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WAKE UP, AMERICA! The State Motto for the Commonwealth of Virginia is “Sic Semper Tyrranus”, whose Flag shows Virtus (virtue) treading Tyrant (Great Britain) underfoot, hence “Sic Semper Tyrranus” in translation advocates “Thus To All Tyrants! “The Democrats are trampling the U.S. Constitution under their feet instead. Our Virginia Republican Party is being run by Good Old […]

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(NOTE: The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, New Hampshire’s original free-market think tank, publishes a weekly email newsletter. This week’s newsletter is a little rumination on partisanship. It’s posted below, in full, for your consideration. If you enjoyed this essay, you can sign up for the free Friday newsletter here.)   Preview Open

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Race to the Middle?

 

A former state GOP chair and a former Democrat lawmaker in Washington State are coming together with a few others to form Washington Independents. The stated goal is to:

reshape and reform our political system by electing independents to office in Washington State. We will support and encourage centrist, thoughtful candidates who will put our country and state ahead of any political faction in order to solve problems.

Sure, it sounds a little like the “no labels” movement of a few years ago, except that being aligned with the Centrist Project involves some actual principles. I normally think those in the middle haven’t made up their minds and don’t know what they stand for, but this movement states things like “We are committed to putting the nation on a sound fiscal path. We recognize that this will require a combination of revenue increases, spending cuts and reforms to our major entitlement programs.” I appreciate that such a statement recognizes both the input and output problems we face.

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1. “It’s a two-party system, so a failure to vote for Candidate X is a de facto vote for Candidate Y.” This is absurd on its face and fails basic logic. A vote for Candidate Z is neither a vote for Candidate X nor Candidate Y. 2. “Party X, which you have supported in the […]

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Whenever you have Trump or Sanders types running in primaries, you hear the question “What if they decide to run as an independent?” This is usually uttered with a shudder of terror. “They’ll split the vote!” “The other side will win!” “Egad!” This year, of course, is different. The eccentric candidates in the race might […]

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How can an Independent run in a primary unless he is actually a member of that party? If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck . . . Or is this Hillary’s strategy? Let the Bernie momentum build up, and when he gets too close, KABOOM! Hillary calls the DNC, and makes them kick […]

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