Ron Litchman

Bernie’s Talk with the Lesser Evil

[First posted at http://www.politicalstorm.com/bernies-talk-lesser-evil/ ] The Wall Street Journal just reported that Bernie Sanders told MSNBC that he will vote for Hillary, but later told CBS that he’s not “endorsing” her (a semantic hair split worthy of Bill (“what-is-is-or isn’t”) Clinton himself). Bernie says that he first needs to hear from Hillary “the things that …

Bernie’s Talk with the Lesser Evil Read More »

On Orlando . . .

Before the backdrop of another carnage, this time in Orlando, candidates and other partisans (including our national LP chair, I will point out, to my dismay) have opportunistically grasped to vindicate their standard (and tired) talking points on guns. I consider that completely beside the point, as well as tone-deaf.  This is not an occasion …

On Orlando . . . Read More »

David Brooks on PBS Newshour: “Johnson . . . will be a big story . . . the rest of the year”

  We are being heard . . . . Friday, June 10th:  David Brooks, NY Times columnist . . .  I’m really struck by the three-way races all the sudden, where [Hillary’s] at 39 or 40 [percent], and Trump is at like 35, and then suddenly Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate, is like at a 10. …

David Brooks on PBS Newshour: “Johnson . . . will be a big story . . . the rest of the year” Read More »

A Libertarian’s Letter to Republicans Friends Who Can’t Trumpet Trump

This article was originally published at http://www.politicalstorm.com/libertarians-letter-republicans-friends-cant-trumpet-trump/ So Donald Trump really did it.  He captured (or hijacked) your Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States. You may still be looking for a loophole at the convention which could permit (but will it justify ?) nominating someone else.  At this point, anything’s worth a …

A Libertarian’s Letter to Republicans Friends Who Can’t Trumpet Trump Read More »

What Would Libertarians Do About the Poor Who Cannot Afford Healthcare?

I was asked to answer the question, ” What would Libertarians Do About the Poor Who Cannot Afford Healthcare?” The question may have been intended as bait for a response which echoed the Libertarian stereotype of callous,  unsympathetic and every-man-for-himself.  As I don’t think that accurately portrays Libertarian thought, I responded this way: My personal …

What Would Libertarians Do About the Poor Who Cannot Afford Healthcare? Read More »

Liberating My Friends “George” and “Martha”

  [This article was originally published at http://www.politicalstorm.com/libertarian-light-liberating-friends-george-martha/] My friend “George” owns a pet store. A family business. George is the “pop” and “Martha’s” the “mom,” who runs the garden center next door. Two really nice stores, in rural New York, well-stocked, clean, and they know their stuff. George tries his best to compete against …

Liberating My Friends “George” and “Martha” Read More »

Peggy Noonan: Republicans and Democrats will split off and “attempt to create their own party”

Peggy Noonan in the WSJ: http://www.wsj.com/articles/clinton-sanders-maybe-thats-the-ticket-1463700912 Let’s begin with a prophecy: It is not only the Republican Party that is breaking and perhaps re-forming. The Democratic Party is also starting to come apart. We’re seeing the first signs of it now. . . . Here’s what I suspect is coming whatever happens this year. Just as …

Peggy Noonan: Republicans and Democrats will split off and “attempt to create their own party” Read More »

Larry Lindsey, economist, Contemplates a Libertarians Upset in Contest Between “Wicked Stepmother” and Bigoted Uncle.”

  Laurence B. Lindsey, handicapping the election on CNBC, acknowledged, “There’s even a case to be made where voters who view Clinton as a “wicked stepmother” or Trump as “bigoted uncle” could cause an upset by swinging to the Libertarian camp.” http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/11/hillary-could-be-trumped-more-easily-than-you-think.html Lindsey, now CEO of The Lindsey Group, “Global Economic Advisors,” has had a …

Larry Lindsey, economist, Contemplates a Libertarians Upset in Contest Between “Wicked Stepmother” and Bigoted Uncle.” Read More »

Mary Matalin enrolls Libertarian, leaves Republican party

May 5 — Mary Matalin, the longtime Republican strategist and operative, enrolled in the Libertarian Party. Matalin called herself  a Republican in the “Jeffersonian, Madisonian sense . . . The Libertarian Party represents those constitutional principles that I agree with.” See e.g., http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/mary-matalin-leaves-republican-party/2016/05/05/id/727489/#ixzz47zEfH2q0