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Rand Paul shows why Cruz is winning

Remember when Rand Paul was a “libertarian?” Sure, it was always a stretch, but he tried to carry that banner for a while. Paul’s great mission was to somehow meld traditional libertarianism with religious fundamentalism, building a new Neo-Confederate appeal.

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Posted in Election 2016

Obama is ruining Rand Paul’s Presidential ambitions

How do you think Republican primary voters feel about a President who proposes to soften America’s support for Israel, allow the Russians to operate without resistance in Eastern Europe, offer concession after concession to Iran on their nuclear program, and

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Posted in Election 2016, Foreign Policy

Rand Paul almost embraces a winning strategy

With an audience of black children as a backdrop, Senator Rand Paul continued his effort to brand himself as the “outreach” Republican with a speech at a school in Chicago. His appearance was a maddening blend of everything right and

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Posted in Cities, Race, Republican Party

How Protestant Evangelicals shifted their abortion stance

Jamelle Bouie had a great piece at Slate last week explaining the long strange journey of Protestant Evangelicals from pressing for the expansion of abortion rights to vehement opposition to nearly every aspect of women’s reproductive choices. Bouie correctly identifies

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Posted in Civil Rights, Neo-Confederate, Race, Religious Right, Reproductive Rights, Republican Party

Pat Buchanan goes full-Lindbergh

Just as Hollywood liberals have a sweet spot for Socialist dictators like Hugo Chavez, there are those on the far right who just can’t say no to a good Fascist. It’s been a while since they had one. Franco and

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Posted in Foreign Policy

A Republican Future: Libertarianism for the Reality-Based Community

“[Liberty is] that condition of men in which coercion of some by others is reduced as much as is possible in society” F.A. Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty A minimum income, Obamacare. Charter schools. Marijuana decriminalization. Cap and trade. These

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Posted in Economics, Republican Party

Notes from a Libertarian Paradise

Imagine a place where government plays a negligible role in public life. Taxes are almost non-existent. Businesses operate free from the burden of regulation or bureaucracy. People lean on each other to establish and enforce standards of public behavior. Imagine

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Posted in Economics, Libertarian

How Fundamentalists and Libertarians Buried the Hatchet

Rand Paul is an unlikely fundamentalist hero.  He was a rebel in his days at deeply religious Baylor University, apparently forming some sort of half-sarcastic, anti-religious student group.  He’s a libertarian who quotes Ayn Rand and hasn’t denied his past

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Posted in Libertarian, Neo-Confederate, Political Theory, Religious Right, Republican Party, Tea Party
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