Posts Tagged ‘ Republican Party ’

Presidential politics: They’re all conservatives

May 29, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"As reliably as seconds ticking by on an expensive wristwatch, Republican presidential candidates loudly and vehemently identify themselves as 'conservatives.' We're used to hearing politicians lie, but these politicians are telling the truth for once. They ARE all conservatives. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, lie constantly about their political orientations. They label themselves 'liberals' or even 'progressives.' But they are conservatives, too." (05/28/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1536  

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Santorum announces second presidential bid

May 29, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Rick Santorum, the brusque and deeply conservative former senator who won nearly a dozen contests in the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination, announced here Wednesday that he would seek to recapture that magic by entering a crowded primary competition likely to be far more difficult than the last. The step forward by Santorum, 57, is the latest in a wave of entries by hard-right contenders who believe that after losing two straight presidential elections behind more moderate nominees, GOP voters will turn to a candidate unflinching in ideology who can excite the party's base." (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p5f65x6  

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Defining dishonesty downward

May 27, 2015
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Don Boudreaux Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
by Donald J Boudreaux  

"Kathleen Parker's May 15 Washington Post column is headlined 'Jeb Bush's unfortunate honesty.' The subhead reads 'He needs to emulate Hillary Clinton.' Parker's point is that if Bush wants a serious chance of winning the presidency, he must master the dark arts of dissembling and lying." (05/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oe2h37r  

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The GOP’s persistent Islamophobia problem

May 26, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart  

"To hear some conservatives tell it, the last group against whom one can practice socially acceptable bigotry is, well, them: white, straight, native-born, right-wing Christians, against whom the federal government is waging a 'silent war,' as Bobby Jindal alleges, that may lead to the 'criminalization of Christianity,' as Mike Huckabee warns. But I suspect that if a presidential candidate said, 'Everything I learned about conservative white evangelicals I learned working in the pool room. I met a lot of liars, and I know they are liars,' his candidacy would abruptly end. I offer that example because it is, nearly word for word, what Republican presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham said last Friday about Iranians. ... while American politicians have become less overtly bigoted against African Americans, Latinos, Jews, women and lesbians and gays, anti-Muslim bigotry is still entirely acceptable, at least in the GOP." (05/26/15)

http://theatln.tc/1FdoCHI  

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Iraq debate

May 22, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by Mike Luckovich  

Cartoon. (05/19/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/05/iraq-debate/  

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Promises of murder

May 21, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Senator Lindsay Graham kills me. The hawkish Republican from South Carolina isn't exactly standing up for limited government. His latest oration, on the presidential stump in Iowa, warned Americans far and wide that, were he sitting in the White House with his finger poised above The Button and 'you're thinking about joining al-Qaeda or ISIL [Islamic State] -- anybody thinking about that? -- I'm not gonna call a judge.' Adding mucho macho-flash: 'I'm gonna call a drone and we will kill you.'" (05/20/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/05/20/promises-of-murder/  

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Why Jeb Bush can’t be trusted with an army

May 20, 2015
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"According to researchers at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies, the war in Iraq that George W. Bush started in 2003 has killed about 200,000 people, mostly civilians, and cost American taxpayers more than $2 trillion. That's a pretty big mistake to admit, so it's not surprising that Bush continues to defend the war. Nor is it surprising that the former president's brother, Jeb Bush, would be reluctant to criticize the Iraq debacle. But while that reticence is understandable for a brother, it is inexcusable for a presidential candidate, who is seeking a job that would put him in a position to make such disastrous mistakes." (05/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mkaua6c  

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OH: Republicans paid $300k to rig state election

May 20, 2015
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Cleveland Plain Dealer    

"The Ohio Republican Party paid $300,000 to the law firm involved with successfully keeping would-be Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl off last year's ballot, according to Ohio Elections Commission filings. The payments, detailed by attorneys representing Gov. John Kasich's re-election campaign and GOP activist Terry Casey, came after Republican Party Chair Matt Borges denied in federal court last year that his party was behind the challenge to Earl's candidacy. ... Republicans worried that the Libertarian ex-lawmaker would siphon conservative votes away from Kasich, potentially helping Democrat Ed FitzGerald win if the race was close." [editor's note: Wow -- I didn't realize you could buy a statewide election that cheaply! - TLK] (05/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lqparbm  

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Marco Rubio: Reactionary big-government man

May 20, 2015
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Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"Rubio thinks Obama, who's hardly a dove, hasn't war-mongered enough. The Republican wants even more confrontation -- with Russia, China, Cuba, and North Korea. What he calls strength is just recklessness. Rubio's speech demonstrates his unfitness for office (assuming anyone is fit for office). He says he wants to spread freedom and other values, but he must realize that what American drones, bombers, and special ops spread are death and social upheaval." (05/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/llyzu7c  

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LA: Jindal fails to get “religious freedom” bill through legislature, issues executive order instead

May 20, 2015
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Politico    

"Only two hours after Louisiana's state legislature squashed a law that would have allowed [sic] businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order to accomplish its intent. ... His executive order came the day after the Louisiana Republican announced he is forming an exploratory committee for a potential White House bid in 2016. ... Jindal is a strong proponent of a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage across the country." (05/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mb82jtj  

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No questions

May 20, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by Kevin Siers  

Cartoon. (05/18/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/05/no-questions/  

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Chris Christie calls Snowden supporters “civil liberties extremists” in his latest desperate neocon diatribe

May 19, 2015
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Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger  

"Chris Christie is the consummate authoritarian, and he worships at the altar of the rich and powerful. He loves war, the surveillance state and political control. He's the type of person who would chop off the hand of a poor person caught stealing a cookie, while happily offering a deferred prosecution agreement to a financial oligarch stealing billions. The fact that anyone takes him seriously after all his scandals and previous examples of verbal diarrhea is a testament to how deranged and damaged our political system really is." (05/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p2lo6gg  

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The Republican Party must evolve or die

May 19, 2015
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The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by Josh Guckert  

"Voters, particularly those younger ones, were looking for something new when they voted for Barack Obama in 2008. Republicans had an opportunity to answer these complaints in 2012, but instead ran Mitt Romney, a candidate who epitomized the same failed Republican attempts of the Roosevelt era: a nominee who offered nothing novel or different. It is for this reason that Republicans must find a new path to the presidency in 2016. They must not attempt to merely resurrect Reagan’s 1980 platform and think that this will win the White House." (05/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/la8aq3x  

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Jeb Bush learned nothing from Iraq

May 19, 2015
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Among Republicans, there has never been much interest in acknowledging what a catastrophe the Iraq war was. In 2012, Rick Perry said the U.S. should send troops back to Iraq. In 2008, Mike Huckabee was still insisting Hussein might have had WMDs .... In 2012, Mitt Romney affirmed, 'It was the right decision to go into Iraq.' Some current candidates have been a bit less enthusiastic. Ted Cruz tiptoed, noting that WMDs were the reason for our invasion. 'Without that predicate, it is difficult to imagine the decision would have been made to go into Iraq, and that predicate proved erroneous,' he said, in a masterpiece of sterile verbosity. Marco Rubio said he would not have attacked Iraq based on today's knowledge -- though in March, he defended the invasion. But neither they nor any of the others -- with the obvious exception of Rand Paul -- have renounced the basic worldview that produced it. The Republicans almost unanimously favor an aggressive stance based on brawny slogans and an assumption of American omnipotence." (05/1815)

http://bit.ly/1S1uSLz  

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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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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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When will Hillary Clinton answer for her Iraq vote?

May 16, 2015
posted by

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
posted by

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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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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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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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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CA: GOPer Rand Paul ventures into San Francisco

May 10, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul faced a high-energy, high-tech crowd in San Francisco Saturday and sounded off on all his favorite targets: government surveillance, warrantless searches and senators who hold office too long. That could be why Paul is looking to change his own job and become president. But he acknowledged he had a long road ahead of him in heavily Democratic California. 'Some people want to know what the hell is a Republican doing in San Francisco,' Paul said, speaking to about 100 young entrepreneurs inside StartUpHouse, a South of Market tech incubator. 'What we want is a government that leaves us alone.' During his 40-minute combined speech and panel discussion, Paul defended his opposition to Internet neutrality rules, lit into the National Security Agency for storing millions of telephone records and opposed the confiscation of property of criminal suspects before trial." (05/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nl5dneb  

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