Reflections on an evening with Ryan Call
I seldom attend group functions. The point of this article is that I did attend an LOTR meeting recently for the express purpose of witnessing how the audience interacted with the speaker, COGOP Chair, Ryan Call. I don’t know who in the audience were LOTR members and who were guests. Where ever I refer to LOTR I am referring to the audience for this meeting, not to the club membership.
There are groups and clubs and organizations innumerable for liberty oriented individuals of any party affiliation to participate in. I personally do not find it necessary to join a group but that isn’t a criticism of folks who do. Everyone has their own needs to satisfy. My approach to life was shaped largely by Sir Isaac Newton’s statement, “If I have seen further it is by standing on ye sholders [sic] of Giants.” Once I read that I found myself finding less time to spend with people who were full of their own brilliance but who had not read much of the great thinkers who came before. When I attend group activities I spend my time noting who has not read what by the positions and arguments they choose. I can only imagine that a freshman philosophy teacher must feel the same way. Year after year the seats are filled with exact copies of the students from the semester before that…and before that. They all start at zero day-after-day yet think they are “deep”… or perhaps their favorite Aunty once told them they were “clever”. It is a wonder to me that more college philosophy teachers don’t go postal. I see no value in a one-by-one attempt to move each argument beyond the zeroth rung. So in group situations I just watch and listen…watch the clock and listen for a good time to exit.
It is because I am jealous of my time. This is the same reason I never tune in to talk radio. Having someone take the floor to thump their chest and drone on about nebulous values and never-enumerated common principles is just as boring and wasteful of my time as having someone drone on about the growth rate of sugar beets at various altitudes. Those self-gratifying stump speeches and radio shows have nothing what so ever to do with swaying voters. They are emotionally charged performances that feed the herd of like-minded outrage addicts but do not sway voters. The point is to get an audience of the like-minded whipped into an emotional state in which they are likely to believe they are one with the Hispanics and the Texans and the Mormons and the libertarians. The listeners and talkers alike know they disagree with those groups on important things over which they will never compromise but in that emotionally charged moment the audience believes…and that concocted belief is why so many “smart people” like Ryan Call completely missed the obvious fact that Romney was a freaking dud. Terry Goodkind described this phenomena as “Wizard’s First Rule”, look it up.
For his part, Mr. Call said nothing important, interesting or unexpected. Anyone who has ever attended a GOP meeting from the County to the National level over the past few decades has already heard every single word Mr. Call said that night. Cookie cutters couldn’t create more uniform leadership for the GOP. The audience, too, had several in attendance that could have taken the microphone from Mr. Call and delivered the same tired, wrong-headed and oh-so-common message. That is also to be expected. They are who run the GOP today. They are the dominant presence and they will remain so until the grassroots efforts replace them from the bottom up. Rather than writing specifically about Mr. Call and the LOTR audience, I’ll be highlighting specific behavior, ideas and attitudes as demonstrated by them during this meeting.
Limited Government Successes Mount
There are many folks working constructively to replace the current GOP leadership from the bottom up. Young Republicans with a clear understanding of the value of principles, not just a dogmatic list of Swiss Cheese Principles, must swell the ranks of the GOP to dilute the message being delivered by Mr. Call and his vast cadre of interchangeable mouthpieces for the status quo. Where: Swiss Cheese Principles refers to well stated conservative principles followed by a candidate-specific list of exceptions to their stated principles. Some of the LOTR membership seem very effective and focused on the work at hand in the GOP while others seem to cling to the fantasy that their steel-trap arguments can back their targeted quarry into a logic corner where the other’s power and resolve will magically crumble. This would be funny stuff… if such delusions were not so common, and so effective at derailing constructive efforts. In my 3 decades of political involvement I’ve learned that those folks come and go….no record of their passing through remains. They came, they made noise, they didn’t receive immediate gratification in return for their brilliance…and they went away. No need to say any more about them. They will self-identify, every time. I’ve got nothing against them…they simply are not ready, or able, to help defend liberty at this time.
Mr. Call and the current GOP leadership know this also. They don’t have to take any special note of the loud, ego-driven, non-constructive folks in any audience…the LP or their own couch will scarf them up readily when they become disillusioned and realize the power of their own passion is insufficient to create the outcomes they had hoped for. Then they will seek out a like-minded herd of self-marginalized, non-constructive folks who like to gather in groups to stroke egos and rant about how perfect things would be if people would just “wake up”. The LP is by far the largest ineffective political talk-club of this nature today.
The folks that Mr. Call and his cronies fear are the rest of the LOTR membership and assorted folks in the Republican Liberty Caucus – people who use their ever-increasing voice and persuasive skills to continuously bring new, young, limited government conservatives into the Party, not as meeting fodder, but as folks who are willing and able to do the thankless work required to take over voting seats inside the party at any level. It is those effective, intelligent, patient young people upon whom I’m willing to stake my hope in eventually turning the GOP into an engine capable of creating, grooming and ELECTING limited government conservatives at every level. They are the ones who aim to and are capable of replacing the currently seated big government proponents who embody the GOP candidate pipeline and Party leadership today. They are the folks that Mr. Call and his terracotta army of Reagan-era, big government promoters, the oppression-oriented GOP activists, fear most; more than any democrat, they fear the up and coming limited government conservatives…the small group whom they cannot dissuade from regular, constructive party participation. They are the few who understand the defense of liberty is an eternal struggle. Without the struggle there would be no liberty.
The Struggle, The Enemy
The old-guard will try to manipulate, assimilate, bully or otherwise nullify the efforts of that core group of up and comers at EVERY opportunity. They prefer the broken GOP as it is…they believe the problem is one of reaching more people and “getting out the vote” to re-float their boatload of Swiss Cheese Principles that has rewarded them so handsomely for the past few decades. They like the way the deck chairs on the Titanic-like GOP are arranged today and they do not want anyone to change them…they simply want new GOP members to abandon their principles and blindly, dogmatically adopt UNITY…without regard to the nature of the candidates they expect folks to unify around. They want young clones of themselves, and so, no one else is welcome in the defunct specter of the GOP to which they desperately cling. Folks they can assimilate will rise rapidly within the party ranks…several were swept into first-time election wins just this past election cycle in Colorado. Folks they cannot assimilate will be in for a hard fight. No kudos will flow to them from the old-school GOP core membership despite any successes they may garner on their fledgling initiatives.
I have no beef with the majority of old-school individuals. I simply am not willing to devote any of my time to conflicts with individuals. There are just too many of them; I’d never get anything else done if I had to bother with them. They are merely products of their time. They are graduates, mostly, of the government mandated progressive indoctrination called public education. They are graduates of colleges and universities which are run by folks who continue to tune their progressive indoctrination and to attune them towards being receptive to the divide-and-conquer strategy that is core to the progressive paradigm. They are willing to grow government for the illusion of protecting their most prized priorities…this is a direct result of progressive indoctrination. Limited government conservatives know those priorities can only thrive when government is limited.
They are willing to use government as a weapon for defending their personal priorities at the expense of the liberty required to freely hold those personal priorities.
Their progressive indoctrination inevitably makes them unable to grasp the fact that their most passionately held beliefs, faiths and prejudices are ALWAYS in more jeopardy when government growth potential is unlimited than when it is strictly limited. When government growth is the paradigm embraced by both parties, no personal values are inviolate. Every faith, every opportunity, every path to success is vulnerable to obliteration by one swing of Congress in one election cycle when the power for Congress to oppress goes unlimited….or when the willingness of Congress to grant unlimited powers to the Executive becomes the goal on both sides of the aisle.
Mine is not a personal vendetta against particular individuals who presently embody the old-school big government GOP. My political motivation is a determination to eliminate their paradigm from the workings of the future GOP. Those individuals cannot be changed. They cannot be evangelized or shamed into suddenly abandoning their life-long habits and beliefs. Those habits and beliefs have served them well, rewarded them well. They simply must be replaced…that takes time; time and hard, thankless work. It also takes thick skin and a willingness to continue in spite of a potential life-long lack of personal gratification; no medals for participation…just the eternal struggle for the defense of liberty. The progressive indoctrination we all receive and to which we are all exposed in our day-to-day lives encourages us to seek immediate gratification. It encourages us to expend our energy attempting to funnel rewards to our ego even if the efforts in which we are most willing to engage are incapable of producing constructive outcomes towards our stated goals. We are taught to embrace fairness as wanting ribbons for our participation, not our results.
We, each, individually must be smarter than to succumb to that pervasive and continuous urge. We must overcome our progressive indoctrination…one-by-one through sheer force of will we must develop habits of individual liberty, not group-think identical to that which steers the current GOP leadership. For many in the liberty movement both inside the GOP and on the 3rd party bench and on the TV-facing couches, watching, the urge to pursue continuous personal gratification leads them to cherish “debate” which is what they call their endless dogmatic patter and intra-herd bickering. They are stuck on the zeroth rung of constructive behavior…as in not yet managing to do any. Those who desire constructive pro-liberty, limited government outcomes in the GOP must abandon the desire for gratification then step up to participate in the eternal struggle, in the hard, thankless work. It is the only productive path in the defense of liberty.
What I Heard At LOTR with Ryan Call – Progressive Indoctrination
Below are a list of ideas, or notions and phrases I jotted down during the recent LOTR meeting with Ryan Call. I have purposefully not made Mr. Call the target of my criticism because there are a million Ryan Calls in the GOP. I’m using the ideas and beliefs he conveyed to illustrate how progressive indoctrination has warped the core of the GOP ever since Reagan turned it into a money-craving, government-growing activist group for protectionism and oppression. Those ideas permeate the GOP from top to bottom. I attribute them to the century-long pervasive exposure to government mandated progressive indoctrination as a substitute for ‘education’ in the USA.
The GOP Prime Directive: Blind, dogmatic faith in the mass delusion of the GOP and its Swiss Cheese Principled candidates being enough of all things to attract various “fringe” voters at every point on the political compass. This directive shades every phrase and every action embraced by the core GOP members and old-guard leaders. Anyone who fails to uphold the Prime Directive is considered to be, “The Other,” outsiders, interlopers, threats to the gravy train of never ending government growth that the core GOP leaders and membership are addicted to.
Common notions and phrases:
1. Participate in Evangelism – the belief and practice aimed at ‘converting’ moderates, dems and independents into cookie-cutter versions of the evangelist. This should only be done for ego-stroke addicts because it is so slow and ineffective that it cannot sustain a political movement. Once in a while the effort pays off and like a gambling addiction, the rush of the victory pushes aside all the time and resources wasted in fruitless patter. The notion is expressed as reaching out to moderates and Libertarians and Independents. What is really meant is to evangelize them by ‘touching’ them more often. It is the progressive strategy of manipulation through immersion. Robocalls, mailers, expensive advertisements and such do virtually nothing to sway voters when they are associated with candidates who espouse Swiss Cheese Principles.
2. Recruit Candidates – Recruiting is done to fill a pre-determined role… to perpetuate the status quo, not to rock the boat. I’d much rather hear the GOP leadership talk about enabling candidates.
3. Raise Money, money, money, money – Mr. Call could hardly answer a question but it came back to raising money. If the GOP would define what they stand for and stand for what they say then the money part would be easier. First, people would know what they were getting for their money and second, a good message requires less money to spread. Putting the money at a higher priority than having a consistent message is just plain stupid. The GOP should know by now that many limited government conservatives do not give a penny to the Party but we generously support individual limited government candidates. The Party cannot be counted on to use the money it receives to ensure candidates are solid on that one principle, limited government. Without that nothing else the candidates stands for matters.
4. Blame Someone Else – The problems facing the GOP are entirely contained within the GOP. It should make absolutely no difference what the Dems or the “main stream media” do or say. Nothing that is done outside the GOP changes the work the GOP needs to do in defining a consistent message and promoting candidates who will stand by that message rather than each candidate describing their personal rationale for violating the message when it suits them. Today, a large swathe of the GOP membership spends most of its time telling us how bad Democrats are. Big whoop! They haven’t changed. They aren’t interesting or important. The real problems are INSIDE the GOP. Folks who continuously stir the pot by playing the blame game every single day are out to keep folks riled up about things that do not have any impact on the GOP’s problems or on the work that is necessary to solve those problems. They are diversions aimed at perpetuating the status quo.
5. Be Activists for Protectionism – Belief that freedom is safer when it is imposed by force of law. Folks who are primarily motivated through fear, hate and ignorance tend to seek an oppression-based “protection” of their most sacred priorities. The GOP is chock full of them. They all have to go.
6. Exemplify Group, or Identity Politics – The mentality that leads to like-minded herds also makes it common to view other herds as herds, not as individuals. The GOP doesn’t need the Hispanic vote or the Asian vote or the Black vote…what it needs is the limited government conservative vote without regard to identity groups and without a dependence on the particular areas where candidates will violate those principles. Identity politics is direct fallout of the progressive divide-and-conquer strategy. It drives GOP strategy towards groups rather than enticing freedom loving individuals from every group to participate. Treating groups as if they are all one without regard to their individual principles is also just plain stupid, as it undermines any goodwill intended by the Neanderthals who promote such ideas. The GOP needs to welcome limited government conservatives without regard to any superficial groupings the core GOP currently chooses to label them with.
7. Offer Endless “Unity” Rhetoric – There is no way to gain unity when the candidates all violate core Republican principles according to their personal priorities. This is the core behavior around which I have labeled the resulting candidates as Swiss Cheese Principled…meaning the obvious, their stated principles are full of random holes.
8. Lip-Service Core Values and/or Principles – Mr. Call mentioned common, or core, values or principles at least 4 times in his talk but never mentioned one example specifically until he was directly questioned by an audience member. He then listed several principles that could form a core for unity. Everyone in that room, including Mr. Call knew that Mitt Romney did not uphold a single one of those principles yet the GOP leadership seemed baffled at why the electorate wouldn’t unify around him. Either they aren’t very bright or they don’t expect that anyone else is.
9. Focus on the Presidential Race – This is the same wasteful behavior that self-defeats the LP but they rationalize their folly differently. Until the state GOP can master their job at home, getting limited government conservatives elected in Colorado, the presidential race is a waste of time and resources. It makes no difference what color tie is on the Suit in the Oval Office when the state has been taken over by Democrats and big government Republicans at every level.
10. Lip-Service to Big Tent Paradigm – “The Party needs to grow in all directions; into all groups, right-fringe and moderates alike.” – This is the group/identity politics approach again. The party needs to define its core values and principles, not make them murkier in hopes of tricking a few pockets of voters into going their way one election cycle, maybe.
11. Make Rational Excuses – It’s a “challenge to clearly define core principles”. – No it isn’t. The GOP did it well for a hundred years before Reagan. Once the GOP became a party of government growing protectionist activists those core principles were replaced with issue-oriented assertions rather than principled positions – those Swiss Cheese Principles! It is a challenge to find a candidate who will uphold those principles when their personal priorities urge them to violate the principle for various reasons. This leads to candidates with no solid foundation, just very holey Swiss Cheese Principles to the extent that nothing the candidate says can be trusted, ever.
12. What are the COGOP’s biggest mistakes recently? Poorly organized grassroots, weak “get out the vote” results. – Again this is progressive indoctrination manifesting as a need to be a Central Planner. The grassroots doesn’t need much organization when the message is clear and consistent. What I believe Mr. Call calls “get out the vote” is evangelism. I’ve already commented on why that doesn’t work. The “Get out the vote” approach is naive for the GOP to adopt. It is a purely progressive strategy. It works on emotions, usually by having nothing more to say than talking down the other guy. American voters aren’t stupid – they want to know why a limited government principle allows liberty to flourish. They don’t believe a candidate who says they support limited government…except in certain cases on certain issues where authoritarian oppression is best. The core GOP members and leaders can’t even hear how absurd their rhetoric is in light of the gaps in their principles. They are blinded by dogma and incapable of changing…yet, we must limit government in spite of them. We must seat limited government candidates in spite of them. We must defend liberty in spite of them. We can’t let them divert us from the necessary work. We must simply overcome them as a hiker overcomes a trail obstacle. No hiker stops to reason with obstacles such as a downed tree or a rock slide. It is just as silly and futile to try to reason with the entrenched human obstacles to the defense of liberty that fill the GOP today. We must just get past them. When the message is clearly and reliably delivered by candidates – and reflected in their votes – the grassroots will organize themselves around those candidates.
13. Dogmatically List Principles – Only when pressed. Don’t promise specifics too early. Mr. Call only listed specific principles when he was asked to do so by an audience member. That, I addressed in #8 above. I call attention to it here, again, to point out that simply rattling off a list of principles, even if the candidate absolutely and solidly upholds those principles, is not enough to sway voters. No simple list of features sells any product…or any idea. I find it telling that many in the GOP self-proclaim they are “pro-business”. Business, at its most basic behavior, is an attempt to satisfy a demand at a cost which can produce an acceptable rate of return. That means selling something to someone. Every sale is personal. The buyer wants to feel good about their decision, beyond just knowing that it is necessary. This is another strategic failure resulting from progressive indoctrination which cripples both the core GOP and the libertarians inside the party and those outside watching too.
Here is an example: Democrats skip the list of facts and features entirely. They say, “I’m going to put two chickens in every pot.” or “Everyone deserves a living wage.” They make no mention of the mechanisms of government they intend to leverage in order to accomplish those things. They have sold the public something it values and that they can feel good about wanting…who would want to starve or not be able to live on their wages? Republicans sell them a list of principles such as limited government, constitutional rule of law, free enterprise individual liberty and the ability to defend these things against all offenders both foreign and domestic. What they deliver, however, are conditions, compromises and oppression which are the things that fill in the gaps, the holes in their candidate’s Swiss Cheese Principles.
The task of the limited government conservatives in the GOP is to convey a personal value that people can easily associate with those oft sloganed, seldom followed core principles. Why is limited government valuable? How can I believe someone who is talking about limited government when they send their kids to government schools, drive on government roads, want government to decide who may marry whom and work for a defense contractor which makes them a personal beneficiary of the perpetual growth of government and pursuit of perpetual religious crusades?
Why is free enterprise valuable? How can I believe someone who is talking about free enterprise when they have long been a significant participant in the fascist economics of perpetual war and Wall Street revolving doors?
Unless new comers to the GOP can abandon the old-guard’s standard list of sloganeered principles and start communicating the value of virtuous behavior, of limits on power, on tolerance for the rights of others while promoting and electing candidates who uphold those principles and who exemplify virtuous behavior the general public isn’t going to be interested tomorrow any more than they were yesterday in anything that comes from the GOP candidates or leadership.
What can be done?
Unless the GOP is re-populated with limited government conservatives from the towns and counties up, chopping the head off the beast just means another one sprouts in turn….one just like the one just lopped off. Until the grassroots effort can manage to flood the GOP with constructive, limited government conservatives, poking the leaders with sticks is purely ego oriented. Tilting at windmills for honor and glory is not an effective tactic no matter how good it FEELS to those who cannot resist satisfying their every desire to do whatever makes them feel good. Everyone knows someone like that because they are everywhere. Avoid them. They are obstacles to constructive outcomes.
Why is it so hard and why does it take so long to bring substantial numbers of constructive, resilient individuals into the party? I’m going to use Mr. Call’s topics and phrases to illustrate some possible reasons.
A lot of “smart people,” like Mr. Call, truly believed Romney/Ryan would win. People have been offering this bit of the obvious since the night of the election; for what purpose I cannot imagine. It is only a convenient diversion, an intellectual shield which prevents those who say it from taking responsibility for why THEY, personally, bought into the mass delusion. They were following The Prime Directive, dogmatically believing that passion can alter reality or take the place of constructive behavior. The reasons for each individual personally choosing to believe a wholly unsupportable position are important to know. It is impossible to fix something that one refuses to acknowledge even exists. During the months leading up to the election I repeatedly defended my position that Romney would fail to reach the electoral vote count reached by McCain. I was wrong too…but only by a slight matter of degree, not in my companion conclusion that therefore Romney could not possibly win. I wasn’t alone. The reasons I gave were not my own, they were common knowledge. Why did a vast herd of “smart people” like Ryan Call choose, individually, one-by-one, to ignore or attack messengers like myself who were pointing out what were obvious gaps in the GOP’s ability to attract and unify long-time Republicans? The mass of delusional individuals acted as if all of those splintered factions were on board so they could focus on weakening the basic conservative principles in hopes of capturing Obama voters. Even today I can hardly believe such foolishness went as common practice by GOP leaders and members alike in the weeks leading up to the election. Every media outlet, credible or not, was showing the fractured nature of the GOP for a year, or more, as much as 5 years even, before the election yet as incredible as I find it, the core GOP somehow missed the point. That is a problem worth exploring in my view.
The same problem hinders the effectiveness of the liberty-minded folks in the GOP, and that makes it a problem worth exploring even more. It is what I spend most of my efforts writing about and learning more about from others. This same problem, dogmatic mass delusion, defines the minimum individual qualification for participation in 3rd parties… but we don’t care about them, since only registered Republicans can leverage the Party towards electing limited government candidates. What goes on outside the GOP is irrelevant to constructive outcomes towards the eternal defense of individual liberty. GOP leadership likes to throw a bone to the LP and ACP members regularly while always being sure to give public lip service to forming coalitions with them and including them as brothers. The truth is they want nothing of the sort they are as proud and protective of their herd’s integrity as the LP is of theirs.
The good news is that being welcomed is not necessary. Limited government conservatives can register and participate at will. Certainly, anyone else can easily register and participate also…but I try not to encourage them.
Know Your Enemy, Know Yourself
The problem that defines the strength for the Dems and the weakness of the GOP and third parties is the progressive indoctrination that has passed for ‘education’ in the USA for the past century. One very important symptom of this indoctrination is a desire to avoid being exposed to things one does not agree with. From nativity scenes to gay marriage, folks are willing to grow government oppression in hopes of achieving “freedom from” things that offend them. The result is that most Americans are predisposed to divide themselves up into like-minded herds that are determined to oppress a specific group or freedom. The smaller the herd, the less effective its individual members can be so the more tightly they cling to the herd. It is a self-limiting paradigm rather than a government-limiting one. The more individuals limit themselves by constantly limiting others, the more freely government can grow.
The Dems have always depended on the appearance of growth. The Keynesian model gave the Dems the mechanism for being able to grow government in any circumstance. For 40-50 years or so, Republicans opposed that growth effectively…until Ronald Reagan. Under the Reagan Administration the GOP changed from one of fiscal and social conservative views to one of pure social conservative views…along with a new fiscal plan that depended on the perpetual growth of government. The GOP misapplied Milton Friedman’s observation that debt doesn’t matter as long as the ability to pay the debt grows with the debt. Republicans under Reagan’s fatherly admonitions took the bait of free money and never looked back. The GOP has been a bigger dependent on government growth than the Dems ever could be under their old tax and spend approach. Bad as that was, there was always a theoretical limit to the amount of taxes that could be sustainably extracted without reversing the nation’s economic engines. Now, of course, both parties have become Reagan-like, growth-through-debt promoters. When money was a concern and when GOP politicians and the electorate in general all knew that more government meant less freedom…and that freedom is where prosperity comes from…the GOP was united in their efforts to get money for their causes by promoting and defending freedom-based prosperity. Now that they can just print or borrow as much money as they can talk other government growers into agreeing on, there are no effective limits on government.
The reason the divide-and-conquer strategy is advantageous to the Dems is that even though they differ widely on specifics, they all agree that government is the answer. In the GOP only 70% feel that growing government is the answer to their aspirations…the rest believe the opposite – that those aspirations are only viable when government is limited. When government is unlimited, every opportunity or personal belief is continuously under threat. Third parties and independents are just folks who implement the “Divide” portion of the progressive strategy voluntarily, and usually self-righteously, as if choosing the right herd were the most highly valued skill they possess. Once they are comfortably accepted into the herd of choice they tend to begin splitting hairs about who is most definitively aligned with the herd’s signature.
Progressive indoctrination permeates our society. This article highlights how a century of government mandated progressive indoctrination in place of education has warped and distorted traditional GOP virtues into Swiss Cheese Principles where the holes are filled with traditional GOP vices. The full extent of our life-long, multi-generational exposure to progressive influence is also evident in the behavior people exhibit beyond choosing a perfect herd. Examples are numerous. For instance: The willingness to believe in the power feelings over the consequences of actions. The overwhelming need for immediate gratification for one’s participation regardless of the result is yet another key component of progressive indoctrination. The unshakable belief that government protects rights or that oppression-based government force is the answer to economically caused unacceptable behavior is planted deeply by the progressive indoctrination. This is clear today as so many GOP members clamor for more government to oppress their neighbors on a variety of personal choice and property rights issues.
I hope my observations help some constructive defenders of liberty allocate their time towards the most effective behavior they are willing to do. If that is waving signs and shouting slogans at passers-by, go for it. If that is running for office or funding someone else’s run for office, go for it. It never requires a group to exercise individual rights. Any constructive effort you can do towards enabling, grooming and electing limited government conservatives is worth doing. The key is being clear about what constructive effort is and what is like-minded mooing among a comfortable herd, and choosing clearly which activity is worthy of such a lofty goal as the eternal defense of liberty.Tweet
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- A New President - November 5, 2008
- Last Minute Libertarian Conservative Republican Voting Guide - November 2, 2008
- How Much Time Do We Have Left? - October 28, 2008
- Christian Anarchists for Obamageddon? - October 23, 2008
- Fear Mongering Dogmatic Neocon Propagandists Think Themselves Conservative? - October 12, 2008
- U.S. Senate Passes the “Pocketful of Posies” Bill - October 2, 2008
- Ron Paul’s endorsement makes perfect sense - September 26, 2008
- Let’s Play a Game of Cards, Johnny. - August 29, 2008
- Everyone Won’t - August 24, 2008
- Ron Paul Scares the Hell Out of Me - July 25, 2008
- Woe is US. - July 25, 2008
- Why the GOP Has Become More Like the Democratic Party - July 20, 2008
- Why I Am Not a Libertarian - July 13, 2008
- Fed Kills Wall St. Firms to Garner More Power - July 10, 2008
- Of Course the Money Bomb Failed - July 8, 2008
- Vindication, Affirmation and Marching Orders - June 13, 2008
- Optical Illusions Explained - June 2, 2008
- The Libertarian Party Got What Was Coming - May 28, 2008
- Reactionary Ranting, Reasoning and Relating It All - May 12, 2008
- The Wisdom of the Crowd Begs the Progressive Definition of Wisdom - April 15, 2008
- You Can Avoid Being Repelled; Its Your Choice - April 1, 2008
- A Boom Time for Vampires - March 28, 2008
- Walter Williams:Tarnished Hero - March 19, 2008
- In Wizards We Trust - March 16, 2008
- Who will follow Ron Paul’s example? - March 13, 2008
- Dear Penthouse, Ron Paul Has Dropped Out… - March 9, 2008
- Ron Paul Delegates Update – Gaining Momentum! - March 8, 2008
- C*O*D*E*WO*R*D Expectation - March 4, 2008
- It was the best of times, it was the worst of times - March 1, 2008
- US Health Care Is An Oxymoron - February 28, 2008
- Ron Paul Delegates Advance Towards St. Paul - February 22, 2008
- Ron Paul: Onward and Upward! - February 9, 2008
- UN Calls California Vending Machines Illegal - February 8, 2008
- Have They Run Out of Willing Suicide Bombers - February 1, 2008
- Arnold Puts California Up for Grabs - January 31, 2008
- This Isn’t Your Father’s Recession - January 23, 2008
- Youth, Ron Paul and the Future of Conservatism - January 19, 2008
- Fred Thompson – The Ghost of Conservatives Past - January 18, 2008
- The Fire Eater ad hominem Challenge - January 14, 2008
- Third Party Run is a Horrible Idea - January 12, 2008
- Ron Paul to Poison Fans: “They’re not helping me.” - January 12, 2008
- RINO is Redundant – The Field is Fractured - January 9, 2008
- Can Ron Paul’s Message Overcome the Damage Done by His Poison Fans? - January 9, 2008
- Redouble Canvassing Efforts or Ron Paul’s Message Dies Along with Hope for America - January 4, 2008
- Ron Paul: Just Come Home - December 30, 2007
- C*O*D*E*W*O*R*D: Naive - December 26, 2007
- Who is Tim Russert? - December 23, 2007
- Kick Out the Jams Brothers and Sisters - December 19, 2007
- The Difference Between a Suicide Bomber and a Mall Shooter - December 14, 2007
- Ron Paul Declines Third Party Invitation - December 11, 2007
- Giuliani is NOT a Conservative - November 3, 2007
- Inflation Has Dropped to 0.8% - November 2, 2007
- Remnants Using the Tool – Call to Action - October 29, 2007
- Teaching the Remnant to Use the Tool - October 24, 2007
- Welcome to Jahfre Fire Eater’s First Column - October 21, 2007