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Conservative Circle Jerk

↳ Posted on June 28th, 2011 by Ben Spera

I’m so tired of hearing about Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann. Neither of them have done anything more than pay a little lip service to conservative principles, yet so many seem to have ordained them as conservative saints.

What have either of them done to be deserving of so much attention? Bachmann voted for the Patriot Act! Why some are so easily duped into jumping on political bandwagons every year is beyond me. They are only setting themselves up for future disappointment when these two end up being nothing more than two more establishment RINO’s who found a convenient crown to pander to.

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Ny Legalizes Gay Marriage

↳ Posted on June 26th, 2011 by Ben Spera

I’m sure everyone is aware that the state of New York recently passed legislation legalizing gay marriage. The irony is that this was accomplished primarily thanks to the support of key Republicans.

I really don’t understand the strong opposition to gay marriage. I am a Christian and have read the Bible. The few times homosexuality is mentioned in the Bible really doesn’t deserve the amount of opposition put forth by Christian conservatives. Is homosexuality wrong? Most likely. But in my opinion it is probably on par with other “sins” such as jerking off or whistling at a young blonde. It really doesn’t hurt anyone. God, in his infinite wisdom, explicitly gave mankind free will and it is contrary for believers to try and force their interpretation of his word onto anyone.

Most importantly, regardless of it’s moral position, it is not the government’s position to enforce morality. In my opinion government shouldn’t be involved in marriages at all. The fact that I had to go to the courthouse for the government’s permission to get married, even as a heterosexual male, is kind of ridiculous.

I’m not anti-gay, I’m not pro-gay. I really don’t care either way. Our country has much more pressing issues in need of our attention.

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Herman Cain Supported 2008 Bank Bailout

↳ Posted on May 23rd, 2011 by Ben Spera

I have to admit, even I got caught up in the excitement over GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain. He is a strong candidate and has given a lot of attention to basic conservative principles so far. One flag that has concerned me is his support of the 2008 Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP. This program is more commonly known as the 2008 bank bailouts. This was first referred to in an article by Robert Costa on the National Review. Costa quotes Cain as “chiding the “free-market purists” who criticized the legislation. “Wake up people!” he wrote. “Owning a part of the major banks in America is not a bad thing. We could make a profit while solving a problem.” Read more…

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My Second Wind

↳ Posted on April 18th, 2011 by Ben Spera

If I still have any regular readers left I want to apologize for the two month hiatus I’ve been on. My obligations at work, school and other commitments haven’t left me a whole lot of time left for blogging. Now school is winding down and I will have a month or so off. I hope to get some quality material up on here during that time. I will also make an extra effort to put an update up more regularly even when I’m bogged down with other things. Stay tuned…

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Why We Need a Jury Duty Democracy

↳ Posted on April 18th, 2011 by Ben Spera

Ask any American which career they most associate with dishonest behavior and most likely the response will be one of two answers: lawyer or politician. The fact that politicians are considered so deceitful and corrupt is exceptionally disturbing seeing that politicians have such an influential impact over our every day lives. They are the leaders of our country and wield considerable power over our freedom, economy and indirectly, just about every aspect of our lives. Implementing an Athenian-style system for our elected representatives will eliminate many of the common problems we experience with our current system. Read more…

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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Vfw Will Defeat Bachmann Plan

Posted on January 31st, 2011 by Ben Spera

Maybe Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has forgotten that America is still neck deep into two wars. I can only assume, since she is pushing to cut the Department of Veterans Affairs budget by $4.5 billion dollars – all while still even more injured service members are on their way home from Iraq and Afghanistan. This department is responsible for providing American veterans with healthcare related to injuries sustained during military service, along with other Veteran’s benefits. With these two ongoing wars we are only going to see more disabled Veterans returning home, and more resources will be needed to take care of these heroes. The Veterans of Foreign Wars came out immediately rebuking her plan, and calling her out on her vapidly arbitrary plan. Read more…


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