links for 2010-02-09

  1. John Birch Society | Obama Making Same Mistakes as FDR

    Here's an "atta boy" for the John Birch Society: highlighting the foolishness of some of FDR's New Deal policies. I still find it hard to believe that an American president actually set minimum prices for food and destroyed food at a time when an unnaturally large portion of Americans were dirt poor. Please, someone, tell me that this isn't true, and that we didn't have such a fool for a president. —Now, in the 21st Century, we had a "cash for clunkers" program wherein the government bought thousands of functional automobiles and destroyed them.

  2. World Socialist Party (US) | American Public Opinion and the S-Word

    Interesting poll results on the terms "socialism", "capitalism", "government-managed", and "free market".

  3. John Birch Society | The Real Problem with Pro-choice Men

    "After all, we limit choice all the time. For instance, doing so is the very business of government, and a law by definition is the criminalization of a choice; it’s also the business of religion, whose teachings may label certain choices as sins." — Another reason I'm not a Bircher. Again, I like their economic stuff, but this is not the language of the libertarian. On whether abortion is "murder", think of it this way: We have a right to shoot those who invade our homes. We call it self-defense. Women also have a right to expel those who invade their bodies. It is called self-ownership. I'm sorry if Selwyn Duke finds self-ownership to be a "tough sell" because it has some unpleasant implications. It would take a dedicated blog to explain those implications in full, and I'm not going to sugar-coat those implications to make them an easier "sell". Reality is unpleasant at times. For now count me as a man who would not criminalize abortion.

  4. Townhall.com | John Hawkins : Ten Rules for Anti-Government Republican Radicals in D.C.

    "If you're fighting for smaller government, you're not only taking on the Democratic Party, you're taking on liberal interest groups, the mainstream media, and even some members of the Republican Party." —- "Even some" members of the Republican Party??? LOL!!! Other than that, I found this to be a very thoughtful and helpful article. The most important, IMO, is #6: Tie everything back to how it helps the people. Those who choose their words carefully and sensitively might actually convince others that they are right. Those who fail to convince others should do a little self-debrief and try to figure out how to communicate better.

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