By Remso W. MartinezI love watching Republicans criticize the Libertarian Party. It’s like watching someone with a string of traffic tickets criticize someone whose never been allowed to step behind the wheel.
What’s even funnier is how they criticize Johnson and Weld (who are open to criticism, as should all people) for being moderates and all that jazz. Frankly I’m tired of it, frankly I’m just tired of Republicans, even libertarian leaning Republicans.
Election after election we are given a bill of false goods. While there are good Republicans out there, it’s time to make a difficult decision. If you are a disenfranchised conservative or a libertarian-republican, whatever, as messed up as the Libertarian Party is sometimes ask yourself this, when was the last time a Libertarian screwed up America? Seriously? There is enough room open and work to be done in the party, just come over, it’s that simple.
Here is where you say “no” to me, here is where you say “never.”
But hear me out…
I get it, the Republican Party used to be the liberty party, it freed the slaves, it gave us Coolidge and Reagan, but there is a difference between the Democrats and the Republicans these days, as surprising as it may seem, the Democrats are honest….
The Democrats believe all their terrible ideas, they stick to what they say when they are elected, as destructive as those promises may be, and then as they are elected they do everything they can to make their voters happy and expand government as much as they can.
Republicans aren’t consistent at all though. We saw in 2014 we gave them the House and the Senate, and all they have done is continue the terrible record of the current administration. Republicans have simply done everything the Democrats wanted all in the name of “compromise.” Republicans continue to do as much damage as the Democrats, it’s that simple.
To even call them the “fiscally conservative party” anymore is a farce; I don’t think many people consider renaming the “fiscal cliff” the “debt ceiling.” Even in a party with admirably men such as Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and several others, we need to stop depending on a handful of men to constantly save us. We need to end this peasant mentality where we look for a good king and take charge. It’s time to end this lying monstrosity of a party once and for all because it keeps us in a constant state of battered spouse syndrome.
How much more do we have to take before we realize that we are being pulled at the seems and told it’s for our own good? Why do Republicans have to vote for a progressive-liberal like Trump instead of a progressive-liberal like Clinton in order to hopefully get a actually adherent to the constitution later? How does that make sense?
For just one election, opt out and try something different, this time as they fall down, just let them fall and stand for yourself. This time, we just need to not vote Republican and give liberty a chance. Just as the Whigs went away the GOP can too, but what that requires is action, what that requires is choice, a choice quickly fading…
We don’t need simply the Libertarian Party to replace them, what we need is a market of choices, what we need is variety, and as much as I’d like to see the Democrats go first, the fact is this, they GOP has removed it’s armor and cried “end it.” What comes after is a mystery, but the choice now is to stay stagnant or take a different direction.
*Originally published at the Liberty Conservative, republished with permission of the author
Hillary wasn’t indicted…
Trump is “silent” compared to usual and Johnson and Weld are well… Johnson and Weld, good but not great.
Throughout the country Democrats are quietly preparing for the coronation of Clinton, while Bernie is establishing the skeleton of his failed campaign to support his vetted socialist acolytes to carry on his revolution past July. The Republicans are jumping to their scattered factions, hoping they can bundle enough money to fix this zero sum game and maintain enough seats in state and federal government to maintain a majority. All the while the silence continues.
The silence is loud in itself…
Johnson and Weld are doing a good enough job, they are giving Americans a chance to feel good about voting for them. But why would they feel bad voting for Clinton or Trump in the first place? It’s because Clinton and Trump represent two walls closing in on them, while Johnson and Weld are lowering a rope for them. While we think about the walls and the rope and the fast heart rate screaming at you yelling “act” one question an omnipotent observer could ask is simply this… who said to look up in the first place?
John McAfee has been popping up in my thoughts lately. I spoke against his candidacy when he was running for the Libertarian nomination for the presidency but Mr. McAfee did something I didn’t see coming. He proved to not only be a legitimate candidate but in doing so, declared open warfare on the same leviathan loving opponents whom Libertarians fight against. While McAfee wasn’t the first person to address the fiscal crisis, the oncoming cyber war, and the issue with a lack of societal understanding of self ownership, he awoke a segment of the population that, while might be in the minority, will have an impact in the years to come.
the punk rockers, the black sheep, the nerds and the outcasts, those who need a second chance whether institutional or cultural, knew something was inherently wrong with the way our nation was going. John McAfee was able to not simply talk to those who had different political beliefs but were still politically active, but those who weren’t active nor even cared in the first place.
If there is one word I can use to describe him accurately, it’s enigma. I was hoping at the end of the day Kevin McCormick could clinch the nomination but that would have offered the American voter the same thing as Johnson and Weld, a calm and sensible approach to government in an insensible world. McCormick wouldn’t have made waves sadly in the same way two outsider, former Republican governors aren’t making the waves they assumed they would- McAfee did it by being revolutionary and an outlaw.
Good, bad, or indifferent, McAfee isn’t a villain, and he certainly wasn’t a joke.
McAfee has pulled a modern day Lazarus, jumpstarting a new company, a new lease on life, but most importantly at least in my opinion, a new mission. His #VoteDifferent initiative to help specific Libertarian candidates make an impact in their elections will hopefully succeed in giving them the attention and communication advantage often alien to 3rd party candidates. The most important skill though is not telling regular voters simply what you want to tell them, but talk to them in a way to make them want to listen.
I’ve been wrong in the past about things but perhaps a more outlaw approach to thinking isn’t something to be ruled out. After all as my friend Larry Sharpe once told me, “we were founded as a nation of outlaws.”
I still don’t think a McAfee/Weiss ticket would have been good for us in 2016, but hopefully the “let life live” movement he pushed into existence still serves a good purpose. Hopefully it can still remind us that sometimes America doesn’t need calm, sometimes, it needs someone whose blacklisted and loving it.
*Originally published at the Liberty Conservative, published with permission of the author
Bill Weld amongst libertarians isn’t a person- he’s a stance.
You either hate him or love him but you can’t be middle ground. I’m not going to lie, before he was announced as Gary Johnson’s running mate, I had no clue who he was. Quickly things went left field and the internet was bombarded with hatred of him. I gave him the benefit of the doubt, but as time continued, I realized that I still didn’t like the choice Johnson made.
My criteria to be considered a libertarian is kinda slim to begin with since it is a big tent philosophy, but Weld falls short of that criteria. The “fiscally conservative, socially liberal” slogan Weld and Johnson run with don’t do much convincing since their primary principled core is not based on individual liberty, just a different shade of compassionate conservatism mixed with social progressivism.
Bill Weld does not have a good track record with pro liberty positions, but that’s a rabbit hole I don’t want to travel down today. What no one is asking is this, why would someone who is not a (Big “L”)Libertarian want to represent the party? This isn’t something you do simply because you have much to gain. Think about it, this party holds no major office (not counting the state representatives as of late who switched party affiliation from Republican to Libertarian) and will not be able to win the White House. So why would Weld spend time campaigning? Ego? Some kind of self-gratification? Certainly not money.
Perhaps Weld wants to be part of the national conversation again? It’s obvious he won’t be running for some other office after this race, but perhaps a TV gig? Book deal? Weld has the clout to do that without running for vice president of a major party.
Unlike other candidates such as Virginia congressional candidate J.D. Thorpe running for office in November, Weld wasn’t simply a party man who had failed aspirations of running for office as a Republican. Having been a two-term governor already, running as a Libertarian candidate isn’t something that would fit the profile of someone looking for power.
So what can we go off of as of now, simply based off what we know? What we know is that Weld is bringing the party national attention that it has never seen before. Weld, unlike Trump of Clinton, isn’t trying to creative an administration that would make fascism a reality. While he does say things that are just completely stupid (like the time he said Hillary did no wrong in the server scandal), some of his recent rhetoric regarding domestic policy is seen as sane in the age of insanity.
I’m not the type of person that won’t vote because I don’t like any of the options. In fact, some of the people who make great politicians are sometimes, really, really, crappy people. We don’t vote for people though, we vote for results. Callous I know, but that’s the reality of politics and the state. I’m voting for Gov. Johnson and Gov. Weld in November not because I like them (this ticket was at the bottom of my list) but because I want Libertarians to have ballot access and a shot at shaking things up. I know Weld won’t be Vice President of the United States, but what I do know also is that he’s not my enemy either.
Is Bill Weld the best communicator of the ideals of liberty? No, but what that means is that we have to be even better at doing so, because now America has some questions they’re going to want us to answer.
*This blog has been reposted with the permission of the author
by Alex Merced
As you can see from the video above, I'm running for US Senate from New York against arguably the most powerful Senator in the country. The reality of the uphill battle I have before me makes many question why would I subject myself to such a battle. The reason is that someone needs to seriously challenge Schumer and the "government can solve everything" culture he feeds with his constant big government proposals. (If that isn't enough there are more of his proposals in this National Review article and in this article from the Observer)
I want to counter the "government can solve everything" culture with a "you are the solution" culture that is encompassed in my "Pro-You Agenda". The Pro-You Agenda is about electing officials who will fight for your rights and the constitution, by not only defending your rights, but also restoring rights that have been taken away (many taken away by Chuck Schumer). There is no better way to make this cultural shift than to defeat the biggest symbol of the dangerous big government culture.
One particular recent proposal of Chuck Schumer that really has me concerned is Schumers proposal to force phone companies to block Robocalls. We all hate getting robocalls, making this great populist politics and opportunism/ Although, this sets a very dangerous precedent. The precedent that the government can dictate a common carrier to block content it does not like (phone companies are classified as common carriers and regulated as such). Remember, it wasn't that long ago that in the name of "Net Neutrality", Internet Service Providers were also reclassified as "Common Carriers". It would not be a stretch that Chuck Schumers robocall bill would create room for the Government to eventually block internet content they don't like.
There is also the issue of restricting peoples rights because they are on a Government list without any sort of due process. The Terrorist watch list is plagued with errors such a having Veterans and Congressmen on the list, do we really want to be treating our Veterans as guilty until proven innocent after all they have sacrificed?
Hopefully in 2016, New York will decide that enough is enough and it is time to have a Senator that is accessible, thoughtful and transparent instead of a busybody who'll propose populist favors if it means some time in the spotlight.
I'm running for US Senate because New York can do better and deserves better.
(Please visit my website to learn about how you can support the campaign)