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Why a Libertarian Vote Matters

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Courtesy of the League of Women Voters
Courtesy of the League of Women Voters
MONTICELLO — In hopes of limiting facebook political rants, I’m blogging for those wishing to consider and discuss.

We just thought it was ugly so far.

Prior to Labor Day weekend, I plan to vote for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate. In a nutshell, here’s why:

If you want to keep the wars, vote Democlican or Republicrat.
If you want to keep the drug war, vote Democlican or Republicrat.
If you want to remain a slave to the Federal Reserve, vote Democlican or Republicrat.

If you think it’s insanity to continue things more-or-less the way they’ve been while expecting change — well, you know what I think. Just remember: when civil liberties disappear, it’s impossible to correct government.

(Note: I plagiarized myself by writing the previous bit here, posting it to facebook, then deciding to repost it here yet again.)Read more: Why a Libertarian Vote Matters

Knowledge is Power

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Election 2012: Get Informed

Click the above link for info on the quiz to determine which U.S. Presidential candidate most aligns with your views.

Election 2012: Get Informed

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Courtesy of the League of Women Voters
Courtesy of the League of Women Voters

Are you among those wishing to break America’s duopoly in national politics?

Do you know if your candidate actually shares your views?

In 2012, don’t vote the party line; vote for the candidate who represents you. Find out through this quiz!
Made by self-proclaimed unaffiliated political enthusiasts, the quiz allows you to expand responses and assign importance to answers.

Once you finish, check each candidate’s support across the nation, or view how each state leans from those who’ve participated. As of Wednesday, July 18, Gary Johnson seems most attuned to Southern voters while Maryland supports Obama and Alabama supports Romney.

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Alabama Governor Bentley Sticks Foot in Mouth, Again

Home | Elections 2012 | Alabama Governor Bentley Sticks Foot in Mouth, Again

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley seems to like the taste of his own toes. He sticks his foot in his mouth so often that people down south have taken to calling him “Goober” after the character on the Andy Griffith Show who just could not keep his mouth shut even though he rarely knew what he was talking about.

But that’s Alabama for you, where the state’s history is rife with goofy governors, especially Republicans like Guy Hunt and Fob James.

This time, the mainstream Associated Press picked up Bentley’s comments suggesting that Massachusetts Mormon Mitt Romney might want to release his tax records if he wants to be president as President Barack Obama has been saying regularly on the campaign trail of late. It was Saturday at the National Governors Association conference in Virginia, and a reporter just happened to spot Bentley and ask him whether he thought Romney should release his tax returns. The governor said yes – adding that he believes in transparency and releases his own tax returns every year.

“If you have things to hide, then maybe you’re doing things wrong,” Bentley reportedly said. “I think you ought to be willing to release everything to the American people.”

After Democrats seized on his words and the comments began to be picked up on blogs, Facebook posts and Twitter Tweets, Bentley later stuck his foot even further into his mouth, saying he still believes Romney’s taxes should be released and he believes in transparency, but his staff issued a statement insisting he wasn’t implying that Romney had anything to hide.

“I believe my comments were taken out of context, they were not reported in their entirety, and I want to make sure the record is set straight,” Governor Bentley said in this statement. “I believe in trasparency, and that was the basis for my answer. I personally choose to release my own returns each year, and there was no effort to imply that Mr. Romney has anything to hide.

“While I believe in total transparency, I also believe much of the rhetoric surrounding Mitt Romney’s personal finances is nothing more than an attempt by Democrats to distract from the real issues of the presidential campaign,” Bentley said. “The real issues are the economy, employment and getting America back on the right track. I fully support Mitt Romney and his vision for our country, and I will do everything I can to help get him elected.”

Woops. Too late, and wrong.

Romney’s record on the economy is not only fair game in the campaign, it is sort of critical for voters to know what kind of president he would be if elected. If his record as a business administrator are any indication, he will outsource jobs overseas, hide his personal wealth in overseas accounts, and then lie about it, according to the AP.

Bentley has his own political problems back home in Alabama. Perhaps he should stick to trying to set things right in his home state. He has made the state the butt of national and international jokes once again as a racist place for passing a discriminatory and draconian immigration law in a state where illegal immigrants are hardly a problem at all compared to California, Arizona and Texas.

He presides over a state in which all three branches of government are run by a rapid, right-wing Christian tea party that has damaged the very thing everyone seems to value most: the business recruitment climate. They have ruined public television and are hell bent on destroying the unions, just like the Republicans tried to do in Wisconsin. They are trying their best to run off school teachers and even turn the public schools into Christian schools.

They are going to join a few other so-called conservative states in defying the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, even though a conservative U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law.

All of this begs a few questions on this Sunday morning.

Are people still trying to secede from the rest of the country and the world by creating a safe little poor place for only uneducated, white Christian radicals to live?

Doesn’t it sort of remind you of the Civil War all over again?

Why would any half-way intelligent person want to live and work in Alabama?

Perhaps it’s time to make that move out West, my friends, or at least escape to the mountains of North Carolina or Virginia.

If some smart, progressive Democrats don’t get it together and take back over this state — and soon — they will see a brain drain like nothing they have seen so far. Most of the kids from Alabama who manage to get out and get an education today don’t come back anyway. They know there are better opportunities elsewhere where a higher percentage of the population can at least think for themselves.

While many talented and intelligent people have come from Alabama, it is becoming an almost unbearable intellectual wasteland of morons and dingbats, even on the political left. What is an educated person to do? Get out, that’s what.

Wake Up! America (or what’s left of it)

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voteMONTICELLO — A few months ago I decided I would not vote for Barack Obama in 2012; now I have determined no one deserves to stay in their elected post this year.

First, though, I cannot vote for someone who tears down the Bill of Rights.

It’s one of the reasons I HATED George Bush, and I do not use the word HATE lightly. Obama signed HR 347 into law. I cannot “cotton” that. Making it illegal to protest near the president or anyone else with Secret Service protection IS cutting off your nose to spite your face. I tried, really hard, to stick with the man. I cannot do so any longer in good conscience.

I expected Obama to stand on principle, i.e. the Bill of Rights provides the entire foundation of our country’s individual freedoms. He knew when he signed the bill exactly what it would mean. It concerns me more than the economy, more than this flap over giving Mexican gangs guns — a stupid move by both the Bush and Obama administrations — more than Obama basically giving amnesty to illegal immigrants, more than the Republican attack on women and more than the Civil Rights struggle for gay Americans. Without the Bill of Rights, you cannot legally complain about any of that.

So I’ve made up my mind (and counted to three): They all must go.

The corruption starts in the legislature, permeates the executive branch and is codified by the judiciary. I honestly believed Obama would be different from Bush; he is, i.e. he’s more underhanded in implementing this crap. Makes me think we’ll see someone leap in to run against Obama and Romney at the last minute, which will seem like a fixer, but will ultimately turn out to be worse than anyone previously considered. I hope I’m wrong.

It’s a mixture of HR347 and the NDAA that’s scary. Once they get into the Bill of Rights, nothing will keep them from destroying it all. That’s a venerable piece of hemp containing these truths. It’s very fragile, just like our democracy — um, pardon me, republic. It’s the only thing that really keeps us civil when others start claiming the right to invade our bodies and our minds. Without it, them fightin’ words become dyin’ words. They don’t have to restrict a “press” in the hands of so few.

I don’t know of a greater evil than infringing on the Bill of Rights. Mixing religion and politics may be evil, but if we don’t have the Bill of Rights, it doesn’t matter if we think so. When they attack any of the Bill of Rights — free speech, religion, protest, owning guns, speedy trial by an impartial jury, no self-incrimination or mandatory housing of soldiers, no unreasonable search and seizure, no double jeopardy, no excessive bail, no cruel and unusual punishment, states granted rights not reserved for federal government and no one right having precedence over another — they attack it ALL. I cannot/will not stomach that.

The whole system needs an overhaul. I’ve decided to vote third party nationally; the other two are a joke. We won’t have true change until the duopoly breaks. When we keep choosing between the lesser of two evils, should we ever be surprised that they’re still evil?

They’re all to blame. I haven’t figure where my presidential vote goes yet, but it won’t be to the Republicans or the Democrats, who both seem set on destroying the Republic in favor of fascism.

I encourage you to vote if you’re taking the time to keep up. If not, please stay home rather than blindly give your vote to someone who does not have the nation’s best interests in his heart.


Moderation Provides the Key

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MONTICELLO — Two black cats laze on the hardwoods while the gray perches in the high chair.

Cats — big and small — seldom waste steps, in essence an efficiently ruthless killing machine. If not on the prowl, they move in moderation.

Life is generally good in moderation. Excess breeds addiction.


According to historian Donald Holley, Monticello helped lead the anti-liquor movement within the state in the late 1800s, as the local Women’s Christian Temperance Union shut down the town’s saloons in 1888.  The Monticello chapter of the Ku Klux Klan provided “extra-legal assistance” in Prohibition enforcement during the 1920s.

In short, Monticello faces a truly historic challenge this fall as it considers whether to go “wet.”

I know this mindset, i.e. I grew up Missionary Baptist. We didn’t drink; we didn’t dance.

But I needed money to go to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. I didn’t come from a lot of money; I worked two or three jobs at a time going to school. I waited tables, barbacked and bartended my way through, earning a bachelor’s and master’s without owing anyone a dime in student loans.

Mama Macy grieved me for “slingin’ that whisky.” It paid the bills.

Does alcohol negatively affect people? To say it doesn’t would be disingenuous. But it is also disingenuous to pretend keeping sales outside the city limits will “save” the inhabitants of Drew County. Years ago when I first came through Monticello, you would drive by a “Jesus Saves … Let Him” sign just prior to getting to the liquor store.

Drink responsibly! Use wooden wine glasses in hot tubs!

I would encourage the good citizens of Monticello to let him save, but otherwise help the city gain sales tax revenue from bringing alcohol-serving businesses into town. Morality should not be legislated; it’s easy to make laws to target folks, but then don’t be surprised when you end up targeted.

The vast majority of adults who drink do so in moderation, which is great not only for alcohol but also for proselytizing.


Ani DiFranco plays “Which Side Are You On?” in the background.


One last drop: It’s time for a “sin” tax on soft drinks in Arkansas. For those so concerned about what I’m drinking, two can play at that game.


Citizen’s Responsibility

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voteContinuing a long-running trend