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

May 10, 2010

A New Introduction

I am honored to join The Liberty Papers. Brad Warbiany and Doug Mataconis have been very welcoming, and my new realm into libertarian thought should be fulfilling and rich. I’ve been at United Liberty for two years, starting with the 2008 election and running all the way up to coverage of Arizona’s discriminatory immigration law. […]

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May 9, 2010

House Resolutions Are Silly

As a homebrewer and avid consumer of craft beer, even *I* find this silly: Resolved, That the House of Representatives— supports the goals and ideals of American Craft Beer Week, as founded by the Brewers Association; recognizes the significant contributions of craft brewers to the economy of the United States; encourages beer-lovers of the United […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:29 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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March 24, 2010

Rand Paul Picks Up Major Endorsement

Well, sorta: Dick Cheney today announced that he is endorsing Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson over Rand Paul in the GOP Senate primary. “I’m a lifelong conservative, and I can tell the real thing when I see it. I have looked at the records of both candidates in the race, and it is clear […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:08 pm || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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March 22, 2010

Remember…

A little ditty for those who love liberty: Remember, remember come every November, The April Obamacare plot; I know of no reason Why the “health care” treason Should ever be forgot. No matter what the tyrants of the Hill and the White House hope, this fight isn’t over. It’s ON. >;-)

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January 3, 2010

The Importance of Being an Adult

One of the most pernicious effects of the Bismarkian Welfare State is the infantilization of society, the destruction of adulthood. This infantilization renders people incapable of caring for themselves. It places them in a state of permanent dependence. Unable to live without the state, people are put in a position where resistance to the rulers, […]

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December 22, 2009

Health Care “Victory”

When you hear Democrats celebrating their victory in getting 60 votes, remember that it’s not just a victory over those evil Republicans. It’s a victory over logic; it’s a victory over responsibility; It’s a victory over the Constitution; and it’s a victory over the people. That’s quite a thing to celebrate, aint’ it, Harry?

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December 4, 2009

Quote Of The Day

From Popehat: This is the problem with the western left: They can see a noose with perfect clarity when the hangman is a conservative. But when the noose is placed by their fellow leftists, they’ll call it a necktie every time. I do recommend heading over to read the original post, which is a good […]

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November 11, 2009

The Soldier Pays the Biggest Part of the Bill: an Excerpt from a Speech by Maj Gen Smedley Butler, USMC

Excerpt from War is a Racket by Major General Smedley Butler USMC [The] soldier pays the biggest part of the bill. If you don’t believe this, visit the American cemeteries on the battlefields abroad. Or visit any of the veteran’s hospitals in the United States. On a tour of the country, in the midst of […]

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November 6, 2009

Liberty Rock Friday: “Land of Confusion” by Genesis

I’m actually surprised that it hasn’t occurred to me to post “Land of Confusion” for Liberty Rock sooner. This is a great song with a great message that seems perhaps even more appropriate now than its original 1986 release. The song raises questions in my mind such as: Who is ultimately responsible for this land […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 6:42 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Culture,Freedom,General,Government Incompetence,Humor,Liberty,Liberty Rock,Multimedia,Theory and Ideas
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ACTION ALERT: Obamacare Set For Vote On Saturday

On Saturday at 6PM, the Democrats plan to bring Obamacare for a vote on the House floor. Obamacare contains: A government run public option which will eventually take over our healthcare Higher taxes on individuals A mandate that businesses and individuals and families buy health insurance Increase the cost of health insurance by requiring insurance […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 6:25 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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November 5, 2009

Twitter user claims “Mission Accomplished” regarding Fort Hood incident

My nephew and his wife (who recently got out of the Army) live in the Fort Hood area.  After calling to see if they are all okay, I hit Facebook and Twitter to see if I could obtain some additional information.  That’s when I found this tweet: “Fort Hood = Mission Accomplished.” Here are some […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 2:17 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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October 15, 2009

I Know The Feeling

Well, it appears to be a slow news day, unless you count UFO Boy or the demise of J&K+8, so let’s look at cartoons! Just once I’d love to see this actually happen…

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:31 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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October 6, 2009

Transparency No Longer* In Vogue in Democrat Controlled Congress

Gosh, it doesn’t seem like all that long ago the American public was promised hope, change, and a more open, transparent, ethical federal government if we only elected Obama the next President of the United States. Before that, in 2006 Pelosi and Co. made many of the same promises. Now the Democrats have the House, […]

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October 5, 2009

Downsizing Government

Our friends at the Cato Institute, the only think tank in DC dedicate to personal and economic liberty, have launched a new site, DownsizingGovernment.org, committed to cutting waste from the federal budget. From the press release: The research on the site also exposes that many public outlays—though vigorously defended by the politicians who created them […]

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September 23, 2009

The NEA Con-Call; There’s Not Much “There” There

On August 10th, a conference call occurred, including folks from the White House, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the arts community. The purpose of the call was to “rally the troops” of artists who had spent time working for the Obama campaign, enlisting their help to push national service initiatives. The revelation of […]

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The ACORN Tapes

I’m about to write a very long-winded post on the story that dropped from Breitbart on the NEA “scandal”, and in doing so, I need to clear the air about ACORN. When the ACORN tapes hit the street, I considered posting about it. My initial reaction was this: 1) I’m a libertarian. In my world, […]

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September 22, 2009

Republicans Were Against Big Government Before The Election, Too.

Apparently, the Obama administration is learning that calling a large percentage of the American people racist wackos isn’t a very good idea: it cheapens the terms, which carry more charge if applied to Stormfront and the birthers, respectively. Obama on Leno last night (text via LA Times) suggested that maybe people are opposing him because […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:39 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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September 14, 2009

H.R. 3311 is an oxymoron

Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer is seeking to inflict yet another tax on the American people. This one, though, is far more insidious than the average tax thought up by Congress: The “Road User Fee Pilot Project” would be administered by the US Treasury Department. This agency in turn would issue millions in taxpayer-backed grants to […]

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September 5, 2009

Quote of the Day

From former GAO head David Walker in the WSJ: Mr. Walker’s own speeches are vivid and clear. “We have four deficits: a budget deficit, a savings deficit, a value-of-the-dollar deficit and a leadership deficit,” he tells one group. “We are treating the symptoms of those deficits, but not the disease.” Remember, this is from someone […]

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September 3, 2009

Open Thread – Government Debt

From the Treasury, as of Tuesday 9/1: Total US Debt: 11,792,918,170,836.43 ——————————– Debt Held By The Public: 7,481,218,854,095.12 Intragovernmental Holdings: 4,311,699,316,741.31 Debt held by the “public” includes anything not held by other government agencies. I.e. this is t-bills sold to individuals, corporations, foreign individuals and even foreign governments or sovereign wealth funds. Intragovernmental holdings a […]

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