Intellectual Dishonesty in US Politics   Leave a comment

Can we talk frankly?

Probably not, but I will and you can consider or reject my proposal as you will.

This is the best of times and the worst of times in American politics. I want to shoot off bottle rockets that the American people are finally angry enough with the statist elites to stop listening to them. That is a righteous response to tyrannical government administrations that tell half the country to “sit down and shut up” while it fundamentally changes the world you live in because “elections have consequences.”

GOOD FOR YOU!

I might wish you’d chosen a better standard bearer for expressing your awakening than Donald Trump, but I’m going to put that down to having just woken up. You need some political coffee to start to see things clearly. Donald Trump is not an elitist and that’s a VERY GOOD thing, but he wouldn’t make a good president either. There’s the womanizing, the bigotry, the bankruptcies …. Bill Clinton already did the womanizing and LBJ had the bigotry well-covered (I can back up that statement if you need me to). And, bankruptcy is not a stellar qualification for running one of the largest economies in the world.

BUT ….

Not liking Donald Trump for president is NO excuse for electing another liar-in-chief and that’s what you’d be doing if you vote for Hillary. There is a reason 68% of the country’s voters say they don’t trust her and it’s not bad press. Hillary has a long and well-reported history of … obfuscating, hiding the truth, denying the truth, LYING. After putting state secrets out of an unsecured email server in violation of State Department policies, she rightfully should do time in jail. She had at least the potential for doing far more harm to the country than Bradley Manning did, so a nice cell cozied up next to him would suit her just fine.

It really comes down to this … if you elect a liar to the highest office in the land, you cannot expect anything approaching transparency. And if you elect a crooked politician who is in bed with Wall Street to the Oval Office, you will end up with corrupt policies with a Wall Street flavor coming out of said den of power.

So, what’s your choice?

Door #1 is – Hold your nose and vote for the lesser of two evils.

Is there a lesser evil of the two? I’ve weighed and measured them and I can’t see one. On the left you have Hillary Clinton, former first lady who wishes to be Queen, whose entire “political career” has been predicated on following her husband’s coattails in the White House, who is deeply in coitus with Wall Street, who lies and schemes and commits treasonous acts …. On the right, you have Donald Trump, a hardnosed aggressive businessman who says what’s on his mind and doesn’t back down and who has bankrupted his company four times. Monarchy on the left, dictatorship on the right – Clowns and jesters … oh my!

Door #2 is – Don’t vote.

You rather silence yourself when you don’t vote and you let others decide for you who will rule you. Might as well have a monarchy or a dictatorship if that’s what you’re going to do … oh, wait … Queen Hillary and You’re Fired Donald — is there a difference?

Fortunately, there may be a Door #3 – Vote 3rd Party.

I don’t believe that the world will suddenly be a better place if you vote for Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party. For one thing, this is Gary Johnson, who would not have scored as high in the GOP primaries as Jeb Bush. But … BUT … if you’re looking for a candidate who will do less harm to the country than the two main party idiots, Johnson deserves a look.

Think about what Libertarians stand for.

Smaller government, less regulation, less intrusion in to the lives of individuals. They tend to not like war, mainly because it drives up spending and therefore taxes, but also because they (generally speaking) don’t like coercion and violence as a means to accomplish things. They are fiscal conservatives who also tend to be socially liberal.

So take a look at Johnson himself.

He attended the University of New Mexico from 1971 to 1975 and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in political science. It was there that he met his future wife, Denise “Dee” Simms. While in college, Johnson earned money as a door-to-door handyman. His success in that industry encouraged him to start his own business, Big J Enterprises, in 1976. When he started the business, which focused on mechanical contracting, Johnson was its only employee. His major break with the firm was receiving a large contract from Intel‘s expansion in Rio Rancho, which increased Big J’s revenue to $38 million. He eventually grew Big J into a multimillion-dollar corporation with over 1,000 employees.[14] By the time he sold the company in 1999, it was one of New Mexico’s leading construction companies.[15]

He entered politics for the first time by running for Governor of New Mexico in 1994 on a fiscally conservative, low-tax and anti-crime platform.[16] During his tenure as governor, Johnson became known for his low-tax libertarian views, adhering to policies of tax and bureaucracy reduction supported by a cost–benefit analysis rationale. He cut the 10% annual growth in the budget: in part, due to his use of the gubernatorial veto 200 times during his first six months in office.[17] Johnson set state and national records for his use of veto and line-item veto powers:[17] estimated to have been more than the other 49 contemporary governors combined,[18][19] which gained him the nicknames “Veto Johnson” and “Governor Veto”.[20][21]

Johnson successfully sought re-election in 1998. Fielding a strong Hispanic candidate in a 40% Hispanic state, the Democrats were expected to oust Johnson,[29] but Johnson won by a 55%-to-45% margin. In his second term, he concentrated on the issue of school voucher reforms,[22] as well as campaigning for marijuana decriminalization and legalization, and opposition to the War on Drugs. Johnson’s accomplishments in office were described as follows: “no tax increases in six years, a major road building program, shifting Medicaid to managed care, constructing two new private prisons, canning 1,200 state employees, and vetoing a record number of bills”.[23] According to one New Mexico paper, “Johnson left the state fiscally solid”, and was “arguably the most popular governor of the decade… leaving the state with a $1 billion budget surplus.”[40] The Washington Times reported that when Johnson left office, “the size of state government had been substantially reduced and New Mexico was enjoying a large budget surplus.”[26]  Term limited, Johnson could not run for re-election at the end of his second term. After leaving office, Johnson founded the non-profit Our America Initiative in 2009, a political advocacy committee seeking to promote policies such as free enterprise, foreign non-interventionism, limited government and privatization. He endorsed the Republican presidential candidacy of Congressman Ron Paul in the 2008 election.[21]

In terms of stage presence, he’s not an exciting candidate, but his record shows dedication to some exciting ideas and the willingness to make some hard choices and carry through with them. The fact that he was a veto governor and still won reelection should tell you something about his mentality. He is not a progressive like Clinton or Trump, and he left New Mexico in a much better fiscal state than when he became governor.

Johnson’s views have been described as fiscally conservative and socially liberal[109] with a philosophy of limited government[110] and military non-interventionism.[111][112] He has identified as a classical liberal.[113] Johnson has said he favors simplifying and reducing taxes.[114] During his governorship, Johnson cut taxes fourteen times and never increased them.[115] Due to his stance on taxes, political pundit David Weigel described him as “the original Tea Partycandidate.”[116] Johnson has advocated for the FairTax, a proposal which would abolish all federal income, corporate and capital gains taxes, and replace them with a 23% tax on consumption of all non-essential goods, while providing a regressive rebate to households according to income level. He has argued that this would assure transparency in the tax system and incentivize the private sector to create “tens of millions of jobs.”[117] Johnson supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership.[118]

Johnson has said that he supports balancing the federal budget immediately.[119] He has stated he supports “slashing government spending”, including Medicare,Medicaid, and Social Security,[114] which would involve cutting Medicare and Medicaid by 43 percent and turning them into block grant programs, with control of spending in the hands of the states to create, in his words, “fifty laboratories of innovation.”[119] He has advocated passing a law allowing for state bankruptcy and expressly ruling out a federal bailout of any states.[110] Johnson has expressed opposition to the Federal Reserve System, which he has cited as massively devaluing the strength of the U.S. dollar, and would sign legislation to eliminate it. He has also supported an audit of the central bank, and urged Members of Congress in July 2012 to vote in favor of Ron Paul’s Federal Reserve Transparency Act.[120]

In his campaign for the Libertarian Party nomination, he stated he opposed foreign wars and pledged to cut the military budget by 43 percent in his first term as president.[112] He would cut the military’s overseas bases, uniformed and civilian personnel, research and development, intelligence, and nuclear weaponsprograms.[121][122] He has stated his opposition to US involvement in the War in Afghanistan and opposed the US involvement in the Libyan Civil War.[123] He has stated that he does not believe Iran is a military threat, would use his presidential power to prevent Israel from attacking Iran, and would not follow Israel, or any other ally, into a war that it had initiated.[124]

Johnson is a strong supporter of civil liberties and received the highest score of any candidate from the American Civil Liberties Union for supporting drug decriminalization while opposing censorship and regulation of the Internet, the Patriot Act, enhanced airport screenings, and the indefinite detention of prisoners.[125]He has spoken in favor of the separation of church and state, and has said that he does not “seek the counsel of God” when determining his political agenda.[126]Johnson endorsed same-sex marriage in 2011;[127] he has since called for a constitutional amendment protecting equal marriage rights,[127] and criticized Obama’s position on the issue as having “thrown this question back to the states.”[128] On the other hand, Johnson opposes Roe v. Wade, believing states should decide the matter. He has been a longtime advocate of legalizing marijuana and has said that if he were president, he would remove it from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act as well as issue an executive order pardoning non-violent marijuana offenders.[129]

Johnson has stated his opposition to gun control and has said, “I’m a firm believer in the Second Amendment and so I would not have signed legislation banning assault weapons or automatic weapons.”[130]

Johnson is a Lutheran and has stated that his belief in God has given him “a very fundamental belief that we should do unto others as we would have others do unto us.”[149]

The most important criteria I find in Gary Johnson is not found it either of the two idiots running in the major parties. He appears not to want to be a dictator. He wants to try something different to try and repair the damage that has been done to the country.

He may not be the lesser of two evils, but he is surely the lesser of three.

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