Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

Elections as execution day for rights and liberties

November 4, 2014
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James Bovard JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard  

"President Obama and a heap of other politicians are imploring us to view voting as the ultimate expression of our freedom and self-government. The reality is that the vast majority of politicians will do as they damn well please after Election Day." (11/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kcqzhm7  

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Election day

November 4, 2014
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Bob Englehart  

Cartoon. (11/03/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/11/election-day-nov-4/  

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Forget the 2014 election: Why Ron Holland voted with his feet

November 4, 2014
posted by

Ron Holland The Daily Bell
by Ron Holland  

"While many of us continually lament the bias of the media and the false illusion of news objectivity, especially compared to our views on the issues, all too few are willing to confront an even greater injustice, that of the illusion of real choice in the closed two-party US political system. Think about this: There has not been a third party in the US able to break into the ironclad two-party system since the Republican Party nominated Abraham Lincoln as the presidential nominee for the election of 1860. That was over 150 years ago." (11/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mfkayca  

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Congressional elections are a big waste of money

November 4, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"Like other congressional elections, millions of dollars have been spent on electoral campaigns in the run-up to the elections tomorrow. It's one horrific waste of time, energy, and resources for the citizenry. Whoever wins a seat in Congress -- Democrat or Republican -- nothing fundamental will change. We all know that. That's because both Democrats and Republicans believe in the welfare-warfare state system under which we all live. The congressional fights are over who is going to control the system." (11/03/14)

http://fff.org/2014/11/03/congressional-elections-big-waste-money/  

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The general challenge to people who believe there’s a duty to vote

November 4, 2014
posted by

Jason Brennan Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"Most Americans believe there's a duty to vote; at least, they'll say they believe in such a duty when answering surveys. But why hold there's such a duty? A duty to vote is not a basic or foundational moral principle. If such a duty exists, it must be derived from other more basic principles." (11/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l36so26  

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Elections: I got those I wish I didn’t care but I care anyway blues

November 3, 2014
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The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Vladka Peltel  

"I try not to think of elections as anything more than a team contest, sort of like the Super Bowl or the World Series, but for people with less talent. This month I care very much, though. Mostly I care in the same way I might care about who wins the Super Bowl. It might be dramatic or suspenseful to see if the R's beat the D's for the Senate as most oddsmakers are saying, but life and freedom probably won't depend on whether Joni Ernst grabs that Senate seat from Iowa (though I like her) or Mary Landrieu has to go into a runoff election in Louisiana (though I'd like to see that political biotch driven back into the bayous, never to be seen again). The thing I really care about this month has nothing to do with politicians and everything to do with common people and our rights. I'm talking about initiative 594 in Washington state. Even for people who don't live in or near Washington this is a big one." (11/02/14)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=282  

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Non-voting is a right too

November 3, 2014
posted by

Alberto Mingardi EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi  

"Among the few, passionate preachers of the right to abstain from voting, people tend to think differently: that is, non voting signals an understanding of the substantial powerlessness of political process per se to change things for the better. The non voter is thus somebody endowed with a far more realistic view of politics, who calls himself out of it because he finds it either immoral or plainly useless." (11/03/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/11/non-voting_is_a.html  

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Minimum wage laws should not be used as an election gimmick

November 3, 2014
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Matthew Glans  

"While lawmakers across the country debate proposals to increase state minimum wage rates, proponents have turned their attention toward ballot measures that might kill two birds with one stone: putting voters on the record as supporting minimum wage increases as well as getting out the vote for Democrat candidates." (11/02/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p65cd5o  

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Russian Foreign Ministry: Politicians elected in DPR, LPR get mandate to resolve crisis

November 3, 2014
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RIA Novosti [Russian state media]    

"The politicians elected in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) have received mandate for a solution to resolve the crisis and to restore normal life in the regions, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday. ... On Sunday, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics held elections of the heads of the local governments and representatives of the legislative bodies. The United States, the European Union and the United Nations condemned the elections, claiming they undermined the peace agreement reached in Minsk, Belarus." (11/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/npy9e99  

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Midterm identity crisis

November 2, 2014
posted by

Scott Shackford Reason
by Scott Shackford  

"On election eve, the two major parties don't seem to know who they are any more." (for publication 11/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/11/01/midterm-identity-crisis  

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Election 2014 handicapping: Gubernatorial races

November 2, 2014
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"I made my final US Senate predictions a full month ahead of the election, but only got around this week to analyzing gubernatorial races. And now, with the election only three days away, I need to go ahead and publish, even though I haven't had time to dig more into the Libertarian and other third party campaigns and their likely effects on outcomes as I had hoped to do. Sorry about that. So, here we go." (11/01/14)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2014/11/election-2014-handicapping.html  

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Nothing is more local than the individual

November 2, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"There is no better example of how government treats adults like children than the laws governing beer, wine, and spirits. The range of regulation, all the way to prohibition, is large, but in no state is alcohol free of regulation. (Not that any trade is truly free of government intrusion.) What is interesting about the referendum campaign is how each side has argued for its position. Proponents, led by Let Arkansas Decide, don’t avoid the issue of individual liberty, but it’s not front and center either. ... Opponents of the measure have tried to scare the voters." (10/31/14)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/tgif-nothing-local-individual/  

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Saving the GOP from modern Know-Nothingism

October 31, 2014
posted by

Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Many in the GOP are jockeying for the soul of the party ahead of an anticipated 2014 midterm election victory. Social conservatives are eager to reassert their influence after repeated defeats over gay marriage. Fiscal conservatives make the case for a greater emphasis on runaway spending. And then there are the nativists, who contend that the future of the Republican Party lies in opposing immigration reform. Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, for example, said last month that, 'Immigration could be to 2016 what ObamaCare was to 2010.' Not if history is any guide. Consider the experience of California and Texas." (10/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q2jeh57  

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Election on Tuesday: Who’s running?

October 31, 2014
posted by

Randall Holcombe Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe  

"I’ve commented before on all the political spam I’m receiving in my email, most of it from the Democratic party (dccc@dccc.org). In many of their pleadings, they claim they are running against the Koch Brothers. (I like how they capitalize both their name and the B in Brothers.) And who’s running against the Koch Brothers? It appears that Hillary Clinton is." (10/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/plpjsdn  

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The imbecilic notion of limited government

October 30, 2014
posted by

Zero Gov Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert  

"A week until the latest slave ballots are cast and then I can stop being surrounded by the annual nonsense of voting for vandals. I can't drive anywhere in my small burg without spying all the campaign litter cluttering the roadside trumpeting the joys of selecting either dumb or dumber to rob you, tell you what to do and wage war on everything you do or say." (10/29/14)

http://zerogov.com/?p=3700  

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If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain

October 30, 2014
posted by

Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"Reich is repeating a common idea: you don't have the right to complain unless you vote. I assume here Reich means you forfeit your liberty or permission right to complain, not your claim right. That is, he's asserting that if you don't vote, you should not complain, not that if you don't vote, then it would be permissible for the government to stop you from complaining. But why would you forfeit your right to complain if you don't vote?" (10/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kj69tu9  

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Ukraine: Regime decries democracy, denounces Russian recognition of DPR, LPR elections

October 28, 2014
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Reuters    

"Ukraine on Tuesday condemned as 'destructive and provocative' Russia's stance towards elections organized by [the governments of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics] next Sunday, saying Moscow's recognition of the vote could wreck chances of bringing peace. The Nov. 2 vote would be being held in defiance of Ukrainian national elections last Sunday in which pro-Western parties, dedicated to holding the former Soviet republic together and negotiating a settlement to the conflict, triumphed." (10/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oece9kt  

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Brazil: Markets plunge on Rousseff re-election

October 28, 2014
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Reuters    

"Brazilian financial markets plunged on Monday with stocks falling to their lowest level in nearly seven months, as leftist President Dilma Rousseff's re-election victory dashed investor hopes of significant policy changes over the next four years. ... The Bovespa index lost as much as 6.2 percent in early trade but later trimmed losses to about 4.7 percent as bargain hunters swooped in. The real lost about 2.7 percent to 2.525 per U.S. dollar. Investors bet the Brazilian currency will weaken over the next few years as U.S. Treasury yields rise and Brazil tries to boost industry competitiveness." (10/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q5htnnv  

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Brazil: Dilma Rousseff squeaks back in as president

October 27, 2014
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Toronto Star [Canada]    

"Brazil's left-leaning President Dilma Rousseff was re-elected Sunday in the tightest race the country has seen since its return to democracy three decades ago, batting down a pro-business candidate's strong showing in a bitterly fought campaign. The Workers' Party candidate had 51.6 per cent of the votes and challenger Aecio Neves 48.4 per cent, with 99.5 per cent of the ballots counted. ... Rousseff's victory extends the rule of her party, which has held the presidency since 2003." (10/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m6mwq86  

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Uruguay: Vazquez tops president vote, faces runoff

October 27, 2014
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ABC News    

"Former President Tabare Vazquez won the most votes in Uruguay's presidential election Sunday, but he fell short of the outright majority needed to avoid a Nov. 30 runoff, exit polls said. Three polls indicated that the left-leaning Vazquez, 74, the candidate of the outgoing president's Broad Front coalition, would face center-right challenger Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou, 41, of the National Party in a second-round vote." (10/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q38kwv2  

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The least important election of your lifetime

October 23, 2014
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Fred L. Smith, Jr.  

"The November midterm elections are around the corner and as usual, the airwaves are filled with frenzied appeals to vote for one candidate or another and reminding us of the unusual importance of this particular election -- the latest 'most important' election in a long list that already includes almost every national election in recent history. Pardon me if I tune it all out. The truth is that this upcoming midterm election, for all of the breathtaking amounts of cash being poured into it, will likely change very little in Washington." (10/22/14)

http://cei.org/content/least-important-election-your-lifetime  

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Saunders’s one-stop election shop

October 23, 2014
posted by

Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Jerry Brown's going to win his second bid for re-election -- and that's OK. Given the state's blueness, Dao Gov is probably the best governor the state can get. Still, it's not a bad idea to send Brown a message that voters don't want him to turn too far to the left by voting for Republican Neel Kashkari. Below I include a column on the one debate between Brown and Kashkari, and a column about Brown's sense of loyalty, such as it is." [editor's note: Some of this is just conservative GOPism, but Ms. Saunders deserves a hearing for the bulk of her pro-liberty work (and there are no libertarians in the mix now anyway, thanks to the "top two" law!) - SAT] (10/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nv4wfqn  

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SCOTUS: Ginsburg revises dissent on Texas voter suppression law

October 23, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"The U.S. Supreme Court made a rare correction on Wednesday to a dissent written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Texas' controversial new voter-identification law. ... Aside from 'small stylistic changes,' Wednesday’s correction erases one sentence from Ginsberg’s official dissent that refers to photo identification cards issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs not being an acceptable form of ID in Texas -- when they actually are." (10/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nexpyz9  

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Local surrealist Cory Gardner

October 23, 2014
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Michael Keefe  

Cartoon. (10/21/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/10/local-surrealist-cory-gardner/  

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Weird Al Franken

October 22, 2014
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by William Blum  

"I receive a continuous stream of emails from 'progressive' organizations asking me to vote for Senator Franken or contribute to his re-election campaign this November, and I don’t even live in Minnesota. Even if I could vote for him, I wouldn’t. No one who was a supporter of the war in Iraq will get my vote unless they unequivocally renounce that support. And I don’t mean renounce it like Hillary Clinton’s nonsense about not having known enough." (10/21/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/21/weird-al-franken/  

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