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  • Fourth vs. Force

    07/03/2019 4:32:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2019 | John Stossel
    The Fourth honors the founding of America. It's the anniversary of the day in 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was approved. The Declaration was important. It didn't say that America would be the best country because it would have the biggest military, toughest leaders, most government giveaways, or tightest borders. The great innovation that day in Philadelphia was the declaration that the United States would have a limited government, rooted in the idea that every individual has inalienable rights. In other words, we do not get our rights from the government. They already exist. The government's job is to...
  • Justin Amash, tea party star, earns primary challenge for backing impeachment

    05/20/2019 6:54:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | May 20, 2019 at 6:15 AM | Isaac Stanley-Becker
    Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan says he enlists social media to do something unusual: explain why he bucks his party in terms his constituents can understand. The 39-year-old Republican, who was the youngest member of the freshman class in 2011, states his approach succinctly: “I defend liberty and explain every vote here.” The simple formula has turned the libertarian, who rode into the House on the tea party wave, into something of a sensation. In 2012, the Independent Voter Network called Amash the “coolest member of Congress.” Amash’s latest decision — to state publicly that President Trump engaged in activity...
  • GOP throws up impeachment shield around Trump

    05/20/2019 6:18:44 AM PDT · by Innovative · 65 replies
    CNN ^ | May 20, 2019 | Stephen Collinson
    Republicans are moving fast to squelch Justin Amash's rebellion against Donald Trump before his conclusion that the President "engaged in impeachable conduct" -- the first by a GOP lawmaker -- can gather momentum. But Democrats who want a more hardline strategy against the President are seizing on the Michigan congressman's sudden intervention to pile pressure on their own leaders for tougher action. Amash's act of conscience on Saturday sparked immediate speculation over whether a tiny leak in the Republican dam could grow into a torrent of support running away from the President.
  • Michigan GOP congressman says Trump’s conduct impeachable

    05/19/2019 9:16:19 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/18/2019 | ANDREW DESIDERIO
    Michigan Rep. Justin Amash became the first Republican lawmaker to declare that President Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses and that Attorney General William Barr “deliberately misrepresented” special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Amash, whose libertarian views often put him at odds with Trump and his fellow Republicans, posted a series of tweets Saturday afternoon outlining positions that even some Democrats have been unwilling to embrace — an extraordinary development that comes as Democratic leaders face increasing pressure from progressives to launch impeachment proceedings. “Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of...
  • GOP’s Weld says he’s most pro-choice candidate in 2020 race

    05/18/2019 7:50:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 18, 2019 | Hunter Woodall
    President Donald Trump’s only major Republican primary challenger said Saturday that the recent spate of abortion laws being passed in states like Alabama has him feeling “terrible,” and declared that abortion is a decision the government should not come anywhere near. At a campaign stop in Exeter, New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld told a crowd of voters he’s “the most pro-choice person you’re ever going to meet.” “The way I look at it, it’s kind of a power issue,” Weld said. “And who wants a lot of big, fat, white guys who live in Washington 700 miles away...
  • Isolated in GOP, Congressman Justin Amash considers third-party presidential run

    04/03/2019 7:59:16 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 55 replies
    MLIVE ^ | April 1, 2019 | Malachi Barrett
    Justin Amash is reconsidering his place in a party he is at odds with, isolated from Republicans that have largely bent to the will of the president. The Michigan Republican is gaining a national following as a Congressman who isn’t afraid to buck the Republican line, often going to toe to toe with the party’s biggest star, President Donald Trump. Amash is a frequent critic of the president, often slamming Trump on Twitter, accusing him of violating the constitution and attacking Trump’s character.
  • Prostitution Should Stay Illegal Because Consent Is A Garbage Minimum Standard For Goodness

    03/22/2019 7:12:15 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 79 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 22, 2019 | Nathan Stone
    Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris recently supported legalizing prostitution in an interview she gave to the Root: “But when you are talking about consenting adults, I think that you know, yes, we should really consider that we can’t criminalize consensual behavior as long as no one is being harmed,” she said, meaning that she would still support laws that would punish human trafficking and exploitation of women. Surprisingly—or not—this idea has also been embraced by certain segments on the right, especially among libertarians. Elizabeth Nolan Brown, an associate editor at Reason Magazine and an advocate of the sex trade, said Harris...
  • Dr. Rand Paul Releases Statement on National Emergency Vote

    03/14/2019 4:36:20 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 96 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul ^ | Sen. Rand Paul
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14, 2019 Contact: Press@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) released the following statement after voting to disapprove of the national emergency declaration regarding the border: “I stand with President Trump on the need for a border wall and stronger border security, but the Constitution clearly states that money cannot be spent unless Congress has passed a law to do so.” On March 4, 2019, Dr. Paul introduced the Border Enforcement, Security, And Funding Enhancement (BE SAFE) Act as a constitutional, fiscally responsible alternative. The BE SAFE Act would impose a $2,500...
  • Libertarian Party Organizes National Park Cleanups

    01/14/2019 10:00:34 AM PST · by RandFan · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1/14/2019 | Taylor Millard
    Republicans and Democrats may be sniping at each other over the partial government shutdown, but it’s the Libertarian Party which is putting words to action. Libertarians have organized multiple national park cleanups over the last week to show maybe the government isn’t needed to provide services.
  • WATCH: “A Very Libertarian Christmas” Is The Most Hilarious Christmas Video You’ll See This Year

    12/22/2018 9:28:08 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 12 replies
    redstate ^ | December 21, 2018 | Brandon Morse
    Whether you’re a frequent reader of Reason or you hate that site with all your might, it might have one of the best YouTube pages among the right-leaning publications. Between Remi’s hilarious songs and Andrew Heaton and Austin Bragg’s hilarious Libertarian takes on pop-culture, like the Libertarian values they espouse, the videos that come out of Reason.com are massively underrated. The trio created or starred in videos like “Star Wars Libertarian Special” and “Game of Thrones: Libertarian Edition” in which you’ll find Bragg, Heaton, and Remi playing characters within the universes they’re spoofing. Their latest Libertarian take, however, revolves around...
  • Thomas Sowell Returns

    11/26/2018 8:57:39 PM PST · by OddLane · 32 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | Decemer 2018 | Thomas Winslow Hazlett
    Thirty-eight years ago, Reason contributor Thomas Hazlett and Senior Editor Manny Klausner sat down with University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) economist and social scientist Thomas Sowell for a sprawling interview about race, gender, poverty, economics, and what he viewed as the government's many failed and misguided attempts to lift up poor minorities. Sowell talked about his history as a Marxist, his frustrations with working in government, and why he rejects the label "libertarian," preferring instead to describe himself as "a person who dissents from the current liberal orthodoxy." That interview occurred not long after the publication of one of...
  • Has A Political Dirty Trick Just Cost Jon Tester The Montana Senate Race?

    10/31/2018 5:29:22 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 30 replies
    Democrats -- one presumes -- sent out a false-flag mailer encouraging voters to vote for the libertarian in the race, billing him as the "true conservative" choice. Well, the Libertarian candidate himself realized he was being used dishonestly as a catspaw for Tester. So he's quit the race and endorsed the Republican, Matt Rosendale. The libertarian candidate had been polling at 4% or so; coincidentally enough, 4% is about Jon Tester's lead over Rosendale. So this could turn out to be a dirty trick that sinks the dirty trickster.
  • Libertarian candidate drops out of Montana's U.S. Senate race to back Rosendale

    10/31/2018 12:25:07 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    helenair.com ^ | 10/31/18 | Matthew Brown
    BILLINGS — The Libertarian candidate in Montana's U.S. Senate race has thrown his support behind Republican Matt Rosendale in response to an election mailer from an unknown group that appears aimed at undermining Rosendale's support among conservatives. Rick Breckenridge said Wednesday that he doesn't know the source of the mailer promoting him as a "true conservative" and claiming Rosendale supports using drones to spy on private citizens. Breckenridge says it's an attempt by so-called dark money groups to influence Montana's election and he's decided that Rosendale is the best candidate to stop such efforts.
  • Montana Libertarian Senate Candidate Bows Out, Endorses GOP’s Rosendale Over Tester

    10/31/2018 2:32:59 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | October 31, 2018
    A third-party Senate candidate in Montana has effectively dropped out of the race and endorsed Republican candidate Matt Rosendale in his bid to unseat Sen. Jon Tester (D., Mont.). Rick Breckenridge, a Libertarian and a surveyor, cited his anger with an anonymous campaign mailer encouraging voters to choose him over Rosendale because of privacy concerns. The Republican nominee said Tester's allies were behind the message, and he said he was honored to have Breckenridge's backing.
  • The Case For Larry Sharpe

    10/24/2018 11:28:50 AM PDT · by OddLane · 17 replies
    Youtube ^ | October 24, 2018 | Gerard Perry
    I give my thoughts on why Larry Sharpe, the Libertarian Party candidate for governor of New York, is worthy of your vote, even if it's purely symbolic.
  • Alex Nowrasteh’s Procrustean Bed

    08/28/2018 11:08:35 AM PDT · by Thalean · 9 replies
    American Greatness ^ | August 28, 2018 | Spencer P Morrison
    Not only is Nowrasteh’s evidence irrelevant, but his own research proves him wrong, and shows that immigration changes America’s political culture because immigrants vote overwhelmingly for Democratic Party candidates and support socialist policies. Consider the following data from his paper, “Immigrants Assimilate into the Political Mainstream.” Figure 1, which shows that 50 percent of all immigrants lean Democrat, compared to just 18 percent who lean Republican—a much starker divide than we see among native born citizens. Furthermore, Figure 3 shows that these political preferences persist for at least four generations—immigrants’ decedents are more than twice as likely to be “strong...
  • World Meeting’s mixed messages bring value of all families into focus (anti-nuclear family)

    08/23/2018 7:15:11 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 7 replies
    Irish Independent ^ | 23rd August 2018 | Katherine Zappone
    THOSE who seek to put a tight or traditional definition on the meaning of family are out of touch and run the real danger of creating exclusion, division and inequality. This is something which the organisers of the World Meeting of Families have been learning. The fact individuals and groups do not feel welcome at the gathering is a matter of record and something which as a campaigner, activist and a public representative I regret. Next month, my department will publish research showing the notion of the “nuclear family” is outdated and for hundreds of thousands of people does not...
  • Washington State Won’t Know Who is on Ballot for U.S. House, 2nd District, Until September

    08/23/2018 11:54:30 AM PDT · by TBP · 6 replies
    Ballot Access News ^ | August 23, 2018 | Richard Winger
    Washington state’s top-two primary on August 7, for the 2nd U.S. House district, was so close, that there will be a recount. It will be conducted the week of September 3-7. Here is a link to the election returns. The obvious first place finisher is incumbent Democrat Rick Larson. The second place finisher after the original count is the Libertarian, Brian Luke, who leads independent Gary Franco by 51 votes. http://results.vote.wa.gov/results/20180807/Congressional-District-2-US-Representative.html
  • Libertarian Gary Johnson throws US Senate race in chaos

    08/16/2018 9:41:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 16, 2018 | Russell Contreras, The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said in seeking to make history and capture a U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico he'll have to give up a few of his favorite activities: marathon biking rides, hanging out in his northern New Mexico "dream" home and tuning out news about President Donald Trump. But he can't promise he won't smoke an occasional joint. Johnson, who served two terms as New Mexico governor in the 1990s and gained national attention as one of the first mainstream politicians to call for the legalization of marijuana, announced Thursday that he's...
  • Libertarians (Like John Stossel) Need to Stand for the Truth on Marriage

    07/28/2018 6:53:00 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 8 replies
    www.TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 7/27/2018 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    John Stossel’s recent column, “Dads Needed,” contains some timely, important, but well-known—at least within the Christian conservative community—truths. Much of the column focuses on the work of author, speaker, and former feminist, Warren Ferrell—especially Ferrell’s new book "The Boy Crisis"… Along with his recent column, “Stossel on Reason” recently interviewed Dr. Ferrell. Here Ferrell notes, “Men and boys started falling behind when government began subsidizing single mothers.” He later adds, “It doesn’t make a difference whether she [a single mother] needs a man, it makes a difference that her children need a father.” Farrell also notes that children without fathers...