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January 2016

Politics

Three Reasons Every Libertarian Should Celebrate a Ted Cruz Iowa Win

Much of the libertarian interest in next week’s Iowa Caucuses is focused on Rand Paul – and rightfully so.  Since his apparent decision to drop the middle-of-the-road rhetoric and go full libertarian early this year in the face of declining money and support, many of his father’s sidelined activists have taken renewed interest in his campaign. Rand’s numbers in Iowa have seen a slight uptick, and his campaign has released some impressive organizational numbers. Still, Rand is a longshot to pull off a win in a state where the competing candidacies of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have reshaped the entire political landscape. What began as a wide-open race for the nomination between members of a fractured conservative base and members of an even more fractured establishment base, has now become a story of evangelicals, libertarians, and conservative hardliners uniting to stop a fascist egomaniac from recreating the GOP in his own orange-haired image. So while I expect many liberty folks to stand with Rand next Monday, many of… Keep Reading

Economics/Politics

Romanticizing Reagan: Part II – Regulations And Free Trade

Continued from Part I – Taxation and Spending During Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign, the third of his four pillars of Reaganomics was regulatory reform. Namely, he was on a mission to reduce federal regulations (an applaudable goal). This is, in fact, one of the chief reasons why democrats criticize his presidency; he supposedly spent his tenure recklessly deregulating. In a speech given by Art Laffer, Reagan’s economic advisor, Dr. Laffer mentions a story of Reagan dropping the Code of Federal Regulations on a table to demonstrate its massive size. “Do you remember that?” Laffer asked the audience, “Do you remember when he dropped it, the thump that went on the table? I mean, it was a phenomenally impressive thing, not only for him to have lifted it, but also for him to have reduced it” (emphasis mine). The problem here is that Reagan didn’t reduce the code. It is true that Reagan oversaw a few years of very minor deregulation (in the first half of his first term, the Code of… Keep Reading

Politics

CAUCUS CORRUPTION: Craig Robinson Firm Receives HUNDREDS Of Thousands From GOP PACs & Candidates

Craig Robinson is perhaps the most influential politico in Iowa today, having turned his years of GOP activism into a basis for the creation of a highly read and respected publication. The former Iowa GOP State Political Director founded the “Iowa Republican” website in 2009, a site that is now frequented by media and activists alike who are looking to get a finger on the pulse of the Hawkeye state leading up to the caucuses. Robinson’s star has risen tremendously in the past two presidential cycles, as he is frequently quoted in outlets such as Fox News, The Washington Post and CBS News among many others. If you ask reporters covering the election who they turn to when they want an insider perspective on the first in the nation caucus, Robinson’s name will likely be the most frequent one brought up. It is due to this prominence that a shocking new report from Bleeding Heartland, an Iowa progressive website, may prove to be the October surprise of the 2016… Keep Reading

Economics/Politics

Romantacizing Reagan: Part I – Taxation And Spending

Among conservatives, Ronald Reagan is held in deific esteem. Find any Republican debate Bingo or drinking game, and his name is certain to be one of the triggers to take a drink. Even among libertarians (of the non-anarchist persuasion), Reagan is still viewed as one of our greatest presidents, if not the greatest outright. The reasons for the romanticization of Reagan are difficult to understand. Ronald Reagan did have some of the best rhetoric when it came to conservative and Libertarian issues, and perhaps this is a good explanation for his appeal. But when you look at his policies as President, it seems like he stands for everything Conservatives, and especially Libertarians, are against. So let’s compare rhetoric to policy. Part I – Spending and taxation In one State of the Union address, Reagan gave a rousing condemnation of the problem with the federal deficit. In it, he gave the pithy insight that “we can’t spend ourselves rich,” which is one of the more popularly quoted phrases among conservatives… Keep Reading

Politics

Why Rand Paul’s Campaign Will Go Down In History

I haven’t written much about Rand Paul in a while – not because I don’t like the guy, but because I feel like his most loyal endorsers are often the better sort to be writing about his current campaign. After all, those who love you most are the best voices to have in your corner when you’re trying to become the next leader of the free world. But now that Rand’s campaign looks to be coming to a forced, rousing, and highly resisted end sooner than later (though I would be happy to be wrong on that prediction), I feel there is now something more I can say about it worth listening to – even for people like myself who weren’t 100% on board with his decisions made along the way. First and foremost, Rand Paul aligns with many of American voters’ views on the issues. He may be more staunchly right-leaning than more outwardly libertarian politicians like Gary Johnson, but his anti-establishment, anti-spying, anti-war, anti-drone, and anti-drug war… Keep Reading

Philosophy

My Brand Of Liberty Isn’t Dictated By Yours

By any sensible, historical definition, I am a libertarian. I also find myself more often than not feeling the need to apologize for other libertarians’ behavior in the social sphere. And some of the most fiery debates I have these days are with fellow self-proclaimed liberty lovers who would rather tell me how wrong I am about monetarist economics, how fascist I am for having gone to a publicly recognizable school, how I’m a leftist because I’m pro-choice, and how, because of all of these disputes and more, I couldn’t possibly be a “real” libertarian. Both of these realities are unfortunate and philosophically needless. Getting libertarians to hold a ubiquitous opinion on much of anything aside from the autonomy of the individual is oxymoronic. Grouping libertarians is a lot like herding cats, and as the great Michael Shermer has already pointed out, our individualistic nature is somewhat incompatible with party politics. Even so, we try so very hard. We formed a political party with a mission statement and real life candidates, and… Keep Reading

Politics

Ted Cruz Misses Audit The Fed Vote

Ted Cruz made a decision today which is sure to puzzle many conservatives and inflame liberty activists across the country, missing the vote on Senator Rand Paul’s Audit The Fed bill. Cruz is reported to be campaigning in New Hampshire today, opting to take his message to the voters in that state rather than vote on the Audit The Fed legislation. This follows a longstanding pattern of the Senator missing votes, though this one may prove to be more costly than any before it, as it threatens to undermine Cruz’s attempts to attract liberty minded supporters. Roll call vote posted below! Keep Reading

Politics

The Shocking Video Ted Cruz DOESN’T Want You To See

We are now less than 4 weeks away from the Iowa Caucuses, and Ted Cruz has emerged as the frontrunner to win the first in the nation caucus. This has lead to an unprecedented level of scrutiny from many activists in the Hawkeye state, including former state house candidate Eric Durbin. Eric has released a flip flop compilation video detailing over a dozen of Ted Cruz’s most egregious flip flops, all accompanied by damning video evidence. If you consider Ted Cruz to be a consistent, principled conservative this 13 minutes of video evidence to the contrary should put some doubts in your head. The video shows that Senator Cruz has flip flopped on issues ranging from illegal immigration to the 2nd amendment to NSA spying. This propensity to change his positions has gotten Cruz in hot water with everybody from Iowa Social Conservatives like Pastor Cary Gordon to Iowa libertarians like Durbin, and with 23 days left until the caucus it remains to be seen whether or not Cruz’s… Keep Reading

Politics

Crocodile Tears: First Salvo In The Latest War On The Second Amendment

President Obama kicked off the last year of his term by announcing a serious of “Executive Actions” that he claims will address gun violence in the United States (despite FBI statistics that show violent crime involving firearms on a multi-decade decline). Obama, the same President who allowed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to ship guns to Mexican drug cartels in order to foment violence that would justify more extensive gun control domestically, shed crocodile tears as he called for further restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. These latest “Executive Actions” continue the dictatorial trend under President Obama of circumventing Congress and violating Article One of the United States Constitution, which delegates the responsibility of drafting laws to Congress. As Judge Andrew Napolitano said on FoxNews.com, “President Obama has very little room to issue executive orders on guns because the congressional legislation is so extensive, detailed, and clear.” Napolitano continued,”we still have a Constitution in America. Under the Constitution, Congress writes the laws,… Keep Reading

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