Southern Avenger

Today’s article that brought my not-very-hidden radio pundit background to light does not accurately reflect me or my full, or true, views. The role of a radio host is different from that of a political operative. In radio, sometimes you’re encouraged to be provocative and inflammatory. I’ve been guilty of both, and am embarrassed by […]

I would vote for Mark Sanford over 90% of the Republicans currently in Congress. Not because he is necessarily a better man than them. But because I know that he would actually do the job he was elected to do. He already has the record to prove it. I vote for candidates who I believe, […]

When the media tried to pretend Rand Paul “flip-flopped” on drones this week, after he used unclear language during an interview with Fox’s Neil Cavuto, I posted the following on Facebook: Folks, the same guy who filibustered for 13 hours to say the government does not have the right to drone American citizens on American […]

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Rick Santorum says: Rand Paul’s brand doesn’t line up with all of what our party stands for—on national security, social values, the economy and the role of government in society. His message won’t ultimately lead us to be a more successful party.” Oh really? Let’s examine. On National Security: Santorum […]

At the Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend, the nation’s largest annual gathering of conservatives, many speculated that the GOP might be veering in a more libertarian direction—or at least influential leaders within the party might be prodding it or might be anxious for it to go in that direction. The Daily Beast ran the […]

  Many seemed to think so. The Daily Beast “Rand Paul is So Hot Right Now:” If CPAC were a music festival, Jeb Bush or Paul Ryan might be the headliner, butRand Paul would be the obscure indie band-turned-newly-hip main attraction. The senator from Kentucky’s now-infamous filibuster last week seems to have done for Paul what “coming out” […]

The reaction to Sen. Rand Paul’s 13 hour filibuster on Wednesday elicited positive reactions from across the political spectrum. Many noted that Paul’s example carried revolutionary implications, for libertarianism, conservatism, transpartisanism, the Republican Party and American politics at large. Let’s start with the libertarians. Brian Doherty, Senior Editor at Reason told Business Insider: “This was a […]

I was attracted to Ron Paul’s message as an antiwar conservative who thought Bush-Cheney era neoconservatives had severely damaged the Republican Party and the country. I’ve met others who come from a more liberal perspective. I’ve met those who were generally apathetic about politics until Dr. Paul inspired them. I’ve also met a good number […]

There’s been a lot of talk on Facebook and Twitter today about  Glenn Beck hosting The Future of Freedom Foundation’s Jacob Hornberger, Students for Liberty’s Zak Slayback and yours truly, on his The Blaze television show yesterday. Here’s a clip, if you missed it: First, a few thoughts on Beck in general. I have been […]

In order to be successful, populist grassroots movements must have a narrow focus. The antiwar movement of the 1960s, for example, was pretty clear about its mission: End the Vietnam War. Later, other issues would become associated with the movement. Some were related. Others were not. As long as stopping the war remained the movement’s […]

Jon Stewart has long been one of my favorite people in the news business. Yes, he’s a comedian. Yes, he’s a liberal who irks my conservative sensibilities. Yes, he’s often wrong, but he’s principled. This is a rare quality, particularly in the media world. I’ve had the opportunity to meet Stewart on three occasions, each […]

One can be either socially liberal or socially conservative and still be a libertarian. On issues like abortion, gay marriage and drugs, how one views the state’s role, or non-role, in these matters, is usually what determines that individual’s libertarian credentials–not necessarily their personal views on these issues. But there are some libertarians who insist […]

One can be either socially liberal or socially conservative and still be a libertarian. On issues like abortion, gay marriage and drugs, how one views the state’s role, or non-role, in these matters, is usually what determines that individual’s libertarian credentials–not necessarily their personal views on these issues. But there are some libertarians who insist […]

These are by no means all the reviews of Sen. Rand Paul’s foreign policy speech at Heritage last week, but they are particularly noteworthy. I categorized the best I could. Glowing praise: The Washington Times editorial thought it was an important speech that stressed the desperate need to reexamine US foreign policy.  The Washington Times […]

Last week, I wrote about President Barack Obama’s gun-control executive orders, and in it, I said, “You don’t have to be a firearms enthusiast to know that this isn’t a final triumph for gun-control advocates. It’s only the latest chapter.” My argument was that any time you give the government an inch, they will always […]

If you ever needed a reminder of how worthless the Republican Party generally is, last week’s “fiscal cliff” vote saw a majority of Republicans joining with Democrats to increase taxes, push through pork-barrel spending, and add trillions to the national debt. This is what most Republicans do. It is what they have always done. They […]

While some simply see Jim DeMint as one of the most right-wing members of the U.S. Senate and a Republican leader of the conservative movement, I believe DeMint could be leading the GOP and the movement on the path to redemption. American conservatism has taken a wrong turn. It is true we have elected plenty […]

SA@TAC – ‘Extremism’ in Wisconsin

There are many problems with American politics but “extremism” is not one of them. For all the mainstream media’s criticism of the Tea Party being too “extreme” or the GOP supposedly adopting the movement’s “radical” rhetoric and action…

Conservatives Hijack CPAC by Southern Avenger

When Ron Paul won the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll, the controversy that followed revealed the Right’s ongoing handicaps and contradictions. Ron Paul won 2011 CPAC straw poll for second straight year with enthu…