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Re: “The War at Home

There's nothing even remotely "heroic" about being the best at killing people who are defending their country from you and your "brothers", the invaders.

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Posted by roboates on 02/05/2015 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Who's Counting

The fact that the government does do some function or another in no way implies that it should. Feelings and desire are not much of an excuse for lack of basic Constitutional knowledge.

Posted by roboates on 10/17/2013 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Gunning for a Fight

The 2nd, 9th and 10th Amendments make this issue very clear. The sheriffs in the story are correct to push back against any enforcement of so-called federal laws that obviously exceed any federal authority in that area. No need to wait for someone else's interpretation. Following the Constitution means not obeying 'laws' that don't follow the Constitution.

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Posted by roboates on 02/27/2013 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Lincoln's Idaho

I guess there wasn't room for the rest of the Bloodthirsty Abe story in this piece.

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Posted by roboates on 02/14/2013 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Loonier Than Ever

Okay, you got me, Bill! I stand by my earlier assertion about your lack of knowledge of economics and libertarianism, but I have to concede that there is entertainment value in what you write – like the entertainment in what Rush and Beck do.

I wonder if your frequent attack pieces reveal underlying latent libertarian tendencies that you’re covering up. It would be okay to come out, you did say that everyone is libertarian on one issue or another.

As has already been noted, Republican Rand Paul is a libertarian in much the same way that our own Republican Governor Butch Otter is a libertarian, that is to say, not a libertarian. Regarding property rights: there can be no other rights without private property rights; if you cannot own and control your “stuff”, then, by definition, you are always beholden to the government (or the King or other dictator) in the role of sovereign over you. And while some Tea Party participants may be libertarian, like Butch, the Tea Party itself is definitely not a libertarian group.

Our national platform is not quite as “conservative” as you’d like to think; check it out at The quick summary is that all things libertarian begin from a very simple concept: Play nicely with others and don’t take their stuff. The Libertarian Party is the only national party that I know of that actually values our members regardless of the “group” to which they want to belong. One of the older parties has a long history of pandering to the LGBTQ community(s) for votes yet never delivering on promises of “equality.” Libertarians embrace equal rights for everyone.

The BP oil spill is a failure of technology, true enough. BHO signed off on the permit, as I understand it, and his administration prevented BP from drilling on dry land or in more shallow water. Oil exploration is very much in bed with the government. Liability limits will prevent BP from feeling the full effect of their actions. Go Congress…

Supporting the economic value of markets in action is not exactly libertarian blind faith. Observing markets distorted by government regulations and drawing any meaningful conclusions is very difficult. Calling our current nightmare of government induced corporatism some kind of failure of free markets or capitalism reveals a serious misunderstanding of all of the above.

The problems brought up by you and other commenters are almost entirely the result of too much government, not too little. We are dangerous, if you are the ever-growing government, we’re out to get you. If the “rich” libertarians had their way, the rising tide of economic activity would bring along everyone’s boat with it. I’m personally looking forward to getting my full libertarian credentials and becoming rich!

I guess I approve of your “loony” label for libertarians; in the headline it does help me know when I might want to read your column more closely. Your lib-curious journey of exploration will no-doubt draw more people to the Libertarian Party over time and it will be good for us all in the end. Thanks!

I'm Rob Oates, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Idaho and I wrote and approve of this message!

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Posted by roboates on 06/04/2010 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Loonier Than Ever


Posted by roboates on 06/04/2010 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Mountain Socialism

I agree that humor is a good way to share some otherwise pretty dry material and Bill does humor well. Note that he used three columns to get his point(s) presented. The questions you pose to me are valid and merit serious treatment; however, almost nothing these days can be considered in isolation and, unfortunately, people are conditioned to expect "sound bite" solutions to complex problems.

The mess that we're in as a nation has taken a long time to develop. I think of it as a huge number of dominos that have fallen in a certain way. To get to a "libertarian-type" solution, a lot of those dominos have to be un-done and fall in a different way.

The short answer to most public policy questions today is: "There is way too much government involvement." See how easy that was!

Posted by roboates on 07/18/2009 at 10:10 PM

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