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  • Brett85's Avatar
    02-24-2017, 04:11 PM
    I'm hoping the house Freedom Caucus can block Trump on this, as well as block his proposed increase in infrastructure spending.
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    02-20-2017, 04:04 PM
    He ended up picking McMaster. I guess with all of these picks we can always say "at least he didn't pick Bolton."
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    02-20-2017, 04:22 AM
    No one could be worse than Bolton, that's for sure. The others Trump is considering would only be less bad, nowhere close to ideal.
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    02-19-2017, 11:07 PM
    I didn't realize that "neocons" were opposed to John Bolton as national security adviser. Of course you guys label anyone a "neocon" who isn't 100% non interventionist in every single instance.
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    02-19-2017, 09:49 PM
    That's certainly a good way to describe yourself. "Devil" is a very fitting name as well.
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    02-19-2017, 07:49 PM
    Thanks. Yeah, Cruz has been a disappointment. It looked like Cruz was moving our way on foreign policy back in 2013, back when non intervention was more popular. Now that it's less popular he's a hawk once again.
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    02-19-2017, 07:26 PM
    Oh jeez you're still here?
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  • Christian Liberty's Avatar
    02-19-2017, 12:09 PM
    LOL! Seriously though the Biblical answer is that it depends. Its up to the victim.
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  • Brett85's Avatar
    02-19-2017, 08:07 AM
    I hope Rand warns Trump not to name Bolton as national security adviser.
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  • Christian Liberty's Avatar
    02-18-2017, 11:00 PM
    Well, I'm a theonomist/establishmentarian who occasionally hangs around here for some reason so I'm *definitely* in the wrong room.
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  • Christian Liberty's Avatar
    02-18-2017, 10:18 PM
    I'm not a libertarian. That said: I'd say I'm the *closest* to being a libertarian on foreign policy. I wouldn't necessarily hold to the idealistic version of "no non strictly defensive wars ever" but I'm extremely close. In the hypothetical event where a tyrant could be overthrown, replaced with godly leadership, and pretty much nothing bad would happen, yeah, I'd support it. But that's pretty much never gonna be the case. I'd also support a godly, covenanted nation defending another godly and covenanted nation if they were attacked, and that's more realistic, though even then, I'd only support war tactics that leave civilians out of it by anyone involved. In *practice* I'd usually agree with libertarians on foreign policy. I definitely wouldn't defend any war the US has participated in since WWII, and even with WWII, its iffy, and even if it were justified, our tactics certainly weren't. On fiscal policy, I'm also somewhat close, but not quite the same. I believe the Bible supports minimal taxation, and so I am more of a minarchist when it comes to such issues than an "anarcho-capitalist." I also believe in some economic regulations, but not really the ones you'd expect. The main thing that would seem to fall under pure economics would be the sabbath day. I believe everything non-essential should be shut down on sundays. And yes, the government should participate in that as needed. Exodus 20 :) Civil liberties is really vague. I pretty much completely agree with the libertarians if you're only dealing with CIVIL stuff. Stuff like civil-asset forfeiture, no-knock/warrantless searches, wiretapping, stopping and frisking, etc. I'm completely in line with libertarians. I also think if the government can rightly own a weapon, the populace can too (I'd be OK with like, a ban of ICBMs, but the government shouldn't have those either.) On the other hand, some people use civil liberties to alos include social stuff. Some of that I'd agree with libertarians on (for instance, the "War on Drugs" or legalizing gambling) but most of it I wouldn't, especially when it relates to sexual immorality or "freedom of religion."
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  • Brett85's Avatar
    02-18-2017, 05:18 PM
    Well I hope that Rand can convince Trump to not name Bolton as national security advisor.
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  • Brett85's Avatar
    02-14-2017, 11:01 PM
    Then why does voting for a President's cabinet nominees mean anything?
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    02-14-2017, 04:18 PM
    Towards the end of his career, Ron endorsed all of the incumbents in the state of Texas, including Lamar Smith, the author of CISPA. Ron also voted for Gingrich as speaker every year that he was in the house. Those are both things that purist libertarians would disagree with. Ron wasn't 100% "pure" either. Nobody is.
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    02-14-2017, 04:15 PM
    Yep.
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    02-13-2017, 09:28 PM
    It's an abuse of executive power for the President/Attorney General to just decide on their own which laws are Constitutional and which are unconstitutional. Now, it's true that resources are scarce and there isn't enough money for the AG to be able to enforce all the laws on the books. So he has some amount of prosecutorial discretion in that regard. But, the AG can't just decide on his own that he won't enforce certain laws because he personally thinks they're unconstitutional.
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    02-11-2017, 08:04 AM
    Sessions is seen by conservatives as being anti establishment. Rand voting against Sessions wouldn't be seen by conservatives as being "anti establishment." It would've just been seen as a betrayal and a liberal vote.
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    02-11-2017, 06:43 AM
    If you're an agnostic, I think this classic debate on the existence of God will help you come to the realization that God does truly exist, and He has answers which Atheism simply cannot provide, given its worldview on metaphysics, ethics, and epistemology:
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  • Brett85's Avatar
    02-10-2017, 08:11 PM
    Matt, did you ever give credit to Rand when he voted against Pompeo as CIA Director?
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    02-10-2017, 05:15 PM
    Abstaining from the vote would've been the most cowardly and least principled thing he could've done. He would've been criticized by both libertarians and the Republican base if he had done that.
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    02-10-2017, 12:32 PM
    Then what would Rand voting against Sessions have actually accomplished? All it would've done is cause the entire right wing of the Republican Party to hate him, and make him lose influence with his fellow Republican Senators, making it harder for him to get their support on things like his Obamacare replacement plan.
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    02-10-2017, 11:47 AM
    I'm the one living in the real world. You're the one who doesn't believe in being practical. You think that Rand somehow could get away with joining the Democrats and rewarding their despicable race baiting. Rand would've been seen as the enemy by the entire right wing of the Republican Party if he had voted against Sessions. Rand is a Republican Senator. If he were to be completely independent he would have to run for office as an independent or as a Libertarian.
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    02-10-2017, 11:43 AM
    And Giuliani or Christie would be better when it comes to upholding the Constitution? Those were the alternatives had Sessions been blocked.
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    02-10-2017, 10:52 AM
    As a result of Rand voting to confirm Sessions as AG, Sessions will now be more willing to listen to Rand when he voices his concerns about protecting civil liberties. Had Rand voted against Sessions, then Sessions would simply disregard anything Rand says in the future. But of course libertarians don't believe in being practical and will never consider those kinds of practical implications.
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  • Brett85's Avatar
    02-09-2017, 03:25 PM
    Rand got all kinds of criticism from the right for voting against Pompeo, now so called libertarians say they will no longer support him because he voted to confirm his friend and colleague, Jeff Sessions. Really, if I were Rand I would just want to quit the Senate and go back to his medical practice. There's no point of fighting for people who are completely ungrateful for what he's done in the Senate. I would truly hate to be him and try to deal with so many irrational and unreasonable people. The liberty movement has been a dying movement for quite some time anyway, but yet I guess the goal is to make it as small as it can possibly be by condemning the one guy in the Senate who actually fights for liberty every single day. Good luck with that.
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    02-09-2017, 01:23 PM
    There was also a political witch hunt going on against Sessions by the Democrats, claiming he was a racist when no such evidence ever existed. So let's see. Rand was going to give up all of the political capital he had and be the only Republican to join the left in a political witch hunt against someone who's a good man, regardless of how you feel about his politics. Yeah, that would've been a brilliant move. 😏
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    02-09-2017, 01:10 PM
    Matt seemed to be politically smart and realistic at one time. Not so much anymore apparently.
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    02-09-2017, 01:05 PM
    Of course he wasn't going to vote against a Senator from his own party for a cabinet position. To do so would've been unprecedented and would've accomplished nothing. Would Christie or Giuliani as AG have been better? Of course not, and one of them would've been confirmed as AG had Sessions been blocked.
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    For curiosity, have you been reading my theonomy posts?
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    Regarding the whole "only the radical libertarians" will enter the gate, a similar thing was brought up at Eric Peters Autos:

    http://ericpetersautos.com/2014/12/1...comment-544496

    "David" is my username. Moleman is coming close to arguing the position that only libertarians are Christians.
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    Just an FYI:

    1. My answer to my own poll question is probably "yes", though its an exceedingly reluctant "yes."

    2. The more reluctant someone is, the less quick I'm going to be to judge them. You, frankly, are not the type of person I was considering when I made my OP, even if you techncially qualify. You're against legal torture and you agree that its almost always wrong. There are a lot of people who support legal torture and who think at least some of what was in the Senate Report was morally permissible (At least at my school there are, admittedly, my school is pretty "conservative"). I much more had in mind the neoconservative who says "torture is always justified against terrorists if there's a chance to save even one life" than I am a generally peaceful person that reluctantly says they could justify torturing someone if it meant saving their family, or something like that.
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    OK, so in that situation you're almost dealing with Hiroshima and Nagisaki again (not as it actually occured, but what most people think of it as.) Fair enough...

    Still distressing.... I'm not sure what that says of those people who actually think these were all ticking time bomb situations.
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    Do you think it would ever be moral to let someone die of hypothermia in a cold cell? Do you ever think it would ever be moral to break someone's legs and force them to stand for hours or days? Do you ever think it would be moral to consecutively waterboard someone 183 times?

    Is your only issue with this the potential for abuse, or do you understand that there is something deeply immoral about this?
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    There's something sickening and inhumane about about what was described in the CIA report. Killing someone in self-defense when they are trying to shoot you isn't comparable to that.
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    Sorta, but there are plenty of people here who think it should be legal. So, where's the line where the form of torture becomes inhumane no matter what?
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    TC, I apologize for the neg rep. I was in a really bad mood today, both from seeing the CIA report and seeing people here at school defend it. I took it out on you. I deserved the neg rep you threw back. Sorry...
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    Am I also a hardcore extremist?
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    The same one you said you'd never be extreme enough in. The one about police.
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