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The heck with don’t tread on *ME*…

 

LP Porcupine Don't Tread on ANYONE

 

Don’t tread on anyone!!

I was working the Warren County Libertarian Party’s booth at the local county fair, when I saw the Tea Party’s Gadsden flags.  It occurred to me that while the Gadsden flag is pretty good, liberty-speaking, it could be better.  Gadsden only covers half of the equation, and could be taken as a plaintive plea for mercy, “Don’t tread on me!”

The more I thought about it, the more it seemed just WRONG.  The problem isn’t treading on ME…that’s territorial and isolationist.  The real statement is, “Don’t tread on ANYONE.”  Let people be.  Let them do what they want.  Let them live their lives, as long as it has no impact on you living yours.

So I found an image of the Libertarian Porcupine and made this mock-up.  It really makes me want to get a flagpole and fly this flag!

LIVE FREE.

The “Wasted Vote” Fallacy

I had a number of political conversations over the weekend with people who, upon hearing that I planned to vote for the Governor Gary Johnson, the Libertarian 2012 Presidential Nominee, smugly concluded their side of the exchange saying something along the lines of, “Well, if you want to waste your vote…”

Their voices then trail off. I think it’s because even they don’t believe what they’re saying. I think it’s because, deep down, they know that they couldn’t be more wrong.

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re: the 11th Circ. Court Decision: Did the Republicans actually win?

On Friday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the “individual mandate” portion of last year’s health care reform law was unconstitutional. Republicans, of course, praised the ruling.

However, the ruling did not strike down the law in its entirety, as did an earlier ruling by Judge Stanley Vinson. Instead, the 11th Circuit Court opinion states that the rest of the law can stand, even if the individual mandate is unconstitutional. How does this make any sense?

The ONLY way that the law might even pay for itself is to expand the pool of insured, which is effectively what the individual mandate clause did. However, what happens when the pool is not expanded, but the tax increases and other stipulations remain in place?

The American taxpayers get screwed.

Now, you’ll not only be paying taxes to support a government run insurance product, but other private insurers will most likely still be forced out of the market, as they are not heavily subsidized by the American taxpayer.  How does a private business compete against the American government?  It can’t – if the government’s system goes into the red, they can just give it more taxpayer dollars to cover the loss.  A private business must make a profit.  Lacking that, they go belly-up.  So, what will the result be?

A single-payer system.  Either you get the government’s insurance, or you’ll get none at all.

Still sound like a Republican victory?

Why is Obama surprised at the uproar over his recent comments?

Apparently, President Obama is surpised at the uproar over his comments made regarding the arrest of Louis Gates, Jr., an African-American academian from the Boston area.

Gates was arrested after getting belligerent with a police officer who responded to a report of an attempted break-in at his Cambridge home.  As it turns out, Gates was returning from a trip and found his front door stuck shut.  He gained access to the home using a rear door, then attempted to force or jimmy the front door open with the assistance of his driver.  A passer-by witnessed this and, not knowing that it was Gates trying to gain access to his own home, made the report to the police.

Firstly, if Mr. Gates had responded coolly and shown his ID to the police officer when asked, the incident would have been over.  However I, like many homeowners, have been in Gates’s position…swearing over an inanimate object that’s giving me problems, and having a chip on my shoulder when some unfortunate soul comes along and undeservedly gets  the brunt of my frustration.  So, that being said, I have some measure of compassion for Gates.

However, when a police officer requests that you show ID, and he has a valid reason for that request, you must comply!  A report of an attempted burglary is certainly reason enough, in my opinion, to make that request.  In getting belligerent with the responding officer, screaming, becoming a nuisance, and whatever else Gates did…well, I’m surprised he didn’t get tased!

But this article isn’t about Gates – it’s about the President.   So let me take a moment to talk directly to Mr. Obama.

President Obama, you are the chief executive of this country.  You ultimately decide what laws are going to be on the books.  You’re the TOP COP.  Although I give you kudos for not (further) dragging race into the situation, in making the comment about the Gates’s arrest, you publically condemned the officer’s actions.  What you’ve done is to cause every police officer in these United States to have to take pause when acting.  That could cost officers’ lives.

Let me put it this way – if I made a decision at my job, then the Surgeon General (I work at a hospital, so he’s the closest analogue that I have)  made public comment denouncing my action without taking the time to talk to me or my superior about it, I’d be furious, and most of my department would be as well.  If you had a problem with the officer, you should at least have spoken directly to him – or to his superiors!  Otherwise, a simple, “I don’t know the specifics of the case; I wasn’t there, so it’s very difficult to hold an opinion either way” would have sufficed.

As a State-level politician, you used to know how to abstain (maybe you’ll remember your 129 “present” votes filed while you were an Illinois State Senator)…maybe you should learn to do so on the biggest political stage in the world.

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