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Hillary Clinton has beclowned herself once again: She flip-flopped on another big issue in hilariously disastrous fashion

In 1996, Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages and allowed to states to do the same. The First Lady supported the policy at the time.

As recently as the 2008 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton is on the record saying marriage should be for opposite-sex couples, though others can have (separate but) equal rights in civil unions.

Then, just last year, one year after President Obama (who also famously “evolved” on the issue), she announced her full support for same-sex marriage. Seems pretty clear that she changed her mind on the issue, right?

HELL NO! And you are a terrible person for thinking so. At least according to an interview Secretary Clinton did with an NPR affiliate Thursday. Host Terry Gross questions Clinton for more than 7 minutes trying to get her to say if she changed her mind on the issue or just finally announced what her position had been all along. Neither one, apparently.

Several minutes into the process, Clinton actually scoffs and accuses Gross of attempting to entrap her into one of the two positions. Because NPR hosts are so fond of gotcha journalism, especially with Democrats, right?

The whole thing is a master class in political paranoia, cynicism, and double speak. It really is quite something.

Today in Liberty: Rand Paul-backed House candidate wins in Florida, SCOTUS upholds affirmative action ban

“We cannot wish away the objections of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faith traditions, or browbeat them into submission. Even in our constitutional system, persuasion is a minority’s first and best strategy. It has served us well and we should not be done with it.”Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent: Why We Must Have Both

— Clawson wins special election in FL-19: Curt Clawson, a self-funder backed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Tea Party Express, won the special election in Florida’s 19th Congressional District, to fill the seat left open by Trey Radel’s resignation. Clawson took 38 percent of the vote to state Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto’s 26 percent. Benacquisto was backed by Sarah Palin. “I got into this race because I felt like we needed more Outsiders in Congress,” said Clawson, according to The Hill. “The career politicians aren’t getting the job done, and I don’t see a whole lot of people in Washington with the experience as a CEO in making the tough decisions to save our country.” No Democrat ran in the special election.

The Assualt On Tolerance By The Tolerant

Brendan Eich

I strongly believe in a diverse, tolerant, and liberal society. I believe in not just tolerance when it comes to different races, religions, genders, and sexual orientations; I believe more strongly in the tolerance of ideas, especially those I strongly disagree with.

Unfortunately, the tolerant, liberal society I love and value so much is under attack, often by many of the same people who view themselves as “tolerant.” The latest case in point is the firing of Brendan Eich, the CEO of Mozilla.

Eich’s crime in the eyes of the tolerance police is the fact that he made a $1,000 contribution in support of California’s Proposition 8 in 2008. Proposition 8 sought to deny state recognition of same-sex marriage in the State of California. It passed, but was overturned by the US Supreme Court in 2013.

Now I disagree with Eich on Proposition 8 and I agree with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn it. I support same-sex marriage, however, I have nothing but contempt for those who went after Eich’s job.

One of the most important things about a liberal, diverse, and tolerant society is the fact that people who have differing ideas, even those ideas that a majority of us would disagree with, could work and live together in peace. Such a diverse society and tolerant values allow us to be able engage in civil political discussions about anything without the threat to someone’s livelihood or the threat of a boycott designed to put a company out of business.

Push for religious freedom legislation likely after Supreme Court rejects photographer’s case

The Supreme Court unceremoniously announced yesterday that it would not hear arguments in Elane Photography v. Willock, a case involving a New Mexico-based photographer who had refused to provide services for a lesbian couple’s commitment ceremony.

Elane Huguenin, a Christian and owner of Elane Photography, doesn’t support same-sex marriage and argued that her free speech rights were violated by an anti-discrimination statute that compels her to offer her services. New Mexico’s public accommodation law is broadly written, leaving little room for businesses to object to serve, even on religious grounds.

Though Elane Photography did initially make a religious liberty argument, Lyle Denniston explains that Huguenin’s attorneys didn’t bring that question to the Supreme Court. “Instead,” Denniston notes, “they argued that, since photography is a form of expression, the government should not be allowed to compel the use of that freedom in ways that the business owners find objectionable.”

The Cato Institute filed a brief in support of Elane Photography in December, noting that even though the libertarian think tank supports marriage equality, “a commitment to egalitarian principles can’t justify the restriction of constitutionally protected fundamental rights like freedom of speech or association.”

Today in Liberty: Lois Lerner to appear before committee, Alan Grayson accused of domestic battery

“In government, the scum rises to the top.” — F.A. Hayek

— Disgraced IRS official to appear before Oversight committee: Lois Lerner, the ex-IRS official at the center of the agency’s targeting of conservative groups, will appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this morning at 9:30. Though Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) said Lerner would testify, her lawyer has denied that claim. You can livestream the hearing here. Should be fun.

Today in Liberty: Arizona governor vetoes SB 1062, GOP targets violent video games

“Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.” — Calvin Coolidge

— Arizona governor vetoes religious liberty bill: Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) vetoed the controversial SB 1062, a measure that would have allowed religious business owners to refuse to serve gay customers. “To the supporters of the legislation, I want you to know that I understand that long-held norms about marriage and family are being challenged as never before. Our society is undergoing many dramatic changes,” Brewer said. “However, I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve. It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want.” Brewer also said that she had “not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated.” Measures similar to Arizona’s SB 1062 are currently being debated in several states, including Georgia, Kansas, and Missouri.

The Tent can only be so big: An eviction notice to Bryan Fischer

Bryan Fischer

“We have a right…in various ways, to act upon our unfavourable opinion of any one, not to the oppression of his individuality, but in the exercise of ours. We are not bound, for example, to seek his society; we have a right to avoid it (though not to parade the avoidance), for we have a right to choose the society most acceptable to us. We have a right, and it may be our duty, to caution others against him, if we think his example or conversation likely to have a pernicious effect on those with whom he associates.” — John Stuart Mill

In varying degrees over the last few decades, conservatives, libertarians, and Republicans specifically, have been attempting to build and maintain a coalition of various interest groups and issue-focused individuals toward broader electoral victory. “The Big Tent,” it’s called. There are always differences of opinion between those groups, but it is almost always worth it to work through and look past them for the greater political good. Almost always.

There inevitably comes a time when a member of the coalition, even an influential, powerful member, says something so wrong, so disturbing, so vile, so repulsive, that, regardless of the good work he may do in other areas, it is no longer helpful to have him around. Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association has been crossing that line for years. It’s time to kick him out of our Tent.

Fischer’s most repugnant statements and views are usually about homosexuality. Given Biblical text, it’s understandable to think homosexuality is a sin. It’s even at the very least arguable, though becoming increasingly defeatist, to oppose what you consider “special” rights for homosexuals. However, it is not acceptable to do this:

Today in Liberty: Judge strikes down Virginia’s gay marriage ban, House Dems want vote on minimum wage

“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” — James Madison

— Bonus daily quote: “I’m calling this storm Snowbama because it frees people from having to work.” — David Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute

— Federal court strikes down Virginia’s gay marriage ban: U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen struck down Virginia’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in an opinion issued very late last night. Gay and lesbian individuals share the same capacity as heterosexual individuals to form, preserve and celebrate loving, intimate and lasting relationships,” Wright Allen wrote in the 41-page opinion. “Such relationships are created through the exercise of sacred, personal choices — choices, like the choices made by every other citizen, that must be free from unwarranted government interference.” The judge cited the Supreme Court’s decision in Loving v. Virginia, which struck down the Commonwealth’s ban on interracial marriage and determined that marriage is a fundamental right. Wright Allen stayed her decision, pending appeal in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Obama has gotten one individual liberty issue right

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Call it a case of the proverbial broken clock being right twice a day. President Obama has been terrible on most liberty issues, of course. He came into office promising a hands-off approach to medical marijuana states, but his DEA and FBI have kept the pace of the Bush administration on clinic raids. He has proposed and supported restrictive gun regulations, though his infamous “executive actions” didn’t end up amounting to all that much.

The myriad Obamacare mandates are egregious violations of individual and organizational liberty. But there’s one area where Obama has gotten it exactly right, or at least as well as can be expected from a modern President: individual rights for gay Americans.

Georgia Republican highlights independence in Senate bid

Art Gardner

There is little room for mistakes for either party in the fight for control of the United States Senate. Vulnerable Democrats are struggling to survive with President Obama and the botched health law rollout hanging over their heads.

Though most Republican-held seats up this year are considered safe, recent polls out of the Peach State suggest that the GOP may have to invest to maintain control of the seat being vacated by Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) to keep it out of the hands of Michelle Nunn, the likely Democratic nominee.

There are eight candidates running for the Republican nomination. Some of the names are well-known to Georgia politicos, including three sitting U.S. Congressman — Jack Kingston, Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey — and former Secretary of State Karen Handel. But there are some candidates who haven’t received a lot of attention from the media.

United Liberty recent chatted with Art Gardner, one of the lesser-known Republican candidates running for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat, about his campaign and the issues that divide Washington and the Republican Party.

Gardner isn’t an ordinary Republican candidate, especially for Georgia. Though he believes in fiscally conservative principles and opposes Obamacare, Gardner sets himself apart from others in the race with his positions on contentious issues like gay marriage and immigration, comparing his beliefs to Barry Goldwater.


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