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

June 28, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

As Quincy notes below, the Supreme Court upheld the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act today by relying upon an argument that most people had not been paying attention to: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday left standing the basic provisions of the health care overhaul, ruling that the government may use its taxation [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:58 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Commerce Clause,Constitution,Politics,Taxation,Tea Party
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June 15, 2012

Quote of the Day: Killing vs. Squealing Edition

Judge Andrew Napolitano wrote an excellent article in yesterday’s Washington Post entitled: Killing vs. Squealing. The judge laments that the Republicans in the congress aren’t so much concerned about the fact that President Obama is acting as a third-world warlord thug killing individuals he picks out from a deck of “baseball cards” in Yemen, Pakistan, [...]

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June 14, 2012

Doug Stanhope – Liberty (Re) Defined

Brad has posted a version of this comedy routine by Doug Stanhope before. This version has been edited to include images and video by Fr33 Agent Beau Davis with a more honest than the traditional “pledge of allegiance” at the close. I thought that since today happens to be Flag Day, this video would be [...]

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June 13, 2012

Quote Of The Day

David Brooks has fired up Radley Balko. And I highly recommend you go read Radley’s whole piece… It’s worth it. One bit that I found particularly poignant, regarding why democratic politics, in particular, is not worthy of blind deference: Politics—the quest for power because you’re sure that you, more than others, know what’s best for [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:47 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Politics,Quote of the Day
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June 12, 2012

Some Libertarians Need Social Skills

Originally posted at United Liberty Twitter and the Internet in general have gone insane once Rand Paul endorsed Mitt Romney a day after his dad, Ron Paul, conceded the Presidential race. All of a sudden, Rand Paul became a sellout, a traitor, a neo-con, etc. The same Rand Paul whose Senate record has nearly been [...]

Posted By: Kevin @ 3:42 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Elections,Libertarians,Liberty,Politics,Republicans
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Rasmussen Poll: 61% of 500 Likely Voters in Colorado Support Regulating Marijuana Like Alcohol (Amendment 64)

This is one of the most encouraging polls I’ve seen in a long time. Honestly, I didn’t think that Amendment 64 [full text here] would have much chance of being approved by the voters, especially since a similar measure, Prop 19 failed in California in 2010. The Huffington Post reports: The survey of 500 of [...]

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June 6, 2012

Gary Johnson: “Be Libertarian With Me”

Gary Johnson’s Presidential campaign has released a new web ad, and it may be their most effective to date: Johnson has managed to get some top-notch political advisers behind him, and he has experience running for office in somewhat hostile territory so things seem to be going well for him right now. The question is [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 2:18 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '12,Libertarians,Politics
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June 5, 2012

Gov. Scott Walker Wins Recall Election But More Importantly, Government Unions Lose

Journal Sentinel reports the following: This is most encouraging news and a victory for fiscal responsibility.

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The Talkmaster to Retire After 42 Years on the Air

On my first day of my staycation (yesterday), I saw the tweet that Neal Boortz has announced his retirement. Just moments ago, I finally got around to reading the full announcement. I am happy to report that his “year of talking dangerously” will not come to an abrupt end as I first thought. Below is [...]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 6:21 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Culture,General,Libertarians,Look About,Media,Politics
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June 1, 2012

Doublespeak Definition of the Day: Combatant

I touched on this on yesterday’s post but I think the Obama administration’s redefinition of the word “combatant” as it relates to his secret kill list deserves more exposure. The following comes from a New York Times article written by Jo Becker and Scott Shane entitled: Secret ‘Kill List’ Proves a Test of Obama’s Principles [...]

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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 24, 2012

Gender Pay Gap for Democrat Senate Staffers > Gap Supporters of the “Paycheck Fairness Act” Aim to Close

One would think that the politicians who scream the most about the alleged 23% pay gap between men and women would lead by example and pay men and women “equal pay for equal work.” This seems like a safe assumption but according to Andrew Stiles writing for The Washington Free Beacon, you would be assuming [...]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 11:15 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democrats,Economics,Hubris,Politics
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May 21, 2012

Quote of the Day: Penn’s Sunday School Lecture on Obama’s Drug War (Beyond) Hypocrisy Edition

What troubles me about this… I think it’s beyond hypocrisy. I think it’s something to do with class. A lot of people have accused Obama of class warfare, but in the wrong direction. I believe this is Obama chortling with Jimmy Fallon about lower class people. Do we believe, even for a second, that if [...]

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May 19, 2012

The rEVOLution After Paul

With Congressman Ron Paul’s third presidential run and career coming to an end, what will become of his rEVOLution he inspired? Prior to the 2012 campaign, some suggested that former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson would be the “next” Ron Paul but with Johnson running as the Libertarian Party nominee after being mistreated by the [...]

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May 11, 2012

Brief recap of the Libertarian National Convention

This was originally posted at my personal blog, JasonPye.com. Stephen Littau asked that I post it at The Liberty Papers. I currently work as Gov. Gary Johnson’s state director in Georgia and blog regularly at United Liberty. Last weekend, I joined several hundred Libertarian Party members at Red Rock Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, [...]

Posted By: Jason Pye @ 3:54 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Politics
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May 7, 2012

Libertarian Party Nominates Gary Johnson For President

The Libertarian Party held its convention over the weekend in Las Vegas and, as many had been expecting, overwhelmingly nominated former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson as their Presidential nominee: Aside from the muscular gentleman in the slinky party skirt and halter top, a delegate wearing a Guy Fawkes mask and a prominent speaker sporting [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 12:24 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '12,Libertarians,Politics
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May 5, 2012

The Life of Julia… who really wins?

President Obama’s campaign has put together “The Life of Julia“, following a woman from cradle to grave to show how she benefits from the enlightened benificence of President Barack Obama. The reality, though, is rather different. Let’s look now at “The Life of Julia”:

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May 4, 2012

The Libertarian Party at 40

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May 2, 2012

Shenanigans Afoot at Wikipedia Concerning Obama’s New Campaign Slogan: Forward

How much can we or should we rely on Wikipedia, particularly concerning controversial issues? I have linked the site in the past from Liberty Papers’ posts and probably will in the future but I do think anything you or I find at Wikipedia should be verified by at least one other source before assuming it [...]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 11:42 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Blog Discussions,Culture,Democrats,Election '12,History,Hope n' Change,Media,Politics,Republicans,Socialism,Technology
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April 26, 2012

The Nutmeg State’s Senate Passes Bill Protecting Right to Record Police AND Abolishes the Death Penalty in the Same Week

This week, the State of Connecticut made progress in the right direction on the criminal justice front on two issues I care deeply about: the right of individuals to record the police in public and abolishing the death penalty. Earlier today, the Connecticut Senate passed a bill 42-11 that would hold the police liable for [...]

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