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How do we cure voter apathy in an age of disillusionment? Vote the Air!

Voting in this country has turned into a farce. Between rigging elections, voter suppression, insufficient polling stations, corrupted primaries in the Democrat and Republican parties … it’s really no wonder that voter turnout is so dismal. Where’s the incentive? Because I know this isn’t the hope and change you were looking for. 99% of the politicians holding office are sell outs to special interests, it doesn’t matter which party their in. For Democrats their poison are environmentalists, for Republicans theirs is the military industrial complex. They only care about being like you when they need a photo op or...

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Hobby Lobby, Health Care, and Choice: One libertarian response to the SCOTUS decision

The SCOTUS riled up feminists this week with its decision to uphold the religious beliefs of Hobby Lobby allowing them to continue to pay for only certain contraceptive methods. Feminists are decrying the decision asserting that the SCOTUS has weighed the religious rights of a few over the rights of all women regardless of religious belief. According to Elizabeth Warren, the SCOTUS decision means that corporations can refuse “access to basic medical tests, treatments and prescriptions that they need based on vague moral objections.” But is this in fact what the SCOTUS decided? Even a cursory reading of the case reveals that both sides are blowing this decision way out of proportion. The left is calling it a defeat for women’s rights and the right is calling it a win for religious liberty, but neither is true. First things first – what did the SCOTUS decision actually say? Let’s begin with some clarification about exactly what was decided. According to the case document provided by the SCOTUS website, the decision was based on upholding a religious freedom law that was signed by President Clinton in 1993, that allows businesses to refuse to pay for abortion and abortifacients based on religious belief. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created a requirement that combined contraception and abortifacients under one umbrella and violates the current law by forcing employers to pay for 4...

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The Challenge of Limited Government

Paradigm shifts are taking place everywhere in politics, and Rio Rancho is not immune. At the most recent city council meeting, District 2 councilor Dawnn Robinson brought a serious challenge to the political construct that has a long standing history of abuse and corruption. The resolution introduced is an attempt to bring transparency to the decision making process for more complicated issues, and (hopefully) protect governing body members from violating the Open Meetings Act which is designed to deter rolling quorums. The dialogue that took place was heated (to say the least) and lines were drawn fairly quickly with Robinson, Cheryl Everett, and Lonnie Clayton in support, and Mark Scott and Chuck Wilkins against. Counselor Smith and Mayor Hull didn’t show their cards until much later in the discussion. The Proposal Counsilor Robinson’s proposal was to amend governing body rules to allow the counsel to create per issue committees that would have allowed city counselors to work together with city staff and the public which would protect the counsel from violating the Open Meetings Act. Scott and Wilkins opposed the proposal stating that, while well-intentioned (pat on the head) it created only the illusion of protection (from having a rolling quorum) and didn’t do anything that the council couldn’t already do. Which is true, so why fight it? The Illusion of Protection Constitutional government is supposed to have a...

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Should Gov. Brewer Sign The Religious Rights Discrimination Bill?

The Arizona Legislature is in the news again for yet another piece of controversial legislation. I don’t mind controversial legislation; actually it’s great for getting people to talk about politics and what their government is doing, but then there is the fact that it can be passed into law. Some times that’s good, some times that’s bad. This new piece of legislation is about the right of religious business owners to discriminate on the basis of their religious beliefs. This has apparently been done in light of some high-profile cases where Christian business owners have refused service to gay couples for gay wedding ceremonies, most notably the cases of the wedding photographer and the wedding cake baker. If you know me, you know that I’m an advocate of the free market – nearly anarcho-capitalist even. I believe that business owners have the right to discriminate to a particular demographic of people, if they so choose to limit themselves in that way, without legal ramifications. I do also support the right of disenfranchised consumers to boycott said business leaving the success of the business to be determined by the market. In these high-profile cases however, anti-discrimination laws have stood in the way of business owners making these decisions, and I believe that Arizona legislators think they have found a way to solve the problem by enacting legislation that essentially makes...

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Liberty Has Not Been Tried and Found Wanting …

There is a very famous quote by one of my favorite philosophers and theologians, G. K. Chesterton, that says, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It’s been found difficult and left untried.” I’ve adapted Chesterton’s astute observation to the concept of liberty and I find that it fits just as well … that liberty has not been tried and found wanting, but that it’s been found difficult and left untried. The history of liberty has shown that people typically want liberty for themselves but find reasons why others cannot have it. We see this manifest itself most...

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