This is a very interesting discussion with one of the “good guys” in Washington (there are a few) on the nature of government and where we have gone wrong.
As we say all the time we have no horse in the presidential race, or any political race. Not even a Libertarian horse even though it is obvious to anyone who has read us for any period of time that we have a libertarian (please note the small “l”) disposition. Free markets, free minds, sound money, respect, tolerance, entrepreneurialism, and a complete disdain for the crony capitalist, state centered, highly political system that has been erected in America are the things (more or less) that drive us.
The TEA Party was, and sadly we must now use the past tense, a ray of light in a time of enveloping gloom. After the exasperation caused by George Bush and his profligate spending and foreign adventurism, the bailouts of the banks, and the ascendancy of Barack Obama who promised only more profligacy, people rose up and said – no more!
This was the TEA Party. TAXED – ENOUGH – ALREADY.
Most people who care tie its birth to the below rant by Rick Santelli on CNBC.
I hate the term “elites.” I find the people often referred to as “elites” are typically not elite at all. But that aside.
Representative Huelskamp apparently rubbed party (GOP) leadership the wrong way and as such was targeted.
Good. Sometimes it takes a lot of sunshine to cut through the clouds. Sometimes its has to shine down for years, and then, one day, a break of blue sky.
Illegal marijuana is crony marijuana. Illegal marijuana, or more properly – cannabis – benefits drug dealers, government bureaucrats, the prison systems, the lawyers, and in principle federally illegal pot appears to violate the 10th Amendment of the Constitution, the document so many of us would like to see taken seriously again.
This is where crony capitalism gets super creepy. The surveillance state is very profitable and Taser is about to provide a “solution” to police departments which is sure to fatten the company’s bottom line. Soon software may be able to identify “people of interest” just from a feed from a police officer’s body camera.
And guess what? Even if you aren’t “of interest” you will soon be in the facial recognition database. Then imagine algorithms running over this data.
Conservatives need to get on board with legal pot and with haste.
Many “conservatives” are already. I was on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville and saw a Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP) kiosk. This is progress. But the progress is not fast enough, particularly in many states which do not have ballot initiatives like my home state of Virginia.
Pot prohibition is not good for individuals, communities, or the country. If one chooses to use cannabis this is no one’s business but that of the individual who uses the drug.
These people care nothing for liberty or freedom or you. Live free. Be free. Be a citizen. You are worthy of dignity.
The neocons are for big government and wars. Bill Kristol is for big government and wars. The neocons disliked Reagan and celebrated George W. Bush’s massive expansion of the state. They loathe libertarianism and they loathe the Pauls. They quietly like Hillary Clinton who is basically an extension of George W. Bush in many respects. In fact most neocons – most of whom are Bushites – would probably like to see Hillary win this go’round. (Though they can’t say it publicly –
Some people are acting like it’s some big coup that the Bushes (who were basically humiliated in the primaries) are attacking Trump. Folks, of course they are attacking Trump. They got spanked. Lindsey Graham is attacking Trump. Mitt Romney is attacking Trump. The Bushite neocons are on the record as saying they may defect to Hillary because Trump isn’t sufficiently hawkish for them. And you will notice that these washed up Republicans aren’t running out and endorsing the small government candidate,
This is from 2011 when the wounds of the Crash were still fresh.
Now we’ve been conditioned. Time has passed and the banks want you to forget what happened and the dull economic pain which still dogs the world.*
We at ACC will never forget.
At the end of this video is a very short ad for someone who was running for Congress. We do not endorse candidates ever. We don’t know who this person is.
Crony capitalism is not new. It’s more sophisticated. It’s more pervasive than it has been in the US. But it’s not new. In fact it is as old as government.