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Interesting that you recall Lincoln in this discussion of federal power and states' rights. After Lincoln the relationship between the states and federal government changed and hasn't been the same since. I thought Mr. Goldberg wanted LESS federal power.
Wow. I'm reading Charles every week now. Very well written. He hits the nail on the head.
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The Right Isn't Waving A White Flag

Jeff2410 Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 8:27 AM
The term Liberalism properly describes who we are (America is a free-market liberal democracy) but that word got hijacked a hundred years ago and now even the Right uses the word 'liberal' to describe socialists ceding the word that properly describes THEM. Hell, we can't even define ourselves properly. Read Hayek's, "The Road to Serfdom". He explains it well. The Right needs to start over, use terms and definitions properly and build from there. Unless you understand what Liberalism really is, you won't be able to identify socialism, fascism or any other planned economy that is a threat to Liberalism.
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The Right Isn't Waving A White Flag

Jeff2410 Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 8:14 AM
It's over. The American people voted for more socialism across the country, not just the national election. Several states voted to legalize drugs making us more incapable of organized thought. This past election was our last chance before stepping off the slippery slope. I think things will accelerate rapidly and in a few years we'll all be amazed and how bad our situation has gotten. It won't be long until the socialists and islamists will be picking over what's left then they'll go after each other. It's over.
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What Happened?

Jeff2410 Wrote: Nov 07, 2012 6:29 PM
Wanting small gov isn't a suicide pact enabling the country's destruction. There are plenty of non-religious people who look at gay marriage and don't want that in their world. Plenty of people want you to do as you like for recreation but see the disaster heading our way after we legalize drugs and PLENTY of non-religious people who just want the point of personhood clearly defined (not murder before this point of growth, murder after this point). Saying these things are small-gov positions is a total straw man.
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What Happened?

Jeff2410 Wrote: Nov 07, 2012 2:13 PM
There were plenty of conservatives who objected to Cheney's comment and to the Compassionate Conservative ideology. They were drowned-out by the establishment GOP. The Tea Party was originally a response to the GOPers who were big government conservatives. The Tom Delays of the party considered the T.P a threat. Now we can say that the TP lost its way but the original idea was to oppose big government spenders in BOTH parties.
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What Happened?

Jeff2410 Wrote: Nov 07, 2012 2:07 PM
I think what Mr. Galen has identified in the piece is that women/minorities want more gov. They want tax increases and not spending cuts. Latinos want open borders. Social issues like gay marriage, legalizing pot, and abortion also won big. Any party or pol who has an effective idea that is counter to these issues will not be voted into office no matter how nice/level-headed she might be. Many who comment say the GOP should be more moderate. But what does that mean?! They should be for SOME tax increases? We should open the border every other day of the year? There is now nothing the GOP can do. The U.S. has reached a tipping point. In the marketplace of good ideas, Americans not interested in smaller government. It's over.
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The Upside of the Downside

Jeff2410 Wrote: Jun 06, 2012 11:33 AM
We can learn so much from Yuengling Beer. Not only is it delicious but their business model is one that all family business should follow. The company is not willed to the children. If the next generation wants to run the business, they have to go to a bank and get a loan to buy the company from their parents. This ensures that they have skin in the game and increases the chances of success. I'm not suggesting that we should change the laws to match this concept. If a parent wants to will their hard work to a drug-addled child, they should be permitted to do so. But it certainly cuts down on the multi-generational failures that Mr. Goldberg is saying in this well-written piece.
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The Upside of the Downside

Jeff2410 Wrote: Jun 06, 2012 11:33 AM
We can learn so much from Yuengling Beer. Not only is it delicious but their business model is one that all family business should follow. The company is not willed to the children. If the next generation wants to run the business, they have to go to a bank and get a loan to buy the company from their parents. This ensures that they have skin in the game and increases the chances of success. I'm not suggesting that we should change the laws to match this concept. If a parent wants to will their hard work to a drug-addled child, they should be permitted to do so. But it certainly cuts down on the multi-generational failures that Mr. Goldberg is saying in this well-written piece.
I decided to expand my reading on Townhall.com and look at Mr. Mitchell's article today. I have to agree with earlier postings today that he did not lift a finger to learn about Objectivism. Rand consistently demonstrated respect for the poor and for those who pursue their passions even if those passions were to help the poor. She HATED the idle rich. Mr. Mitchell should work harder. I won't waste my valuable time reading his columns any more. That is in my rational self interest.
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