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Libertarians and others on last night’s GOP debate

17 Sep
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I live-tweeted the debate. And now I need to write about it. But the whole thing was kind of boring. The only obvious highlights were Rand Paul shining as a reform conservative on criminal justice issues, and that awkward high-five between Bush and Trump which struck me as a least vaguely amusing.
Carly Fiorina didn’t do as well as I’d hoped. Chris Christie has emotional ties to 9/11, which we all knew about and sympathize with. Rubio sounds like an authoritarian who seeks to invite total-war when it comes to foreign policy, yet he’s spectacular in every other arena, especially immigration. I’m apparently a RINO who thinks Pataki owned the happy hour debate, and believes Kasich is one of the few adults in the room.
I’m annoyed by Ted Cruz’s low-talking super-serious lawyer voice. I think Rand Paul is wrong on the 14th amendment from a practical standpoint. I find Huckabee utterly terrifying on every single possible level. Apparently Rick Satorum and Lindsey Graham still exist, and they’re both insane on foreign policy, but at least Graham called Santorum out for essentially being Bernie Sanders on immigration. Oh, and Ben Carson is baller for taking on vaccine truthers, but I’m still not sure why he’s running for President.
Most importantly, TRUMP IS GOING TO BUILD A YUUUGE WALL AND IT’S GOING TO BE TERRIFIC.
TL;DR: I’m a moderate libertarian who literally hates everybody.
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Tonight the GOP has a Presidential candidate debate with a female candidate, an African American candidate and not one but 2 Hispanic candidates…and then its usual usual 7 white male candidates…but who have VERY different philosophies ranging from libertarian to evangelical… Who will the Democrats have on their stage? 4 old white people one of whom is female and all of whom reflect basically the same ilberal, more or less, socialist approach to government.. But the media will attack the GOP for not being diverse…wanna bet?
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Can we please talk about the fact that JEB Bush, generally considered the Republican front runner, openly discussed smoking marijuana as a teenager? The marijuana legalization movement has moved so fast, it’s kind of incredible.
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In what seemed like the longest debate since the Lincoln Douglas debates in 1860,,there were many highlights and no real screw ups. The 3 plus hour debate which obviously gave CNN the largest audience since the missing airliner ,but like that story it went on way too long. There’re were winners: Carly performed like an all star and showed substance and style that will move her up in the game. Jeb Bush had a much better night than his first debate and certainly will give his multi millionaire/.billionaire supporters hope that he can carry their flag. The other establishment candidate , Gov K of Ohio showed knowledge and compassion and had great moments, and he gained some supporters. There is a nice guy quality to the good Doctor Carson. He reinforced that 

and he would definitely be my brain surgeon if I need one. I see why people like and respect him.
Senator Rubio is articulate, knowledgeable and great on his feet and speaks with passion at all times.
Huckabee who got blanked in the first half of the debate had great answers when called upon but didn’t expand his religious base. Christie , Paul , Walker were all ok but didn’t cause anyone to say I am switching , my choice. The leading contender did his Trump act.
Entertaining, at times funny and always quick on his feet, he seemed dismissed by the substance displayed by others. He did not lose his place at the top of the pyramid but made no new converts tonight.
The jr varsity debate was the end game for the four on that stage who will not move to the big table. 
All in all a good debate. It could have been a great 90 min debate instead of three hours. I don’t blame CNN who was selling commercials at 10 times there normal rate. I blame the RNC who as the co sponsor should have stepped in and said your damaging my brand and my candidates. That would have taken leadership!
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Libertarian calendar for July

30 Jul
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July 30
Arlington, VA

Young Americans for Liberty conference
(you must rsvp at YAL.org)
The conference as a whole is not open to the public, just the opening night.

Spectrum Theater
1611 N. Kent St.
Arlington, VA 22209
(Rosslyn metro stop)

Wednesday July 30th
5:45pm  Doors Open
6:15pm Convention Welcome, featuring Jeff Frazee
6:30pm
House of Representatives Panel, featuring United States House of Representative Members
7:30pm Keynote address, featuring Senator Rand Paul

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July 31
Ottowa, Canada

Milton Friedman birthday celebration

We’ll be celebrating the legacy of Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman on the 102nd anniversary of his birth. Light food and drinks will be provided. Join us at 5:30pm upstairs at The Brig (23 York Street). Space is limited, RSVP to Matt Bufton (matt@liberalstudies.ca).

Are Virginia Ron Paul activists self-contradictory?

28 Oct
Remember last year when all our Ron Paul libertarian friends, including the ones in Virginia now working on the Ken Cuccinelli campaign, complained that the GOP did not let Dr. Paul speak at the convention in Tampa? Will they complain that Libertarian Robert Sarvis is kept out of the debate tonight?

  • N As a Cuccinelli supporter, I do think it’s pretty ridiculous to not let a 3rd party candidate who’s polling as well as Sarvis debate. Not gonna change my mind on voting for Ken, but hey I haven’t liked most of the campaign’s tactics over the last year.

  • K Oct 9th… he needed a 10% poll average. He failed to meet those requirements. He is also NOT libertarian and does NOT have Ron Pauls endorsement.

  • K The latest poll from yesterday had him at 10 now. Rules are rules. They make deadlines because of debate advertisement.

  • J” It certainly bothers me. I recall quite well when the major networks excluded Ron Paul in 2007/08. How can we condemn that behavior then and be okay with this now simply because he isn’t Ron Paul’s choice?

    Yes, and what if the rules stated that anyone with an “R” next to their name couldn’t be included in the debate?  Rules are important, yes, but when they exclude candidates who will be on the ballot, that to me is a problem.


Is Ron Paul contradicting himself?

24 Oct
Remember last year when all our Ron Paul libertarian friends, including the ones in Virginia now working on the Ken Cuccinelli campaign, complained that the GOP did not let Dr. Paul speak at the convention in Tampa? Will they complain that Libertarian Robert Sarvis is kept out of the debate tonight?

  • N As a Cuccinelli supporter, I do think it’s pretty ridiculous to not let a 3rd party candidate who’s polling as well as Sarvis debate. Not gonna change my mind on voting for Ken, but hey I haven’t liked most of the campaign’s tactics over the last year.

  • K Oct 9th… he needed a 10% poll average. He failed to meet those requirements. He is also NOT libertarian and does NOT have Ron Pauls endorsement.

  • K The latest poll from yesterday had him at 10 now. Rules are rules. They make deadlines because of debate advertisement.

  • J” It certainly bothers me. I recall quite well when the major networks excluded Ron Paul in 2007/08. How can we condemn that behavior then and be okay with this now simply because he isn’t Ron Paul’s choice?

    Yes, and what if the rules stated that anyone with an “R” next to their name couldn’t be included in the debate?  Rules are important, yes, but when they exclude candidates who will be on the ballot, that to me is a problem.

    • ” N  “K” this isn’t an argument we win. The honorable thing for the Cuccinelli Campaign to do would have been to issue a statement saying they think he should be included in the debate.

    • Bruce Majors My understanding is the TV station hosting tonight said they would include him if the other two campaigns agreed to it.

      • Joshua  Yes, I read as much and also that the McAuliffe campaign agreed. Cuccinelli cannot win over Sarvis supporters if they think he is trampling on free speech. I’d be surprised if many Sarvis supporters even watch the debate.

      • John Keith  I understand he has scored higher in other polls.

      • Lendon two PRIVATE parties should not hold our great republic hostage!

      • Richard  It seems to me that the FCC rule for equal time might apply.  Yeah, I know, federal crap, but when you’re drowning I’m not sure it really makes much difference who throws you the life preserver.

      • Chris  Rules are rules…just like the ones that prevented Ron Paul delegates from casting their votes for Dr. Paul at the convention, right? Because the rules are there, we just just blindly follow them, I guess 

Debate Party June 12 Arlington, VA

13 Jun

Monday, June 13 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm






Young Americans for Liberty


Join us once again at Bailey’s for food, drinks, games,
and lots of TVs to watch the 2nd GOP Presidential
debate!


As always, feel free to invite your friends.


From the Ballston metro stop (orange line),

walk south on Stuart St. 2 blocks