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October 2014

Politics

Voting Republican Advances The Liberty Movement Better Than Voting Libertarian

You only have one vote every two years.  A liberty-leaning voter only has two options. Which party in 2014 would best advance a self-governing society? Would voting and supporting Libertarian candidates, at the expense of Constitutional and Libertarian-leaning Republicans, help advance a minimal state more efficiently? Has it ever even been successful? Did former Congressman Ron Paul stick with the Libertarian Party because it achieved the goals of  producing a limited government? Last year, former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, narrowly lost the governor’s race in Virginia. The Libertarian candidate, Robert Sarvis, who is now running for Senate gained 6.6% of the vote even after being criticized by Ron Paul for supporting more taxes. Sarvis had his liberty credentials tested on multiple occasions and ultimately, at best, was a small government social liberal.  Meanwhile, Ken, although not claiming to be a Libertarian, still did a decent job at advancing a variety of our goals. On fiscal issues, Ken leaned closer to the Austrian School than Sarvis by far. If the… Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Boosts GOP Senate Candidates

Rand Paul’s leadership political action committee, RAND PAC, is launching ad buys on behalf of several Republican Senate candidates in tight races. RAND PAC had $242,000 cash on hand as of October 15, and has raised an additional $300,000 from a Ron Paul-style moneybomb over the last two weeks. The six-figure broadcast, cable, and online ad buys will primarily target Kansas, where incumbent Republican Pat Roberts is facing an unexpectedly tight contest against independent Greg Orman. The ads focus on the topic of foreign aid, with Paul lauding Roberts for opposing foreign aid to countries hostile to the United States. Furthermore, RAND PAC is spending $16,000 apiece in Kentucky, Iowa ,New Hampshire, and North Carolina to support other Republican Senate candidates in competitive races. Many other potential presidential contenders, such as Ted Cruz and Chris Christie, have been stumping around the country with Republican candidates this year. However, Paul goes a step further, digging into his own coffers in a largely symbolic yet meaningful gesture of support. The ad buys… Keep Reading

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“War On Women” Charge Draws Laughs, Ridicule From Debate Crowd

This past Thursday, I had the privilege of attending the New York 23rd Congressional District debate, featuring Republican incumbent Tom Reed and his challenger, Democrat Martha Robertson. I arrived to the debate an hour prior at the request of my county GOP chair, and was surprised to arrive at an absolute spectacle. Several hundred supporters had already descended upon the arena, both sides being very well represented, though the Republican incumbent had a clear edge in numbers. As we stood in the hallway a group of snide looking college liberals stood to the side, chanting “a vote for Reed is a vote for greed”. The majority Reed crowd immediately responded by chanting “Tom Reed! Tom Reed!”, setting off a frenzy and prompting one of the organizers to call for a calm entrance into the arena. It turned out that it was a good thing for me to have gotten there so early, because the room to accommodate audience members was maybe 300 people large, and well over half of those… Keep Reading

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Rand Paul’s Plan “A”

  Invincibility lies in the defense; the possibility of victory in the attack. – Sun Tzu   Last week, Kentucky Senator and likely presidential candidate Rand Paul got in a highly-publicized spat with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council over the Senator’s answer to a question on abortion and contraceptives. Paul – a medical doctor – was asked directly whether the Plan B pill should be legal, to which he responded, “Plan B is taking birth control… I am not against birth control, and I don’t know many Republicans who would be indicating that they are against birth control.” His comments sent a shockwave of indignation throughout the virtual world, as pro-life conservatives took to social media to chastise Rand for “selling out” on life  – very reminiscent, in fact, of the shockwave that followed Rand’s “thousands of exceptions” gaffe last year. As I watched the predictable and useless “I’m more pro-life than you” chest-beating erupt among conservatives, I realized that in Rand’s latest futile attempt to walk… Keep Reading

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