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Hand Guns are the New Segregation

Damien4 Wrote: Jul 20, 2014 11:34 AM
Well I sure do hope I don't get torn for being an 'economic illiterate', but I clicked Mike Shedlock's link and found that he gives the same answer that Adrian Vance does. " The official unemployment rate is 7.6%. However, if you start counting all the people who want a job but gave up, all the people with part-time jobs that want a full-time job, all the people who dropped off the unemployment rolls because their unemployment benefits ran out, etc., you get a closer picture of what the unemployment rate is. That number is in the last row labeled U-6. U-6 is much higher at 13.8%. Both numbers would be way higher still, were it not for millions dropping out of the labor force over the past few years." I read Mr. Vance's blog as well as Mr. Ransom's column, and I believe they are on the same side of the fight. I had to check to make sure I was not reading someone completely off base. Mr. Ransom, I think you made a mistake labeling Mr. Vance a comrade.
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Has Citizenship Jumped The Shark?

Damien4 Wrote: Jul 20, 2014 11:04 AM
Oh, sorry, I mistook that. Yes, that question may be answered. We know the majority values freebies over hard work (that was the 2012 question).
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Has Citizenship Jumped The Shark?

Damien4 Wrote: Jul 20, 2014 11:02 AM
I thought this was answered in 2012.
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The Bridgegate Investigation to Nowhere

Damien4 Wrote: Jul 19, 2014 10:50 AM
The big joke for us behind the lines out here is, "QUICK! Call the governor! There's a traffic jam between New York and New Jersey!"
As a some kind of conservative libertarian mix (also a millenial), I disagree. I feel like most of my generation are hard or soft left. davinci38's comment seems to present what I've witnessed so far(Democratic socialism is what a lot of them want- this is NOT libertarianism). Further down in this comment thread we have attacks on libertarians again. From the Ransom thread yesterday: We are all on the same side! There will be double agents and provocateurs in every movement. People who truly believe in libertarianism (maximum individual freedom, not the same as abolishing the state or implementing marxism), should be viewed as open minds to be persuaded if you do not agree with their interpretations of freedom. To ensure that we (all of us fighting leftism, statism, liberalism, collectivism, etc) can work together better, lets try to understand libertarians bettter. https://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/question-of-the-week-why-arent-libertarians-more-persuasive/ Dan Mitchell is a great libertarian to follow, I wish people would look at him and be like, "So THIS is what a REAL libertarian THINKS like." His blog column also runs here on Townhall, so it's not as far a rift as many perceive.
Thank you all for your replies and discussion. I'm out the door now to get some chores done.
I thought that both conservative and libertarian principles were rooted in individual freedom, with libertarians taking it (as I've heard it described), "a few steps too far." Just the fact that we see there is NO REASON we can't work together to save our republic speaks volumes. I am unsure of the parameters defining a conservative, but I know that I only scored about 50% on the libertarian purity test recommended by Dan Mitchell.
I am the kind of libertarian who enjoys the comfort of bad(good) men ready to drop from the sky at night and do violence on my behalf. It does not necessarily alienate them- it is a response to an attack, or perceived immediate violence.
Hey now people, libertarians and conservatives are on the same side! We all want the US Constitution to reign supreme, and for our officials to obey their oaths. I am some kind of conservative libertarian, and while I have agreed with Dr. Paul on a lot of things in the past, he would then keep talking past the good point and make me smack my forehead. Birdman hit on this earlier: Regardless of which corner of liberty you view from, the will and resolve of the people must be there to follow through. The rules of engagement, as I vaguely understand them, have stacked the deck against our forces. War is awful, unfair, brutal, savage, etc. We must make it unfair in our advantage, the will to survive and thrive dictates nothing else. I am unsure of Dr. Paul's details of foreign policy, but I believe it has potential to work IF: We resolve to act with swift and brutal force to those who dare attack us. We use our best and most devastating weapons and tactics to create an example of those who would see us fall. We keep our military strong, and at the ready. Setting up countries to become more successful is agonizing, yet freedom is an idea which cannot be extinguished. It is the ultimate goal of the resolve to fight, win, and survive. I do agree that more countries like us is more likely to lead to a peaceful and prosperous global community. I believe that these people in repressed parts of the world yearn for freedom like we have. Foreign policy is tricky, and I will not pretend to understand or know much of it. It is not my specialty. I teach music. I am quite certain that conservatives and libertarians are on the same team, however. I believe (being some kind of mix myself, I know there are some difficult aspects of freedom within society to reconcile) people don't fall squarely into one camp or the other. We shouldn't try to generalize about anyone, and to keep our attacks on the statists, while discussing our differences and solutions amongst ourselves.
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