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    Yesterday, 04:35 PM
    The church pawned a lot of responsibilities off on government. We have a few church based organizations around here that provide volunteer dental care services. People come to the ER with a toothache and basically there's nothing we can do for it. Maybe give an NSAID shot and an antibiotic if the gum looks inflamed/abscessed. The only thing fixing these dental cases is a dentist. On the other hand, these volunteer groups serve patients based on need, and you have to have a few qualifiers to show you're making some effort towards helping yourself as well. If you are able-bodied, you've got to have a job or at least be volunteering in some form of community service while you're looking for a job. Gotta provide a paycheck stub. There's a few other requirements. You might or might not be surprised how many of those fliers for the volunteer clinic get tossed into the trash by patients on the way out the door. People just don't want to meet you even a 3rd of the way. Government's questionnaire for aid is pretty simple: "Will you vote for us?" Great, here's free s***.
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    Yesterday, 04:19 PM
    That's the thing. There's examples a'plenty, particularly in Europe. The only people who won't see this coming are the people who refuse to look around.
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    07-15-2019, 07:04 AM
    I think the term "co-opting" is thrown around too much. What we're really saying is that someone is trying to spoil our movement so we're just gonna give up, break off and go hide out back in the libertarian treehouse. We gotta quit doing that. At some point, we've gotta start fighting back for what is rightfully ours.
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    07-13-2019, 03:03 PM
    Yeah, if the foundation is a lie, I don't see how anyone can get terribly animated over any truths that are built upon it. Dems and the MSM have really been non-stop badgering this president from the moment he got into office hoping for a "gotcha!"-moment. Typical Antifa-type tactics. There are A LOT of matters of substance to take issue with, but of course those don't get air-time, because they might cause real non-partisan agreement, which would be bad for TPTB. As much as Amash is patting himself on the back about what a great non-partisan he is, he really stuck his foot into a whole wash tub full of partisan bull****.
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    07-12-2019, 06:13 AM
    Something something "but they're a private industry" something something.
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    07-09-2019, 08:34 AM
    Not everyone is going to go work for the Space-X program as a physicist. I know the prevailing theory is that manufacturing goes away and the labor pool shifts towards high tech jobs, but that's a fantasy. What is FAR more likely is that more people out-of-work means more clamoring for welfare programs, as people with absolutely no skin in the game look towards those who are employed in those high tech jobs to provide for them. If you have a job, you have self-sufficiency. You have something to lose. You have a dog in the fight. It's not just the industries that are being "protected", it's the workers as well. I guess if I'm gonna pay for it one way or another, I'd much rather people have some idea of what it means to earn a paycheck in the process.
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    07-08-2019, 08:31 PM
    That's a very hardline position to take and I think tariffs are much more complex than you are depicting. Say you own a business. Your competition resides across the street. Every time you try to sell a product, you get punched in the face. Every time your competitor sells a product, he gets a pat on the back and a subsidy, meaning he can offer even cheaper rates. Your competitor is happy because he gets rewarded. The consumer is happy because hey, cheap stuff. That leaves you, frustrated, folding up shop—not because of some "free-market" "best man won"-type of outcome, but because the market was so distorted you couldn't survive without some sort of balance. I'm not sure what the solution is but I'm just not to the point where I can see this as a positive, especially considering that the trade situation we've been in for several decades is most likely devised to conceal the harmful policies of the Fed. Promote consumerism, punish productivity, it just seems very Keynesian to me.
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    07-08-2019, 06:43 AM
    I just watch Fox for Tucker really. Probably the only show that comes close on foreign policy out of any of the MSM outlets. On other issues yeah he's off the mark, but the recent Japan interview was one of the few Fox videos that have managed to hit a trending status on YouTube despite the bias.
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    07-06-2019, 03:03 PM
    We're gonna regret that we didn't continue to kick the media when they were down. LOOOONG after Trump is gone, the real threat will remain.
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    07-06-2019, 12:57 PM
    You are a hipster's hipster. Too cool for a job. Too cool for political parties. Man, you're just a cool dude.
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    07-06-2019, 12:54 PM
    People still think that working within the GOP means you're automatically selling out and letting them use you. It's absolutely unfathomable for some folks to think it is possible to use the GOP. I don't see why we couldn't. Hell, we already have. Ron used the GOP. Rand used the GOP. Even Amash used the GOP. The neocons have been using the GOP (and the Democratic party) at least since Rockefeller. We're just politically incompetent. That's our biggest problem.
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    07-05-2019, 03:02 PM
    Eh. I don't really buy into that line of thinking because I think it excuses people from accepting responsibility for their own stupid behavior. If I show up late for work tonight, I don't think claiming that I was being controlled is gonna help me keep my job. I'm gonna have to leave it at that. Y'all have a good weekend.
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    07-05-2019, 02:55 PM
    I know, but if you think Rand was insane for that, then there is no word left to describe the guy who attacked him. Then again sanity is a completely subjective term these days.
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    07-05-2019, 02:47 PM
    His strategy is one of passive-aggressive inaction and b*tching about everything, which when you actually think about it is completely useless. There's only two ways we're getting freedom back in this country. I seriously doubt that if anyone can't be bothered to at least attempt the one we're trying now, then there's no way in hell they're gonna be willing to try the second.
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    07-05-2019, 02:40 PM
    I believe I haven't touched the neg rep button in years. *blows the dust off* Click.
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    07-05-2019, 11:58 AM
    Can you prove to me that the libertarians have a plan to actually win? Been around since 1971 and they're just waiting for the right moment to win an election, perhaps? I'm not sorry what I say stings your senses. I'm glad it irritates; I just wish that anger could be harnessed and put towards some sort of—I don't know—motivation. You guys seem to think there's some sort of easy button to press and everyone just gets pissed off at the world, joins your cause, and you start slamming political opponents to the side as you blaze a trail to victory. Well, give me about a minute or so to microwave the popcorn. It took Ron Paul from 1987 to 1996 to realize that 3rd parties were a dead-end. Most of us have been on these forums for at least that long. For those who can put down emotion and pick up reasoning skills, realize that he saved us a lot of time and frustration by coming to that conclusion. I know it's easy to get discouraged and want to throw in the towel at the first sign of trouble, but continuing to splinter off into smaller and smaller politically incompetent groups is ABSOLUTELY NOT going to get you any changes, politically.
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    07-05-2019, 10:43 AM
    To be fair, he's going overboard with the sub-title. I could point out a critical flaw but it would piss off a lot of (L)ibertarians here, especially since the Libertarian party was around before Amash started any teaching lessons.
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    07-05-2019, 10:33 AM
    I'm sure you're not intentionally trying to be omissive, but you just quoted the 1987 resignation letter. You know he ran again as a Republican for president in 2008? Then again in 2012? At some point he also gave advice on running with the party that you think will give you the best chance to win, that it really didn't matter which party you run in. Now, does that mean Ron believes that the Republican leadership/establishment has the best interests of the party's platform at heart? I would wager to say with what he's seen and suffered, absolutely not. But clearly he saw some value in reaching out to a pool of voters that generally (meaning not 100%, but not 0% either) agree with him on limiting the size and scope of government. I have one plea to the members of this forum: that we start putting value in being strategic as we are philosophic, heck, even a 45% strategic/55% philosophic split. Some of us would like liberty in our own lifetimes, or at the very least, some progress along the path that our children might pick up the torch and press on with. Sure, it's great to be right all the time, but even better to be right and have some semblance of a plan to win.
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    07-04-2019, 05:02 PM
    There's only about 3 forum members on my ignore list, and the only way to get on it regardless of how badly I disagree with you is to constantly throw out the race-card as an attempt to declare victory in a debate. Zippy was on there for a while but not because of that, just because for a while when Trump got elected I kept coming to RonPaulForums thinking I had mistakenly typed MSNBC.com into the address bar, and that got old quick. The re-post MSM article spam was too much. Even he wasn't as bad as CPUd.
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    07-04-2019, 01:00 PM
    I think the poll unintentionally pigeonholes people. Viable seats when funds are limited are typically where my money goes. Votes are cheap so I wouldn't have a problem with voting for him. From the looks of things if he runs in 2020 he'll be the best candidate. I doubt Rand is gonna challenge Trump and will continue using his foothold and platform in the Senate to advance issues as best as possible. I think, however, it will be very telling if Amash does run as an independent and snatches more votes from the GOP than the democrats. I know people here like to think that the democrats are gonna break rank and come out to support him, but in my experience the only real debate about limited government, at least on the on the voter-level (meaning: not among the leadership), happens on the right, especially these days. Most of your average democrat voters just aren't at the point of frustration that they'll leave and go 3rd party/indy. They might stop supporting democrats but that doesn't mean you just add water and they become champions for smaller government. More than likely they'll end up wandering off to whatever forgotten universe the paleoconservatives went to die. (I really thought the left's walk-away movement was gonna be big but ultimately it was kind of disappointing. That's why I argue that pandering to the left is a bit dumb. Risk vs. gain just doesn't justify it.)
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    07-04-2019, 12:35 PM
    Victory over tyranny? (nevermind the slow decay back into it over the course of a few hundred years) I don't see your point. The rebels in 1776 won. I doubt if they had lost we would know their names or have much to celebrate. At some point they went from recruiting martyrs to recruiting fighters and they won. This movement seems to be perpetually seeking out martyrs. Time to move the ball forward. Let's move to a new phase, please. For the love of God, a new strategy.
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    07-04-2019, 12:26 PM
    And sometimes you have to forget about the ring altogether and do what you can from your foothold without screaming "bonzai!" and detonating your suicide vest. maybe it's just me but that seems like a rather unreasonable approach to advancing liberty. It's not like it's gotta be one or the other. You can be a bit more tactful about it. Public opinion is kind of a fragile thing and until this bunch actually understands that, we're just spinning our wheels.
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    07-04-2019, 12:15 PM
    But you don't live in Michigan.
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    07-04-2019, 12:06 PM
    In spite of all the opposition and flak he got from the GOP, somehow Ron kept his seat in Galveston/Lake Jackson until he just didn't want to do it anymore. Maybe Amash just doesn't want to do it anymore. In a way I can't blame him. Just wish it hadn't been done like pulling a grenade pin and holding the pineapple to his own chest. Ron left office with grace. Amash is leaving with a big mess to clean up. NOW would probably be a good time to think about who is gonna take his place.
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    07-04-2019, 11:02 AM
    I would imagine that the people in Amash's district who voted for him either (A) actually wanted those freedoms, or (B)were just voting for Amash because he had an (R) by his name. What people fail to understand is that the people who will vote for you based on party lines are kind of important. Feel free to use them. A vote for you is a vote regardless of the reason. What you cannot rely on, is that the people who are truly passionate about freedom are going to be able to form some spontaneous groundswell of massive support and dominate over two whole parties-worth of people who are going to vote for you simply based on your party-affiliation. It's just not gonna happen—undoubtedly it WOULD be the most meaningful change in the history of American politics, but we're waaaay into pie-in-the-sky territory with that thinking. The people who are truly passionate about freedom are indeed fierce fighters much to their credit, but few in number. The partisan hacks are fodder, but they are the ones who actually win you elections when it comes time to count the votes, dumb as it is. Ya Kind of don't want to piss those folks off by doing what Amash did. It is what it is.
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    07-04-2019, 10:35 AM
    Kind of puts it in perspective. If you believe that this has been a smear job since Hillary went all sour grapes in 2016, you're a partisan hack. If you believe the Russia collusion nonsense, you're a principled non-partisan. If those are my only two options, put me in the 'partisan hack' pile.
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    07-04-2019, 09:46 AM
    His voting record can't be denied. Overwhelmingly it was a benefit for him to be in office. He never got anything passed but certainly he won't be doing that from the Liberty Report. I know people take this the wrong way but, the liberty report is not really a benefit to this movement. It is a good place for us to tune in and hear refreshing words of wisdom that make us feel warm and fuzzy inside (AKA "Preaching to the choir"), but as far as making changes and expanding the audience, it's been a flop. It's painful to admit it, and as you can see above, people hate me for pointing it out, but it's true. Having said that, at Ron's age, I don't think hosting the Liberty Report is a bad thing for him to be doing in his retirement years. But Amash had a lot of fight left in him, and it's ABSOLUTELY STUPID to think trading a sitting Congressman for another co-host on the Liberty Report is just some wonderful thing.
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    07-04-2019, 09:19 AM
    Orange man is GONE in 5 years (hell, he may be gone by Jan 2021). Do better. Think long term. I know it hurts, but, think. Massie just lost his only ally in congress just so y'all can beat your chests. I certainly don't think Trump is gonna be there forever. I'm trying to figure out how to get more liberty candidates into congress while holding on to the ones we've got, meanwhile others are saluting them and encouraging them to 'go down in flames.' Do you kind of see how we're at odds here over what's the best strategy?
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