Well there's already good news on today's Election Day. The 2012 Libertarian Party candidate for president, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, has announced that he's running for the 2016 LP nomination.
He directly addressed how his views differ from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the most libertarian likely candidate from a major party:
"On half the issues he's right, but on the whole social issue thing.... Look, libertarians are flaming liberals when it comes to social issues, when it comes to civil liberties. A woman's right to choose, drug reform, immigration, marriage equality. He's not there."
Johnson, who ran with Judge Jim Gray, pulled about 1.3 million votes and 1 percent of the overall total. That was the best showing for the LP since 1980. Read The Full Story
Barack Obama, in his post-election press conference yesterday, announced that he would seek an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) from the new Congress, one that would authorize Obama’s bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria—the one he began three months ago. If one were being generous, one could say that seeking congressional authorization for a war that commenced months ago is at least better than fighting a war even after Congress explicitly rejected its authorization, as Obama lawlessly did in the now-collapsed country of Libya.
When Obama began bombing targets inside Syria in September, I noted that it was the seventh predominantly Muslim country that had been bombed by the U.S. during his presidency (that did not count Obama’s bombing of the Muslim minority in the Philippines). I also previously noted that this new bombing campaign meant that Obama had become the fourth consecutive U.S. President to order bombs dropped on Iraq. Standing alone, those are both amazingly revealing facts. American violence is so ongoing and continuous that we barely notice it any more. Just this week, a U.S. drone launched a missile that killed 10 people in Yemen, and the dead were promptly labeled “suspected militants” (which actually just means they are “military-age males”); those killings received almost no discussion.
To get a full scope of American violence in the world, it is worth asking a broader question: how many countries in the Islamic world has the U.S. bombed or occupied since 1980? That answer was provided in a recent Washington Post op-ed by the military historian and former U.S. Army Col. Andrew Bacevich:
As America’s efforts to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State militants extent into Syria, Iraq War III has seamlessly morphed into Greater Middle East Battlefield XIV. That is, Syria has become at least the 14th country in the Islamic world that U.S. forces have invaded or occupied or bombed, and in which American soldiers have killed or been killed. And that’s just since 1980.
The 2014 election provided the opportunity to free minds throughout Tennessee. 25,525 votes were cast for Libertarian candidates in Tennessee, even though Tennessee's oppressive ballot access law prohibited them from being identified as Libertarians on the ballot. Thank you to every candidate that had the courage to run against the odds and to all the activists and supporters that helped spread the word.
We need to work on promoting ballot access, so that these numbers can improve in 2016.
In January of 2006, Army Lieutenant Ehren Watada publicly denounced America’s involvement in the Iraq war and refused deployment to Iraq. He did not do this because he was afraid to fight; he actually requested deployment in Afghanistan, a cause he believed in, even though Afghanistan is a more dangerous station. The Army denied his claim and denied his resignation. Watada was then court-martialed and tried in a military court facing up to a seven-year prison sentence.
Fortunately, Watada’s case was thrown out as a mistrial, but the risks he faced when standing up against the cause of the United States government were still very real. When Watada took his stand, he had nothing to gain and a lot to lose. He requested alternate stations that carried with them a greater likelihood of his being killed in battle. For absolutely no apparent reason at all, Watada stood up against America’s involvement in the Iraq War.
xcept that he believed it to be the right thing to do.
In all things important, this is an incentive that is drastically under-appreciated. Carrying a belief that benefits you is wholly understandable. Standing by a position out of fear of recourse for opposition is at least forgivable. But holding a belief for no reason other than that you believe it to be morally right is something that people often dismiss with a skeptical, “Yes, but…”
This is what I find when I discuss the idea of Anarchy with those people who despise government with every fiber of their being…up until the point at which I suggest abolishing the institution in its entirety. Read The Full Story
Back in June we first observed that "America's Most Important Housing Market Signals A Red Alert For Housing Bubble Watchers" and showed the following chart:
As expected, since then things have only gotten worse, and as today's Case-Shiller report confirmed, the annual price increase in San Francisco has now put double-digit percent appreciation territory in the rear view mirror, and has slid back into the single digits, or 9% Y/Y to be precise (and only the second . Read The Full Story