Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

Jeb Bush and Dubya

May 19, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by John Cole  

Cartoon. (05/17/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/05/jeb-bush-and-dubyah/  

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NH: Christie pitches himself to all-important “even more batshit insane than Lindsey Graham” voter demographic in speech

May 18, 2015
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Boston Herald    

"New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blasted Edward Snowden and 'civil liberties extremists' and defended the Patriot Act during a foreign policy speech here this afternoon. ... Christie also called for beefing up the military, singling out the size of the Air Force as the 'oldest and smallest' in its history." (05/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/le4thbe  

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Silly season

May 18, 2015
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MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"Wouldn't it be easier to list all the politicians who are NOT running for president this time? The primary ballots will have to come in bound volumes, I think -- or at least for the Republican side. You have to wonder just what they're all trying to prove. One thing is clear to me ... They are a bunch of control freaks, who think their personal opinions should be imposed on the world. And the world needs more of that?" (05/16/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7128  

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The wicked witch

May 17, 2015
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Notes On Liberty
by Jacques Delacroix  

"It my be late for rational people to do much of anything against the broader fallacy of phony identity politics. It seems to me that they can gnaw at its edge -- this time -- by tirelessly contradicting the now common false premise that Ms Clinton is well qualified for the job of president. Even ignoring her many failures, she did not achieve anything either as Senator or as Secretary of State, no legislation, no international agreement, no treaty, nothing. Unlike the current president, she was not even good at being elected." (05/15/15)

http://notesonliberty.com/2015/05/15/the-wicked-witch/  

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British election strikes another blow against EU

May 17, 2015
posted by

Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"With the victory of the Conservatives in last week's British election, the future of both the European Union and the United Kingdom looks more doubtful. Newly re-elected Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, in order to please anti-EU constituents who were essential to his re-election, promised a referendum on EU membership by 2017, although it could come sooner than that. At the same time, the promised referendum is again inflaming secessionist sentiment among Scottish nationalists and separatists who wish to remain a part of the EU." (05/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lm28u8j  

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Two cheers for this election result

May 17, 2015
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Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by Mustela nivalis  

"Before the election people were harping on about the fact that there had been no overall conservative victory since 1992. Well now people can say there has been no proper Labour victory since 1976. When they lost the election in 1992 it was clear to Labour that they would have to move to the centre to ever win again. And so they did. New Labour and Blairism was born. No matter what they did in actual fact, destroy liberties, overspend, start wars and so forth, their image was that they were social democrats who had learnt the lesson from head mistress Thatcher that 'there is no alternative' to the principle of capitalism." (05/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kcdt49n  

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Rubio’s strangely stale foreign policies

May 17, 2015
posted by

Christopher A Preble Cato Institute
by Christopher A Preble  

"Sen. Marco Rubio might fancy himself as a new type of leader for a new era, but his May 13 speech to the Council on Foreign Relations was trapped in the past. Invoking John F. Kennedy's final speech as president, more than 50 years ago, was bad enough. But Rubio's overarching message -- the Rubio Doctrine -- amounts to warmed-over Cold War dogma, sprinkled with the language of benevolent global hegemony favored by so many Washington elites, but disdained by most Americans beyond the Beltway." (05/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mhlnjnh  

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Disillusion and dispossession: Thoughts on the Tory victory

May 16, 2015
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Billy Christmas  

"Modern capitalism gets its legitimacy from the notion that, while perhaps unfair or ugly in many ways, it does not depend upon theft or fraud. The fresh round of primitive accumulation going on in London should be a reminder to everyone that this is a fiction: in order for economic exploitation to continue, the poor must be continually plundered, with the assistance of the state. As Franz Oppenheimer said, there are two ways to make a living: creating wealth (the 'economic means'), or taking wealth from those who create it (the 'political means'). Without help from the state, housing developers would be forced to make an honest living." (05/15/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/37703  

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When will Hillary Clinton answer for her Iraq vote?

May 16, 2015
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Reason Reason
by David Harsanyi  

"[E]ven if we suspend our disbelief and believe that her initial vote wasn't driven by political expediency (remember that voters supported an invasion in big numbers) or that her so-called apology wasn't driven by political expediency (by the time she switched, a big majority of Democrats believed Iraq was a mistake), how does a voter know that Clinton won't make another mistake the next time she is faced with one of those hard choices? The Iraq War vote was the most consequential one Clinton made as a senator, and by her own admission, she failed. Isn't that the way voters judge candidates who run on their experience and wisdom? Everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone has to be president." (05/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mff8qow  

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Jeb Bush advisors

May 16, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Dave Granlund  

Cartoon. (05/15/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/05/jeb-bush-advisors/  

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In 2016, let’s have real presidential debates

May 15, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thoma L Knapp  

"The [Commission on Presidential Debates] is, in theory, a non-profit organization 'established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners.' But the CPD is really just a scam the Republican and Democratic Parties use to funnel illegally large 'in kind' campaign donations, in the form of tens of millions of dollars' worth of free media exposure, exclusively to their own candidates." (05/14/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1380  

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Rand Paul is not neutral on anything

May 15, 2015
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Debra J. Saunders The American Spectator
by Debra J Saunders  

"Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., wants to be 'a different kind of Republican.' And he is. His campaign is joining San Francisco's sharing economy by renting shared space. That should appeal to young voters. On Saturday, from the South of Market incubator StartupHouse, the GOP presidential hopeful proclaimed, 'What we want is a government that leaves us alone.' The event was not a fundraiser. It was something almost unheard of -- free." (05/13/15)

http://spectator.org/articles/62701/rand-paul-not-neutral-anything  

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A layman’s early guide to the presidential election

May 14, 2015
posted by

Sheldon Richman Independent Institute
by Sheldon Richman  

"As you may have heard, the 2016 presidential campaign is underway. Let's not miss the forest for the trees. While the candidates will make promises to help the middle class or this or that subgroup, remember this: each aspirant wants to govern, that is, rule, you -- even those whose rhetoric might suggest otherwise." (05/13/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=6390  

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Bolton bows out

May 14, 2015
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MSNBC MSNBC    

"Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton announced on Thursday he would not run for president, ending his months-long flirtation with a White House bid centered on [Hitlerian warmongering]. ... Known for his [batshit insane foreign policy] views, Bolton positioned himself explicitly as an antagonist to 2016 contender Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a Bush critic skeptical of military action abroad, and planned to challenge his foreign policy philosophy in presidential debates." (05/14/15)

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/john-bolton-will-not-run-president-2016  

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WI: Feingold announces bid to win back his former US Senate seat

May 14, 2015
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KSPR 33 News    

"Five years after losing his Senate seat to Republican Ron Johnson, Russ Feingold is looking for a rematch. The former three-term Democratic senator announced in an online video posted Thursday he plans to run for the Wisconsin seat in 2016." [editor's note: I still think he'd do his party the most good as its vice-presidential candidate, with Jim Webb topping the ticket] (05/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pf4226o  

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Rubio was never a “moderate” on foreign policy

May 13, 2015
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"The idea that Rubio was ever a 'moderate' on foreign policy is simply wrong. His views on these issues haven't changed noticeably in the time that he has been in the Senate. He campaigned as an unapologetic hawk, and he set out to identify himself with the Senate's most hawkish members as soon as he arrived. This is clear not only from his rhetoric but from his record. .... His reputation for foreign policy expertise has been greatly exaggerated over the years, but his reputation for consistently endorsing aggressive policies is well-deserved." (05/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/laaeab2  

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Election reflections

May 13, 2015
posted by

Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by Dick Puddlecote  

"A few days ago I wrote about how the election may affect the cause of vaping and e-cigs based on evidence from the archives here at Puddlecote Towers. Not particularly forensic, but events since make me fairly optimistic about the future. E-Cigarette Politics has offered a considered view of how the election changes matters, and I would go along with most of it." (05/12/15)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2015/05/12/election-reflections/  

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The other shoe

May 13, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Michael Ramirez  

Cartoon. (05/10/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/05/the-other-shoe/  

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Hillary clinton: Transparent like a brick wall

May 12, 2015
posted by

Voices of Liberty
by Zach Foster  

"In a nutshell, the great Clinton email scandal of 2015 is that Hillary, while serving as Secretary of State, knowingly used her private email account and private server to send and receive emails regarding official U.S. government business. Using her private account instead of her .gov account kept her untouchable by open-source and Freedom-of-Information-Act requests. This is simply another case of crooked career politicians acting like the Wizard of Oz, telling We the People to ignore the man behind the curtain. The great irony is that Hillary Clinton has been campaigning and calling for more transparency. She seems to believe that We the People are too stupid to fact check her words against her actions." (05/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nf2a4ox  

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If money buys elections, blame voters, not donors

May 12, 2015
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Anne Butcher  

"There are many things ordinary people can do to help their favorite candidates run affordable campaigns: volunteer their time, put a sign in their yard, put a bumper sticker on their car, even something as simple as sharing a facebook status. All these things help candidates tell voters about their candidacy and their positions on key issues, and any winning campaign must do both on a large scale. Whenever I hear people complain about big money corrupting our democracy, I always want to ask, 'Okay, but what are you personally doing to make running for office more affordable?' If your involvement in politics is limited simply to voting, you're not doing much." (05/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q7rg4n7  

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To those who believe in voting

May 12, 2015
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Noel Ignatiev  

"One morning years ago, as I entered the classroom for a course I taught on U.S. history, I found the students engaged in a discussion of elections. One of them, whom I knew to be a supporter of 'progressive' causes and who had previously complained about student apathy, asked me in a despairing tone, 'Why don't people vote?' 'I don't know,' I replied. 'To me, the more interesting question is, Why do they?'" (05/12/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/05/12/to-those-who-believe-in-voting/  

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2016 electoral guide

May 11, 2015
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by John Halle  

"Any discussion of U.S. elections needs to be based on the understanding that, at present, voting is carefully designed to, in Chomsky's words 'reduce the population to apathy and obedience,' putting us in a position where we are forced to demonstrate our fealty to the corporate state by actively endorsing one of its two anointed representatives. It doesn't have to be that way: Greek voters had an alternative to vote against neoliberal austerity and they exercised it putting Syriza in office. Same with the upcoming elections in Spain where Podemos will offer a similar alternative. And, of course, over the past two decades, voters in Latin America had real choices and made the right decision in electing Morales, Correa, Chavez, Kirchner and other populist left candidates, to the great displeasure of the U.S. State Department. We are not at that point and so we need to be doing the on-the-ground work which is necessary to get us there." (05/11/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/05/11/2016-electoral-guide/  

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The fury of the elites: When the little people reject Labour

May 11, 2015
posted by

Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"All the post-election tortured commentary about what mean people the Tories are doesn't only confirm that sixth-form sentimentalism has entered the mainstream, elbowing aside cool analysis. It's also mind-blowingly ironic. For if hatefulness has come from anywhere since last Thursday, it has been from Labour backers outraged that their party didn't win. In the same angry breaths with which they denounce the Tories' contempt for 'ordinary people,' these dumbfounded supporters of Labour reveal their own far deeper disdain for ordinary people, for what one of them calls 'gloop-brained voters' who don't know what is in their own best interests." (05/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mhm7krr  

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Poland: Presidential election “will go to run-off”

May 11, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Conservative challenger Andrzej Duda will face President Bronislaw Komorowski in a run-off in Poland's presidential election, an exit poll suggests. The poll said no candidate would get the 50% needed to win outright. It gave Mr Duda more than than 34% of the vote and Mr Komorowski just over 32%. Mr Komorowski is hoping to win a second term in office. Opinion polls before the election had put him comfortably in the lead. Mr Komorowski, 62, took office five years ago after his predecessor, Lech Kaczynski, died in a plane crash." (05/10/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32679820  

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Clinton v. Bush in 2016

May 11, 2015
posted by

Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"The more I think about the coming presidential election -- it's not unreasonable to ask why I think about it at all -- the more I am convinced that the best contest for libertarians would be Hillary Clinton versus Jeb Bush. Why? Because all we libertarians would need to do is point to the ballot and ask, 'Here's our argument against politics. Need we add anything?'" (05/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oxqx99a  

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