Constitution, Just musing

Meeting With the Bobs

Whenever a tragedy occurs, or when a need is needed, the first thing uttered by my fellow Americans is that government should do something. I’m not sure where this comes from. Perhaps it originated from Roosevelt’s New Deal (which was an overhaul of government responsibilities, turning it into more of a nanny state) and snowballed… Continue reading Meeting With the Bobs

Current Events, Just musing

This Is How Government Works

It's been over a year since candidates started running for the Office of United States President. And yesterday, the American public picked one. But the story I just told is so much bigger than the two sentences you just read. Because the takeaway this election showed everyone is that this is how government works. Which logically should lead… Continue reading This Is How Government Works

Constitution, Current Events, Just musing

Where the Five Percent Dream Lives

When I was on college radio, we had no FM or even an AM band. This was before the Internet so traditional, over the air broadcasting was the only way to reach a wide audience. So due to our lack of any substantial tower or antenna, our only audience was on campus. But us disk… Continue reading Where the Five Percent Dream Lives

Current Events, Just musing

Libertarian: It’s About an Ideology

An interesting thing is happening outside the two major political parties in the United States. For the first time since Ross Perot, third parties are getting some decent press. Perot wasn’t a “party” when he was doing his best in 1992, but he was an outsider of the two party system. And he did go… Continue reading Libertarian: It’s About an Ideology

Current Events, Just musing

Johnson’s Aleppo Gaffe is a Positive Thing

Everybody hates a know-it-all. You know, that person who never asks questions but always has answers? Or, that person who asks a question just so they can school you on the right answer? Yeah, we all hate those people. For decades, Libertarians have made the case that that is exactly what the two major parties… Continue reading Johnson’s Aleppo Gaffe is a Positive Thing

Current Events, Just musing

Make the political argument, not the personal attack

Something has been irking me for a while now. Initially, I couldn't put my finger on it. It's been building over the last couple of months. It's not so much the entrenched corners so many have willingly put themselves in when debating the virtues and vices of the presidential nominees, though that is a part. It… Continue reading Make the political argument, not the personal attack

Current Events, Just musing

We, the Selfish Libertarians

There's this meme going around which reads, “All cats are libertarians. Completely dependent on others but fully convinced of their own independence.” The implication is that libertarians have deluded themselves into thinking they have the skill set to provide everything they need in life on their own without assistance. They have deluded themselves into thinking… Continue reading We, the Selfish Libertarians

Current Events, Just musing

Reckoning Day – Party Over

They did it to themselves. And I tried to do a bit part in cleaning it up with a list of suggestions here and here. But no one listened (except you, loyal readers, who came by those years in this blog's infancy). Donald Trump is sweeping up the Republican nomination. To date, he's only lost… Continue reading Reckoning Day – Party Over

Just musing

Freedom Cocktail – Our annual report for 2014

Take a moment to see how many people the writer's here at Freedom Cocktail were able to reach in 2014. Even the smallest voice can change the course of the future. We cannot allow ourselves to be silenced. Keep the conversation going and do no give in to politically correct social pressure. Truth should never… Continue reading Freedom Cocktail – Our annual report for 2014

Constitution, Just musing

ICYMI: Why we looked back while keeping eye on midterms

The holidays have come and gone. College football has a new BCS champion. The NFL wildcard games lived up to their name and the Superbowl is just around the corner. 2014 is underway and this will be a huge year in terms of politics in our nation with the midterms elections set for November. Many… Continue reading ICYMI: Why we looked back while keeping eye on midterms

Just musing

Selling The News

I like to imagine that a lot of people perform the cliché end-of-year introspection ritual. I like to imagine that people who take the time, genuinely enjoy the review of the good moments, and intend to do something to keep from repeating the not so good moments. I'll get around to my own, but  I've spent… Continue reading Selling The News

Capitalism, Constitution, Current Events, Just musing

Taking Out The Trash (Before the Party is Over)

Every great party starts with great guests. Inevitably, if the party goes on too long or happens too often, those guests invite friends. Those friends bring bottles and disposal what-nots. And those friends invite other friends who bring more cans and dishes to wash. And by the end of its life, said party isn't what… Continue reading Taking Out The Trash (Before the Party is Over)

Constitution, Current Events, Just musing

Some Required House Cleaning

The other day, a dear colleague of mine noted that I was a conservative. I was dumbfounded. I don't consider myself one. Why? Because the term doesn't mean to me what it means to the public at large. The term carries the stigma of Christian principled, stuffy rich white guy. That isn’t me. I guess… Continue reading Some Required House Cleaning

Constitution, Current Events, Federalism, Just musing

All or Nothing?

Rand Paul said, "I'm not a Libertarian." Rand Paul said, "I'm a Libertarian Republican." Rand Paul said, "I'm a Constitutional Conservative." He said all these things on May 10, 2013 at a luncheon with several evangelical pastors in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He made it rather clear he wasn't a Libertarian when he advised he was… Continue reading All or Nothing?