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Rand Paul and the Gutless Generation

SolofTexas Wrote: Jul 14, 2014 6:10 AM
Mr. Ransom -- When you deride libertarians I think it is important to know why you do so. In this article I think you have explained yourself clearly and thoughtfully. I think it is a failure of Ron and Rand Paul to explain that when the US interferes in the affairs of other sovereign states it is for good reason. When that interference is justified, it should be done decisively, To quote Machiavelli ... it is better to be feared than loved. The two justifications are self defense and treaty. It is very important to think carefully upon entering into a treaty. It is why the Framers codified the consent of the Senate in our Constitution before treaties should be binding. The most terrible consequence of the use of our armed forces is this ... we must be prepared to use nuclear weapons to prevail. I persona believe there are only three excellent Presidents in the 20th Century and they won't make most historians lists: Calvin Coolidge,, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan: The thing I admire most about Eisenhower is that he understood the terror of war yet (behind the scenes) he made clear to the Soviet Union he as prepared to use nuclear weapons.if other means of conflict resolution failed. .
Mr. Ransom -- You have sometimes misinterpreted my comments. I fear you believe I criticize when I don't. Maybe it's the strain of being under constant attack? I still do not understand why George W's administration did not make the simple and straightforward case that we were enforcing an armistice rather than conjure the WMD argument. If America wishes to be the terror of the world so be it. I would prefer we be the inspiration of the world.
The national leadership is NUTS. But on the whole we continue to re-elect these same leaders. It follows that we are collectively insane because we keep doing the same things while expecting different results,
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Obama Reinvents 1979

SolofTexas Wrote: Jul 09, 2014 4:40 AM
The published GDP numbers seem fudged. I believe actual growth has been flat or negative for a least 10 years. The solution is for the bureaucrats in the executive branch and the legislature (as well as the legislators) to resign so that central planning can be minimized - or better still, abandoned as the Framer had intended. Bt tha won't happen.
@The "delighted by the misfortune of others"... I tend to agree. In lieu of your statement, I shall quote the "Iron Chancellor" ... "The great issues of the day will not be settled by speeches and majority votes, but by blood and steel." I repeat this not so much out of admiration, rather, resignation to fact.
@crash -- Rubbish! The independent Colonies were forged through violent conflict. How can the fact be denied?
No one mentions repealing the 16th Amendment and replacing it with the Fair Tax. Plus, the repeal of the 17th Amendment is hardy ever considered.
KT -- My Silesian side of the family celebrated Oplatki with Xmas Eve dinner. Xmas dinner on the Napledon side usually involved Calamari and Baccala. Haven't done that in years. Thanks for reviving the memories. .
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Fighting Irish Stiff-Arm Barack

SolofTexas Wrote: Dec 17, 2013 10:03 PM
OneFor -- It is my understanding that Canada has a higher Liberty Index (economic freedom) than the US. A higher score means better, http://www.cato.org/blog/us-takes-dive-economic-freedom-world-index .
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