Ex-RNC chairman: Include Libertarians in debates

The debates are one of the croniest parts of our electoral process. And the whole thing is of course crony.

Like him, don’t like him, or otherwise Johnson should be in the debates even with less than 15% support in national polls (he’s around 10%). The club needs to be opened up.

(From The Hill)

A former chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) is calling for Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson to be included in the presidential debates…

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WSJ: Blue Feed, Red Feed – See Liberal Facebook and Conservative Facebook, Side by Side

I will state for the record, again, that RED is not a conservative color. Blue was always the color of the Republican Party until the the 1992 election when the news networks flipped the colors. Dems were always RED, the color of the Left, and Republicans were always BLUE. And again, Texas is not a red state, North Korea is.

Also, so where is the libertarian feed?

Saying these things this is an interesting tool.

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Ron Paul: U.S. does not have democracy

From the dawn of the revolt.

And he wasn’t saying it in the “we don’t have a democracy, we have a republic” sense.

Sadly he’s largely right.

Though I do get the sense that people are pretty fed up with the political duopoly. Perhaps even fed up enough to actually do something about it. We are in the midst of a significant and complicated political realignment. I might be a bit more optimistic than Doctor Paul here.

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Legendary pollster Pat Caddell: Dems and the GOP collude to shut out 3rd parties, good presidential candidates

Pat Caddell is cantankerous in a charming uncharming way. He’s a grump who is grumpy for very good reason and who reflects the grumpiness of an isolated and marginalized (to date) electorate. He is angry. We’re angry. And he is right, it is a travesty that the presidential debates are limited to the the Democratic and Republican nominees.

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This is interesting, Head of Democratic Party can’t explain difference between “a Democrat and a socialist.” (VIDEO)

“I used to think there was a big difference.” – Chris Matthews

To be fair Debbie isn’t really running things. She has bosses who determine direction. But even still.

Kudos to Chris Matthews for a good question.

Bernie is pushing the Dems in interesting directions and creating contrasts and shadows where there weren’t ones before.

Trump is doing similar things in the GOP.

Fun to watch.

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Both parties poll below 40 percent (favorability) in new Gallup survey

This is because in many respects both parties are vestiges of the 20th Century and do not reflect the will of even the real people who make up the respective parties, never mind the people who operate outside of the parties. (Most of us.)

The disgruntled Republicans were the first to really break with their party. The Democrats, filled with folks who embrace a more union lockstep mentality have been slower to voice their displeasure, but even they are leaving the herd.

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The GOP establishment seeks to suppress the grass roots, the “populists,” the people, again

Lots of liberty lovers at CPAC 2015

The leadership within both major parties view the “populists” within their ranks as annoyances. Jeb Bush and his crowd and Hillary Clinton and her crowd have a similar disdain for the people who want actual change come 2016. Jeb and Hillary are the establishment. They are the anointed. They represent the long time infrastructure of their respective parties.

Vested interests within the parties know where they stand with both candidates. These interests know that the boat won’t really be rocked by either one.

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Minnesota state senator proposes a “none of the above” option on the ballot

This is something I think anyone who is fed up with the 2 party system can get behind. I certainly could. The only people who would possibly object to this idea are the hacks in power who feel like they’ve “paid their dues” in the party systems.

I’d vote “none of the above” pretty much every time on a statewide and national level. I’ll bet many many others would too. (That of course is what the parties are afraid of.)

There should be sponsors for similar legislation in every state.

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de Rugy: Congress did a lot for special business interests in 2014

When people ask what I do I tell them I spend a lot of my time focusing on crony capitalism. Invariably they smile and say something to the effect that “I must be busy.” Yeah, there’s a lot out there.

And we’re not the only ones. Veronique de Rugy does a bit of a 2014 roundup.

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