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[Tru Blu Tuesday] Calling All (R)epublicans!

June 25, 2013 Leave a comment

I’m in a mood today, so brace yourself. That usually happens when I’m exhausted, which I definitely am right now. But not only am I tired from the grind of working two jobs and trying to have some semblance of a social life, I am down right tuckered out from inconsistent neoconservative Republicans. Honestly, the only thing that keeps me from flying off the handle is the humble reminder that I used to be one. Yes, up until I awoke a few short years ago, I was very hypocritical in my political stands. I still have much to iron out, but I’ve come a long way.

Of all the factors that led me to appreciate, follow, love Ron Paul and eventually libertarian thought, the biggest one was consistency. In naive years of toeing the party line for the Red Team, no matter what the issue, some days just left me scratching my head. Like the day I read a column in my local paper of a critic bashing the Patriot Act. Pushed by Republicans my knee jerk reaction was to fully support the Act. However, in the back of my head, something told me the writer might be on to something. I mean, should we really be giving up our Constitutional right to privacy? But I stuck with Dubya and the gang anyway. Please forgive me, I was young. Anyone who knows me now would tell you I’m the biggest anti-Patriot Act guy out there.

That is what keeps me from going bananas on neoconservatives today. Today when so many join Dick Cheney, Lindsay Graham and John McCain in upholding the treasonous actions of the NSA and condemning whistle-blower Edward Snowden, I straight up want to pull my hair out. It is horribly inconsistent with “small government”, “Constitutional” conservative philosophy.

This post by a man I’ve never met is what got me rolling on the topic:

One of the key arguments for defending the 2nd amendment is based upon the natural right of the citizen to protect himself from his own government should the need ever arise. Fair enough- I couldn’t agree more.

So why is it that so many of you are constantly calling for an infinite amount of funding for a massive, standing military force, and ever more funding for an omniscient spy apparatus in the forms of an NSA or CIA? Isn’t that just as much a self defeating blow to the second amendment as outright gun confiscation would be? What do think- that if the time comes to protect yourself from the government, you’re gonna go out there in your camo baseball caps, beer guts, & AR-15’s, and take on the most powerful, technologically advanced, highly trained crack government troops that YOU thought never had enough funding? You’re somehow gonna escape the government’s all seeing eye that will track and anticipate your every move that YOU fully supported the implementation of? if you truly believed that there may come a time to utilized your 2nd amendment rights, wouldn’t you be screaming for a dismantling of the spy agencies, and a greatly reduced military budget?

This is such a good example of my frustrations with main stream Republicans today. They scream bloody murder when the government makes a move for their guns, and rightly so, but they defend Constitutional violations by our most powerful spy agencies? And for what – safety? Hello, isn’t that what liberals claim in support of gun control? This does not compute logically for me.

And then there’s the fiscal part of it. Republicans are supposedly against big spending, always bucking the Democratic pets such as welfare or military-spendingthe Affordable Care Act. Then they turn around and infuse billions into a life-sucking military empire, the likes of which the world has never seen before? We spend about a third as much as the entire world combined, but God forbid we cut a penny from the military! Just last week our leaders stuck our hands into the Syrian conflict. This after Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Pakistan. Are we playing a game of real life Risk here?

These are the things that lead me to libertarian thinking. Follow the Constitution – not just the parts you like. That means standing in firm defense of the Second Amendment AND resisting foreign interventionism. It means protecting free speech for the pulpit AND our cell phones. It means keeping spending for welfare AND warfare under control.

I could go on, but you get the picture. If we are going to rescue this country, and all Republicans are aware of the need, we have to stick to our guns on the Constitution, and check our political party passions at the door. Libertarian types are an interesting bunch, and generally very educated on the political sphere, but we can’t do this ourselves. We need a few more Republican pals to wake up and get this ship in order.

Want to know what Ronald Reagan had to say about libertarianism?

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The Future: How The GOP Must Move Forward

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment

 In the wake of President Obama’s reelection, talk of change within the Grand Old Party is rampant. Everyone knows something must be done to save the party. More importantly, however, is the need to save the country. Fortunately there is a movement that, if embraced by Republicans, can do both. It will take a revamping of conservative policies, and an adherence to the constitution, but if preserving the Republic is truly at heart, the sacrifice of dishonest politics will be well worth it. Of course, if giving up power and control is too much for neo-conservatives, there will be more days that look like November 6th, 2012. The truth is that, even though the number of people who love big government  currently outnumbers everyone else, there is a day fast approaching in which our status quo will fall on its face. When that happens, change will be the only option. The only question will be if there is change for the better, or for soul crushingly worse. If the GOP wants to be the vehicle for good change, they will have to first modify themselves….and it must start NOW.

The seed has already been planted…..From The American Conservative’s W. James Antle III:

Who Killed Rudy Giuliani?

How Ron Paul won the war for conservatism’s future

When Ron Paul leaves office in January, he will have been more successful than many of the legislators who spent decades maligning him. Paul’s ideas have gradually gone from marginal to mainstream, and his record shows how much even a single determined man of principle can do to change a movement. In foreign policy especially, the Texas congressman leaves behind a new generation of leaders, both libertarian and conservative, who challenge the disastrous bipartisan consensus.

A decade ago, only seven Republican members of Congress voted against the Iraq War—six congressmen and one senator. The number of conservative legislators who opposed the war was even smaller still, the redoubtable trio of Jimmy Duncan, John Hostettler, and Paul.

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Rand Paul for President: 2016

November 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Doug Wead The Blog

For Republicans, there is a silver lining to the re-election of Barack Obama.  The door is now open for real change in 2016.  The recently adopted Romney Rules at the RNC, which would have locked out any true democratic participation and guaranteed eight more years of GOP establishment, top-down, Brahman-style, domination, are now moot.  The gate is open.

The change that will be debated in the next presidential election will not be about tax percentages, or troop withdrawal timetables, or welfare for Big Bird, or who should be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.  The change that will be debated will be about fundamentals, about monetary policy, about the philosophical underpinnings of our foreign policy, about the relevancy of the American Constitution and where we are headed as a people.

It will not be the red team against the blue team, espousing the same things in different degrees, rather…

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Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up? (Video)

October 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a great politician…in that he will say whatever his constituents want to hear in order to get elected, and to a large degree, they have fallen for it. Hook, line and sinker. If his target audience is liberal he will wax liberal, but if they are conservative and/or evangelical he will transform into the second coming of Ronald Reagan. As a life-long Republican I’m supposed be all for this man who has assumed the role as America’s savior from President Obama. However, how can I trust someone who has so adamantly held positions on both sides of the fence on a number of important issues? I understand that people develop and change in their life, but over four years? He has done just that on a number of things as the video below illustrates. I do not support the President in almost everything he does, but how do I even know what I agree with Romney on if he won’t stick to one script?

Follow this link for a video that sums up Romney’s inconsistency

A Brief History Lesson: Eight years ago, in the 2004 Presidential campaign, Democrat challenger John Kerry fell victim to the same slight: he couldn’t keep his story straight. He eventually lost to President George Bush who most Americans at the time hated. In a close race, against a charismatic incumbent, Romney faces the same challenge.

I would not pressume to tell you who to vote for, as neither majority candidate is, in my personal opinion, worthy of the Presidency, but I would caution you to be wary of expecting satisfactory results from either man.