Don’t Talk to Police
“A law school professor and former criminal defense attorney tells you why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police.”
“ The Republican Party cannot continue to ignore libertarians. If the party won’t support limited government and won’t nominate candidates with a track record of limiting government – then swing voters won’t vote Republican. I believe that the GOP establishment still won’t get it. It’ll take more losses and a change of Republican Party leadership.
As we’ve perused last week’s election returns, we’d noticed a number of races where Libertarian candidates appear to have played spoiler for Republicans—certainly, more than we’re accustomed to. While we haven’t run a comparison with prior cycles, we’ve identified no fewer than nine contests in 2012 where the Libertarian received more votes than the difference between the Democratic and Republican candidates. What’s more, none of these involved the typical 1 or maybe 2 percent you ordinarily expect a Lib to garner: Looking at the three-way vote, all but one were over 3 percent, and three took 6 percent or more, with a high of 6.5 percent in the Montana Senate race. These definitely seem like unusually high figures.
So what’s going on here? I wouldn’t want to speculate too much based on this limited data set. But I could easily believe that a growing proportion of conservative-leaning voters are too disgusted with the GOP to pull the Republican lever, but who won’t vote for Democrats either, are choosing a third option and going Libertarian instead. This thesis dovetails with something else we saw this year: independents generally leaning more rightward simply because at least some former Republicans are now refusing to identify with their old party. It’s not much of a stretch to imagine that some folks like that don’t want to vote for their old party either.
Listening RNC? “
Thanks To Capitalism For The Quote
We’ve provided some links for those who would care to enlighten themselves on the man . Mencken was a journalist/writer who hailed from a time in our history , believe it or not there was one , when the press was the adversary of the government and not the people .
” As the presidential election approaches, the emails in my in-box can be divided into three basically equal categories:
1) “I canot beleeve you have fallin for Obologna’s trix.”
2) “How cum U cant see thru Mitwit Romney’s dum republikkan dumness. “
3) “Have you heard how Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Partycandidate for president, is getting rolled?”
The first two categories I answer quickly and politely, because they are mostly from family. The Gary Johnson stuff I’ve just been chewing on, though, and getting disgusted.
We are a two-party system — not by law, but because the Democrats and the Republicans have seized the mechanisms of government. They use their control to maintain power, and other parties can’t compete. This causes a bunch of self-perpetuating, corrosive behaviors, like government-funded primaries for these major parties, which are really nothing but private organizations. Withholding the money for a Republican primary out of a libertarian’s paycheck makes as much sense as taxing Jews to pay for KKK dance parties (now that’s an idea for a reality show).”
“The Libertarian maverick says he’s fiscally responsible and socially accepting – and his energetic third-party campaign could spell trouble for Mitt Romney“
“Amid all the flip-flopping and dissembling of the 2012 election, it comes as a bit of a shock to hear one of the presidential candidates say that his interest in politics stemmed from the first time he smoked dope. But then there is much about Gary Johnson, the Libertarian party’s nominee for the White House, that is strikingly out of the mould.
“I think marijuana played a role in my libertarianism, because when in 1970 I smoked it for the first time I realized that everything the government said about it was a lie,” he said. “You know, you smoke marijuana, you’re going to go crazy, you’ll want to commit crime, you are going to go to the depths and never return … None of that was true.” “
” I’m a libertarian in part because I see a false choice offered by the political left and right: government control of the economy—or government control of our personal lives.
People on both sides think of themselves as freedom lovers. The left thinks government can lessen income inequality. The right thinks government can make Americans more virtuous. I say we’re best off if neither side attempts to advance its agenda via government.
Let both argue about things like drug use and poverty, but let no one be coerced by government unless he steals or attacks someone. Beyond the small amount needed to fund a highly limited government, let no one forcibly take other people’s money. When in doubt, leave it out—or rather, leave it to the market and other voluntary institutions.
But this is not how most people think. Most people see a world full of problems that can be solved by laws. They assume it’s just the laziness, stupidity or indifference of politicians that keeps them from solving our problems. But government is force—and inefficient.”
Roger L Simon
” In recent years, Hollywood conservatives have been as deep in the closet as 1950s gays. But
Barack Obama, the man of hope and change,has changed that. The times are so terrible that more and more entertainment industry
conservatives are coming out and risking irritating their fuddy-duddy liberal peers, maybe even losing a job or two into the bargain.
The latter is not a problem for the latest Hollywood con to come out, Clint Eastwood, who just publicly endorsed Romney with the words “the country is in need of a boost.” (No kidding!) Clint has arguably been America’s finest director for the last decade or so. The likes of Sean Penn abandoned their bourgeois lefty politics in a heartbeat to work with him. So no
job issues for Clint. “
” Top 10 Libertarian Supreme Court Decisions ”
” It’s no secret the U.S. Supreme Court has often been a disappointment to libertarians. Whether the justices are giving the green light to eminent domain abuse , securing absolute immunity for dissolute prosecutors, or rubber-stamping the latest power grab from Washington, the Court
routinely fails to live up to James Madison’s famous description of the judicial branch as “an
impenetrable bulwark against every assumption of power in the legislative or executive.” But that doesn’t mean the High Court always
gets it wrong. Here, in no particular order, are 10 Supreme Court decisions still standing where
the Court put individual liberty and limited government first. “