The Rabid Independent, Nonpartisan solutions, independent policy ideas

For twenty years hate radio has ruled AM wavelengths. Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and all their friends attack Democratic politicians and often stand for certain right wing principles but there is one swear word that permeates every rant – “Washington“. It is said with contempt, scorn, disdain, disgust. Every politician who lives there is corrupted by its taint – even Republicans. No one gets a pass.

Washington. – that vile cesspool.

Even if Rush tries to speak up for a Repub with a “good” record he will fail because he created the association and he can’t take it back. There can be no good guys in such a place. Every listener and disciple has gotten the message. The so-called eastern Republican establishment may still champion some politicians (such as Paul Ryan) but the base can never make any sense of it. Their brain washing is complete.

Along comes an outsider so completely not a politician that he is willing to prove it by having no conventional (right wing) principles  and no policies. Policy ideas would connect him to Washington. By accident he stumbled into talking about trade deals because his ghost written book was called The Art of the Deal and even he couldn’t miss the logical connection. Renegotiating trade deals became his only policy idea. All his other primary contenders were from Washington. Hillary Clinton virtually defines Washington. 

He could spit on every follower and they would still love him because it would be further proof of his outsider bona fides. No Washington politician would ever do such a thing. They want someone who really doesn’t care if he wins, someone who doesn’t care about currying favor with any voting bloc. Incompetence is a sign of being an outsider – don’t worry, he’ll figure it out after he wins and when he arrives it won’t be business as usual. The hate radio talkers are getting exactly what they asked for.

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Everyone is wondering how his followers stick with him after every gaffe, constant lies, and appalling sexist/misogynist rants. Surely the religious right will abandon him, you say – they won’t. No other subgroup definition matters as much as Washington-Haters. Rush has even taught born-again Christians to care less about what Jesus would say than about hating all Washingtonians.

The east coast Republican center is aghast. Even though they’re for small(er) government, they are of Washington. They like having connections to power and they brag about it. Many worked for Reagan or Bush and they want to believe that qualifies them to lead their party or define the policies that it advocates.

The base believes it renders them unfit for public life.


In ancient Rome they called it Portorium. As goods poured in and out of Rome a tax was put on the importation of foreign products. Around the time of the American Revolution there were only two sources of government revenue:

Taxes on booze Import duties (tariffs).

This was essentially true right up to the 20th […]

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Let’s pair up the two worst kinds of people in the world – Islamists and Pedophiles. I won’t debate which is worse but the problem is similar:

In the case of Pedophiles we make it a crime for them to look at child pornography in the belief that such behavior may well lead to actual human […]

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Free Some Whistle Blowers!

On September 22, 2016 By

Every few years we get a person willing to sacrifice their life to expose government corruption and fraud. Unfortunately we can list them almost on one hand:

Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers) Mark Felt (Deep Throat) Karen Silkwood (Nuclear plant safety) Jeffrey Sterling Joseph Wilson (“What I didn’t find in Africa”) Russ Tice Chelsea […]

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The economic data are becoming clearer:

Productivity growth has completely stalled (much of it was based on fictional benefits from import substitution). Population growth is diminimus. Government stimulus is static. The budget deficit is sitting at $600bn – is that OK? Private and public sector investments are dead. Corporations are just buying back stock and […]

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There are a few major policy issues that get me worked up and when I see a new set of cases that should test my opponents then I want to hear what they have to say. Media interviewers never seem to ask the right questions so I’ll ask them here and maybe they’ll hear me.


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Party vs. Principle

On September 2, 2016 By

One of the great mysteries to me about the history of Germany circa WWII is how the officers of the army and the bureaucrats in the government stuck with party policy even after it went off the rails. There seemed to be no point where senior (previously) responsible leaders stood up collectively and said “You […]

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There are certain things in life that are set up to make you feel like a fool or as though your time is being utterly wasted. Many of them you can’t avoid even you if try your hardest. This is my list (if you have any favorites then let me know):

Being forced to watch ads before […]

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There are a group of men who have written books over the last twelve years devoted to exposing religion as magical thinking. They include:

Christopher Hitchens (R.I.P.) Richard Dawkins Sam Harris Michael Shermer Bart Ehrman Daniel Dennet

There are other notables like Douglas Murray, Lawrence Krauss, and Maajid Nawaz (who is trying to lead an […]

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Liberalism Betrayed

On July 28, 2016 By

What does it mean to declare you are a liberal? Are you open minded, sympathetic to the less unfortunate, willing to listen to reason over myth and superstition? I want to be considered liberal in these ways. The Democrats are supposed to be the party of liberalism but it or its constituents are twisting some […]

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Here’s my list of things that bug me. Some are big and some are petty. Feel free to offer new additions.


Mottos, Creeds, Rules

As we search for legitimate solutions to America’s problems everyone must obey these rules or we’ll never get anything done.

Mottos, Creeds and Rules

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