Posts Tagged ‘ Republican Party ’

The GOP vs. libertarianism: How the party jettisoned Ayn Rand for corporate fascism

August 28, 2015
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Salon
by Conor Lynch  

"Not too long ago, it seemed like the Grand Old Party was set to become an increasingly welcome place for libertarianism. After years of enthusiastic Ron Paul presidential campaigns, his son Rand, a bit less hardline than his father, was for many people the most exciting candidate of 2016. For hopeful libertarians, the GOP was a pathway to the mainstream, and the success of the Kentucky Senator would determine how ready the party was to embrace the fringe ideology. If I were a libertarian today, I would be seriously questioning that earlier optimism. Rand Paul's sinking poll numbers have been well documented, and currently, he barely registers in the top ten. Meanwhile, Donald Trump, who is way ahead of everyone, is quite possibly the least libertarian of all the GOP candidates (except maybe Chris Christie, who called the bill of rights 'hot air')." (08/27/15)

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CO: Republicans say no to early presidential preference vote

August 27, 2015
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Bradenton Herald    

"Looks like Colorado Republicans won't have much say in early voting for the party's 2016 presidential nominee. The state party's executive committee has decided not to hold a presidential preference poll during its March caucus. ... state officials were responding to a new Republican party rule making the presidential caucus poll binding. In the past, the poll could be used to illustrate who had support and was non-binding." (08/27/15)

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Is Trump the real deal?

August 27, 2015
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Nelson Hultberg The Daily Bell
by Nelson Hultberg  

"The talking heads of the establishment are heaping scorn on Donald Trump like squawking crows defecate on those beneath the phone lines where they sit. The long knives are coming out of the sheaths of the New York-Washington literati. Everyone is attacking Donald Trump. But why is such animosity spewing from our media, our corporations and our academic leaders toward this bodacious entrepreneur turned politician? Why? Because Trump represents something untamed and untamable." (08/27/15)

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Hitler, Mussolini, Khrushchev, and Trump

August 27, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"According to Hitler, Jews were the root cause of Germany's woes. Cleanse Germany of Jews and Hitler would make Germany great again. Just like Trump is promising to do with America if he is elected president and finally wields the power to cleanse the United States of illegal immigrants. What Trump cannot do -- indeed, what no GOP presidential candidate can do -- is recognize the real root cause of America's woes -- the welfare-warfare state apparatuses that have been grafted onto our original governmental structure. It's the welfare state and the warfare state, together with the out-of-control spending and debt that come with them, that is bringing our country down. That's what socialism, imperialism, and militarism do to a nation. But Trump, like all his Republican cohorts, cannot bring himself to acknowledge that." (08/26/15)

http://fff.org/2015/08/26/hitler-mussolini-khrushchev-trump/  

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Why Donald Trump is so scary

August 25, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Gary Leupp  

"In Mobile, Alabama Friday night Donald Trump gave his first substantial presentation (it's hard to call it a 'speech') at what his campaign described as a 'pep rally' in a football stadium before 30,000 adoring fans. I cannot find a transcript yet but have looked at the youtube video, pausing it occasionally while taking notes -- just to get a sense of its structure and the flow of content. I will summarize it below. As I watched and re-watched, I grew in the conviction that The Donald has gone from being mildly amusing (and occasionally refreshing, as when he exposes politicians for the bought-and-paid-for crowd they really are) to being positively dangerous. To the thinking person, the presentation was truly frightening. The rapturous response of the stupefied crowd made it more so." (08/25/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/25/why-donald-trump-is-so-scary/  

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Can the Republican Party survive Trump?

August 25, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Molly Ball  

"As Trump evinces surprising staying power atop the Republican field, nervous party members increasingly fret that he is hurting the image of the GOP and damaging its eventual nominee -- who most assume will not be Trump. The most obvious problem is Trump's outspoken opposition to immigration and immigrants, which has offended Hispanics -- a fast-growing voter demographic the party can't afford to lose ground with -- and dragged other candidates into a discussion of inflammatory ideas like ending birthright citizenship. But many Republican strategists, donors, and officeholders fret that the harm goes deeper than a single voting bloc. Trump's candidacy has blasted open the GOP’s longstanding fault lines at a time when the party hoped for unity." (08/24/15)

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KY: Republicans vote to give Rand Paul a caucus, if the money is there

August 24, 2015
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Lexington Herald-Leader    

"It wasn't unanimous, but Kentucky Republicans voted Saturday to hold a presidential preference caucus next year, helping U.S. Sen. Rand Paul get around a state law prohibiting a candidate from appearing on the same ballot twice. But the approval of a caucus is conditional on whether Paul has transferred $250,000 to an account controlled by the Republican Party of Kentucky before Sept. 18. ... In a closed-door session before the caucus was openly debated, Paul asked his fellow committee members to trust that he would fully fund the caucus, as he has repeatedly pledged to do. But enough committee members were still skeptical that a plan was hatched that requires Paul to transfer money by a set date or the party reverts to a primary. Beyond that $250,000, there are no written guarantees that Paul will cover the rest." (08/22/15)

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Trump’s trade snake oil

August 24, 2015
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Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"Donald Trump may think the media stenographers are out to get him, but if they were really doing their job, his head would be spinning. He doesn't know how good he has it. Or maybe he does. One need only think about the questions Trump is not asked to see what I mean. Take Trump's position on trade. He's given a forum to spout the hoariest fallacies without even a raised eyebrow from Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo, et al. Maybe they don't know any better, or maybe they think that challenging Trump's crackpot economics is not their department. Either way, they do their audience a disservice." (08/21/15)

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Hillary ‘n’ Trump

August 23, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by Steve Sack  

Cartoon. (08/21/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/08/hillary-n-trump-2/  

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Presidential candidate “Deez Nuts” is an Iowa 15-year-old

August 21, 2015
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United Press International United Press International    

The 15-year-old Iowa boy behind the presidential campaign of 'Deez Nuts' said he plans to take his practical joke 'as far as America wants to take it.' Brady Olson, a Wallingford teenager whose identity as Deez Nuts was confirmed by a tweet from his father, told Rolling Stone magazine he is a 15-year-old incoming high school sophomore with 'no day job, no kids, no marriage.' ... Olson, whose fictional candidate was found to be polling at 9 percent in North Carolina by the latest Public Policy Polling data, said his parents have been supportive about his campaign, which he said was born out of 'half trying to break the two-party system, half frustration with the front-runners.' The teenager, who said he tends to 'side more with the Libertarian Party,' said he isn't a fan of the Democratic or Republican front-runners." (08/20/15)

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Donald Trump’s eminent domain love nearly cost a widow her house

August 20, 2015
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David Boaz Cato Institute
by David Boaz  

"Since he shot to the top of the presidential polls, Donald Trump's serial bankruptcies and bullying nature have made big headlines. But no one seems to have brought up a bullying business practice he's particularly fond of: eminent domain. The billionaire mogul-turned-reality TV celebrity, who says he wants to work on behalf of 'the silent majority,' has had no compunction about benefiting from the coercive power of the state to kick innocent Americans out of their homes." (08/19/15)

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Another open letter to Donald Trump

August 20, 2015
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"Dear Mr. Trump: You insist that we Americans are harmed whenever foreigners take actions that result in us getting more imports in exchange for our exports. I ask that you, with your own money, prove that you really believe the economic principle that lies at the root of your insistence. If you're correct that people are impoverished when they pay lower prices, and are enriched when they pay higher prices, then you can easily augment your personal fortune by demanding that the suppliers from whom you purchase the steel, cement, and other materials used to construct Trump buildings raise the prices they charge you for their merchandise." (08/19/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/08/another-open-letter-to-donald-trump.html  

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The death of pro-choice Republicans

August 19, 2015
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Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"The GOP once prided itself on being the big-tent party on abortion that -- unlike Democratic fanatics -- didn't have a litmus test on its candidates. Those days are long gone. Today, the GOP is growing so shrill on the issue, it risks riling its base and creating a Manichean conflict that it cannot control -- just as happened on immigration." (08/19/15)

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Abortion: The “rape and incest exception” is demagoguery

August 19, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Whenever abortion comes up in a political context, pro-choice advocates highlight pro-life candidates' refusal to support a 'rape and incest exception' to any proposed ban on, or regulation of, abortion. The 2016 presidential campaign is no exception. This week CNN anchor Dana Bash handed the hot potato to former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee." (08/18/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2656  

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Trumpismo, Mexico, and the drug cartels

August 19, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Donald Trump is making headlines by claiming that Mexican illegal 'aliens' are raping and murdering their way across America -- and that the Mexican government is deliberately directing their criminals our way. Mexico's leaders are 'very smart' and ours are 'incompetent' or complicit, declares The Donald, whose demagogic denunciations have catapulted him to the top of the polls. However, like much else that the reality show star says, the exact opposite is the case. It isn't Mexico's worst who are coming here -- it's the best who are fleeing what is essentially a failed state." (08/19/15)

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Carly Fiorina is a Trojan horse in the GOP’s war on women

August 19, 2015
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Andrea Flynn  

"Fiorina may be able to unite conservative women by hewing to the party line on social and economic issues, but she's unlikely to make inroads with low-income women, women of color, young women, and immigrant women. She is in favor of shutting down the government in order to defund Planned Parenthood. She is opposed to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to the law's provision that guarantees no-cost coverage of contraception. She opposes raising the minimum wage, mandating paid family leave, and enacting legislation that would close the gender pay gap. Democratic politicians didn't fabricate these issues to advance their own case. Voters know these issues are the bedrock of their health and economic wellbeing, and the GOP is hoping to convince them otherwise." [editor's note: You know the old saying -- it's not what you don't know that hurts you, it's what you think you know that turns out not to be true - TLK] (08/18/15)

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Trump’s shameful immigration plan

August 19, 2015
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The American Spectator
by Ross Kaminsky  

"Like most things Donald Trump says, his immigration proposal -- only slightly more detailed than most of his superficial bombast -- contains a few grains of rationality and a large helping of the sort of xenophobia and economic ignorance that appeals to a slice of the Republican base but which most Americans -- including many Republicans -- find distasteful and self-destructive." (08/18/15)

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Even the GOP’s “serious” candidates are way out of step with mainstream Americans

August 19, 2015
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Katrina vanden Heuvel The Nation
by Katrina vanden Heuvel  

"In the most recent edition of his 2016 candidate rankings, conservative Charles Krauthammer, while not dismissing Trump, suggests that Walker, Rubio, and Bush stand in the first tier of the Republican run-off. But these 'plausible' Republican candidates hold views that are dramatically at odds with interests and values of the vast majority of Americans." (08/18/15)

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The modern GOP and George HW Bush’s internationalism

August 18, 2015
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"I understand what Sanger is trying to say here, but a better way to understand this is that Republican hawks avoid mentioning the elder Bush's record primarily because they regard his internationalism as insufficiently aggressive and not meddlesome enough. They prefer their 'internationalism' to be heavy on intervention, bluster, and hectoring with as little diplomatic engagement and multilateral cooperation as possible. In their view, the elder Bush is a bad example to follow because he put too much pressure on Israel (which was barely any at all), was too cautious in his response at the end of the Cold War, didn't ostracize China enough after 1989, didn't plunge headlong into the Balkan wars, and didn't march on Baghdad. In other words, they reject much of what the elder Bush got right as president, and in the second Bush presidency the party's hard-liners sought to do the opposite of what the elder Bush likely would have done under similar circumstances." (08/18/15)

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Donald Trump’s immigration principles would’ve barred his own grandfather

August 18, 2015
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Conor Friedersdorf The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf  

"Today, there are nearly 50 million Americans of German ancestry. Many have hazy, romanticized notions of the time when their ancestors came to America. And some, like Trump, champion restrictionist views on immigration that would've barred their own grandfathers from coming here had bygone Americans applied them. This despite the fact that, compared to Hispanic immigration today, the waves of 19th-century immigration imposed far higher costs on those already here: Contagious diseases killed more people; those at the bottom of the economic ladder vying with newcomers for work had less of a safety net to fall back on if outcompeted; radical political ideas from abroad led to violent clashes; immigrant riots rocked numerous cities; and every cost was born by a much, much poorer America." (08/18/15)

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Trump: The art of the bureaucrat

August 18, 2015
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Mises Canada
by Doug French  

"If Republican voters think a Trump presidency will be four to eight years of 'The Apprentice' on steroids, with Trump telling those who disobey or slack off 'You're fired,' they are as delusional as their hero, who, as Nick Gillespie says, has a tenuous grasp on reality." (08/17/15)

http://mises.ca/posts/blog/trump-the-art-of-the-bureaucrat/  

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The Libertarian Angle, 08/18/15

August 18, 2015
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by  

"Each week, FFF president Jacob Hornberger discusses the hot topics of the day. This week, Jacob discusses the presidential campaign of Donald Trump." [Flash video] (08/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nkv7n27  

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Why it’s a mistake to take Donald Trump’s immigration plan seriously

August 18, 2015
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Peter Suderman Reason
by Peter Suderman  

"The release of Donald Trump’s immigration policy 'white paper' yesterday has occasioned a flurry of analysis that attempts to pin down exactly how the GOP presidential candidate's program might or might not work. Much of it is valuable in that it details how expensive, awful, unpopular, impractical (if not impossible), and downright inhumane Trump's ideas ('ideas') are. But in some larger sense all of this sober, relatively traditional political analysis is beside the point, because, regardless of how much detail Trump does or doesn't provide, or how plausible or implausible his plan is, or whether it accounts for the complications of Congress, cost-estimates, or the Constitution, it is a mistake to treat Trump's paper -- or, for that matter, anything else he says or produces -- as serious policy." (08/18/15)

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Even Republicans don’t support Trump’s call to deport millions of illegal immigrants

August 18, 2015
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Reason
by Nick Gillespie  

"I'm old enough to remember when conservatives and Republicans were flipped out by surveillance-state measures such as E-Verify and large numbers of immigration cops asking folks for their papers (remember, if immigrants need to show papers, then we all do). Immigration hysteria is where such worries go to die. A vast and always beefed-up bureaucracy that will have control over whether you can work and when you need to show proof of U.S. citizenship is preferable to living in a country with a limited government. Because, you know, Mexicans. And keep in mind that it's often the very same people who complain that the government can't do ANYTHING right and who hate racial bean-counters that are expecting the government to secure thousands of miles of border while also perfectly titrating the exact ethnic and professional makeup of the U.S. population." (08/17/15)

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After the circus, consider your options

August 17, 2015
posted by

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

"Maybe I don't get out enough, but among people I've talked with about next year's presidential election there's a deep feeling of disgust. Watching the Republicans debate and the Democrats speechify, their feeling so far is 'Really? We can't do any better than these clowns?' I feel their pain -- and, I suspect, yours too. I wouldn't leave my wallet alone in a room with any of the guys or gals running for president on a 'major party' ticket. But then, I usually feel that way. What's changing is that more and more people are agreeing with me." (08/16/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2634  

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