I’d give Bernie credit for those supposed libertarian positions if he actually bucked his own party line when he made them. Sorry for my cynicism, but Democrats are REALLY good at doing one thing…towing the party line.
Being against the war (with a Republican as POTUS) seems to me Bernie is more contrarian to Republicans than anywhere near a libertarian. Being against the bank bailouts, when a Republican administration did the bailing, seems to me more of an anti-Republican position than a libertarian one.
If there was any ounce of libertarianism within Bernie to give me a different context to see him in, I might agree with Ron….but Bernie is the most anti-libertarian candidate of the entire bunch.
He’d have the federal government making every single decision for Americans if he could get away with it.
February 7, 2016 at 4:44pm
Okay, fine…politicians say a bunch of stuff and can be quoted either way on many of issues.
Please show me where Ted has actually done things that are in-line with Hillary’s position on Iran, Hillary’s position on Israel…and where Ted supported the furthering of a US Empire?
I don’t like being a police force for the world….but if you go whole hog and completely pull out of all countries across the world, what will happen?
We’ve seen a little of that under Obama…..took a spectator role in the Russia / Ukraine & Georgia deal…look what happened. He allowed leaders in Libya & Egypt, who were willing to play ball with the US, be replaced by radical jihadists that want to take over the world…how’s that working out for us? He let the Iranian government run rough-shot over a pro-western revolution and now the country that want’s to usher in the end times very likely has a nuke.
We shouldn’t be colonizing the world, but completely withdrawing from the world stage has real consequences. This isn’t the early 1800s anymore…where large bodies of water prevent the “badies’ from getting in. ICBMs & nuclear powered subs with atomic weapons are a real thing.
February 7, 2016 at 4:25pm
That as the case may be…how in the heck does a “true libertarian” cherry pick a few potentially libertarian positions Bernie’s taken (when they also happened to be conveniently “anti-Republican”) and praise him for it….while putting Ted Cruz in the same box as Hillary Clinton?!?
Like Ted Cruz’s positions or not, the man is certainly farther away from Hillary (Socialist Lite) than Hillary is from Bernie (Socialist)
Seriously….out of the candidates left in the race (both R’s & D’s), who among them would be most likely to close / reduce the fed government organizations Ron wanted to shut down during his presidential bid (Dep of Education, Dep of the Interior, Dep of Commerce, Dep of Energy, Dep of Housing & Urban Dev)
Trump? He needs these organizations as political leverage to make “deals”…Trump will not reduce his negotiating power when trying to make deals with Democrats over some ideological imperative to reduce the size & influence of government (a libertarian position)
Hillary or Bernie? They both need these organizations to influence & control society – what kind of energy we use, what kind of education we are getting, how businesses are able to operate, socialized housing, etc.)
 February 5, 2016 at 4:04pm
I could be wrong, but that guy didn’t look like a Middle Eastern…but a drunk domestic
 February 4, 2016 at 8:59am
I agree that it’s very clear to see where allegiances really lie ($$$) for Palin & Fox News….but her motivations might be just that simple….money & influence.
Think about it….what does Trump do when he attempts to fill areas outside of his expertise? He buys someone / something and co-ops it.
Trump had some major “religious” holes in his history / campaign so he payed some Evangelical leaders a lot of money to come out in support of him.
Trump had some major “conservative” holes in his history / campaign so he payed Palin a lot of money to come out in support of him.
She’s gotten a taste of media power & relevancy….which has faded in recent years. She no longer is employed by Fox as a contributor and her reality TV show has been cancelled. People get used to (and possibly dependent on) a certain life style and in a time where that well may have run dry…Trump steps in to “deal”….$$$ and media attention in exchange for support….”conservative” principles be damned.
 January 31, 2016 at 11:05am
Interesting perspective….I still have doubts that the White House will allow the Department of Justice to prosecute her. It’s sad, but short of her murdering someone on video….there is no way a Clinton goes to jail.
 January 31, 2016 at 11:00am
I think they call that divide and conquer.
Now that I think about it….you know what phrase I used to hear a lot as a kid, but a hell of a lot less in the last 10 years….”United We Stand, Divided We Fall”
January 31, 2016 at 10:53am
Right….and if I’m thinking critically about that statement (about choosing a doctor)….what is the illness exactly?
Is it that we just don’t have the right people in our current system of government?
Or is it that our current system of government has been perverted & is now flawed?
If you think how our government is set up to work is just fine, and we just need someone in there to make “better” decisions…then I guess your doctor is Trump.
If you think there is something very wrong with how power & influence has been concentrated at the federal gov level, and that the collusion with government and titans of private industry & mass media have created a power structure that serves themselves before the people….then your candidate is someone who will try to roll all of that back.
Any Trump supporter that thinks he will reduce his leverage & bargaining position by making efforts to reduce the power & influence of the federal government is straight up lying to themselves.
 January 31, 2016 at 10:47am
So Jerry Falwell Jr. doesn’t endorse Cruz because he (according to your linked sources) supports a different Christian paradigm, but decides to support Trump because….
- all the bibles he gets from people, that he sends to a very special off site location?
- the bragging about sleeping around with all kinds of women…including married ones?
- the admission that he’s NEVER had to ask god for forgiveness?
- or his casual attendance of church (you know…the important days…Easter, Christmas)
There might be many reasons Falwell Jr. is endorsing Trump over Cruz…..their religious bonafides are certainly not among them. (Unless he is a hypocrite)
 January 31, 2016 at 10:29am
Not if you believe that that people who are racial minorities cannot be racist. Racial discrimination….sure, and is quite all right, according to the new “consensus” on proper race relations in America.
It’s just the next step in that line of logic….if you can have special temporary spaces for only black people to meet….then the logical conclusion is that you can also have special temporary living spaces for only black people….which would then lend to the idea that you can have permanent living spaces for only black people (Hello pre-civil rights era segregation)
The other troubling part for me is the reasoning behind it…..so that black males can validate their experiences on campus? THIS is how racism (not the new BS definition of it) is developed & reinforced in society.
These kids will go to classes that tell them that any slight (real or perceived) toward them by a person of another race is an example of racism….these kids will then rack up a slew of false flag examples of so called racism, and then go into group therapy back at the dorm for everyone to validate (reinforce) their skewed view on society.
From a cognitive perspective, how the hell is this any different than white only dorms in the 40s & 50s?
 January 30, 2016 at 12:10pm
That’s the lunacy of it all…..people say Trump is an “outsider”. If that’s the case, they don’t have a full appreciation for what the “establishment” truly is.
It’s not just the politicians that make up the establishment….it’s the crony capitalists they collude with….Trump being one of the crony capitalists that pay off politicians for favor & competitive advantage in the private sector.
Trump has admitted so much…yet so many folks see him as being removed from the corrupt way the federal government is being run.
Too little too late at this point….the die hard folks that support him will not be convinced otherwise. They’ve locked it in…come hell or high water.
 January 30, 2016 at 12:07pm
In addition to the $50k to Rahm Emanuel’s campaign in Chicago….and to Harry Reid
Thats all I need to know.
 January 30, 2016 at 12:05pm
Cause asking a politician when & why his views radically changed on a dime is an “attack”
That is where we are today with politics. Everyone has so much dang armor on they can’t see the periphery.
January 29, 2016 at 10:05am
Cause the problem with our country (society + government) is we have a lack of leadership?
Have you been paying attention to what Barrack Obama has done over the last 8 years?
You might not like his agenda, or think it’s “good” for America….but he & his people do, and they got it done in record time. Obama LITERALLY lead the biggest transformation in America in recent history.
- Set racial relations on fire to activate a new generation of jackboot protesters
- Shoved a socialized health care system down the throats of the country
- Destroyed America’s position of strength on the world stage
- Flooded the country with a new demographic of dependent Dem voters in waiting
- Has done incredible harm to the 2A
- Etc., on and on and on
He lead an effort to get just about all the things done he set out to do….when’s the last time a politician was able to do that?
The problem isn’t “leadership”, it’s the corrupt system of horse trading & payoffs that guide decision making in Washington. We don’t need people making “better decisions”, we need a roll back of power & influence at the federal level.
January 29, 2016 at 9:49am
It’s called voting bots…and by bots, I’m not talking about mindless people…I’m talking about computer programs that spoof unique IPs and select a specific candidate.
That is why online polls are junk.
 January 29, 2016 at 9:41am
It really comes down to this….all names & conjecture aside….is the solution for what is wrong with our country (society + government) is to fix the system that drives the bad decisions, or change the people making the bad decisions.
If you think the constitution has been perverted to the point that the safe guards within are no longer protecting the citizens from an overbearing & self interested governing body…..your candidate needs to be someone who will roll back the power & influence of the federal government.
If you think that we just need someone in office to make the “right” decisions…leveraging all the power & influence currently available to the executive office (and maybe a little bit more)…your candidate is Donald Trump
We’ve been getting too mired in these debates on what conservatism is, what liberalism is, what progressivism is…and which candidates are what. When it comes down to it, put simply…it comes down to how it’s framed above.
Unfortunately, those of us bothering to debate that are in even a smaller minority. Most people don't care at all, and either want their government freebies, or just want to be left alone.
Combine that with a disgusting public education system propagandizing for the State, and corrupt media doing the same, and we are lost.
January 25, 2016 at 9:00am
I’m trying to understand what looks like an interesting bit of irony…..an avatar that quotes rules for radicals (isolate / slander) and the person with that avatar grossly misrepresenting Beck’s opinion on Trump & Sanders.
Progressives support increasing the size & scope of government because they think that it is the only institution that can most effectively fix all of societies problems.
If you think people who support a limited gov candidate would suddenly change their support for a guy that would nationalize everything…you either have no real understanding of political ideology or are being purposely misleading in effort to isolate & marginalize.
 January 25, 2016 at 12:53am
Do you guys even listen to Beck’s radio or afternoon shows?
I’ve been a regular listener for several years now and while he did talk fondly of Rubio over the years he took him to task when he partnered up with the “gang of 8″ and conceded ground on the amnesty issue. Glenn has also expressed repeatedly…and to Rubio’s face…that he has major concerns regarding his hawkish stance on the Patriot Act & our foreign policy.
I’ve also heard Glenn support Cruz on a regular basis, and hasn’t disagreed with him on many things, if any. He’s been a staunch supporter of Cruz & Lee for a very long time and it’s no surprise that he endorsed Cruz as the GOP candidate.
January 25, 2016 at 12:30am
Agreed….when so many people with legitimate conservative bonafides (by that I mean they are in favor of & can articulate conservative principles) are getting trashed all of the sudden because they dare spoke critically of Donald Trump as a candidate, that should tell you something.
Did all those people all of the sudden change their political ideology, or is the person they criticized not really a conservative? Given the track record of all folks involved, I tend to believe the later.
At least some Trump supporters are dropping the conservative tag and being honest about what they REALLY are in support of. One person posting here called them self & other Trump supporters Nationalists. That is to say…conservative principles be damned, if we *feel* like it’s good for the nation, then we are for it.
 January 24, 2016 at 11:53pm
LOL Unlike most people, Trump recognizes and acknowledges problems in others?
To the contrary, we have an epidemic of people in our society that think our problems are all everyone else’s fault, including our current POTUS
Trump’s given interviews where he said he’s never had to ask God for forgiveness for anything…meaning the guy’s never sinned. You buy that load of BS? You ever hear of a thing called hubris?