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Volume 20, Issue 27                              July 23, 2015
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In This Issue

FROM ME TO YOU 
#TRUMPED

NEWS YOU CAN USE 
Surprise! The IRS Audited Campaign Donors
#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain
#FreedomPrevails

QUOTABLE
See what Clarence Darrow, Jeb Bush, Mark Twain, Dave Chappelle, and John Stossel had to say about repealing laws, apathy, doing the work, budgeting, and protecting your liberties.

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What Do You Think About The War on Drugs?

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From Me To You

by Brett Bittner

 

#TRUMPED
 

He leads the polls among Republicans seeking the 2016 Presidential nomination. 

He insulted a previous Republican nominee for that office and refused to apologize.

He even gave out another candidate's personal cell phone number at a rally in that candidate's home state. 

To whom am I referring?

Donald TrumpDonald Trump. A businessman, a real estate mogul, a television personality, and, right now, the man who is DOMINATING the political news with his "boisterous personality."

He made inflammatory statements about our southern neighbors and Mexican immigrants. He flaunted his immense wealth in a complaint about financial reporting. One national news outlet publicly relegated their coverage of him to the Entertainment section, rather than Politics.

His campaign style can only be described as a brash, insulting spectacle.

Trump is also a political enigma that stymies the traditional candidates, as they ponder whether to rush to be more like him to get their faces on television or to distance themselves from him.

Regardless of these things and his political positions (or lack thereof), Trump captivates the American public today.

He does that on style alone. 

In an era where word choice, tone, and even tie color are polled and run by focus groups, he is the opposite. He is a candidate that seems to have no filter. 

Americans are DESPERATE for something different from the traditionally bland selection of Governors, Senators, and Congressmen that seek the Presidency. Take a look at the campaigns of Herman Cain (2012), Dr. Ben Carson (2016), and Carly Fiorina (2016), none of whom brought with them any prior political experience in elected office. 

Today, voters get that with Donald Trump. They also get flamboyance, cash, and a penchant for saying things that others would never dare say. Couple that with the desperation for something DIFFERENT, and he easily pushed to the front of a crowded field of Republicans. 

Does he talk about meaningful issues? Or are people just enamored by his celebrity, his insults, and his ability to grab their attention?

Is he really a part of the debate? Or is the spectacle just something to watch?

What happens when people take a closer look? I think we all remember the media scrutiny with the also-rans in 2012 after their moment in the sun.

Do the voters really want another wealthy elite, albeit from the beneficiary side of Big Government, in charge? Maybe a better question is, will Trump's still undefined political positions resonate with voters once the shine of his splashy entrance dulls and fades?

Maybe one of these days, someone who isn't part of "the club" will get a chance to talk about the real issues we face and how freedom, rather that Big Government, is the catalyst to our return to peace, prosperity, and the republic the Founders envisioned.

I look forward to that day.

Walk the walk,

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Surprise! The IRS Audited Campaign Donors

By now, just about everyone knows the Internal Revenue Service targeted Tea Party and other right-leaning nonprofit groups because of their ideological beliefs. But the latest wrinkle in the story, one that hasn’t been widely reported, is the IRS audited donors to right-leaning nonprofits based on the reports they submitted.

IRSAccording to documents obtained by Judicial Watch, in 2010, then-Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus, D-MT, urged the IRS to “survey major 501(c)(4), (c)(5) and (c)(6) organizations .” The IRS complied, in 2011.

“In 2010, after receiving Baucus’s letter, the IRS considered the issue of auditing donors to 501(c)(4) organizations, alleging that a 35 percent gift tax would be due on donations in excess of $13,000. The documents show that the IRS wanted to cross-check donor lists from 501(c)(4) organizations against gift tax filings and commence audits against taxpayers based on this information,” Judicial Watch explained. “A gift tax on contributions to 501(c)(4)’s was considered by most to be a dead letter since the IRS had never enforced the rule after the Supreme Court ruled that such taxes violated the First Amendment. The documents show that the IRS had not enforced the gift tax since 1982.”

Read more about the donor audits here...

#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain

Few Tennessee welfare applicants fail drug tests - USA Today
Dylann Roof and Background Checks: Not Loopholes, Just Predictable Lack of Bureaucratic Competence - Reason
“For Your Own Good:” The Problem with Trying to Save Us from Ourselves - Libertarianism.org

#FreedomPrevails

How Capitalism Is Undermining the Indian Caste System - The Daily Caller
Ford’s next mobility bets: carsharing, 3D printing, biomimicry - GreenBiz
Lessons from the Richest Duck in the World - FEE.org

In The News is written and compiled by staff at the Advocates for Self-Government. 
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Quotable
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum
 
Clarence Darrow Quote

RIGGED SYSTEM: "You know you’ve got a problem when standard accounting seems like a subversive idea. And that’s how it is with federal budgeting. It’s a rigged system, designed to increase spending no matter what.” â€” Jeb BushFormer Governor (FL) & Candidate for President, July 20, 2015

IMPRESSIVE VS. DOING THE JOB: "Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work." â€”  Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, author, 1908

THE CRAZIES: "The biggest enemy of an artist is apathy. A kid gets killed by the police and I buy a T-shirt and before I can wear that one, there's another kid [killed] and I'm running out of closet space."  â€”  Dave Chappelle, actor and comedian, July 21, 2015 
 
John Stossel Quote
 
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Conversations With My Boys

By The Libertarian Homeschooler
 

What Do You Think About the War on Drugs?
 

Me (The Libertarian Homeschooler): What do you think about the war on drugs?
War on Drugs Is a War on UsYS (Young Statesman, 14): I think it’s none of the state’s business what we can or cannot put into our bodies and what we can or cannot do with our money.
Me: But a lot of people die from drug overdoses. For whatever reason you aren’t likely to do that, but shouldn’t other people be protected from drugs and drug overdoses? Should they just be thrown to the wolves? Don’t we care about them?
YS: You’ve made a emotional argument.
Me: How do you combat that?

Read more about how you can combat the emotional argument here...

The Libertarian Homeschooler is a homeschooling mother of two boys, 9 & 14. You can connect with the community she's created here.

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