Penn Jillette is a favorite amongst many libertarians and atheists. Here he discusses why there should be more politicians like Rand Paul, even if you disagree with him.
May 25th, 2010 10:39 pm | by Marc Gallagher | Published in Activism, Big Government, Blowback, Civil Liberties, Commentary, Constitution, Election, Foreign Policy, History, Individual Responsibility, Liberty, Media, Politics | 8 Responses
Michael Scheuer is not one to mince words when it comes to his writing, speaking, or beliefs. This article demonstrates it perfectly. This is a must read.
Maddow and the Obamas: Killers of hope, spurs of rebellion
The attacks by MSNBC’s extremist Rachel Maddow on Rand Paul clarify a good deal for me. Ms. Maddow’s position is based on a sort of warmed over version of the 1920s’ Bloomsbury ideology: effete, secular, socialist, pacifistic, elitist, and libertine. The ideology is shared by her fellow MSNBC extremists Olberman and Matthews and by Mr. Obama and his acolytes. Anyone disagreeing with her and them is not just wrong but perverse, racist, badly educated, antiquarian, and could only come from the scum of the earth. What passes for political thought and philosophy among MSNBC’s neo-Bloomsbury extremists and team Obama reminds one of cheeses and flowers — those that stink the most, last the longest.
But, to be honest, MSNBC’s extremists and the Obamaites are not much different from Republicans in being arrogant elitists who regard Americans as ignorant rubes who are unaware of what is best for themselves and their country. What do we hear from the Republicans: they talk anti-abortion, do-nothing; talk controlling borders, do nothing; talk debt reduction, spend more; talk energy self-sufficiency, kiss the Saudis’ butt; talk support for the troops, get more killed in useless wars; talk about America’s independence, and lap up humiliation from Israel and Mexico.
Ms. Maddow-of-Bloomsbury, then, represents both parties in the sense that they both are telling Americans: “Trust us. We know what is best for you. Vote for us, shut up, and go home and watch television.”
When Ron Paul annihilated ole Mitt “Sideburns” Romney at the CPAC straw poll back in February the coverage at many mainstream news outlets dismissed the result. Today when Mitt Romney won the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll by a single vote over Ron Paul the coverage was a bit different.
Case in point, CBS News wrote the following after Ron Paul beat Romney in a landslide at CPAC:
“Fewer than a quarter of the 10,000 attendees participated in the balloting, an unscientific sampling that only offers bragging rights.“
Today CBS (via AP) writes the following after Romney squeaked out a victory by one vote in the SRLC straw poll:
“Mitt Romney won the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership conference here Saturday in a victory that will be taken as a sign of the former Massachusetts governor’s strength as a 2012 presidential candidate.”
Even the prospects of Ron Paul becoming a presidential candidate pushes the media to marginalize him. Just looking at the headlines for these two articles suggests bias. The Paul-CPAC win article is titled, “Ron Paul Wins Early Conservative Poll“. The Romney-SRLC win article is titled, “Mitt Romney Wins GOP Presidential Straw Poll“. So Paul’s win was just an early conservative poll, but Romney’s was a GOP Presidential poll? Am I just being a crazy biased Paulite here or are these reports representative of real media bias against Paul?
Tea Party meetings start up again this weekend. If you’re planning on attending one then there are Downsize DC fliers and brochures you can take with you. You can find them . . .
The mainstream media and the establishment Statists ridicule the Tea Party movement. They even invent charges against it. But the movement does have a core philosophy . . .
The Government, with a capital G, is way too big.
This makes a Tea Party meeting a perfect place to talk about and pitch DownsizeDC.org.
ARE YOU GOING TO A TEA PARTY? IF SO, PLEASE READ ON, TO LEARN HOW YOU CAN TAKE DOWNSIZEDC.ORG TO YOUR LOCAL TEA PARTY.
But first, I want to make a simple, but very important point.
Many types of people are DC Downsizers, from civil libertarians, to conservative constitutionalists, as well as patriots, populists, peace activists, and libertarians. As a part of this movement, I’ve noticed that these strains all have some things in common, and it’s not just our love of liberty and concern about the size, scope, expense, and power of the federal government. Perhaps the most important thing we share in common is this . . .
It seems that we are constantly playing defense, trying to stop the latest Statist plan. We seem never to play offense.
If you could, instead, turn the tables, and put the Statist politicians in Washington, DC on the defensive, would you want that?
Originally published January 21, 2010, at http://towneforcongress.com/economy/press-release-towne-announces-support-of-ron-pauls-hr-4248-1
Over the past two months, the campaign has industriously sent over 10 press releases to the local press, but none have been picked up by the mainstream newspapers. While these topics center on the economy, the campaign has addressed timely issues such as health care and the Haiti disaster. While some may say this is overuse of press releases, they have averaged just 1 every 5 days, and the campaign’s only regret is that we cannot send more due to available resources as America is at a critical juncture in our history. However, for an independent campaign, we are making incredible strides, check out all the media postings including the December 13th full page editorial in a local newspaper, the January 11th half-page ad.
Glenn Beck moved from CNN to Fox early in 2009. He now proclaims without hesitation that he considers himself a libertarian. Many long-time, more purist libertarians scoff at that self-characterization. Also last year a new web-only show began airing on Fox’s online video site called “Freedom Watch”. This is where many of the purist libertarians hang out. Judge Andrew Napolitano is the host and he has regular guests that include Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell, Jacob Hornberger, Robert Higgs, Tom Woods, and many more.
Back in December 2009 ABC’s John Stossel switched to Fox and began his own hour long show on the Fox Business Channel. His show is probably somewhere in between Beck’s moderate form of libertarianism and Judge Napolitano’s purist libertarianism on Freedom Watch. Does this mean libertarianism is no longer a dirty word among establishment politicos? Not quite yet, I’m afraid.
The Judge’s show is still only available online and replays are aired on Fox Radio on the weekends. Beck’s claims of libertarianism are difficult to reconcile with his stance on torture and foreign intervention; although, to his credit he has softened his position on foreign wars in the last year. Stossel’s show is on the Fox Business Channel which isn’t the juggernaut in ratings the Fox News Channel has become. Still these three shows could signal a slow evolution toward making libertarianism more mainstream in America.
If you’ve never seen Freedom Watch you can check out all the past shows at FreedomWatchonFox.com. As for Stossel you can watch each of the four shows he’s had so far at the bottom of this article. His show is must-see TV for free marketers and libertarian-minded people every where.
Judge Andrew Napolitano on his radio show this morning pulled no punches when discussing the viability of Sarah Palin as the next President of the United States. I couldn’t agree with his blunt assessment more. He said:
“I just don’t think she possesses the mental capacity to be the President of the United States. She’s a goofball!”
So everyone’s favorite host of Freedom Watch has weighed in on Sarah Palin. To me, she’s a completely divisive figure. People seem to either idolize her or loathe her. I don’t think she has much chance of being the next POTUS. In fact, I’d be surprised if she did better than Giuliani did in the GOP primaries of 2008.
For more about what lead up to the Judge’s “straight talk” listen to the audio:
(Thanks to Media Matters for the audio)
by John Browne – Senior Market Strategist, Euro Pacific Capital
In a small bit of Washington irony, a government panel convened this week under the guise of ensuring ‘expressive freedom’ on the Internet, while at the same time the Obama Administration put Fox News on notice that ideological rectitude would be a prerequisite for White House engagement.
This heightened wrangling with the media comes at a time when ordinary Americans are rapidly becoming disillusioned with the major parties. Their disgust is evident in innumerable web discussion sites that, for many, have replaced the major media outlets as the primary source of information. In its focus to keep control of the conversation, the Administration is seeking to disguise the fact that the ‘change’ Mr. Obama promised in the election is unlikely to materialize.
Wishful thinking of the Nobel committee aside, what we have seen thus far from Obama is simply more of what had been delivered by the prior administration.
Obama renewed our military commitment to the quagmire that is Afghanistan. But he is hesitating now that the United Nations has uncovered fraud in the recent presidential elections there. Whether or not one believes the war is winnable, this type of hollow chest-pounding did not help anyone under G. W. Bush, and will not under Obama.
Ron Paul has been making the media rounds this week delivering his no-nonsense wisdom and promoting his new book, “”. Of course a few of them aren’t exactly main stream media outlets. Here is a rundown of his recent media appearances.
- Ron Paul on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
- Ron Paul on Russia Today.
- Ron Paul on Al Jazeera (Part 1) (Part 2)
- Ron Paul interview on Newsmax.
- Ron Paul on FOX and Friends.
- Judge Napolitano defends Ron Paul on Fox Business.
- Ron Paul on Glenn Beck radio show.
Please comment with links to any appearances that I missed.
D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h
Quote of the Day: “80% of success is just showing up” — Woody Allen
Subject: Tune-in to the Jerry Hughes show TODAY
Our new media outreach efforts are picking up steam. There are several items of good news. First . . .
Jim Babka will be guest hosting the Jerry Hughes national radio talk show today. He’ll be interviewing . . .
* Dr. Rand Paul, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky, and the son of Congressman Ron Paul.
* Peter Schiff, President of Euro Pacific Capital, frequent TV commentator, and candidate for Chris Dodd’s Senate seat in Connecticut
If you want to hear about Rand Paul’s and Peter Schiff’s Senate campaigns please tune-in to hear Jim guest-host the Jerry Hughes show today. You can listen on the Internet . . .
At 2:06 PM Eastern Time (1:06 PM Central, 12:06 PM Mountain, and 11:06 AM Pacific) please to the Accent Radio Network to get the Internet feed.
You’re encouraged to participate in the show:
* The toll-free call-in number is: 1-866-222-2368
* You’ll be able to Twitter questions and comments to Jim too.
They ran it, Wednesday, as their “VideoNetDaily” pick.
And finally, there’s been an explosion this week in media coverage of the “Read the Bills” idea, but we want to save the details on this one for next week. Stay tuned.