Not ALWAYS a Libertarian…

October 17, 2008

I haven’t ALWAYS been a Libertarian.  I was a Republican when I grew up, as ALL young men learn politics from their fathers.  (Many of them promptly rebel, but that’s not really my point.)  I learned about the lying of politics early.  My father used to tell me that back in 1964, his more liberal friends would warn him, “Bob, if you vote for Barry Goldwater, we’ll be AT WAR in Viet Nam inside of three years!”  My dad DID vote for Goldwater in 1964, and sure enough, we were in a war in Viet Nam within 3 years!  Oh, the heady power of politics!

Four years later, I was taking an evening course at the Carl Sandberg Community College in Galesburg, IL, a class on introductory psychology, when the topic of “projection” came up.  We project, said that teacher, our own feelings and fears onto others, and assume that they are feeling much the way that WE OURSELVES are feeling now!  This was an epiphany!  Suddently, the world made a kind of bizarre sense; what we were going to do unto others, the “others” were thinking about doing it to us!

This explained a LOT.  Why is it so easy to cheat an honest man?  Because he is himself honest, and presumes that you are, too.  Why did honest men (in years gone by) leave their doors unlocked?  Because the honest man would not, left to himself, break in and steal stuff. Why is there no honor among thieves?  Because the thieves were always assuming that “they” were out to get him, and he was going to do the getting, FIRST.

Nations are merely collections of human beings, so nations behave much as lots of people behave, and worse. But we can often predict what people will do, based on the kind of people they are. And when we elect liars and thieves, we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that some of them continue their criminal ways.


The Paucity of Choices

October 17, 2008

There isn’t much to choose in the election which is coming up in just … 18? … days.  The two major candidates are the Democrat, John McCain, and the Communist, Barry Obama.  Notable amoung the 3rd-party candidates is the Republican, Bob Barr. No Libertarian seems to have made the ballot this time, which is a shame;  we could sure use one!  Many people displayed Ron Paul signs; far more, I think, than the number of actual Ron Paul voters. I voted for Paul for President, once, in 1984? 1988? Whenever it was, a long time ago.

Politics is a strange business.  Ronald Reagan was once a Democrat; then he was a Republican.  Reagan once wrote that he hadn’t left the Democrat party, the Democrat party had left HIM.  The same trend continues today.

Today, John McCain calls himself a Republican, but based on his voting patterns, he’s more Democrat than Republican.  Obama calls himself a Democrat, but he’s a Socialist at best, and more probably an actual Communist.

I’ve been saying and writing this for 28 years, so it’s time to get it down in print.   When Reagan was running in 1980, one of his opponents was George Herbert Walker Bush.  About Reagan’s economic plans, Bush said “Voodoo economics”.  I knew then, and have believed ever since, that CIA Director Bush was actually a deep-penetration mole from the far left, sent to destroy the Republican Party.

“Read My Lips!”, Bush pere said, “No New Taxes!” He lied about that, of course; polticians like about a LOT of things.  But he was voted out for a more conservative candidate, the infamous Bill Clinton. But in 2000, like father, like son, comes Bush fils to fulfil his father’s destiny.

And now, in what might be the most corrupt national election since RIchard Daley stole the 1960 Presidential election and gave it to the bootlegger’s son, we have the entire Communist party… excuse me, DEMOCRAT party, coming to finish off the America that I grew up in.

I’m stepping up to lend one tiny, tinny, voice to the chorus which will document either the final expiration of the American Experiment, or help in some tiny way to rekindle the spark of liberty from the ashes of the last 50 years.

I am …. The Cranky Libertarian.  I’m not a particularly good Libertarian, nor a consistent one, but my meager efforts toward promoting the cause of liberty and freedom will, I hope, give some comfort to the vast majority of comfortable Americans who don’t care much about politics until it really affects them personally.  And I have a feeling that all of us are going to start noticing how politics is impacting our lives more and more, day by day.