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Entries from April 2009

What’s Left in Obama’s Bag of Miracles?

April 27th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Culture, Politics, Rights and Liberty, War and Terrorism

During the election much was made of the Obama candidacy in the context of the cultural myth of the “magic negro,” a figure in film and literature who aids the clueless white protaganist and helps advance the plot of the drama through preternatural wisdom or even a touch of genuine magic, with a bag of […]

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The Perils and Pitfalls of a Torture Witch Hunt

April 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment ·

The raging question of the moment is whether it is a good idea to prosecute members of the Bush administration for war crimes, crimes against humanity or just for some simple crime because they condoned the torture of three well known terrorists and in the process discovered and prevented a "second 9/11" attack on the […]

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It’s Time to Stop Card Check

April 21st, 2009 · 4 Comments ·

When the Republican party was founded it formed around a nucleus of anti-slavery activists and northern labor reformers. They saw that the larger economic and political issue of the time, of which the abolition of slavery was only a part, was the idea of free labor. Slave labor was not free, and neither were workers […]

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Phil Pepin at the Alamo Tea Party

April 20th, 2009 · Comments Off on Phil Pepin at the Alamo Tea Party ·

In front of a crowd of 20,000 at the Alamo last week, Phil Pepin from the Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas gave an impressive speech on “The War on Economic Freedom” with themes which echo my articles on “The War on Capitalism.” Here’s the video of his speech: Interestingly the organizers asked him not to […]

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At the Austin Tea Party

April 15th, 2009 · 3 Comments ·

With tea parties going on nationwide I thought I’d better get down to Austin and make sure I didn’t miss out on our local protest. I went incognito, dressed informally and hiding behind a very large camera to get a feel for the mood, mix with the crowd and see how powerful the grassroots movement […]

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Change for the Worse: The Assault on the 4th Amendment

April 15th, 2009 · 12 Comments · Politics, Rights and Liberty, War and Terrorism

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…” The Who’s line is as true now as it was in 1971 and as true as the similar old French saying, “the more things change the more they stay the same.” The same idea is repeated again and again in folk wisdom from every culture, which […]

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We’re All Terrorists Now!

April 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment ·

I’d count myself among the first to agree that one of the legitimate roles of the Department of Homeland Security is to make sure that we aren’t attacked by terrorists, including those of the homegrown variety. The next Timothy McVeigh or Ted Kaczynski is as much of a threat to the safety of the nation […]

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Some Bright Signs for State Sovereignty

April 10th, 2009 · No Comments ·

As a result of organized Democrat opposition in key state legislatures, the state sovereignty movement is probably not going to be able to sweep the nation or even produce passed sovereignty resolutions in a majority of the states. Yet there have been some important achievements which may be enough to be called a limited victory, […]

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BTR Appearance

April 9th, 2009 · No Comments ·

Yesterday I was a guest on the Blogcritics Live Podcast, being interviewed about my recent election to the Chairmanship of the Republican Liberty Caucus. You can hear the interview using the widget below. The last half hour is me, but the whole thing is interesting. Good background listening.

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The Kill the Small Farmer Bill

April 2nd, 2009 · No Comments ·

Single-party control of our government has created a situation where the normal restraints of common sense and accountability have been entirely lifted from our legislators and they feel free to engage in the most dangerous and destructive possible legislation in the service of special interests whose goals are inimical to the welfare of most Americans […]

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