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    Yesterday, 01:50 PM
    Shouldn't it be up to the owner of the property to decide if they want the property that they own to be a public accommodation that's open to all or one that's only open to the people they choose to welcome there, and not the government to impose those categories on other people's properties? That said, I do agree that those who do not believe that private vaccine passports should be allowed should, for the sake of consistency, also accept your argument that the government has a right to prohibit businesses from discriminating in other ways. I wonder if all the other folks railing against the Cato article have thought that through. I can't accept your statism. But I appreciate your consistency.
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    Yesterday, 01:33 PM
    That's correct. Do you not agree with this?
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    Yesterday, 01:28 PM
    It's you who's missing the point. They shouldn't be required for anything at all by the government, as I explicitly said in the very words you quoted. But private entities could reserve the right to require them for uses on their own properties. And again, the word "private" is right there explicitly in the words you quoted. My point is that if private entities want to do that, it should be left up to them. And the market will either reward or punish them for it. But the government should stay out of it.
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    Yesterday, 12:40 PM
    Some points we should all be able to agree on: 1. The government should not issue vaccine passports, or fund them, or pass laws that require them for any purpose at all, including entry into the US from abroad. 2. The government should not ban private vaccine passports. 3. There probably is a market demand for private vaccine passports that some private entities would require on their property, which is their right. If these existed, they might also be accepted by foreign governments for entry into their countries, even if our state and federal governments didn't require them. I can't say how much such a thing would actually take off. If government got out of the way and let the market work, we would find that out. Obviously a lot of people would refuse to get them. But there shouldn't be anything objectionable about allowing those who want them to get them.
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    Yesterday, 12:06 PM
    I noticed the same thing. The first words out of Fauci's mouth were, "Senator Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect." But then he has to weasel around every single phrase, so that his idea of "entirely and completely incorrect" is apparently equivalent to "using certain specific technical expressions differently than I do, while saying something that is in essence true."
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    Yesterday, 10:53 AM
    How can people listen to this guy and think he's some kind of genius? He sounds like Vinnie Barbarino.
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    05-10-2021, 02:56 PM
    What are some specific new laws you have in mind that would accomplish this? It seems to me that there is no conceivable law that would prevent the richest people and corporations from being able to use their wealth to influence politicians. If there is a conceivable solution (conceivable, but still very unrealistic practically), it is to remove the incentive by not allowing the government to have the amount of power that makes it worth it for those ultra-rich to expend the amount of money that it would cost to influence them. But as long as the government has that power (which I believe it always inevitably will), it will always be moved in accordance with the iron law of oligarchy.
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    05-10-2021, 09:15 AM
    I am not excusing his admitted sexual immorality, but it is not the case that living a sinless life prevents one from being falsely accused of capital crimes (Mark 14:55-59, et al).
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    05-07-2021, 05:18 PM
    AF made some pretty specific claims, and when asked to support them with examples, he wasn't able to find any. It wasn't I who had said what kind of fish to catch, it was his own words that he chose to use. You can try to help him backtrack and say that I'm nitpicking, and that of course he didn't really mean literally killing people and burying them in mass graves. But he already preempted you in post #17, and made sure that there was no mistaking that was exactly what he really meant. And so yes, now is his chance to back it up with a flood of examples of important and powerful people coming right out and saying explicitly that they support "exactly that."
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    05-07-2021, 05:07 PM
    Of course. I don't see how that detracts from anything Amash said. Not only would he be speaking the truth, and I wouldn't be able to fault him for that, but it would be so obvious that it hardly needed to be said. Even though he was one of their biggest enemies in the party, he spent his career allying with them on bill after bill, far more often than not. So have Massie and Rand. And so did Ron. And so, by the way, did Trump with no shortage of excuses being made for it here on these forums. And that brings up another good point. Trump himself could easily have said word-for-word what Amash did, only replacing the word "libertarian" with his own name, and replacing "decentralization" with "making America great again," and the same people who are railing against Amash would have been totally fine with that.
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    05-07-2021, 04:06 PM
    Kucinich has at least as much communist bona fides as AOC does.
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    05-07-2021, 04:02 PM
    Great point. That's the other thing about this. It's not as if these U. of Chicago students wouldn't have encountered AOC's views, or had opportunities to listen to her and others like her express them on their campus. Amash doesn't have the ability to shelter them from exposure to whatever ideas AOC has, even if that kind of sheltering approach were the right way to address wrong ideas, which I don't accept. What he can do is provide a libertarian response to those ideas, and that's something that's a lot harder to come by there. And the fact that he does this in a polite manner that shows the students that libertarians have more in common with them than they probably assumed, makes it better, not worse.
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    05-07-2021, 03:01 PM
    That's an understatement. You'd think you would have started with something that came nearer to supporting your claims though.
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    05-07-2021, 02:45 PM
    I leave it to other readers to notice how far short any of this comes from making good on AF's promise that he would flood this thread with examples of people of influence, power and/or authority, who literally want to murder us all. In fact, the fact that this was what he started with only further demonstrates how ludicrously hyperbolic post #17 was. I see we did get some clarity on whom he meant by "us" though.
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    05-07-2021, 02:16 PM
    I'll call your bluff on that.
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    05-07-2021, 02:00 PM
    You can too argue with it, because it's make believe nonsense that somebody dreamed up as a pretext for making this all about standing against everyone and everything associated with Team Blue in every context on every issue, no matter what, rather than actually standing for anything substantive and justifiable. If somebody had come here 10 years ago and called Ron Paul a useful idiot who had lost his mind for welcoming Dennis Kucinich's and Bernie Sanders' support for his audit the Fed. bill, claiming that those guys and everyone who supports them wanted to kill Ron Paul and us, they would rightly have been unanimously castigated as trolls by every core member of the forum. Consider the tortured train of logic these people follow: 1. I once saw a tweet from some no-name yahoo I'd never heard of who has no effect on my life vent about how he'd be glad to see every Trump supporter die. 2. Said yahoo was probably a marxist. Because after all, why else would anyone say that about champions of free market capitalism like Trump supporters. 3. Therefore, all marxists want to kill all supporters of Trump and free market capitalism. 4. A lot of marxists support Democrats. 5. Therefore all Democrats want all to kill all supporters of Trump and free market capitalism.
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    05-07-2021, 12:36 PM
    This is a good speech to show what the Republican Party is all about. Their real platform isn't the official one they publish, but the one that is summarized in Tim Scott's speech, consisting of the following highlights:
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    05-07-2021, 10:58 AM
    They're obviously not peaceful protesters, but I don't see why there is anything to see here. If it wasn't so-called Antifa, nobody would consider it newsworthy. 50 people get murdered every day in the USA and how many more than that are victims of assault and battery and assault with deadly weapons? But slap the word "Antifa" on it and somehow this is supposed to be some unprecedented thing that we're all supposed to be scared of and demand that the police get more funding to crack down on or something.
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    05-07-2021, 08:27 AM
    Amash sounds a lot like Ron Paul there.
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    05-06-2021, 12:26 PM
    I think it's smaller than that. Looks like one of these to me. https://northamericanarms.com/shop/firearms/naa-22lr/
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    05-06-2021, 09:56 AM
    See how much simpler this position is than the Breitbart paradigm?
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    05-06-2021, 09:44 AM
    The whole point of the institution of the state is to have a double-standard wherein a government can be set up that doesn't have to follow the same laws as its subjects. I do get what belian78's getting at. It's a given that handouts from any relief bill will be given out in some kind of order with some recipients coming before others, and politicians and bureaucrats rewarding the interest groups that empower them. Stating that obvious fact isn't headline-worthy though. So Breitbart has to point of the criterion of race so as to play into the fragility of whites who can't let go of a constant sense of victimhood and hype this up as something dramatic and more unconscionable than whatever other boring sounding and less headline-worthy criteria of cronyism would have otherwise been used. Breitbart audiences aren't as interested in opposing relief bills in general as they are in opposing relief bills that fail to put whites at the front of the line. This kind of red meat article helps shore up the Team Red versus Team Blue mentality that Breitbart profits from.
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    05-06-2021, 06:15 AM
    That is a good question. Why would we do that? Who would pay us as much as it would take for how ever many of us there are to spend so much time on a website with such little traffic and impact? To what end? And why is it that every position I ever take here is supportive of the site mission? You'd think that if the people paying me wanted people at RPF to support the mission it already has they could just sit back and let those who are so inclined do so for free at precisely the place where their views are most welcome. You may also believe that Ron Paul himself is controlled opposition if you think I am. But then, if that's the case, then which one of us would that make a troll at this particular website?
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    05-06-2021, 05:51 AM
    Tell us some of the success stories you have about all the times you used this method and stopped commies.
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    05-05-2021, 12:37 PM
    Yes. All those things make him more likely to occupy the WH again, not less. That's how elections are won. I'm not saying I think he'll win. But the points you raise don't make it any less likely.
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    05-05-2021, 07:48 AM
    ..
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    05-05-2021, 07:24 AM
    What are some of the specific articles that he had to remove?
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    05-05-2021, 05:55 AM
    Kanye West? That's the only candidate from a new party that I heard anything about in 2020.
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    05-05-2021, 05:47 AM
    Remember when De Santis and Noem endorsed Ron Paul in 2008 and 2012? Neither do I.
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