May 4, 2016 by JImbo
I’m tired of the #NeverTrump and the #NeverHillary crap. Enough already. We get it. You’re upset, scared and angry.
However, you solve nothing by being AGAINST something. Instead, you must stand FOR something. How does that country song go?
I refuse to vote for the “better” bully. No sir. I can’t do it.
Wrong is wrong.
Right is right.
It’s not about Trump or Clinton.
It’s about my own conscience.
I refuse to vote for the “lesser of two evils.”
Did we not learn from McCain, Romney and Boehner?
So, with Ted Cruz out I’m going 100% behind the Libertarian Party: The Party of the US Constitution.
Google it like millions of folks did last night.
There are three folks running.
1-Austin Petersen (Young farmer from Missouri, small businessman, worked at Freedomworks)
2-Gary Johnson (Former Governor of New Mexico, small businessman, ran for President in 2008/2012)
3-John McAfee (Yes, that computer virus guy…that McAfee. Not so small business guy.)
Do your research and pick one.
Any of them is better than what we have now.
They are all strongly CONSTITUTIONAL guys, unaffiliated with Washington and the Establishment…unlike Trump and Clinton.
The convention is May 27th. We will have one of the after that as the nominee in any case.
I know, then comes the $100,000 question.
“Why should I?”
The prevailing fearmongering theory going around for people to answer is:
“If I don’t vote for Trump, Hillary will win! So, I can’t vote for a Libertarian! It will be a thrown away vote!”
Let me sum up the response to this simply:
There are three strong cases to be made for why this is bullcrap.
a) Donald Trump is Hillary labeled as a Republican…a RINO. They share the same friends, same ideals, and attend the same parties.
Not only that, both of them are good friends with John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. They take money from George Soros. They golf together. They party together. They go on vacations together.
They are virtually the SAME.
If one “has” to win, then Hillary is better because she is obviously a Democrat whereas Trump will destroy from the inside (as they share most of the same beliefs.)
Hillary will be stopped by deadlock.
Trump will get Hillary’s plans through by pretending to be a Conservative. He will use the Establishment Republicans as John Boehner did as a vehicle to please the Democrats while playing “our pal.”
As such he is a MUCH worse threat.
Of course he is still BEHIND Clinton in the polls so he might not get that far to begin with…
Trump has lost 50 of 56 polls vs Clinton.
He’s underwater about 7 points consistently for the last year.
However, even if you “win”with Trump, you still LOSE.
b) It’s not a wasted vote if you accomplish something. If the LP gets 5% of the votes, it gets $10 million in matching funds and ballot access equal to the Dems and Reps. It becomes a valid third party for NEXT election.
That is a HUGE, unprecedented change. In some states like NY, if you are a Republican a vote for Trump is a “lost vote” since the Democrats outnumber you enough to not matter anyway.
Tell them THEY are wasting THEIR vote!
c) The Libertarian Party draws from BOTH parties. It is simply an error to assume that ONLY Republicans will be drawn to it. It’s a false argument that has no data to back it up…just fear.
Fear is a powerful force.
So is anger.
Both are strong motivators in this election cycle for many candidates.
Fear of Progressives. Anger at Democrats. “Socialist Control Freaks”
Fear of Conservatives. Anger at Republicans. “Wall St Villains”
In this case, fear of the lesser “evil” is unjustified. Trump is AS bad or WORSE than Clinton. So, what is there to truly fear?
Having fear and anger is natural. Simply not having it would make you a robot. Channeling it towards the GOOD is what makes for bravery.
There is no bravery without fear.
There is no progress without risk.
I could quote FDR about “fear” here, but I can’t stand Progressives and frankly the evidence is that he extended the Depression, not ended it so he would be a villain by modern standards, not a hero.
So, instead I’ll instead cite American hero Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry.
The Americans on Lake Erie in the War of 1812 were outgunned and outranged by the British ships. The British captain was a battle scarred veteran. They had better supplies and resources. Even the weather was against them, frustrating the attack by the sailing ships.
However, Commodore Perry chose to attack anyway. His ship was named the USS Lawrence and carried the flag emblazoned with the words of his friend Captain James Lawrence who was killed 3 months previously.
“DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP!”
The Americans tacked into the wind, swung around and used a change in the weather to their advantage. They moved quickly against the slower, bigger British ships and dodged their fire.
The USS Lawrence surged forward as the slower ships fell back. It took the brunt of the enemy fire, the biggest target in the British sights. It traded fire with much of the British fleet, ending up a burning hulk. Commodore Perry fled her with his crew in the life boats.
However, the USS Lawrence had raked the British too and there were many casualties. Most of the key leadership on the British ships had exposed themselves to fire and been taken out. Lieutenants were trying to patch them up and put them back into action.
Commodore Perry rowed to the USS Niagara, the second largest American ship and sent the signal for the slower American ships to hurry up. At this point the wind picke up BEHIND the Americans and they rushed towards the British, who were now stalled by the sudden shift in the weather.
The British ships were confused and scattered by inexperience, weather and low morale. Perry rushed forward in the USS Niagara with the unscathed American ships behind him, splitting the British force in two. The British struggled to respond as the USS Niagara and companions soared between them, blazing fire from BOTH sides into the slow, unmaneuverable British ships.
Soon, the British ships gave up one by one.
The battle was over.
Scrawled in pencil on the back of an old envelope, Perry wrote,
We have met the enemy and they are ours. Two ships, two brigs, one schooner and one sloop.
Yours with great respect and esteem, O.H. Perry”.
The Battle of Lake Erie proved one of the most resounding triumphs of the War of 1812. The victory secured control of the lake, forcing the British to abandon Fort Malden and retreat up the Thames River. Harrison’s army pursued, decisively defeating the small British army and its allied Indian force on October 5, 1813 at the Battle of the Thames. And later, during the peace talks, the dual victories of Lake Erie and the Thames insured that the states of Ohio and Michigan would remain the sovereign territory of the United States of America.
Americans have a history of bravery in “hopeless” battles. The Alamo, Bastogne, Chosin, Khe Sanh, etc. We have only needed two things to bring us through. Faith in ourselves and our cause; and knowing the face of our enemy.
If you lose while fighting for your freedom, then you win. If you win while fighting for chains, then you lose. It’s about Principles for me, not a Person or a Party.
We now know who Trump and Clinton are. That will become even more apparent in the coming months. There will be a place for a third option for the millions of disillusioned and disenfranchised voters.
Whoever sticks to the US Constitution has my vote.
Don’t let Fear or Anger consume you.
Choose Faith and Hope.
Don’t give up the ship.
Meet the enemy head on.
The wind is a fickle thing and could soon be at your back.