The president's populist roots make him incapable of leaving the realm of "better" or "worse" and making a real argument that adapts to new information.

Ever since the GOP abandoned its opposition to Obamacare on the grounds that the fed. govt. has no power to regulate private markets its lost the ability to discern between public and private entities and understand why the latter is not a threat to freedom.

In other words, the executive has no control over federal elections.

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Friendly reminder that it's the electoral college that decides presidential elections and the Constitution's pretty explicit that Congress determines when they vote. And that states determine when to hold elections for their Congressional representatives.

I cannot wrap my head around this. Absentee voting is mail voting. What make-believe distinction is he even trying to draw between the two?
RT @realDonaldTrump
With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???

Congress has a monopoly over this country's legislative power, just as government has a monopoly on force. Let's focus our attentions there, rather than on businesses whose power rests primarily on their popularity with consumers due to the services they provide.

There's something grotesque and McCarthyite about Congress having the ability to drag the heads of private companies before them to account for actions that are offensive to Congress members but are not criminal. That's not rule of law.

Hard to imagine a more tone deaf ticket for this particular political moment than Joe Biden, author of the 1994 crime bill, and Kamala Harris, who overlooked and defended police misconduct while she was a prosecutor.

Update your computer, Windows said. It will only take 10 minutes, Windows said...

This is an opinion piece. For certain presidential candidates to allege publishing this is tantamount to state-sanctioned voter suppression is overblown and absurd. Let's not undercut the real ballot access issues we face by being overly hysterical.
RT @CNNPolitics
You get 2 choices for president. That's it. | Analysis

When I invite people to my house, I expect them to follow the rules of conduct I've established. This is not an infringement on their freedom of expression. They're free to act however they choose the second they step off my property. There is no right to the property of another.

Exactly. Love of personal freedom requires respect for the same capacity in others. This demands pluralism. Too often the Libertarian Party falls short of this.
RT @LibertarianMama
Here’s my take on the Libertarian Party - people in the party will have wildly different views than you. We come, disenfranchised, from all walks of life seeking freedom. If the ideas pose no threat to anyone, it’s ok to agree or disagree. This comes…

Right. Because the cost of complying with government regulation always creates downward trends in prices. Companies never pass those costs on to the consumer.
RT @realDonaldTrump
Big Pharma is taking television ads trying to make the case that I am raising prescription drug prices on seniors. The ad is a lie! What I have done will lead to a 50% REDUCTION in prices, at least, & Big Pharma is not happy about it. No other Presiden…

Early voting makes elections more convenient, but does it encourage people to cast votes absent information that may later be uncovered, making them rue the choices they made prematurely?

Loving all the conspiracy nuts who are convinced most things are a "government coverup" but now believe the Pentagon's UFO report will contain 100% Gospel Truth because they expect it to confirm their priors.

This is a bad trend in the media, particularly as election forecasting can disincentive those whose candidate is perceived as having no chance of winning from voting. It disenfranchises those already on the electoral margins and can sway elections.

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They're leading with a headline that, at best, is unverifiable. At worst, the 10-point lead doesn't account for the margin of error/is inaccurate. Frontrunning this takes the attention away from what's important-the methodology-and focuses on the splash of the headline.

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I have many problems with this, which is a "previewed" early release of a Harvard CAP/Harris poll. Among them: there's no margin of error listed and no way to check the methodology, which is the only way to understand a poll's validity.
RT @thehill
EXCLUSIVE: Biden has 10-point lead over Trump: "It's the virus, stupid"

The state does not have the power to condemn a person's general being. A criminal conviction is a punishment for a specific act that violates a specific right in a specific way. This narrow punishment does not in any way invalidate or modify the rights of the transgressor.

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Two things can be true: 1. Wanton property destruction is wrong. 2. People who are aggressive and destructive still retain all of their rights. Civil liberties only matter in extremis. The individual is guilty until proven innocent in a court of law.

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