President dismisses separation of powers

The last time President Obama addressed the Congress the most controversial part probably occurred when Rep. Joe Wilson shouted “You lie” when the president’s claimed that illegal immigrants would not get special treatment under health care reform.

Political pundits and the mainstream media talking heads called this an unprecedented breach of protocol (the most polite comment made).

Last night, the president himself committed an unprecedented breach of protocol when he claimed the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision would “open the floodgates for special interests –- including foreign corporations –- to spend without limit in our elections.”

“I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people,” the president said, looking straight at the Supreme Court justices sitting stoically in the front row.

Although he prefaced his criticism with the words “with all due deference to the separation of powers” he ignored the spirit of that principle by misinterpreting the courts decision.

The president, purportedly a Constitution scholar, expressed his disdain for the separation principle later in the speech as well. Since Congress blocked a bill to establish a fiscal commission to review the budget for “programs that we can’t afford and don’t work,” he said he would sign an executive order to set up the commission anyway.

Other than an opening remark noting the Constitutional origins of the State of the Union address, the president never cited a section or article of the Constitution to justify any of the programs he proposed.

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Ron Paul's State of the Republic Address

Ron Paul won’t be the Republicans choice to give their response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. But this video series from the Campaign for Liberty is what the country really needs to hear.

“Dr. Paul argues that, contrary to establishment thinking, we are by no means out of the woods. Urging a return to common sense and sound money, Congressman Paul looks at what lies ahead for our country if we continue to spend beyond our means and rely on a fraudulence money system. Prosperity is waiting for our nation, but its return hinges on our ability to change our way of thinking in order to pursue liberty.”

Read the full text here.

Mike Beitler's New Year's Resolutions

News release from the Mike Beitler for U.S. Senate campaign

Mike Beitler didn’t have much trouble coming up with his New Year’s Resolutions. Ever since he announced he was seeking the Libertarian nomination for U.S. Senate, he knew he’d be spending most of the new year earning the confidence and the vote of his fellow North Carolinians.

“In 2010, I’ll be devoting my time and energy convincing the people of North Carolina that it is time for them to reassert their liberty and to send a libertarian to represent them in the U.S. Senate.,” Beitler said.

“So these – my New Year’s Resolutions – represent my pledge and my promise to the people of North Carolina:

“First, I always vote in favor of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of North Carolina. Every issue. Every time. Every issue. No exceptions. No excuses.

“Second, I will continue to oppose any and all efforts by the federal government to act beyond its Constitutional authority.

“Third, I will introduce, sponsor, and support legislation to repeal laws and regulations that are outside the scope of the powers delegated by the people to the federal government.

“Fourth, I will only vote in favor of a bill that I have thoroughly read, considered and understood.

“Fifth, I will be accountable to voters. I will make public every vote I cast while in office.”

“These may seem like radical concepts,” Beitler said. “But the only seem radical because the Democrats and Republicans who’ve dominated our state’s politics for so long have befuddled people into thinking that government was the solution to all their problems.”

“It is not.”

“The time has come to stop talking in terms of reducing the budgets of various government programs and agencies,” Beitler said. “The time has come to abolish entire Federal programs and agencies. That’s why I am running for U.S. Senate.”


Watch what you say

From the White House website:

“There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to”

You can start with the previous post on Liberty Point.

By the way, I learned in high school that using “a lot” is a piece of land; using “a lot” to mean many is grammatically incorrect. The author even has the audacity to quote “our second president” (John Adams) that “facts are stubborn things.”

So are rights, Mr. President. I for one plan to add to my daily e-mail speed dial.

Remarkable event

The Independence Day Family Tea Party on Halifax Square was a remarkable event. Visitors to our Libertarian table were genuinely interested in understanding our philosophy and asked sincere questions about our views. There were only one or two of the usual “you don’t have a chance” comments or accusations that we “take votes away” from other candidates that have a”chance to win.” In other words, the generally conservative crowd was sympathetic, not confrontational.

Don't Feed the AnimalsThis poster was quite popular.

The event boosted my belief that many people in this grassroots movement “get it’.” They recognize that the problem is endemic to the “two-party” system.

Michael Beitler, who’s considering seeking the Libertarian nomination for U.S. Senate, spoke at the event. Here are his remarks (with notes on the crowd reaction):

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Wake up and smell the national socialism

A sure way to debase a political discussion is to label someone a “socialist,” “communist,” “fascist” or “Nazi.” These are pejoratives, not descriptions. Most of the time, the user has no real understanding of what the terms mean. Just are just weapons.

They are as meaningless as “conservative,” “liberal,” or “progressive.” Libertarians realized this long ago. That’s why the Nolan Chart was developed.

Given an understanding of the historic context, however, they can be used to describe what’s happening to the American political system.

Socialism, communism, fascism, and national socialism (Nazism) are all variations of  authoritarian systems that put the State above the individual. In that respect, they are all  at the polar opposite of the fundamental principle of individual liberty upon which our nation was founded.

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