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Another Barbour insider

Henry and Austin Barbour are following in the political and lobbyist profession of their uncle, Haley Reeves Barbour, former Mississippi Governor and Washington, DC insider. The nephews have worked in campaigns and central committees at the state and national level. Henry was covered in a January 12, 2011 New York Times article titled “In R.N.C. Battle, the Other Barbour Steps Out” as a national party leader in his role in unseating Michael Steele of Maryland, the former Republican National Committee chairman. The national central committee replaced Steel at its next meeting.

Austin F. Barbour was photographed with Romney campaign senior advisors yesterday in Burlington, Mass. where the candidate was rehearsing for tonight’s presidential debate. See <a href=”http://www.ksl.com/?sid=22572443&amp;nid=1164″ title=”Austin Barbour photo” target=”_blank”></a>

The younger Barbour’s role is not known in the earlier presidential debate or in the town hall style contest this evening. Earlier this year his Romney Campaign position was styled ‘Finance Chairman’.

The majority of Washington lobbyist firms and their functionaries are betting and giving to the Romney campaign.  See http://firststreetresearch.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/first-street-research-group-gop-report-v2.pdf

The national elevation of the Barbour nephews in presidential politics is happening in the midst of historical increases in presidential campaign cash and donation secrecy.


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Power of the President

Our President being the leader of the free world has amassed great political and military power. The last two presidents have extended the police powers of the Executive beyond recognition. He is no longer a constitutional figure and our republic is a historical notion. The Congress has given up its constitutional power in favor of the “national security interest” which has little to do with security and even less that is truly national. It ceded the war powers to the President long ago and recently the “power of the purse” to the Federal Reserve and the Treasury. The Commission on Presidential Debates is a political operation of the Presidency with the opposition political party in contrast to an independent commission. The many departments of the general government are extensions of presidential power. Our president oversees the global political economy without legal authority and only appears in domestic political arenas during the campaigns.


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Obvious totalitarianism

Political thought is elastic not dualistic. In our constitutional system we have three branches not two and the political parties are not found in our organic law. See http://www.p2012.org/parties/

I wonder if the parties collapsed due to political failure–would civil order fail too? Or would democracy evolved into a more obvious totalitarianism? The elastic nature of democracy would favor more political diversity if that is truly the nature of our current system.