Libertarians in the Hawk Age

ISIS

Prior to the rise of ISIS, it was relatively easy to be a non-interventionist libertarian, focusing on the economy and civil liberties and staring daggers at the NSA. Ah, the good old days.

Then people started getting beheaded over in that familiar region we just left. By all accounts, good, honest people just trying to do their jobs. People who couldn’t defend themselves because they weren’t warriors. American people.

And so now we fire our disdain from the air, presumably because that’s still not “intervening” in the traditional, Bush Doctrine sense. But we’re getting better at striking from the air. Because we’re working at it.

Fired by the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, the Maverick missile is engineered to fire from F-15s, F-16s, A-10s, F/A-18s, Harriers and P-3 surveillance planes, among others. The weapon can also be fired from helicopters.

The Navy variant of the Maverick is built with a special mechanical safe arming device to ensure safety of the weapon while it is handled on ships, such as the deck of an aircraft carrier, McKenzie said.

The laser-guidance technology of the weapon increases its ability to strike fast-moving or maneuvering ground targets, he added.

Radical environmentalists want us to live in dirt mounds and reject capitalism

Al Gore

Statists are gonna state. It’s just how they do it. They see the power of government as a force for good…so long as the right people are calling the shots. The thing is, it’s really not enough for a lot of statists to just tell us what we have to do. They’re not content telling people they can’t accept a wage below the federally mandated minimum. They’re not content trying to tell people what they can do in the privacy of their own bedrooms either.

No, there’s also this overriding desire by these very same people to tell us what we’re supposed to actually like.

From a site called Eco-business.com, an article called “Life in a ‘degrowth’ economy, and why you might actually enjoy it” says the following:

When one first hears calls for degrowth, it is easy to think that this new economic vision must be about hardship and deprivation; that it means going back to the stone age, resigning ourselves to a stagnant culture, or being anti-progress. Not so.

Degrowth would liberate us from the burden of pursuing material excess. We simply don’t need so much stuff – certainly not if it comes at the cost of planetary health, social justice, and personal well-being. Consumerism is a gross failure of imagination, a debilitating addiction that degrades nature and doesn’t even satisfy the universal human craving for meaning.

Degrowth, by contrast, would involve embracing what has been termed the “simpler way” – producing and consuming less.

Wow. I’m really glad I have statist jerks to tell me what gives my life meaning. I won’t get into the economics of that article right now, but instead I want to focus on this “meaning” thing for a moment.

An Open Letter to Jeffco Student Protesters Concerning History Standards

Colorado HS Student Protesters

Dear Student Protesters of Jefferson County:

I must begin with a confession. When I first learned of your student walkouts concerning some proposed changes to the AP History curriculum, I was more than a little bit cynical. These walkouts, I thought, were little more than an excuse to skip class and be ‘part of something.’ I don’t doubt that some students joined the walkouts for that reason; there are always individuals who join a cause because it seems to be the popular thing to do (I should point out that there are many people my age and older who do the very same thing so this is not a criticism of young people per se). This open letter is not intended for these students but for those of you who honestly care about the proposed changes to the history curriculum.

As I started reading about these protests it didn’t take me long to realize that you have very good reason to protest: the aims of the Jeffco School Board for the history curriculum are at best contradictory and misguided. The following paragraph in the Board Committee for Curriculum Review must be the primary reason for your protests:

ReasonTV’s “Nanny of the Month” turns five with no shortage of state-loving nannies in sight

ReasonTV's September 2014 Nanny of the Month

“There oughta be a law.”

Not a day goes by when some state-loving government nanny somewhere doesn’t think those five words. The most famous government nanny to date is former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose 12-year rein over America’s largest city ushered in countless government regulations, including more than 30 bans on things ranging to smoking in public to cell phones in schools.

Luckily, our friends at ReasonTV have — for five years this month — been calling out big government bureaucrats and their attempts to regulate everything from what we put in our bodies to what we put in our trash cans (really).

Their latest “Nanny of the Month” is the Borough Council in Helmetta, New Jersey, which wants to ban photography and filming in public buildings after an officer said on camera, ”Obama has decimated the friggin’ constitution, so I don’t give a damn… Because if he doesn’t follow the Constitution we don’t have to.”

It’s true. President Obama has “decimated the friggin’ constitution,” as even the New York Times admits. But the officer’s admission left Helmetta officials with egg on their faces.

Lame Duck Alert: Congress may take up the NDAA

lameduckrun

Prime your petitions DC. A whole bunch of fights are coming.

It’s looking like Congress will be taking up the NDAA, and possibly other controversial subjects in the lame duck session.

Here’s some other possibly lame lame duck stuff:

Or as John Sununu says, probably not.

 

 

Barack Obama’s Imperial iPhone Presidency

Obama's iPhone Presidency

President Obama, discarding once and for all any pretense of respect for the Constitution and the limits it places on the chief executive under the Separation of Powers doctrine, infamously declared in January of this year, “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone…And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward.”

Those are not the words of a president in our constitutional republic; those are the words of a petty tyrant.

Obama has made good on his promise though. In violation of the so-called Affordable Care Act, the very law that he championed and that passed on a strictly party-line vote without a single Republican in support, Obama has unilaterally delayed and changed provisions of the law dozens of times. He extended deadlines, granted waivers to the politically-connected, and laughed off his promise that no federal taxpayer dollars would be used to fund abortions.

In a blatantly transparent move to gain more Hispanic votes for Democrats, Obama has refused to enforce our immigration laws even as hundreds of thousands of illegals pour over the border from Mexico, including tens of thousands of children he willingly uses as pawns in his political game. Not until word started leaking out about many of these children dying during the journey, or being physically and sexually assaulted, or sold into slavery, did Obama even make a pretense of stemming the tide of illegals.

Guy with knife made it waaay farther inside the White House than we thought.

whitehouse

It looks like that guy who jumped a fence with a knife made it way farther than we were all led to believe. In fact, he made it all the way to the green room of the White House.

Gonzalez was able to overpower a female Secret Service agent and proceed through the entirety of the 80-foot East Room. He was finally tackled as he attempted to enter the Green Room, a small ceremonial parlor on the southern side of the building, according to the The Washington Post and CBS News.

Overpowered a Secret Service Agent?! With a knife? One guy? For those of you at home, that’s very much inside the White House and very much not cool.

And if you were wondering, see this very helpful graphic that reminds us of those childhood how it works books for where the green room is:

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Kay Hagan: Once Against Bush’s War, Now for Obama’s.

Welcome to Washington DC — where everyone’s got principles until it’s not popular and your President has left you on an island.

Politico is reporting that former Democratic candidates that were staunchly against President Bush’s Iraq War, are now for Obama’s.

Here’s Kay Hagan from May of 2008:

“We need to get out of Iraq in a responsible way,” Hagan declared in May of that year. “We need to elect leaders who don’t invade countries without planning and stay there without an end.”

Here’s her now:

“This is the time for us to come together, Democrats and Republicans, to confront the challenges that are facing our nation,”

Continue to watch former anti-war politicians change their tune with a rapidly changing American political landscape. As CNN reports, Americans back the airstrikes, but so far still oppose use of troops on the ground.

Americans are steadfastly opposed to sending U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria, but an overwhelming number of people continue to support the U.S.-led airstrikes against the terrorist group, a new CNN/ORC International poll shows.

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The GOP Needs to construct its own foreign policy narrative

On Tuesday, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb — who many remember as former Secretary of the Navy under Reagan, and even more recall as a respected novelist and fierce Marine of the Vietnam era — stood at the podium of the National Press Club and announced that he’s at least considering a run for president in 2016.

 

He was frank that he’s assessing support and will decide in several months if he’s all in. And, as expected, he was asked questions about positions already being staked out by the presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and how he felt given his expertise —and there’s no doubt he’s an expert on matters of national defense — about our current engagement with ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

The takeaway was that we have a very incoherent foreign policy in these matters and we’d do well to develop and communicate a more concrete set of strategies. “It is not a healthy thing when the world’s dominant military and economic power has a policy based on vagueness,” he said. And that’s a reasonable thought. Somewhere in there was also the mention that we shouldn’t be an occupying force in that region of the world, but that was hardly a surprising position for someone known as one of the harshest critics of the Iraq War under Bush.

He also talked about economic fairness and even touched on corporate cronyism, as is typical of someone at least attempting to hash out a platform. But the talk of war is of interest because, almost immediately following his speech, media pundits that were in attendance began tweeting and writing that Webb had given an impassioned “anti-war” speech, possibly to set him in opposition to “hawkish” Hillary Clinton.

 


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