Perdue on the road …. again

Under the Dome reports “Gov. Beverly Perdue is headed to Washington on Wednesday where among other things she is looking for help on Medicaid, the federal health insurance program for the poor.”

The governor recently returned from a trip to China, where she tried to convince the Communist rulers to “Buy American,” American stuff, not our values. A few months ago, she volunteered to go to South Carolina to get the Federal stimulus (welfare handout) money that state’s governor didn’t want.

Maybe the governor should now go to … North Carolina.

How serious is the Libertarian Party about being taken seriously?

That’s a good question, I’m glad you asked.

Rhys M. Blavier asks this question in an article on Liberty for All.  He concludes with a positive rephrase of the oft cited Ronald Reagan quote.

“Government is not the solution. It is the problem — which we must learn to solve.”

I like his rephrase much better.

“Libertarianism must end its stunted childhood,” Rhys writes.  “To become meaningful, we must move it beyond a simply philosophy into a practical vision for realistic government.”

Then he posits a serious of questions. I’ve asked myself similar questions, and that’s why I set up this website to promote practical and principled politics for libertarians.

  • There will be government, so how can we improve it?
  • There will be taxes, so how can we make them beneficial rather than draconian?
  • A movement can not succeed simply by being against things, so what are we for?
  • What is the role of government?
  • What is the purpose of laws?“
  • For whom do we speak?“
  • To whom do we speak?“
  • How do we become perceived as being inclusive and not exclusive?

Let the positive thinking begin.

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God Bless the Scots!

A Scottish brewery has produced the strongest beer in the world, Tactical Nuclear Penguin.

“This beer is about pushing boundaries. It is about achieving something which has never before been done … ,” said  James Watt, head of the company, BrewDog. “This beer is bold, irreverent and uncompromising.”

So naturally, this story from the Scottish News is focuses on the whining from “health chiefs.”

World’s strongest beer sparks fury | The Sun |Home Scotland|Scottish News.

By any other name, it's still corruption

Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence. – Thomas Jefferson

Mr. Jefferson, I am sorry to report we’re already there.

Abuse of power is now the way things are done in American government. It is so common, we don’t even call it corruption. We call it “economic incentives” and the “common good.”  For example, Gov. Beverly Perdue recently proudly announced that the private company Talecris wold get $20 million in tax breaks. We can only hope that deal with work out better than the arrangement with Dell and Google.

The N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, who’s responsible for regulating lobbyists, recently sent out a fund raising appeal to those same lobbyists for her unannounced bid for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. When some lobbyists questioned this solidification, her campaign manger responded that they were on the list because “they had some sort of relationship with Secretary Marshall in the past.”

Sure they did, and still do. It’s part of the “Pay to Play game.”

Voting is not a 'privilege'

The NC Republican Party’s executive committee is considering a resolution to “rescind the privilege of unaffiliated voters voting in the Republican Primary.”

News flash for the GOP: voting is not a privilege; it is a natural right. They have also forgotten their own history. It was the NC GOP that first opened their primary ballot to unaffiliated voters.

This Libertarian hopes they pass the resolution. Then maybe those earnest Republicans who’ve been struggling to restore the party to its principled roots of limited government will finally realize their’s is not a hopeless cause — it is an unnecessary fight, simply not worth the effort.  Libertarians honor and revere that goal and will gladly accept them to vote as unaffiliated voter, in our primary.

“The state made established political parties public. I don’t like it, but it’s the world we live in,” said Thomas Hill, a member of the LPNC executive committee. Thomas is seeking the Libertarian nomination for U.S. Congress n District 78 and doesn’t expect to have a primary.

And if the GOP closes its doors to unaffiliated these independent minded people may also conclude that “The old parties are husks, with no real soul within either, divided on artificial lines, boss-ridden and privilege-controlled, each a jumble of incongruous elements, and neither daring to speak out wisely and fearlessly on what should be said on the vital issues of the day.” (Theodore Roosevelt)

He fought the law — and won

A victory of sorts for liberty. Steve Bierfeldt of the Campaign for Liberty writes that the TSA has changed its rules after an incident where he was detained by TSA “agents.”

“We often forget that the power wielded by government exists only because there are those willing to carry out its orders,” Steve writes. “The ‘Government’ is not an Artificial Intelligence that exists in a science fiction movie.”

“Rather it comprises real people who have the choice to either follow or refuse an order.

“A law passed by Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the courts will never be carried out or enforced unless there are men with badges and with guns willing to comply.”

If we only had more COs in the Federal government.

Listen to the audio recording of the caper. In my humble opinion, all the TSA employees recorded ought to be fired.

Preview of government 'health' care

I woke up this morning to the sound of my wife yelling at the TV. She was reacting to a report on Good Morning America that a Federal government panel has determined that mammograms were not needed until you turned 50. When I was serving in the U.S. Air Force, health care providers from that same Federal government insisted she start annual mammograms after age 40.

Of course, the medical profession was surprised even outraged by this latest example of political science. Not the social science dealing with political institutions and the principles and conduct of government, but scientific research and studies motivated by special interest groups and politicians looking for some to blame for the problems they themselves created, so they can get votes from the “victims.”

Is it a coincidence this supposed study comes out just as the U.S.Congress is about to impose a Federal government run health care provider system on us all?  Proponents of nationalized health care are quick to label anyone who raises the possibility of health care rationing as someone who just wants you to die.

Apparently, their humanitarian solution is to simple re-define what procedures are good for you, and when you need them.

One skeptic of the latest Federal government medical breakthrough noted that the practice of regular mammograms and educating women to check themselves has been taught for generations.

But the Nanny State know best.

On a personal note, my beloved did develop Stage 0 breast cancer last year and had a mastectomy. Thanks to God — not the Federal government — she is a survivor.

Important annoucement from Mike Munger

Big news from Dr. Mike Munger, Duke political science department head and former Libertarian candidate for N.C. governor.

“RALEIGH — Dr. Michael Munger, Chair of Political Science at Duke and former (2008) candidate for North Carolina Governor, made an important announcement today.

“After thinking it over, and talking to my wife and family, I have decided NOT to seek the Democratic nomination for Senator. There were many considerations, not the least of which is that I am not a registered Democrat, and therefore am ineligible to run. But I am also hoping to spend more time at home now, and having to live in Washington as a Senator would get in the way of all that.

“Munger has agreed that he will not endorse anyone in the Democratic primary, after thinking about for about 30 seconds. “They are all kooks, why would I endorse one of them?” he asked.

Read on his blog, Kids Prefer Cheese.