Many hands are being wrung among the elite governing class about Congressional gridlock. The Democrats have invoked the “nuclear option” — allowing the Senate majority in effect to prevail by simple, rather than 60%, majority. (This will come back to haunt them if majority control turns Republican in next year’s election.)
Fortunately for us mere citizens the House is still Republican controlled. It thereby is situated to block the worst Big Government initiatives.
In the great “Hunting of the Snark” on Capitol Hill many
With Ron Paul running in the last two presidential election cycles I have to wonder why the liberal or progressive media was afraid of him. In general, why was any media cowered in fear over reporting about him and his followers? Then it hit me like a ton of bricks, they are afraid because they see change on the horizon. Like everyone else who is happy with what they have, they fear change.
We can see what is happening in our society regarding the political climate, if only everyone was paying attention we could get it done faster. To be sure, it breaks down to several different factors but in all, the fear is real because the change is real. So let us see what those changes are and why it frightens them all.
Libertarianism Is Catching and Becoming the New Center
Ron Paul has done more for the Libertarian movement then the entire party has done in the last five decades. When thinking in terms of left and right politics, Republicans are considered right, Democrats are considered left. This is the popular way of looking at things. On the right, it is generally viewed of fiscally and socially conservative. On the left, it is generally viewed of fiscally and socially liberal.
People vote for the person that is sort of in the middle, or at least that is what they think. They want someone in office who is on both sides of the aisle. Surprisingly enough, when Libertarians portray themselves in this arena, they are viewed as fiscally conservative and socially liberal. Ron Paul’s speeches and appeal have made this abundantly clear and people are now gravitating toward that new norm.
Picture from Google Images – Connecticut gun control
Yes, we have tragedy after tragedy in this country. No one will say that the mass shooting of children is not a tragic event unless they are someone like Stalin. Stalin thought that the death of a single individual was a tragic event but that the death of thousands was just a statistic. From a Libertarian perspective, every death is a tragic event, even if it was a necessity done out of self-protection.
As a Libertarian I fully believe in my right to protect myself against the evils of the world as they come after me in whatever form they may take. Our society seems to be taking this to a whole new level where our government is concerned. Most people do not want violence to be used against them so they are empowering government more and more to deal with such violence. In doing so, they relinquish the responsibility to care for their own being into the hands of the government.
Such decisions bring about the Police State. Instead of relying on themselves people rely on the “Law Enforcement” arms of our government to protect them. Of course, those same protectors cannot be everywhere at the same time. So, they usually show late and the crime is already committed by the time they arrive on the scene. That is, supposing they arrive there for a crime.
Lately, we see a different story emerging around the country. Now, the law enforcement personnel show up unannounced, in force, and perpetrating violence of their own accord regardless of the situation. We see it often enough now that it becomes regular and desensitizing to our culture. This is a very dangerous precedent that is going unchecked.
In the wake of tragic events like Sandy Hook gun laws and
It only took 15 minutes for Libertarian Candidate Lucas Overby to be declared the winner of Monday nights nationally televised Florida District 13 debate on C-span. The Bay New 9 online poll showed Overby trouncing his opponents Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly with 42% of viewers backing Overby. The very popular Sink only received 25% support. Sink, once was considered a shoe in to win, but no more!
Overby’s campaign has gone into overdrive since Monday night, preparing to bring his campaign to a stunning first ever Libertarian Congressional Victory. If Overby has a real good showing or pulls off a win, it will be proof positive that corporate media is ultimately responsible for the two party’s lock on power. Bay News 9 and the Tampa Times allowing Overby into the debates, clearly demonstrates the bias which has plagued this nation.
The Zimbabwe dollar is considered the most inflationary money supply in our recent history. Its inflation rate was worse than that of Germany back in the day. From 1980 to 2009 it was the official currency of Zimbabwe, that is, until inflation took over. Three distinct redenominations of the Zimbabwe dollar lead to its ultimate demise in the end. In 2009 the problem became so prevalent that the government completely disbanded the Zimbabwe dollar and made other countries currency the official money to do business with in Zimbabwe. Those currencies included the United States dollar.
Often, we in the United States like to throw our weight around the world and force other countries to bend to their knees in favor of our policies. While the U.S. dollar was the strongest dominating financial backing for the Zimbabwe government, the latest rounds of talks prove to be faltering for the U.S. government. The Zimbabwe government is still using the U.S. dollar at the moment but it has now officially accepted the Chinese yuan as another alternative to do business in country.
Increasing, Zimbabwe is looking more and more toward the East to help stabilize its economy instead of Western powers like the U.S.A. Currently there are no plans to reintroduce the Zimbabwe dollar locally because production has not picked up and the country cannot yet stand on its own. But the recent move to bring in the yuan is clearly a signal that the faith in the help from the U.S.A. is waning at best. Trade and investment with places like China has increased over the last decade. It is because of this increased trade that the yuan is now being accepting.
Often I hear that we cannot exist without government. I find that notion to be preposterous. We can survive without government. It might not be what we are used to but it can be done. People think I live in some utopian world when I try to explain about government. They often associate me with an anarchist rather than a Libertarian. Truth be told, they might be right. However, their idea of anarchy and mine would clearly be drastically different from each other.
While I prefer no government, I realize that such a thing would require that 100% of the people be 100% responsible for 100% of their actions 100% of the time. Such is in fact a utopian world. A world like that will never exist within my life time. So, while I might prefer it, I know it won’t happen; therefore I am realistic enough to accept that some form of government is necessary at this point in time. My ideas of government though, seem to vastly differ from those around me.
Most people think that government is the answer to everything, I prefer the answer to be voluntary found between consenting peoples. As such, to view a Libertarian government a few things may need to be defined first that we are all on the same page. For instance, what is a government? A government is an arm of society that exercises control over the citizens of that society. In today’s world that control is ever expanding. In a Libertarian world such would not occur.
The United States Senate moves toward the confirmation of Janet Yellen, now posited for next January 6th, as chair of the Federal Reserve System. Let us in this moment of recess reflect on eerily similar observations by two of history’s most transformational figures: John Maynard Keynes and Nicolas Copernicus.
One of Keynes’s most often-cited observations, from his 1919 The Economic Consequences of the Peace, chapter VI, contains an indictment of policies very like those which the Federal Reserve System has been implementing for the past dozen, and more, years. These policies in slow motion are, in the opinion of this columnist, at the root of the very political, social, and cultural dysphoria — uneasiness or
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, fellow citizens:
This year is 2014. It was exactly one century ago, this year, that WW1 begun. It was a totally irrational, destructive and vicious war that we joined. Let us not worry about the tiny fact that our politicians who advocated for our entrance into the conflict cared little to nothing about the 9 million or so lives the war cost. It was a great step forward for us as a country because it began our last century of continuous war. One that we proudly carry on to this very day regardless of the economic calamity these wars may cause at home.
We now have the largest military industrial complex in the world. Why, we spend more on our own military than every single country in the entire world combined. We spend $680 Billion per year on our military. The next closest country is China and they only spend a paltry $166 Billion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures). No one is anywhere near close to us. What a phenomenal feat we accomplished in doing this.
Currently we have over 2 million troops including our national guardsmen, and some 3.5 million civilians employed throughout our defense sector. Our powers are so overwhelming that we throw our military weight at any country we feel like. We can resort to war at any time and bring death, violence and destruction to any country we want for any political reason we desire. We are now the elite of the elite militaries of the world.
During the last century we practiced on unsuspecting countries to increase our effectiveness. Now it is time we bring what we learned overseas back home so that our own citizens can witness the power we wield. Bring on the spying networks(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Snowden). Bring on the drones across America. Bring on the NDAA (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1960/text) and put anyone we want in prison. Our citizens are ripe for the pickings and will bend at the knee for us. In our hands is the very power to bring the desired police state to the American shores. When we do that, gone will be the Land of the Free and we will control everything.
Dictator, oops, President Obama made his State of The Union Address on Tuesday evening. I found it very hard to listen to the lies he was telling with such a straight face. Obviously he wants us to listen to him and do what he says but is that really going to work. I guess the answer remains to be seen on how many people fall for his BS. We can start with some simple things like the fact that he says the Congress speaks on our behalf and represents us.
Well, his words were actually: “Tonight, this chamber speaks with one voice to the people we represent: it is you, our citizens, who make the state of our union strong.” I am not sure about you the reader but they certainly are not representing me to any extent.
I am against the NDAA provisions that allow our government to detain its citizens indefinitely on the mere suspicion of a crime without any due process of law.
I am against the laws that allow our government to spend more money than what they take in. In our time of financial crisis and the terrible economy we currently face, our budget deficit increased another 786 Billion dollars since the last State Of The Union address.
I am against the massive spying program our government runs against its own citizens. Who in their right mind thinks it necessary for the US government to maintain and track 100% of all it’s citizen’s communication? For what purpose is this being done?
I am against the laws that make our citizens pay taxes. Yet, this year we have a slew of new taxes with an overall increase of 8-15% depending on your income levels. That means anyone making over a couple hundred thousand per year must pay 49% of their income to the government. Almost makes it not worth working.
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Back in October, Public Policy Polling released it’s poll on the 2014 Gubernatorial race. Adrian Wyllie, Libertarian candidate for governor, was not included in that poll after polling in a St. PetePolls study at nearly 9%. Wyllie supporters flooded PPP with calls, emails, Facebook messages and tweets and after a few hours were told by PPP, in a tweet from the company, that Adrian Wyllie would be included in the next poll IF they stopped contacting the organization.
Libertarians and Wyllie supporters took PPP at their word and stopped contacting them. Now, Public Policy Polling has again released it’s poll on the 2014 Gubernatorial race and yet again have excluded candidate Adrian Wyllie.
Their reason? No one contacted them to let them know they wanted Mr. Wyllie included.
The gloves are off for PPP. We took them at their word and stopped contacting them. Now they have the nerve to exclude him for doing exactly what you asked. Their rude answers to Libertarians, their exclusionary practices and their lies are inexcusable!
It is now time we contacted PPP and let them know we will not stand for this type of behavior from a company that claims to be “one of the two most accurate pollsters in the country.”
Call, email, tweet, and post to PPP’s Facebook page to let them know that their intentional exclusion of the Libertarian Party candidate is unacceptable.
****** DO NOT STOP UNTIL PPP INCLUDES ADRIAN IN THE POLL FOR GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA
A Paradigm shift is occurring in our nation and it’s beginning in Florida!
A few months ago, I wrote an article entitled “Lucas Overby goes to Washington”. In that letter, I pointed out (small) details of a Libertarian campaign that could create a victory. At that time, I was basing my analyses on the attitude and strategy of the Lucas Overby for Congress campaign and their shear desire to win. One factor in his strategy oddly enough was his ability to put together a high end auction in a St Petersburg Florida Art Museum. I went to that auction and walked out believing Libertarians finally had a candidate who most assuredly could win and I was convinced.
Suddenly, tragedy struck for the year long Libertarian Campaign. In November 2013, the existing Congressman Bill Young of Florida’s 13th passed away, moving the election up to March 11th (9 months sooner), but Overby was not deterred. .
The existing Governor Republican Rick Scott allowed only 2 weeks for candidates to get on the ballot. It appeared Overby’s quest was doomed! Overby however was ready! He had already accumulated 900 signed petitions and submitted 1,600 by the deadline. Many of those signed petitions were disguarded by the Pinellas County Supervisor of elections, and so Overby with only 4 days to go, put out a call to raise $10,600 in less than 3 days. Overby ended up with $12,000 and secured Ballot position much to the dismay of the Republicrats..
By virtue of the prestige that has accrued around this annual event Cato was able to present the insights of some of the foremost thinkers, and policy makers, in the increasingly important monetary policy sector. While Neo-Keynesians rationalize the austerity their policies are generating, Cato prescribes policies to generate equitable prosperity.
Clearly, there are economic troubles abound in the America. Some of the best minds in the country are working on the problem, just not fast enough for President Obama’s desires. He wants to save the Democratic Party and his name so that he can go down in history as a famous President in America. In one of his recent speeches he made mention of his pen and phone strategy.
At first, I thought it was a tongue in cheek sort of joke, but it wasn’t. He was serious. He thinks his pen/phone strategy will solve the economic woes of America. We have to admit that some sectors seem to be reviving but on the whole, our economy is still struggling. Government unemployment numbers would have you believe that we are moving forward. However, because they changed the way that number is calculated, there are millions, maybe tens of millions, of people that are not even considered as being part of the work force any longer (because they are not receiving unemployment benefits).
For sure, our youth are more unemployed now than ever before in our history. Older Americans are staying in the work force longer than the normally would be because of the economy. People cannot afford to retire now. Companies are still laying people off. Other businesses are refusing to hire new employees. And still others are changing the number of hours that people work because of the new health care laws.
Somewhere along the way, President Obama; thinks he can solve the problems with his phone and a pen. He called for government management of the economy in his speech thinking that the government is the answer to America’s woes. Of course, liberals and the like would think this is a very good idea but they are definitely wrong. If it was a good idea then all the other communist countries in the world would be succeeding.
What made America great was the ability for the individual to make their own decisions, without interference from the government. Billions and billions of economic decisions are made around the entire world every single day of the year. Each of those decisions is personally driven by the individuals making them. Such decisions are NOT to be managed by outside entities.