“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Sunday, May 12, 2013

"This battle for the soul of the Republican Party [is] between people who are actually interested in cutting the size of government establishment that is more scared," says Reason Editor in Chief Matt Welch. "I think, right now, this is the national political story that is the most interesting."


  1. All Libertarians are invited to come to the Republican party and join the effort of creating a smaller government.

    1. I backed the GOP efforts to make a smaller governemt for forty years.

      They failed at it time and again.
      Even their "Best", merely a 'New Dealer' retread, that exploded the debt.
      Their worse, madee Bill Clinton look like a fiscal conservative.

      The one Republican that really took a swipe at making government smaller, the House Republicans fired him.
      Joe Starbucks said it was because he was working closely with Bill Clinton, and the GOP couldn't have that.

      The Republican Party is a Big Governemt, Socialist Federal Party.

      Medicare Part B proves the point.
      The way the GOP prosecuted the Iraq War, proof again that the GOP wants government to grow.

    2. Bob: All Libertarians are invited to come to the Republican party and join the effort of creating a smaller government.

      That means deep cuts in defense and no more federal buyouts of that bottom land along the Big Muddy where rednecks have located their trailers.

    3. TeresitaSun May 12, 09:57:00 AM EDT

      To recap.

      You did in deed pretend to be a catholic lesbian for several years until you were out as a fraud and a fake?

      Am I making any of this up?

      Just confirming....

    4. "A man can be many things."

      So can a woman.


    5. Is a woman that pretends to be a woman, that like woman, that pretends to be a man, who is a man, be a woman?

    6. You are confusing poor ol' Bob. Quit!


    7. You did in deed pretend to be a catholic lesbian for several years until you were out as a fraud and a fake?

      Whatever makes your tail wag faster WiO.

    8. No Just the FACTS

      Be honest for a chance.

      Come clean.

      Did you or did you not mislead the blog for years pretending to be a catholic lesbian?

    9. The first law of the Blog Formerly Known As Elephant Bar is do not bore Deuce.

    10. Bob: All Libertarians are invited to come to the Republican party and join the effort of creating a smaller government.

      A smaller government that nonetheless insists on keeping Terri Schialvo alive, F-35 procurements on track, medical marijuana users in prison, Ellen from marrying Portia, and making sure women carry their fetuses full term.

    11. Fake women carry their fetuses in jars.

  2. Judge Jeanine on Benghazi today -

    Strong woman.

    1. Everyone should watch this it's great.

  3. The Republicans need no help in making their party smaller.

  4. By: Patrick J. Buchanan
    5/10/2013 09:45 AM

    Has the bell begun to toll for the GOP?

    The question arises while reading an analysis of Census Bureau statistics on the 2012 election by Dan Balz and Ted Mellnik.

    One sentence in their Washington Post story fairly leaps out:

    “The total number of white voters actually decreased between 2008 and 2012, the first such drop by any group within the population since the bureau started to issue such statistics.”

    America’s white majority, which accounts for nine in 10 of all Republican votes in presidential elections, is not only shrinking as a share of the electorate, but it is declining in numbers, as well.

    The Balz-Mellnik piece was primarily about the black vote.

    Sixty-six percent of the black electorate turned out, to 64 percent of the white electorate. Black turnout in 2012 was higher by 1.7 million than in 2008. Hispanic turnout rose by 1.4 million votes.

    But from 2008 to 2012, the white vote fell by 2 million.

    This is the crisis of the Grand Old Party:

    Minorities, peoples of color — Hispanic, black, Asian — gave 80 percent of their votes to Obama. And while the minorities’ share of the electorate was 26 percent in 2012, minorities constitute 36.3 percent of the population. And their share of both the electorate and the population is inexorably rising.

    Obama won only 39 percent of White America, lowest ever of any victorious presidential candidate. But he did not need any more white votes, when he was carrying people of color 4 to 1.

    Any good news in the Census Bureau report for the GOP?

    Only this: The tremendous turnout of black Americans in 2012 was surely due to Obama’s being under ferocious attack and in peril of being repudiated. Black folks turned out in record numbers to rescue the first black president. That situation will not recur in 2016.

    Yet the bad news for the Republican Party does not cease.

    While the total Hispanic vote rose by 1.4 million between 2008 and 2012, some 12 million eligible Hispanics did not bother to vote. And when one considers that Romney lost Hispanics 71-27, any Democratic effort to get out the Hispanic vote is going to be problematic for the GOP.

    Only 48 percent of eligible Asians voted. But when they did, they went 70 percent Democratic. Asians’ numbers, too, are growing, and as more go to the polls, the GOP crisis deepens.


    1. Obama won only 39 percent of White America, lowest ever of any victorious presidential candidate. But he did not need any more white votes, when he was carrying people of color 4 to 1.

      I don't understand what that means, all these colors being tossed around. I don't believe there is such a thing as race. It's an artificial construct, like Hispanic, or Aryan. Mr. Obama's mother is "white".

  5. {…}
    The Republican response to this gathering disaster?

    Led by Sens. Marco Rubio, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, Republicans are pushing for amnesty and “a path to citizenship” for the 11 to 12 million illegal aliens in the country today.

    Who are these folks? Perhaps half are Hispanic, but 90 percent are people of color who, once registered, vote 4-to-1 Democratic. One would not be surprised to hear that the Senate Democratic Caucus had broken out into chants of “Go, Marco, Go!”

    Setting aside the illegals invasion Bush 41 and Bush 43 refused to halt, each year a million new immigrants enter and move onto a fast track to citizenship. Between 80 and 90 percent now come from the Third World, and once naturalized, they vote 80 percent Democratic.

    This brings us back around to the Electoral College.

    After Richard Nixon cobbled together his New Majority, the GOP carried 49 states in 1972 and in 1984, 44 states in 1980 and 40 in 1988. In four elections — 1972, 1984, 1988 and 2004 — the Republican Party swept all 11 states of FDR’s “Solid South.”

    Such were the fruits of that evil Southern Strategy.

    But when conservatives urged Bush 1 to declare a moratorium on legal immigration in 1992 and build a security fence, the politically correct Republican establishment fought tooth and nail to keep the idea out of the platform.

    So, where are we?

    Eighteen states, including four of the seven mega-states — California, New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania — have gone Democratic in six straight elections. Two others, Florida and Ohio, have gone Democratic twice in a row. And white folks are now a minority in the last mega-state, Texas.

    In Ohio, which produced seven Republican presidents, more than any other state, Republicans are dropping out, and may be dying out.

    “Eight years ago, blacks and whites voted at about the same rate (in Ohio),” write Balz and Mellnik. In 2008, “the participation rate for whites dropped to 65 percent, while the rate for blacks rose to 70 percent. Last November, the turnout rate among whites fell to 62 percent, while the rate for blacks ticked up to 72 percent.”

    From these Census figures, white folks are losing interest in politics and voting. Yet, whites still constitute three-fourths of the electorate and nine in 10 Republican votes.

    Query: Is the way to increase the enthusiasm and turnout among this three-fourths of the electorate for the GOP to embrace amnesty and a path to citizenship for 12 million illegal foreign aliens?

    Or is it to demand the sealing of America’s borders against any and all intruders?

    Just asking.

    1. The "Best" path for the GOP to take, on those in the country without proper documentation ...

      A pathway to legal residency, not citizenship, should be their course.

      A pathway that is easy to travel and inviting.

      Then use the IRS to crack down on the illegals using the same SS numbers in multiple locations. closing the cracks in the E-Verify system. Deport those that do not register for the "Pathway to Residency".

      If ending illegal border crossing and the undocumented already here is the issue.

    2. Demand that every resident carry a Federal ID card, at all times.
      For instant "Verification of Status" checks, by Local, State, and Federal police.

      If having the undocumented amongst US is a problem, make sure everyone has their proper papers, or deport/exile them.

      Setting up ID checks in public areas would then sweep the streets of the undocumented ... and ...
      those with wants or warrants.

      Just minor inconvenience for the documented citizen, while flushing the trash from the society.


    3. That Federal ID, why, it could become kind of a ... Internal Passport!

      It could be checked at toll booths, train stations, bus stops, etc.

      Yeah, internal passports and travel documents, that's the ticket for the GOP to buy into.

      Rally to the flag, boys, girls, confused or transgendered.

      22% of the States in the Union will license "Gay Marriage", and that number is on the move, upwardly so.

    4. Couldn't check into a hotel, motel, Holiday Inn without that Federal ID.

      Could even use it at retail store locations, allow no purchases without proper Federal ID.

      The undocumented would then self-deport.

    5. DR: 22% of the States in the Union will license "Gay Marriage", and that number is on the move, upwardly so.

      Maybe if the GOP deleted the "stone homosexuals" and "stone witches" planks from their platform they'd get the Senate.

    6. Deuce: Or is it to demand the sealing of America’s borders against any and all intruders?

      If you have changed the name of your blog to "The Libertarian" but do not hold to an open borders position, there is a stark cognitive dissonance. It is a fundamental principle of libertarianism (and I have always been that way inclined) that labor is a commodity, and immigration controls are essentially an artificial regulation of that commodity, much like a tariff.

    7. desert ratSun May 12, 09:51:00 AM EDT
      Couldn't check into a hotel, motel, Holiday Inn without that Federal ID.

      Could even use it at retail store locations, allow no purchases without proper Federal ID.

      The undocumented would then self-deport.

      Is this why you refuse to use an airplane or be in contact with the TSA?

      No real ID?

      Could it be you are an "Undocumented alien"?

      this confirms my suspicions that you are infact not an American citizen.

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    9. What's the point in keeping that drivel up? Everyone knows what he was saying. And what he wasn't saying. You make yourself sound beyond silly. And it is getting old.

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    11. desert ratSun May 12, 10:59:00 AM EDT
      No, quot, I stay off of buses and planes because most people are to fat for the seats, smell bad and not worth the aggravation to have to deal with.

      LOL We all remember him saying how real men dont submit to the TSA>

      Rat droppings are entertainment...

    12. WiO: We'll just keep informing the FBI of all facts we can gather about you, your hobbies, lifestyle and personal information and forward it on to the proper authorities.

      I am sure the FBI, racked by sequestration, will drop their investigation of the Boston bombings and get right on your little webforum jihad.

    13. I am sure you didnt mean to imply that the Boston dept of the FBI has anything to do with the AZ's FBI branch?

      Nor are you implying, I am sure, that the FBI cant do 2 things at once?

    14. WiO: Nor are you implying, I am sure, that the FBI cant do 2 things at once?

      Oi vey. Instead of kvetching about it, why don't you actually report the wrongful blogging by DR you are all upset about? Make sure you put your address down so they know where to contact you about filing a frivolous official report.

    15. I see you are still on crack. Are you still a whore?

    16. So proud of being an internationally recognized asshole, Porky?

  6. Tea party has had it with GOP

    By Joe Hallett
    The Columbus Dispatch Monday May 6, 2013 10:09 AM

    Feeling betrayed by the Republican Party and its leaders, tea party groups in Ohio appear to be uniting and moving toward either a split from the GOP or action to punish Republican candidates who fail ideological purity tests.

    A series of events, culminating with the April 26 election of Matt Borges as chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, spurred a flurry of meetings and conference calls among tea party leaders last week to plot a course of action heading into the 2014 statewide election.

    Options being discussed, according to Seth Morgan, policy director for Americans for Prosperity, range from breaking off into “a third party, to an insurrection (within the Republican Party) and everything in between.”

    Tom Zawistowski, executive director of the Portage County Tea Party who lost his bid for the Ohio GOP chairmanship by a 48-7 vote of the party’s state central committee, met on Saturday with Don Shrader, chairman of the Constitution Party of Ohio, to explore uniting in a party committed more to principles than winning elections.

    After the chairmanship vote, Zawistowski said he made it clear that if the state GOP did not focus on enacting conservative policies, “we would either find a political party to join or we would start one of our own,” saying his meeting with Shrader “is the first step in that process.”

    1. It all comes down to what Sarah wants to do.

      As a Taoist, I already know that even if the Republican Party were to disappear tonight, the Democratic Party would divide along left-right principles and we'd be right back in the same spot again. Same kind of thing happens in prison, but with male-female principles.

  7. Murder, no problem as long as it is with a knife and not a gun and the victim has no name.

    The public is ignoring the sensational Philadelphia murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, despite increased coverage by the mainstream media prompted by criticism from conservative groups, making it one of the least followed stories in Gallup poll history.

    What's more, even among those closely following the trial and extended jury deliberations which could conclude today, just 46 percent want more coverage while 47 percent believe the media is providing enough or too much coverage.

    The Gallup poll of 1,535 conducted over five days is likely to come as a shock to conservatives who succeeded in pushing the media into covering the trial more. Gallup found that just 7 percent of the public is following the case "very closely" and 54 percent "not at all."

    1. My interest is more toward those that thought this was a slam dunk case of Murder in the First.

      We're into what, the tenth day of jury deliberations?

      The case could be seen many ways, but it is no "Slam Dunk".
      May not even be murder.

      Death by misadventure?

    2. They are taking a long time. I'd like to know the composition of the jury.

    3. It's a slam dunk to me but might not be to a Philadelphia jury.

  8. The explanation, by the IRS for auditing those "Tea Party" and "Patriot" organizations makes sense, but ...

    It was not criminal activity they were checking on, but the funding levels for the political activities of those groups.
    Per their Congressional mandate.

    If you are going to regulate political funding, you have to watch those engaged in politics, that want tax exempt status. That is the law and the IRS mandate from Congress.

    ,,, the episode has even further sensitized the IRS to avoiding even the appearance of political decision making. Lerner made her apology at a meeting of the American Bar Association's exempt organization committee in Washington Friday.

    Suzanne Ross McDowell, a partner with Steptoe & Johnson who heads that committee, said the IRS has been inundated with new applications for tax-exempt organizations ever since the U.S. Supreme Court decided in 2010 to allow direct corporate and union spending on independent political advertising.

    "But there is a lot of uncertainty about how you draw the line between intervention in a political campaign, and other activities that are not intervention in a political campaign, such as issue advocacy," she said.

    "These are very tough questions, and I don't think any of us have the answer."

    Richard Briffault, a campaign-finance expert at Columbia Law School, said the IRS has a legitimate responsibility to examine whether organizations that receive tax protections have appropriately limited their political activity. But, as nonprofits proliferate, the agency has been pressured to play a larger role in helping to uncover donors who critics say choose to fund social-welfare groups just to hide their political contributions.

    "If Congress were to develop more effective rules for campaign-finance disclosure … some of this problem would go away," Briffault said. "That doesn't look like it's happening any time soon."


    White minorities still trying to have English recognized as Mexifornia's third language.

    Spotted Owl plague threatens northwestern United States crops and livestock.

    Baby conceived naturally! Scientists stumped. Baby's parents are a brother and sister from North Carolina, but hey, it's okay, THEIR parents were brother and sister too.

    Couple petitions court to reinstate heterosexual marriage. Judge says they can get married as long as they don't flaunt their filthy lifestyle choice in our face.

    Castro finally dies; Cuban cigars can now be imported legally, but Health Czar Michelle Obama has banned all smoking.

    Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.

    $75.8 billion study concludes: Diet and exercise is the key to weight loss. Meanwhile conservatives resist moves to close Chick-Fil-A as a public health hazard. Average weight of Americans drops to 250 lbs. This endangers cellulite exports. Cellulite has replaced oil as a base material for many chemicals, and America is the Saudi Arabia of cellulite.

    Global cooling blamed for citrus crop failure for third consecutive year in Mexifornia and Floruba. Canuckistani army moves south, burns White House again to stay warm.

    Senate still blocking drilling in ANWR even though gas is selling for 4532 Pesos per liter and gas stations are only open on Tuesdays and Fridays.

    Massachusetts executes last remaining conservative. Conservatives in neighboring states finally begin to weigh a national ban on the Death Penalty.

    New federal law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2017. Also the Federal Government issues a warming across the Bible Belt, when using a Q-Tip, stop when you strike brain.

  10. Soon, 24% of the States will be licensing "Gay" Marriage.

    ST. PAUL — Minnesota is a Senate vote and a governor’s signature away from becoming the 12th state to allow gay marriage.

    Same-sex marriage supporters are optimistic because the House was regarded as the biggest hurdle. After the bill passed the House surprisingly easily 75-59, they were euphoric.

    The Senate is due to take up the bill Monday and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton says he will sign it.

    1. I agree with the opinion that every person regardless of sexual preference has the right to be as un-happily married as myself.
      Spread the depression around

    2. Republican: (n.) - Someone who insists on passing more laws banning abortion, drugs, pornography, and same-sex marriage, but insists gun laws are useless because criminals will just find a way to get guns anyway.

    3. That proves it.
      I'm not a Republican/Democrat. (Flip sides of the same coin)
      Nor a Tea Partier.
      I'm just a US citizen, armed with a vote and a few opinions.
      Oh, and Rights, eroded as they may be.


  11. >A pathway to legal residency, not citizenship, should be their course.<

    This makes sense.

    1. Crops are rotting in the fields in the Southwest because there's not enough illegals here anymore. Something to do with Mexico's economy growing three times faster than our own.

    2. then they will rot.

      the price of food will rise

      then people will work to get the food picked.

      then the people of the other nation's will not get cheap American food, they will starve and die.

      and you have a problem with that?

    3. maybe the printing of worthless dollars hurt the illegals in America more than those that suck off the government's tit..

      Ya know those government employees that actually dont do anything except take benefits spend our money but dont work hard.

      Now that is NOT all government employees but a sizable %

  12. Here's a good one -

    >Angry neighbor goes on the rampage in a BULLDOZER as he destroys four homes and cuts power to thousands in dispute over fence<

    Something is really wacky with those people west of the Cascades.

    Remember the one where the dozer guy in the Midwest wiped out the entire police car fleet in a small town?

    A man with a dozer is not to be trusted.

    1. Something is really wacky with those people west of the Cascades.

      Yes, but this is my backyard, Bob:

  13. Does anyone know what to do to solve the problem of a H-P laptop that overheats? The fan is running, I feel the hot air coming out. I have placed it on a small grill on the table so the air circulates more freely. This seemed to begin when the weather began to warm up. It is becoming really irritating. Every half hour forty five minutes - thermal alert! Shut down!

    1. .

      Perhaps you should have shut off the grill first.


    2. Damn!

      That's it!

      Thanks, Quirk!

    3. We use an external fan pad that plugs right into a USB port on the laptop, which will be a necessity in Butuan City.

    4. Thanks, Teresita. Don't know what an external fan pad is but will check that out.

      Are you headed for the Philippines?

  14. Remember the one where the dozer guy in the Midwest wiped out the entire police car fleet in a small town?

    I remember a Zahal dozer ran over a protester once. Not even the Chinese would do that at Tienanmen Square back in '89. Those things are a real menace.

    1. Yeah, sure Teresita. It is that king of crappy statement for which you are infamous.

      >Tiananmen Square protests of 1989

      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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      Tiananmen Square Protests

      Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China 1988 (1).jpg
      Tiananmen Square in 1988.

      15 April 1989 – 4 June 1989

      400 cities nationwide

      Death of Hu Yaobang
      Economic reform
      Political corruption
      Career prospects
      Social unrest in Eastern Europe

      Social equality, "A Communist Party Without Corruption", freedom of the press, freedom of speech, socialism, democracy

      Hunger strike, sit-in, occupation of public square

      Army intervention, protests suppressed
      Zhao Ziyang purged
      Jiang Zemin succeeded
      Market reforms delayed

      Parties to the civil conflict

      Communist Party of China
      China Government of the People's Republic of China
      China Emblem PLA.svg People's Liberation Army University students
      Factory workers

      Lead figures

      Deng Xiaoping
      Li Peng
      Yang Shangkun
      Zhao Ziyang
      Chai Ling
      Wang Dan
      Feng Congde


      Death(s) See here
      Injuries See here

      The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, also known as the June Fourth Incident in Chinese,[1] were student-led popular demonstrations in Beijing in the spring of 1989 that received broad support from city residents and exposed deep splits within China's political leadership but were forcibly suppressed by hardline leaders who ordered the military to enforce martial law in the country's capital.[2][3] The crackdown that initiated on June 3–4 became known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre or the June 4 Massacre as troops with assault rifles and tanks inflicted thousands of casualties on unarmed civilians trying to block the military’s advance on Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing, which student demonstrators had occupied for seven weeks. The scale of military mobilization and the resulting bloodshed were unprecedented in the history of Beijing, a city with a rich tradition of popular protests in the 20th century.[4] Diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks though appear to confirm the Chinese authorities' longstanding position that no students were killed in the Square itself.[5]<

      Everyone gets your reference, which sucks.


  15. Impeachment of Richard Nixon

    >Article 2

    Using the powers of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in disregard of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, impairing the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposed of these agencies.

    This conduct has included one or more of the following:

    ((((((((((1.He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be intitiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.))))))))))

    2.He misused the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secret Service, and other executive personnel, in violation or disregard of the constitutional rights of citizens, by directing or authorizing such agencies or personnel to conduct or continue electronic surveillance or other investigations for purposes unrelated to national security, the enforcement of laws, or any other lawful function of his office; he did direct, authorize, or permit the use of information obtained thereby for purposes unrelated to national security, the enforcement of laws, or any other lawful function of his office; and he did direct the concealment of certain records made by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of electronic surveillance.

    3.He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, in violation or disregard of the constitutional rights of citizens, authorized and permitted to be maintained a secret investigative unit within the office of the President, financed in part with money derived from campaign contributions, which unlawfully utilized the resources of the Central Intelligence Agency, engaged in covert and unlawful activities, and attempted to prejudice the constitutional right of an accused to a fair trial.

    4.He has failed to take care that the laws were faithfully executed by failing to act when he knew or had reason to know that his close subordinates endeavoured to impede and frustrate lawful inquiries by duly constituted executive, judicial and legislative entities concerning the unlawful entry into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, and the cover-up thereof, and concerning other unlawful activities including those relating to the confirmation of Richard Kleindienst as Attorney General of the United States, the electronic surveillance of private citizens, the break-in into the offices of Dr. Lewis Fielding, and the campaign financing practices of the Committee to Re-elect the President.

    5.In disregard of the rule of law, he knowingly misused the executive power by interfering with agencies of the executive branch, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Criminal Division, and the Office of Watergate Special Prosecution Force, of the Department of Justice, and the Central Intelligence Agency, in violation of his duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.<

    Impeach Obama Now

    1. Obama is imploding on his own ass...

      Now that's entertainment.