A growing trend is for local VFW and Legion posts to ban any sort of motorcycle club colors in their post. My local Legion recently did this without even offering a vote for it’s body of active Legionnaires to decide for themselves. Apparently, the state headquarters threatened them with an ultimatum: either outlaw colors or they would pull the post’s charter and shut them down. What happened to all that “freedom” stuff we fought for while in the military? I guess even veterans don’t deserve the right to exercise the freedom they fought for. Read more…
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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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality
As 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.
Teddy Roosevelt’s Bar Fight with a Bully
President Teddy Roosevelt has a reputation for being a tough guy, but here’s a story a bit more personal than the common tale of his days leading the Rough Riders. The best part of this story is that it’s in the President’s own words. It really does justice to the fair but tough man that Roosevelt was.
Take note that Roosevelt makes it clear that he really didn’t want this confrontation, but lacked any alternatives at the time. He also didn’t fall in with the other patrons who submitted to the bully and allow him to continue his shenanigans. He even let a few of the bully’s jibes slide until he stood up. Great story. Read more…