In the last three months, I have seen more than a dozen young people — all between the ages of 18 and 25 and with histories of substance abuse — who received from other doctors what are essentially permission slips to smoke pot.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
"The world is held hostage by major corporations, which are pushing it to the brink," he said. "World politics are not governed by reason but by the force and greed of oil thieves and warmongers and the cruel beasts of capitalism."
The "cruel beasts of capitalism," of course, are to be replaced by the butterfly and lollipop loving rationale of Al- Qaeda.
"the society discovered that Obama is related to seven prior presidents, including George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry S. Truman and James Madison. They also learned he was related to Hollywood actor Brad Pitt."
President Barack Obama chastised Republican lawmakers Friday for opposing him on taxes, health care and the economic stimulus.
Friday, January 29, 2010
She explained her vote in favor of the Colorado Referendum C tax increases, referencing the state’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. “Referendum C was TABOR in action. I was part of an administration that cut taxes 43 times…. But when revenues fell by 17 percent and we instituted across the board spending cuts, froze capital expenditures– all the things the governor knew would be important to get our budget on track and balanced, he decided to go to a vote of the people, and that’s the beauty of Ref C: It allows you to do that. So the people spoke on that… I’m a strong supporter of TABOR… unlike what’s happening with Gov. Ritter in circumventing the people’s will.”
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
"It’s NOT Left vs Right,
It’s the State vs You!”
This is my new favorite bumper sticker. It sums up all that is wrong with the political dialogue in this country.
All too often, even libertarians* fall into this trap. I routinely mock statists, and I do not care where the statists fall on the traditional “left/right” or "Republican/Democrat" line. Recently, I mocked statists Keith Olberman and Rachel Maddow for their reactions to the election of statist Scott Brown as the new senator from Massachusetts.
Immediately, I was accused of being “pro-Republican” because I mocked two leftists. That criticism is a complete non-sequitur and is total tripe.
Worse than that, however, it shows how entrenched the “left vs. right” falsehood really is. Those that believe in the “left vs. right” myth honestly think that if someone mocks the “left” then they must be on the “right.”
It is our job as libertarians to destroy this myth.
To that end, I no longer use the words “left” and “right.” Using the words perpetuates the myth and gives the lie credence. I use the words “statist” and “libertarian.” (Of course, the Nolan Chart graphically demonstrates the distinction.)
We, as believers in freedom and liberty, understand that both the “left” and “right” are statist. Therefore there is no need to distinguish the two. They are statist. We are libertarian.
Statists believe in the initiation of force to achieve political ends. Libertarians do not.
Statists believe in the power of the government over the individual. Libertarians believe in the power of the individual over the state.
Statists are wrong. Libertarians are correct.
I ask you all to join me in this mission. Refuse to acknowledge any important difference between the “left” and the “right.” There is none.
Do not even use the words “left” and “right.” Reject the lie.
Embrace the truth. Embrace liberty. Fight the expansion of statism, no matter what purported “direction” it comes from.
And let freedom ring.
*To my Republican friends on the PPC, in this article, the term "libertarian" could very well be read as a reference to the philosophy. I add this footnote in an attempt to head off the otherwise anticipated criticism of being "partisan." Of course, there is no place for partisanship on the PPC.
Friday, January 22, 2010
This was written by Justin Longo, Legislative Director for the Libertarian Party of Colorado. I am reposting.
Thanks to State Chair Dave Williams for highlighting this Washington Post article on the newly elected Republican Senator from Massachusetts Scott Brown. Little does the author know it, but this WashPost piece is a shining example of the failure of the left / right dichotomy and why the Libertarian Party should be taken seriously. Why? Just take a look at this:
"Scott Brown said he expects to be seated quickly in the U.S. Senate, but he was conciliatory on the question of what he will do there, noting that he voted for universal health insurance coverage in Massachusetts and wanted his election to encourage a new bipartisanship in Washington." [emphasis mine]
And this gem here:
"We're past campaign mode: I think it's important for everyone to get some form of health care," Brown told a news conference Wednesday morning. "So to offer a basic plan for everybody I think is important. It's just a question of whether we're going to raise taxes, we're going to cut a half at trillion from Medicare, we're going to affect veterans' care. I think we can do it better." [emphasis mine]
So here we have your typical socialist believing that every American DESERVES health coverage and that his version of socialism is "better.
Explain to me again what the difference between Republicans and Democrats are? Explain to me why voting for the "lesser of two evils" is any better than voting your conscience? As far as I can tell, we did get the lesser of two evils -- we got the one who believes he can coerce you "better."
Of course I'm preaching to the choir, but I think it is important to bring articles like this to light. I know how difficult it can be to be a Libertarian when everyone around you is encouraging evil and telling you your guy or gal cannot win. Do me a favor and bring this article up. Add this to your bag of tricks and don't let a socialist tell you that you favor a lost cause. Because the reality is simply this: supporting evil is ALWAYS a lost cause. You get what you deserve every single time.
Thanks for listening,
Legislative Director, Libertarian Party of Colorado
"Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism." -Mises
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Friday, January 08, 2010
Reposted with permission
By Doug Newman
Originally posted at http://www.thefot.us/leftwing.html
The mainstream media – including Fox News, Limbaugh and the big-time media that calls itself "Christian" – would have you think that the grand battle is between the left and the right.
This is such a lie.
Here are some examples.
GW Bush outspent Clinton by $1 trillion per year and continued every last federal welfare program – and added a few of his own – and left-wingers hated him.
Obama has continued all of Bush’s wars – and added a few more – and right-wingers hate him.
Left-wingers say they support civil liberties, yet look the other way while Obama continues with the Bush surveillance state.
Right-wingers say they support individual freedom, yet have no apparent problem with rogue police and the fact that America has the world’s highest incarceration rate.
Left-wingers want us to panic and give up our freedom out of fear of global warming.
Right-wingers want us to panic and give up our freedom out of fear of terrorism.
Left-wingers say they are tolerant, but want to stifle public expressions of Christianity.
Right-wingers oppose Obamacare because it puts medical decisions in the hands of the government, yet they get their undies in a bunch about the idea of legal medical marijuana.
Left-wingers want to regulate how fast your toilet can flush.
Right-wingers want to ban online poker.
The left has its limousine liberals.
The right has its chicken hawks.
The left has Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, John Edwards and countless others.
The right has Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and countless others.
No matter which wing gets the upper hand in government, the result is the same: perpetuation of the welfare-warfare-police-nanny state.
As Butler Shaffer once wrote, “Left and Right are only two wings on the same bird of prey.”
The hypocrisy is endless.
In the words of REM, elections anymore are just tournaments of lies.
As I wrote just before the 2008 election: “Ultimately, the same people run the show. They set up this false left-right paradigm and get people fighting endlessly over meaningless junk. There is a great line in Macbeth about "a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing." The real problem is not the media, Washington, Hollywood, etc. The real problem is that so many people are so willing to believe what their chosen spinmeisters tell them, no matter how absurd.”
The grand battle is between liberty and tyranny. I woke up to this in late 1991.
When will you wake up?
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
"If my credit card company can figure out that I didn't buy a pair of tennis shoes in Columbus, Ohio, the intelligence community ought to be able to figure out that something was wrong with this picture."
Sunday, January 03, 2010
DENVER (AP) -- Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter does not have a staff photographer - but he has billed taxpayers more than $200,000 to hire outside contractors and pay for photographs, videos and TV ads promoting his accomplishments since June 2008, including videos of him receiving a "Father of the Year" award and a press conference naming his friend, Michael Bennet, to a U.S. Senate seat.