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From Russia with, oh please, give me a break

The latest hypocritical argument from American media: Russia “interfered with” the 2016 elections by leaking facts about the Clinton campaign. At the same time, the press appears entirely ignorant of the exponentially larger levels at which the U.S. government interferes politically, economically, and militarily with the politics of many foreign nations.
The U.S. government props up regimes throughout the Middle East, literally using the military to support one side of political disputes. At other times, it enforces its political will through trade sanctions that create food and medicine shortages. 
Right now, the U.S. government is literally involved in a *civil* war in Syria. It has engaged in continual drone strikes in Pakistan. It seems entirely unable to respect the sovereignty of any nation.
And all of this was maintained under 8 years of a supposedly liberal Democrat as Commander-in-Chief.
The U.S. government needs to get out of the political affairs of other nations before it has any business pointing fingers at anyone else. Complaining about Russia’s “interference” is laughably hypocritical.
In Liberty,
Arvin Vohra

Vice Chair

Libertarian National Committee

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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No Dad of the Year Award. Not Even by Comparison 

This bullshit is going around:

.Mic Facebook Post Link 
Unfortunately the amount of children in other countries that Mr. Obama has killed really outshines. Not to mention the late term abortion clinics on his friends list. And the amount Mr. Trump is dedicated to killing is audacious. I didn’t worship the presidency when he started I’m sure that worshipping them when it’s over. He’s eligible for far more war crimes then dad of the year awards.
Sorry. Not impressed with the way people behave on talk shows.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Fidel Castro DiesTodo se muere.Ed Krayewski|Nov. 26, 2016 2:06 am

Fidel Castro DiesTodo se muere.Ed Krayewski|Nov. 26, 2016 2:06 am

JUVENTUD/SIPA/SIPA/Newscom

Former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90, according to Cuban state media (more or less the only kind in the communist country). Castro stepped down from power in 2008, placing his younger brother, the now 85-year-old Raul, in charge.
The hagiographies on their way in the wake of his death will be similar to the ones that came when he stepped down from power. The most common refrains will be about Castro “giving” the Cuban people healthcare and education.
Michael Moynihan explained why those refrains don’t work back in 2008:
What all of these pols and pundits lazily presume is that if the state of Cuban health care and education have markedly improved on Castro’s watch, surely the situation was dire during the final years of the Batista dictatorship.
Well, not exactly. In 1959 Cuba had 128.6 doctors and dentists per 100,000 inhabitants, placing it 22nd globally—that is, ahead of France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Finland. In infant mortality tables, Cuba ranked one of the best in the world, with 5.8 deaths per 100,000 babies, compared to 9.5 per 100,000 in the United States. In 1958 Cuba’s adult literacy rate was 80 percent, higher than that of its colonial grandfather in Spain, and the country possessed one of the most highly-regarded university systems in the Western hemisphere.
Cuba improved, as have most countries, on some of these indices in the years since the revolution. As reason Contributing Editor Glenn Garvin points out, “countries like Costa Rica, Panama, and Brazil have posted equal gains in literacy during the same time period without resorting to totalitarian governments.”

In his lifetime, Castro saw Marxist-Leninism fall on every continent in which it was introduced. He even lived long enough to see China’s communists largely give up on communism. In the end, he could look to North Korea for what, after tens of millions of deaths around the world, the 20th century project of communism amounted to. Cubans may have to wait for Raul to die as well before they can see communism fall in their own country.
Read more Reason on Cuba, and read about Castro’s reflections on the universe and the “unimaignable” here.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2016 in News

 

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H. L. Mencken Quote! 

” The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all, it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. 

Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping, and unintelligent. 

The New Deal began, like the Salvation Army, by promising to save humanity. It ended, again like the Salvation Army, by running flop-houses and disturbing the peace. 

The ideal Government of all reflective men, from Aristotle onward, is one which lets the individual alone – one which barely escapes being no government at all. 

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable … 

It is the fundamental theory of all the more recent American law … that the average citizen is half-witted, and hence not to be trusted to either his own devices or his own thoughts. 

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. 

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. 

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed – and hence clamorous to be led to safety – by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. 

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. 

The American people, North and South, went into the [Civil] war as citizens of their respective states, they came out as subjects … what they thus lost they have never got back. 

We suffer most when the White House busts with ideas. 

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

What men value in this world is not rights but privileges. 

The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it’s good-by to the Bill of Rights. 

There is always an easy solution to every human problem – neat, plausible and wrong. 

I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone. 

The average man doesn’t want to be free. He simply wants to be safe. 

The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic. 

Most people want security in this world, not liberty. 

The fact is that the average man’s love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty – and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies. 

Communism, like any other revealed religion, is largely made up of prophecies. 

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. 

Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods. 

I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time. 

If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner. 

Whenever ‘A’ attempts by law to impose his moral standards upon ‘B’, ‘A’ is most likely a scoundrel. 

The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression. 

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. 

Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages. 

When a new source of taxation is found it never means, in practice, that the old source is abandoned. It merely means that the politicians have two ways of milking the taxpayer where they had one before. 

All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him. 

Democracy, too, is a religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses. “

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

 
 
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