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TEA Party Champion Mike Lee wins Republican Senate Primary

mikeIn one of the closest, and most contested, primary elections in recent memory. Mike Lee edged out Tim Bridgewater for the Republican Senate nomination in Utah.

The two men were in a primary runoff after unseating Bob Bennett in the Utah Republican Primary Caucus.

Mike Lee was supported by Senator Jim DeMint, Freedomworks PAC, The Tea Party Express, Mark Levin, Congressman Tom McClintock, Congressman Ron Paul and Red State’s Erick Erickson - among others.

Mike Lee was the Constitutional Lawyer who pulled his support from the strictly conservative, Barry Goldwater faction of the Republican Party. This victory, along with Rand Paul, Sharron Angle and Marco Rubio, quite clearly represents a snapshot of the state of the Republican Party - there is a new game in town.

Right now though, Mike Lee seems to be the best positioned to win in November and become the TEA Party champion that Dick Armey, Jim DeMint, Ron Paul and Tom McClintock want to put in Washington. Other TEA Party candidates may have a tougher road to November: Rand Paul needs to shake the perception of extreme views from his record, Rubio may have to contend with a Democratic Charlie Crist, and Sharron Angle has to beat Harry Reid.

Either way, the TEA Party Movement just showed their teeth and took a chunk out of the establishment.

Support Mike’s campaign by visiting his website.

Leading House Liberty Republicans McClintock and Paul Endorse Mike Lee

mikeleeShowing leadership in putting pro-market, liberty-oriented candidates in Washington, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) have endorsed Mike Lee in his bid for the GOP nomination for United States Senate in Utah.

The Senate race in Utah is turning out to be a bit of a battle within the Republican Party, with one side, the establishment Republicans, supporting Tim Bridgewater and more conservative Republicans backing Mike Lee.

Because neither candidate was able to win 60% of the delegates at the Utah Republican Party’s convention, the top two candidates, Lee and Tim Bridgewater, will face-off in a primary on Tuesday, June 22nd.

McClintock, who ran against Arnold Schwatzenegger for Governor in 2003 and now represents the California 4th district in Congress called Lee “a true Constitutional Conservative,” adding:

Utahans need someone who won’t simply say no, but who will actively work to turn back the tide of big government.  The American people are desperately looking for leaders who will stop taxpayer bailouts, protect individual liberty, reduce taxes and restore Constitutional principles to Washington - Mike Lee is that leader. Sending Mike to the Senate would not only be a victory for Utahans, but for all Americans.

In his press release, Dr. Paul said,

Reactionary Politics

A friend of mine, who is staff for a prominent modern West Coast Republican congressman, told me that on April 29, a plethora of voters called in opposition to the Puerto Rico Democracy Act. An ocean of misinformation had engulfed these voters and caused them to drown out their rationality.

When experiencing one of these angry (white) voters that day, the emotion and hate was on full display. Getting red in the face as he talked, one conservative screamed at me, “This is a push by the Democrats to make Puerto Rico a state so they can have a filibuster proof majority!”

When I told him that he apparently knew absolutely nothing about the bill, he replied, “I know that the Obama administration cares nothing about the American people or the American people.” When I pointed out that the current status of Puerto Rico, as little more than a territory that is not fully included in our country yet not a country of their own, is a relic of a colonial past, he said, “They need to learn english! If they don’t learn english, they’ll just be second class citizens.” I told him that he was obviously looking at things he didn’t comprehend with little more than his prior prejudices, to which he said, “It’s not prejudice! It’s principle.” I pointed out to him that he was confusing his prejudices with “principles.”

GOP Presidential Primary Will Be Ugly

GOPWhile talking politics with a mentor last night, it dawned on me just how ugly the Presidential primary will be. This also makes me question whether there is any candidate that will actually be able to build enough support to overthrow Obama.

1) There is an increasing divide in the Republican Party

Ron Paul might have been a small player in the last primary, but his support has increased over the past two years. Anyone who knows Paul supporters knows that they are extremely passionate about their views and oftentimes find many problems with mainstream (or neo-conservative) Republicans. Many of these supporters will have a hard time voting for a Republican candidate if they have views that are radically different than Paul.

This divide has shown up recently in the differing reactions to the CPAC straw poll (which Paul won) as well as many neo-conservatives lashing out against the non-interventionist foreign policy of Paul.

2) Romneycare

Unfortunately for Mitt Romney, one of the early front-runners for the GOP nomination, health care will be a much bigger issue than it has been in the past. The more conservative candidate in primaries has the upper hand, as can be seen with Marco Rubio in Florida and Rand Paul in Kentucky. Romney may come off as the strongest leader but his lack of consistent conservative credentials will cause him a lot of trouble in the upcoming primary.

3) Sarah Palin: love or hate?

How to Defend Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy

Over the past few weeks I have had quite a few conversations with Conservatives which have led to a debate about interventionist versus non-interventionist foreign policy.  It usually starts with them attacking Ron Paul for one reason or another (check out this article on Midwest Spin for an example).  After I respond and question their criticism, it usually ends up being their disagreement with his foreign policy.

Foreign policy can be a very complex topic. I think that non-interventionists, for the most part, know why they support that policy much better than your typical interventionist. Many interventionists do not even understand the difference between non-intervention and isolationist.

If you support non-intervention you either have found yourself in a debate and had to defend non-intervention, or you will find yourself in one sometime in the near future. I have found there are a few things to keep in mind when you are in these debates:

1) Be ready to explain the difference between non-interventionism and isolationism. Isolationism is the foreign policy of North Korea. Non-intervention involves open dialogue, free trade, and minding your own business overseas. Two vastly different approaches. Just because you don’t support having a global military empire does not mean you are an isolationist.

2) Know some facts and figures. The United States has over 700 permanent military bases spread out across over 100 nations. Roughly 20% of the federal budget is military expenditures. There are facts and figures that give proof that 1) our military expenditures are financially unsustainable and 2) we most certainly have a foreign policy of intervention and global imperialism.

Podcast: Discussion About CPAC 2010 Guests: Michael Powell, Stephen Gordon

This week, Jason and Brett talk with United Liberty contributor Michael Powell and political consultant Stephen Gordon.

Their discussion centered around CPAC 2010, touching on the GOProud controversy, Ryan Sorba’s commentary, Bob Barr’s panel, torture, and a dalliance into a discussion on protectionism, free markets, and American jobs.

To download the podcast, right-click here and choose “Save Link As…” The introduction music is once again “Silence is Violence” by the always lovely Aimee Allen.

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The Battle Between Light and Darkness in the GOP

There’s something terribly ironic about the fact that Rand Paul may be riding into Kentucky’s United States Senate seat as a beneficiary of Sarah Palin’s endorsement. While they may be politically beneficial to each other, Palin and Paul represent two different approaches to political issues which are diametrically opposed to one another.

Even though it is actually short for Randall, Rand Paul shares in his first name the last name of one of libertarian’s intellectual icons, Ayn Rand, symbolic of his embrace of many of the free market intellectual works that he read as a young adult. Sarah Palin, on the other hand, is unapologetically anti-intellectual, using the description “law professor” to deride Barack Obama, as if teaching law is some sort of epithet.

Will Libertarians Be Represented in 2012 Primaries?

I have a major concern: libertarians will not be represented in the Republican Presidential primaries in 2012.

As Ron Paul has reached an age that makes his battle for the nomination even harder, and Gary Johnson’s lack of exposure makes his nomination unlikely, libertarians are faced with a major dilemma as the 2012 presidential primaries near.

Yes, Obama has done a terrible job by any stretch of the imagination. But libertarians know McCain would have hardly been a better choice. If anything McCain’s election would have made it nearly impossible for a Republican to be elected president for the next two decades because his disastrous policies would have been (wrongly) blamed on free market policies. I for one do not think Obama’s election was as undesirable as McCain’s would have been.

2012 will be a year of tough choices for libertarians. Can we honestly vote for a neo-con who we hardly agree with? Would you cast a ballot for Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, or Mitt Romney? Even Tim Pawlenty’s credentials are questionable with his all-out embrace with the climate change movement.

What will be interesting to see is how “conservatives” react to the growing libertarian voting bloc. Will conservatives understand why we want marijuana legalized? Why we want the Federal Reserve abolished? Why we think our foreign policy is disastrous? When you ask yourself these questions and think about casting a vote for Palin, Huckabee, or Romney, can you stomach that vote?

Podcast: Liberty Candidate - Valerie Meyers

In a special podcast, Jason and Brett interview Valerie Meyers, as she discusses her campaign, issues, and her candidacy.  Meyers is currently a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in Georgia’s 8th Congressional District.

This special edition podcast is the second in a series devoted to showcasing liberty candidates nationwide.  Meyers talks about her liberty-focused campaign against an incumbent “Blue Dog” Democrat in Georgia and several fellow GOP candidates in the primary.

You can download the podcast here (38 minutes/35 MB). The introduction music is “Silence is Violence” by the always lovely Aimee Allen.

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Podcast: FY09 Deficit, Lindsey Graham vs. Ron Paul, Arizona police shooting of homeowner; Guest: Katie Brewer

Jason and Brett had their first guest on the podcast.  They were joined by Katie Brewer, Ms. June in the Ladies of Liberty Alliance calendar, former co-host of Liberty Cafe Show, Steering committee member for the Texans for Accountable Government PAC, liberty activist, and home schooling mom of two girls.

Together, they discuss:

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