Mike Pence

Mike Pence's Towering Hypocrisy

Donald Trump would be the kind of president Pence has warned about.

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Mike Pence
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In November 2010, Mike Pence gave a lecture at The Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention, and I happened to be there for my first exposure to his oratory. I remember the speech because it was an exercise in pomposity and sanctimony so insufferable that I walked out before he was done. Only now do I realize it was also a towering specimen of hypocrisy. 

Pence's subject that day was the presidency, a topic on which he had—I can't say "has"—uncompromising opinions. His mission was to instruct his audience on the proper characteristics and conduct of anyone holding the office. Though he largely avoided the name "Barack Obama," it was clear he thought the 44th president is an affront to the Framers. 

The presidency's "powers are vast and consequential, its requirements—from the outset and by definition—impossible for mortals to fulfill without humility and insistent attention to its purposes as set forth in the Constitution of the United States," declared Pence, his gaze steely and his jaw firmly set.

Of power, he said, "Those who are entrusted with it must educate themselves in self-restraint." 

"A true statesman lives in what Churchill called a continuous 'stress of soul,'" Pence informed his audience. "And that's why you must always be wary of a president who seems to float upon his own greatness." 

Pence told a story to illustrate the humanity and humility of Calvin Coolidge. "A sensibility like this—and not power—is the source of presidential dignity, and it must be restored," he said. "It depends entirely upon character, self-discipline and an understanding of the fundamental principles that underlie not only the republic but life itself. 

"It communicates that the president feels the gravity of his office and is willing to sacrifice himself, that his eye is not upon his own prospects but upon the storm of history, through which it is his responsibility to navigate with the specific powers accorded to him and the limitations placed upon them not merely by man but by God." 

For those who feared Obama's presidency would bring about the destruction of America, Pence solemnly invoked the "great generations" that have gone before us: "They are silent now, but from the eternal silence of every patriot grave, there is yet an echo that says, 'It's not too late. Keep faith with us. Keep faith in God. And do not, do not ever despair of this republic.'" 

I had interviewed Pence once and found him mild and affable, so the fire and brimstone surprised me. At the Federalist Society convention, he sounded like a politician slightly unhinged by Obama and trying to establish a reputation as a profound thinker. 

But when Pence accepted the second spot on a ticket with Donald Trump, he made clear that he didn't believe a word he said. The address is full of lines that would disqualify Trump from a moment's consideration. 

Trump has not the slightest trace of the humility and dignity Pence once deemed essential, and it's hard to imagine his being constrained by the limits of presidential authority. As for the Constitution, Trump thinks it contains an "Article 12" and wants to censor the internet without regard for the First Amendment. "Somebody will say, 'Oh, freedom of speech, freedom of speech,'" he snorted. "These are foolish people." 

Does Pence think Trump has ever endured "stress of soul" or even has a soul to be stressed? Does he think Trump has "character, self-discipline and an understanding of the fundamental principles that underlie not only the republic but life itself"? 

Pence warned us against any "president who acts like, speaks like and is received as a king"—a contemptuous description he used with Obama in mind. But no candidate has ever behaved with a more brazen air of royal prerogative than Trump. And a party whose principles have almost nothing in common with his views has meekly submitted to his majesty. 

Does Pence think Trump would be a president who "feels the gravity of his office and is willing to sacrifice himself"? Does he believe Trump would exercise his powers with respect for "the limitations placed upon them not merely by man but by God"? It's enough to make a cat laugh. 

If Pence would listen for the words echoing now from those patriot graves, this is what he would hear: "OK, now despair for the republic."

© Copyright 2016 by Creators Syndicate Inc. 

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  1. Flash — Politician is a hypocrite. Chapman extracts a column. Film goes all the way to 11.

    1. Should Chapman be fed into a wood chipper, head-first or feet-first?

      The page will soon see raging hatred spewed at Chapman, by those for whom moral hypocrisy is a touchstone, Ron Paul’s extreme socons. Rand will sign on, if Pense calls for nationwide tent revivals to unite the minoriity of Christians driven by hatred. Pense’s hypocrisy is especially proper on a libertarian website that (largely) defends constitutional and individual liberty.

      Trump has committed political suicide, violating Goldwater’s conviction that the “Moral Majority” was a grave threat to his party, a party which escaped their control for almost a half-century. The Reagan coalition, including Reagan Democrats, was based in part on Reagan’s rejection of the same Falwell and Robertson. Reagan and Goldwater were the America’s most prominent defenders of gay rights in the 70s, long before it became fashionable on the left. Hillary will do likewise as the Democrat platform moves sharply to the left andthe GOP sharply to the right, opening a door for Gary Johnson (if he had a platform)

      Per Goldwater’s warning, Reagan’s mildly libertarian coalition (fiscally conservative and socially liberal) has been demolished. Liberty’s opportunity brightens, as statists both left and right assert greater control. On the right, Reagan had more support among social conservatives than their “leaders” Falwell and Robertson who tried to take him down.

      1. Skipped 11, went straight to 12.

      2. Listen to the relaxing sound of the arteries cracking in what’s left of Hihn’s brain. It’s almost like a delicious bowl of Rice Krispies.

        1. +1 Snap, Crackle, Pop

          1. Snap, crackle… Plop!

      3. New H&R poll:

        Which Hihn is nuts-er, Benny or Michael?

        Discuss.

        1. Which Hihn is nuts-er, Benny or Michael?

          Let me put it this way: one of them is rich and successful and has a huge number of followers.

        2. Hihn lashes out at us like we’re voices in his own mind.

          My grandmother almost lived to be 100. She was sharp as could be until she died, and she had been a prolific letter writer. For practical purposes she was from the Victorian era.

          We got her a computer and tried to get her to use email. She just couldn’t feel like it was really coming from us when it was electronic text. Like somehow the messages arrived on her computer with our names on them, but it just didn’t feel like it was from us.

          Hihn seems to react to us like that, like intellectually he knows there are people out there somewhere, but he reacts to the text like it isn’t from real people. It’s like someone who can pass the mirror test for consciousness by recognizing his own reflection but can’t recognize anyone else in the mirror.

      4. Welcome to Retardation: A Celebration. Now, hopefully, I’m gonna dispel a few myths, a few rumors. First off, the retarded don’t rule the night. They don’t rule it. Nobody does. And they don’t run in packs. And while they may not be as strong as apes, don’t lock eyes with ’em, don’t do it. Puts ’em on edge. They might go into berzerker mode; come at you like a whirling dervish, all fists and elbows. You might be screaming “No, no, no” and all they hear is “Who wants cake?” Let me tell you something: They all do. They all want cake.

      5. Chapman is just another Obama momma. Like you.

        1. Michael Hihn
          The page will soon see raging hatred spewed at Chapman, by those for whom moral hypocrisy is a touchstone

          They always prove me right … multiple aggressions from the authoritarian mind spewing their typical hatred. And the openly revealed bigotry of Domestic Dissident. Bigotry, by definition, includes applying negative stereotypes to an entire group. Typically in the language of a 12-year-old kid. Like this:

          Chapman is just another Obama momma. Like you

          (laughing) Only Obama mommas disagree with far-right goobers, and their group-think! You just saw it!

          Anyone wishing to join my ridicule of Dissident, see
          the web archive
          of my published writing. Especially (smirk) the summaries under Taxes, Federalism and .. (laughing harder) healthcare. Each and every article is a belly laugh at Domestic Dissident.

          I shall now face more aggression, for the sin of … free speech, the gestapo mentality of the the far-right and far-left. Further disgracing the libertarian brand which is already rejected by 91% of libertarians (Cato survey) Which makes them as great a threat to individual liberty as Obama, Pelosi and Reid, also authoritarian

          1. Six aggressions by authoritarian bullies (so far), as predicted,

            Michael Hihn
            The page will soon see raging hatred spewed at Chapman, by those for whom moral hypocrisy is a touchstone

            (((Renegade)): Listen to the relaxing sound of the arteries cracking in what’s left of Hihn’s brain. It’s almost like a delicious bowl of Rice Krispies

            Lord Humungus +1 Snap, Crackle, Pop

            egould310 Snap, crackle… Plop!

            Vapourwear New H&R poll: Which Hihn is nuts-er, Benny or Michael?

            Ken Schultz Hihn lashes out at us like we’re voices in his own mind.
            ((By predicting the exact hate-spewig we see. Did I name them asssholes, or did they LOL))

            WTF: Welcome to Retardation: A Celebration

            And more will follow
            (walks away laughing)

          2. “I shall now face more aggression, for the sin of … free speech”

            To be fair, it’s more for being a smarmy dickhead than for exercising free speech…

            Maybe if you’d cut out the whole “being an asshole” part, you’d get some intelligent debate.

            1. MORE aggression,… and more hypocrisyt!!!

              it’s more for being a smarmy dickhead

              Maybe if you’d cut out the whole “being an asshole” part,

              Translation: “Hey asshole, stop being an asshol\e.” (snicker)

              than for exercising free speech.

              Ummm, I DARE object to feeding people into wood chippers. So I’m attacked by (now seven) bullies who are DEFENDING terrorism … but it has nothing to do with free speech. Same excuse used by the original gestapo!.

              What did I predict?

              The page will soon see raging hatred spewed at Chapman, by those for whom moral hypocrisy is a touchstone,

              As always, the extreme right and left both shout down anyone who disobeys their diktats, The new McCarthyism, Socialists vs fascists.

              (my tone and boldface in defence of aggression)

            2. Spinach Chin

              “I shall now face more aggression, for the sin of … free speech”

              To be fair, it’s more for being a smarmy dickhead than for exercising free speech…

              A somewhat MASSIVE fuckup!.

              I’m a .smarmy dickhead for saying – in defense of aggression that I had correctly predicted. So if you weren’t attacking my free speech, then the only other possibility is siding with the aggressors, and defending your own “moral hypocrisy,” which I had predicted. Successfully.

              If you say so.

              1. Well, you were acting like a smarmy dickhead BEFORE being internet-attacked.

                Sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy, don’t you think? Act like a pompous asshole, then when you’re (predictably) attacked for being an obnoxious bell-end, claim vindication by doubling down on being an utter cunt (snickerdoodle).

                1. Now he’s stalking me! With the SAME lie, and same 12-year old potty mouth

                  Well, you were acting like a smarmy dickhead BEFORE being internet-attacked.

                  For the morally impaired, repeat two comments back.

                  MORE aggression,… and more hypocrisyt!!!

                  it’s more for being a smarmy dickhead
                  Maybe if you’d cut out the whole “being an asshole” part,

                  Translation: “Hey asshole, stop being an asshol\e.” (snicker)

                  than for exercising free speech.

                  Ummm, I DARE object to feeding people into wood chippers. So I’m attacked by (now seven) bullies who are DEFENDING terrorism … but it has nothing to do with free speech???
                  You the gestapo?

                  What did I predict?

                  The page will soon see raging hatred spewed at Chapman, by those for whom moral hypocrisy is a touchstone,

                  As always, bullies shout down anyone who disobeys their diktats. The new McCarthyism, Socialists vs fascists

                  MORE baby talk!

                  pompous asshole, obnoxious bell-end, utter cunt

                  So, I am a “pompous asshole” because I jammed his assault up his ass, plus ridicule. Cyber-bullies get SO pissed when they’ve been humiliated It’s their authoritarian mentality. (We ain’t allowed to talk back to the gestapo)

                  (my tone and boldface as defense from aggression)

                  1. If I put my bully in your safe-space, can I micro-agress all over your face?

                    1. MORE aggression. STILL stalking me! SAME taunts as a 12-year old bully

                      But I do understand. Even as you continue making a total jackass of yourself, just keep attacking… be MACHO! … so you won’t be a pussy. Like young boys comparing their dicks and giggling.

                      Reason gets a HIGH concentration of bullies and thugs, as the only major website not to monitor comments. They disgrace the entire libertarian brand, and it’s not juts me saying that.

                      One leading civil liberties website reported this to at least 100,000 visitors

                      “Reason.com, a leading libertarian website whose clever writing is eclipsed only by the blowhard stupidity of its commenting peanut gallery

                      A Cato Institute survey found the libertarian brand rejected by 91% of libertarians.

                      In our Zogby survey we found that only 9 percent of voters with libertarian views identify themselves that way.

                      As the cyber-bullies chortle at their infantile aggression, bellowing and stalking, they have severely damaged our movement … . “the blowhard stupidity of (Reason’s) commenting peanut gallery.” You’ve seen the proof.

                      (my tone and boldface in defense of repeated stalking and aggression. See this thread)

                    2. “and it’s not juts me saying that.”

                      Don’t you, supposedly, write for a living? What’s up with the terrible spelling and grammar?

                      Why do people on the internet make you so upset?

                    3. (my tone and boldface in defense of repeated stalking and aggression.

                      Why do people on the internet make you so upset?

                      Again, it’s self-defense. And sympathy.

                      I know your ilk did not intend the libertarian label to be rejected by 91% of libertarians, (Cato). Or our disgrace when a major civil liberties website labeled you to over 100,000 visitors as “the blowhard stupidity of (Reason’s) commenting peanut gallery.” (Reason the only political site to allow bullying)

                      Nathaniel Brandon, founder of the Self-Esteem Movement, taught that authoritarians aren’t ego-maniacs. They totally lack self-esteem. Lack of ego causes them to dismantle their self, to be worthy of even an abusive spouse. Total lack of self-esteem feels incapable of pleasing others. They can’t earn acceptance so they demand it, by aggression and control.

                      Libertarians are dedicated to tolerance of peaceful differences. To authoritarians, even mild differences are threats to their authority. To bullies, merely daring to disagreeis aggression.

                      Were also anti-aggression, not as pussies, but as David with Goliath. But we understand your affliction, sympathize with your lack of self-control and forgive you. God bless you, Goliath, in your quest for self-worthiness.

                      (my tone and boldface in defense of repeated stalking and aggression. See this thread)

      6. Timothy Leary was the prominent defender of gay and hepcat rights and critic of the GO Pee. “I always thought the enemy was the Republican Party” is Tim’s most memorable observation.

      7. There are Chrome and Firefox extensions (“Reasonable”) that let you kill postings by senile trolls like Michael Hihn (and anybody else you like) once and for all.

        1. What kind of person would launch aggression on a libertarian website?
          Oh wait, you defend feeding people into wood chippers.
          All fits with the authoritarian mind.

          1. What kind of person would launch aggression on a libertarian website?

            I don’t see what’s “aggressive” about choosing not to read the junk you post.

            Oh wait, you defend feeding people into wood chippers.

            I have never defended feeding people into wood chippers.

            All fits with the authoritarian mind.

            You should be more concerned with your own mind: you are clearly suffering from some kind of mental problem. Senility would be my guess. Do yourself a favor and check yourself into a home for the permanently bewildered.

            1. FACT. All bullies always lie. Then deny lies still in plain sight.

              There are … extensions … that let you kill postings by senile trolls like Michael Hihn… l.

              What kind of person would launch aggression on a libertarian website?
              Oh wait, you defend feeding people into wood chippers.
              All fits with the authoritarian mind.

              I don’t see what’s “aggressive” about choosing not to read the junk you post.

              “senile trolls
              Liar or severe denial?
              .

              defends feeding people he disagrees with into wood chippers.

              I have never defended feeding people into wood chippers.

              Pay attention.
              If you defend someone named “GasAllJews” … FOR wanting to gas Jews .. you have defended …. gassing Jews!

              You attack me, defending a thug who promotes woodchipper terrorism … in his handle … when I called out that terrorism.

              Now, TOTALLY off the rails.

              All fits with the authoritarian mind.

              … you are clearly suffering from some kind of mental problem. Senility would be my guess. Do yourself a favor and check yourself into a home for the permanently bewildered.

              Denies being authoritarian … while levying authoritarian punishment!
              (Mike slowly shakes his head in disbelief)

              (this in defense of repeated aggression… and now blatant lies. How DARE I talk back LOL)

      8. Should Chapman be fed into a wood chipper, head-first or feet-first? [clip rest]

        WTF did I just read?

        1. The first post celebrates feeding people into wood chippers. He insults Chapman. Head-first, feet-first refers to a comment page that humiliated Reason. Recap

          From popehat.com the news source, estimated 100,000+ views. Even Cato linked to it

          “DOJ is targeting Reason.com, a leading libertarian website whose clever writing is eclipsed only by the blowhard stupidity of its commenting peanut gallery

          Its judges like these that should be taken out back and shot.

          It’s judges like these that WILL be taken out back and shot. FTFY.

          Why waste ammunition? Wood chippers get the message across clearly. Especially if you feed them in feet first.

          Why do it out back? Shoot them out front, on the steps of the courthouse.

          I hope there is a special place in hell reserved for that horrible woman.
          (the judge)

          Fuck that. I don’t want to pay for that cunt’s food, housing, and medical. Send her through the wood chipper.

          Much of that blowhard stupidity here, going back a bit.

          Reason is the only major political site that does not monitor comments. Some stopped allowing comments at all. So a large number of cyber-bullies come here, who would be thrown off other sites. Maybe two dozen now have “woodchipper” in their handle, and you’ve seen what it means.

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  2. True but anyone Trump would pick would have to be a hypocrite and psychopath. I wish he picked Gingrich – they could have been partners in hysterical delusion. Pence has an air of respectability that makes him harder to debunk. I think they will start to diverge and neither will understand why the other is being so stubborn. This is an opportunity for Cankles to pick a centrist.

    1. This is more like the 11 I expected.

    2. He should have picked Sarah Palin. Then the retardation would be complete.

      1. After you went off on John yesterday because he suggested that not all Trump supporters are white trash, I’m not sure you’re at your rational best on the issue of Trump.

      2. Correction–he suggested not all libertarians are white trash.

        . . . which isn’t awful in itself.

        I like to think of myself as not white trash. If I put on a jacket and tie, people will even let me use the front door of the restaurant occasionally.

        1. +1 Banjo pluck

  3. Again, there were like three Republicans who would have said yes to Trump. If Pence hadn’t said yes, they might have had t settle for Ted Nugent.

    Can anybody think of someone qualified who would have been better and would have said yes?

    First, cross all the Republicans off the list who won’t even vote for Trump. Who’s left?

    Ben Carson?

    1. Can anybody think of someone qualified who would have been better and would have said yes?

      Vermin Supreme.

      1. You really are a renegade.

        1. Just a realist.

    2. Trump-Nugent. They’d have a stranglehold on the American electorate.

      1. They both love the Wang Dang Sweet Poontang.

    3. Trump is a big fan of Matt Drudge, Michael Savage and Alex Jones. They are his source for understanding global politics and world history.

      Also cross off people who are not natural born citizens or old enough, since you have to be eligible to be President to be qualified as Vice President. That rules out Milo Yiannopoulos, even if he wasn’t gay.

      1. Trump is a big fan of Matt Drudge, Michael Savage and Alex Jones.

        And Ron Paul

        They are his source for understanding global politics and world history.

        And the Constitution, Federalism, balance of power, delegated powers, unalienable rights, separation of church and state … the list is almost endless.

        1. Ok, I wasn’t sure if you were trolling or not until you say that Alex Jones is a source for understanding anything. The man is a lunatic. It’s within the realm of possibility he might be right about a few things, but it’s not worth the screaming madness. Matt Drudge is also simply a savvy news aggregator, he doesn’t actually write anything I’m aware of. Not to say there’s no effect on the news cycle because of him, but he isn’t an actual ‘source’ of anything. They are entertainment-as-news websites, but that’s par for the course these days. Even the Wall Street Journal, which used to be one of my favored sources, is now owed by Murdoch.

          I’m also curious why you would include separation of church and state in your end rant given that it fits into that list like a ‘one of these things is not like the others’ question.

          1. you say that Alex Jones is a source for understanding anything.

            (lol Never mentioned him.

            The man is a lunatic

            Strongly supported by his buddy Ron Paul.

            Matt Drudge is also simply a savvy news aggregator.

            NOBODY said otherwise. He SELECTS which news to promote.

            I’m also curious why you would include separation of church and state in your end rant

            Ummm, all opposed by Ron Paul’s cult. Ron says, shamefully, that no founder even wrote about Separation.

            1) Jefferson’s WRITTEN reply when Danbury Baptists asked about founder’s intent was “wall of separation.”

            2) Treaty of Tripoli, negotiated under Washington, unanimously ratified by the Senate, signed by Adams, states “… the United States is not, in any sense, founded no the Christian religion.”

            3) I have the first three Presidents and the entire US Senate. Paul’s cult has ..NOTHING.

            4) The others trace to Ron rejecting the 9th Amendment, which forbids ALL levels of government from denying or disparaging fundamental rights” … which supports Ron’s bullshit Federalism (the States Rights of southern racists.)

            *Paul claims SOTUS is NOT co-equal to Executive and Legislative branches, with NO power to defend individual rights. (OMG)

            * States have powers which have never been delegated
            *He even tried to forbid SCOTUS from considering marriage equality, THE worst bigotry in history.

  4. So, Reason gets its dumbest writer to spew a column about the dumbest VP candidate for the dumbest presidential candidate. I think this may be a black hole of derp.

    1. There wlll be a drawiing. How many hissy fits can ((Renegade)) throw on a single page … shouting down mere disagreement, the hallmark of the compulsion to control common to all authoritarians?
      Seig Heil!

  5. Gun rights, I don’t give damn about whatever other bullshit comes out.

    1. To me, it’s all about campus rape.

      Hillary Clinton is against campus rape.

      Rape, rape, rape, rape, rape, rape, rape.

      Also, I’m against ISIS.

      I can only vote for someone who is against campus rape and ISIS.

    2. Pence is there to become the nominee when the GOP opens the trap door under Trump’s feet. His selection will placate the Cruz folks and maybe satisfy the Trump fans – “Trump picked him, so stop complaining!”

      Pence is horrible at speaking. He needs a TelePrompTer but doesn’t use one. He tries to read verbatim scripts on his podium with carefully chosen words filtered through focus groups strapped to emotion meters – exactly what Trump has railed against. He doesn’t make eye contact with the crowd and doesn’t adjust his tone or ad lib in response to crowd reaction. Maybe he can learn how to do that.

      1. Goldwater did warn that the “Moral Majority” was a major threat to his party, but they were never nominated for nearly a half century. As both parties veer to their extremes, desperately holding their shrinking bases, the door should open for Gary Johnson. With luck, the extreme right and extreme left will each complete the collapse into their own toilet.

      2. Pence is the Right’s answer to Al Gore?

        1. (lol) Took me a while to get that.

  6. Mike Pence has seen the light and now wants to Make America Great Again.

    I hope that as Vice President Pence can attend the funerals of many Intergovernmental organization high level bureaucrats.

    1. Sadly, he’s probably going to have to attend the funerals of more cops first, after eight years of Obama fomenting his race war.

  7. If Trump has any chance of a bump after the convention, it may only happen because the focus of the media is so biased and hateful towards him that it makes voters stick up for him instinctively for holding some of the same conflicted positions they do.

    Going after Trump for wanting to keep Muslims out in the wake of another gruesome terrorist attack is kinda like that. And the media is poised to do that on a dozen issues.

    Seriously, if you don’t understand Trump’s appeal, and you’re slogging him at every opportunity, you might ask yourself if the reason Trump is appealing to so many people is because you’re slogging him at every opportunity.

    1. “It’s just my little way of ‘sticking it to The Man’.”

    2. So why did a majority of Republicans vote against Trump??

      1. Who are these majority of Republicans? Trump got more primary votes than any candidate….ever.

  8. Being exposed to Chapman in the early hours builds character. Or something. Much like porridge, cold showers, and deprivation.

    1. Blackadder: Well, it is said, Percy, that civilised man seeks out good and intelligent company, so that through learned discourse he may rise above the savage and closer to God.

      Lord Percy: Yes, I heard that.

      Blackadder: Personally, however, I like to start the day with a total dickhead to remind me I’m best.

  9. Steve’s posturing on The Don will become a lot more convincing when he identifies three Trump positions not copied verbatim from the GO Pee’s Mein Kampf platform. There are fifty pages of National Socialism, threats to jail physicians, shoot hemp farmers, confiscate real estate and chattel–as bribery, not restitution–and again raid bank accounts until the money supply collapses into a depression. Taking time out from murdering Americans to blow up children on the other side of the planet is simply the icing on the cake–as in 1968.

    In 1968 voters had no alternative but Christian National Socialism and East German Communism. Today there is the libertarian party platform to vote for instead.

    1. Cool story, brah.

    2. The Nazi party platform reads a lot more like Democrats than Republicans: free health care, free education, government retirement plans, prohibition on false statements by the media, reduction of inequality, abolition of unearned income, etc.

  10. Another slew of hit pieces on Trump.

    I think I will go cook breakfast.

  11. I was reading this as if it was a normal libertarian article.

    I got to an exercise in pomposity and sanctimony so insufferable that I walked out before he was done and I thought “um…what the hell is…oh, right, Chapman of course.”

    For what it’s worth I agree with more of it than not, but starting with the usual Chapman partisanship makes it ring pretty hollow.

    1. Agreed, at least he managed to stop himself from mentioning Jews or Israel which confused me after seeing he wrote it.

      Even a stopped Chapman can be right twice a week?

    2. the usual Chapman partisanship makes it ring pretty hollow.

      He’s a libertarian on a libertarian website. This is not Alex Jones, nor is it Ron Paul.
      Here, we don’t shove people into one of only two rigid boxes … since the bipolar mentality (two boxes) has been obsolete for nearly 50 years.

  12. I remember the speech because it was an exercise in pomposity and sanctimony so insufferable that I walked out before he was done. Only now do I realize it was also a towering specimen of hypocrisy.

    So, Steve Chapman, you should have felt right at home, pomposity, insufferable sanctimony, and hypocrisy being your primary attributes as well.

  13. RE: Mike Pence’s Towering Hypocrisy
    Donald Trump would be the kind of president Pence has warned about.

    What?
    A republican a hypocrite?
    You don’t say!
    What next?
    A democrat a hypocrite?
    Who would’ve thought?

  14. Steve Chapman has been Ready for Her since 2008. He’s the standard cocktail party ‘libertarian’. The word sounds so ‘hip’ and ‘mysterious’ that it peaks the curiosity of his cosmopolitan audience, but at his core Chapman is just a cowardly progressive.

    I hope Trump wins just to see Chapman cry.

    1. Chapman writes for a major audience. That pisses of a lot of libertarians who want him to rant, wave his arms and whine, like Ron Paul.,

      1. Why does it anger you that Ron Paul held office and Chapman has not? Or that Ron ran for President three times and Chapman hasn’t once?

        Is it because Chapman wouldn’t win?

        Mass audience indeed.

        1. Why does it anger you that Ron Paul held office and Chapman has not?

          (laughing) That’s as wacky as you were here.

          Or that Ron ran for President three times and Chapman hasn’t once?

          (lol) A three-time loser? Ron’s only general election was as a social liberal.

          Is it because Chapman wouldn’t win?

          RON WOULD??? It’s the reason I gave,

          Mass audience indeed.

          That’s what nationally syndicated writers do!!!

          You sneer at Chapman as a “cocktail party libertarian” because his potential audiences is 59% of Americans. He ignores the REAL libertarians who are less than 5% Hmmm.

          Educate yourself. See See this Cato survey, conducted by a major independent pollster. .”

          First they found that 59% of voters would accept the same definition as libertarian since 1959, “fiscally conservative and socially liberal.”

          When they added “also known as libertarian,” 25% of THEM dropped out.
          It got worse. When they tested “libertarian” alone, Cato says:

          In our Zogby survey we found that only 9 percent of voters with libertarian views identify themselves that way

          That’s 91% rejection. REAL libertarians say ignore 59% of Americans to focus on 5.3% of Americans. Sure.

  15. Or…..Trump picked Pence BECAUSE Pence is not 100% on board with Trump’s agenda.

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