Weekly Musing 6-29-14
Free State Project
I spent the week in New Hampshire at the 2014 PorcFest sponsored by the Free State Project. Their objective states: The FSP is an agreement among 20,000 participants to move to New Hampshire for “Liberty in Our Lifetime.”
A “live experiment” worth watching…and for some, participating?!?
“The Free State Project is an effort to recruit 20,000 liberty-loving people to move to New Hampshire. We are looking for neighborly, productive, tolerant folks from any and all walks of life, of all ages, creeds, and colors, who agree to the political philosophy expressed in our Statement of Intent, that government exists at most to protect people’s rights, and should neither provide for people nor punish them for activities that interfere with no one else.
Statement of Intent: “I hereby state my solemn intent to move to the state of New Hampshire. Once there, I will exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of civil government is the protection of individuals’ life, liberty, and property.” Anyone who promotes violence, racial hatred, or bigotry is not welcome. – See more at: http://freestateproject.org/about#sthash.g3ItQRYL.dpuf“
It was a fascinating conference with interesting speakers, many vendors and virtually everyone took BitCoin and/or silver. Austrians to the core!
Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology
Partisan polarization – the vast and growing gap between Republicans and Democrats – is a defining feature of politics today. But beyond the ideological wings, which make up a minority of the public, the political landscape includes a center that is large and diverse, unified by frustration with politics and little else. As a result, both parties face formidable challenges in reaching beyond their bases to appeal to the middle of the electorate and build sustainable coalitions.
The latest Pew Research Center political typology, which sorts voters into cohesive groups based on their attitudes and values, provides a field guide for this constantly changing landscape. Before reading further, take our quiz to see where you fit in the typology.
Here are the 12 most competitive Senate races in the country
12. Michigan (Democratic-controlled): Republican Terri Lynn Land was not the first — or even second — choice of many Republican strategists. But she has raised money at an impressive pace and has kept this race against Rep. Gary Peters close. The question for Land is whether she can sustain it when media and voter attention ramps up in the fall.
Democrats Playing Defense in 2014 State Legislative Races
Democrats hold fewer chambers but have more at risk this year than Republicans. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect in every state legislature’s elections.
A Lame Duck Country?
With neither the Constitution, nor the voters, nor the threat of impeachment to stop him, Barack Obama has clear sailing to use his powers however he chooses.
Far from seeing his power diminish in his last years, President Obama can extend his power even beyond the end of his administration by appointing federal judges who share his disregard of the Constitution and can enact his far-left agenda into law from the bench, when it cannot be enacted into law by the Congress.
Federal judges with lifetime tenure can make irreversible decisions binding future presidents and future Congresses.
If Republicans do not win control of the Senate in this fall’s elections, a Senate controlled by Majority Leader Harry Reid can confirm judges who will have the power to extend Barack Obama’s agenda and complete the dismantling of Constitutional government.
Barack Obama can, as he said before taking office, fundamentally “change the United States of America.” Far from being a lame duck president, Obama can make this a lame duck democracy.
Senate Democrat’s Strategy to Keep Democrats in Control
Along with his savvy campaign executive director, Guy Cecil, he is recalibrating traditional strategy to stave off this challenge. The focus is less on big television advertising campaigns and more on old-fashioned voter mobilization with cutting-edge new technologies.
“It’s precinct politics with 21st-century technology,” Bennet says.
In part this is driven by necessity. “We can’t compete dollar for dollar with the outside conservative groups” that are spending hundreds of millions in the most competitive Senate races, he says.
Moreover, with all this spending, there’s clutter on the airwaves, diluting any message. And in today’s polarized politics, persuasion through ads is less effective.
San Diego’s Mayor, Forging a Vital Brand for the GOP? When national Republicans hear about one of their own running 27 points ahead of voter registration, they listen. And when it happens in the wake of a bruising presidential election, they listen very closely.
Speaking at the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting in Memphis, Faulconer told attendees, “Our victory in San Diego wasn’t an aberration. It was the culmination of 10 years of fiscal reforms that cut across demographics, age and party affiliation.”
A rough translation: Cut out divisive positions on social issues, focus on competent governance, and Republicans can win in big cities (and maybe other contests too).
Faulconer’s vision for a larger Republican comeback will face two major tests in the coming years.
Ford’s Turnaround Carries Lessons for G.M.
“How do you change the culture?” the “Today” show’s Matt Lauer asked Mary Barra, the chief executive of General Motors, earlier this week. “How do you go about communicating to the people who have been part of the history of this company for years that things must change?”
In the three weeks since Anton Valukas, the former federal prosecutor, issued his blistering reportabout the company’s decade-long failure to properly handle the
Chevy Cobalt ignition switch problems, that has become the burning question surrounding the company. The idea that a “new, improved” General Motors emerged from the company’s 2009 brush with bankruptcy has been exposed as bogus. In his report, Valukas talks about the “G.M. nod” (that’s when managers nod in agreement about a course of action, but then do nothing) and the “G.M. salute” (arms folded and pointed outward to others, as if to say that the problem is someone else’s responsibility.) Bureaucratic malaise still rules. Silos still reign. So does a certain unjustified arrogance.
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