Saturday, December 31, 2011

Here's To A Much Better 2012!



Wishing All A Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2012

Where the Battle Between Liberty and Tyranny Continues

Rational Nation USA

Christian Right Talk Show Host Endorses Newt Gingrich...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny


Newt with his Halo

I am, as I suspect many who read this humble blog, a limited government constitutional conservative who values liberty and individualism. While I have certainly had many issues with liberal ideology {read socialist totalitarian or in other words statism} I am beginning to realize the fringe right, as well as the religious right present a greater threat to the principles laid down in our founding documents than any proponent of true liberalism. For those who may be wondering what I mean by true liberalism I am referring specifically to the classical liberalism of our founding fathers.

It is indeed troubling when a real constitutional conservative and advocate for liberty is handily trashed by those claiming to be conservative and love liberty. Of course I'm talking about Ron Paul. It is especially troubling when individuals like Steve Deace , endorses Newt Gingrich for the republican nomination to be president. Newtie is, after all one of the biggest, statist in the the big "R" circus tent that effectively envelops the big "R" statists running for their party's choice to sit in the "Big Chair" come January 2013.

As this site has said many times, statism is statism. The only difference between the republican statists and the democratic statists is the color of their respective party's banner. I guess you could say your freedom lies in which statist you choose to select. YIPPIE!

But I digress, so back to Steve Deace and the Newt. Deace has endorsed Newtie, predictably for all the reasons one hears from those who support increasing the size of the MIC, restricting individual rights (think Patriot Act}, and giving religion a voice in governance, something our founders realized as dangerous to a democratic republic.

Here then are some excerpts from Deace's recent article:

This country is in trouble and bold leadership is needed. As someone that has had the privilege to vet these candidates as closely as just about anybody else has, I’ve come to the conclusion there are several good, Christian people running that most years I would vote for.

However, this isn’t most years.

Sadly, there are only two candidates offering a real means by which to actually undo that which the Left has done to this country for the past 50 years, and not just conservative platitudes. One of those candidates is Ron Paul, but his foreign policy is naive at best and reckless at worst. The other is Newt Gingrich, who has campaigned on what I believe is the most important issue facing us as a people—the loss of the rule of law.

The Left has used unelected judges and judicial oligarchy to reinvent the American way of life, from secularism to the loss of the sanctity of life, to the redefining of marriage, the confiscation of private property, and the granting of imaginary rights. There is an entire chapter of my new book devoted to the need for conservatives and Christians to confront judicial oligarchy once and for all. I have spent the past two years of my radio program educating my audience on this issue...

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I understand Newt has taken positions and done things in his personal life I do not agree with, but to his credit he has come on my radio program and been very transparent about those things, and has shown humility and a willingness to be transparent in the process.

He has signed the Personhood Pledge I advocated for. He has offered one of the most articulate defenses of marriage and the family I have ever read from a candidate. He has agreed to never sign a budget into law that includes a plug nickel for an abortion provider. He has agreed to seek personhood legislation and a stronger defense of marriage act...

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This is a time for leadership, not warm fuzzies. The future is at stake, and we may never get another environment with the country so prepared to challenge the system as we have right now.

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... It is my hope the other Republican candidates will follow Gingrich’s bold leadership in providing the country a true alternative to President Obama.

It is my prayer that next year that for once we actually have something to vote for, and not just something to vote against. I am making this endorsement in the hopes that will be the case. Sometimes the most broken people are the ones God does the most tremendous work through. I know that has been true in my life.

I have highlighted the segments that are the real reason behind Deace's support for Gingrich in this race. It has little to do with proper limited constitutional government and liberty. Quite the opposite. For those who would like to read the full article it can be found here.

Newt Gingrich is not a conservative who advocates for a limited constitutional government. He has supported climate change, ObamaCare through his earlier pronouncements on RomneyCare, he advocates that Congress should be able to send out the capital police and arrest judges who rule against views of some in congress, he is every bit as much a flip flopper as Romney, and he will indeed prostitute himself {to be like many others... in both parties} to get your vote.

Lets link to some of Gingrich's record and positions:

Newt Gingrich repeats claim about his record of balancing budget, reducing debt

Character Sketch: Newt Gingrich’s surprisingly moderate record as Speaker of the House

Is Newt Gingrich the Best Candidate for President in the Republican ...

Moving Newt Out Of The Closet: Newt Gingrich's Voting Record ...

Newt Gingrich voting record

A little research and one can find the "Real Newt Gingrich", it is not a comforting find. Certainly if you value limited constitutional government and the principles of liberty the right to be an individual. Deace is wrong, and Gingrich is wrong for America. Now or any time in the future.

Via: Memeorandum

Friday, December 30, 2011

Iowa Rep. Steve King has Joined the Attack on Ron Paul... Nothing New Given the Un-principled State of Republican Politics Today

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny



As the Statist big "R" republican machine continues it's orchestrated and unprincipled attack on the only constitutional conservative (and true liberty) candidate in the big "R" circus tent another false conservative has just joined in the ATTACK.

Why in the hell Ron Paul hasn't chucked the republican party and acknowledged it belongs on the trash heap of history is beyond my conservative and libertarian ability abilty to conceive.

The republican party, once the proud party that included the likes of Dwight Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, Adlai Stevenson, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and many more has become the party of... "The Twentieth Century Circus Tent of Alleged Conservatives." Sad indeed are the apparent leaders of the GOP (modern translation - Grand Old Poop) and their agenda of backwards thinking and hide bound ideological BS. The republican party is almost (although not quite) as bad as the hide bound democrat ideology.

At any rate, it is indeed unfortunate that we are so lacking in a consistent, rational, honest, and cohesive conservative/libertarian vision. Ron Paul has consistently attempted to give the nation just that. For his Patriot and constitutionally supported efforts he continues to be either ignored or vilified.

We as a people, many whom actually have read and understand the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America are content to stand by and accept the March of Statism. The one man willing to stand in opposition to the eventual destruction of our founding principles has not yet found the will to stand totally apart from main stream Statist American politics and start a third party to stand tall in support of our Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the principles of a democratic representative government.

Now, as I step off my soap box I give you yet another example of statism and blind ideological loyalty at work...

(THE HILL) - Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) blasted Ron Paul's foreign policy views Friday in an interview with The Hill and hinted that he might endorse someone else in order to try and stop Paul from winning the Iowa caucuses.

King, a conservative kingmaker in Iowa, said Paul's foreign policy views are dangerous and have not received enough scrutiny. He said Paul once told him he wants to bring home all American troops.

"What Ron Paul supporters need to think about if they think they can elect him as president, a commander in chief can order all of the armed forces back to the United States," he told The Hill. "That means no presence anywhere on the globe — our enemies can fill that vacuum with very little resources, and I am very troubled by that.

"I don't think that’s a worthwhile price to pay to get the good things Ron Paul talks about, like deficit reduction. I don't think that's worth sacrificing our national security."

King, who has not endorsed, said that Paul's strong position in the state might make him more likely to back another candidate. He spoke positively about both Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney. {Read More}

And there you have it conservative and libertarians. Another 'so called conservative' about to back Romney or Santorum. Both as big a statist (translation - anti liberty) politicians as you might find. Other than Barrack Hussein Obama and Newt Gingrich of course.

Given the current of present day politics in both the republican and democratic parties the future indeed looks VERY bleak.

Ron Paul is the only candidate standing in the way of complete abrogation of constitutional principles and ultimately the rule of law.

Via: Memeorandum

2011... The Year in Review

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny


The American Spectator article by Jed Babbin, entitled 2011: The Year the Wheels Fell Off provides a quick and light summary of the year almost over. It is worth the read.

A short teaser:

The coming year will not give us a break from the steady stream of political knavery, green graft and governmental stupidity that 2011 delivered, though it will surely provide a flood of politically-induced comedy.

JANUARY: An enterprising BBC reporter -- seeking to prove the practicality of electric cars -- drove from London to Edinburgh. The journey took four days -- longer than a horse-drawn stage would have taken for the trip 150 years ago -- including nine stops of up to ten hours.

(In its first crisis summit of the year, EU leaders declared they would impose Germanic controls on its members' sovereign debts and toasted each other with large portions of Rémy Martin Louis XIII cognac. Meanwhile, in the first Republican presidential debate, both television viewers cheered when twelve contenders, apparently chosen at random, actually showed up.)

FEBRUARY: Chicago chose as its new mayor former White House chief of staff Rahm Effing Emanuel, who immediately ordered a voter registration drive in the city's cemeteries. Shortly after that, the "Arab spring training season" began in Egypt. After Secretary of State Hillary said that the Mubarak regime was stable, the Cairo Clubbers traded their top grenade thrower to the Port Said Molotovs for two machine-gunners and a future draft pick.

(In an urgent crisis summit, Eurozone leaders sought to solve Greece's insolvency by imposing budget rationalization written by Italian PM Silvio Burlesqueoni. Eurozone leaders toasted each other's wisdom with a tiny sip of Dom Perignon 1975 champagne. Burlesqueoni requisitioned the rest of the bottle for what he called a "bunga-bunga" party, which term had to be translated for the media by Bill Clinton.)

MARCH: In January, Obama had proclaimed France our best and strongest ally. Because the French never forgive a favor, Sarkozy dragged Obama into his war for glory in Libya. Barry called it a "kinetic military action" and cute little Sarah called it a "squirmish." My blazingly brilliant pal, Andy McCarthy, said that henceforth we should call acts of terrorism "kinetic Islam." Barry told Congress to stuff its War Powers Resolution because bombing Libya wasn't a hostile act. Meanwhile, Hillary called Syria's Bashar Assad a "reformer." {Read More}

I'm sure there are opportunities for opposing views. So please feel free to have at it, and have some fun in the process!

Via: Memeorandum

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Drama of American Politics... GOP Style

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny



The drama of American politics. Part comedy, part reality, mostly about doing make overs and whatever it takes to get elected.

Perhaps American politicians have principles. Some, like Ron Paul(at least for the most part} even stick to their principles. Which of course provides others the desired fodder to attack with a vengeance.

Others, like Michelle Backmann, who is of little substance have their campaign managers defecting to "the other" campaign. Michelle lost her Iowa manager to, Oh Dread, none other than... the Paul campaign!

Then we have Rick Santorum, another horse of the {fringe} religious right taking third in what is the newest surge in GOP primary politics. How many does that make for the GOP (Grand Old Poop)he tast couple of months? I've lost track. But I'm sure there is more to come.

When the principles enunciated in our Declarations of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America cease to be the anchor of American values is it in wonder we are where we are today.

And yes, I welcome both conservative and liberal (rational) perspectives in response to the preceding statement.

In the meantime, because the better half and yours truly have more pressing things to attend to I leave with some interesting links.

New Iowa Poll May Understate Paul's Support

Rick Santorum Gets A Big Polling Boost, Goes After Ron Paul

Romney's Iowa confidence grows

As Rick Santorum surges, Newt Gingrich fades fast in Iowa

Bachmann defection opens new rift in campaign

And now, the issue the big "R" Republican statists (as well as some democrats and independents) will misrepresent and use to vilify (using it as the big wedge issue) against the only consistently conservative and advocate for constitutionally limited government and liberty candidate in the tent of republican presidential hopefuls.


Ron Paul: Sanctions against Iran are ‘acts of war’


Again Paul shows his consistency and fidelity to the Constitution.

Via: Memeorandum

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Thoughts On Our Current Political Climate

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny


Editors note: Given the issues we face today as a nation Rational Nation USA is re-posting this article. Originally posted on October, 22 2011 it defines the nature of, and danger in wedge politics.

Politics is a strange business. Politicians are without a doubt a breed apart from the rest of the nation. Well, maybe when a person enters politics in the beginning they are just like the average person and want to make a difference. But, inevitably it seems that they lose their principles. Influenced by special interests they become part of the problem they initially hoped to change.

Maybe it's just the times we live in. But doesn't it seem that we are a nation that has become so polarized by competing ideologies we are no longer able to discus issues of national concern in a civil and respectful manner? It is sad that politics, and political discourse has sank to the level of a sporting event. In the process the nation and its people lose the values the nation was founded on.

Americans have always had competing views. From its birth as a nation the United States of America has dealt with differing political philosophies. Throughout her history she has always found a path to resolve any challenge facing the nation. Yet today we cannot find the wisdom and courage to resolve the issues the nation faces at present.

Should it be any different today than it was during that hot sweltering summer of 1787 in Philadelphia when great men drafted our Constitution? The document that united us and has withstood the strain of over two and a quarter centuries. Our constitution is perhaps one of, if not the greatest political document in history. It set a nation on the path of governance whereby the government was responsible to the people. Rather than the other way around as it had always been up until that time in history.

There are those who will argue that the Constitution was flawed. And it was. The singular glaring flaw, one that still haunts us today, was the blight of institutionalizing slavery. It was a contradiction of the very principles Thomas Jefferson so eloquently spoke to when he penned The Declaration of Independence. But (as in all things), it is important to understand the political realities of the time when the nation was being formed. When drafting the Constitution compromises were made so that the United States of America would become a reality. For the delegates to the constitutional convention, as well as most of the people, establishing the United States was the highest priority.

As 2011 approaches the end of the year we are witnessing the greatest internal threat to our nation since The Civil War. The polarization of our people through the divisive use of wedge issues in politics is tearing at the very fabric of our nation. Our politicians {as well as corporate America and other special interest groups} seem only too willing to stand by and let it happen. Perhaps the interest of ideology and irrational self interest are more important to them than pursuing (rational) interests that will help strengthen the nation both economically and politically.

I am a conservative with strong libertarian leanings, and a fair amount of classical liberalism mixed in for good measure. As my readership knows Ayn Rand has held strong influence as well. Many Americans I believe share some of the principles and values discussed here at Rational Nation USA. I am equally as sure that the majority of Americans want our politicians to find a path that benefits the nation and all people, not just the few who hold the power.

If this country is to resolve the issues that have us bordering on becoming a second class democratic republic, as well as a second class world power, our leaders in Congress, the Senate, and in the one in the Oval Office had better get it together. For if they don't this heretofore nation of liberty and prosperity shall cease to exist as we have know it.

Ayn Rand said, "The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." Putting this in the context of governance,... As long as our government protects the rights of the individual as enshrined in our Constitution and The Bill of Rights we should all be okay with opposing views on present day issue. In fact we should encourage opposing views. It has been said that the word {written} is mightier than the sword. And so it is. Through the use of words to describe rational concepts minds are changed, and so is society as a result.

If conservative and libertarians are to win the day then they must do so on the strength of their ideas. Ideas presented in such a way that people can first understand them. Then, if they determine the idea is a rational one be willing to ultimately accept and support it.

It serves no purpose, other than to divide, when politicians, the news media, and bloggers {on both the left and right}, use wedge issues to drive their point home.

The refusal to consider any opposing view with a active mind is not the mark of intelligence or wisdom. Rather it is the mark of a fool.

At the end of the day the future rests in the hands of those living in the present. What kind of future do you want for your children and grandchildren? It is up to each and every one of us to make it a better one.

Rational Nation USA leaves you with the following to consider. Written by Octopus a contributor at The Swash Zone in response to comments on a liberal blog.

This hyper-partisanship has damaged our country in ways too numerous to count. Let me elaborate. Hyper-partisanship translates into hyper polarization. It colors how we relate to one another. It turns neighbors and normal decent folk into the “other,” the enemy, those hateful liberals or those despised conservatives. It is a function of “identity” politics whose aim is to divide persons with common economic interests into warring factions. Divide and conquer. And a great many of us, liberals and conservative alike, buy into this bullshit and later pay a heavy price.

Hyper-partisanship colors how we think. It gives rise to ALL-OR-NOTHING THINKING, where a party, a group, a person are either all black or all white with no shades of gray. Very few people in life are either all good (saints) or all evil (devils); yet hyper-partisanship demands that you think this way.

No matter what a person may achieve, the game of politics commands you to ignore the accomplishments and focus on the flaws; or spin good deeds into failures or characterize all deeds as evil deeds, despite evidence to the contrary. Demonize your opponent, that is the way the game is played.

Suddenly, one of our readers says: “Hey, wait a minute! I’m pissed off at something but I don’t know why.” It is this hyper-partisan programming pulling, tugging, sucking you under until you gasp for air. Time to break the cycle.

We are living in an era of non-stop character assassination and defamation, of political hostage taking, and legislative gridlock at a time when millions of people are suffering. There are powerful corporate interests that want us to be this way – divided – so they can cash in their chips and turn into serfs. Unless we break this cycle and say “To hell with you, I am not buying this bullshit anymore, then they win, and our country will wither away as dry wind-blown leaves of Autumn.

Sorry folks! Either we get our act together, or we will have no future at all.

And this.

All of us guilty of allowing ourselves to get sucked into the vortex of hyper-partisanship, and I admit to being as rabid as any … especially when baited by “libtard” epithets or facsimiles thereof. Sometimes I run hot or cold trying to end the cycle of mutual recrimination.

Case in point: Almost two years ago (October 26, 2009), I posted this article: DEMOGRAPHIC CLUSTERING AND THE SELF-SEGREGATION OF AMERICA, which touched on some these points. The comment thread is even more revealing than the post (and you will recognize the names of our conservative friends). Here is a quote from the article:

“Over time, according to Bishop, a preference for living with like-minded neighbors in extreme homogeneous communities incubates ever more extremist views. Voters in landslide districts tend to elect more extreme members to Congress while moderate candidates shun public office. Among highly polarized lawmakers, debates degenerate into shouting matches as legislators engage in obstruction and gridlock. That is how our most urgent and pressing issues go unresolved.”

When I look at the current political situation, it seems the article was prescient: We are now more polarized and gridlocked than ever before, and the current slate of candidates are even more extreme to the point of caricature.

Recalling some of RN’s recent comments, he distrusts the corporate plutocracy as much as we do – for the same reasons – and you would think we would have common cause; yet, identity politics and old habits always get in the way – witness the hyper-sensitivity that always accompanies hyper-partisanship.

I am wonder if it would be worthwhile revisiting this subject again and see where it takes us.

Conservatives, libertarians, and classical liberals can and should remain true to our principles, so should modern liberals to theirs. However, it is time to back away from the wedge issues that both sides of the debate have used to polarize the nation.

I think Jefferson and Rand would understand.

Labels, Collectives, and Groupthink... What Happens to the Individual?

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny



Labels. For some reason people like labels. Maybe it is because, like the labels on a piece of clothing you can always identify the product particulars.

Could be it simply gives comfort to people knowing the label they chose to wear tells others something about them. You know, sort of a status thing.

Like what church somebody belongs to, or what political ideology or party one is affiliated with. Being a individual, and at the same time fitting into the mold of some particular collective (the label) seems to be quite important to people.

Which explains, I suppose, the dynamics of the individuals need to fit in and the phenomenon known as group think. Always a puzzler to me as it does present inherent contradictions.

Thinking about this phenomenon, as it applies to political ideologies or party, explains why people seem so entrenched in their beliefs. Having bought into the "party line" one does not want to be considered the outsider within the group.

Group (label) identity becomes all important. No longer is the individual, or the integrity of a particular premise important, the group (label) has overshadowed and overpowered all else. Independent thinking and individual integrity becomes something to be scoffed at.

By some. Not by all.

Via: Wikipedia

The Skeptics 1

1) Ivar Giaever - Nobel Prize winner for physics.............2) Dr. Joanne Simpson - atmospheric scientist, first woman in the world to ever earn a PhD in meteorology.............3) Dr. Kiminon Itoh - environmental physical chemist.............4) Dr. Jarl Ahlbeck - chemical engineer Abo Akademi University of Finland.............5) Dr. Pal Brekke - solar physicist and senior adviser to the Norwegian Space Center in Oslo.............6) Victor Manuel Velasco Herrera - researcher at the Institute of Geophysics of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.............7) Geoffrey Duffy - professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering University of Aukland.............8) Dr. William Briggs - climate statistician at the American Meteorological Society's Probability and Statistics Committee.............9) Andrei Kapista - Russian geographer and Antarctic ice-core researcher.............10) Dr. Will Happer - physicist Princeton.............11) Dr. Miklos Zagoni - Hungarian physicist.............12) Dr. David Gee - geologist Uppsala University Sweden.............13) Dr. Philip Lloyd - nuclear physicist and chemical engineer.............14) James Peden - atmospheric physicist and formerly of the Space Research and Coordination Center in Pittsburgh.............15) Dr. Phil Chapman - astronautical engineer and former NASA astronaut/M.I.T. physics professor.............16) Delgado Domingos - environmental scientist and founder of the Numerical Weather Forecast Group.............17) Dr. Takeda Kunihiko - vice chancellor of the Institute of Science and Technology Research Chuba University Japan.............18) Dr. Eduardo Tonni - paleontologist at the Committee for Scientific Research in Buenos Aires.............19) Dr. Art Douglas - atmospheric scientist Creighton University.............20) D. Patrick Frank - more than 50 peer reviewed articles.............21) Jack Schmitt - astronaut (Apollo 17)/geologist and formerly of the Norwegian and U.S. geological surveys.............22) Dr. Richard Keen - climatologist University of Colorado.............23) Dr. G. LeBlanc Smith - Principal research scientist with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.............24) Dr. Arun Ahluwalia - geologist Purijab University India.............25) Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds more..............................................................................................Look, folks, I'm not saying that there isn't global-warming, or even that man hasn't played a role in it. I'm just saying that MAYBE we need to show a little bit of prudence, for Christ (the fact that Boone Pickens couldn't make a go of it with windmills, the fact that even with an $8,000 tax credit nobody really wanted those crappy electric cars, Solyndra, etc.).

Monday, December 26, 2011

Michael Crichton on "Scientific Consensus"

"Let's be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science, consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with consensus."............This, to all of the people out there who think that the global-warming debate is settled.

Eric Dondero on Ron Paul's Character

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny



I feel vindicated. My support for, and advocacy of Ron Paul for the republican nomination for the Presidency of the United States of America has just received the best possible endorsement. That is for those that are truly libertarian and of the limited constitutional government mindset.

Given the testimony of Eric Dondero, Publisher and Editor in Chief of the Libertarian Republican blog it is clear Ron Paul is indeed not racist or a anti Semite. Perhaps all the hoopla created by the MSM {aka: LSM (Lame Stream Media} can now be put to bed once and for all.

Excerpt from Right Wing News:

I have been asked by various media the last few days for my comments, view of the current situation regarding my former boss Ron Paul, as he runs for the presidency on the Republican ticket.

I’ve noticed in some media that my words have been twisted and used for an agenda from both sides. And I wish to set the record straight with media that I trust and know will get the story right: conservative/libertarian-conservative bloggers.

Is Ron Paul a “racist.” In short, No. I worked for the man for 12 years, pretty consistently. I never heard a racist word expressed towards Blacks or Jews come out of his mouth. Not once. And understand, I was his close personal assistant. It’s safe to say that I was with him on the campaign trail more than any other individual, whether it be traveling to Fairbanks, Alaska or Boston, Massachusetts in the presidential race, or across the congressional district to San Antonio or Corpus Christi, Texas.

He has frequently hired blacks for his office staff, starting as early as 1988 for the Libertarian campaign. He has also hired many Hispanics, including his current District staffer Dianna Gilbert-Kile.

One caveat: He is what I would describe as “out of touch,” with both Hispanic and Black culture. Ron is far from being the hippest guy around. He is completely clueless when it comes to Hispanic and Black culture, particularly Mexican-American culture. And he is most certainly intolerant of Spanish and those who speak strictly Spanish in his presence, (as are a number of Americans, nothing out of the ordinary here.)

Is Ron Paul an Anti-Semite? Absolutely No. As a Jew, (half on my mother’s side), I can categorically say that I never heard anything out of his mouth, in hundreds of speeches I listened too over the years, or in my personal presence that could be called, “Anti-Semite.” No slurs. No derogatory remarks. {Continue Reading}

For those who understand limited constitutional government and the real meaning of freedom and liberty not much else need be said. Ron Paul will certainly be your horse in the race to the Presidency.

Unfortunately Mr. Dondero goes on in the balance of his article to do everything he can to undermine the only true conservative/libertarian candidate remaining in race. Very likely the only republican candidate that can beat President Obama.

Mr. Dondero, a savvy political pundit is marketing his extreme distrust and resultant fear of all Muslims to cast doubt on Rep. Paul's fidelity to America and her founding principles. Perhaps this is because Mr. Dondero fails to understand the classical liberalism upon which this nation was founded.

I mean no disrespect to Mr. Dondero, nor do I question his love of country. But when a self proclaimed conservative/libertarian does not land on the side of the only constitutionally limited government and liberty candidate something is fishy in Denmark. Especially when all the other republican candidates are big government pro military industrial complex statists.

Please read Eric's entire article. Then refresh your knowledge of Ron Paul's record and the principles on which he stands. Perhaps Mr. Dondero's view of the same is severely biased as a direct result of his demonstrated distrust, bordering on hatred, for Muslims in general. A distrust of extreme Islamic ideology is justified. Not all Muslim's are extremists.

Via: Memeorandum

Christmas, Little Sis, and Politics

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny


Yesterday was Christmas, my baby sister called from out west. She isn't really my baby sister anymore. She is forty six years young so I guess that means she's a women now. It was good to hear from her.

No matter how much you think you know someone {especially baby sisters}, you find out there's so much more to know. Baby sisters can even be teachers. Especially to their big brothers.

Anyway, we were talking about family stuff, about Sarah (my niece), and the holidays before Mom had to leave us. Holidays are important times, right sis?. Mom made them so special. We will always have our memories of the holidays with Mom.

So, we're talking about the holidays and my sister tells me she had a winter solstice party. Of course I have no clue what the hell that is so I had to ask. And of course she told me.

I don't remember all the specifics but it has something to do with the days getting longer and spring is on its way. I guess celebrating the winter solstice is considered a kind of a pagan thing. Sort of like the modern Christmas celebrations which of course were taken from Roman pagan celebrations once the Romans jumped on board with Christianity.

Out of the clear blue sis asks me who I'm voting for. I guess it's because she reads my blog from time to time and knows I'm sort of political. I was flattered she would ask. So I told her Ron Paul was my horse in the primaries but since he likely won't get the nomination Johnson will probably be my horse in the general.

I had no idea little sis was interested in politics. Turns out she's seriously considering Ron Paul. I'm thinking (for a minute anyway), wow, maybe blogging can actually make a difference. Na, just wishful thinking by a blogger.

Somehow, don't ask how as it was late, sis brought up that whole thing about labels. Turns out her husband has figured out my sister is a gun toting second amendment advocate, tree hugging liberal, that thinks we ought to mind our own business and the rest will pretty much take care of itself.

Oh, almost forgot. She believes America needs a strong defense to act in the face of aggression, and of course some of the social stuff important to people.

Sis, Your big brother is very proud of you. I always learn something when you call.

Thanks for filling me in on winter solstice parties. They sound like a lot of fun.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Newt Gingrich... Anti-Conservative as Well as Anti-American and Anti-Liberty

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny


The holiday season is upon us. For those more conventionally inclined, and not intimidated by the PC Police (that would definitely be me) the season is best known as the Christmas Season.

Sorry all you over sensitive anal atheists (and that from a tolerant atheist), please stuff a nice big Christmas stocking in your over bloated and insensitive blow holes.

That aside, preceding what will be my last post prior to December 26th, Rational Nation USA wants to wish all its readership A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Please drink responsibly, and use a designated driver whenever common sense dictates.

Moving forward... In the interest of providing clarity Rational Nation USA can no longer represent itself as a conservative site. To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, I didn't leave the republican party and conservatism, rather the republican party and conservatism has left me. As unfortunate and uncomfortable as that may be it is objective reality.

This development I suppose leaves me a man without a political home. When squared against the alternative however it is not such a bad place to be. I remain a man who knows and understands his principles. One who refuses to carry water for any party or ideology. Standing for right is, in the final determination, far more important than winning when winning requires sacrificing your soul. To crib Ayn Rand, that means sacrificing your independent objective mind. Or put another way it means sacrificing your principles in the support of a lesser of  two evils.

I think I'll pass and continue my advocacy for classical liberalism. For those wondering what the difference between modern liberalism, and or modern conservatism is from classical liberalism I suggest a visit to a website such as Wikipedia, any reputable Encyclopedia, or a good Dictionary. The rest is up to you.

George Will is a man whose positions I do not always agree with. He is however a thoughtful and intelligent man. I was pleased to come upon his recent article calling out so called conservative presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich for his blatantly anti-conservative, indeed anti-republican views on the judiciary.

This sites position on the Newt's statist, indeed his almost fascist like positions is well known. With his most recent statements that congressional police ought to be able to arrest judges whose views essentially differ from congressional views is extremely frightening as well as dangerous.

George Will is spot on in his analysis of  Newt, the would be dictator's  position with respect to the judiciary.

(The Washington Post) When discussing his amazingness, Newt Gingrich sometimes exaggerates somewhat, as when, discussing Bosnia and Washington, D.C., street violence, he said, “People like me are what stand between us and Auschwitz” [Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jan. 16, 1994]. What primarily stands between us and misrule, however, is the Constitution, buttressed by an independent judiciary.

But Gingrich’s hunger for distinction has surely been slaked by his full-throated attack on such a judiciary. He is the first presidential candidate to propose a thorough assault on the rule of law. That is the meaning of his vow to break courts to the saddle of politicians, particularly to members of Congress, who rarely even read the laws they pass.

Gingrich’s most lurid evidence that courts are “grotesquely dictatorial” is a Texas judge’s aggressive decision concerning religious observances at high school functions, a decision a higher court promptly (and dictatorially?) overturned. Gingrich’s epiphany about judicial tyranny occurred in 2002, when a circuit court ruled unconstitutional the Pledge of Allegiance phrase declaring America a nation “under God.” Gingrich likened this to the 1857 Dred Scott decision that led to 625,000 Civil War dead. The Supreme Court unanimously overturned the circuit court’s “under God” nonsense.

So, Gingrich is happy? Not exactly. He warns that calling the Supreme Court supreme amounts to embracing “oligarchy.”

He says that the Founders considered the judiciary the “weakest” branch. Not exactly. Alexander Hamilton called the judiciary the “least dangerous” branch (Federalist 78) because, since it wields neither the sword nor the purse, its power resides solely in persuasive “judgment.” That, however, is not weakness but strength based on the public’s respect for public reasoning. Gingrich yearns to shatter that respect and trump such reasoning with raw political power, in the name of majoritarianism. {Read More}

There can be little doubt but what the classical liberal thinkers, those individuals instrumental in founding our great nation and in the process changing history, are rolling over in their graves {if that were possible} witnessing the likes of one Newtie Gingrich vying for the most powerful office in the free world.

While I cannot support the likes of any of the republican candidates {Ron Paul excluded} currently arrayed the the Circus Tent of Elephants I can say this. For those who cannot bring themselves to support any alternative to the statist republican nominee for president cast your ballot for Mitt Romney in the primaries. While he may be a statist, just as  Obama is, at least he is not a anti-constitutional idiot like the Newtie.


Footnote: I speak only  for myself and for no other individual.  Nor do I speak for anyone's political organization.

Via: Memeorandum

A Short Speech You'll Never Hear...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny


American Bald Eagle - Representing Freedom and Liberty

A short speech you'll NEVER hear from any candidate, of either party, who is seeking their party's nomination for the office of President of the United States.

"My fellow Americans, be not deterred in your search for reason and rational thought..

Do not turn from your quest to find truth and an understanding of objective reality.

Be ever suspicious of those circling on the far left as well as those on the far right, as they are your enemy. Indeed they are the enemy of constitutionally limited government and liberty.

Be afraid, very afraid of those who would have you believe the state, with its power hungry special interest manipulators, the ones who advocate increased dependency in statism as the answer to our problems. They simply will provide us with more chains to wrap around our already crippled liberties.

Yes my fellow Americans, we face daunting challenges. Challenges that will  require both  thinking outside the box as well as returning to a principled and ethical constitutionally limited government. It must be accomplished in our lifetime.

The circling fringes are hungry for your support. In their war of "political attrition" they will do and say whatever they think you might like to hear. Ignore the hyperbole and the platitudes. Focus like a laser on the core. The core of reason and rational analysis. Formulating your decisions on objective reasoning and discard all emotionalism. For this is how we as a nation will indeed slay the extremes that are constantly lurking just around the next corner.

Thank you, and may Reason and Objective Rational Thought prevail."

Funny how the understanding of freedom, liberty, responsibility, accountability, right and wrong, justice, reason, rational self interest, liberalism, conservatism, statism, and the entire host of concepts with respect to ethical behavior is understood (or misunderstood) in such a variety ways.

Greatness is usually found in, and defined by adherence to great principles. Something to think about, yes?

Via: A Document
Via: Document 2

Los Angeles Mayor Calling for Budget Cuts to Offset Occupy L.A.'s Costs to City

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny


Occupy Los Angeles

Perhaps a glimpse into the future of America? This complimentary view into the results of Occupy L.A. should serve as a wake up call above all else. OWS and its "affiliate" movements across American appear to be misguided, directionless, and quite costly. Good Job Future Statists (Socialists) of America.

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The City of Los Angeles reportedly faces millions of dollars in expenses brought about by the Occupy LA movement.

City agencies have been ordered to calculate what was spent on the Occupy LA protests.

Repairs to City Hall’s lawn where the Occupy group set up camp on Oct. 1 will require an estimated $400,000. The police action to clear out the encampment on Nov. 30 cost more than $700,000.

Additional expenses are attributed to hauling away debris from the camp, and cleaning up graffiti that defaced City Hall marble walls and trees.

Mayor Villaraigosa says more budget cuts will be necessary to offset the costs.

The Video from CBS:


Via: Memeorandum

Matt Damon Sours on the Hope and Change President... Apparently He Hasn't Excercised Enough Power Based Change

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny


Pinhead Damon and President Obama


Matt Damon, a one time admirer and advocate for the "Hope and Change" President has gotten his nose a bit out of joint lately over the President's lack of getting things done. Presumably like the dictators who have no need to listen to the people or follow the rule of law.

His pinhead comments as reported in the Gossip Cop.

Matt Damon rips President Obama in Elle magazine, blasting his leadership qualities and saying he’d prefer “a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done.”

The actor, a longtime supporter of the Democratic Party and onetime Obama advocate, reveals frustration with the administration in his wide-ranging interview.

“I’ve talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level,” says Damon. “One of them said to me, ‘Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician.’”

Damon then gets even more direct with his own criticism.

“You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of this country, much better,” argues the We Bought a Zoo star.

He adds, “If the Democrats think that they didn’t have a mandate – people are literally without any focus or leadership, just wandering out into the streets to yell right now because they are so pissed off.”

“Imagine if they had a leader,” wonders Damon.

Wow.

What do you think of the actor’s comments?


Since they asked, One should show respect and respond.

One, Damon is a pinhead, two, he has no sense of constitutional government, three, he is ignorant of the American concept of "the rule of law", and four, did I forget to mention he is a verifiable idiot? I guess I just did.

Visit the Daily Caller for more.

Via: Memeorandum

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ron Paul: He Should Have Known Better... But, Lets Get Real Shall We?

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs-Tyranny


So it continues. Just as many knew it would. The pressing of Ron Paul over his approving material written on his behalf over twenty years ago that he failed to read has come back to haunt him, and those of us who support him.

A very dumb and foolish move on his part? Absolutely! Should he have known better? Absolutely he should have! Is he the first to have made foolish mistakes? Absolutely not.

Is it correct to question the naive and foolish lack of judgement on Ron Paul's part for the material written for, not read by, yet approved by him over twenty years ago? Certainly!

Is it not also reasonable to accept his answer disavowing the entire lot of comments that do not accurately reflect his views? Especially in light of the material he has written and the comments he has that accurately reflect hos principles? One would think so.

The media, as well as the statist politicians will of course dwell on Ron Paul's past. While believing and accepting the "I smoked marijuana but didn't inhale" and "I did not have sex with that women", and the "It depends on what the meaning of the word is, is" from ex President Bill Clinton,  they will undoubtedly refuse to believe an honorable limited government and liberty politician when he disavows publicly the statements he admittedly should have read twenty years ago before approving them.

Telling indeed!

The exchange between CNN's Borger and Ron Paul.

(Mediaite) - Ron Paul walked out of an interview with CNN’s Gloria Borger following a heated exchange over the controversy regarding racist newsletters sent in his name during the 1990s. Borger asked the Congressman if he had ever read the newsletters. “Did you ever object when you read them?”

“Why don’t you go back and look at what I said yesterday on CNN and what I’ve said for 20 something years. 22 years ago? I didn’t write them, I disavow them, That’s it.”

Petty clear to me. But then again I've read Ron Paul, and seen the consistency in his positions that are not at all what the media and the statists who fear liberty are making him out to be.

Of course there is more.

“But you made money off them,”

“I was still practicing medicine,” Paul responded. “That’s probably why I wasn’t a very good publisher, I had to make a living.”

“There are reports you made almost a million dollars off of them in 1993.” Borger noted.

“No, I’d like to see that money,” Paul responded. “I never read that stuff. I was probably aware of it ten years after it was written and it’s been going on 20 years that people have pestered me about this and CNN does it every single time. So when are you going to wear yourself out?”

“Is it legitimate? Is it a legitimate question to ask that something went out in your name?” Borger continued.

“And when you get the answer, it’s legitimate you sort of take the answers you get. I didn’t write them. didn’t read them at the time and I disavow them. That is your answer.”

“It’s legitimate, it’s legitimate. These things are pretty incendiary,” Borger pressed.

“Because of people like you,” Paul riffed.

But Borger continued to barrage Paul with questions, at which point Paul took off his mic and walked out of the interview

“It seems like Ron Paul got tired of talking about it,” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer said.

“I did have to ask them. He clearly thinks its irrelevant.” Borger explained to Blitzer. “He thinks it’s been asked and answered…It’s clearly a question he’d rather not be asked.”

The live interview, for those with the stomach to watch the piranha who is obviously enjoying her work.

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The feeding frenzy has begun. The MSM media, as well as the statists in the democrat and republican party are no doubt salivating right about now.

Via: Memeorandum

Mittens: Will He Become the Statist Republican Establishment 'Shoe In'?

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny


Mitt Romney - Republican Statist

(Public Policy Polling) - Romney leads Obama

For the first time in PPP's monthly national polling since July 2010 Mitt Romney's taken a lead, albeit a small one, over Barack Obama. He's up 47-45.

Romney has two main things going for him. He leads the President 45-36 with independents. And he's also benefiting from a much more unified party with 88% of Republicans committed to voting for him while only 83% of Democrats say they'll vote for Obama.

Our national survey confirms the wide electability gap between Romney and the rest of the Republican candidate field. Obama leads both Newt Gingrich (49-44) and Ron Paul (46-41) by 5 points, Michele Bachmann (50-41) by 9, and Rick Perry (50-40) by 10. It continues to look like if GOP voters really want to defeat Obama they pretty much have to nominate Romney. {Read More}

Principles matter. Or at least they should if one fancies themselves a leader.

Conservatives, especially republican conservatives salivate at the prospect of a Obama defeat in 2012. Which I suppose when considered in the narrow context of present realities would be a good thing.

It is appearing more likely Mittens Romney will be the republican nominee. Why? It is certainly not because he is the "best and truest conservative." Ron Paul is that man and wears the label with consistency.

Given his track record as the architect of "RomneyCare", and the model for "ObamaCare" it seems as Mittens is merely "Obama Lite." But when the ultimate goal is to "knockout" the incumbent at all cost only that goal becomes important.

So, once again conservatives and republicans will back away from the principles of limited constitutional government and liberty to support, endorse, and elect a candidate that in reality scoffs at the very principles they purport to hold near and dear. They will do so and because... "voting for the lesser of two evils" is somehow considered a virtue.

As Rand said many years ago, and I paraphrase here... 'When good compromises with evil, evil wins.' Statism being the evil in this case. And so it has been progressing for many a year.

Folks, I ask you, what does that tell us about the majority of the American public? What do they really want?

When the majority of the people will sacrifice the principles of limited constitutional government, and the liberties that go hand in hand with it the nation is in fact realizing the statism (socialism) that crept into our national body politic about one hundred and fifty years ago.

Like the uncontrolled locomotive it is picking up steam as we continue to look through our rose colored glasses.

Via: Memeorandum

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cheerleader for Statism...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny


Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee


Cheerleader for the Statist in Chief Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, (D-Texas) says President Obama should extend unemployment benefits and the payroll tax cut by Executive Order. Or, put more accurately by Presidential Decree.

(The Hill) - Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said Tuesday that President Obama "absolutely" should use his executive power to continue the unemployment benefits and payroll tax cut extension and said she hoped to discuss the option with the White House later in the day.

"It is extraordinary, don't get me wrong. But I'm feeling the pain of the constituents I left [at] home," Jackson Lee said, speaking on the progressive Ed Schultz's radio show. "I consider this a crisis. I consider leaving Americans without unemployment insurance for January and February a crime. I consider not extending the payroll tax cut ... a crime."

Jackson Lee slammed the move by House Republicans to call for a House-Senate conference as a "ridiculous procedural calamity."

House Republicans called for a vote on the motion Tuesday, which passed without any Democrat votes. {Read More}

For some the exercise of power {as corrupt as it may be} is more important that recognizing that our democratic republic and the rule of law must prevail. If we are to retain the liberties in inherent in our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

When the foundation crumbles so will go the rule of law and liberty as we have known it for well over two and a quarter centuries.

Via: Memeorandum

Monday, December 19, 2011

Is There a Real Choice?... Does America Really Want a Choice?... One Can Only Hope...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny



Please forgive my cynicism. Well, actually don't bother. You see we live in the 21'st century where the 30 second soundbite is all important.

Substance and clarity of purpose and principle no longer matter. Today's mantra is to "satisfy the immediate desires no matter the ultimate cost or logical end may be."

We will as a nation reap exactly that which we have so callously demanded. Not to fear, big brother/sister state will after all solve all of our problems. Right?

When the producers have stopped producing, what then?... Blank response.............

Perhaps when it is too late, after our American manufacturing infrastructure {I've worked in manufacturing management all my adult life} has been sold to the highest bidder, maybe then America will get it. Don't hold your breath.

As we move into a new election cycle the comedy of errors, and the clown like candidates continue to amuse me. But, such is the 30 second soundbite. That and the sheeple mentality.

But hey, who needs to actually exercise a cogent thought process? The MSM {aka: LSM} will do all that for us, Right?

Okay, it's late. Time for all to have our fun. In the meantime the clock is ticking. Tic-Toc, Tic-Toc- Tic-Toc...

... and the beat goes on.

Good Night.

Via: Memeorandum
Via: Memorandum
Via: Memorandum

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Tragic Comedy... The United States Congress

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny



Gridlock and political gamesmanship. Apparently the favorite spectator sport in America in the 21st centuty. As DC (and America) burns. Nero would be proud!

WASHINGTON (AP) - Top House Republicans said Sunday they oppose a bipartisan, Senate-approved bill that extends a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for just two months and said congressional bargainers need to write a new version lasting a longer time.

Their comments, along with a House GOP conference call Saturday in which lawmakers voiced strenuous objections to the Senate bill, made clear that House Republicans were intent on changing the measure and left its ultimate fate uncertain.

The Senate used a 89-10 vote Saturday to approve the legislation, which was negotiated by Senate GOP and Democratic leaders and backed by strong majorities of senators from both parties. The House planned to vote on the measure Monday.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Sunday that the bill - which includes the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits and a halt to scheduled Medicare reimbursement cuts for doctors - needs to last an entire year. That was the original goal of President Barack Obama and congressional leaders as they worked on the legislation in recent weeks. {Read More}

What say you?

Via: Memeorandum

Will the Real Newt Gingrinch Please Stand Up?... {Is Facism Coming to America?}

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny


Fascist ?

Newt Gingrich has always been a scary dude. Narcissistic, divisive, out of touch with democratic republican principles, and he is one power hungry dude. Read his latest and be fearful of this lunatic ever sitting in a position of power again in America.

(THE HILL)- GOP presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich said Congress has the power to dispatch the Capitol Police or U.S. Marshals to apprehend a federal judge who renders a decision lawmakers broadly oppose.

Gingrich says if there is broad opposition to a court decision, Congress should subpoena the ruling judge to defend his or her action in a hearing room.

When asked if Congress could enforce the subpoena by sending the Capitol Police to arrest a judge, Gingrich assented.

“If you had to,” Gingrich said. “Or you’d instruct the Justice Department to send the U.S. Marshall.”

Gingrich made his remarks during a Sunday appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” where he defended his position that the president has the power to eliminate federal courts to disempower judges who hand down decisions out of step with the rest of the nation.

Gingrich cited the 9th Circuit’s decision that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional as an example of a decision drastically out of step with the values of the country.

Gingrich noted the Federalist Papers describe the judiciary as the weakest of the three branches of the federal government and that Thomas Jefferson abolished 18 of 35 newly created judgeships.

“I got in this originally for two things: the steady encroachment of secularism through the courts to redefine America as a non-religious country and the encroachment of the courts on the president’s commander-in-chief powers, which is enormously dangerous,” Gingrich said.

Indeed a vote for the Nwetie is a vote for fascism. For anyone who doesn't recall we defeated fascism in 1945 when when Italy's fascist regime and Nazis Germany fell to the Allies. Need any more be said?

Via: Memeorandum

Ron Paul Gets Time With Jay Leno... Better Than Lame GOP Debates

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny


The MSM HAS for certain refused to give Representative Ron Paul the time he is richly deserving of. Jay Leno apparently doesn't carry water for the MSM, aka LSM.



Presidential? What say you?

Via: Memorandum

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Liberty and Integrity to Concepts... No Longer in America

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny


The Statue of Liberty

The United States of America, a land built by pioneers, free and independent thinkers, men with vision and the understanding of what it means to be free.

The United States of America, a land where men of common principles and values, yet holding fiercely differing opinions as how to arrive at the "common good" found the integrity and strength to form a great nation.

The United States of America, a land whose founders understood that freedom is not free and that liberty, like a well kept\t garden must faithfully be attended to.

The United States of America, a land whose founders left a road map that would insure continued freedom and the individual liberties that brave men gave their lives for so that their own, as well as succeeding generations may be free.

The United States of America, a land whose people once understood the value of hard work and that expecting something for nothing was unethical, indeed immoral.

America, the once proud beacon of freedom, strength, integrity, ethical values, and tolerance for the divergent ideas of intelligent men whose purpose it was to further the greatness of a nation that was great because of the principles and values that were articulated during the Enlightenment. AKA, the Age of Classical Liberalism.

Today we have a nation whose populace sorely lacks in a basic understanding of the concepts of freedom and liberty.

The difference between the two parties in America today {democrat and republican) is but the difference between a blonde or a brown hair. Which is just another way of saying virtually none.

Today America is on the verge of foregoing its heritage and the legacy of its founding principles. The principles millions of young men have died for since the land we now occupy became the United States of America.

The United States of America will be going to the polls in November 2012. It is currently experiencing a painful period of circus watching as the republican party parades its field of candidates across the national stage.

A stage that will eventually pit the current President of these United States against the republican nominee for the same elective position.

For the individual with a sense of history, a understanding of what freedom and liberty mean, a active and free thinking mind, and a love of country and what American exceptionalism really means it is looking as though the choices will be bleak.

To spell it out... Red {republican} statism or blue {democratic} statism. Statism is statism. The only difference lies in the color {red or blue} and the flavor.

There is one candidate in the room who dares defy the statist mold of both the democrat and republican party. Rational Nation USA leaves it to each individual "free thinker" to grasp just who that might be.

Via: Memeorandum
Via: Statism
Via: Freedom and Liberty

Friday, December 16, 2011

Madame Pelosi... The GOP Led House 'the Do Nothing Congress'

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny



From out of the rafters comes Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

(The Hill) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lambasted Republicans for leading a “do-nothing Congress” as the first year of their House majority draws to a close.

“It can clearly be labeled the Republican do-nothing Congress. It’s a year of missed opportunities and made-up crises,” Pelosi said in a press conference Friday, which she hoped would be her last for the year.

Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), responded: "The current 'crisis' was entirely manufactured by the Democrats who run Washington, and everyone knows that."

Pelosi, who lost the Speaker’s gavel nearly a year ago, criticized the House GOP for not focusing on jobs and for ginning up crises that nearly shut down the federal government and caused a national default.

Her comments came as the House prepared to vote on a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill to avert a partial government shutdown Friday night. While Republicans have accused Democrats of causing the latest crisis, Pelosi tossed the blame back on the GOP for insisting on “hundreds” of extraneous policy provisions that Democrats found unacceptable. {Read More}

Indeed Madame Pelosi. How dare we defy you and your leftist cronies.

Via: Memeorandum

Hypocritical Dems Calling for Representative Allan West to Appologise...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny



There is an old saying. It goes something like this... "Don't throw if you can't catch."

I would respectfully suggest the democratic left consider this common sense advice. Especially in light of their rank hypocrisy in respect to Representative Allan West's recent remarks comparing the democrats to Goebbels.

They seem to forget their own offensive and untruthful remarks that were aimed at stereotyping the Tea Party supporters as racists, fascists, or other slanderous names.

(The Hill) - Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) landed in hot water on Friday for his remarks the previous day comparing the Democrats’ proficiency in getting out their message to the notorious head of the Nazi Party’s propaganda department under Hitler.

“If Joseph Goebbels was around, he’d be very proud of the Democrat Party, because they have an incredible propaganda machine,” West said Thursday.

Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) sent West a note expressing his disappointment in the remark. “I beg of you to help raise the level of congressional discourse in vigorous debate without resort to personal attacks,” Conyers wrote in a handwritten note first obtained by Politico.

West’s remarks came even as Democrats and Republicans scrambled to reach a bipartisan agreement on a spending bill necessary to continue funding the government into the new year.

“Shame on him,” tweeted Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.). “Rep. West needs to apologize now for insulting the memories of the millions who lost their lives during the Holocaust.”

Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) also called on West to apologize.

“This is exactly the type of rhetoric that turns people off to Washington and getting involved in politics,” Ackerman said in a statement. “I call on Republicans and Democrats alike to join me in demanding an apology.”

West should not only NOT apologize he ought to say, as General Tony McAuliffe did in replying to the German commander,s request for Allied forces to surrender the encircled town of Bastogne in 1944... "NUTS!"

Via: Memeorandum

Thursday, December 15, 2011

And This Guy Wants America To Elect Him President?

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny


I have known many gay individuals in my life. Most were honorable and decent people. None "chose" to be gay. None threatened my heterosexuality. They simply wished to be acknowledged for what they are. Productive members of the human race with the same rights and obligations all individuals have.

Of course there are a few exceptions. They are not that hard to deal with when homosexuality is rationally viewed and accepted by the heterosexual community.

And then we have those who just can't help themselves and make idiot statements in the exercise of creating straw bogeymen {women} for whatever benefit they perceive may exist for themselves.


The Hill - Newt Gingrich signed on to an anti-gay marriage pledge while campaigning Thursday in Iowa and said that people choose to be gay in the same way that others choose to be celibate.

The topic of homosexuality was first broached during an interview with The Des Moines Register editorial board in the morning. Asked if he thought that people chose to be gay, Gingrich said that he thought it was "a combination of genetics and environment."

"I think people have a significant range of choice within a genetic pattern. I don’t believe in genetic determinism, and I don’t think there is any great evidence of genetic determinism," Gingrich added. "There are propensities. Are you more likely to do this or more likely to do that? But that doesn’t mean it’s definitional."

Gingrich was then again asked if an individual could choose to be straight.

"Look, people choose to be celibate," Gingrich said. "People choose many things in life. You know, there is a bias in favor of non-celibacy. It’s part of how the species recreates. And yet there is a substantial amount of people who choose celibacy as a religious vocation or for other reasons."

Later in the interview, Gingrich said that he would reinstate the “Don't ask, don't tell” program if he became president. {Read More}

And this man wants Americans to consider him for {perhaps} one of America's most influential jobs? I don't think so.

Via: Memorandum

Chris Wallace Trips, Stumbles, and Falls... Well, Shows His Biased Hand At the Very Least

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny


Chris Wallace, someone whom heretofore maintained credibility has just stumbled. In Mr. Wallace's view should Ron Paul, the only real conservative {libertarian} in the race win the Iowa caucuses it will discredit the caucus. Why? Because "most of the establishment republicans" don't believe he will end up the nominee.

Big mistake Chris. Especially as you are a moderator at the upcoming debate.

Is it possible Mr. Wallace just telegraphed his "establishment republican" preference?

The reality is the American people are waking up to the honest and straight forward truths that are inherent in conservative constitutional governance and consistent Libertarian principles that respect the individual constitutional rights of all Americans.

The Wallace comment:



Maybe it's just me but when the heartland of America is beginning to understand all that is at stake, and speaking their views, perhaps the "establishment republicans" ought to start listening. That and increase the coverage {unbiased objective exposure} of the candidate that is capturing America's interest.

I guess FOX news is becoming just another mouthpiece for Big government Statism.

Via: Memeorandum

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Newt's Problem(S)?

Hat Tip: The Blaze.





What say you?

Ron Paul Getting Some Respect... Iowa Is Listening... The Rest Of America Will As Well, If The Media Is Fair and Balanced

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny


Good news seems to keep coming our way. Most certainly for those of us who are the real Libertarian minded Patriots in the room. Ron Paul continues to close the gap in Iowa on Newtie the NeoCon who is losing support, with RINO Mittens Romney stagnated. Fabulous trend! Here's the latest report from Public Policy Polling.

There has been some major movement in the Republican Presidential race in Iowa over the last week, with what was a 9 point lead for Newt Gingrich now all the way down to a single point. Gingrich is at 22% to 21% for Paul with Mitt Romney at 16%... {Read More}


The favorable shift in the direction towards a limited constitutional government candidate who favors expanded individual liberties is accelerating folks. The champion of these principles is Ron Paul. It is time to work doubly hard in our efforts to help him secure the republican nomination to run against and unseat Barack Obama in 2012.

Ron Paul 2012 for a brighter and freer future!

Via: Memeorandum

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