Category Archives: Politics
A friend just asked me my view on the death penalty. In answer to her question and to impart to her how my thinking on this topic has changed over the years, I forwarded her this review I wrote some time ago of the documentary film, The Thin Blue Line. In addition, I recently addressed the police state on my show, if you’re interested in more on this theme.
Randall Dale Adams (December 17, 1948 – October 30, 2010) was wrongly convicted of murdering police officer Robert W. Wood, and was subsequently sentenced to death. He served more than 12 years in prison, at one point coming within 72 hours of being put to death. His death sentence was reduced through appeal to the United States Supreme Court, and eight years later he was released when evidence was uncovered to prove his innocence.
I always argued in favor of capital punishment because it is so obvious to me that in murdering someone the murderer forfeits his rights totally. I couldn’t stand the arguments that every life is equally valid and who are we to take a life and judge a person, blah blah blah. I’ll tell you who we are–we are innocent people who have but one life to live and if some out-of-control sociopath kills us it’s over forever but for him, he may serve ten or twenty years, maybe even his whole life, but he gets to live and we don’t–it’s just not fair.
Over time, however, I have come to distrust the State to such an extent that I now believe it is dangerous to entrust it even with this, one of its few arguably legitimate functions, so I must withdraw my support for capital punishment.
I will never in a million years protest outside a prison on the night of the execution of a confessed murderer–if you have him dead to rights I’ll be glad he’s gone. But murder is not the only capital crime in this country: treason, espionage and drug trafficking are capital offenses in some states. This is very different from putting people to death for violent attacks on innocent people. These crimes are what they call mala prohibita rather than mala in se–that is, like gambling and prostitution, they are crimes because the government prohibits them not because they are inherently wrong. Granted, espionage and treason are inherently wrong, but only if your government is inherently right. Once the government can kill people for crimes defined by the government and one of those crimes is opposing the government, well, you better hope you like your government–and that it likes you!
Is it possible to talk about a global Islamic War against Christians while also praising Islam as an exemplary faith that could end such intolerance? Moreover, what Republican would think it wise to say this in front of a large group of Christian conservatives?
Sen. Paul’s speech to the 2013 Values Voters Summit in Washington, DC on Friday outlined how a minority of Muslims—Islamic extremists who still number in the tens of millions—have been violently targeting Christians, particularly in the Middle East. Paul provided many gruesome examples of why Christians and Muslims should never blind themselves to the realities of radical Islam. But he also honored the richness of the true Muslim faith and its relevant history, even crediting the people of the Middle East for America’s founding era,” noting “Islam carried the light of enlightenment for centuries. They paved the way for our enlightenment.”
Doug Stafford former Chief of Staff for Senator Rand Paul and now Executive Director of Rand PAC joins Kurt Wallace to discuss the many milestones of Senator Rand Paul over the last nine months. He talks about Paul’s leadership on spending, the infamous filibuster and gives some insight on things people may just be surprised to learn about the Senator from Kentucky.
This is the podcast of the September 8, 2013, Monica Perez Show offering a libertarian perspective on the Administration’s push to attack Syria…What are the facts? What’s the big picture?
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) expanded his investigation into the IRS targeting scandal by demanding the FEC turn over five years of communications with the IRS to his committee. Issa took the step after FEC vice chairman Don McGahn told CNN he’d seen an email from FEC attorney William Powers of the FEC’s Office of the General Counsel to embattled IRS official Lois Lerner. Lerner, a former FEC official, was asked by Powers for information over the status of the American Future Fund, even though FEC commissioners had not extended permission for Powers or any other FEC investigators to reach out to the IRS over American Future Fund’s tax exempt status.
After Powers reached out to Lerner, the American Future Fund received an IRS questionnaire. FEC Chairman Ellen Weintraub said she was unaware of any emails between Powers and Lerner:
“If there was any evidence or targeting based on ideology, that would be extremely serious, but I have not seen any evidence of that. I am not aware of requesting or receiving any confidential taxpayer information. I am not aware of any requests for anything that wasn’t publicly available.”
The Bacon King Chronicles: Chris Christie uses $4.7 million in Sandy Relief funds to promote himself
The Bacon King, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, has stirred controversy yet again with his appearance in videos that promote New Jersey tourism. The videos, produced by a politically connected firm, MWW, put Christie and his family front and center. They also cost $2.2 million more than the bid submitted by runner-up firm Sigma Group. Sigma submitted a bid for $2.5 million to run the ad campaign for New Jersey’s tourism industry, but Sigma made no political contributions and its ad campaign did not call for Governor Christie to make an appearance.
The six member bid evaluation team, composed of Christie Administration officials, said the following of Sigma Group’s bid:
“[it] addressed the tasks and deliverables specified in the RFQ (request for quotation) … (and) could effectively meet the requirements of this RFQ.”
Yes,the Constitution is toilet paper, and you have only to look at the way government behaves to understand why this is the case. Today’s edition highlights a growing practice of state and local governments, civil asset forfeiture. Civil asset forfeiture enables the government to seize your property without charging or convicting you of any crime. That’s because you aren’t on trial; instead, your property is on trial.
In the United States, your property has no presumption of innocence, right to counsel, or any of the other myriad individual rights you have as an actual person. Civil asset forfeiture is a way of holding your property liable for the crime you are suspected of committing. Even though the police cannot convict you of any crime, they can still hold your property accountable for the crime they think you committed.
Our two favorite capitulators, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, have managed to accomplish the unthinkable: Egypt no longer wants U.S. aid. Yes, after Senator Rand Paul and his allies in the Wacko Bird Caucus tried to end aid to Egypt, only to be thwarted by the Senate, Graham and McCain managed to anger Egyptians so much that they are telling the U.S. to keep its billions. When a bill dies 86-13 in the U.S. Senate, it must be the right course of action.
McCain and Graham characterized the recent overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi as a coup, and it matters to McCain and Graham that Morsi was overthrown by a coup. Former Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak, not so much, but an Islamist fanatic whose party was enthused about brutally repressing the rights of average Egyptians, yes. It’s no surprise, of course, because these are the same two Senators who want to give jihadists in Syria arms on the U.S. taxpayers dime. After all, they’re freedom fighters, says John
Fonda McCain, who apparently doesn’t mind a coup against Syrian President Bashir Assad.
Welcome to a new featured series here on Liberty Pulse, The Constitution is Toilet Paper. Each week, we’ll be reviewing all of the ways in which our government uses the United States Constitution as toilet tissue, as opposed to the blueprint for limited government it’s supposed to be. Make no mistake about, the United States government at all levels doesn’t respect limitations on its power. Be it local, state, or federal government agencies or bureaucracies, the U.S. government spends most of its time and energy evolving new ways to disrespect the Constitution and trample your liberties. You can replace the 535 men and women who make up Congress, or the two elected officials who hold power at the White House, but you will not be able to touch the entrenched bureaucracy in Washington D.C., various statehouses, and City Halls around the country.
And what a bureaucracy it is! It spawns ever greater amounts of regulation; it thinks up new and ever more creative ways to tax everything, and it never has enough money or power. This week’s edition deals with one of the most corrupt agencies to ever exist at the federal level: the Drug Enforcement Administration, or the DEA. The DEA is tasked with prosecuting the War on Drugs, but its agents have a curious tendency to turn up working in the drug trade. With 87 offices in 63 countries, the DEA has made itself useful to various regimes across the globe, and those regimes have in turn infiltrated the DEA’s operations, so much so that Venezuelan intelligence managed to intercept U.S. embassy emails due to compromised security at the DEA’s office.
Operation Xenios Zeus is underway in Greece, and the Greek government has taken a nasty turn for the worst. In the midst of an economic crisis that has reduced Greeks to bartering for the necessities of life, Greek society is looking for a scapegoat. At first, Operation Zeus focused on rounding up illegal immigrants, and imprisoning them in internment camps.
The problem was that illegal immigrants aren’t readily obvious; the Greek police were fanning out to target individuals who appeared to be foreigners. One of those individuals was South Korean tourist Hyun Young Jung, who found himself stopped by a man speaking Greek on the street. Jung thought the man was a swindler, so he waved the man off and continued walking.
Seconds later, he was approached by a man in a uniform requesting his documents. When Jung requested to see his police I.D., the man punched him the face. The original man who had accosted him joined in, and the two men began kicking Jung while he was on the ground. They then dragged him to the nearest police station, and continued beating him a second time. When that beating stopped, they dragged him to a stairwell and began hitting him a third time while he was handcuffed.