Friday, March 7, 2014

Analysis on CPAC

Some thoughts on the ground at CPAC 2014:

* Ted Cruz has been the most dynamic personality on the stage. He expresses the clearest, boldest conservative ideas. He gave a muscular response to the establishment GOP tactic to sit back and let Obamacare collapse, specifically, that standing for nothing is a sure way to lose elections. His proposal to abolish the IRS might sound fringe to the mainstream media, but one that would play well in flyover country. He will continue to be a force in the 2016 calculus.

* Chris Christie got a warm welcome, but it seems that welcome owes more to Christie's status as a mainstream media target than as a movement conservative. He said conservatives need to articulate more positive ideas., but didn't articulate what those ideas are. Given his ideas on immigration and Obamacare, among others, maybe it's better he didn't articulate them.

* There is a definite libertarian presence here. Panel discussion on Edward Snowden and NSA privacy issues produced mixed responses from the audience. Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore got boos for defending NSA and calling Snowden a traitor.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

FCC: Obama's Latest Out-of-Control Agency

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Not content with having roughly 98 percent of the American news media carrying its water, the Obama administration apparently decided the outstanding two percent needed to be handled as if it were a fledgling Tea Party group applying for tax-exempt status.  Continue reading...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Democracy on Life Support

  Barack Obama's recent State of the Union speech may have been the final warning for those who treasure democracy and personal liberties as we have come to know them in this country. He told us before his election that he would "fundamentally transform" this country, and half the country cheered. He and his minions in Congress passed Obamacare in the dark of night, and the media smiled. His IRS waged war on Obama's political opponents, and we were told it was much ado about nothing. 

If freedom is a lit candle, the flame is barely flickering right now. Obama's State of the Union speech represented his attempt to blow the flame out completely. Never before has a leader of this country so brazenly tried to seize power and circumvent the basic constructs of our representative government. Richard Nixon's Watergate follies seem quaint by comparison. And instead of being outraged, the nation largely sighed and planned their Super Bowl parties. 

The midterm elections this fall may well represent the last chance to preserve our democratic form of government as we know it. The effect of re-installing Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House would begin a death spiral for democracy. Knowing Obama's time in the Oval Office is running short, a Pelosi-Reid Congress would work frenetically to implement the left's dream agenda vis-a-vis Obamacare, amnesty, gun control, et al. The damage would likely not be undone in even our childrens' lifetimes. Only a 2010-esque rejection of the Democrat slate will serve to thwart the remaining Obama term and begin turning the U.S.S. America away from the icebergs.  



  

Saturday, October 5, 2013

In Defense of Ted Cruz

After his marathon filibuster against Obamacare, Ted Cruz is now public enemy #1 to the left. Hear Liberty Drive's defense of the senator and why he is right and his critics are wrong. 

Is Hillary Inevitable?

Concerned that Hillary Clinton will be our next president? You should be. But there are a lot of reasons why she is beatable. Read my article on Politichicks.tv and find out why. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Individual vs. The Collective

On the July 28 episode of Liberty Drive, I interviewed former KGB general Oleg Kalugin (see show link below). It was a truly fascinating conversation. Here we had Liberty Drive, a bastion of conservative ideas inspired by the likes of Reagan, Friedman and Limbaugh. On the other hand a defector from the old Soviet Union who, while he has renounced the brutality of that regime, remains in his words a believer in the collective. I believe this merits more examination than the time limits of the show allowed us. 

During the interview, Mr. Kalugin said that socialism itself is not a bad thing and that, without the mass murder and depravity we have seen in certain regimes, can be a good thing. To that I would respond, "where on Earth has it been done right?" Socialist regimes are by nature repressive. Anyone stepping out of line from the collective ideal is squashed like a bug. One only needs to recall the image of the student in Tiananmen Square facing down a Chinese tank barrel.   

The concept of socialism may be appealing in the faculty lounge of your local university, but in the real world it never lives up to its promises. Why? Maybe because the spirit of human beings yearns to be free, to sets one's own dreams and follow them. That is not possible under socialism, where a handful of elites live like kings and the masses live in equally distributed misery. 

Since its founding, the United States has been a beacon to people around the world yearning to be free. What was it that attracted them? The promise of generous government benefits? No, the capitalist economic engine created a level of prosperity that was unrivaled anywhere else. That, coupled with a bill of rights that raised the individual above the state, made this country a unique and daring experiment that some people would literally risk their lives to join. It is truly perplexing that people who have been the beneficiaries of this system seem so nonchalant about tossing it aside for the empty promises of the collective. 

--Your Liberty Drive host

Hear the episode here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/libertydrive/2013/07/28/oleg-kalugin-former-kgb-spymaster 


Monday, July 8, 2013

Liberty Drive Host Talks GOP's Future

Brian, your beloved Liberty Drive host, recently went on Michael Lane's talk show Like It or Not on BlogTalkRadio. We talked about the state of the GOP, Obama's plans to divide the country, and prospects for the 2014 mid-term elections. Hear the show here.