Crony Capitalism: Hemp is cannabis is marijuana… Why?

CRONY CAPITALISM: Hemp is cannabis is marijuana… Why?     As some of you know I am running for representative in Washington’s Congressional District 1. I was asked by a constituent to explain my position on cannabis. I did so and posted it online. I stated that I believed hemp aka cannabis had been inappropriately criminalized by our nation’s system of crony capitalism in order to benefit the cotton/fiber industry and DuPont’s then new petroleum-plastics industry. Someone commented “this person thinks hemp is cannabis.” I smiled inside because how that came to be true for legal purposes is something all libertarians should contemplate when we think about what a “free market” which will sustain liberty will look like. The person who made the comment apparently didn’t know that industrial hemp and cannabis come from the same plant, see Wikipedia or that the Controlled Substances Act defines the term “marihuana” to mean: all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or resin. Such term does not include the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination. I don’t think the person, who I think … Continue Reading

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

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