Sick of Justin Amash

Let me preface this by saying he almost always voted the way a libertarian would want him to in Congress. If the entire Congress voted as he did during his tenure, we’d be in a much better place from my perspective. The Empire would have ended, all troops would have come home, the budget would have shrunk down to a tiny fraction of where it is now, the police state would have been greatly curtailed, and the Federal Reserve would have at least been audited.

But I just can’t get behind the guy as the standard-bearer of the Libertarian Party. I think it would be a disaster if he was the presidential nominee in 2024. He seems determined to alienate every person who doesn’t despise Trump as much as he does. He’s basically writing off tens of millions of Americans who currently hate the federal government as crazy idiots or worse, rather than trying to recruit them to libertarianism.

He’s really an uninspiring politician. He gives boring answers to questions that sound like he just finished reading some Reason Magazine article to the subjects at hand. While he’s against the lockdowns, he rarely talks about them. As best I can tell his vision of the LP is to reach out to the Paul Ryan wing of the Republican party. The old “socially liberal economically conservative” nonsense. Not happy with Trumpism but still hate the Democrats? Join Justin in the more moderate Libertarian Party. I hate to break it to him, but those guys aren’t giving up on the GOP just yet.

Could Justin Amash get more votes than Gary Johnson in 2016? Maybe. Depends on what the GOP does between now and then I guess.

Will he inspire anyone? Will he use any of the energy currently growing inside the LP among the more radical elements to actually spread a message of Liberty? I seriously doubt it.

The Left always wins

Because they have people in power that defend them no matter what.

A Leftist can try to massacre a group of Republicans and Democrats will call for more gun control.

Leftists can riot, loot, and burn private businesses for months on end and Democrats will claim they were “peaceful.

But when right winters dare enter the Holy Temple of Democracy while the Democrats are in the process of coronating their new Emperor, well most Republicans (and most “respectable” Libertarians) can’t wait to issue statements condemning the violence and throwing their own supporters to the wolves. You hear barely a peep about the coming crackdowns on dissent. They’re more scared of being the next target of a Leftist 2 Minute Hate than they are of the actual authoritarianism being implemented right in front of their faces.

Here are the cold heart facts about our politicians and their hangers-on in the media and think tanks.

  1. Most Democrats care only about power and are fine with being hypocritical. They simply don’t care. They will throw their hypocrisy in your face and laugh.
  2. Most Republicans care more about being perceived as “fair-minded” than about actually stopping progressive politics from being forced on their voters. They condemned BLM riots so they have to immediately condemn anything bad MAGA does. This plays right into the Left’s hands because they can paint all opposition as Nazis or white supremacists and sit back while all Republicans can do is condemn those same people in slightly less harsh tones.
  3. Most Republicans hate their own voters. They got into politics for their own personal aggrandizement and because of where they were born or who their parents were the GOP opened up more opportunities for advancement than the Democrats. That’s the only reason they’re Republicans in the first place. They don’t give a shit about the actual working-class Americans that make up their base.

Are all riots equal?

I have a hard time wrapping my head around someone who claims to be libertarian and gets outraged at citizens storming the capitol building while excusing or downplaying rioters burning and looting businesses.

I don’t condone violence and I think what happened yesterday in Washington is likely to be counterproductive toward any advance of liberty in this country. However, if you are upset with the State (which is aggressive by its very nature), it’s at least “less bad” morally to attack a State facility than it is to burn down a restaurant or gas station. You’re going after the actual aggressor not just lashing out at innocent bystanders.

Let’s also not forget that while they invaded “the People’s House” and disrupted a session of Congress, they did very little damage and the only person killed was one of the unarmed MAGA protesters who was shot by a police officer. So the selective outrage over this particular “violence” is somewhat hypocritical, to say the least after what we saw over the summer in cities around the country.

And I certainly don’t feel bad for the Congressmen and their staffers who were scared, poor babies. 99% of them are evil sociopaths who routinely vote to condone violence and tyranny around the world. They deserve a little discomfort. I feel much more sympathy for a small business owner who saw his life’s work go up in flames.

Backlash against tyranny

I’m not exactly trying to justify the storming of the Capitol Building because I think it’s counterproductive and I don’t actually support it. The State will use it to further punish dissent.

But it’s worth understanding why it happened.

The number one issue is the lockdowns. In their never-ending lust for power, the ruling elite in this country has stripped millions of people of their livelihoods, their friends, their extended families, and any other outlet to focus their energy on (sports, entertainment, church, etc.) People have become isolated and super focused on politics. Many in DC right now probably think they have nothing to lose and (mistakenly) believe Trump is their only hope. All this to unsuccessfully fight a disease that mainly affects the sick and elderly. Some kind of blowback from this disastrous policy was inevitable.

People have lost faith in our elections. In the name of fighting COVID most states completely overhauled the way their citizens can vote. Millions of more ballots were cast than ever before, most through the mail. This was ripe for abuse and fraud and half the country, rightly or wrongly believe this election was stolen.

The Deep State has been trying to undermine Trump since before his inauguration. They accused him of being a Russian agent based on lies, locked up many of his trusted allies, and even impeached him for a phone call where he asked for an investigation of someone who was already being investigated. His supporters obviously don’t feel their choice for President was ever given an opportunity to govern.

The Media, Democrat party (or do I repeat myself) and Hollywood has spent the last 5 years telling half the country that they’re stupid, racist, deplorables because they didn’t support the policies preferred by our ruling class. Not exactly a message intended to bring unity.

And finally, the Media, Democrats, and Hollywood all celebrated left-wing violence throughout the summer in the name of fighting racism. They shamed and in some cases prosecuted people who tried to protect themselves. If you support one mob, don’t be surprised when another mob forms to fight back.

Chaos at the Capitol

I have to admit I enjoyed seeing ordinary people storming the Capitol Building at least to some extent. The regime in DC is evil and doesn’t deserve our respect, devotion, admiration, and certainly not our tax dollars.

But I have a hard time getting behind these Trump supporters for the simple fact that I don’t support Trump. I mean that’s really their end goal is to just have Trump remain president. He was president for all of 2020 and yet we still saw a new level of totalitarianism I never thought possible in the USA. He was powerless to stop it and even helped encourage it at the start.

It’s also not going to work. It’s not like because they interrupted some constitutional procedure that the entire Federal Government is just going to let Trump remain in office. Even if they did cheat, some people rampaging through their “hallowed chambers” isn’t going to make them admit it.

No, instead all this will do is give our overlords an excuse to crack down even harder on any future protests and lock up any dissidents who played any role in this. That won’t be good for anyone except the tyrants.

Overcounting COVID deaths?

Something seems to have shifted in October where COVID deaths began matching “excess” deaths almost exactly. Previously Excess deaths were much higher than the COVID death counts.

So what could account for this?

  1. Lockdowns were loosened enough to stop causing excess deaths beyond COVID. People stopped being afraid to go to the doctor. Less suicides and drug overdoses. Less social isolation. Etc.
  2. They were previously undercounting COVID deaths and now they’re not.
  3. They’re overcounting COVID deaths.

The early trend for late November into December is that there are far more COVID deaths than Excess Deaths. It remains to be seen whether it truly plays out that way. There is a painfully long lag on the data. But assuming it does, what are the possibilities for that?

  1. Deaths would have been below average if not for COVID. This is possible and at some point, deaths will probably drop below average since many of the sick and elderly people who would have died in 2021, died in 2020 due to COVID.
  2. All the restrictions in place to fight COVID are lowering the deaths due to other causes. Although why wasn’t that happening before now?
  3. They’re overcounting COVID deaths.

Kamala is a serial liar

Her latest tall tale plagiarizes a story told by MLK about a baby yelling “FWEEDOM” at a Civil Rights Rally. He was talking about a girl he saw in Birmingham, while Kamala’s fantasy took place in Oakland.

This is on top of these other obvious lies:

She claims her family celebrated Kwanzaa as a child. Kwanzaa didn’t even exist when she was born, but supposedly her Indian mother enthusiastically celebrated the holiday up in Montreal, Canada shortly after it was invented by American black separatists.

She called Joe Biden a racist in the Democratic primary. Since she became his running mate she either lied during the Democrat debates (which she now claims) or she’s lying that she doesn’t think he’s racist now and just wants to be his Vice President anyway.

She lied about which rappers she listened to in college just to sound cool.

She claimed her nephew was crying on the night she won election to the Senate because he was so upset over Trump’s victory. There’s no evidence either way on this, but this was a typical ploy of Leftist authors during the Trump years about how their “children” were so upset at Trump or racism or something. Seems almost certain that her ghostwriter used this cheap phony antecdote the way NY Times opinion writers do.

These were just ones I thought of off the top of my head and did a quick internet search to link to. I’m sure there are others and she’ll give us new ones each time she opens her deranged cackling mouth.

Should be fun to watch.

Democrats are the new conservatives

Think about it. Their president is 78 and has been in government since the Vietnam era. Their Speaker of the House is even older. They’re on the same side as the entire establishment media and every major corporation on every single issue. They support the American Empire and want the US military to be able to intervene in any conflict anywhere on the planet. They accuse their political enemies of being Russian agents. They love the status quo on everything and get wildly offended if you question any of the current cultural orthodoxies. They want to continue the policy of mass subsidized immigration.

And look at people that are supposed “conservatives”. Do they really want to conserve anything going on right now? They want less spending. Spending hasn’t declined in the lifetime of any living person. They’re against foreign aid and overseas aggressive wars. The US has been increasing foreign aid and waging aggressive wars since World War II. They want friendly relations with Russia. They hate the current culture and want to radically alter it. They want less immigration. Immigration has been increasing for the last 50 years.

Trump’s legacy

It sucks. Here were his big 3 issues:

Less immigration: He did nothing to limit it in any significant way. If it does slow down it will be because governors have destroyed the economies of the states most attractive to immigrants. It won’t be because of anything Trump did.

Trade war with China. It doesn’t matter what tariffs or other policies that were, or were not implemented. China seems to be open for business and has moved on from COVID. Meanwhile, trump allowed Fauci to convince local politicians to implement policies in the USA which have shut down much of the economy. China is in a much stronger position relative to the US than it was when Trump assumed office.

Ending the wars. He hasn’t ended any. Troops are still in all the countries they were in when he was inaugurated.

So basically it was a disaster. He allowed his political enemies to institute totalitarianism on a level never before seen in the USA while not following through on any of his campaign promises. He also killed even the idea of fiscal responsibility once and for all. We now have unlimited spending/inflation as the standard operating procedure of government.

Were there any positives? Yes.

He exposed the media for the propagandists they are. Half the country refuses to believe anything they say and that’s a good thing.

He refused to escalate the situation in Syria and avoided a large war that would have involved Russia and Iran.

He convinced the right in this country to be antiwar. Let’s hope that lasts.

Is there anything he can do over the last few weeks to make his legacy slightly better? Yes.

Pardon Snowden and Assange. Pull all troops out of Afghanistan.

Will he do anything over the last few weeks that make his legacy slightly better? Not likely.