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Podcast: Liberty Candidate - Rob McNealy (Colorado’s 6th District)

In a special podcast, Jason and Brett interview Rob McNealy, discussing his campaign, positions on issues, and his candidacy.  McNealy is currently a Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Congress in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District.

This special edition podcast is the third in a series devoted to showcasing liberty candidates nationwide.  McNealy talks about his liberty-focused campaign against an incumbent Republican in Colorado (Tom Tancredo’s former seat) and a pro-war Democrat.

You can download the podcast here (38 minutes/35 MB). The introduction music is “Silence is Violence” by the always lovely Aimee Allen.

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Harvard professor: “the children belong to all of us”

Paul Reville

In 1996, then-First Lady Hillary Clinton raised eyebrows with the released of her book, It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us. The theme of the book, as the title suggests, is that it takes the communities working together raise America’s children.

The book was met with outrage from the political right, with some pointing to far-leftist collectivist notions. Then-Republican presidential nominee Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) was among those who blasted the notion presented by Clinton.

[A]fter the virtual devastation of the American family, the rock upon which this country was founded, we are told that it takes a village, that is collective, and thus the state, to raise a child,” said Dole in his acceptance speech at the 1996 Republican National Convention.

“The state is now more involved than it ever has been in the raising of children. And children are now more neglected, more abused and more mistreated than they have been in our time,” he said. “This is not a coincidence. This is not a coincidence. And with all due respect, I am here to tell you it does not take a village to raise a child. It takes a family to raise a child.”

The “war on poverty” turns 50

LBJ

If you’re paying attention to Washington politics, you know that there is currently a big push underway by the White House and congressional Democrats to highlight income disparities in the United States.

The familiarity of this song and dance aside — which is, of course, another attempt to turn Americans’ attention away from Obamacare, an unpopular law, and President Obama’s terrible job approval rating — it’s worth noting that today is the 50th anniversary of the “war on poverty.” After this decades-long war, the poverty rate has barely moved, despite Congress spending trillions of dollars to combat it.

The Washington Examiner explains that, by any measure, the war on poverty has been a failure when viewed at the money spent compared to the poverty rate:

[W]hen LBJ declared the war, the U.S. economy was surging and the poverty rate had already declined from 22.4 percent in 1959, the earliest year available from the Census. Between 1965 and 2012, the national poverty rate has stubbornly averaged 13.6 percent per year and it has never fallen below 11.1 percent.

During the current economic downturn, the poverty rate was 15.1 percent in 2010, and 15 percent in 2011 and 2012 (the last year for which Census data is available). That’s the highest it’s been in a three-year span since 1964, and it means a stunning 46.5 million people are still living in poverty half a century later.

Netflix teases documentary on Mitt Romney’s campaigns, family life

 MITT

The new season of House of Cards won’t be only show hitting Netflix in the coming weeks. The on-demand giant teased the release of an upcoming behind-the-scenes documentary of Mitt Romney’s unsuccessful 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

The trailer for the documentary, MITT, was unveiled by Netflix on Wednesday. It begins with a clip of Romney on election night asking for President Barack Obama’s phone number as he prepared to concede defeat in the 2012 election and offers glimpses of debate preparation.

The trailer also focuses on his family life, humanizing the two-time candidate who was frequently derided by President Obama and his supporters. “If you don’t win, we’ll still love you,” one of his sons says in the trailer. “The country may think of you as a laughing stock, and we’ll know the truth. And that’s OK.”

Higher premiums and higher deductibles — Thanks, Obamacare

The Obama Administration is making a push to get those who have started the application process on Healthcare.gov to come back to the website and complete their enrollments and selected a health plan.

Yesterday, this author received one of those emails, under the subject of “Complete your enrollment: Affordable plans are available in the Marketplace.”

“You’ve taken the first steps toward getting health coverage at HealthCare.gov, but you still need to complete your enrollment. We’ve made many improvements to our systems to help you,” said the email from Healthcare.gov.

“There are affordable plans available in the Health Insurance Marketplace right now. If you want coverage that will start as early as January 1, 2014, the enrollment deadline was recently extended to December 23, 2013,” the email continued, encouraging me to login and complete my enrollment. “We’re committed to making sure you get the quality, affordable health coverage you need.”

Truth be told, I only created an account to see for myself the serious concerns with the website’s rollout. I did briefly consider signing up for a health insurance policy for my wife and I, just to experience being on the individual market, then I came to my senses. I did, however, head back over to Healthcare.gov to see what plans were available to me in my home state of Georgia.

For the purpose of disclosure, I’m 32 years-old and my wife is 28. Admittedly, my wife and I use tobacco, so the premium prices could be much, much higher than the quotes on Healthcare.gov; not that I’m complaining because it’s a lifestyle decision we’ve made.

Thanksgiving: Politics can wait, just spend time with those you love

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“We’ll reflect on the loved ones we’ve lost this year and previous years, and talk about how much we wish they were still with us. We’re going to spend time together and enjoy a great meal and then complain about eating too much.”

My family has a general rule on holidays: don’t talk politics. It’s a rule that I try to respect, because, after all, I would much rather sit around and watch football, play with my nieces and nephews, and talk with my resilient 90-year-old grandmother.

But, at some point, someone always brings up some political issue that ignites some discussion; passionate at times, depending on the topic. My family is generally conservative, though, I’m a libertarian, so we approach politics from different angles, though, agree on most things.

Interestingly, Obamacare supporters want American families to talk about the law on this holiday. If there ever was a divisive issue that would bring my family together, it’s Obamacare. But that would get almost all of us worked up on what is supposed to be a relaxing holiday where we give thanks for what we have.

It’s stunning that some want to encourage what could be very heated arguments on what is, perhaps, the contentious, divisive political issue in the country. Thanksgiving is not a canvassing opportunity. It’s not just another day on which to campaign for a fledgling law. Even for those who oppose Obamacare, this day should be a day off.

Grand Theft Auto V’s Lesson in Liberty

GTA V's Trevor

If you identify somewhere on the libertarian to Tea Party spectrum, you’re likely used to a number of unfounded and illegitimate labels from the Left.  Their current in vogue talking point during the ObamaCare standoff, promoted endlessly by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), is that Tea Party members are “modern anarchists.” That’s an accusation not worth acknowledging with a full rebuttal.

What is worth acknowledging is that Grand Theft Auto V’s Trevor Phillips character may be the most captivating character in videogame history.  No, that’s not a non sequitur, because Trevor is the ultimate manifestation of a true modern anarchist.  A meth-dealing, mass-killing maniac who, in the moments of calm between fits of rage, is introspective enough to understand that his brand of chaos is a recipe for misery.

Spoiler Alert: If you have not played GTA V yet, what are you waiting for?!  Seriously though, spoilers contained below.

On Family

Anarchists reject marriage, monogamy, and nuclear family primacy.  Which might explain why our introduction to Trevor is the image above.  Enjoying a drug-addicted woman from behind while watching TV in his trailer.  Immediately followed by the brutal killing of that woman’s boyfriend.  This is Trevor in a microcosm.

“Mine ain’t nothin’ special, but this boy gets the job done.”

Mike Lee rolls out tax reform plan, slams cronyism

Mike Lee speaks at AEI

In a speech yesterday at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) outlined the principles of a tax reform proposal that focuses on the family, equal opportunity and pursuit of happiness for all Americans.

“Today, this fundamental American ideal is hanging by a thread,” said Lee as he got into the crux of the speech. “Up and down American society – which used to be defined and driven by what Tocqueville called our ‘yearning desire to rise’ - we find a new and unnatural stagnancy.”

“We find the underprivileged trapped in poverty, sometimes for generations,” he explained. “We find the middle class caught on a treadmill, running harder every year just to maintain the economic security and social cohesion that were once taken for granted.”

CPS Tyrannizes Again; Abolish Child Protective Services Now

Yet another incident of Child Protective Services violating civil rights has emerged, this time in Sacramento:

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento family was torn apart after a 5-month-old baby boy was taken from his parents following a visit to the doctor.

The young couple thought their problems were behind them after their son had a scare at the hospital, but once they got home their problems got even worse.

It all began nearly two weeks ago, when Anna Nikolayev and her husband Alex took their 5-month-old boy Sammy to Sutter Memorial Hospital to be treated for flu symptoms, but they didn’t like the care Sammy was getting.

The mother had questions about what was going on with the care, but it soon escalated out of control:

Anna said Sammy suffers from a heart murmur and had been seeing a doctor at Sutter for regular treatment since he was born. After Sammy was treated for flu symptoms last week, doctors at Sutter admitted him to the pediatric ICU to monitor his condition. After a few days, Anna said doctors began talking about heart surgery.

“If we got the one mistake after another, I don’t want to have my baby have surgery in the hospital where I don’t feel safe,” Anna said.

Anna argued with doctors about getting a second opinion. Without a proper discharge, she finally took Sammy out of the hospital to get a second opinion at Kaiser Permanente.

“The police showed up there. They saw that the baby was fine,” Anna said. “They told us that Sutter was telling them so much bad stuff that they thought that this baby is dying on our arms.”

Cain is done, but who knows his next move?

The question of what Herman Cain will do in the coming days, whether he will stay in the race or exit to focus on healing the wounds that have no doubt been created in recent weeks, is something that observers and pundits are dwelling on. What he does could, obviously, have a significant impact on the race.

For his part Cain and his campaign have, as usual, given mixed message. At first they said that Cain could leave the race. That changed as the day went along, after Cain gave a firey speech in Ohio. However, by the end of the day it appeared that Cain was still weighing all of his options, and said that no decision would be made until he spoke with his wife.

Many Republicans are saying that Cain needs to get out of the race for various different reasons, from him now serving a distraction to the feeling that he nees to focus on his family. Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a tea party favorite, is among them:

“Beyond reassessing his campaign, he probably needs to understand that he is a distracter for what’s going on right now and we should move on,” West told WMAL’s radio show “Morning Majority.”


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