Archive for February, 2012

February 29, 2012

Military Spending and Bastiat’s Unseen

by Eric T. Phillips

For those who haven’t seen it yet, my most recent article on the opportunity costs of military spending is up on today.

February 29, 2012

Santorum: JKF’s 1960 Speech On Religion Made Me Want To Throw Up

by Eric T. Phillips

So he tells George Stephanopoulos:

Here are the offending passages from Kennedy’s speech:

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute; where no Catholic prelate would tell the President — should he be Catholic — how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote; where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference, and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him, or the people who might elect him.

I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish; where no public official either requests or accept instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source; where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials, and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.

Where, in these passages or in the rest of the speech, does Kennedy call for the exclusion of people of faith from the public square? Failing that, which one of these principles is so offensive? Does Santorum plan to accept orders from the Vatican? Does he want priests and ministers to tell the people in their churches whom to vote for? Does he want the government to fund Catholic schools?

One last question: Why did Stephanopoulos not ask him any of these questions?

February 28, 2012

Ron Paul and the Future of the Republican Party

by Eric T. Phillips

With 80% of precincts reporting, Ron Paul is in 3rd in Michigan (92,624; 12%). In Arizona, he’s in 4th with 72% of precincts reporting (33,819; 8%).

Even though he finished well behind Romney and Santorum, the mainstream media is slowly realizing that Dr. Paul and the movement coalescing around him is a powerful political force.

From the Washington Post:

Paul is — as we have written before — a very dangerous man to the Republican party. If he runs as an independent in the fall, every poll we have seen suggests that he would hand President Obama a second term.

Republicans need to find a way to bring Paul and his supporters under their tent — and soon.

From the Wall Street Journal:

[Rep. Justin] Amash, the second-youngest member of Congress after 30-year-old Aaron Schock, is a sort of 21st-century version of Mr. Paul. Like Mr. Paul, Mr. Amash opposes the war in Afghanistan and wants to abolish the Federal Reserve. The two are among the least reliable Republican members of the House, often bucking party leadership when voting on defense, civil liberties and other issues…

The GOP primary has been bitter so far, exposing fault lines between the party establishment and many rank-and-file voters. Mr. Amash exemplifies the changing Republican forces.

His district—which includes the state’s second-largest city, Grand Rapids—once sent staid, reliable Republicans like Gerald Ford to Washington. But in 2010 it gave 60% of the vote to the tea-party-backed Mr. Amash, the son of a Palestinian Christian immigrant.

From The Christian Science Monitor:

How about this for a poll shocker: While everybody in US politics has been preoccupied with the Michigan primary, Ron Paul has sneaked up on President Obama and for the first time leads the incumbent in a head-to-head survey.

February 27, 2012

Libertarianism’s Future in the Republican Party: Jack Hunter on the Contrasting Visions of Rick Santorum and Jim DeMint

by Eric T. Phillips

In a new video format:

February 25, 2012

Ron Paul: No Deal With Mitt Romney

by Eric T. Phillips

Dr. Paul tries to quell the rumors in an interview with Larry Kudlow:

February 25, 2012

New Left-Wing Idea: Heat Swimming Pools With Burning Corpses

by Eric T. Phillips

In Worcestershire, England, the local government has decided to to use the heat from the incinerators at the crematoria to warm a local public swimming pool. Sir George Young, the leader of the House of Commons, likes the idea and has assured the media that, “The Department for Energy and Climate Change will shortly be publishing its heat strategy and this will explore the potential for better recovery and reuse of wasted heat in schemes such as this one.”

Carole Gandy, the leader of the local city council, doesn’t really understand why a local trade union official called the proposal “sick and an insult to local residents.” She explained, “I’m supportive of it because I think it will save the authority money and, in the long-term, save energy which is what we’re all being told we should do.”

Yes, let’s all do what we’re told and harvest the heat from burning corpses.


February 23, 2012

Rick Santorum Shakes Ron Paul’s Hand Like Crazy Person

by Eric T. Phillips


(Hat tip Robert Wenzel)

February 23, 2012

Quotes of the Day

by Eric T. Phillips

William Anderson:

The eternal downturn continues and no real recovery is in sight, yet the advice from Paul Krugman always is the same: borrow, spend, pretend. Pretend what? Pretend that borrowing and essentially printing new dollars is the same thing as actually having a productive, prosperous economy. Print money and get rich!

Donald Boudreaux:

Mr. Krugman’s unfamiliarity with history is disturbing.

Justin Raimondo:

One thing I find interesting, however, is this: in the space of less than two weeks, the two most prominent anti-interventionists on American television, [Pat] Buchanan and Judge Andrew Napolitano, found themselves without a platform. Of course, it’s just a coincidence this occurred at precisely the moment when the war hysteria in Washington is reaching a fever pitch – or is this a case of clearing the decks before the shooting starts?

Conan O’Brien:

I am excited to continue my run with TBS because they have been fantastic partners…This means I’ll be taping episodes of ‘Conan’ well into the Ron Paul presidency.

February 23, 2012

Ron Paul Debate Highlights 2/22/12

by Eric T. Phillips

See especially after the 18:00 mark for what I believe was Dr. Paul’s best defense of his foreign policy that he’s ever offered at one of these debates.

February 22, 2012

Santorum’s Worldview Not Influenced By Books

by Eric T. Phillips

The Huffington Post has dug up an old magazine article that quotes Rick Santorum as saying “I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress.” I’m not too surprised by this find–the former senator has admitted to smoking pot, after all.

More revealing, I think, is Santorum’s answer to the next question. The interviewer explains:

I asked Santorum if throughout his life he had encountered any book or movie, any cultural or intellectual touchstone, to inspire his political worldview. He starred at a fixed point on his desk for several seconds, then looked at his press secretary.

‘I wouldn’t say there was any book,’ he said finally, pausing again. ‘I’d say Martin Luther King, and what he was speaking about had a profound influence on me, his commitment to bringing the races together.’

“I wouldn’t say there was any book.” You don’t say.


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