As a nation we have chosen 2 of the most vile, integrity-less, god-less, honor-less, unpopular people in the known universe to run for president.
On one side the candidate is so far extreme right that he raced passed Mussolini and the Fascists long ago and snuggled right up with Eichmann and Goebbels; on the left we have the virtual God-Mother to a global criminal enterprise with confused socialist leanings who likely eats stray children as appetizers.
The result is that the majority of voters are not voting FOR anyone, we are voting AGAINST a candidate for president. There is no viable candidate that represents our interests so we choose the least offensive and hope for the best.
It isn’t a new thing at all; the last time I voted for a candidate who I actually thought was right for the job was when I voted for “Governor Moonbeam” in the 70’s, and to be honest… it was the 70’s – I may have just been too stoned to know any better.
Since then things have steadily degraded to the point we find ourselves today – without even a “Lesser Evil” to vote for. Most of us are just trying to figure out how to even vote with a clear conscience.
We need an “Out”… a way to reconcile our vote with the Constitution and our collective conscience.
The chaos and idiocy that we are being deluged with from both ends has caused a huge part of the electorate to throw in the towel on the 2 major parties and start seeking an alternative.
Dyed in the wool Republicans and Democrats alike are looking for a way to wake up from this nightmare.
With this much dissent in the wind, the media has no choice but to give third party candidates at least a cursory level of coverage.
The recent CNN “Libertarian Town Hall” is the first third party town hall, debate or even policy speech I can ever remember.
Not since the “Bull Moose Party”, has a third option been given this much serious attention or had any real influence on the presidency. Sure Ross Perot ran a third option, but he didn’t have any real effect other than to give Bush-1 an excuse for being one of only 2 elected presidents in our lifetimes so incompetent they couldn’t get re-elected.
The fact of the matter is that there are lots of good Americans out there with good ideas about how to make this Republic even greater without needing to adhere to one of the two main parties.
SO… I ask again: What in the Hell is a Libertarian? – Your guess is as good as mine.
I would bet, as a whole, we as a group, know very little about what a Libertarian is or what they stand for.
Sure we all know about the Naked Guy at the convention but most of us haven’t been exposed to the Libertarian Platform enough to have a clue what they have in mind.
So again I ask what is a Libertarian? And… Why do I automatically shy away from the term Libertarian politics?
The only answer is ignorance – a simple lack of knowledge on my part .
I was ignorant of what the Libertarian party stood for, and not actually knowing their stand on the issues means my entire opinion had no foundation.
In our combined defense, it is hard to become familiar with a third party or their platform if they’re ignored by the media. If the media mentions a third party candidate it is usually some guy in prison or some complete lunatic whose absurdity makes a good story.
It is hard to meet the 15% polling requirement to be invited to a CNN debate if you are not in the polls.
From what I can figure out, Libertarians are a mostly “hands off” party. “Keep the feds out of your Bedroom and wallet” is the party mantra. What a great political slogan – “Keep the Government out of our bedrooms and our wallets”
The official Libertarian Party Platform can be summed up with a statement from their Platform Statement:
“Individuals should be free to make choices for themselves and must accept responsibility for the consequences of the choices they make.”
Freedom and individual empowerment is the message they want you to hear – Sounds a lot like Madison and his 1896 Democratic-Republican Party to me.
The most remarkable thing at the CNN Town Hall was when the moderator made an attempt to get one of the candidates to badmouth the opposition and they refused. When asked outright for an opinion about the trump the response was a diplomatic “if you think long enough I’m sure there is something positive that can be said about Mr. Trump”
They kept pushing back on the moderator and bringing up actual issues… what a unique concept; talk about real issues. It seems to be limited to the Libertarians though.
So… where do libertarians stand on the issues?
According to the candidates and their representatives the libertarian party has the following stand on these issues, I added by my personal assessment of that position after each one.
The Right to Bear Arms – Libertarians believe the government has no place regulating guns. They do allow for the individual revocation of constitutional rights by means of due process. i.e. terrorists, felons, domestic abusers but reject things like making the No-fly list a no-buy list based on the 14th amendment. (Common sense and Constitutionality appear to be the rule).
Personal Freedom – There is an extreme emphasis on personal freedom, freedom to express, act, and do as you wish. Abortion on demand, no interference with suicide or other self-destructive behavior and a complete hands off approach. Parents should have the right to raise their children any way they chose – no requirement to send your children to school or educate them, no requirement to provide medical care. (A little extreme but workable)
The platform specifically states: “Individuals have the freedom and responsibility to decide what they knowingly and voluntarily consume, and what risks they accept to their own health, finances, safety, or life.” (This completely undermines any concept of public safety)
Corporate Freedom – The party opposes to all forms of government control. Universal Right to Work nationwide, no OSHA, no taxes, no requirements from the Government at all. (I put this idea the complete lunacy category)
Education, Healthcare, and Retirement – Free Market is the buzz word. The plan is vague but the concept is that if schools, doctors and retirement plans had to compete like Used Car Dealers that the result would be clinics with names like “Stiches-R-Us” and schools with names like “Degrees-R-Us” where you could go get discount medical care and education. (If I wanted crap healthcare and substandard education I would have supported Bernie )
National Defense – The Key Word is “Defense.” No offensive or intervention operations are acceptable. We would not protect our allies and not address things like Putin’s aggression in the Ukraine or Assad’s actions in Syria. The U.S. Military would be purely defensive in nature under libertarian policies. (What are they thinking? I put this in the complete and utter lunacy category)
Isolationism – Contrary to popular belief, Libertarians are not Isolationists; They are Non-interventionists. The basic stand is “Don’t get involved – it is not our business.” (This is the exact policy that paved the way for 11-million innocents to be exterminated in the KZ.)
Taxes – Eliminate the IRS, eliminate all current forms of tax and replace them with a flat consumption tax. (I’ve lived under systems that had a flat consumption tax – it seemed to work, I’m neutral on this but eliminating the IRS is an appealing concept. )
Privacy – Absolute privacy is what the Libertarians propose. It’s hard to argue with that concept unless you are investigating a crime or trying to prevent one – would metal detectors at the airport be considered a violation of the 4th? How about Urine analysis for Airline Pilots after a crash? (Privacy is a sticky issue, I waffle in this one but there need to be reasonable public safety limits)
I have to say it is much easier to assess the policies and platform that a political represents if they are open and transparent. This is probably the thing find most refreshing thing about the Libertarians.
Over all I am surprised at how sympathetic I am to the libertarian party, if it was them against Hillary it would be a no-Brainer. They have several platform points that I am 100% opposed to but I’m not a single issue voter and they make sense on a lot of issues.
Am I going to vote for Gary Johnson? I doubt it, but only because I don’t think he can win and losing is not an acceptable alternative.
Will I support his campaign via donations and declare my support for the Pollsters? Absolutely!
I would love to see our system open up to more parties. For me, Johnson/Weld are kind of like a “one-n-one” free throw situation, if you make it, you get to shoot again.
If, in November, it looks like the Libertarians can stop the trump, I’ll vote for them. If the trump is still in the running in November I’ll be forced to close my eyes, hold my nose and Vote for Hillary.
Either way, it’s high time that “We the People” have the opportunity to actually chose from the entire field and not be corralled into a “two party rodeo” by big donors and party cronyism.
It is time for the people to speak up and let the media know that journalism isn’t just repeating things. Journalism should challenge the facts and give the reader the whole story.
If things continue as they are … No one but The Trump and Hillary are going to benefit from this election.