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    Today, 04:14 PM
    The man is a troller's troll. Adds absolutely nothing to any conversation and hates liberty. Should not be banned, but ignored. If there is a way for users to block/ignore his posts, I will do so and encourage others to as well. Imbeciles are incapable of understanding liberty, but extremely capable at blabbering.
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    Today, 03:58 PM
    https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2014/02/20/missouri-senate-votes-to-nullify-federal-gun-control-23-10/ Focus on SB613! The AR-15 bill was more to trigger the left than to accomplish anything.
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    Today, 03:53 PM
    "If the bills were to actually advance in the state legislature, McDaniel says that he would strip out the ownership mandates and focus on tax credits." https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-16/missouri-bill-would-require-every-resident-aged-18-34-possess-ar-15
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    Today, 03:03 PM
    I don't think ending slavery was a motivation AT ALL for war. Nor did I say it was a "major motivation" for the South to secede. I called it a factor. Not THE factor. It was a legal tactic. "When the Southern states seceded, they were concerned to do so legally or constitutionally under the Constitution so that the North could not legally claim that it was an act of rebellion and invade the Southern states. To make this case, the South needed to make a case that the North had broken the Constitutional contract and that the South was seceding because the North had not kept to the Constitution. This presented a legal challenge for the South, because the reason for which the Southern states were seceding was the tariff, but the Constitution gave the federal government the right to levy a tariff. Therefore, the Southern states could not cite the tariff as a breach of the Constitutional fabric." https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/11/paul-craig-roberts/a-civil-war-lesson-for-the-uneducated/ The fact remains that Jackson avoided a war over secession. If we're going to deify presidents, it should be Jackson, not Lincoln, that is immortalized (I am against deifying anyone).
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    Today, 02:18 PM
    I did. My comment stands. Slavery was a factor in secession, not a factor in the war. The cause of the war was tariffs. See Dilorenzo on Lincoln vs the Constitution. See Ron call the war a tariff war when running. Why did NJ, a slave state until the end of the war, not secede? Why were they allowed (along with other northern states) to have slaves? As Lincoln said, you can have your slaves if you collect the tariff.
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    Today, 02:11 AM
    kona started a thread US wars in History
    When was the last constitutionally declared war before WWII? Was it the war directly preceding it? Wikipedia lists many wars in 20th century before WWII and also some in between WWI. What/how many wars throughout US history were truly constitutional? Is it simply a matter of congress declaring?
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    Yesterday, 08:58 PM
    The point is that Jackson was able to avert a war over secession, as did every other president not named Lincoln. In comparison to Dishonest Abe, he was a saint.
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    Yesterday, 06:42 PM
    A lot more happening in Missouri: https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2014/02/20/missouri-senate-votes-to-nullify-federal-gun-control-23-10/
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    Yesterday, 05:52 PM
    He built a gas-guzzling mansion on the beach in southern California
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    Yesterday, 05:48 PM
    Capitalism IS the Free Enterprise system. You are not describing capitalism, which this country hasn't seen in centuries. You are describing fascism, corporatism, globalism, all of which are crony capitalist, meaning not capitalist at all.
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    Yesterday, 03:52 PM
    Exactly.
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    Yesterday, 03:43 PM
    You have a natural gas line?
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    Yesterday, 03:42 PM
    Lovely story, thanks!
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    Yesterday, 02:55 PM
    Most in South were against slavery, it meant less work for them and they couldn't compete with the elite slaveowners, who were a fraction of the South. Every major battle you had non-slaveowner Southerners fighting against northern slaveowners. As well as free blacks fighting against northeners. The south was not driven to war by any means. Lincoln drove the war singlehandedly by himself. Tariffs, protectionism, central empire were the motives. Slavery was barely on the periphery and used merely to incite an insurrection in the south, which failed miserably because most of the South did not have slaves. Lincoln literally was the "you can have your slaves as long as you pay taxes and stay in the union" guy. Helps explain why there was so much slavery in the north, contrary to popular opinion. NC/TN/AK and others originally voted to stay in the union, then withdrew AFTER they saw Lincoln attack the sister states like a madman. But we're supposed to believe the cause was slavery. Just like 100 years from now Americans will be taught the Iraq war was to liberate the Iraqis. You told me to disabuse myself of the error that the war was over slavery. Tell me, does Ron, Lew, Dilorenzo, Spooner, Woods, Rothbard need to disabuse themselves of this error as well? I condemn SLAVEOWNERS on BOTH SIDES. I will not condemn the Constitution, which clearly allows secession.
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    Yesterday, 01:44 PM
    Can you taste a difference between a burger/steak cooked on gas vs charcoal?
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    03-16-2019, 10:28 PM
    Lucky man, Suz!
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    03-16-2019, 06:06 PM
    Per zerohedge, bill was introduced to highlight absurdity of gun control laws. McDaniel says if it was actually going to advance in the state legislature, he would strip out the mandate and just focus on the tax credit.
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    03-15-2019, 12:26 AM
    kona replied to a thread Happy Pi Day, RPFs! in Open Discussion
    "The calculation required 170 terabytes of data, about the same amount of data as the entire Library of Congress print collection, said Google." 170 terabytes = 170,000 gigabytes = 170,000,000 megabytes = 170,000,000,000 kilobytes. The Founders endeavored to create a government so small, that our entire Constitution and centuries of congressional history would fit inside a 170 kilobyte word document. Instead, we got 170 BILLION kilobytes
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    03-14-2019, 06:59 PM
    More nitpicking from zippy, who never once added anything to the conversation besides nitpicking. https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-12/putin-now-thinks-western-elites-are-swine "Russia’s financial reserves are more than sufficient to cover its entire external debt, both public and private."
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    03-14-2019, 04:25 PM
    Expansionist yes, but destroying your own central bank puts a very low ceiling on expansion. I remain unconvinced The War to Prevent Southern Independence had anything to do with slavery.
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    03-14-2019, 04:15 PM
    On GMO, if you want it you should be able to get it, but if you don't want it, you shouldn't be forced to have it. Russia doesn't follow the forced contamination of food with GMOs like we do here, I don't see how that is a bad thing. With respect to AJ, since Putin has not paid off the debt (despite Russia's financial ability to liquidate it in one shot), I agree the AJ reference is probably not apt. But to associate him with libertarianism (as I did in the other thread) seems apt, given Murray Rothbard did.
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    03-14-2019, 11:54 AM
    I agree Trump is probably unaware of Jackson slashing the tariff to avoid a war. That doesn't invalidate his statement though. He lucked into a smart thing, he just couldn't explain why.
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    03-14-2019, 01:01 AM
    kona replied to a thread Was Lincoln a Tyrant? in History
    I agree, but what does this mean? That Jefferson, Anti-Federalists, Jacksonians, and Classical Liberals...collectively the founders of libertarianism (more or less)...are indefensible? Your statement is 100% true but logic would then require us to throw some great men in the trash bin of history, and we would never do that, perhaps because the rest of their lives were so important, or maybe because people are uncomfortable retroactively applying morals from 200+ years in the future. The libertarians of the 18th/19th centuries were (just as today) the beacons of freedom. If they were truly indefensible, I'm not sure how any other historical figures from back then could be defended.
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    03-13-2019, 10:45 PM
    In reference to his comment, "if Jackson had been alive then, the civil war would have never happened." From my understanding, Trump appears to be correct, based on the fact that decades earlier, SC or Maryland or whoever was trying to secede over ridiculous tariffs, and instead of launching a war on his own people (a la Lincoln), he simply slashed the tariffs. So it is not unreasonable to assume he would do the same 10-15 years later. I'm not sure where Ron ranks Jackson, but I know Murray Rothbard was a big fan. He seems like one of the all-time greats, underrated beyond belief due to the Cultural Marxism of the left. Lincoln was a psycho's psycho. The Hitler of the 19th century. The worst, most evil man in American history. We're still paying for his mental illness.
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    03-13-2019, 10:03 PM
    He has led the westernization (or whatever you want to call it) of Russia and it seems pretty remarkable, especially considering the short time frame of when he took power. -Russia can retire ALL debt, public and private, purely from gold and other reserves -non-energy resource exports exploding, no longer dependent on oil -yet still profiting from oil due to tight eastern Eurasian integration -christianity and Judaism heavily protected -only country free from GMO -pushing more children, lower taxes -stopped overt Obama war (Syria red line) -made US sanctions largely irrelevant
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    03-13-2019, 05:31 PM
    Everyone of these had serious outages in the span of just a few days. Pure coincidence, right?
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    03-09-2019, 05:44 PM
    Thanks guys. Yes, when I said the Republicans reverted back to the Constitution, I meant that the constitutionalists found home in the Republican party (such as today with Rand/Massie/Amash). Of course, three or four people out of hundreds does not make a party constitutional. So Hamilton was able to sell the Constitution, but did he care about liberty? Or was it the Hamiltonians who distorted his message who are to blame?
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    03-09-2019, 02:49 PM
    Based on my limited understanding, is this correct? Founders give us Declaration of Independence, then Constitution. As implemented originally, this was peak government. Hamilton went psycho and broke off, which caused Jefferson to heavily react, thus giving us democrats and republicans. Washington hated this, two parties was never the goal. Republicans were the bad party in the beginning, because Hamiltonians destroyed the Constitution. The "Constitutional" party back then was the liberals. At some point, democrats become so infected that they totally disregard the Constitution, while Republicans simultaneously revert back to it. This is why we have "Constitutional Conservatives" today.
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