Saturday, May 28, 2016

Is 2016 The Year Of The Libertarians?

There's an interesting article over at Reason.com on whether 2016 could be the year when the Libertarian Party - America's longest-running third party by most standards - makes its' breakout from minor party to political player. For what its' worth, given just how unpopular the Democrat & Republican choices are - or as I like to refer to them as, "Itchy & Scratchy" - it could be their year...but, there are caveats.

(1) People loathe both Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton: This is no understatement; most polls have both of them so far underwater in terms of favorability that one could potentially wonder how we'd gotten this far (a conversation for another time, of course) and it also makes one wonder if it wouldn't be a good thing to vote 3rd-party. On the other hand, unless there's an epic collapse by both parties prior to Election Night, the next president is going to be either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton...period, full stop.

(2) Is the Libertarian Party a viable option? If one goes through the vote totals for about the past 3 decades or so, one could be hard-pressed to find any other 3rd party and/or independent option outside of the L.P. that hasn't finished third behind both the Democrat and Republican parties; there have been exceptions (John Anderson in 1980, Ross Perot in 1992) to the rule there but most elections (whether presidential or mid-term) the L.P. usually finishes third....well-behind the two major parties, but usually third. However, as American history has well shown us, whenever a third-party becomes a viable political option, they generally collapse under the weight of their own expectations and/or hubris (just look at Ross Perot and the then-nascent Reform Party of the 1990's).

(3) Is 2016 a weird-as-hell election? In a word, yes: after all, did anyone predict Donald Trump as the GOP nominee? On the other hand, this time last month, there was still talk  - and lots of it - of a contested GOP convention in Cleveland come July and Bernie Sanders was still an annoying fly in the political ointment of Hillary Clinton. Thirty days later, Donald Trump has clinched the GOP nomination and now everyone thinks the Democratic convention in Philadelphia is sliding towards Chicago 1968 and the Days of Rage surrounding it.

...in other words, 2016 is turning out to be an interesting political season after all....

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Founder's Quote, 26 May 2016

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined. - Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention — 1788

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Political Thought, 25 May 2016

In regards to the State Dept.'s IG Report on the Clinton E-Mail controversy: if this doesn't sink the Clinton campaign, what the hell would? I mean, seriously, folks, only someone who believes that they are above the law would try to divert attention from their own legal shortcomings by claiming that everyone else did it....Ms. Clinton, Colin Powell did not have a private email server. Neither did he or his subordinates rewrite classified emails to make them non-classified as Clinton and her acolytes did, nor did they violate classification rules in doing so....

....but I guess since its' Ms. Clinton we're talking about, its okay, isn't it, libtards?

Founder's Quote, 25 May 2016

Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence. - Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution — 1833

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Random Thought, 24 May 2016

Another day, another Trump rally, another protest-turned-near-riot.....if things are bad now, can anyone imagine what things are going to be like come July 2016?

Founder's Quote, 24 May 2016

I hope, some day or another, we shall become a storehouse and granary for the world. - George Washington, letter to Marquis de Lafayette — 1788

Monday, May 23, 2016

Seared Music: Don Henley - "Sunset Grill"

...you know, I'm not a gambling man but I'd bet that if we went to the aforementioned Sunset Grill, we might find people better able to run this country than most of what passes for our elected officials...

Group Of Pastors Ask Smithsonian To Remove Bust Of Planned Parenthood Founder

...well, given that Margaret Sanger also espoused views that modern society would consider racist, how that woman is even in the Smithsonian should be a question for our elected officials...
(CNSNews.com) – A group of black pastors sent a letter to the director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery asking that the bust of Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger be removed from the museum’s “Struggle for Justice” exhibit, citing her support for eugenics and the targeting of minorities by the nation’s largest abortion provider.
"Perhaps the Gallery is unaware that Ms. Sanger supported black eugenics, a racist attitude toward black and other minority babies, an elitist attitude toward those she regarded as ‘the feeble minded;’ speaking at a rally of Ku Klux Klan women; and communications with Hitler sympathizers," the letter from Ministers Taking a Stand states.
“Also the notorious ‘Negro Project,’ which sought to limit, if not eliminate black births, was her brainchild,” the letter states. “Despite these well- documented facts of history, her bust sits proudly in your gallery as a hero of justice. The obvious incongruity is staggering!” the letter states.
Think about that for a moment, folks....alongside the heroes of the civil rights movement is a person whose organization, America's Butcher Shops (o/k/a Planned Parenthood) has discussed the wholesale harvesting and sale of fetal body parts and who had a well-known history of racist comments towards blacks in general, one has to wonder just what the Smithsonian was thinking giving her space there....

Founder's Quote, 23 May 2016

Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve. - Benjamin Franklin, 1771

Liberals, Remind Me Again About Diversity...


.....never mind; once again, liberals prove they're hypocrites... *mic drop*