End Two Party Tyranny

  End Two Party Tyranny           I blogged about why I became a Libertarian in 2016. We, as people, have traveled the path of civilization to a point where freedom and economic wealth have become an intersection where most us must stop because we do not have the economic resources to exercise our most basic liberties. As a Libertarian I object to the government becoming an ally of the rich in enslaving people to debt which makes it impossible to exercise their freedoms. When our country was founded capitalism provided an adequate mechanism for most people to accumulate sufficient economic resources to enable them to exercise their personal liberties. Today, the crony capitalism promoted by the republican and democratic parties has created such disparity of wealth that only a few have access to those fundamental freedoms our forefathers took for granted. I cannot continue to support the two party tyranny which has created the greatest system of injustice the world has ever seen. No longer do we engage in debate over entitlement programs; we simply evict our vulnerable and let them die unknown on our streets. Of course, there are several third parties out there I could have joined. I picked the Libertarian Party because I believe it is the best organized to upset the mono-parties (i.e. republican and democratic) in Washington’s early primary. I also chose this party because of its emphasis of “liberty” because I still believe it is key to the purpose of government. I believe … Continue Reading

U.S. Mainstream Media is like China’s Free Press

U.S. MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS LIKE CHINA’S FREE PRESS At the Federal Candidates Forum in Everett Justin Murta, the Libertarian Candidate for Insurance Commissioner, commented on his bizarre interview with the Seattle Times. I smiled inside because I knew the process was rigged. That’s why I decided not to participate in that interview process and told the Times so publicly in this blog. The Mainstream media’s endorsements of my opposition are now out. Their endorsements are pretty much comical. What the Stranger writes about DelBene sounds more like indictment of a “do nothing- I won’t talk about anything” incumbent who does what the Democratic party tells her to do, rather than a  candidate who wants to represent the people of Washington’s Congressional District 1. Here is what the Stranger’s editorial board writes about DelBene: We nearly endorsed Alex Storms, a proud Bernie Bro with predator-looking facial hair because snoozy incumbent Suzan DelBene was SO FUCKING WISHY-WASHY. She’s the human equivalent of the goddamned shrug emoji. Should we abolish the superdelegates, Suzan? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Should our state tax carbon, Suzan? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Should Congress vote to recognize the Duwamish Tribe, Suzan? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Should all drugs be decriminalized, Suzan? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ We hated Storms, but at least he was willing to say where he stood. Abolish superdelegates: Yes. Carbon tax: Yes. Duwamish recognition: Yes. Drug decriminalization: No. The only thing DelBene seemed remotely enthused about was an obscure sales tax measure that would reclaim money from remote transactions for the state. Zzzzzzz. DelBene’s crushing dullness almost led us to endorse … Continue Reading

OUR MOVEMENT MUST GROW

OUR MOVEMENT MUST GROW It was an agreement with the devil right from the start. Bernie probably knew that. But in hindsight it was a good way for us to get the movement born. Most of us already knew the truths Bernie spoke out loud. The significant thing was that someone running for president was speaking about the need for social justice and promising that, if elected, he would work to achieve it.   Bernie’s speeches focused our awakening. His identification of our passion for social justice birthed into the world the movement to which so many of us are now committed. Let’s face it. Bernie’s attempt to obtain the Democratic nomination required him to make an agreement with an already corrupt political party in order to promote his goals to bring about a better world today. Bernie Sanders was not a democrat before he sought the nomination. He was one of a handful of remarkable leaders who have been elected to Congress on their own merits and not as a member of either the republican or democratic parties. See About Third Party candidates. The same integrity that caused Bernie to run is the same integrity which caused him to have to support Clinton after running as a democrat. This does not mean the passion for change that Bernie tapped into should stop or slow down. Indeed, Bernie’s forced submission to Hillary is proof that we need to soldier on against the two party tyranny which has destroyed the promise that once was … Continue Reading

CAN SANDERS SAVE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY?

CAN SANDERS SAVE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY? We need to end the two party political system. I believe the most effective way to do so is support Bernie Sanders and /or the nominee of the Libertarian party throughout the primaries. Libertarians and socialists forget that both seek the same benefits for the people; namely, the ability to exercise those personal liberties which are inherent in their humanity. Now obviously the two parties differ on how we achieve this goal, but that battle is best left for another day. The democratic and republican parties, on the other hand, represent oligarchies which want to suppress personal liberties to benefit the 1% and their own political agenda. Sanders is the exception and we know he is the real thing (not your typical politician) because of his history of integrity. So in my view supporting Sanders is not the same thing as supporting the existing democratic establishment. It is also consistent with supporting the best interests of America. If Sanders does not win the democratic nomination, those who do not subscribe to the “crony capitalism” of our present day two party system (i.e. the use of government regulation to promote special interests) should carefully consider their options. I, for one, do not believe (if Bernie loses) there is any hope that the democratic or republican parties (or the 1% they cater to) will ever appreciate that we, the people, are this nation’s greatest resource. If you agree then now is the time to let our … Continue Reading

“A nation conceived in liberty has become an empire dedicated to facilitating the debt of its people” April 17, 2015

For the past few days I have thought about the phrase “conceived in liberty”. At first I thought it might have been used in the Declaration of Independence. I checked out that document. It was not there. Then I thought the phrase might be part of the pledge of allegiance. I checked. It wasn’t there. Finally, I googled the phrase “conceived in liberty”. Turns out it was used by Abraham Lincoln in the first line of the Gettysburg Address. “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” In his next sentence Lincoln states: “Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.” Our country, so conceived and dedicated, survived the civil war. Unfortunately, it appears not to have survived the sociopaths in the Republican and Democratic parties, who continue to serve only the needs of those who can afford to make hefty campaign contributions. I went  to DePauw University, a small liberal arts college in Greencastle, Indiana from 1967 until 1971. I remember back then discussing in a classroom why liberty, without the economic resources to exercise it, was not freedom at all. The example which we discussed so many years ago was that a person’s right to travel was  meaningless if he could not afford to travel. While I mentally understood the … Continue Reading