There is sizable element within the Republican Party who are never-enlisted warmongers and chickenhawks—like South Carolina Republican Party's hateful political operative Todd Kincannon—who secretly wish antiwar veterans dead in body bags. Last week, Kincannon went on a diatribe on Twitter against antiwar activist and Iraq War veteran Michael Prysner, saying that Prysner should have "come home in a body bag."
.@mikeprysner You are an Iraq veteran? Shame you didn't come home in a body bag.
What Kincannon wrote on Twitter was disgusting. Sadly, this sentiment is shared by many in the Republican Party. This is not an exaggeration. When I participated in the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011, a lot of the signs I produced for our group were specifically antiwar. The slime that was directed at us from passersby because of those signs were always dripping with partisan language.
Because, after all, it was unthinkable even then that someone could be against wars under both Democrat and Republican presidents, and anyone protesting the wars must be an Obama-loving peacenik. However, the worst insults were always reserved for the Veterans for Peace contingent of which I was also a member.
What could explain this hatred? I believe it is simply the matter of their patriotism being implicitly challenged, particularly among chickenhawks, by veterans who served their country and came back questioning American imperialism. There is a discomfort in knowing that you did not have the courage to put your own life on the line in a war you eagerly supported only then to be confronted by someone who did and who can call you out for being a coward.
This summer, most students will go back home to find summer jobs at ice cream parlors or archaic movie rentals stores. But instead, you have the chance to intern on Capitol Hill in the heart of Washington, DC and be where the action is.
Any college graduate can tell you — the summer semester is just as important as fall and spring semesters. What you do during these warm months can help determine where you'll be after graduation. What better way to spend your summer then than working in a congressional office, rubbing elbows with lawmakers, learning the lay of the land, and building relationships with those who can help find you a long-term job?
Can't make it all the way to DC for the summer? We also have position opening in Arizona and Texas.
Most positions offered are entry-level and unpaid. However, you should see this as your opportunity to get your foot in the door, make a good impression, and open up better opportunities for yourself in the future. Even if you want a job elsewhere, having a letter of recommendation from a congressman or senator isn't too shabby, especially in this economy.
If you can't apply for the summer semester, make sure to check back with YAL to find fall semester opportunities
On April 2, 2013, YAL at the University of Richmond hosted a memorial to fallen Virginia soldiers. The exhibit, called Eyes Wide Open, included 66 boots representing the 66 Virginia soldiers who died in Afghanistan, along with shoes representing killed Afghan civilians. Through this emotional display, students were given a somber and respectful reminder of the human cost of war.
After doing some research, we discovered the Eyes Wide Open exhibit of the American Friends Service Committee, which has displayed soldiers’ boots at the U.S. Capitol and around the country. Initially, we wanted to host the Iraq War exhibit, but were shocked to hear that the staggering number of casualties meant that we would need multiple large trucks to transport the boots.
To promote our event, we made posters and flyers to distribute around campus. We also distributed flyers and YAL palm cards at our table at the event. On the morning of the event, we strained our backs hauling countless boxes of boots to the event site. We arranged them in the Forum, the busiest spot on campus.
The display also included shoes representing innocent Afghan civilians.
On Tuesday, March 21, nominations for College Republicans officer positions took place at ASU. The mood was shaken by the nomination of Students for Liberty Executive Board member Carlos Alfaro for president. Many had assumed that then-president Diego Moya would run unopposed. Nevertheless, a liberty ticket was introduced: Carlos Alfaro, Brian Speed, Jake Bobay, Charley Hernandez, David Schneider, and Corey Helsel.
The next Tuesday, March 28, the mood was frantic. Word got out that the opposition had called in non-regulars to make sure that Moya stayed in office. Young Americans for Liberty @ ASU and ASU Students for Liberty members showed up in force to support the liberty ticket. Once it was verified that all participants were dues-paying members, candidate speeches began.
Halfway through the speeches, Arizona Republican Party Executive Director Chad Heywood was called down by Moya to speak. Shouts of protest filled the room. Apparently, most of the officers hadn't been notified that there would be a guest, much less that he would take the floor in the middle of candidate speeches. Taken aback, Heywood (who last year made news by making an off-color joke about old ladies' undergarments while representing a congressional campaign), insinuated that some CR members were being immature.
Recently at CPAC, Rand Paul criticized the modern Republican Party and then said that, "the new GOP will need to embrace liberty in both the economic and the personal sphere. if we're going to have a Republican Party that can win, liberty needs to be the backbone of the GOP."
We've heard his father, former congressman Ron Paul, communicate similar sentiments but in different words. Rand Paul has found a way to communicate with and even lead the Republican Party — instead of being ostracized for his critiques like his father was, Rand Paul has been complimented by the likes of talkshow hosts Sena Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. These same people have previously had mostly negative words for his father.
What would a GOP party look like if they became the pro-liberty party that embraced all of the civil rights embodied in the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution without exceptions? What if the party boldly stood for all of the 10 amendments as boldly as they do for the 2nd Amendment? What If all of the GOP sternly took bold positions on due process, freedom of speech and of association, opposing warrantless wiretaps as well as search and seizures without consent or warrant? What if they left the issues of drugs up to the states in the manner that they do for alcohol?
I’m going to share a personal story and it’s an embarrassing one. So if you dig dramz (and, no matter how you fancy yourself, you totally know you do!), you’re in luck! For those "serious" types solely concerned with substance, keep reading, because this also relates to the whole libertarian thing. Specifically, it relates to the recent controversy over the lack of female representation in the movement.
Ron Paul libertarians are typically labeled “radicals.” I don't like this word because it carries a pejorative (rather than merely descriptive) connotation and thus is often used to glibly dismiss the views of people without bothering to thoughtfully engage them.
Radicals are often dismissed as impractical people who uncritically hew to abstract principles no matter the real-world consequences. But this criticism misses the broad social impact of radicalism.
By virtue of their existence, radicals help frame debates. Social science has shown that if a “radical” position (minarchist Ron Paul libertarianism, let’s say) is perceived to have a politically significant following, then the “mainstream” (or "median") in some respects moves to accommodate their views. By developing a politically significant (if still "radical") following, libertarians won’t be able to compel them to legalize all drugs, but they’ll make a difference in legalize marijuana; they won’t abolish the Military Industrial Complex, but they’ll cause the nation to consider more severe military budget cuts than it otherwise would have. They may not (yet?) be able to abolish the Federal Reserve, but they'll compel Congress to seriously consider a thorough audit of it. These are the pragmatic, real world consequences of radicalism.
One of the more persuasive criticisms of radicals is that they dogmatically adhere to abstract, a priori principles, and that this prevents them from engaging the real world. Yet there are two sides to this coin. For mainstreamers, by being so entangled in often trivial battles of "real world" politics, can lose sight of the moral principles that supposedly inspire his or her activism.
Twenty-five percent of the 2,930 attendants at the convention cast their vote for the junior Senator from Kentucky. Marco Rubio took a close second at 23 percent, far ahead of former Sen. Rick Santorum at 8 percent.
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) concludes each year with its ever-popular and influential straw poll. This year, the survey was co-sponsored by the Washington Times and was conducted by Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates.
Sen. Rand Paul is the son of Ron Paul, the three-time presidential candidate and retired Congressman. The elder Paul had previously won the CPAC poll in 2010 and 2011, before losing to Mitt Romney last year in the midst of their primary contest with Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich.
This video and unofficial transcript were provided by Sen. Paul's office. Follow YAL's live coverage of this historic filibuster on Facebook and Twitter.
I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court. That Americans could be killed in a cafe in San Francisco or in a restaurant in Houston or at their home in bowling green, Kentucky, is an abomination. It is something that should not and cannot be tolerated in our country. I don’t rise to oppose John Brennan’s nomination simply for the person. I rise today for the principle. The principle is one that as Americans we have fought long and hard for and to give up on that principle, to give up on the bill of rights, to give up on the Fifth Amendment protection that says that no person shall be held without due process, that no person shall be held for a capital offense without being indicted. This is a precious American tradition and something we should not give up on easily. They say Lewis Carroll is fiction. Alice never fell down a rabbit hole and the White Queen’s caustic judgments are not really a threat to your security. Or has America the beautiful become Alice’s wonderland? ‘No, no, said the queen. Sentence first; verdict afterwards. Stuff and nonsense, Alice said widely – loudly. The idea of having the sentence first? ‘Hold your tongue, said the queen, turning purple. I won’t, said Alice. Release the drones, said the Queen, as she shouted at the top of her voice.
Lewis Carroll is fiction, right? When I asked the President, can you kill an American on American soil, it should have been an easy answer. It’s an easy question. It should have been a resounding and unequivocal, “no.” The President’s response? He hasn’t killed anyone yet. We’re supposed to be comforted by that.
The President says, I haven’t killed anyone yet. He goes on to say, and I have no intention of killing Americans. But I might. Is that enough? Are we satisfied by that? Are we so complacent with our rights that we would allow a President to say he might kill Americans? But he will judge the circumstances, he will be the sole arbiter, he will be the sole decider, he will be the executioner in chief if he sees fit. Now, some would say he would never do this. Many people give the President the – you know, they give him consideration, they say he’s a good man. I’m not arguing he’s not. What I’m arguing is that the law is there and set in place for the day when angels don’t rule government. Madison said that the restraint on government was because government will not always be run by angels. This has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with whether the President is a Democrat or a Republican. Were this a Republican President, I’d be here saying exactly the same thing. No one person, no one politician should be allowed to judge the guilt, to charge an individual, to judge the guilt of an individual and to execute an individual. It goes against everything that we fundamentally believe in our country.
This isn’t even new to our country. There’s 800 years of English law that we found our tradition upon. We founded it upon the Magna Carta from 1215. We founded it upon Morgan from Glamorgan and 725 A.D. We founded upon the Greeks and Romans who had juries. It is not enough to charge someone to say that they are guilty.
Now, some might come to this floor and they might say, “Well, what if we’re being attacked on 9/11? What if there are planes flying at the Twin Towers?” Obviously, we repel them. We repel any attack on our country.
According to BBC, Facebook is being sued for its use of the "Like" button.
It seems that Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer—a quintessential Dutch name if there ever was one—patented a "Like" button for his primitive social networking site Surfbook in 1998.
Van Der Meer passed away in 2004, leaving his patents in the hands of Rembrandt Social Media.
Tom Melsheimer, an attorney for the patent holder, said the following:
We believe Rembrandt's patents represent an important foundation of social media as we know it, and we expect a judge and jury to reach the same conclusion based on the evidence.
This case highlights the gross absurdities of the idea and system of intellectual "property," a topic that has come under increased scrutiny as of late, what with the SOPA and PIPA uproar and the infamous battle between Apple and Samsung, in which millions upon millions of dollars were spent on arguments over objects that looked alike.