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Posted: Dec 15, 2015 - 8:01am

An open letter to Muslim Republicans

December 15, 2015

Dear Muslim Republicans,

I share your outrage and hurt at Donald Trump’s recent comments and policy suggestions about Muslims. I share your outrage and hurt that he still is polling well among Republicans. I share your outrage and hurt that we should even have to discuss such matters. But obviously we do.

Freedom of religion is one of our most sacred American values, protected by our Constitution. Never should someone be disparaged, profiled, or have their rights infringed upon because of their religious faith. Republicans like to talk a good game about our Constitution but, clearly, many are making an exception when it comes to religious liberty. This is quite sad and it is this kind of double standard that has caused so many liberty-loving people to leave the Republican Party and find a better home in the Libertarian Party.

If you have not previously considered the Libertarian Party, I encourage you to do so now. We are an extremely diverse group of people who are passionate about liberty…about all rights, of all people, all the time. We do not denigrate or disparage any group. We respect the humanity of all people and their rights to make their own decisions about their lives. Simply put: Libertarianism is the idea that every person has the right to pursue happiness in any way they wish as long as it doesn't hurt people or take their stuff.

I know many of your families have fled repressive regimes abroad in search of peace, prosperity, and liberty in the United States. I hope you have found good things here. No country is perfect and recent weeks have reminded us of that. But I maintain that, despite our imperfections, the United States is one of the best places on the planet for liberty-loving people. Our Constitution does protect your rights, and it will continue to. And Libertarians nationwide always will stand with you also, advocating your rights and the rights of all people to live freely.

Friend, if you find that the Republican Party continues to disparage you, please consider a home in the Libertarian Party where we respect all rights, of all people, all the time.

Nicholas Sarwark

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Posted: Oct 21, 2015 - 11:31pm

 kurtster wrote:

Kinda funny a Democrat offering advice on how to fix the Republican party.

Jus sayin ... 

 
How about the "Father of conservatism" then...40 yrs ago. 

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Posted: May 23, 2015 - 2:16pm

 kurtster wrote:

Interesting.  I thought that mentioning someone is or might be a Democrat around here was a badge of honor.  Now its a personal attack ?

Note to self ... the earth really is flat ... 

  
  {#Shhh}  They're just trying to help.
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Posted: May 23, 2015 - 4:37am

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Jus sayin what? What does this have to do with me, personally? Talk about ideas instead of coming after people personally.

(Also, not Democrat. Free thinker.) 

 
Interesting.  I thought that mentioning someone is or might be a Democrat around here was a badge of honor.  Now its a personal attack ?

Note to self ... the earth really is flat ... 
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Posted: May 22, 2015 - 5:37pm

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Straight outta the Tea Party playbook!  

 
Shhh. If you blow my cover we ain't never gonna stop them minorities from stealing our tax dollars.
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Posted: May 22, 2015 - 5:35pm

 kurtster wrote:

Kinda funny a Democrat offering advice on how to fix the Republican party.

Jus sayin ... 

 
Jus sayin what? What does this have to do with me, personally? Talk about ideas instead of coming after people personally.

(Also, not Democrat. Free thinker.) 



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Posted: May 22, 2015 - 12:54pm

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Because we saw what happened when Nader Perot ran.  We ended up with NAFTA .and Glass Steagall got repealed.

My suggestion: Greens and Libertarians et al should all join the Republican party and start to steer it from within. Trying to battle the party head on is impossible but, like a virus, changing it from within might be possible. 

 
Kinda funny a Democrat offering advice on how to fix the Republican party.

Jus sayin ... 
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Posted: May 22, 2015 - 12:43pm

 Steely_D wrote:

Because we saw what happened when Nader ran.

My suggestion: Greens and Libertarians et al should all join the Republican party and start to steer it from within. Trying to battle the party head on is impossible but, like a virus, changing it from within might be possible. 

 
Straight outta the Tea Party playbook!  
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Posted: May 22, 2015 - 10:57am

Steely_D wrote:
Because we saw what happened when Nader ran.

My suggestion: Greens and Libertarians et al should all join the Republican party and start to steer it from within. Trying to battle the party head on is impossible but, like a virus, changing it from within might be possible.

Political parties aren't permanent. The Republican party isn't an evolution of the Whigs, it replaced them.

The current duopoly is due for a shakeup, and effective tactics (what wins elections) isn't the same thing as effective strategy—what changes politics. We need to think past the next election or we'll keep getting distracted by transient issues and never deal with the big problems.
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Posted: May 22, 2015 - 7:22am

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But at least we could keep the issues in the forefront through the general which is the real goal.  We also need the media to work for this idea and not against it. It is all about eliminating the 2 party oligarchy hold on not only who gets elected, but what issues are allowed to be fed to us in the mass media throughout the whole election process.

 
Yep.  The FBN channel show, The Independents that I mentioned earlier was definitely a Libertarian point of view.  The 3 co hosts were Kennedy, Matt Welch and Kmele Foster.  It was actually going somewhere good.  Then something happened.  Perhaps it was going too good.  They yanked it, dumped Welch and Foster and gave Kennedy her own show.  The Libertarian bent has since been neutered and while I like Kennedy a lot, she seems to have been muzzled.

The whole lineup at FBN is being overhauled because Imus is apparently retiring, leaving a major hole in the daily lineup.  Kennedy is going to get the prime 8 pm slot which Cavutto has held since forever.  I really like Cavutto.  He's going to get a mid day show and disappear into the woodwork.  What direction Kennedy takes is uncertain, but I'm sure that her Libertarian leanings are going to be kept tightly under control.  

There are very few Libertarian voices to be found anywhere in the broadcast media.  Stossel is another and Kennedy was his protege.  Stossel is keeping his once a week slot for now.  And so it goes ...  


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Posted: May 22, 2015 - 6:40am

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And because the outcome would be even more predictable.

...and because the only third party likely to even look at him would be alienated by all the religious right pandering and treat him like a carpetbagger. Still smarting from Bob Barr's drive-by candidacy.

He would have a lot more clout inside the Republican tent than outside.
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Posted: May 22, 2015 - 6:01am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

And because the outcome would be even more predictable.
 
 

 

But at least we could keep the issues in the forefront through the general which is the real goal.  We also need the media to work for this idea and not against it. It is all about eliminating the 2 party oligarchy hold on not only who gets elected, but what issues are allowed to be fed to us in the mass media throughout the whole election process.


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Posted: May 22, 2015 - 5:47am

 kurtster wrote:

More than likely a true statement.  He will not bolt and go third party because he is running for re election for his senate seat simultaneously.

 
And because the outcome would be even more predictable.
 
 
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Posted: May 22, 2015 - 5:37am

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He has actually been consistent in regards to this particular issue and there is no doubt in regards to rhetoric and in fairness some actions in the senate he is probably the only one that is even remotely saying what I want to hear along with his obvious flip flop pandering. However he is the one eyed man in the valley of the blind compared to the rest of the field. Everything is relative.  Moot point anyway, he is not and will never be approved by the system overlords so if you do want to cast a vote for him, best be doing it in the primary cause it will be your only chance.

 
More than likely a true statement.  He will not bolt and go third party because he is running for re election for his senate seat simultaneously.
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Posted: May 22, 2015 - 2:22am

 Lazy8 wrote:
I've posted earlier about why it's so hard to like Rand Paul. This is an example of why it's so hard to dismiss him.

I wish I knew if he were just cravenly pandering to the Republican base with his culture warrior schtick (like Barack Obama was—at least we all hoped—on gay marriage before his first presidential election) or if he actually believes what he says in front of religious right crowds. But I don't. I'd like to take him at his word (and just cross him off my list) but then he goes and does something like this.

Credit where it's due. This took balls, seeing as it's a symbolic remnant of the post-9/11 conservative resurgence and dear to many in that Republican base.

10 Great Points in Rand Paul’s Patriot Act Attack

It’s not every day that a GOP presidential candidate talks about the drug war’s ‘disparate racial impact’ while trying to run the clock out on blanket surveillance


 
He has actually been consistent in regards to this particular issue and there is no doubt in regards to rhetoric and in fairness some actions in the senate he is probably the only one that is even remotely saying what I want to hear along with his obvious flip flop pandering. However he is the one eyed man in the valley of the blind compared to the rest of the field. Everything is relative.  Moot point anyway, he is not and will never be approved by the system overlords so if you do want to cast a vote for him, best be doing it in the primary cause it will be your only chance.


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Posted: May 21, 2015 - 3:40pm

 Lazy8 wrote:
Red_Dragon wrote:
Even a stopped clock is right twice each day. {#Wink}

There's that outmoded analog thinking again...

Nowadays a stopped clock just sits there with a blank look on its face. Sorta like Rick Perry at a debate.

 

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Posted: May 21, 2015 - 3:29pm

 Lazy8 wrote:
Red_Dragon wrote:
Even a stopped clock is right twice each day. {#Wink}

There's that outmoded analog thinking again...

Nowadays a stopped clock just sits there with a blank look on its face. Sorta like Rick Perry at a debate.

 
I thought the movie The Matrix cleared that little inconvenient mode up several years ago...{#Wink}
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Posted: May 21, 2015 - 3:16pm

Red_Dragon wrote:
Even a stopped clock is right twice each day. {#Wink}

There's that outmoded analog thinking again...

Nowadays a stopped clock just sits there with a blank look on its face. Sorta like Rick Perry at a debate.
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Posted: May 21, 2015 - 3:05pm

 Lazy8 wrote:
I've posted earlier about why it's so hard to like Rand Paul. This is an example of why it's so hard to dismiss him.

I wish I knew if he were just cravenly pandering to the Republican base with his culture warrior schtick (like Barack Obama was—at least we all hoped—on gay marriage before his first presidential election) or if he actually believes what he says in front of religious right crowds. But I don't. I'd like to take him at his word (and just cross him off my list) but then he goes and does something like this.

Credit where it's due. This took balls, seeing as it's a symbolic remnant of the post-9/11 conservative resurgence and dear to many in that Republican base.

10 Great Points in Rand Paul’s Patriot Act Attack

It’s not every day that a GOP presidential candidate talks about the drug war’s ‘disparate racial impact’ while trying to run the clock out on blanket surveillance


 
Even a stopped clock is right twice each day. {#Wink}
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