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  • The Constitutional Flaw That Doomed Our Federal System

    03/04/2015 7:54:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    Ricochet ^ | March 4, 2015 | Fredösphere
    Instead of watching helplessly as our republic devolves into crown government, let’s distract ourselves with a counterfactual. What if senators were appointed by state legislatures for indefinite terms?The Senate was designed to preserve the federal nature of our system. Members of the House represent the people, but the Senators were to represent the states — really, state governments.Had this worked, the people would have benefited. (Sometimes, you win by grabbing all the power, but sometimes you win by ceding power to critical allies. The states were the people’s only allies in the War Against the Feds.) Unfortunately, senators came to...
  • Conservative Sheep, Neocon Shepherds

    02/25/2015 9:10:14 AM PST · by Nelson Hultberg · 1 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | February 24, 2015 | Nelson Hultberg
    In 1919, Rudyard Kipling wrote in The Gods of the Copybook Headings, “As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man / That…the Sow returns to her Mire / And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire.” Likewise, it appears that conservatives return to their disastrous past policies. In outlining his foreign policy plans for America, Jeb Bush recently stated, “I love my father and my brother…But I am my own man – and my views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences.” He went on to say, “I...
  • Lawsuit: LA Fitness prohibited Muslim from praying in locker room

    02/24/2015 8:14:46 AM PST · by GodAndCountryFirst · 58 replies
    WCPO - Cincinnati ^ | Feb 23, 2015 | Pat LaFleur
    A Cincinnati man is suing LA Fitness after he said operators of the gym in Oakley told him he was not allowed to pray in the locker room after his workout. Western Hills High School alumnus Mohamed Fall is a practicing Muslim and a former college basketball star who has used the LA Fitness facility on Marburg Avenue since 2013, according to his lawsuit filed in federal court Monday. Fall claimed in his suit that he was accosted by three LA Fitness employees while he was engaged in quiet prayer in an “empty obscure corner” of an “at the time...
  • NYT: Who Loves America?

    02/23/2015 2:15:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 23, 2015 | Charles M. Blow
    "....Ah, American exceptionalism again. This is in part about a fundamental difference in views. It is a definitional difference, not about the meaning of love but about the meaning of America and its place in the world. Does exceptionalism — if one accepts the premise — bestow exemption from critique? Is uniqueness perfection? Does our difference require some sort of arresting of development?..... ....In a way, this is an ideological battle. Conservatism is rooted in preservation; progressivism advances alteration. These are different love languages. These languages turn on your view of change itself: When you think of America, do you...
  • Arizona Education Chief Nullifies Federal Food Fundraising Rules

    02/16/2015 6:12:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | February 15, 2015 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    A state-level bureaucrat is standing up to the the central government planners is a most unusual way. Arizona’s superintendent of public instruction, Diane Douglas, has informed all school districts in the Grand Canyon State that they have blanket authority to ignore all federal nutrition mandates regulating school fundraisers. "Forcing parents and other supporters of schools to only offer federally approved food and snacks at fundraisers is a perfect example of the overreach of government and intrusion into local control," Douglas said in a statement. "I have ordered effective immediately, that the ADE Health and Nutrition Services division grant exemptions for...
  • Want To Start A Blog in Philadelphia? You’ll Need A $300 License For That!

    02/11/2015 4:07:01 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 87 replies
    Libertarian Republic ^ | February 11, 2015 | by Grant Phillips
    Licensing regulations reduce economic freedom by creating barriers to market entry. For example, in my current home of Philadelphia, bloggers are required to obtain a $300 permit from the city. Blogging is by no means a lucrative business. In fact, an estimated 80% of bloggers will never make more than $100 from their work. A city official ironically says Philadelphia “loves the self-employed”. These permit-happy bureaucrats fail to grasp basic economics: occupational licensing can be detrimental to the economy.
  • Nuts to You!

    02/10/2015 7:08:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    MAIN STREET U.S.A.-- It's been kind of fun, I tell you: a Florida Democratic congressman, one Alcee Hastings, calls Texas a "crazy state." Texans -- e.g., Rick Perry -- joyfully, jubilantly acknowledged the craziness that has made our state (yes, I am one of the assorted bedlamites) foremost in the country for economic growth. How come Texas leads in job creation and in general economic wellbeing -- the oil price free-fall notwithstanding? Because we're all nuts down here? It's a nice kind of nuttiness, if so. Not that Texas -- very much a part of our fallen, post-Edenic world --...
  • In China, a church-state showdown of biblical proportions

    02/03/2015 4:21:41 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 1/11/15 | Robert Marquand
    Christianity is booming in China, propelling it toward becoming the world's largest Christian nation. But as religion grows, it spurs a government crackdown. There’s nothing secret about Chongyi Church, one of the largest in China. Its lighted steeple and giant cross penetrate the night sky... Chinese or not, you are welcome seven days a week... For China, it is a stunning feeling. Most of the society exists behind closed doors and is tough, driven, material, hierarchical... Yet Chongyi looks and feels like any evangelical megachurch in Seattle or San Jose. There are big screens, speakers blaring upbeat music, coffee bars....
  • No, there shouldn’t be a law

    02/01/2015 3:27:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 30, 2015 | Fingers Malloy
    I call them the Busybody Brigade (The BB for short). The Left’s army of activists who look for problems that don’t actually exist, and solve them with restrictions that don’t actually work. Their motto: “There should be a law….” They are meddlesome. They are relentless. And they are on a quest to influence almost every decision you make, from sunrise to sunset. It’s all in an attempt to “better the collective” and control your life. Let them, help you. After all, it takes a village. The BB is alive and well in Seattle, where a new ordinance on the books...
  • Land of the ‘Mostly Free’: America is stuck as Earth’s twelfth-freest economy.

    01/29/2015 6:58:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/29/2015 | Deroy Murdock
    The good news is that America has stopped sliding in economic freedom. The bad news is that we’re stalled as Earth’s twelfth-freest economy. The Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal have just released their 21st annual Index of Economic Freedom. Once again, it finds the U.S.A. wheezing significantly behind the five most unfettered markets: Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, and Switzerland. Among 178 nations rated on ten different economic metrics, from government spending to free trade, the bottom five are Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Cuba, and — dead last — North Korea. Since 2010, America has missed the...
  • ‘Rise as one’ call to Sydney rally of Muslims

    01/25/2015 6:07:01 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    THE AUSTRALIAN ^ | January 24, 2015 | by Ean Higgins
    HIZB ut-Tahrir leaders last night urged a crowd of about 500 in Sydney’s Lakemba to rise as one to defend­ the name of the prophet Mohammed, extolling them to reject the West’s concept of freedom of speech as a “smokescreen” to oppress Muslims. Organisers warmed up the audience with a series of chants including “rise, Muslims, take a stand, defend the prophet hand in hand” and “the prophet that you defame, Allah will protect his name”. One speaker, Sufyan Badar, told the crowd it had gathered not as a reflection of freedom of association, but as a “response to the...
  • Neither Obama nor Republicans talked about restoring liberty during State of the Union

    01/21/2015 6:43:05 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 17 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 01/21/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    On Tuesday we ran a story detailing how much new regulations issued by the Obama administration in 2014 were going to cost the economy this year (and beyond). The figure was hardly insignificant – $181.5 billion in new compliance costs imposed on several industries that will ultimately be passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices for goods and services. Add these new costs to the $2 trillion annual cost of earlier regulations, and you begin to see how compliance costs reduce productivity, cut down on employment and curb business expansion. But there is more to these regulations...
  • Sons of Liberty

    01/19/2015 12:53:10 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    Channel Guide ^ | 1-19-15
    Sons of Liberty Three-Night Event Begins Jan 25 at 9/8c on the History Channel. Video at source link. Topics will include Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere, and more.
  • Franklin Graham: 'I am trying to warn America, warn Duke University'

    01/17/2015 6:13:16 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 53 replies
    WPXI-TV ^ | 1/17/15
    from Duke University’s chapel tower after all. The university announced that it has reconsidered its decision to allow the call for prayer from the iconic tower on Fridays. The reversal came a day after evangelist Franklin Graham posted a scathing criticism on Facebook asking donors not to give to Duke until the policy was changed.
  • Holder limits seized-asset sharing process that split billions with local, state police

    01/16/2015 2:07:39 PM PST · by oblomov · 78 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 16 Jan 2015 | Robert O'Harrow Jr., Sari Horwitz and Steven Rich
    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without proving that a crime occurred. Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago as part of the war on drugs. Since 2008, thousands of local and state police agencies have made more than 55,000 seizures of cash and property worth $3 billion under a civil asset forfeiture program at the Justice Department called Equitable Sharing. The program has enabled local and state...
  • Which of the Two Dozen 2016 GOP Contenders is the Right One?

    01/16/2015 4:23:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 16, 2015 | Ron Lipsman
    "....the number of potential contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination exceeds two dozen. It's actually a somewhat ridiculous situation.........Now it is my assertion that the vast majority of GOP politicians over the last century can be classified into one of the following three categories:RINOs–meaning that they do not really believe that progressivism and big government are bad for America–it's just that the Democrats are screwing it up and Republicans should be entrusted with the task of implementing the progressive agenda because they will do it more efficiently and cost effectively than liberal Democrats have or could.CRUELs–that is,confused Republicans who...
  • Christians rally to defend fire chief who wrote ‘anti-gay’ book

    01/15/2015 6:30:42 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Fox ^ | 1/15/15 | Todd Starnes
    Kelvin Cochran is a decorated firefighter. He is also a devout Christian. He’s a deacon at a Baptist church and also teaches Sunday school. By all accounts – he is a decent and honorable man. And now – he is unemployed. Cochran, who served seven years as the chief of the Atlanta Fire Departmant lost his job over a book he wrote about biblical morality titled, “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” A small portion of the book contained what critics called homophobic language. .... hundreds of Christians were expected to gather at the Georgia capitol to protest the...
  • Lamenting Liberty Lost

    01/09/2015 6:47:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2015 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    A British author, residing in the United States for the past 30 years, created a small firestorm earlier this week with his candid observations that modern-day Americans have been duped by the government into accepting a European-style march toward socialism because we fail to appreciate the rich legacy of personal liberty that is everyone's birthright and is expressly articulated in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Os Guinness, the author of more than a dozen books defending traditional Judeo-Christian values and Jeffersonian personal liberty, argued that we should embrace individual liberty and personal dignity and reject...
  • Why America is exceptional

    12/30/2014 12:06:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2014 | David Deming
    There is a debate in this country over whether or not our schools should teach American exceptionalism. Few people, however, seem to understand what American exceptionalism is. It has nothing to do with democracy. Many countries have democratic elections. Neither is exceptionalism a claim of supremacy. Americans do not claim to be better than people living in other countries. Exceptionalism does not refer to superiority in wealth, status or any of the other advantages derived from civilization. The United States has high economic productivity, good schools, technologically advanced infrastructure and a high standard of living. Still, so do many other...
  • Hobbit Author J.R.R. Tolkien's Anti-Socialist, Pro-Liberty Message

    12/05/2014 6:46:13 AM PST · by xzins · 38 replies
    CNS ^ | December 4, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    J.R.R. Tolkien, the British author best known for The Hobbit and his epic trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, was an astute critic of socialism and utopianism and a passionate defender of liberty, says Jay Richards, co-author of The Hobbit Party, which he calls “a study of the political and economic implications of Tolkien’s thought.” “Certainly anyone that’s seen The Lord of the Rings, for instance, at the movies knows that he was deeply concerned about the dangers and the temptations of absolute power. "The symbol of the one ring, of course. It’s not just a symbol of the sort...
  • 20 Signs You Are Living in a Progressive Utopia

    12/04/2014 8:56:01 AM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 11 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 2014-12-14 | TheBlaze
    1) When the executive branch has effectively become the legislative branch 2) When the notions of secure borders and national sovereignty are considered thinly-veiled euphemisms for racial hatred 3) When justice means determining a person is guilty before seeing any evidence, then rioting, looting and destroying property when said person does not even make it to trial 4) When those who riot, loot and destroy property are considered freedom-fighters, and those who peacefully assemble are considered radical extremists ... 10) When countries like Egypt and the United Arab Emirates designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, but yours does...
  • Rush Revere and ‘Liberty’ return American History to its Rightful Place

    11/27/2014 7:56:52 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/27/14 | Judi McLeod
    Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas, Rush and Kathryn Limbaugh, for returning to America’s children, parents and grandparents the best gift of them all--pride in America’s noble history! Not since Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has a figure from childlore done so much to lead the little people out of the fog. We look for Rudolph every Christmas, before packing him away with the ornaments til’ the next holiday season. But ‘Liberty’, the lovable, time-traveling horse of the ‘Rush Revere Adventures’ series is there every day. Liberty is not just the equine hero who makes going to bed a delight before lights...
  • Massachusetts Town Mulls Nation's First Total Tobacco Ban

    11/16/2014 2:48:56 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 50 replies
    PBS News Hour ^ | November 16, 2014 | William Brangham
    TRANSCRIPT: WILLIAM BRANGHAM: The town of Westminster, Massachusetts — population 7,300 — is a small, quiet community about an hour west of Boston. When the local health board holds meetings, it usually happens here in this room, where you can get advice about things like septic tanks and mosquito control. But not on this day. This meeting Wednesday night had to be moved to the local elementary school because the town is up in arms. MAN: You people make me sick! WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Why so mad? That Board of Health is proposing to make Westminster the first town in the...
  • Time for the Fair Tax; Ted Cruz is a sponsor

    11/03/2014 9:13:54 AM PST · by redinIllinois · 134 replies
    good article by Neal Boortz http://www.wsbradio.com/weblogs/nealz-nuze/2014/oct/29/michelle-nunn-and-fairtax/ http://fairtax.org/cosponsors/ http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:s00122:@@@P THE FAIR TAX WOULD BE THE BIGGEST TRANSFER OF POWER FROM DC BACK TO THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY'S HISTORY A flat tax is still an income tax, and would leave the IRS in place. It punishes productivity, and fails to capture any revenue from the illegal aliens and illegal activities like drugs and prostitution because most of them don't report their income, but they buy stuff, so with the Fair Tax, they would start paying a share. The IRS tried to take out the Tea Party, it would be sweet vengeance...
  • Trashing the Presumption of Liberty

    10/29/2014 9:14:25 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 16 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 30, 2014 | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    Because of our recognition of natural rights, and our history, values and written constitutional guarantees, we in America are self-directed and free to make our own choices. In fact, the constitutional guarantee of due process mandates that because our individual liberty is natural to us, it is always presumed; thus, it is always the government’s obligation to demonstrate our unworthiness of freedom to a judge and jury before it can curtail that freedom. It is not the other way around. Until now. This past week has seen disturbing events in which the government, as if in “Alice in Wonderland” mode,...
  • My Conservative Credo!

    10/25/2014 2:14:02 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 12 replies
    Self | 10/25/14 | Me
    I believe in the timeless ideals that once made America the "last, best hope of mankind"! I denounce any form of intrusive and unilateral government that does not serve the rights and will of the people. I believe "We the People" can accomplish anything when liberty, hard work and accountability are non-negotiable. We can reform healthcare, without denying individual liberty and caving in to highly inept and wasteful socialized medicine. We can honor legal immigration, the promise that is America, without abandoning our borders and sovereignty. We can reward hard work and private enterprise, the innovative spirit of industry, instead...
  • Ebola: Intrusive Requirements for Everyone?

    10/14/2014 9:50:13 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/14/14 | Dr. Don Boys
    We must react as concerned, committed, and compassionate people who have the facts, rather than as people have historically reacted in times of distress, disease, and death If the Ebola virus disease (EVD) explodes across America we can expect many oppressive but necessary laws to be passed. There will be limitations on personal liberty, but hopefully lawmakers will think these issues through, debate them, and implement only those most necessary. Reasonable people will argue that, in times of emergency, extreme measures must be taken for everyone’s good; however, there is always a problem. When extreme measures are taken “for the...
  • We're #12! The decline of economic freedom in America [We were #2 in Year 2000]

    10/13/2014 10:51:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/13/2014 | Rick Moran
    A widely read study of economic freedom in the world has America ranked 12th out of 152 countries measured. As recently as 2000, we were 2nd.The biggest reason for our decline has been a drift away from the rule of law. Breitabart: A new report of "economic freedom" around the world finds the US ranked 12th among 152 countries, tied with the United Kingdom, and lower than neighbor Canada or Australia. The index, published by the Cato Institute and Canada's Fraser Institute, has been published since 1996. As recently as 2000, the US ranked 2nd in the world, in terms...
  • Land of the Free? By measures such as size of government, rule of law, we’re out of top ten.

    10/09/2014 7:40:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/08/2014 | Michael Tanner
    There was a time, not so long ago, when the United States was considered the world standard for economic freedom. Yes, there were countries out there, like Hong Kong and Singapore, that might have had lower taxes or fewer regulations. But the world could still speak confidently of the American free-enterprise system. No longer. This week, a consortium of think tanks from almost 90 countries released their Economic Freedom of the World Report. The USA is no longer among the top ten countries when it comes to size of government, rule of law and property rights, soundness of the money...
  • Free Republic is here to fight for the founding principles and our God-given Liberty!!

    10/06/2014 12:34:38 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 122 replies
    Oct. 6, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    <p>Re: Today's SCOTUS rollover for the sodomites and the inevitable RINO push to surrender that's guaranteed to follow.</p> <p>Free Republic is here to defend our Constitution and fight for the founding principles and our God-given Liberty. I'll be damned if I'm going to roll over for the homosexual agenda or the Marxist/fascist ruling class!!</p>
  • I Pledge Sunday 2014: The Rise of the Church

    10/05/2014 7:27:23 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 3 replies
    I Pledge Sunday ^ | October 5, 2012 | American Family Association and others
    Throughout our nation’s history, the Church has been a force for good in America and abroad. But over the last 50 years, government has systematically eroded our free speech and religious expression. The Bible and the Gospel have been banished from our public schools and our public squares. With more than 75% of Americans calling themselves Christians, it’s time for the Church to rise up and take action to turn the tide in our nation! We have the numbers and we have a voice. If we are silent, we have no one to blame but ourselves for a Godless America.
  • AUTHOR STANLEY MONTEITH DIES AT 85

    09/30/2014 9:09:43 AM PDT · by Sheapdog · 6 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 9/29/2014 | WND
    Dr. Stanley Monteith, whose well-known book “Brotherhood of Darkness” exposed a “grand conspiracy” of secret societies, the Council of Foreign Relations and the Bilderbergers, has died at the age of 85. A researcher, author and talk-show host, Monteith spent more than 40 years studying the movement to create a world government. During his 35-year career as an orthopedic surgeon he traveled to Europe, lived in South Africa and spent time researching the records of the men and organizations he believed are working to bring the United States under the control of a corporate elite. His radio talk show, “Radio Liberty,”...
  • Dark Money [The Left’s unprincipled campaign against philanthropic privacy]

    09/24/2014 4:36:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/24/2014 | Bill Zeiser
    ‘The shadow of ‘dark money’ haunts the midterms,” warned the Washington Post in a headline on September 2. Two days later, the Huffington Post chimed in with a headline of its own: “It’s Time to Name the 2014 Midterms the Dark Money Election.” The stories that followed were utterly predictable: pious condemnations of the role of money in politics, with dutiful references to Charles and David Koch, the libertarian brothers whose affiliated groups support Republican candidates. The notion of dark money was first introduced in a 2010 report from the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit group that calls for greater transparency...
  • Don’t Buy the Lie That Freedom to Worship Is the Same as Religious Freedom

    09/22/2014 6:56:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | September 21, 2014 | Sarah Torre
    The right to live, work and worship according to one’s faith is a freedom foundational to the United States. Many of the first settlers, having faced religious persecution in England, sought a place where they could freely worship and live according to their conscience without interference from the government. The Founders were clear, and the Bill of Rights makes it fundamental to our constitutional order that the government should not infringe on the free exercise of religion. In recent years, however, Americans have increasingly faced attempts to water down this robust understanding of religious freedom to a mere “freedom to...
  • Texas independence MUST happen - commentary

    09/22/2014 11:47:15 AM PDT · by Levy78 · 38 replies
    CNBC ^ | Septermber 22, 2014 | Daniel Miller
    If ever an epitaph were to be written for failed governments, businesses and ideologies it would be this — "It'll never happen." There are few phrases that adequately capture the human capacity for denial like this one. But there is one inescapable truth that is unfolding before the eyes of the world right now. "It" never happens — until "it" does. With Scotland's independence referendum now over, the world has had a wake up call. In a country where 10 years ago, most Scots believed that a vote on independence would never happen in 2014 — it did..... http://www.cnbc.com/id/102021344
  • Where to draw the line? Part Two. "When someone publicly announces his appetite for your liberty,

    09/18/2014 7:34:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 9/18/14 | Dutchman 6
    Judah walked among his brothers and fellow rebels and spoke to them of the thing for which they fought; “Oh my fellow soldiers, no other time remains more opportune than the present for courage and contempt of dangers; for if you now fight manfully, you may recover your liberty, which, as it is a thing of itself agreeable to all men, so it proves to be to us much more desirable, by its affording us the liberty of worshiping G-d. “Since therefore you are in such circumstances at present, you must either recover that liberty, and so regain a happy...
  • 211 College Campuses Rally for Constitution Week

    09/17/2014 7:08:34 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 16, 2014 | Elliot Engstrom
    WASHINGTON, DC — All this week, September 15-19, 211 Young Americans for Liberty campus chapters will rally thousands of students across the country for “Constitution Week” — in celebration of Constitution Day, September 17.YAL chapters will erect large displays in high-traffic areas on campuses and engage students with “Free Speech Walls,” giant Constitutions, and NSA petition drives. They will distribute tens of thousands of pocket Constitutions, personalized flyers, and sign-up sheets to teach more students about our founding principles and bring more students into the liberty movement. A small sampling of these high profile events expected from YAL chapters this...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections

    09/10/2014 4:48:50 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    SenTedCruz/YouTube ^ | September 9, 2014 | SenTedCruz
    Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections
  • Top Soil may be Blown Away, but Subsoil will Restore it

    09/02/2014 10:18:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/2/14 | Jerry Todd
    The fragile topsoil of freedom and enterprise can be clogged with the hardpan of regulations or blown away by the evil winds of “progressivism.” There are simple ways to draw from Subsoil (the combined application of the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity)… See here for more details: http://www.principia-scientific.org/chaos-and-subsoil-where-science-prospers.html Lawmaking and bureaucracy must incorporate Subsoil into the conception, design and government operations to preserve the American Way of Life as the Founders intended. Sworn Constitutional officers must honor the solemnity of their oaths to protect and defend the Constitution in spite of political agendas. Five important questions must be asked, truthfully...
  • The Myth of Catholic Social Teaching: Zmirak [Catholic Caucus]

    09/01/2014 7:11:37 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | August 30, 2014 | John Zmirak
    Self-styled Catholic critics of the free market and “Americanism” have adopted the term “social Magisterium” to suggest that there is a coherent and morally binding body of papal teaching on politics and economics, from which we can derive specific policy initiatives and firmly condemn alternatives as “un-Catholic” or even (that dreaded word) “dissenting.” Hence defenders of market economics, or opponents of mass immigration, can be tarred with the same brush as those who favor women’s ordination or homosexuality. Indeed, if we accept the premise of a “social magisterium,” we are led to believe that we can actually build up a...
  • The Giver — Love, Choice, and the Limits of Perfection

    08/30/2014 2:54:46 PM PDT · by TBP · 22 replies
    Celebration Center ^ | August 30, 2014 | Tim Phares, RScP
    “If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be,” as Yogi Berra once said. If you want to understand what this means, go see The Giver. The Giver is in the great dystopian tradition of Animal Farm and 1984, Brave New World, Atlas Shrugged, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, and so many more. (It also evoked for me memories of the Ring cycle and Lord of the Rings.) It takes place in a “perfect” society that has eliminated war, pain, suffering, differences and choice. They have created a society where everyone is equal (except those who are “more equal,” of...
  • Libertarians and the Church

    08/30/2014 3:01:15 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 42 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 30 August 2014 | Matthew Olson
    I have argued before that, in their fullest, libertarianism and Catholicism are incompatible -- but to what degree are they so? Leaders of the libertarian movement have certainly said silly, anti-Catholic things. Ludwig von Mises, for example, compared Christ to the Bolshevists and also said, "..[I]t is the resistance which the Church has offered to the spread of liberal ideas which has prepared the soil for the destructive resentment of modern socialist thought" (Socialism, Chapter 29). Translation: opposition to liberalism of one stripe must be blamed for inspiring liberalism of another. Huh? Much of the conflict between libertarians and the...
  • 10 essential quotes from a classic 1689 title made for (but forgotten in) the age of Obama

    08/29/2014 12:49:47 PM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 3 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-08-29 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Today is the birthday of a man who left an indelible imprint on American history and the history of the free world more broadly. The Englishman John Locke was born on August 29, 1632. Locke was one of the most heralded Enlightenment thinkers — preeminent among classical liberals — developing theories on natural rights, property, government, not to mention law and philosophy more broadly that would influence the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Western civilization itself. His intellectual achievements were so great that Thomas Jefferson identified Locke as one of “the three greatest men who ever lived, without any...
  • 20 Reasons Why Thomas Jefferson Would Oppose The Hell Out Of Obama And His Progressive Ilk

    08/24/2014 4:14:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 24, 2014 | Doug Giles
    If TJ is in heaven right now, and he’s able to peer through some celestial portal and behold the BS Barack has saddled this nation with -- a country, by the way, that Jefferson labored to make independent from tyrants -- then I would bet that Thomas is more ticked than a boar that just had its balls clipped. How do I know Jefferson would loathe Obama and seek to jettison our Jester-In-Chief? Well, it’s principally via Thomas’ musings -- musings that, for the time being, we’re still afforded the wherewithal to access; principles that also happen to have made...
  • Farm Is Fined for Refusal to Hold Same-Sex Wedding

    08/18/2014 1:33:39 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 71 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | August 18, 2014 | 1 Comments | John Caher,
    An Albany area farm which rebuffed efforts by a same-sex couple to hold their wedding at the site has been fined $10,000 and ordered to pay the women $1,500 each for their mental anguish. In New York State Division of Human Rights v. Liberty Ridge Farm, 10157952/ 10157963, Administrative Law Judge Migdalia Pares of the Bronx rejected the owners' argument that the farm, which is their home, is not a place of public accommodation and is therefore not subject to the anti-discrimination provisions of the Human Rights Law. the Giffords are considering their next step, including a possible appeal based...
  • On Australia’s changing culture, US race relations and Israel Folau

    08/18/2014 3:46:25 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 2 replies
    AUSLibertyNews ^ | August 17, 2014 | Milton Johnson
    Welcome to the very first edition of AUSLibertyNews. This is the week's news presented from a Paleoconservative perspective. Hosted by the controversial and thought-provoking Milton Johnson; topics cover Australia's rapidly changing culture, deteriorating race-relations in the US and Israel Folou. Today we are joined by special guest Plato Sandilands (@PlatoSandilands) as he discusses his exciting new internet venture.
  • Whither BP’s behemoth? {AK North Slope, Liberty, monster rig}

    08/15/2014 2:06:33 PM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Petroleum News | Week of August 17, 2014 | Wesley Loy
    As company works up new Liberty development plan, big rig remains sidelined - - - - It’s been five years since BP shipped a gigantic, specially designed drilling rig to Alaska’s North Slope to develop the offshore Liberty oil field. But the rig has yet to drill a well. It’s just sitting there. Exactly what BP plans to do with the behemoth, constructed by Parker Drilling Co., remains to be seen. But one thing seems apparent - it won’t be used for the Liberty project. BP has indicated as much in correspondence this year with the federal Bureau of Ocean...
  • Anti-immigration convoy cancels Texas event over 'death threats'

    08/03/2014 3:46:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | August 3, 2014 | By Rory Carroll
    A convoy of anti-immigration activists touring the border with Mexico to defend the US from “invasion” has cancelled an event in Texas because of alleged death threats. The 30-vehicle convoy aborted a planned rally in El Paso on Sunday over safety concerns, said the convoy organiser, Eric Odom. “We had to cancel that because of death threats against our crew and convoy,” he told the Guardian, speaking by phone from a New Mexico highway. “We’re not into that. We are a very peaceful convoy and we want to show that the border is very dangerous and open.” Odom said the...
  • Obama to Republicans: ‘Stop just hatin’ all the time’

    07/30/2014 2:40:28 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 57 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 30, 2014 | Roberta Rampton
    KANSAS CITY Mo (Reuters) - President Barack Obama took his criticism of congressional Republicans to a higher pitch on Wednesday, appealing to them to "stop just hatin' all the time" even as Republicans prepared to sue him over charges he has overstepped the bounds of his office. Republicans in the House of Representatives were expected to vote on Wednesday to authorize a lawsuit against the president for exceeding his presidential authority while implementing the Affordable Care Act, his signature health care law.
  • Circuits Split on Availability of ACA Exchange Subsidies

    07/22/2014 2:48:58 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 7-22-14 | Sean Riley
    This morning, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit invalidated a 2012 IRS rule allowing tax subsidies in federal insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. Within hours, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a contrary ruling in a similar, but separate, case, allowing exchange subsidies in both state-based and federal exchanges. Though both decisions are still subject to further review and will have no immediate impact, such “circuit splits” are often considered strong evidence that a case will ultimately end up before the U.S. Supreme...