Brian’s Column: More Thoughts on Election 2016

It came to a head for me with the 1st Trump-Hillary debate…


A Secular Trumanist Perspective

… to which I posted this commentary on Facebook, and also here as my 9/25/16 column. Essentially, a pox on everyone’s house, but you gotta go with Johnson-Weld because  Trump and Hillary will equally bad for civil liberties and peace .AND. Johnson-Weld actually have a chance to win (whereas none of the other ‘minor’ candidates does).

Then I posted this to Facebook and sent via email blind cc to my political distribution lists:

We interrupt this year’s presidential election with an important announcement. As shown in debate Donald Trump supports ‘stop and frisk’ and denying your gun rights if you are on a federal no-fly list. He also believes, as does Hillary, that we must intervene by supporting ISIS in Syria to stop ISIS, to destroy innocent lives and very likely initiate World War III. Clinton wants to bring whistleblower Ed Snowden to trial, while Trump wants (“wouldn’t mind”) to see him executed as a traitor.

Both candidates are pro Big Government and anti human liberty… and epitomes of establishment corruption and criminality. They cannot even spell the Bill of Rights, and certainly not the nonaggression principle. Either candidate, as president, will very likely destroy the final vestiges of America as a constitutional republic.

Gary Johnson and William Weld are not fiery, principled libertarians, rather successful, practical politicians with a small government agenda. They are neither corrupt nor dishonest. They will seek to expand the range of action, without government interference, for people as individuals and start to roll back the Leviathan state in several key areas. I emphatically endorse the Johnson-Weld ticket, will vote for them, and hope you will, too.

J-W has an ever-increasing chance of sending the 2016 election into the House of Representatives—which presents a better than even prospect that (because of the general antipathy of Democrats and Republicans for both major party candidates) Johnson and Weld will go to the White House in January. Indulging my customary hyperbole, I would say Johnson-Weld can save the world… more modestly they may at least hold off those who want to destroy the world… even if they only stir the waters… which they are already doing with six major newspaper daily endorsements… including The Detroit News and the Chicago Tribune. 🙂

This is a GOOD thing. Real hope.

Needless to say, I had a handful of Republican and otherwise liberty movement friends respond that Johnson and Weld are bad examples for liberty… and I should go with the guy in the Constitution Party. And one gentleman, a Libertarian Party/ Green Party crossover, who is advocating Jill Stein. Here’s my stock answer, which I sent to the Republican liberty guys:

Sorry guys, but I don’t see any strength to your “vote Trump and pray” arguments. Wishful thinking and context dropping to put it mildly. Trump and Hillary are both wretched on civil liberties and peace… a continuation  of existing tyrannical policies and misconceptions (lies). Trump may have some solid economic sentiments but that’s all they are… sentiments qua demogogue.

As I stated, Johnson-Weld are not principled libertarians, rather utilitarians who have adopted the libertarian banner. BUT, and it’s a big but, they will seek to abolish DHS and take other steps to reign in the runaway Death Star. Because they do have an honest small government agenda. They will also pardon Snowden. Trump would execute him. Etc.

And what else is significant is they can win (Realistically. Most likely in the method I spelled out.) In terms of potential to capture votes, Castle, Baldwin, Stein are whiffs of candidacies in comparison. The wasted vote argument comes into play–because of the urgency of the threat of either Trump or Hillary.

JW’s surge is one of those moments in history, a tidal wave that liberty strategists can use or ignore. I propose we use it. It will be a turning point toward self-government if JW win the White House, and it will also be a turning point toward self-government if JW’s electoral votes move the election into the House, it MAY be a turning point if they simply exceed or come close to Perot’s numbers.

Perhaps the best reason to support Johnson-Weld is that the perception of probably 75%-85% of the people is that JW would be far more representative and safe in the White House than either of the lesser majors. In the absence of any other consideration, JW, IMHO, are the overwhelming consensus choice. They scare the least number of people and in fact will draw down the power of their office. They are real and decent human beings, not illusive cartoon characters.

Of course all the caveats apply, especially to Weld. What Weld wants differs from what most of us in the Trumanist movement want, but let’s use him (and Johnson) to leverage popular sentiment into learning about liberty, into learning the Freedom Philosophy. Then in time turn the true libertarian masses back into pressuring any supposed liberty pol who threatens to backslide.  JW give us the best chance as we the people to take charge.

It’s a Jackboot fact that Trump will seek to destroy liberty all around… or most around. He’s an imperialist (Ziocon tool or fool) just as much as the Criminal. And the elite clique that doesn’t like him will posture him as a liberty person, then when his nonlibertarian policies fail, the clique will broadcast that liberty has failed.

Topping it off, as a practical observation, if either Mussohead or Rosa Klebb  are sworn in, the next day we’ll see ‘major unrest’ across the country. Who benefits from chaos? The Controllers of course. I have other thoughts as to how the LP ticket was perhaps an op that may have gotten away from those who architected it. But I’ll save that for later.

So there it is. No sooner did I fire off that last missive (and post to Facebook in a couple of Groups) that I received a note about Weld and how abysmal he is on the gun freedom issue. In fact, he’s worse than Trump and Hillary for—you guessed it—the same reasons: the faux, contrived War on Terror rationale: “We have to have these ‘no fly’ lists, and, by golly, anyone on these lists has no Second Amendment rights whatsoever. What?!

Right. I know all this. Personally, of all the candidates I like Jill Stein best, because she wants to have a ‘proper investigation’ of the 9/11 attacks and she supports the BDS (boycott-divest sanctions) vs. Israel to end the Occupation. Yes, she’s the true blue candidate that I would vote for, especially since J-W are hopelessly liberty-unprincipled-and-unaware in key areas. But she’s not on 50 state ballots and she has no chance of making a difference by vote count in the face of the two disastrous ‘major’ War Party candidates.

My feeling remains that a vote for Johnson-Weld this year adds weight to the scale of justice to begin to turn it toward general individual liberty and away from where it’s been tipping awry for decades: toward absolute state power.


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3 thoughts on “Brian’s Column: More Thoughts on Election 2016

  1. In response to the McAlpine ‘comment’: So having a honest judgment of reality that you disagree with is contemptible? How contemptible is that?!

  2. I’m going with Trump, there is no chance with the others to beat Hillery. I thought you might like the following by Bebe Coe Bertino;
    “Last night a friend claimed that Donald Trump wouldn’t make a good president; he is brash, he is racist, he is a loudmouth; you know the normal things people learn to recite after being programmed by television news. The one I loved was that, “Trump is arrogant.” My friend questioned if one man could make “that much difference in the world today.” To my friend’s credit, she was respectful enough to let me respond when she asked, “Really, what has Trump done?”
    I said, “In June of last year, Trump entered the race for president. In just a little over a year, Trump has single handedly defeated the Republican party. He did so thoroughly. In fact, he did so in such a resounding way that the Republican Party now suffers from an identity crisis. He literally dismantled the party. Trump even dismantled and dismissed the brand and value of the Bush family.
    Trump has Obama petrified that Trump will dismiss programs that weren’t properly installed using proper law.
    Trump has single handedly debunked and disemboweled any value of news media as we knew it—news now suffering from an all-time level of distrust and disrespect.
    Trump has leaders from all over the world talking about him, whether good or bad. Trust me, powerful men who have been president before weren’t liked by the global community. I doubt Mikhail Gorbachev liked Reagan when Reagan said, “Tear down that wall.”
    Trump has expressly disclosed the fraud perpetrated on the American public by Hillary Clinton. He has, quite literally, brought Hillary to her knees—if you believe that nervous tension and disorders offer physical side effects and damage.
    Trump has unified the silent majority in a way that should be patently frightening to “liberals.”
    As the press accuses Trump of being a house of cards, Trump has proven the press is the real house of cards. He has whipped up the entire establishment into pure panic. Trump has exposed them for who they are and worse, what they are. George Clooney was right when he said Trump draws live news coverage of his podium that he’s not yet approached. Thanks, George, you were perfectly correct.
    What we see as headline news today are actually the last bubbles from the ship that is now sunk—meaning the standard news media, as a propaganda machine, has been exposed. They have no more value.
    In the same way Trump asked the African-American community this question, I asked my friend, ”At this point, what do you have to lose?” We have mass cop shootings, riots in our streets, ambushed cops, double digit inflation, bombs blowing up in our cities, targeted police, #BLM, a skyrocketing jobless rate, no economic growth, privately owned land being seized by the federal government, the worst racial tension in my lifetime, no God in schools, more abortions than ever, illegal aliens pouring into our country, sick veterans receiving no care, and a debt that doubled in seven years to $19 trillion. Are you really happy with the condition of the current system?
    One man has done all of this in one year—one guy, and on his own dime. And with everything I’ve written above, you believe Trump hasn’t done anything? You claim that you are afraid of Donald Trump? No wonder we’re in trouble. You can say that Trump is a lousy presidential candidate. That’s your right. Just don’t ever say he’s not effective.
    That Megan Kelly, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, Washington Post, Rachel Maddow, the Huffington Post, the New York Times, Raleigh’s News and Observer, the AP, Don Lemon, Jake Tapper, and many more, failed to implement their collectively orchestrated lie on the American people against Trump, is actually a massive testament to Trump. The press colluded pure propaganda to accomplish his demise … and they have collectively failed and miserably.
    Here’s just one example of how badly America is injured right now. There are high school football players on their knees during the national anthem simply because the press used as propaganda to program those kids to do that very thing. But, these kids are mimicking NFL stars the same way the same kids chooses which brand of football shoe to purchase—they’re overtly brain-washed to do that very thing.
    Now, we have a generation of children who hate America.
    America’s problem isn’t that little children are on their knee in collective disrespect of America. Our problem is that America is on her knee from collective disrespect by Americans.
    You can disrespect America all you want. But, it’s high-time you respect the silent majority. Because they’re not simply the “silent majority” as you’ve been trained to believe when Hillary calls them “deplorables.” The fact is, they are simply the majority. And now they’re no longer silent either. Donald Trump changed all of that, single-handedly and within one year.” From Be Forbes.”
    Bebe Coe Bertino
    9/29/2016 , this is a copy and paste, and needs to be read and spread!!

  3. Brian,

    Your refusal to identify matters of degree is contemptible. Hilary is a dedicated ultra global statist, Trump a typical mixed bag American nationalist. Trump has been anti NeoCon. Just stating everything is the same doesn’t make it true.

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