“One of the criticisms I make is to what I refer to as more of a Libertarianish right. They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to to do whatever they want to do. Government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldnâ€™t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldnâ€™t get involved in cultural issues. That is not how traditional conservatives view the world. There is no society that I am aware of, where weâ€™ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.” – Rick Santorum
Op-ed of John Garver, Rick Santorum’s 19 year old nephew:
If you want another big-government politician who supports the status quo to run our country, you should vote for my uncle, Rick Santorum. America is based on a strong belief in individual liberty. My uncleâ€™s interventionist policies, both domestic and foreign, stem from his irrational fear of freedom not working. READ ON AT THE DAILY CALLER
Rick Santorum’s response to his nephews op-ed:
BRENTWOOD, NH â€“ At his first event in the Granite State since the Iowa caucuses, Rick Santorum said his Ron Paul-loving nephew is just going through â€œa phase.â€ READ ON AT THE DAILY CALLER
I recently got to speak with former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson at the Free State Project’s Porcupine Freedom Festival in Lancaster, New Hampshire. I blogged reflections on the festival elsewhere, but wanted to focus here on consideration of a possible Johnson run in 2012. Here’s a relevant excerpt from the other post:
Thereâ€™s a good bit of speculation around Gary Johnson as the possible â€œRon Paul of 2012.â€ A libertarian-leaning Republican, Johnson vetoed 750 bills as governor (not counting line-item vetoes), never raised taxes, favors withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan, and advocates the legalization of marijuana.
I also spoke with a reporter from The New Republic, who asked me mostly about Johnsonâ€™s fanbase in the and chances in New Hampshire should he decide to run in 2012. If Johnson were to run, I think he would enjoy near-unanimous support among Free Staters who engage the political process, just as Paul did. Now, Paul has been around a lot longer, and itâ€™s difficult to imagine that Johnson would enjoy quite the sheer enthusiasm and cult following that Paul did â€“ but with Ron Paulâ€™s blessing and full-throated support, he should be able to do just as well in raising money. If, as I suspect, he also does better among mainstream Republicans, he could do pretty well in terms of vote share. He has two terms of executive experience, unlike Paul and many other potential candidates for the nomination, and the party should be in a relatively libertarian mood by then. Tea Party types are politically homeless right now; while they tend to support either Sarah Palin or Ron Paul, thereâ€™s also a consensus among conservatives that neither of these would be an effective candidate in the general election.
So in short – what are the chances that Tea Partiers line up behind Johnson if he runs? They’re short of alternatives!
“The â€œtea partyâ€ movement has carved a major notch in its political pistol grip.
At the GOP nominating convention in Salt Lake City Saturday, Sen. Bob Bennett (R) of Utah came in a distant third behind two other Republican candidates vying for the Senate seat Mr. Bennett has held for three terms.”
Bob Bennett, a Republican Party establishment candidate has been a target of constitutional conservatives and libertarians in the Tea Party movement as “No Friend of the Constitution”.
Endorsements for Bennett by the NRA and Mitt Romney had no effect in staving off his defeat.
Just like JO said the other day, the warmongering Obama is definitely getting another 4 years if this is the approach the “conservatives” are taking to oppose him. “WAR, WAR AND MORE WAR!” yells the GOP faithful which consist of less than 20% of the overall population. I don’t think this is rocket science, GOP, but the notion of WWIII scares swing voters.
MSNBC morning show host Joe Scarborough went on the attack against right-wing “hatred” Tuesday and declared he would be putting together a “conservative honor roll” to reward GOP politicians who denounce the rhetoric of commentators like Fox News’ Glenn Beck.
Not that Beck is truly sincere with his post-Dubya attitude change but the right-wing neoconservative warmongers who are foaming at the mouth and cheering on Obama to kill more people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Iran are actually claiming people who question authority figures are dangerous? Give me a break!
You know the old saying, “even a broken clock is right two times a day?” Well, Obama took a break from his warmongering to actually do something peacemaker-like, maybe, to stop the US from spending money it doesn’t have on something Europe doesn’t want and the world doesn’t need. And what did the top GOP names do in response? Again, they tried to out-hawk the already hawkish Obama. If the pathetic GOP continues to go down this path, the American public will reject them as much as they rejected the neoconservatism of Dubya in 2008. As Sophia from Golden Girls used to say, “picture it: America, November 2012 – Obama is celebrating his reelection…
Republicans continue to talk out of both sides of their mouth when it comes to the Constitution. Between the pro-torture, pro-war neocon “constitutionalists” at The Heritage Foundation & The Federalist Society* (John Yoo, I’m looking in your direction) to Sen. Thune’s attempted blatant violations of federalism, one doesn’t have to look far for examples of hypocrisy. When it comes to their pet issues, they like to twist our founding document to fit what they want which makes them no different from the “living, breathing” crowd on the left.
The great Kevin R.C. Gutzman has their number. (Read his entire essay! He exposes them for the fraudulent shysters that they are.)
In short, then, Republicans generally do not stand for principled adherence to originalism, which once was called â€œthe Constitution.â€ Across a range of questions, they mirror their Democratic opponents in advocating judicial legislation of their preferred legislative outcomes.
*Not all people associated with both organizations fit the pro-war, pro-torture definition (I’m still a member of The Federalist Society), but the higher ups are definitely too chummy with neocons & the GOP to be trusted. Take everything from them with a grain of constitutionalist salt.
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Charles upcoming book is: The definitive investment book for the coming age of high inflation. THE DOLLAR MELTDOWN
Surviving the Impending Currency Crisis with Gold, Oil, and Other
Non-Traditional InvestmentsCHARLES GOYETTE
On the heels of the most recent economic crisis, America is headed toward another: high inflation and dollar depreciation. The signs are clear:
federal debt is compounding while growth has stalled and America’s foreign
creditors are questioning the dollar’s reserve currency status. Meanwhile,
the “hidden” federal debt, much larger than the official debt, means things
will only get worse. Continue reading →