Issue CLXXV

October 25 - November 1, 2008

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Historical Analysis
Voting for a Third-Party Candidate is Not Wasting Your Vote:
G. Stolyarov II

October 29, 2008
Mr. Stolyarov refutes the common but factually incorrect notion that a vote for a third-party candidate is a "wasted vote." He presents four examples from American history where third-party candidates have had major impacts on elections and on subsequent government policies.

Politics
Spending the Economy into Oblivion:
Ron Paul

November 1, 2008
With news this week that Congress is poised to consider a new stimulus package, Rep. Ron Paul finds himself forced to again ask a question that seems silly in Washington:  How will we pay for this?

Voting for the Wealth Creation America Needs:
John Clema

November 1, 2008
Geologist and explorer John Clema offers this thoughtful commentary on American politics and regulatory policy. It raises issues that should be pondered carefully during this election season – and in the years to come.

Obama Chicks in Bondage:
Edward Hudgins

November 1, 2008
Winston Churchill famously observed that, “socialism is the equal sharing of misery.” In the same spirit, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama believes that we should all be equally subject to servitude. He recently indicated that because men are forced by the government to sign up for the selective service, women should be forced to do so as well. Dr. Edward Hudgins writes that Obama’s collectivist and anti-individualist views suggest what we can expect from his administration.

The Obama Commercial:
Alan Caruba

November 1, 2008
The Wednesday evening half-hour, $4 million dollar television commercial for the candidacy of Sen. Barack Obama was a masterpiece of imagery. It was also entirely devoted to class warfare, class envy, and most of all to fear. Alan Caruba discusses the dangers of an Obama presidency.

Stop the War on Poor Families:
Niger Innis

November 1, 2008
Anti-drilling policies don’t merely cause unemployment, and cost the United States trillions of dollars in lost lease bonus, royalty and tax revenues. They also wage an immoral war on poor families. They destroy jobs, erode civil rights gains, and force minority and elderly households to choose between food, fuel, rent and medicine.
And yet, the United States government is sending up to $700 billion a year to foreign countries – in the midst of our worst economic crisis in memory – while some politicians and activists are saying the greatest threat facing minority families is climate change. More responsible energy policies are clearly needed. In this informative and provocative article, Congress of Racial Equality national spokesman Niger Innis explains what is needed and why.

Videos
Against John McCain's Foreign Policy - Part 6 of 9 - Video:
G. Stolyarov II

October 25, 2008
Mr. Stolyarov shows that the American Founders, as well as Andrew Jackson, Grover Cleveland, and to some extent Ronald Reagan, believed in a non-interventionist foreign policy of "peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none." This is a view antithetical to the ideas expressed by John McCain.

Against John McCain's Foreign Policy - Part 7 of 9 - Video:
G. Stolyarov II

October 26, 2008
Theodore Roosevelt, an aggressive, militaristic, jingoistic foreign policy expansionist, is McCain's self-proclaimed political hero. What did Teddy Roosevelt think about foreign policy and about virtue? As Mr. Stolyarov explains, the answers are disturbing.

Against John McCain's Foreign Policy - Part 8 of 9 - Video:
G. Stolyarov II

October 27, 2008
McCain's foreign policy ideas are not like those of the American Founders and are a lot like those of Theodore Roosevelt. Mr. Stolyarov contends that they are also a lot like the foreign policy ideas of Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt, who horrendously mismanaged America's participation in the two world wars and repressed dissent at home.

Against John McCain's Foreign Policy - Part 9 of 9 - Video:
G. Stolyarov II

October 28, 2008
The foreign policy ideas of John McCain and their precursor in Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Roosevelt are disastrously wrong. What is the alternative? A policy of free trade, where people have more to do with each other and governments less. Mr. Stolyarov examines the wisdom of Richard Cobden, a 19th-century British free-market activist, with regard to the nature and outcomes of a desirable foreign policy that can solve all of America's current foreign policy problems.

"The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see." 
~ Ayn Rand

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