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 […]