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But just for the sake of argument, let's tick off the official Libertarian agenda as posted on their website:Joe also posted links to Libertarian Party documents for each of the nine positions stated above. He also notes the fact that Libertarians generally run on the Republican ticket, not their own.
1. Abolish welfare.
2. Abolish Social Security.
3. Abolish the IRS.
4. Abolish the FDA.
5. Allow insurance companies to exclude any disease.
6. Dismantle the public school system.
7. Allow machine gun ownership and open-carry anywhere.
8. End foreign aid to starving nations.
9. Sell all national parks to private groups.
To be fair, the Libertarian Party does have reasonable positions on immigration reform, privacy, and the war on drugs. But the essential takeaway from reading their platform is this: "If you are impoverished, starving, desperately ill, unemployed, or uneducated...tough shit. Don't come to the government with your lazy unpatriotic hand out. Every American for himself. Get the fuck out of here."
When you look at the most recognized brands throughout the world, such as Coke or Apple, for instance, one of the things they all focus on is the consistency of their branding. Why is this consistency so important? The more consistent a brand becomes, the more prominent and recognizable it is with the consumer.I'm not making this up. Swear to God. Never mind the fact that Chevy has been extremely prominent and eminently recognizable for the last hundred fucking years, just like, um . . . Coke. Ya know?
The Duties of a Man:Do what you can, not what you can't. And then you'll be a halfway decent man, my son.
1. To pull your own weight.
2. To pay your own way.
3. To ask no one for so much as a dime.
4. To be self-sufficient as far as possible, and then some.
5. To take care of your own, no matter the cost to yourself.
6. To never complain, never explain.
7. To mind your manners.
8. To mind your tongue.
9. To mind your own damn business.
10. To always say please, thank you, excuse me, and I’m sorry, no matter what, to a passing stranger or to your nearest and dearest. To omit them is to be a churl.
11. To accept with gratitude all that you do have and be indifferent to all you do not have. If you have no shoes, be damn glad you have feet.
12. To remember always that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. And probably much sooner than you druther.
13. To remember always that you are but one hapless atom in a microscopic grain of sand on an infinite beach along the shore of eternity.
14. To know that God loves you anyway.
15. To know that God loves everybody else just the same, like your mama.
16. To know that God is Love.
17. To know that God is God, and you aren’t, and nobody else is, either. It's confusion over the second and third points that causes all the trouble in the world.
18. To know what you do not know. And that's a helluva lot.
19. To know yourself. Really and truly, no pretenses. When you do, you will understand all the comedy and tragedy of mankind, and forgive.
20. To leave well before you wear out your welcome.
21. To leave them wanting more.
22. To know when to let go.
23. To let go absolutely.
24. To let go with grace.
25. To remember that a conversation should be a tennis game, not a skeet shoot.
26. To remember that in conversation, le moi est haïssable.
27. To remember that no one but a newfound lover is fascinated with you, or your life story, or what you think, or what you like and dislike. Even a lover will tire of all that long before you want him to.
28. To remember that in talking or writing, less is more.
29. To be an honest workman, a true craftsman, and a real expert in at least one useful thing. Several, if you can manage it.
30. To practice doing good deeds that no one else will ever know you did.
31. To bear your burdens quietly and never advertise the fact, or expect the slightest reward.
32. To never present yourself as an object of pity, and never become a burden.
|Map of the Federation of North American Republics, A. D. 2050|
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|Edward Carpenter, age 30|
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It's a dark and stormy night! Hide under the bed! Don't look in the closet! Stay downstairs! He knows you're alone!
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But Dorothy McGuire isn't listening. She isn't talking either and that's half her problem. She's a mute. And there's a psycho killer murdering women with handicaps who may be hiding somewhere in the old dark house where she works. Where is it safe? Who can she trust? What was that noise? Is it just her imagination, or was that window closed the last time she passed it?
Dorothy McGuire leads a top flight cast of character actors including: Ethel Barrymore, in an Oscar nominated role, George Brent. Elsa Lancaster, Rhonda Fleming and Sarah Allgood in what is probably the greatest "Where is he in the house?" movie ever made.
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In thine own cheerful spirit live,
Nor seek the calm that others give;
For thou, thyself, alone must stand . . . .
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