Johnson/Weld: Libertarian Light (podcast of August 13, 2016 show)

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More from the Great Harry Browne

Weld Interview below (sparking the quote from BR: “Why is this guy on the ticket?”)

https://revolt.tv/embed/interview-libertarian-vp-nominee-william-weld-561c8a35

CNN – Anderson Cooper-hosted Libertarian Town Hall

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnewhxt7jE0

As mentioned on the air:

What if ISIS is not what it appears to be?

Two libertarians on different sides of the abortion issue:

Crime rates hit new lows (rarely ever cited is the impact of stronger gun rights at state levels, but other factors also play in as discussed in the article below.)

US crime rate at lowest point in decades. Why America is safer now.

You can also listen to this week’s show on YouTube…

 

Parallels in this “Unprecedented Election Year”

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She sure is lucky! Rupert Murdoch took back the reins of FoxNews from Roger Ailes as the general election hits full speed!

I can’t help but notice there are numerous parallels between the Republicans and the Democrats this election cycle even though all anyone can say it seems is that “this never happened before”….here are a few of the parallels…

  • Hillary’s opposition on both sides of the aisle, Bernie and Trump, are 70 or over
    • This is lucky for Hillary as she would be the oldest president after Reagan, yet both Bernie and Trump are older
  • Hillary’s opposition on both sides of the aisle are both highly polarizing characters whose previous presidential runs had been laughed off the air by the mainstream media, but this season they both have been pumped like mad by a “reluctant” media that can’t seem to help itself
    • polarizing opponents are a Godsend to a candidate like Hillary with unprecedentedly high unlikeability scores
  • Both races have been unpredictable and emotional
  • Both Bernie and Trump eschewed Big Money and SuperPacs
  • Both Bernie and Trump are from New York
    • Bernie and Trump are from New York and Hillary was a Senator from New York–not generally a positive on the national stage

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      Just to be fair, as Hillary has long known Rupert Murdoch, head of Fox, so too has Trump long known Jeff Zucker, head of CNN.
  • Both the Republican and Democratic primaries were tight races to the bitter end
  • Both conventions are highly contentious with supporters of the runners up calling foul and threatening to make trouble
  • Both Hillary and Trump presented as distancing from loyal allies (Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Corey Lewandowski, respectively)
  • Both Hillary and Trump picked plain vanilla unknown politicians as running mates
  • Both conventions opening to contention and chaos
  • Both conventions open with calls for a vote to change the rules on the floor – for the RNC to unpledge delegates, for the DNC to do away with superdelegates

Notice any others?

Update (7/28/2016): I just thought of this one…Bernie was always a self-described “Independent” not a registered Democrat and Trump was a registered Democrat until 2009 (right after Hillary graciously conceded defeat and joined the Obama camp.)

Another parallel worthy of note is not between Bernie and Trump but between Trump and Bill Clinton. Of the handful of people in the whole country who is actually listed with Bill Clinton in convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s little black book, Hillary sure got lucky that one of them is running against her in the general election–Trump is literally the only Republican I can think of who simply could not bring up this scandal. Actually, he can’t really open up the issue of horrendous sexual allegations at all given his own history from leaving his wife and the mother of his children for a sexpot (and then leaving her for someone even hotter), to being accused of rape or attempted rape not only by his own wife but also by others such as Jill Harth and “Katie Johnson.” Though neither Bill nor The Donald have been tried and convicted on these charges, such testimony can be very damaging (just ask Bill Cosby!) and, lucky for Hillary, it would not be in Trump’s interest to pursue her “feminist” talking point’s greatest weakness: letting Bill back in the White House.

Populism as Controlled Opposition? podcast of July 2 2016 show

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British Brexiteer Boris Johnson & US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

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At around 25:00 in hour 1, Michael called with a disturbing call about globalist regulations in his town in John’s Creek–holy cow! Here’s more…
Has Your Town Adopted the International Property Maintenance Code?

Anyone Notice How Trump Coverage Changed?

I wrote an article in March about how the mainstream media right and left had been shilling for Trump, in my opinion to get him the nomination so he could lose to Hillary in November. Here is an example of how Fox News positioned Trump just a few months ago as a Republican hero a la Ronald Reagan:

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Now that Trump is the presumptive nominee and he is going head to head with Hillary, the below is how Fox’s sister, The Wall Street Journal, positioned Trump today…. In case you didn’t know, as Reagan was the epitome of the conservative renaissance, Goldwater is a symbol of conservatism’s demise, being best remembered for his spectacular loss to LBJ in 1964.  (Speaking of LBJ, every time someone like Newt or Trump say that Hillary is the most corrupt person ever to run for the presidency, I have to wonder–do they know anything about LBJ??? Not saying she doesn’t beat him, but it’s gotta be close!)

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The Year of the LINO? Podcast of June 4, 2016 show

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Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee former Massachusetts Governor William Weld with then-President Bill Clinton who nominated Weld for the post of Ambassador to Mexico.

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To think, we could have had Georgia’s own DERRICK GRAYSON as LP VP ’16!!!!

“100% of the Constitution 100% of the time” – Gotta love TMOT!

grayson2Libertarians might balk at this statement. After all, the Constitution gives the federal government the right to steal (Taxation is Theft!) and kill, and failed to restrain that government from overstepping the boundaries set up to contain those powers. As an anarcho-capitalist, I have concluded that no piece of paper can contain an entity that is given this type of power. People say to me that a “voluntary society” is a utopian fantasy, but I say the notion of “self-limiting government” is the utopian fantasy!

Yet, if there is a social contract (and I’m not saying there is  🙂 ), the Constitution is that contract, and after much reflection, I believe that if the Constitution, both the letter and the spirit it of it as agreed to over 200 years ago, were obeyed, we might actually have a just government in this modern world.

I continue to believe the Constitution’s fatal flaw is that it created a central government so powerful that it could not contain it, but I also believe that having a clear written contract between the government and the people provides the unambiguous, unifying moral, legal and intellectual grounds for the people’s resistance to tyranny. This is why Obama and others with an ideology that calls for a fundamental transformation of the United States object to the clear premise underlying the Constitution: the rights of the individual surpass the power of the state. This is also why I disagree with those who call for a Constitutional convention–we are not going to create today a more perfect document than our founders managed to create on a clean slate during the Age of Enlightenment! This reasoning may contribute to why both Ron Paul and Derrick Grayson (and so many other good libertarians) will never waver from defending the plain meaning of the Constitution, and I respect their position.

TMOT would have been a great choice for LP VP!!

GOP Rules & Libertarian Party in the Crosshairs…

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I have believed that Donald Trump’s campaign was an inside job ever since his initial comments about Hispanic immigrants gained traction by an obviously manipulated story about a woman shot on a pier in San Francisco as well as a ridiculous story about El Chapo (likely a psyop in himself) angrily tweeting at The Donald within 24 hours of allegedly escaping prison. Since then, Trump has received BILLIONS of dollars in free media advertising, in large part from CNN which has a long history of putting agenda before ratings and whose agenda most certainly is NOT to have a Republican in the White House.

Stories that build through media and government spin serve agendas in my observation, and once you get the hang of the pattern it’s easy to see them unfold from the earliest stages–so it was with The Trump Train. There is also a well-established rule for such operations: use them to serve more than one agenda if possible. Again, The Trump Train fits the bill.

With the histrionics between Trump & Cruz unfolding like a scripted reality show, it seemed more was in the offing than merely getting Hill the win. I surmised aloud that the goal would be to reshape the GOP nominating process to prporcupinePNGevent not another Trump, but another Ron Paul, who actually did give the establishment a run for its money as evidenced by their “ignore you better still” approach to his powerful challenge. I also worried aloud that the establishment would take this opportunity to neuter or co-opt the Libertarian Party. Is this what’s happening now? I always say if it’s easy to predict the consequences of certain actions, they are unlikely to be “unintended.” What do you think, is this stuff part of the plan?

Ted Cruz’s Backers Push to Shape GOP Convention
Supporters of the former presidential candidate seek to change rules to give conservative activists more sway

Republican leaders might totally overhaul their primary process

William Weld as Gary Johnson’s Vice Presidential Choice to Be Officially Announced Tomorrow
But the ’90s Massachusetts governor’s past stances might trouble many Libertarians who care about more than just fiscal issues.

Austin Petersen Catches More Endorsements from the Media Right for His Presidential Campaign
Mary Matalin and Erick Erickson on board for the Libertarian who thinks he can best sell the Party to conservatives.

Just for the record, I am not a member of the Libertarian Party–I go the Full Rothbard–and I’m not a fan of the sanitized–even corporatized or compromised–libertarianism found at Cato, the Reason Foundation & Fox News, but I have always supported voting Libertarian as a way to register your protest to the liberal-fascist center represented by both the Republicans and the Democrats.