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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Trump Mar-a-Lago lethal force claim is just stupid

Source: Fox News Forum
by Andrew McCarthy

“Having been at the Trump trial in Manhattan for the last couple of days, I cannot say I’m surprised at former president Trump’s inane claim that President Biden authorized the use of lethal force in connection with the FBI’s execution of a court-authorized search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. The claim is political red meat for conspiracy theorists. A search warrant is not a day at the circus (something I can’t say about days spent at the trial). Most are executed without incident; many are not. All of them involve a probable-cause finding that incriminating evidence will be recovered on the premises — which usually are associated with people suspected of crimes. Many of those crimes, though by no means all of them, are violent. Virtually all of them involve situations in which law-enforcement officials have concluded that if evidence is not seized, it might be destroyed or manipulated (in cases of nonviolent crimes involving generally law-abiding people who exhibit cooperation with police and prosecutors, the government usually secures evidence by means less intrusive than a compulsory search).” (05/23/24)

Dr. King’s Words on Vietnam Still Ring True for Gaza

by Andrew Moss

“As Israeli troops continue their assault in Rafah, increasing the death toll and displacing – yet again – hundreds of thousands of Gazans, there’s much to be learned from recalling Dr. Martin Luther King’s visionary words on Vietnam 57 years ago. Breaking his silence on a war that by then had claimed over 20,000 American and hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese lives, King declared that the war in Vietnam was swallowing ‘men and skills and money like some demonic, destructive suction tube.’ It was blocking, he said, whatever progress the nation had been making toward economic and racial justice. Moreover, any hopes for a genuine multiracial democracy were being cruelly undercut by a war that drew disproportionately on poor American youth.” (05/23/24)

Is Colorado Really the “Clean Energy” Leader It Claims to Be?

Source: American Prospect
by Jennifer Oldham

“Oil and gas companies claim their production in Colorado is among the cleanest and least polluting hydrocarbons in the country, if not the world. Are they right? The assertion (from a fact sheet by the Colorado Oil & Gas Association, an industry trade group) has legs. PDC Energy, an oil and gas firm recently purchased by Chevron Corp., cited it in an application to drill hundreds of wells, which was approved by regulators in late 2022. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and his Republican rival Joe O’Dea repeated it in televised debates during their 2022 campaign. And the U.S. Bureau of Land Management referenced it in a 2023 federal supplemental environmental impact statement. Fossil fuel advocates leaned into it in the spring to justify why Colorado legislators should kill a bill that would have phased out fossil fuel drilling.” (05/23/24)