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What America society needs to regain are the virtues of laissez-faire capitalism not religion. Once upon a time Americans prided themselves on being independent, self-reliant and self-sufficient and supporting their lives with their personal effort. Having to rely on charity (private or public) to feed themselves was a mark of failure and a source of shame. Things changed. Progressives harnessed government to confiscate wealth from producers and redistribute it to non-producers and crony capitalists. Progressives educate recipients of government largess to think they are entitled to it. Religion philosophically abetted this corrupt transformation to welfare statism with their self-sacrificial morality of altruism. Yes, religion is “costly political baggage” if you want to promote individualism.
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Mistakes of the Past Are Back

Buzz42 Wrote: Sep 26, 2014 12:17 AM
The Judge has a very confused view on what has happened in the past and what is happening now in the Middle East. His column creates the impression of a man who purposely misrepresents thirteen years of history in order to deny the cause and effect between Islam and war with the West, which contradicts his subjective feelings that America would be better off playing ostrich with barbaric Islamists. The Judge’s opinion is illustrative of why Libertarians are unqualified to be president when it comes to national security. Their attitude mirrors Obama’s and would reap the same chaos and insecurity.
In response to:

Mistakes of the Past Are Back

Buzz42 Wrote: Sep 26, 2014 12:17 AM
The Judge has a very confused view on what has happened in the past and what is happening now in the Middle East. His column creates the impression of a man who purposely misrepresents thirteen years of history in order to deny the cause and effect between Islam and war with the West, which contradicts his subjective feelings that America would be better off playing ostrich with barbaric Islamists. The Judge’s opinion is illustrative of why Libertarians are unqualified to be president when it comes to national security. Their attitude mirrors Obama’s and would reap the same chaos and insecurity.
What Todd Akin and Amanda Curtis have in common is a lack of respect for and commitment to individual rights and personal liberty. They both are comfortable in denying individuals the freedom to think for themselves and to act on their own best judgment in certain areas of their personal lives. Legally denying someone the right to an abortion is no different than legally denying someone the right to defend themselves with a firearm. Intrinsic to both issues is the concept of inalienable rights. Republicans need to be more consistent and intellectually honest in acknowledging and protecting properly defined rights rather than competing with Democrats to deny them.
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