Last week Conservative Talk Show host Vicki McKenna took on Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson on immigration, NSA spying on American Citizens and the IRS. Most of the time I agree with Ron but here he is dead wrong.
The thrust of the arguments in favor of the NSA collecting metadata on private citizens is “the war on terror” and such anti-constitutional acts are necessary for safety and security. The problem with this argument is that if we must give up essential liberty to obtain safety then the terrorist have already won. They have destroyed the essential liberty that has made our country great. It ignores a fundamental right guaranteed by the fourth amendment. Continue reading →
Sue Wilson is renewing her attack on Conservative talk radio. Of course she again shows her ignorance of both Constitutional law and broadcast rules and regulations. She bases her arguments on the first amendment ignoring the fact that all of the “Bill of Rights” put limitations on the government and not private individuals or businesses. Continue reading →
Today while listening to the Vicki McKenna show I found the last segment interesting. You can listen to the segment while reading the post. The segment was about courting college aged students to the GOP.
16 minutes in a caller said that the GOP should embrace the libertarian principles. Brian Schimming immediately chimed in stating that Libertarian principles are unpopular. Of course he ignores the popularity of Ron Paul in the last presidential election. Sorry Brian you are wrong on so many ways. Ron Paul drew crowds bigger then Romney and Obama combined.
The above picture was from the liberal bastion of California.
While a specific head count has not yet been released, it would not be unreasonable to suggest that as many as 8,000 attended. Dr. Paul himself acknowledged that tonight’s overwhelming attendance surpassed his Chico rally which took place yesterday; the Chico event drew 6,200.
“Last night we were in a different part of California up in Chico — we had a little rally up there — and they set a record with the number of people coming out. But the record has been broken today.”
In 2008, Ron Paul’s bid for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination catapulted the ten-term US congressman (TX) from obscurity into the national spotlight.
Paul’s philosophy of limited government, individual liberty, and rule-of-law resonated with a large and passionate segment of American voters. His platform of fiscal conservatism, foreign policy restraint, and civil libertarianism offered a fresh and interesting combination of policy positions to voters who felt out of place in the conventional politics of the two-party system.
A maverick who criticizes his own party with as much zeal as he criticizes Democrats, Ron Paul was shut out of the Republican National Convention in 2008, and held a separate rally in the same city.
I was a life long Republican who feels like Ronald Reagan felt about the democratic party when he left it. The party left me I did not leave the party. While the Republican party preaches limited government and lower taxes what they practice is exactly the opposite. They cater to mostly the same special interest groups. There is little doubt that the public at large has had it with both parties, they both spend like drunken sailors. (apologies to sailors, they at least spend their own money)
As Barack Obama begins his second term in office, trust in the federal government remains mired near a historic low, while frustration with government remains high. And for the first time, a majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.
Opinions about Congress, while little changed over the past year, also remain very negative. Just 23% offer a favorable opinion of Congress, while 68% express an unfavorable view. Favorable views of Congress hit 50% in spring 2009 but subsequently have plummeted.
For two decades between 1985 and 2005 Congress was generally viewed more favorably than unfavorably. The low point during that period came in the fall of 1995 – just prior to the government shutdown of that year – when 42% offered a favorable opinion of Congress. This is not a short term trend, it is a direct response to the modern paternalistic “Progressive Era”
Ron Paul’s appeal is not that he wants to create even more “protected classes” He does not offer even more so called free stuff as the left does. What he does do is preach limited government and fiscally conservative views, but he also espouses the civil liberties that were guaranteed in the constitution.
Is this the version of freedom that the founding fathers had envisioned for us? Audrey Silk of New York Clash put together a video that highlights the paternalistic stance of modern America that former Republicans like me find chilling.
Love him or hate him but the likes of Ron Paul and other Libertarians stand for real liberty and limited government and the Main Stream GOP ignores us at their own peril. Ron not only talks the talk but walks the walk and his voting record reflects that. While Ronald Reagan was a step in the right direction he was not the last “true Republican” That prize goes to Barry Goldwater who defended free markets,individual rights,property rights and didn’t believe you could legislate mortality. Here is a debate between Barry Goldwater and socialist Norman Thomas.
Here is what the Republicans must do to attract the youth.
1) Right to work laws must not only include freedom from forced unionization but eliminate all of the unneeded licensing of most jobs. Do you really need a licence to be a bartender subject to the whims of local government? Barbers? Taxi cab owners? All of these laws are protectionist acts to limit competition and cater to special interest groups. If one has the ability that person should not need permission from the government to make a living. The free market will sort the good from the bad.
2) Don’t ever enact legislation in order to create a so called level playing field. On closer inspection you will find it is usually the government that unleveled the field in the first place. Repeal the law that created the problem rather then create even more regulation.
3) Actually stand for civil liberties whether you approve of the individual or the acts of the individual, as Goldwater said “you can’t legislate morality” and that means “equal protection under the law” not “protected class” where some have more rights then others.
4) Actually push for equal taxation, a flat tax or a consumption tax where everyone has equal skin in the game. No deductions no exceptions. Eliminate the corporate tax. In reality corporations don’t pay taxes, that tax is passed on to the consumer and a hidden tax on the poor and makes us uncompetitive with the rest of the world. The flat tax if implemented should be on all income including capital gains. It would be fair since it would no longer be double taxation through the corporate tax. It also removes the incentive to invest overseas and would promote investment domestically.
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[Madison, Wisc...] The Wisconsin District IV Court of Appeals ruled the state’s photo ID law does not violate Article III of the State Constitution, on Thursday, striking down one of two decisions against it by Dane County judges. Continue reading →
My name is Marshall Keith and am an active Tea Party Member. Your recent action as members of the budget committee is appalling and betrays every principle this country was founded on, namely the right of property and the right to own and run a business. Your action take against RYO machines amount to a regulatory taking without just compensation.
I have a personal friend who is directly affected by this action, he mortgaged his house to buy two of these machines to the tune of $70,000 dollars. As a result of this he will more then likely lose both his home and his livelihood.
On conviction of a felony you do lose constitutional rights but only on conviction. Not for an arrest. You have to show probable cause to seize anything. Some people may say what’s the big deal if you have done nothing wrong. Would you let them search your house simply because you got caught speeding?
This goes far beyond searching your house, they are taking a piece of you. While they always make promises that it will only be used for criminal investigations history shows that the government never keeps those promises. Putting your DNA in a database will eventually be used for other purposes. Obamacare is a classic example, your DNA can be used to determine what diseases you may be prone to, you could be denied government jobs because of this, it could be used under Obamacare to determine how much money they will spend on healthcare based on what diseases you are prone to. Demand probable cause before forfeiting your rights.
GASTONIA, N.C. – George Mason University professor of economics Walter E. Williams recently penned an excellent column for North Carolina’s Gaston Gazette that might shed some light on why the Boston Marathon bombers hated America, and students across the country are learning to do the same.
The suspects – brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – may have hated America before they allegedly attacked innocent citizens, but Williams points out their attendance at the University of Massachusetts could have helped fuel their hate.
“Maybe they hated our nation before college, but if you want lessons on hating America, college attendance is a good place to start,” Williams wrote. “Let’s take a look at it.”
Williams pointed to University of Hawaii professor Haunani-Kay Trask, who tells his students they “need to think very, very clearly about who the enemy is.
“The enemy is the United States of America and everyone who supports it,” Trask contends.
(Sun Prairie, WI) – Citizens should be asking at least two serious questions of Wisconsin state legislators as the Joint Finance Committee heads into a decision this week on funding for the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund.
How much land should the State of Wisconsin own?
And how great a debt burden should the State of Wisconsin be allowed to impose on taxpayers in order to maintain an ever-longer list of public lands?
Since creating the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund in 1989, the Wisconsin State Legislature has authorized nearly a billion dollars in borrowing to pay for related land purchases and acquired nearly 600,000 acres of property. Today debt service alone on moneys borrowed to accommodate Stewardship purchases total over $80 million a year. Another $60 million is requested for each year in the governor’s proposed 2013-2015 biennial budget, for continued Stewardship purchases – not counting funds necessary to maintain property already owned. Yet, together, the State of Wisconsin and the U.S. Forest Service already own 3.2 million acres of this state’s land, amounting to a shocking 20 percent of total land area.
Less land on the tax rolls means that both state and local taxes will only continue to increase on Wisconsin families, farms, and businesses as the cost of maintaining public lands increases. It also means significant reduction in the amount of real property available for use in agriculture, forestry, and other types of private industry that result in real jobs.
I The following op-ed is not for the weak or the PC crowd. The leftist would paint any conservative/libertarian male as a knuckle dragging alpha male who is racist,homophobic who treat women as second class citizens who should be kept barefoot and pregnant. Nothing could be further from the truth and I should know, I am one. Continue reading →