Friday, December 23, 2011

From LRC
  • ‘Malice towards none; charity towards all.’ With an implicitly Christian Lincoln quotation, Gary North starts an inauguration speech he wrote for Ron Paul. Repeal all executive orders and: I am not here to make America better. I am here to veto laws that will hinder American citizens from making America better. (Nod to Thomas DiLorenzo: Lincoln was a horrible ruler – a dictator – and probably not really a Christian, but a great speechwriter and self-taught cultured, a very smart frontier lawyer, so he knew how to draw on America’s Christian culture rhetorically.)
  • Why he can win. A spoiler like Ross Perot in ’92? (My first Libertarian vote was that year: André Marrou.) Maybe. He might cancel out the Dinkins effect, giving Obama another term. But a mainstream GOP candidate like the Mormon robot doesn’t deserve to win, so, so what? Anyway: If he were to walk away for a third party, he would take at least 12% of the Republican vote with him. He would also take another 15% from the Independents and at least 11% from the Democrats. This would give him 38% – enough of the vote to win the Presidency in a three-man race. How about Paul/Johnson on the Libertarian ticket? Like we’ve been saying for many years, the Republicans and Democrats are really one party. (Obama: Bush’s third term. How’s all that hopenchange working out for y’all? He’d get away with it but for the depression.) Even if Obama gets re-elected, the Dems and the GOP will be gridlocked and thus nothing will get done. Like second-term Clinton vs Congress? I wish. Gridlock = no government = prosperity. Remember the late ’90s? Today it’s all theatre. The government doesn’t shut down and nobody but Paul is trying to cut spending. The GOP wants to raise spending a little less. The culture wars are a red herring.
  • Worse than 2008, the year the depression almost took away my job of then 11 years.

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