Episode 114 – Libertarian Love In and the Anderson Cooper Man Crush

PoliTalk welcomes Guest Blogger Jeff back to the show in a “Libertarian Love-In” chatfest. GBJ and Glenn discuss a plethera of issues including the Obama/O’Reilly Superbowl Interview in which both of our hosts thought that the interview was a missed opportunity for the President. GBJ also discusses his disenfranchisement with Fox News and his Man Crush for Anderson Cooper.  The two then delve into concerns that neither party is addressing details around the budget cuts that will have to take place. They explore the futility of repealing the health care law vs. changing components that should be changed.  They finish up with some predictions for the Tea Party and ask why we need to declare a political party affiliation with the government.

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3 responses to “Episode 114 – Libertarian Love In and the Anderson Cooper Man Crush

  1. I’m surprised I’m saying this about the conservative special, but I agreed with you guys on most things. Sounds like you guys are ready for the Paul/Nader alliance.

  2. Long time listener – great stuff – I enjoy every episode.

    I believe there are still threats in the world that require a powerful military. Yes, an invasion of our soil that forces us to dig trenches or build a Maginot Line is unlikely for every carrot there must be a strong stick.

    I do think it is important to distinguish the role of the military. At it’s core, the military is good at what it was designed to do; defend our homeland and remove enemies while at times of war. We toppled the conventional Iraqi not only with great celerity but also with relative ease. However, what our military does not do well and was never designed to do is nation-build. 18 and 19 year olds who kill ‘bad-guys’ (and sometimes innocents) during the morning are asked to rebuild infrastructure or install a civil society in the afternoon. The aforementioned is something that no soldier has trained for nor has the mental capability to switch mindsets from soldier to statesmen throughout tours. While the United States vastly outspends any other state’s military combined and I believe it can be downsized; the real money pit comes from the inability to ‘nation build’ from the ground up. (I won’t go into whether or not we have the moral superiority to even do such a thing). The United States needs civilian policemen, judges, engineers etc… who are good at what they do state-side to help set up this civil society that allows democracy to flourish. Thus, since we have yet to figure out how to effectively utilize our own civil society to help create other civil societies we will continue to find ourselves in quagmires that will drain our treasure.

  3. Just saw a great post from a Libertarian party guy from Texas warning Republicans to not fall back into the social issue trap and ignore that the election was about smaller government. Something Glenn touched on in this episode.

    BTW – smaller government by definition has no time to spend worrying about what you do in your bedroom or with your body. See the post here.

    Andrew – great post – will respond soon…

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