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Comment: Re:More Like Subsidized (Score 1) 525

by danbert8 (#47484945) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

The Constitution came to be as an agreement between people that was voted on and approved. It's not magic pixie dust, but it is the document which is the people's contract with our government. I think it's a pretty good foundation. It's not perfect, but it's a hell of a lot better than what we've got now. I can read the entire Constitution. I have read it several time in fact. It's a concise document that is pretty clear on most issues. It's been changed because the political class always desires more power and the people have lost the enthusiasm for liberty that the founding fathers had. Bread and circuses is what we have now to keep the masses content. How long do we have to wait for the fiddling to start?

Comment: Re:More Like Subsidized (Score 1) 525

by danbert8 (#47477745) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Well then fuck you too. Libertarians respect people who don't believe what they do. Apparently you can't do the same. I don't take the Federalist Papers as the bible, but I do see the wisdom in the words it contains. The threat of democracy doesn't lie in the distinction between direct voting and representative voting, but in the idea that whatever is popular should be the law. The Constitution is written to protect individual rights regardless of what is popular by limiting the powers of government. Libertarians only ask that the government stay within the bounds of its charter. A federal enforcement arm such as the FBI or federal marshals is fully within the bounds of the Constitution and a Republic, even one with democratically elected representatives. However, your original argument of "like a democracy" was bullshit as a monarchy or even a dictatorship can still have government enforced tort law.

So basically you attack a libertarian because you don't respect them and don't even put together a coherent argument. So if you aren't going to respect me, or anyone who believes as I do, then I will return your lack of respect with another fuck you in closing.

Comment: Re:Why is there a debate at all? (Score 1) 278

by danbert8 (#47474433) Attached to: The debate over climate change is..

I think you are mixing up what I am saying. Poor people would take coal power without hesitation because it's cheap and it's better than what they have. They then can use electricity to heat their food instead of burning wood. Coal is the cheapest power source and thus the most likely to be within reach of the poor. Thus coal burning is going to replace wood and charcoal burning in the long run.

Comment: Re:More Like Subsidized (Score 2) 525

by danbert8 (#47473879) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

From this view of the subject, it may be concluded, that a pure Democracy, by which I mean a Society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the Government in person, can admit of no cure for the mischiefs of faction. A common passion or interest will, in almost every case, be felt by a majority of the whole; a communication and concert result from the form of Government itself; and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party, or an obnoxious individual. Hence it is, that such Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives, as they have been violent in their deaths. Theoretic politicians, who have patronized this species of Government, have erroneously supposed, that by reducing mankind to a perfect equality in their political rights, they would, at the same time, be perfectly equalized and assimilated in their possessions, their opinions, and their passions.

A Republic, by which I mean a Government in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect, and promises the cure for which we are seeking.

From Federalist #10 by James Madison

Comment: Re:Why is there a debate at all? (Score 1) 278

by danbert8 (#47473797) Attached to: The debate over climate change is..

My point was that people who are choosing between wood and charcoal to cook food aren't going to think about climate change at all if it means they get electricity in their home. This is why coal power is growing in places like China and India, and will likely continue to grow around the world. What 1st world countries do to stave off climate change will be dwarfed by the 3rd world catching up to our standard of living.

Comment: Re:Rand Paul's a plagiarizing misogynistic racist (Score 1) 525

by danbert8 (#47470177) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Not only will I take lower taxes, but the GP somehow made the leap that even if the government brings in less revenue, that's a bad thing and a corporate giveaway. I agree Rand is in the GOP and not a libertarian, but let's be honest and say if the government brought in less tax revenue and spent less (hopefully by even more than the decrease in income to bring us to parity) we'd probably all be better off.

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