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VIDEO: Mark Cuban has some blunt advice for Republicans

NEW YORK CITY, October 22, 2014 –  This morning Mark Cuban appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” and offered some advice for the GOP while discussing politics and prosperity.

Cuban stated, “If I was going to give guidance to the Republican party, I’d say stay completely out of social issues and if you stay out of social issues the conversation from that side will only be around economics and business and growing business and ideas.”

During Cuban’s appearance on the show, one of the other panelists asked, “Why do you think that there’s so many people that you talk to in the world that say ‘I’m socially liberal, and economically conservative’ but there’s never been really a party, or there’s never been one of the parties that went that way? It seems like there’s so many people that believe that way.”

The billionaire investor and star of the show “Shark Tank” responded to the panelist’s question by stating, “I’ve been involved in efforts to create third parties and this and that and it’s just almost impossible.”

Cuban finished the segment stating, “But nothing’s completely impossible, hopefully somebody who’s got the piss and vinegar is going to step up and do it.”

You can watch the full segment from Mark Cuban’s appearance here.

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“Liberal” Millennials Are Actually Libertarian?

According to a recently Reason-Rupe survey, the majority of millennials, 53 percent, said they’d support a candidate who described him or herself as socially liberal and economically conservative. Sixteen percent were unsure, and 31 percent said they’d oppose such a candidate.

“Liberal, to many Millennials (33 percent), just means belief in ‘social tolerance, openness, and personal freedom.’ And far from preferring a leviathan state, many Millennials said they were liberal because people should have freedom to do what they want in their personal lives without government interference,” wrote Cathy Reisenwitz on Townhall.com.

A classically Libertarian-leaning candidate would receive more support from liberal Millennials than from conservative ones. According to the survey results, nearly half of conservative Millennials oppose a “fiscally conservative, socially liberal” candidate.

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“The personal freedoms we Millennials want in no way violate small-government principles. In fact, they are full expressions of that idea that that government which governs least, governs best. Ending the War on Drugs, fixing our broken immigration system, no longer allowing the state to discriminate against gays in marriage, reining in domestic spying and protecting whistleblowers are all, fundamentally, small-government positions which would all result in a net decrease in the state,” wrote Reisenwitz.

According to Reisenwitz, the GOP should embrace the Millennials perspective to stay current and relevant.

“Nominating truly small-government politicians, who want the government out of the bedroom and the boardroom, isn’t just the only principled path forward for the GOP. It’s also the best way to attract my generation to the party,” she continued.

Read the full report here.

Libertarians and Objectivists respond to Hobby Lobby ruling

 

There are a lot of differing opinions regarding the Hobby Lobby ruling this week.

The right praises the ruling as a victory for religious freedom and Big government Republicans like Rick Santorum is planning on making a movie about the decision. The left is promoting the overused phrase “War on Women,” a contrived Democrat talking point designed to raise more money for the Party.

Now the United Nations is siding with Sandra Fluke and said, “access to contraception is a universal human right” and you the tax payer must pay for it.

 

So in a world of lunatic arguments, it’s refreshing to hear some common sense regarding the Hobby Lobby decision.

One of them is from the Objective Standard that highlights the inconsistent logic from the SCOTUS’ ruling Monday.

Here is an excerpt from the Objective Standard:

“The Court failed to protect the rights of those who may not want to offer the type of insurance in question for rational reasons—such as that insuring such things as birth control is economically senseless or that individuals and businesses have a reason-based right to decide for themselves how they will or will not spend their money.”

Very good point. Why should Christian corporations be the only ones exempt from some of the provisions of Obamacare? Why can’t corporations be exempt based on reason alone?

Here is the statement from the Libertarian Party:

“It’s strange that liberals and conservatives are making this ruling out to be a huge deal. All the ruling does is remove a very narrow coverage requirement, in very specific cases; 99.9 percent of Obamacare is upheld.

It’s true that closely held corporate entities should not be forced to pay for this particular contraceptive coverage. But focusing on that narrow issue misses the bigger point: No employer should be forced to provide any health coverage at all.

This ruling just draws the line between freedom and regulation arbitrarily. If these employers are free to ignore this particular mandate, why aren’t other employers free to ignore other Obamacare regulations? They should be.

Obamacare is unjust and unconstitutional from top to bottom. No employer should be forced to provide health coverage to its employees, or penalized by government if it doesn’t.

Religion is not the issue. The fact that these employers have religious motives doesn’t matter. Employers have the right to associate freely with their employees, and to come up with any mutually agreeable employment terms, whether their motives are religious, secular, generous, greedy, or whatever.

This ruling is a tiny island in a huge sea of Supreme Court rulings that have supported the federal government’s desire to regulate and control.”

 

 

The Battle For The Heart Of The Republican Party: Libertarians and CPAC

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is an annual gathering that has traditionally been overrun by old-school, establishment Republicans.

This year, however, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was king of the mega conference. Paul’s powerful speech marked a shift in the Republican party away from aging values to the libertarian-friendly ideas of individualism, privacy, and freedom.

Paul began his CPAC speech with, “Imagine the time when the White House is occupied by a friend of liberty. You might think I’m talking about electing republicans… I’m not. I’m talking about electing lovers of liberty.” The Kentucky Senator hinted at the fact that party labels do not matter — rather, what is important is actions and sticking to constitutional principles.

Addressing the young people in the crowd, Paul said, “Will you, new generation of liberty-lovers, stand and be heard?”

Paul also made a point to specifically stress privacy in his speech.”If you own a cell phone, you are under surveillance,” he said. “I believe that what you do on your cell phone is none of [the NSA’s] damn business.”

Paul was smart to avoid social Republican talking points and religion altogether in his speech. He understands that in order for the Republican Party to return to the powerhouse it once was, it must win the support of the growing, outspoken Libertarian population.

The support for Rand Paul at CPAC was incredible. “Stand With Rand” signs were ubiquitous throughout the conference. Not surprisingly, Paul won the CPAC straw poll by a large margin. Ted Cruz, another libertarian favorite, came in second.

Of course, however, not everyone at CPAC was a Rand Paul fan. Rick Santorum’s religiously-based speech, a stark contrast to Paul’s, was a hit with some CPAC attendees. Still, many young libertarians thought Santorum came across as sanctimonious and abrasive. Yes, we all know you hate abortion and gay marriage, Rick. This message won’t grow the GOP tent. The usually loud and energized libertarians in the crowd merely applauded politely after Santorum’s speech.

The conservative conference, quite frankly, had an overall odd energy this year due to conflicting camps present: the old school Reagan republicans, the establishment GOP folks, and the young libertarians.

The bigger issue at hand is that the Republican Party often comes off as exclusive and judgmental. For the Party to become dominant and take back the White House, it must attract and embrace independents and non-traditional conservatives (primarily libertarians, who continue to make up an increasing percentage of the electorate). This means not over-emphasizing morality and religion into the base of the platform, and being more accepting of diverse social opinions.

The Republican Party is supposed to represent small government and individualism. Politicians like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz exemplify these values. For the Republican Party to flourish, it must stop listening to the Karl Roves and the Mitt Romneys, and recognize the intense energy generated by the likes of libertarian-leaning republicans . Such politicians won’t make Karl Rove happy or rich, but they can help make the GOP victorious once again.

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