Archive for the 'Elections' Category

Setting up the straw man

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

About a week after the Libertarian Party convention in Orlando rebuffed the candidacies of John McAfee and a few other freedom radicals over the Memorial Day weekend — instead deciding to try again with “moderate” former New Mexico Republican Gov. Gary Johnson and the even less libertarian gun-grabbing Republican Bill Weld of Massachusetts — party […]

Other candidates talk about guns

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

(A version of this column, filed for an early April deadline, appears in the June 10 issue of “Firearms News,” formerly “Shotgun News,” on newsstands now.) A regular reader asked why — since I mentioned Donald Trump’s position on gun rights recently — I haven’t mentioned other presidential candidates who might honor the Second Amendment.

Politics Creates Anarchists (true or false?)

Friday, May 27th, 2016

  My (dear, departed) father was active for some time — a few years, perhaps — with the LP, decades ago. Later, he declared himself (at least quietly, to me) an anarchist. He was a peace loving man, and never quite grokked the vital importance of guns in peaceful hands to a free society. But, […]

“A Fount of Strange Wisdom”

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Post title pilfered from this Reason “Hit and Run” blog post. Images mainly stolen from McAfee’s F***book pages, here and here.

Is Donald the GOP’s Doctor Doom?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

A friend who’s a Republican (hey, no one’s perfect) writes to ask: “In your opinion, with The Donald at the GOP’s helm, are we doomed? I say nay, but others say oh hell yes. I think Hillary is too unsavory for most to support while the Donald’s brashness appeals to the lowest (voting) common denominator. […]

“Uninstall the system”

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Or, Confessions of a Disillusioned (Former) Libertarian (by the Brunette)

‘The Annual Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner’

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

I grew up in a New England Democratic family. Since politics were a matter of culture and ethnicity (I never actually heard it described that way — we just knew), it would have seemed unnatural for us Swamp Yankees to be anything else.

Donald Trump on Guns

Friday, April 1st, 2016

(A version of this column appears in the May 10 edition of “Firearms News,” formerly “Shotgun News,” on newsstands this week.)

We’ll tell you who you can vote for (the ones who have already sold you out, of course)

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Arnold Knightly, editor of the Pahrump Valley Times (which is owned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a newspaper that’s gotten rid of all its own libertarian columnists and editorial writers) recently ran an Op-ed by our friend Thomas Knapp, via the good offices of the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism, challenging the […]

Dems can’t help themselves . . . it’s guns once again

Friday, September 4th, 2015

What’s that? The next presidential election is still 14 months away? Sorry, but Americans are sports fans, and they’ve expressed a growing preference for the multi-level “playoff.” Not enough anymore for a team to be quietly awarded a trophy or “pennant” for simply winning the most games over the course of a long season. No. […]