2009

Reelection Is More Important Than Legislation

In the health care debate, the question has somewhat changed within the Democratic party from “what do we want?” to “what can we actually pass?” Because they’re relatively sure there’ll be no help from Republicans, this puts them in an awkward spot, and as Bruce of QandO points out, highlights a point showing how all [...]

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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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July 19, 2009

Breaking News: Results Of Honduran Referendum!

As reported (circumspect) by QandO: One of the district attorneys that participated in the operation that took place this Friday showed reporters an official voting result from the Technical Institute Luis Bogran, of Tegucigalpa, in which the specific number of people that participated in table 345, where there were 550 ballots, 450 of which were [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:40 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Corruption,Democracy,Elections,Foreign Affairs,Socialism
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