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