Trump is hardly libertarian. But neither is today’s Libertarian Party.

Source: Washington Post
by Peter Goettler

“We know by now that Donald Trump likes nothing better than stepping onto a stage, hearing his name chanted by an adoring crowd, and flashing his familiar thumbs-up sign. This week, the former president will do just that under the bright lights at the Libertarian National Convention in D.C. It will be the first time in U.S. history that a presidential candidate of a rival party will address the convention of a party that is presumably gathering to nominate its own candidate. And this strange turn of events has many libertarians scratching their heads. With a razor-thin electoral college contest in the offing this November, it’s clear that any play for incremental support is worth Trump’s effort and could make the difference. But what’s in it for the National Libertarian Party? The answer, unfortunately, reveals the truth about today’s party: It’s hardly libertarian anymore.” (05/23/24)

https://archive.is/Zc0YH

Making it easier to make things in America

Source: Orange County Register
by Veronique de Rugy

“With more tariffs on electric vehicles and an election featuring two pro-tariff presidential candidates on the way, the debate about how best to support and strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector is back. Some argue, mistakenly, that the key to protecting American industries and manufacturing jobs is a set of tariffs on industrial imports. This approach is ultimately counterproductive. There are better ways to help American manufacturing, not the least of which is to remove regulatory barriers and reform the tax code.” (05/3/24)

https://archive.is/PKYxF

Drug-War Obtuseness in Mexico

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“In the final debate between Mexico’s two leading presidential candidates, Claudia Sheinbaum and Xóchitl Gálvez, before the June 2 election, both candidates vied with each other as to which one would be a stronger drug warrior. Both of them vowed to smash the violent drug cartels that dominate Mexican society. It would be difficult to find a better example of obtuseness than that. Following the lead (and perhaps the orders) of the U.S. government, Mexico has been waging the war on drugs for decades. The result has been a slow-motion destruction of the country by the violence that comes with drug cartels.” (05/23/24)

https://www.fff.org/2024/05/23/drug-war-obtuseness-in-mexico/

If You Can’t Even Elect A Candidate Who’ll End A Genocide, How Real Is Your “Democracy”?

Source: Caitlin Johnstone, Rogue Journalist
by Caitlin Johnstone

“The Biden administration has reportedly approved of an Israeli assault on Rafah, the last slightly safe city in the Gaza Strip, and is openly preparing to work with Congress to punish the International Criminal Court for seeking arrest warrants of Israeli officials for war crimes. Biden is a monster who belongs in a cell at The Hague. I talk about Biden’s criminality a lot, but I should probably clarify that I don’t do so because I believe Trump or even Kennedy would be acting any kinder toward the people of Gaza if they were president. All three of the arguably viable US presidential candidates are virulent Zionists who have all made it clear that they would back Israel’s genocidal atrocities with adamant fervor. A lot of fuss gets made over the west’s brand of democracy. Wars of aggression have been waged under the banner of spreading it throughout the world and allowing the people to control what their government will do.” (05/23/24)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com.au/2024/05/23/if-you-cant-even-elect-a-candidate-wholl-end-a-genocide-how-real-is-your-democracy/

Biden’s Black Lies Matter

Source: Town Hall
by Larry Elder

“President Joe Biden delivered a commencement speech at Morehouse College, an all-male, historically black school in Atlanta. The America into which these graduating students now enter, according to Biden, reeks of ‘systemic racism’ and ‘the poison of white supremacy’. ‘What is democracy if Black men are being killed in the street?’ Biden asked. ‘If Black men are being killed on the streets, we bear witness. For me, that means to call out the poison of white supremacy, to root out systemic racism. I stood up for George — with George Floyd’s family to help create a country where you don’t need to have that talk with your son or grandson as they get pulled over.’ Where do we start? George Floyd, a career criminal, was full of fentanyl and resisted arrest. There’s no evidence Floyd’s treatment had anything to do with his race.” (05/23/24)

https://townhall.com/columnists/larryelder/2024/05/23/bidens-black-lies-matter-n2639404

LA: Legislature approves bill classifying abortion pills as “controlled dangerous substances”

Source: SFGate

“Two abortion-inducing drugs could soon be reclassified as controlled and dangerous substances in Louisiana under a first-of-its-kind bill that received final legislative passage Thursday and is expected to be signed into law by the governor. Supporters of the reclassification of mifepristone and misoprostol (commonly known as ‘abortion pills’) say it would protect expectant mothers from coerced abortions. Numerous doctors, meanwhile, have said it will make it harder for them to prescribe the medicines that they use for other important reproductive health care needs, and could delay treatment. Louisiana currently has a near-total abortion ban in place, applying both to surgical and medical abortions. The GOP-dominated Legislature’s push to reclassify mifepristone and misoprostol could possibly open the door for other Republican states with abortion bans that are seeking tighter restrictions on the drugs. Current Louisiana law already requires a prescription for both drugs and makes it a crime to use them to induce an abortion in most cases.” (05/23/24)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/louisiana-legislature-approves-bill-classifying-19474678.php

If Democracy Dies, So What?

Source: Common Dreams
by Robert Ivie

“The Biden campaign has made the 2024 general election into a referendum on democracy. So far, however, the electoral choice between authoritarianism and democracy has not registered among voters as a determining factor. The Times/Siena poll in May indicates that only 2% of registered voters identify the state of democracy as a main factor in their choice of a candidate for the presidency, and only 5% list it as their most important issue. That’s bleak, whichever way you look at it. Maybe the situation is not quite so bad? The March Reuters/Ipsos poll indicates, for instance, that 23% of the American public consider political extremism or threats to democracy the most important problem facing the US (36% of Democrats, 25% of independents, and 11% of Republicans). Of course, incompatible definitions of democracy, extremism, and threats held by voters of different political persuasions would reduce even further these relatively small numbers of voters who might support Biden to defend democracy from autocracy.” [editor’s note: ASs usual this delusional pundit thinks the Bidenocracy is not an autocracy – SAT] (05/23/24)

https://www.commondreams.org/opinion/democracy-vs-authoritarianism