Saturday, July 22, 2017

Libertarian calendar for July 2017



July 19-22

Las Vegas, NV


FreedomFest
FreedomFest has been the groundbreaking, pioneering liberty event for 10 years. And we're celebrating, big time.
Will you be there... 
When Matt Kibbe of Free the People interviews two of the most libertarian heroes in Washington - Senator Mike Lee and Representative Thomas Massie - on "Defending Liberty in the Era of Trump"?
Defending Liberty in the Era of Trump
Will you be there... 
When the historic photograph of The Top 100 Most Influential Libertarians is taken on the FreedomFest stage? All your libertarian heroes in one spot for this one-of-a-kind photo!
50 Most Influential Libertarians
Will you be there... 
When Steve Forbes celebrates his 70th birthday (along with the FreedomFest 10th anniversary) at our fabulous Saturday Night Banquet?
Celebrate Steve Forbes' 70th Birthday Party
Will you be there...
When the legendary Bob Chitester of Free to Choose interviews dynamic Lisa Kennedy of Fox News all about "Supernovas of Information"?
Will you be there when... 
  • FreedomFest celebrates its big 10th Anniversary?
  • We award the 2017 Anthem Film awards?
  • John Stossel reveals his confrontations with Trump, Turner and the media?
  • Greg Gutfeld speaks at FreedomFest for the first time?
  • We put the police on trial?
  • Naomi Brockwell takes the stage as our emcee?
  • Jim Rogers gives his latest investment forecast?
  • A new Trump Debate threatens to get even more explosive?
  • The Pitch Tank sequel honors a new big business idea in front of you and our celebrity judges?
  • William Shatner addresses our FreedomFest audience, going where no Hollywood actor has gone before?
Be there when it ALL Happens!
Don't miss out on the historic, exciting, once-in-a-lifetime events at FreedomFest 2017 "Exploring New Frontiers"!
Register today and come explore new frontiers with us. Use code REASON100 for $100 off your registration.
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Visit www.freedomfest.com or call 855-850-3733 ext 202 to talk to our registration team today!

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July 20
Nashville, TN

Liberty on the Rocks



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July 21-22
Quezon, Philippines

Students for Liberty conference
#68 Scout Tuazon corner Scout Madrinan Streets, South Triangle, 1103 Quezon City, Philippines

Register with your friends for FREE here: http://tiny.cc/PHSFLC17Registration

A conference to gather minds of all ages who want to learn, speak about, or discuss the ideas of liberty. This 2-day conference will be packed with panel discussions and talks on different topics relating to our theme "live freely, live fully."

Our theme "live freely, live fully" is about focusing on ways to find and live with freedom in this slowly becoming unfree world. Our speakers will focus on both theoretical and practical things to think about and act on in this modern world of regulations and barriers that hinder human progress. 

Individuals always find ways to go around obstacles. When before information was controlled by authoritarian regimes because print media can easily be manipulated, now we have the internet and social media, giving us the power to disseminate information as fast as clicking a button. These kinds of things are the hallmark of human creativity and creation that allow others to live without fear. Living freely, living fully.

#PHSFLC17 #LiveFreelyLiveFully

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July 24
Washington, D.C.

Austin Petersen for Senate fundraiser
Time/location TBD

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July 26
Washington, D.C.


Safe Access DC Meeting

6:30 pm

Americans For Safe Access
1624 U Street NW, Suite 200

With DCMJ's bi-weekly Planning Meetings on summer break, please consider attending the upcoming Safe Access DC meeting!
WHO: Medical cannabis patients, supporters of medical cannabis reform in DC, and (new) members of Safe Access DC
WHAT: The second meeting of Safe Access DC in 2017

WHY: It's time for DC's medical cannabis patient advocates to unite!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Shocker: Libertarian Party also colluded with Russia during campaign

Benedict writes on Facebook:

I communicated with the Russians in September as well. My comments to a journalist with the Russian newspaper "Izvestia" below. 
Question from Izvestia: Could you outline the key differences in how Russia is perceived by the Democrats and the Republicans, in your opinion? Which party is more inclined to cooperate with Moscow? What is your party's attitude towards Russia? Will your party be ready to restore the U.S.-Russia relation? 
(photo credit: Judd Weiss)
My response: While Democrats may say things that sound more peaceful than Republicans when it comes to dealing with other countries such as Russia, most actions taken by Republican and Democratic leadership are the same. Republicans and Democrats alike support an aggressive military, have supported bombing and invading numerous countries in the Middle East and elsewhere, and have supported global spying operations. In contrast, Libertarians support a non-interventionist foreign policy. In other words Libertarians want to have friendship and trade with Russia, but stay out of Russia's domestic affairs and relationships with other countries. If Libertarian Gary Johnson is elected President, I think you will see a more peaceful posture from the U.S., something that will hopefully be contagious, and lead to less military spending and conflict worldwide, and greater peace and prosperity worldwide.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Donald Trump Jr., Patriot and TrustBuster

Published yesterday at The Daily Caller.

After a week of calls for Donald Trump, Jr. to be impeached for meeting with Russians promising opposition research, as well as calls that he be tried for treason, a few have some defenses.

To be fair many Republicans, and others, have watched Democrats and their media allies with mixtures of shock, contempt, and amusement.  These are the people who supported a candidate, Hillary Clinton, who helped transfer control of American uranium to Russian controlled firms, and the people who in the past idolized the late Ted Kennedy, who tried to involve the Soviet Union in campaigns to defeat Ronald Reagan's re-election.

Jonathan Turley has argued that no crime was committed, that there is only unwise nepotism.  Congressman David Brat has argued that everyone in D.C. colludes.   This weekend on Megyn Kelly's new NBC Sunday show, Trump advisor Michael Caputo said that the meeting was a mistake but that “There was no collusion. Do you think that place was organized enough to collude with the lunch counter across the street?  It just wasn’t.”

Caputo's assessment actually comports with what Democrats have been telling us for months.  Democrats claim that the Trump White House is so disorganized it hasn't achieved anything (other than undoing Obama Executive Orders, appointing a Supreme Court Justice with a long shelf life, proposing a balanced budget, and keeping Democrats off balance and losing every election). Democrats also claimed that the Trump campaign was disorganized and ineffective before the election - even as the Hillary data science and marketing mandarins fought turf wars with each other that kept her campaign paralyzed and flailing.

I think all these people miss the mark.

Donald Trump Jr. is a patriot.  And a trust buster.

The United States has a media oligopoly, and it's a partisan oligopoly that colludes and tampers with American elections.

One could view the (formerly) socialist Russians involvement (if any) in bringing the emails of Hillary, John Podesta, and the DNC to light as a correction of the market failure of American journalism.  Something liberals should approve of, since they like socialist corrections of market failures.

(Of course liberals always like it when the socialism is for them - NPR, opera funding, law school student loans - just as they like free markets - Uber drivers, charter schools, Handy, TAKL, and TaskRabbit servants - when they need something at a cheap price.)

One could argue that the American Democratic media monopoly (Rush Limbaugh now argues that the media is the actual ruling party, and the Democratic Party merely a cover for their campaigns) isn't a product of the market.  Libertarians have long argued that monopolies aren't a product of markets, but of government barriers to entry. (They are actually adopting the work of a celebrated socialist historian, Gabriel Kolko, who argued in books like The Trump of Conservatism that Progressive Era and New Deal expansion of regulation were usually done to protect big business from new competitors).

Americans like to think of our media as being one area of life that is unregulated, thanks to the First Amendment.  But this fails to see how it is connected to the whole of our very regulated economy, to see in Frederic Bastiat's phrase not just what is seen but what is not seen.

And what is not seen is that CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other major components of the Democratic media oligopoly are Political Action Committees.  They donate billions of dollars to favored candidates in like kind services and free advertising.  And they do it in part because PACS and their campaign spending are regulated.  Except for t ! he loophole of doing it through media corporation instead of through a corporate PAC.  A system of regulation that distorts markets and leads people like Jeff Bezos to buy the Washington Post for $300 million (even as he earned $600 million from an Amazon contract with the CIA) since he is not allowed to donate $300 million to a party or candidate.

In this environment - where media largely ignore and downplay Hillary's pay for play schemes, like the one that transferred a huge chunk of U.S. uranium to Russian controlled corporations - Donald Trump Jr.'s looking for opposition research is just old fashioned Rooseveltian trust busting and the height of patriotism.  And prissy hectoring that he should have reported the proposed meeting to the FBI and DOJ - the former run by the erratic James Comey, who was rewriting the law to keep Hillary out of prison, the latter by Loretta Lynch, who was secretly meeting with presidential campaigns at airports and granting special waivers to Russian honey pots trying to entrap the Trump campaign in scandals - are ridiculous.

The swamp has no moral authority to lecture Donald Trump Jr. on how he could have behaved better.

Off with their heads

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mother of Tashii Farmer-Brown to Hold Press Conference at Anthem Film Festival


Mother of Tashii Farmer-Brown to Hold Press Conference at Anthem Film Festival

Las Vegas, NV - The mother of Tashii Farmer-Brown, a black man who was killed in May by a police officer in a parking lot outside the Las Vegas Venetian Hotel, will give her first press conference July 20, 2017, following a screening of “What Happened in Vegas” at the Anthem Film Festival. Tashii is featured in the documentary, which includes moving footage from his funeral. The funeral was closed to the press, and his mother has refused previous requests for interviews.

“What Happened in Vegas,” directed by Ramsey Denison, documents four murder cases in which all of the victims were killed by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officers: Tashii, choked to death after asking a police officer for help; Trevon Cole, a small-time drug dealer; Erik Scott, a decorated ex-army officer and West Point graduate shot in a Costco parking lot; and Stanley Gibson, a disoriented combat army veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

Also attending the post-screening press conference will be family members of the other victims; director Ramsey Denison; Larry Burns, a 27-year veteran of the LVMPD and former candidate for sheriff; and Neill Franklin, executive director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Action Partnership).

The film screening is open to members of the press and begins at 3:20pm PT.  The press conference will follow the film at approximately 4:50pm PT.  Both events will take place in the Versailles 3 room of the Paris Las Vegas Conference Center, July 20, 2017.

For media credentials to the film screening and/or to the press conference, contact Norann Dillon at Norann@FreedomFest.com or 855-850-3733 x206.  Media are asked to check in at the main registration desk in the Exhibit Hall (Concord Ballroom).

For information on the Anthem Film Festival, contact Jo Ann Skousen at JSkousen@AnthemFilm.com or 407-620-9025.  

The Anthem Libertarian Film Festival focuses on films about individuality, choice and accountability. It is part of FreedomFest, an annual event that brings together over 2,000 attendees and 250 speakers with sessions on public policy, history, science & technology, art & literature, health & wellness, investments and economics. FreedomFest has been called “the world’s largest gathering of free minds.”   This year’s conference runs July 19-22, 2017, at the Paris Las Vegas.

Libertarian calendar for August 2016

August 3
Washington, D.C.

Debate: Libertarianism vs. Conservatism

6:30 pm

Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW

This annual event is always over-booked.  You must RSVP ASAP!


Debate 
 
Featuring Cato Institute Interns; and Heritage Foundation Interns; with an introduction by Mark Houser, Student Programs Manager, Cato Institute; moderated by Charles C. W. Cooke, Editor, National Review Online
Libertarians and conservatives alike claim to be advocates of individual liberty, limited government, and free markets. In some policy spheres, these shared values lead libertarians and conservatives to similar conclusions about public policy. As a result, popular political discourse often conflates libertarianism with conservatism, and proponents of “fusionism” go so far as to regard a libertarian-conservative alliance as being both natural and politically useful.
However, the differences between the two political philosophies are at least as significant as the similarities. On matters such as national security and foreign policy, immigration, criminal justice, drugs, surveillance, marriage and the family, and the role of religion in public policy, libertarians and conservatives often clash with one another. 
Despite whatever similarities they may have, libertarianism and conservatism are substantially different political philosophies—so which one provides better answers to today’s most important political questions?
We invite you to a debate about the two political philosophies and their associated policy implications. Interns from the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation will go head-to-head to answer the question: Is libertarianism or conservatism the superior political philosophy?
If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it live online at www.cato.org/live and join the conversation on Twitter using #LvCDebate. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Milo Takes Manhattan

This was published yesterday at the Daily Caller.

Waiting in a slightly chaotic line outside Milo Yiannapolous's book party on the Lower East Side last week, a rumor spread that Ann Coulter would be in attendance.  "She has a condo in Manhattan," reported one Milo fan.  When I wondered aloud if we'd see Miss Coulter dancing, a security/line minder said "She may be here but she won't be dancing."

Inside later as far as I could see there was no Coulter, dancing or otherwise, among the Milo fans, nearly a thousand of them, mainly tall, youngish, good looking, and often rather jacked.  Slightly more male than female, and probably slightly more straight than gay, with a goodly sprinkling of fans who were not white, despite critics' claim that Milo is a promoter (along with President Trump and anyone else who challenges "liberal" orthodoxy) of white nationalism.

Still, there were other celebrities-we-love-to-hate in attendance.  I had a drink with a very charming (and upbeat, despite news reports) Martin Shkreli, the multi-millionaire investor who now faces legal problems.  Shkreli, who had made a non-endorsement endorsement of Trump toward the end of last year's presidential campaign, also famously tried to donate to the Bernie campaign, only to have his check returned.  I asked Mr. Shkreli: "Trump, Bernie, but no Gary Johnson, no Jill Stein, but you dislike Hillary?"  His replies:  "I like to keep an open mind," and "My main issue is capital gains taxes.  I asked McCain, Obama, and Hillary about capital gains.  McCain said he would lower them; Obama said he would raise them a little.  Clinton talked for an hour and never answered the question."

Mr. Shkreli was worth $70 million before his legal troubles.  Miss Coulter is reported to be worth just over $8 million.  To date, the way Coulter makes her money doesn't entangle her in the web of trip wires of the regulatory state, thanks to the First Amendment, though Antifa and other rioters on the left are keeping Coulter and Milo from speaking on major college campuses.  Milo is reportedly only worth half as much as Coulter, in a way proving one of his contentions - that the gender wage gap does not exist.

Still, Milo is catching up with her.  The party began with an announcement that the first run of his new book, "Dangerous," had sold out of its first printing of 100,000, just by pre-orders.  So even though Coulter is taller, and thinner, and richer, and a natural blond, Milo is catching up.  Which is good since his new director of research, Chadwick Moore, keeps organizing these events with hundreds of guests with open bars featuring signature cocktails and handsome caterers passing out plentiful hors d'oeuvres.  The stories covering the parties are no doubt worth it as advertising, but Milo Inc. now has about 30 staffers, including a director of revenue and a chief events planner.

Milo's success is based on the same formulae that fuels Coulter's sales and Trump's electoral victory - blunt, and often comic, talk (or tweets) about topics the mainstream media, academe, and "liberal" orthodoxy say you can't speak about.  Milo does this with a certain flair calculated to excite his various fans.  His critics both misunderstand him and also want to smear him as a racist, Alt Right campaign strategist, political journalist, or media critic.  He is instead rather self-consciously Oscar Wilde touring America - though in his case he wants to become a permanent resident.  Appearing on stage at the Delancey Street book party in custom couture, a dazzling jacket that could have come from the wardrobes of Liberace or Elvis Presley, amid midgets wearing name tags identifying them as conservative writer and speaker "Ben Shapiro" (there is a feud there), and ISIS Varga girls in fishnet stockings, hijab, and black bikinis, it's clear that Milo is a performance artist first, and a political philosopher, if at all, second.

Talking to the 20-  and 30-somethings at both the book launch and at Milo's "Coming Out Conservative" party (held a few weeks before at a secret location on the Upper East Side), the modal political position of his young fans is that they are "libertarians...but" with the but usually being immigration, and sometimes abortion.  (At the second party a handsome young law student quizzes me about what publications I write for and what my politics are, and sums it up as "you are either a globalist or a nationalist.")

Milo's actual beliefs might some day turn out to surprise some of his followers, much as libertarians are sometimes reminded that one of their Nobel Laureate economists, F.A. Hayek, actually supported a small welfare state and modest redistribution of wealth, even while opposing central planning and regulation of markets.  Yiannapolous inflames the left simply by opposing identity politics and political correctness that tell people what they are supposed to believe based on their group identity, and what they are allowed and not allowed to say.  This alone makes him Dangerous to a ruling political class that sees electoral losses and falling support in polls, and doesn't want to lose its hold on the young and hip.

But if one listens closely to Milo interviews, it's not clear he goes as far as some libertarians or conservatives might, despite his support of President Trump.  In his interview with David Rubin it seems that despite his criticism of feminists, Milo is supportive of equal pay for equal work laws - which mean the State will be analyzing and classifying which jobs are equal to which.  But, this won't deter his supporters, who like Shkreli simply want the freedom to have an open mind, and cheer Milo on for breaking down any barriers erected against that.

Qatar - a way out

Published at Daily Caller last week.


Qatar’s support for international terrorism has resulted in a blockade by nine governments who have severed ties with Qatar since June 5th. Five other countries have downgraded their ties with Qatar to pressure the emirate to change its policies regarding groups like Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other extremists. 

It seems unlikely the conflict will escalate into open war.  Qatar is home to the largest U.S. Military base in the Middle East.

(In popular American culture, Selina Meyer, Julia-Louis Dreyfus's character on the season finale of Veep, instituted her own Qatari blockade, dumping her wealthy Qatari boyfriend so that she could prepare for another run for president in the HBO show's 7th season next year, without any "Muslim baggage".)

The Arab-led coalition seeks to end Qatar’s support for terrorist groups like Hamas and to end the use of the country by terrorism financiers. Another important goal is to end Qatar’s support of hate preachers like Yusuf Qaradawi, an Islamic thinker who has used convoluted reasoning to suggest that suicide bombers are permissible from a religious perspective. His opinion flies in the face of centuries of previous Islamic jurisprudence. However, given access to Qatari media outlets like Al-Jazeera, he can amplify this voice.

During Ramadan the people of Qatar faced shortages. Around the same time, the ruler of Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim attended a lavish Ramadan dinner which was attended by Yusuf Qaradawi.

While Qatar’s rulers were busy entertaining Qaradawi, the other Arab states were working on a way through the crisis.  Saudi Arabia put forward 13 principles which Qatar must abide by to end the blockade. 

The demands are basically to shutdown Qatari state-backed media and its ties to terrorist groups. Also, Qatar must downgrade ties with Iran and Turkey. Iran is a terrorist threat. While the Gulf states all have a favorable view of Turkey, the issue is that even a small Turkish military presence will only add more tinder to a combustible reason.

U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson has conceded that the demands “will be very difficult to meet," however the alternative – a continued Qatari support for terrorism is unthinkable. 

Indeed Tillerson in a press statement noted that the principles could serve as a road map out of the crisis. The statement says that it  "significant areas which provide a basis for ongoing dialogue leading to a resolution."

Taken on their whole the agreement is one which will re-establish order and peace in a region and return the rogue state of Qatar into the fold of honorable nations.

The 13 principles come after several previous efforts to end the crisis. Qatar’s Tamim previously turned down an overture from President Trump to meet at the White House to solve the dispute. Both Kuwait and Oman have also tried to intervene in a  manner to end the crisis. 

Qatar has already rejected the demands as a dead letter. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that  "siege of Qatar is unacceptable" in a statement last week after the principles were unveiled.

However, despite the difficulties the White House should pressure the government of Qatar to accept these demands or risk losing the right to host American forces. We cannot allow a country to be our ally during the day and send money to terrorists at night.  Qatari elite need to reconsider these policies and these modest reforms will help preserve its status as an important U.S. ally and save its chance to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Libertarian calendar for October 2017

October 10-12

Cedar Creek, TX


2017 Conscious Capitalism CEO Summit
Hyatt Lost Pines Resort
575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd, Cedar Creek, TX 78612

Friday, June 30, 2017

Libertarian calendar for June 2017

June 28

Knoxville,Tennessee

East Tennesee LP meeting
6:30 pm

SoKno Taco Cantina
3701 Sevierville Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

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June 28
Ashburn, VA

Libertarian Party social hour
7 pm

Blend Coffee Bar
43170 Southern Walk Plz Ste 120, Ashburn, Virginia 20148


Friday, June 9, 2017

Gay. And Loud?

This was published last week at The Federalist.

Gay Pride parades and festivals - hundreds of which occur around the country and the world in June and July - are rapidly upon us.  This year a a mega-Pride is also planned, the Equality March, as gay anti-Trump activists around the country are planning a "million gay" anti-Trump march on Washington, D.C., to occur on June 11 when D.C. holds its own local Pride Festival.  Such a gay march on Washington has not occurred since 2000, when there was a "Millennium March," and before that in 1993, when at least 300,000 gays did so march, addressed by David Mixner and other gay friends and appointees of President Bill Clinton and his administration.  Those of us who were there will remember that streets in the then D.C. gayborhood, Dupont Circle, and the areas in downtown D.C. between Dupont and the National Mall, were impassable to vehicular traffic, including public bus service, as out of town Pride celebrants took over the streets on a sparkling, sunny day with temperatures in the mid-70s.

Gay Pride festivals and marches are usually fairly free speech, or more accurately, free expression, zones.  Near nudity is common - or in San Francisco, actual nudity.  In somewhat more "conservative" D.C., I was watching the parade one year with an A-list, "power lesbian" acquaintance, a trade lobbyist who sits on the board of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. (Donna Brazille was standing beside me a few months later at my friend's going away party, before she moved to California).  My bright, somewhat free market-oriented, lesbian friend, and her two bright and beautiful kids, actual offspring of a donor at the famous Nobel Laureate sperm bank, watched the parade together.  A woman marching in the parade beside a float was dressed as a purple caterpillar, complete with the deely bopper insect antennae novelty item popular a few years ago.  I kept watching this caterpillar woman without thinking about it, finally realizing that I was trying to ascertain not just what a caterpillar had to do with the Pride march, but how her costume was constructed.  Once I focused on her I realized it was not exactly the costume I had imagined.  She was wearing purple deely boppers, purple body paint, a purple thong, and purple flip flops.  What I had taken to be a caterpillar costume were rolls of fat and sagging breasts, naked, except for the purple body paint.  I hoped the children did not notice, and luckily, I think they did not.  Her painted flab was its own camoflauge.

In D.C. the gay Pride parade is one weekend day and the gay Pride festival - with music, speakers, food vendors, and outdoor booths and exhibits, is the next.  The groups represented by booths include Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and gays from pretty much every religious group, and anti-religious group, you can imagine.  I'm not sure that a viewpoint has ever been "rejected" at D.C. Pride (where a booth sets any group back $400 and up), though gay 2nd Amendment advocates and gay libertarians were banned in 2015 from the Olympia, Washington festival.

That is, until this year.  Capitol Pride, the group that runs the D.C. Pride festival has banned a volunteer.  Because of something he wrote at the conservative website RedState, Bryan Pruitt was asked to resign as a volunteer,  Pruitt's offensive thoughts?  He suggested in his prescient May 2016 article that Hillary and the Democrats would lose the election because the Democratic Party and the Obama Justice Department were intent on a range of allegedly "pro-LGBT" policies from bankrupting businesses that did not want to participate in gay weddings to forcing schools and other institutions to outlaw single sex facilities by giving students the right to use any locker room, shower, or bathroom they feel is appropriate to their wished-for gender.  Some transsexual "queer people of color" demanded that Pruitt be banned from Pride, or at least from doing any volunteer work on it.

Rush Limbaugh was the first person (outside of the libertarian or conservative gay communities,  anyway) to observe that so much of the "gay agenda" has been achieved, with gay marriage legal and gays serving in the military (the D.C. Pride festival features several booths run by gay CIA and FBI agents), that the gay political class and its lucrative fundraising engine has little reason to exist anymore.  For the past year they could function as a component of the Hillary for President campaign.  But for the long haul they need to find a new cause around which they can legislate, litigate, and above all, raise funds.  For now, transsexuals are the answer.

No one wants transsexuals (or anyone else) to be bullied or to have their rights abrogated.  But neither they, nor we gays, nor anyone else, has the right to be approved of and celebrated by everyone we meet.  And transsexuals and gays don't actually have that much in common - beyond being "sexual minorities."  Gay men (and maybe even lesbians) have always rather...enjoyed...single sex showers and locker rooms.  And some lesbians worry that a government funded therapeutic state is now snatching up young sporty girls who were probably going to grow up to be lesbians and instead indoctrinating them with the idea that they are males trapped in female bodies, needing hormonal and surgical interventions the therapeutic state will be happy to provide - and in the process creating more tax funded jobs for Democrats with approved views about gender.  Because the alternative would be school choice, where parents of a bullied child could send their little girl to an all girl's school,  perhaps for athletic girls, or their little boy to an artsy school for future theater majors, where they would not come home with black eyes and suicidal thoughts, and magically no one would have to be lectured about correct thinking about sexuality.  But this solution would reduce union dues to the National Education Association and thus NEA donations to Democrats.

The left has to hope it can achieve total hegemony before its nonsensical civil rights paradigm collapses.  Lesbians, transgenders, and gays have only a limited amount in common, and often have competing interests, especially in winner-take-all statist systems, whether it is a gay law school professor suing to end women-only showings of Wonder Woman, or transgender "women" demanding access to the Michigan Women's Music Festival and other women-only events.  It’s almost as nutty as the idea of “people of color,” where Asian-Americans, the wealthiest demographic groups (Indians having displaced Jews and Episcopalians some years ago), African-Americans, and Hispanic immigrants are lumped together as an “interest group.”

 The current civil rights paradigm is papier mache virtue signaling, leaving African Americans in poverty and de facto segregated schools, while threatening to end any innovation from charter schools for inner city blacks and retirement communities for gays.  But it does create jobs for - often white - middle and upper middle class lobbyists and bureaucrats.  So the premise of the civil rights paradigm - that most Americans are guilty of racism etc. and so deserve to give up their freedom of association, their individual rights, and and their wealth, to an ever-expanding State in penance - must be defended by "liberals" at all cost.

The earlier Millennium March ended up the target of an FBI probe, as $750,000 collected in fees from participants disappeared.  On occasion a journalist covering events for the gay press will note how often gay and AIDS events and organization end up in the red or with staffers being tried for embezzlement.  It seems that the halo effect shields con artists from being perceived as such when they claim to be doing good works.  So one must wonder about the "above board" members of the gay political class as well:  Are they in it for the money, and is Rush correct that transsexuals are just the new produce they are selling?

And are the transsexuals and queer people of color actually offended by Mr. Pruitt's election predictions?  Or are they just trying to silence other people's opinions?  This year they have a list of "intersectional" demands, that "queer people of color" be given control of all gay pride events (whether they worked on them or raised funds for them or not), and that police (including the D.C. Gay and Lesbian police unit) and corporate funders like Wells Fargo bank be excluded.

There are already a growing number of separate gay pride events - black pride, latino pride, trans pride, youth pride - around the country.  The people who want to take over D.C.'s annual gay pride parade and fuse it with an anti-Trump march don't want their own event.  One fears they want to take over an event they didn't organize or fund, ban people who disagree with any part of their agenda, and hector (or re-educate)  those who still attend.

One could easily think this is just the latest example of the Democratic Party serpent eating its own tail, as when the establishment "progressives who get things done" Clintonworld Democratic establishment alienated the left of their party by rigging the primaries against socialist Bernie Sanders.

But the queer Trotskyists of color actually have their fingers on a real issue.  The gay political class, from Hillary Rosen on down, does consist of members and flunkies of the Democratic Party establishment, and they do "rig" the gay community and its political activities.  For years I've videoed the D.C. Pride March and published it on YouTube.  The parade line up is always the same:  first is whomever is Mayor,  perpetual Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton tottering on arthritic hips that should have been term limited into a recliner, and members of the City Council; second are corporate sponsors and bar floats with semi-naked boys, dancing, wearing only body oil, sunglasses, glitter, and speedos; shunted to the rear are Asian transvestites and transsexuals and black gay Baptists.

In the past I've asked about this and I was told by Capitol Pride organizers and volunteers that it had to be that way. If Congresswoman Norton etc. are not allowed to be first, they won't show up.

The gay establishment has struck back against its critics.  Rick Rosendall, a leader of a small, but politically connected, group in D.C., the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance (full disclosure: Mr. Rosendall and I are frenemies; in the 80s I was a member of GLAA; and some years ago I received a bad rating from them when I ran for office as a Libertarian, even though I was the only gay candidate in my race, because of my "ideological distrust of government"), who is also a columnist for the gay Democratic Party establishment paper, the Washington Blade, writes: "...(T)he attack on D.C.’s Capital Pride by radicals whose insults are about as well-aimed as a drive-by shooting. Demands that Pride expel police and corporate sponsors, while extreme, are not the biggest problem the controversy reveals. In the name of queers, trans folk, and people of color, radicals employ an abusive tone that demands rather than engages. Even those who have long worked productively across lines of race, religion, and gender identity are treated as collaborators with the enemy if we object to unrepresentative zealots packing a meeting to take over a community-based organization."
Why have these "queer people of color" never spoken up before and advocated that the politically connected and powerful and those not so connected and empowered be randomly distributed in the Pride march?  Is it because the cultural degeneration of the left into fascism, censorship, and victimology has simply reached their zenith?  Or has the rise of new media (on the left) allowed actual leftists to realize how they've been played and duped by the Democratic Party establishment?

Maybe both.

Will the national anti-Trump Pride march fizzle as the intersectionality activists turn off the drunk naked boys and girls too poor to go to the beach in Provincetown or Rehoboth this coming weekend, who are the bulk of the sun worshippers who attend Capitol Pride?  If they do manage to ban police from the event will we see Antifa style violence of the kind that was featured at earlier anti-Trump rallies in D.C.?

Stay tuned.

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Self-described "queer people of color" look hypocritical and like their goal is simply to silence political opinions.
For years - I've videotaped it in the past (
- the D.C. Pride march has the same pattern: first are local political incumbents from Evans to Norton to whomever is Mayor; second are corporate sponsors and bar floats with semi-naked boys; bringing up the rear are Asian transvestites and transsexuals and black gay church groups.

In the past I've asked about this and I was told by Pride organizers and volunteers that it had to be that way. If Eleanor Holmes Norton etc. are not allowed to be first, they won't show up.
Why have these "queer people of color" never spoken up before and advocated that the politically connected and powerful and those not so connected and empowered be randomly distributed in the Pride march?

Falling asleep in front of the TV

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