This Would Be Real Election Fun

In the last few hours, I’ve become a big fan of what Hillary Clinton is trying to do.  In fact, I’d like to see her continue her campaign all the way through the general election.  Think about how much fun we’d have with this unlikely scenario…

HC leaves the Democratic Party and runs as an independent.  As a result, she will receive some backhanded support from some Republicans (a la Operation Chaos) in order to take votes away from Obama.  Not enough for her to beat McCain, but enough that Obama couldn’t win.  Hillary would continue portraying herself as a populist, and her (correct) argument that she’s the best candidate to take on McCain would pull some of Obama’s votes away from him.  To counter, Obama would have to fight with her for votes while also giving backhanded support to the Libertarian and Constitution Party candidates to take help take votes from McCain, at the same time defending against the Green Party.

There would be lots of positioning and strategery going on, and every candidate would have to go out on a limb to really distinguish themselves from the candidate that’s closest to them philosophically.  So instead of ridiculous arguments between Dems and Reps over silly details, we’d get real four and five way debate.  People would get taken to task by the other candidates on real issues, and no one would be afraid to call bullshit when the opportunity presented itself.

Kind of how an election should really be, huh?

Gas Prices Aren’t Too High

That got your attention, huh?

As evidence I submit my venture to Sundown in the City on Thursday.  Sundown in the City is a series of outdoor concerts put on each summer in Market Square.  There’s no charge for admission, and they draw insane crowds.  I haven’t been to Sundown in the City in a couple of years, but I went on Thursday to see Robert Earl Keen.  Huge crowd, and an unbelievable amount of smokers.

Before I go any further…I don’t care if you smoke.  You have every right to do so, and I think the ban on smoking inside is a bunch of crap.  It’s your body-trash it if you want to.  If I don’t want to be around it, I can (and do) choose not to be around it.  That problem is easily solved.

But I didn’t realize that so many people still smoke.  What is this, 1978?  Maybe they were smoking so much because they aren’t allowed to do it inside anymore?  Maybe they are all nervous about the fact that gas and food prices are so high?  Maybe they spent the money they would have spent on fuel for this years family vacation on cigarettes since they wouldn’t be able to go anywhere this year?

I don’t know.  But I started thinking that, while gases prices are high, they aren’t so high that people can’t afford the luxury of cooking themselves from the inside.  I mean, this is literally just burning money, and a lot of it.  To be fair, I didn’t hear anyone complaining about gas prices in between puffs, but I’d bet dollars to donuts that some of them had complained in the last 24 hours, probably the last time they filled up and bought a pack of smokes.

So as high as prices are, I think we’ll survive–at least long enough to demand in our old age that someone give us free health care to take care of all those problems caused by smoking.

Is There Any Choice Other Than The Free Market?

I’ll take any motherfucker’s money if they’re giving it away.”
–Clay Davis

One of the biggest arguments I read against allowing the market to solve problems like health care and fuel costs is that the market simply can’t do it. Why not?

The argument goes that these businesses, along with the pharmaceutical companies, are basically government supported monopolies. They’ve been allowed to run roughshod over the consumer, charging outrageous prices and raking in cash left and right while the average person suffers from their oppression. How did this happen?

Reelect Clay DavisThe argument goes that politicians are bought and paid for by these companies. They have highly paid lobbyists who influence legislation that allows their industries to thrive, and they have friends in high places that are former board members and/or holders of large portions of their stocks.

According to the argument, the government, politicians, regulatory commissions, and entire bureaucracies are basically extensions of these powerful corporations and are nothing more than puppets held by Wall Street strings. It’s actually a pretty convincing argument, and from what I’ve seen recently seems pretty reasonable.

Now let me get this straight–the solutions to these problems lie in government? According to the argument, isn’t that the cause of the problem to begin with?

Libertarian Party Agenda–Keep Hillary Clinton Out of Office

The “party of principle” compromised its principles over the weekend in some people’s eyes by choosing Bob Barr as its Presidential nominee. You may ask why that matters since they don’t have a legitimate shot of winning anyway. Well, to hard liners like Christine Smith, the Libertarian Party is just a shell of itself and no longer worthy of their participation. Her comments here actually sum up the very reason I’ve never been a member of the LP, although I usually vote Libertarian: I’m completely turned off by the term “true libertarian”. Even amongst the hard liners, there is constant bickering about who is the real libertarian. According to Smith, the Party is now dead.

tangleBut the LP may have actually accomplished something important this weekend after all–the stonewalling of Hillary Clinton until at least 2016. If Christine Smith is right and Bob Barr is just a neocon in libertarian clothing, he’s going to get a lot of protest votes from Republicans who aren’t happy with McCain’s nomination–maybe enough to cost him the election. That would set Obama up to win, keeping Hillary on the sidelines for 2012 as well.

Too funny.

Everything I Need To Know I Learned From Hip Hop

The sad thing is, this isn’t really hip hop, and that’s at least one side of the point of this clip. As the “rapper” states at the beginning of the song, there’s no way to go platinum doing songs with hooks and concepts.

I was listening to the Old School Rap channel on cable the other night. I can’t believe how bland and boring rap has become in comparison to the old stuff. I thought new country was bad until I compared old and new rap.

Anyway, enjoy the video and its social commentary. There’s actually a point if you understand that this is satire.

Not safe for work, at least at most jobs.

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H/T Instapundit.

Libertarian Party Convention

So I just got a chance to watch last night’s Libertarian Presidential candidates’ debate and the candidates speeches leading up to the nomination, and I gotta tell ya–not that excited about Bob Barr as the nominee.  I’m sure he’ll get more votes than most of the other candidates could have, but I’m not sure that really matters unless you are a Republican and are worried about the LP stealing voters.

I actually thought Wayne Allyn Root could have done a decent job as the nominee.  He’s a salesman and very enthusiastic.  We decided he sort of reminded us of an older Sean Astin who’d had a bunch of Red Bulls.  I think he also had the best line of the debates, even though it was prepared:

“The difference between Las Vegas and Washington D.C. is that in Vegas the drunks gamble with their own money, not yours.”

Maybe I can live with Root as the VP candidate and will let that persuade me to vote LP, but I’m not sure.

Isn’t it interesting that all the major parties are in turmoil?  The situation iwth Hillary and Barack is the obvious example, but the Republicans have similar issues with their talk radio propgandists displeasure with McCain and the Ron Paul supporters.  Watching the speeches, there are some people who are extremely dissatisfied with Bob Barr even being called a Libertarian.  Christine Smith’s speech was pretty critical, but she seemed like a recruiter for a cult or something…a little scary.

And isn’t the Green Party having some kind of issues as well?  I don’t really keep up with them much, but I remember reading about some major GP person getting mad and leaving the party.

Chaos is probably the best thing that could happen to the people of this country, especially chaos within the two major parties.

Bidding for Ron Paul’s Donor List

David Weigel was on C-SPAN tonight talking about the Libertarian Party convention, and he brought up something that’s pretty interesting regarding Ron Paul’s donor list.  That’s a pretty valuable list.  It’s very long, and made up of people who are willing to donate money for a political cause–enough money to cause a problem for somebody, most likely John McCain.  Weigel mentioned that Constitution Party nominee Chuck Baldwin who had previously endorsed Paul’s candidacy may have a shot at getting this list.

So Ron Paul is in an enviable situation.  On one hand, he’s got the Libertarian and Constitution parties both wanting his valuable donor list and endorsement.  On the other hand, he’s still officially running for the nomination himself in the very party who would most be hurt by him supporting someone else.  And he surely has some of that major stack of cash he raised left over that the RNC would love to get their hands on.  Will they be willing to sell him a prime speaking spot at their convention?