It is rather silly that in this day and age that only the Republicans and Democrats get the main debate stage.
Colorado is a political bellwether. It is an interesting mix of rural and city, hippie and frontierspeople, gun nuts and gun control laws, new west and old west. It is perhaps the purplist of purple states. And right now Rand Paul is not quite crushing Hillary Clinton, but soundly ahead of her in this very important electoral state.
Living it up with other people’s money. It’s long been a pastime for our government. (And governments in general. The British still put up with a “royalty.”)
You, you see aren’t in government. You are simply not that important. To the degree that you exist you exist as a profit center for us, the people who run the show. We can wipe you out with a fountain pen. You should be thankful to pay for our private jets.
In my very brief time on Capitol Hill after college I remember that raising money as soon as a Congressperson was elected was of the absolute highest priority. If one didn’t raise a pile of money early the other party might perceive you as weak and would then dump cash into your next opponent’s campaign.
I object to the whole Republican/Democrat red/blue thing, but this is still a great chart. For the record I am more a beer kind of guy.
As professor Codevilla points out crony capitalism is a bipartisan endeavor. It’s not just the establishment GOP, it’s the Dems too. But strange things are afoot in the Republican Party.
Judge Napolitano said this on his show Freedom Watch 2 years ago and was soon unceremoniously shown the door.* It is a blistering critique of a system which is based to a large extent on lies of an almost unfathomable scale, the emotional manipulation of an American people into clubs (red or blue), and wholesale cronyism at the highest levels. Download this video to your brain because it is a classic speech and one I am glad I was reminded of tonight.
For my friends on the right and left, up, down, whatever, this is what honest politics looks like.
*His show was cancelled. Fox kept him on the payroll.
The most important movement in American politics right now is the libertarian one.
I was speaking with some folks in DC yesterday and everyone was talking about the Amash NSA vote in the House. While conversing with a generally “conservative” crowd the consensus seemed to be that things were starting to get real in the GOP caucus. Leadership refuses to stand up for the Constitution, against government and corporations colluding, and for reducing government generally. Many Republicans in Washington DC are starting to wonder if they have been had.