NY Times: Hated by the Right. Mocked by the Left. Who Wants to Be ‘Liberal’ Anymore? (We do)

If the statists no longer want the term “liberal” (which FDR, with help, stole) we small government people are happy to take it back.

In the attached piece The New York Times rightly defines a proper “liberal”  as:

“the word has traditionally meant a preference for things like limited government, separate private and public spheres, freedom of the press and association, free trade and open markets”

But the author explains that this is the “European”

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Raul Labrador: ‘Ironic’ that Democrats want to turn the US into the countries illegal immigrants are fleeing

This is a very legitimate point and a point a friend of mine, an older man who came from Argentina originally, made also to me years ago.  He and his wife were very concerned about the rise of “El Jefe” (crony) style politics. He believed that much of this rise came from the urban political machines exploiting a new immigrant population that was more familiar with Mexico or Guatemala’s system of patronage than with the US Constitution. These people knew the PRI,

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ESPN insists, despite falling ratings/layoffs it will remain political, and continue it’s general decline

ESPN is really bad these days. It’s boring and preachy. It’s been infected by social justice flu, or is it fever, or is it hemorrhagic fever? Jobs have certainly been hemorrhaging at the once mildly interesting cable channel.

I think people at ESPN heard that President Obama kept ESPN on all day (lame) and so got full of themselves. But the thing is sports is supposed to be a refuge from the political nonsense,

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Washpo: On anti-Semitism and dog whistles

Antisemitism is an issue with which I am generally interested. I believe that sometimes there is actual antisemitism. But sometimes I think it is a label used to tarnish people who are entirely reasonable. Being critical of Israel does not make one antisemitic. Being anti-banking does not make one antisemitic. Being critical of lawyers does not make one antisemitic. Being critical of Hollywood does not make one antisemitic.

There are antisemitic people out there, though outside of liberal circles ironically (I guess ironically) I’ve never heard it expressed openly.

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Open Secrets: Trump “self funded” $56.1 million, only 22.67% of funds raised

Source: OpenSecrets.org

This is from the most recent report from Open Secrets on the Trump campaign. It shows that Trump, though heavily invested did not “self fund” his campaign as he said he was doing. This is an important point as Trump’s self funding was a significant part of his appeal for many. The idea that he owed no one was powerful.

To a large degree the “Trump independence” meme does appear to hold true even if Trump only self funded 1/5 of his campaign.

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Do levels of sunshine determine how much one likes (needs) big government? (MAP)

OK, just to be clear this is a half joke. There is no scientific basis for it. I stumbled across this map and just thought it was interesting how the higher the level of solar radiation the less likely (generally) people seem inclined toward big government. At least in the West.

California, as usual, remains an outlier.

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Colin Kaepernick speaking today (yesterday) — his thoughts on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and the U.S. Presidential election (VIDEO)

Generally speaking we are not inclined to give much weight to sports figures or other entertainers when it comes to politics. But given the controversy surrounding the fact that Kaepernick did not stand for the national anthem I think this video is appropriate fare for our readers. Mr. Kaepernick’s take on the current political situation I think reflects where a lot of Americans are. He expresses his frustration with both major candidates.

We don’t agree or disagree with what the San Francisco quarterback has to say,

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Social climbers, poseurs, and ‘nincompoops’, The lefty donor crowd (Plenty on the Right too)

This pol photo is cool, I have to admit. Neither DNC donors.

I have to say that this particular article really speaks to me. I have always wondered why so many wealthy people so covet a photographed handshake with the president or even a member of Congress.

I suppose it’s supposed to be symbol of status. Something to be hung on the wall as a trophy, a celluloid gazelle head or something. And I’m not talking about all pictures with political big shots.

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New Leak: Top DNC Official Wanted to Use Bernie Sanders’s Religious Beliefs Against Him

As we’ve said many times, Bernie’s economics are just flat out dangerous. However he was treated very badly in the primaries. That should not be forgotten. The Iowa coin flips. The railroading in Nevada. I’m sure there were many other examples. Oh, here’s one.

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