Monthly Archives: July 2013
In what could be called the first volley of the 2016 Republican primary, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called the strain of libertarianism concerned with recent NSA civil-liberties violations a “very dangerous thought.” He also accused Republican lawmakers such as Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) of forgetting the lessons of September 11.
Christie’s comments underscore a growing rift in the Republican Party between the more libertarian minded and those who adhere to more traditional Republican stances of social conservatism and strong foreign policy. It’s high time for the Republican Party to have this fight and to see which faction voters will favor. My bet is on the libertarians.
“The Alliance said they were gonna waltz through Serenity Valley. And we choked ‘em with those words. We’ve done the impossible, and that makes us mighty! Just a little while longer. Our angels are gonna be soaring overhead, raining fire on those arrogant Khags. So you hold.”- Sergeant Malcolm Reynolds ”Firefly”
So went one of the opening lines of the pilot to the short-run TV show, Firefly. Of course, the rebel “brown coat” Independents’ leadership never sent in the “angels” (starships) because the fight was “too hot” and their foot soldiers were ordered to “lay down arms”.
Shortly thereafter, the Independents’ revolt against the dictatorial “Alliance” was defeated.
Every libertarian and blogger’s favorite Senator, Lindsey Graham, is back with another memorable tweet that should be chronicled the annals of his greatest misses. Graham, who isn’t sure bloggers have First Amendment protection, and who thinks free speech is a great idea, except that we’re in a war and you can’t have free speech in war, tweeted the following about the Amash Amendment:
Good read in today’s WSJ Editorial about problems with the Smith-Amash NDAA Amendment in the House of Reps. http://t.co/4dbSTQNz
The Wall Street Journal, standing as it does for unrestrained liberty for big banks, takes issue with the Tea Party Terror Flakeout (that’s the actual title of the editorial), arguing that it gives political cover to the ACLU. Well, it also stands for a reinvigorated and meaningful Fourth Amendment limitation on government power. The Journal, and its sycophant Senator Lindsey Graham, seek to undermine any notion that the NSA’s spying was illegal, unconstitutional, or unnecessary. No, no, no…our Founders would have chosen security over liberty, which is why they didn’t revolt against the Crown…oh, wait.
Western Representation PAC is sponsoring a We ✄♥ Lindsey Graham’s Policies Tour through South Carolina this week, and America Resists’s own Tiffiny Ruegner is on the ground with me in Atlanta as we prepare to storm over the Georgia-South Carolina border and into our first stop at Aiken, S.C. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the glamorous side of political activism:
- Fly out of Lubbock, Texas at 3:05. Get bumped to 4:25 flight.
- Sit next to Southwest Airlines’ employee flying on a pass while he hacks, coughs, and vomits in a plastic bag from Lubbock to Dallas.
- Wait on the tarmac for 45 minutes as a summer camp full of kids walks through the DFW Airport to switch planes.
- Sit on the tarmac for another 20 minutes.
TAMPA, July 27, 2013 – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) introduced an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill that would have defunded the NSA’s blanket collection of metadata and limited the government’s collection of records to those “relevant to a national security investigation.”
It terrified New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who lashed out at those who supported the bill and libertarianism in general.
“As a former prosecutor who was appointed by President George W. Bush on Sept. 10, 2001, I just want us to be really cautious, because this strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought,” Christie said.
Yes, it is dangerous, but to what? It is dangerous to the bloated national security state, which tramples the liberty and dignity of every American under the pretense of protecting them from what Charles Kenny recently called the “vastly exaggerated” threat of terrorism.
Inglorious Exploits of Dear Leader, Episode 7: Ho Chi Washington, Voting Fraud Act: Part Deux, Deadbeat Debtors
Dear Leader was apoplectic. He was flummoxed. The Supreme Court had struck down his Voter Fraud Act, thereby enabling states to do something totally outrageous: check voter IDs at the polls. Despite his support of a national ID, and an Internet ID, Dear Leader remained vehemently opposed to strict voter ID laws in Texas and North Carolina. The Bash Brothers, otherwise known as Senators Schumer and Graham, haters of America and civil liberties, had pitched Dear Leader on the merits of a national ID card in 2010, but those wacko bird libertarians had prevailed in whipping up a panic.
Dear Leader deployed the Rat Lord, Attorney General Eric Holder, to file a lawsuit against Texas to regain authority over Texas’s election laws. The Rat Lord dutifully complied, traipsing to federal court and filing a lawsuit requesting that Texas be required to pre-clear changes in voting laws with the Injustice Department. Dear Leader was pleased, so pleased that in his elation, he made some very unwise statements.
TAMPA, July 26, 2013 – Plagued by ongoing scandals and perhaps regretting an ill-advised speech on the Zimmerman murder case, President Obama attempted on Wednesday to shift the focus to the economy. There’s only one problem. The news is all bad there, too.
The president continued attempting to blame the Bush administration, but it’s doubtful anyone besides his diehard supporters was buying it. It’s been over four years now. If what the president does actually affects economic conditions, this is Obama’s economy and it’s in shambles.
There is not much reason to believe that the president is going to help, either. His speech was remarkable for only one reason: the extent to which it illustrated how out of touch with reality he is.
Following a surprisingly close vote on Capitol Hill Wednesday evening, the libertarian congressman who tried to stop the National Security Agency’s blanketing collection of domestic phone records vowed to further his fight against NSA surveillance.
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan) was unsuccessful with his attempt to tack an amendment on to an upcoming Pentagon appropriations bill Wednesday night that would have barred the NSA from using a PATRIOT Act provision to collect the phone records of all Americans. But despite being relatively new to DC politics, the 33-year-old lawmaker garnered support from both sides of the aisle before and after an evening of heated testimony that ended with a 205-217 vote that shut-down his amendment, co-sponsored by colleague Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan).
Dear Leader has decided to pivot and focus on the economy. Yes, the economy, with its 16 percent of unemployed African-Americans, instead of the Stand Your Ground law in Florida. Yes, the Stand Your Ground law in Florida, which was always the real focus on Dear Leader’s agenda, because ideas mean more to Dear Leader than people, and Trayvon Martin was a human being instead of an idea or a policy point.
Dear Leader has renewed his focus on the economy, because it’s the economy that matters. It’s not Dear Leader’s four months wasted on gun control, where he armed Syrian and Libyan rebels via Qatar, but refused to endorse allowing Chicago residents to arm themselves in order to defend against record violence against their person and property. Yes, the economy is the most important issue, which doesn’t explain why we’re almost to August and Dear Leader has finally come around to focusing on the economy. It doesn’t explain why Dear Leader spent months attempting to erect greater barriers to gun ownership by law-abiding Americans while facilitating easier access to assault weapons for jihadist fanatics in North Africa and the Middle East.
Seems like once every few months we go through this exercise. Democrats make demands with regards to Government spending, Republicans threaten to shut down the Government, Democrats threaten Republicans with bad Press, GOP “leadership” caves, Democrats win.
Once again, dear readers, we have reached the Great Debt Ceiling Crisis! Yep, it’s only July and the Federal Government is already on the verge of running out of money. Apparently the FED hasn’t printed enough and Congress hasn’t authorized borrowing enough.