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My friend Greg Swann and I have been alternating between hysterics and horror about the campaign of Donald Trump.  It’s less hysterics and more horror now that the Iowa Caucuses have started.  While the “we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore” vote is understandable, trading one soft tyrant for another is no restoration of our First Principles.  Phrases I hear from Trump supporters include:  “take a flamethrower to the whole thing” or “burn this b**** to the ground”.  That’s not a traditionally conservative response.

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Let’s start here; I need y’all to show some leadership.  This simply won’t do. Stop worrying about your elections and reelections and take a stand.  The Republic is on fire and our state is in a political drought (both literally and figuratively).  I expressed as much today on Facebook:

I listened to an interview with Mark Steyn this morning. What he said was something to think about. in 1950, the transfer of leadership in the world went from Britannia to America peacefully because both superpowers believed in the rule of law; human liberty was the ultimate goal. In 2050, the transfer will most likely return to the rule of man when China is the superpower.

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Requiescat In Pace Michael Benoit

Sunday, January 3, 2016
posted by Brian Brady

Lifelong libertarian activist and Chairman of the San Diego Libertarian Party Michael Benoit passed away last night from a heart attack. While I can write for days about him (and will in the near future), I thought I would share some comments from a Facebook post about his passing:

Former State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth:

“I am saddened to hear this. Having gotten to know him (slightly) while our paths crossed on the campaign trail, and around East County, I found him a gentleman, but a large intellect and a fierce advocate for Liberty. We could use more of him, not less, but Mike himself was a unique man who we will all miss.”

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The Executives Strike Back

Thursday, December 17, 2015
posted by Brian Brady

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie scored points, at the last Republican debate, with this comment:

“Listen, I want to talk to the audience at home for a second.  If your eyes are glazed over like mine, this is what it’s like to be on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Endless debate about how many angels fit on the head of a pin for people who have never had to make a consequential decision in the executive position.”

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A work of fiction by Brian Brady

“To you, Sugah. The next President of the United States.” The former President was always lavish when praising his wife. They were both lawyers but completely different. He loved to be in front of a crowd. She was more comfortable in the private meeting of a sub-committee’s sub committee. She was driven by envy while he was driven by vanity. He took what he wanted but she had to tear everyone down, and be the last person standing, to claim the title of emperor.

“I have a praablem.” Her phony Southern accent gave way to her native dialect after she had a few drinks.

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Once backed by tea party voters, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) snared an important endorsement from long-time House member and former Committee Chairman, Darrell Issa (R-Vista):

“Marco Rubio really is an exciting candidate, and I’m pleased to be able to endorse him and to work for him for the presidency.”

While Congressman Issa endorsed Rubio, he was careful to distance himself from Rubio’s desire to spy on American citizens:

“Issa also explained his disagreement with Rubio on the collection of metadata, which the senator had said should continue. The National Security Agency’s ability to collect bulk phone metadata expired over the weekend.”

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Aux armes, citoyens.

Friday, November 13, 2015
posted by Brian Brady

Over 15o French citizens were brutally murdered in a co-ordinated attack today from ISIS,  just days after the Islamic jihadist group massacred 43 in in Beirut.

Six months ago, The Islamic jihadist group ISIS listed Carlsbad as one of the 100 cities on their “target list” as well as naming San Diego-based active duty service members on that list.

You would think the knuckleheads who run ISIS would heed Admiral Yamamoto’s advice but alas, Bill Gore wasn’t San Diego County Sheriff in the 1940s.  He is today and he is intentionally flouting the law by denying law-abiding, vetted, and trained citizens, their God given and constitutionally protected right to bear arms.

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UPDATED ON NOVEMBER 7, 2015; COMMENTS EMBOLDENED

On October 12, 2015, the Republican Party of San Diego County’s treasurer, Gary Felien, moved to suspend the endorsement rules and endorse the candidacy of Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern for 76th Assembly District (over businessman Phil Graham) and Escondido Mayor Sam Abed’s candidacy for County Supervisor (over Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar).  Felien suggested that because the two candidates attend party monthly meetings, they were worthy of early endorsement over the other two candidates.  The GOP Central Committee voted against that motion and rejected the early endorsements of Abed and Kern.

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I first learned about Senator Ted Cruz on Facebook.  A lady I with whom I was connected, from the Ron Paul 2012 campaign, volunteered on Ted’s Texas Senate race.  Not long thereafter, the Republican Liberty Caucus endorsed Ted’s Senate Race as well as Senator Rand Paul and, the champion of the Constitution, Congressman Ron Paul.  In May, 2012, Ron and Rand traveled to Austin TX to campaign for Ted Cruz for Senate.

I donated 25 bucks to this Ted guy because of his liberty movement credentials:  The RLC,Young Americans for Liberty, RonPaul,  Mike Lee, and Rand Paul were worthy endorsements and the idea that Ted could “Unite the Right” appealed to me:

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I hear conservatives criticize Rand Paul’s foreign policy a lot.  Some have even called it “scary”.

For the life of me, I can’t understand what is wrong with THIS foreign policy “doctrine”:

1- There should be a stated objective at the outset.  It should be directly tied to U.S. national security.
2- We should use overwhelming force to that objective.  We should not have rules of engagement that tie the hands of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines.
3- We should get the heck out … It is not the job of the US military to engage in nation building to turn foreign countries into democratic utopias

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Retiring Toni Atkins

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
posted by Brian Brady

If you read San Diego Rostra, you probably already know that dethroned Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins has chosen to challenge the incumbent State Senator from the 39th District, Marty Block — this is no small announcement.  Say what you will about Atkins’ future plans, but the Democratic Assembly Caucus knows something that the voters of San Diego should know — Atkins is wholly ineffective as a legislative leader.

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Here Is How Ted Cruz Will Become The Next President.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
posted by Brian Brady

Rand Paul’s planned attack of Trump, at tonight’s Republican Presidential Primary debate, is either a puerile stunt for publicity or a calculated cover for Ted Cruz to appear like a uniter. Either way, I think it makes Rand look like an “also-ran” candidate now. I hope I’m wrong but I suspect I’m correct. Want proof? Rand Paul is not raising money.

While Trump is leading the polls, 2/3 of the Republicans are undecided. About half of this judicious group will mostly break for Bush ( and not support Trump). Trump can however, be in a position to “anoint” the conservative alternative to Bush; this is why Ted Cruz is cagily staying off the Attack Trump Train.

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Politicians have been bashing one another since the founding of the Republic. John Adams called Thomas Jefferson a “weakling, ‘son of a squaw’ and libertine,” while Jefferson called Adams a “hermaphrodite, fool, and tyrant.” While slamming the other fellow has been fair game in politics, it is generally believed that politicians should do their best to not slur the voters. Uniters, rather than dividers, are rewarded in American politics.

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Give Away Qualcomm / Jack Murphy Stadium

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
posted by Brian Brady

This past weekend, Mayor Faulconer laid out why taxpayers should support a proposal for the Qualcomm / Jack Murphy Stadium rehab deal to retain the Chargers,  The Mayor argued for the proposed deal for these reasons:

1- The 90’s deal was a bad one which taxpayers still have to pay.
2- This deal will attract $750MM in private capital.
3- This deal retains the Chargers.

Okayfine.  It’s a “you gotta spend money to keep from going bankrupt” statement.  It reminds San Diegans that, by doing nothing, there will be no Holiday Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl, future Super Bowls, and no home for San Diego State Football.  That’s a real threat which can’t be ignored.

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The 71st Assembly district is currently represented by the termed out Republican, Brian Jones. Two Republicans are battling for his open seat: Congressman Duncan Hunter staffer Mike Harrison and Santee Mayor Randy Voepel. Both will be seeking endorsements from elected officials, Republican Party Committee members, and political activists.

The 76th Assembly District is an open race as well. Current Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chavez is running for the open U.S. Senate seat.  Someone will have to take his place in the Assembly when he goes to Washington next year. That District is a sure Republican win. Oceanside Council Member Jerry Kern and businessman Phil Graham are running for that seat. Both will be seeking endorsements from elected officials, Republican Party Committee members, and political activists.

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Comrade Bernie Sanders As Commander-in-Chief

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
posted by Brian Brady

Let’s start here; I called Bernie Sanders “Comrade” because he is a socialist.  I’m not using an unreasonable amount of literary hyperbole, Bernie Sanders calls himself a socialist.  To be fair to Comrade Bernie, he’s a kinder, gentler socialist unlike Kommisar Putin.

Sanders is running for POTUS, a position which constitutionally directs him to formulate foreign policy and, when authorized by Congress, lead the Armed Forces of these United States in war.  Success is the former avoids the need for the latter so it is important that foreign leaders see POTUS as someone who can negotiate with them.  It is helpful for Americans to know that POTUS wont negotiate away our sovereignty.

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Conservatives Can Learn From Jon Stewart

Monday, August 10, 2015
posted by Brian Brady

I don’t hate Jon Stewart and I know few people who do. Stewart is a “happy warrior” for progressive America, using humor to push a message which tacitly vilifies conservatives and emboldens liberals. I wish conservative entertainers would learn from him.

Make no mistake about it, Stewart pushes a liberal agenda, so much that the Democratic Party Newsletter New York Times recently criticized him for not practicing what he preaches:

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Carly Fiorina Certainly Talks the Talk

Friday, August 7, 2015
posted by Brian Brady

“This a great nation. It is a unique nation, in all of human history and on the face of the planet. Because here our founders believed that everyone has a right to fulfill their potential. And that that right, they called it life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, comes from God and cannot be taken away by government.

“We have arrived at a point in our nation’s history where the potential of this nation and too many Americans is being crushed by the weight, the power, the cost, the complexity, the ineptitude, the corruption of the federal government. And only someone who will challenge the status quo of Washington, D.C. can lead the resurgence of this great nation. I will do that.”

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“It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody that is behind you, that they have a chance for success too.  And I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

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“By imposing a one-time 14.25 percent net-worth tax on the richest individuals and trusts, we can put America on sound financial footing for the next century.”

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When I watched the last Virginia Gubernatorial election,  I thought “The Clintons were behind this.” Governor Terry McAuliffe, a huge “Friend of Bill,” defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Libertarian Robert Sarvis with just 48 percent of the vote. I’ve often warned that popular Libertarian Party candidates aren’t “taking” votes which would go to Republicans but, in this case, it may have been true.  McAuliffe earned 95 percent of the registered Democrats’ votes while Cuccinelli earned only 92 percent of the registered Republicans’ votes.

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Why We Love Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
posted by Brian Brady

Pat Buchanan said it best — there are two Americas now. Standing at polar opposites are Americans who believe more in our First Principles and Americans who believe more in the Ten Planks. Oddly enough, those Americans live next-door to one another and are looking for someone to champion their principles rather than capitulate to the other side.

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Trump Is a Hustla, Yo?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
posted by Brian Brady

I used to idolize Donald Trump. As a young man in Philly, Trump loomed large because he got stuff done. New York City (and Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC) were financial train wrecks and falling apart. Trump represented the “new way.” When the City of New York couldn’t build an ice skating rink in six years for $13 million, Trump completed the project in a few months for about $2.5 million.

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…he called out the wrong Mexicans.

Donald Trump, famous real estate developer and television star is seeking the Republican Presidential nomination for 2016. He created quite a stir when he recently said in his campaign announcement that Mexicans entering America illegally were “drug dealers and rapists.” Trump is absolutely wrong and is blaming the victims — the Mexican nationals who are entering America illegally are more aptly described as economic refugees. If Republican candidates want to address the illegal immigration crisis in America, they would do well to focus on the Mexican emigration problem.

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San Diego-based Gina Loudon, a conservative talk show host, asked this yesterday via Facebook:

What votes would it take for the GOP to beat Hillary? Why?
A. Independent/ moderates
B. Women & minority vote
C. Youth vote
D. Motivate conservatives & libertarians

This is a thoughtful question.  My answer is simple; “E– Democrats”.  Let me explain:  I’m not interested in a Republican winning the White House as much as I’m interested in restoring the principles of a free society in these United States.  That won’t happen with a divided electorate.

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Former staffer Diane Porter’s legal claim against Supervisor Dave Roberts says three things:

1- Dave Roberts had an “inappropriate” relationship with staffer Harold Meza.
2- Harold Meza was given favorable treatment and rewards for being Roberts’ paramour.
3- Roberts misused county funds to reward Meza for that relationship and to cover up the existence of that relationship.

Supervisor Roberts offered that there were “inaccuracies” in the claim.  Maybe that’s just cautious talk for a full denial so I’ll assume (for this argument) that Dave Roberts completely denies all points of the claim against him.

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