Friday, January 26, 2007

LP Flash Needed

This is pretty clever. I just found it on the Constitution Party website. Is there someone at LP headquarters who can make these for LP candidates?

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Robert E. Lee

Yesterday was the 200th anniversary of the birth of General Robert E. Lee. Tomorrow is the birthday of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.

Today's politicians are tiny, buzzing gnats compared to these giants of Christian character.
Unlike his northern counterpart, Ulysses S. Grant, General Lee never sanctioned or condoned slavery. Upon inheriting slaves from his deceased father-in-law, Lee immediately freed them. And according to historians, Jackson enjoyed a familial relationship with those few slaves which were in his home. In addition, unlike Abraham Lincoln and U.S. Grant, neither Lee nor Jackson ever spoke disparagingly of the black race.
Praise for Lee and Jackson, by Chuck Baldwin

I'd like to think that if they could travel through time to our day, Lee and Jackson would see the error of taking up arms against King Lincoln and his mercantilist invaders, and leaving 700,000 dead.

At 200, Lee's halo still largely intact

Robert E. Lee, Version 200 -

The Sun News 01/18/2007 Remember Robert E. Lee, a man of character - Remembering Lee--a true American hero, and man of character

Virginia honors 200th anniversary of Robert E. Lee's birth, though some frown on state funding

Monday, January 15, 2007

Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them

Philippe Legrain, author of the critically-acclaimed Open World: The Truth About Globalization, has written a book that further defends globalization and open borders. Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them shows why international anti-immigration is as silly as closing the borders between Missouri and Arkansas.

A Google search shows the book listed on Amazon's sites in the UK, Canada, Germany and France, but not in the U.S.

I have recently begun a new website to defend globalization from a Christian perspective:

Monday, January 01, 2007

A Libertarian's New Year's Resolutions

A Libertarian's New Year's Resolutions
by Harry Browne
Posted: December 31, 1998

I resolve to sell liberty by appealing to the self-interest of each prospect, rather than preaching to people and expecting them to suddenly adopt my ideas of right and wrong.

I resolve to keep from being drawn into arguments or debates. My purpose is to inspire people to want liberty -- not to prove that they're wrong.

I resolve to listen when people tell me of their wants and needs, so I can help them see how a free society will satisfy those needs.

I resolve to identify myself, when appropriate, with the social goals someone may seek -- a cleaner environment, more help for the poor, a less divisive society -- and try to show him that those goals can never be achieved by government, but will be well served in a free society.

I resolve to be compassionate and respectful of the beliefs and needs that lead people to seek government help. I don't have to approve of their subsidies or policies -- but if I don't acknowledge their needs, I have no hope of helping them find a better way to solve their problems.

No matter what the issue, I resolve to keep returning to the central point: how much better off the individual will be in a free society.

I resolve to acknowledge my good fortune in having been born an American. Any plan for improvement must begin with a recognition of the good things we have. To speak only of America's defects will make me a tiresome crank.

I resolve to focus on the ways America could be so much better with a very small government -- not to dwell on all the wrongs that exist today.

I resolve to cleanse myself of hate, resentment, and bitterness. Such things steal time and attention from the work that must be done.

I resolve to speak, dress, and act in a respectable manner. I may be the first Libertarian someone has encountered, and it's important that he get a good first impression. No one will hear the message if the messenger is unattractive.

I resolve to remind myself that someone's "stupid" opinion may be an opinion I once held. If I can grow, why can't I help him grow?

I resolve not to raise my voice in any discussion. In a shouting match, no one wins, no one changes his mind, and no one will be inspired to join our quest for a free society.

I resolve not to adopt the tactics of Republicans and Democrats. They use character assassination, evasions, and intimidation because they have no real benefits to offer Americans. We, on the other hand, are offering to set people free -- and so we can win simply by focusing on the better life our proposals will bring.

I resolve to be civil to my opponents, and treat them with respect. However anyone chooses to treat me, it's important that I be a better person than my enemies.