Donald Trump’s Despotic behavior, and how it will impact libertarians like this Independent Voter

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Mr Garrison as Donald Trump in South Park.

Now that the Donald is our president, I will make predictions for America and for Liberty.

No, I did not bother watching the inauguration myself, I just read this linked article about it instead. As you may be able to tell from the excerpt, I have backed three different people against him over the course of the 2016 race for the White House.

First came Marco Rubio whose views I shared 78% of, then Austin Petersen who shares 95% of my views, and lastly Evan McMullin who shared about 82% of my views; all of this according to the site I discovered them through: iSideWith.

What Will a President Trump mean for the United States?

As far as I can tell there are good aspects and then there are bad aspects, but seeing as I am an optimist I would like to address what I see as negatives first and then dig into what I see as positives.

Negatives:

  1. I can see the Donald’s use of tariffs costing us enormous outputs we have never had to give up under most of presidents 1 through 44 in turning profits from exports into new small businesses with 10 to 500 jobs each.
  2. I can see the Donald’s building of a border wall and deportation of 11 million non-citizen residents will damage the economy by massively reducing employment in low paying, somewhat outdated Industrial Age jobs.
  3. I can see Trump’s aspiration to ‘briefly’ ban non-citizen Muslims from entering or exiting the nation doing irreversible annihilation to the First Amendment
  4. I can see Trump’s desire about bringing back Draft being the death of absolutely all morality and all honor that took the US military 24 decades to build for itself.
  5. I can see Trump’s wishes to overturn the Summer 2015 Gay Marriage ruling defeating any purpose of myself or other libertarians calling for marriage privatization.

Positives:

  1. For every new regulation that gets proposed by the Congress, two old ones will have to go; this I predict will bring about tremendous economic growth!
  2. Constitutional Amendment to get mandate Term limits to Congress; this I know will deter corruption much better than the relevant Articles and Sections to this topic have with their House and Senate limits of ten years and six years respectively
  3. The fee for hiring of new federal employees and refusal to apply them to public safety guys and military guys will get rid of many not-needed bureaucracy.

What will a president Trump mean for the libertarian philosophy?

By this, I am referring not to the Libertarian Party that was set up in 1971 but rather to the libertarian philosophy that this nation was founded on in 1776. Libertarianism is not a party to me but rather it is an ideology, and of course now we can speak of what can potentially happen because of the presidency of Trump.

Of course in the United States the Libertarian Party from 1971 obsesses on trivial crimes by the US federal government instead of severe crimes by Sharia based governments in the GME. Not to mention, the LP is in general obsessed on the disproven mythological fiction that the US federal government as the only source possible of tyranny, and ignores any form of tyranny that does not come from US government.

Therefore the Libertarian Party can only get 400,000 libertarian voters out of the 15 million there are in this nation to register to vote as capital-L Libertarians. In other words, the refusal of the LP to recognize America is at least one of the best behaved societies on Earth along with a few better behaved ones, and their refusal to give the US military any credit for any of its heroism, is most of why 97% of America’s libertarians boycott the Libertarian Party.

However, there’s plenty of Pro-US-military, Pro-America & Pro-Empire-of-Liberty libertarian Small-Ls like Mike Lee, Dana Rohrabacher, Jeff Duncan, Scott Perry, Louie Gohmert, Mike Enzi, Ted Cruz (believe it or not), Mo Brooks, Scott DesJarlais, and Scott Garrett. There are others I can list based on Liberty Index scores between 90 and 100 paired with their views of American exceptionalism, Military expansion, and Foreign involvements as recorded at OnTheIssues.org.

What all of these and various others outside of government have in common is that Donald Trump will terrorize them out of the Republican Party to be as tyrannical and animalistic as he possibly can about his new position of power.

The result, I predict, will be that of the 97% of American libertarians (97% of 40 million = 38.8 million), the 39% (meaning 15.6 million) who generally support a Pro-Defense, Pro-America and Empire-of-Liberty foreign policy will all come along dumping themselves either into the American Capitalist Party, or into a third party of their own creation. Currently the Capitalist Party has so few members it’s probably a two digit number somewhere in this nation, but imagine 15.6 million like-minded people of different religious affiliations and such dumping into the CP? Or a totally new third party?

Closing Words

Thanks everyone for reading this post! Yes, I am predicting a mix of good and bad under the Donald.

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A Reflection on the 2016 Presidential Candidates I Know About, And What Their Tax Plans Would’ve Done To Me

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No worries these two are not the only parties I will be comparing. I will look into the top two LP candidates Austin Petersen and Gary Johnson as well.

Suppose one of the other Republican or Democrat or Libertarian Party Candidates were 45th president…?

Comparing the 2016 Presidential Tax Reform Ideas, I would have to say that most of the GOP options and either of the LP options would have been a better 45th than Trump.

And I can say that as someone who makes roughly $12k per year, the very first thing I notice between the two major parties is a majority of the GOP hopefuls would have been a better 45th than Trump for GOP nominee.

But before this let’s look at what I am predicting will be how Trump changes my tax burden. I am predicting Trump’s tax plan will reduce my federal income tax burden from $2k per year down to $1.5k per year, meaning I will save about $500 annually. Now let’s move on to what the alternatives would have been all like… singling out ordinary individual income, the only income I currently make off my activity in the economy TBH. However I am going to single out the three candidates I have supported, two of which I have to pull from their official sites; Marco Rubio, Austin Petersen and Evan McMullin.

Under Marco’s Tax Plan

Marco Rubio would have reduced income brackets to there only being three of them; 15% and 25% and 35%, meaning I would be in the category wherein my tax burden remained unchanged. This is why I do not agree with Marco on taxes, because what I think we need is a flat tax model in place of current wildly complex tax code.

Under Austin’s Tax Plan

Austin Petersen seemed to be willing to carry on the Rand Paul tax plan of taxing all American incomes 15% equally and raising standard deduction to $15,000 meaning a difference of $9000 for standard deduction, subtracting my current 15% tax burden I would be saving $7.2k every year whether it was Austin Petersen propping this up or Rand Paul. I know both of these were bent on demolishing current tax code and starting over again and I am totally with both there!

Under Evan’s Tax Plan

Evan McMullin had a somewhat better tax plan than Rubio but not nearly as good as Petersen, I believe. He wanted to impose a new tax plan that would only differ from Trump’s by making 33% the highest of three rates rather than 28%.

Who Had the Best?

Assuming that he wanted to import the Rand Paul tax plan into his LP nomination run, Austin gets my nod for best plan of these three (or these four if you factor in the Donald), entirely because whichever of the two got up to implementing it, either way the fiscal benefits would be spectacular.

The 15% flat tax with $15k/yr standard deduction hybrid reform would have been poised to grow the $18 trillion size of America’s economy by 13%, meaning grow it to $20 trillion by creating 4,300,000 new jobs. The downside of the ‘Rand or Austin’ tax plan as I call it is it would add $1 trillion to the national debt, but $750 billion of debt would be avoided by the job creating. But compared to what other adds are going to be, or would have been, made to the national debt by others’ tax plans; the Rand or Austin plan is the least harmful.

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US Military Security Needed At The Inauguration of Donald Trump!?

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Homeland Security manager Jeh Johnson explains why the US military may need to be a part of Inaugural security on January Twentieth.

From seventy eight hundred National Guard soldiers to tens of thousands of town police department members!

Sounds to me like Homeland Security Department manager Johnson (speaking into mic above) is going to have to recruit some US military personnel! Not just a few thousand US Army, but rather many thousands of US National Guards, along with various police officers, legions of cement armored trucks and a national population’s worth of other security entities.

Are We The People, of the United States of America, really this damning crazy and hellishly evil in the heads that we need the director of the HSD to use American military might to protect us from ourselves!? Or is this just some very specific barbarians on the Far Left that this guess applies to with an indubitable Yes answer?

Where was I in the 2016 Election Cycle?

I must admit… while I have managed to stay civilized and stay culturally American in my behavior, I have been dismayed at the progress of Trump in three ways.

First came my switching over from the Libertarian Party to the Republican Party in middle 2015 because I took the iSideWith quiz and at the time came out with the LP as number one party match at 88%. As for candidate match, a Florida Senator who loves the Digital Economy and understands the world around America as much as I do, called Marco Rubio, was number one candidate match at 78% and Trump and Clinton both near rock bottom. And then I saw the ‘people’ of Florida voting for Donald Trump instead of this Senatorial promoter of free enterprise in Digital Economy context, the very kind of free enterprise promotion that libertarians like me need to do! But no, Marco is not a libertarian but rather a Center-Right conservative human being.

Then in February and March of 2016 I revisited iSideWith and it told me about another candidate in the LP that was exactly as articulate with similar but different principles in comparison and contrast to Marco Rubio. This LP alternative was of course Austin Petersen, who I can relate to 98% politically, so I directly endorsed him via Gmail and when he thanked me and asked for a phone number I instantly gave him my personal phone number. But when it came for the Libertarian Party primary, I thought there was no Connecticut state ballot access on April 26th for the Libertarian Party. If I had known about the ballot access it would have been because I directly asked the Cheshire CT handler of voter registrations, and then went to go vote for Austin Petersen. Sadly the LP delegates chose a complete hypocrite over this incredibly intellectually advanced Austin Petersen nomination candidate.

Lastly I went to backing and endorsing Evan McMullin, an Independent candidate who came off to me as more of a Pro-Defense Pro-America libertarian (with tiny conservative leanings), than as any kind of conservative that he was marketing himself as.

But when I noticed that Gary Johnson (the complete hypocrite on Liberty Movement principles) was going to be my most politically relatable option, I very reluctantly voted for this stoner and watched him get his ticket Trumped by the Donald.

What barbarians do I speak of?

Many people on the Far Left, the Anti-liberals who I am absolutely done with seeing referred to as “Liberals“, are irreversibly convinced that moral good has nothing to do with physical behavior and everything to do with political opinion. Reality is that empathy confirms exactly the opposite; which is that moral good has nothing to do with opinions in any topic whether the topic is politics, Middle-earth, dinosaurs, sports, or whatever else; and everything to do with physical actions.

These backward primitives are the people I can easily guess to try to launch the most barbaric siege attack they can on the ceremony we are discussing here, but I hope I’m fully wrong about this. As an atheist, I personally hope to the attendees of the inauguration and to the inaugural security that the security will not need to open fire on anyone.

Okay, I think I am done with this assessment. Thanks everyone and please buy a subscription which is only $1.75 per month!

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Socialists Confuse The Distinction Between Libertarian And Anarchist.

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“Okay, why exactly are these trolls calling us Anarchists!?”

Libertarians differ from Anarchists by favoring very minimalist amounts of government, regulation and taxes.

But that is not the only way. There are plenty of ways, looking at the histories of anarchism vs libertarianism, that libertarian and anarchist are in fact not synonyms.

Anarcho-Capitalism, for example, is not a form of libertarianism but rather a form of anarchism. And this is the one thing I as a neolibertarian heavily disparage this article, that I otherwise love, on. It’s author even takes what should not be called ‘libertarian socialism’ at all and calls it that anyway. Instead we ought to call that ideology left-wing anarchism, just as Anarcho-Capitalist is right-wing anarchism. But on to the differences!

1. Just Because We Want A Minimalistic Republic does NOT mean we don’t want government.

This is the very first heinously false piece of info that socialism and progressivism are total addicts to spitting out about libertarians. The very first way these two confuse us with anarchists is they claim we don’t want any level of government at all.

Just because we are skeptical of the government’s ability to do anything beyond defending human beings’ lives, liberties and properties does not mean we want to abolish or even privatize the entire government. Rather, we want to stringently limit government to abiding by a clear set of classically liberal, SMALL-D democratic principles. And we libertarians call this kind of documentation of supreme law of the land a ‘Constitution’.

We the Libertarians differ from They the Anarchists in that we actually want a Western-cultured, Freedom-defending Secular Humanist Democracy. One that is required to stay Western, Permissive, Secular, and Democratic by a constitution.

Which is why the only legit ‘ism’ to lay onto is Libertarians is “Constitutionalist”. Not Anarchist, only constitutionalist. See the definition here.

2. Just Because we want people to be so free that initial aggressor force, fraud and theft are the only illegal moves does not mean we don’t want any regulation at all.

Here is heinously false piece of info number two. Libertarians do not want to abolish all regulation of anything. Totally a wrong claim, the factually honest claim is to say we want to limit government power and regulation to just what’s necessary to deter force, fraud and theft. For example, the regulation we want imposed on force goes something like this.

  • In a Digital-Age Western Democracy, force can only be justified when used to defend oneself or others from initial aggressor force.

Furthermore, when fellow libertarians and I say “theft” on this list of things worth banning, we really mean Property Crimes in general.

3. Just Because we want low taxes and to limit government budgets to just deterring fraud, force & theft does not mean we don’t want society to have any other societal functions.

Perhaps the best-known confusion between libertarian and anarchist made by progressivism is this third one right here. The fact that we want taxation to be at low rates and to match or outweigh spending. And the fact that we want spending to only be on programs that are specifically for protecting life, liberty and property from fraud, force and theft. Neither of these translates to hatred of other societal functions.

For example, neolibertarians like me believe that national government should stick stringently to defending life, liberty and pursuit of happiness from force, fraud and theft on a foreign policy level. And also that all domestic protection of these three rights from those three wrongs should be done by state and local governments. Lastly, we agree with the other schools of actual libertarianism on letting all other societal functions be handled by private forces. By this we mean individual humans, small businesses, organized religions, secular morality clubs, political activist clubs, other kinds of mutual thought & action clubs, and of course volunteer charities. Even private schools like that Quinnipiac University thing that is conveniently located one town south of me (I’m in Cheshire CT, QU is in Hamden, CT) are examples of private entities that can provide high quality education.

Conclusion

This is all I can really name, at least all the biggest. Thank you all for reading this my readers,

~LDA

US Millennials: A Neolibertarian People?

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As millennials are today’s adults, I think I’ll point out the Founders of America were Young Adults.

Roughly Six in Ten Millennials Seem to fall right in line with Pro-American, Pro-Defense Libertarianism.

Two years ago, Reason Magazine and Cato Institute did polling opinion of American Millennials in regard to respectively domestic policy and foreign policy. But first let me address the title choice, specifically a word in the title.

So there is this term in the title ‘neolibertarian’, but what does it even mean? Well, allow me to explain.

A neolibertarian is a Moderate Independent who endorses greater economic freedom; meaning low taxes, minimal regulation of commerce, and rule of the world by free trade; and greater personal liberty; meaning no nanny laws, no exceptions to the US Bill of Rights, and the only blanket-ban in place being a ban on violating real people in real life.

However, neolibertarianism leans much closer to reality than mainstream libertarianism leans. Specifically, the neolibertarian judgement of America is to espouse a hyper-critical, but hyper-loving, basically ‘tough love‘ for America as a nation.

Not only this, but also neolibertarian sentiment differs from mainstream libertarian sentiment on foreign policy. While neolibertarians agree with mainstream libertarianism on free trade and free migration; they call for the US military to stay Earth’s strongest military, advocate a balance of using ‘soft power’ and using ‘hard power’ overseas, support humanitarian interventionism, and will always side with Israel regarding the Arab-Israeli war of 1948 to now.

Majority Opinions held by US Millennials

Polling data from all three sources I linked to, and including also data from Pew Research Center, confirms that majority sentiment among US Millennials can be most accurately branded ‘neolibertarian’. Unsurprising, as millennials want big cuts to government power economically and even bigger power cuts culturally, while mostly loving the US and mostly walking the same fine middle ground between neocons and mainstream libertarianism that neolibertarians live to walk. So let’s get to the numbers.

Cultural Policy

An average of Seven in Ten millennials, based on numbers from Reason; favor legalizing online gambling, allowing the recent hobby of vaping to replace the addiction to smoking without government laws, permitting women to wear revealing clothing in public, and letting chefs sell their food via food trucks.

Economic Policy

Reason Magazine numbering confirms that 57% of American millennials want profits and wages to be based on work ethic and not on any opinion on income inequality. Also there is the fact that 64% of millennials prefer free markets over government management of the economy.

American Pride

While it may be true that Seven in Ten millennials believe America has shameful flaws worth apologizing for and fixing, it’s equally true that EIGHT in ten still love the US more than any other nation on Earth.

Foreign Policy

Cato Institute’s particular findings are that two-thirds of my generation (yep, I’m a millennial) endorses use of military force to disrupt or preempt a genocide, which is what humanitarian intervention is. They also find that the two most popular forms of interventionism among millennials are ‘high cooperation, high force’ (30%) and ‘low cooperation, low force’ (also 30%). Furthermore, Pew Research Center finds that significantly more millennials in America side with Israel (43%) than with the Arab League (27%). However, I am having a hard time finding exact numbers for my generation on defense spending so I am forced to apply full population stats to just my generation. This means that I suspect (based on available stats) that 40% of millennials are satisfied with current defense spending, 35% want it to go up and 24% want it to go down. This means three in four millennials oppose defense spending cuts.

Conclusion

I seem to be seeing an intellectual obligation to answer the titular question with the following word: Mostly. Thank you for reading this, says the neolibertarian and millennial that I know I am,

~LDA

A Libertarian Case For Loving, And Wanting To Improve, America

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I absolutely adore my country, that’s why I want to make the free society it is drastically freer. That’s also why I want to do this WordPress diary entry today.

America is a monstrously beautiful country, but I think it could be a lot more beautiful than it is.

The United States of America has severe flaws that need to be addressed pragmatically, I agree. But every libertarian should keep that in mind while still cherishing America as the most lively, most liberating, and most optimistic society on Earth.

Which means it gets me medically ill hearing anyone acting like the United States is such a terrible society. Whether it’s mainstream libertarians like Ron Paul and Gary Johnson or it’s left-wing people of any political philosophy.

[1] America Was Bred By Libertarians

Yes, indeed. The Founding Fathers were libertarians in the context of people who want a free society to exist as a constitutional republic.

One of them, Thomas Jefferson, wrote the US Declaration of Independence to assert that the entire human species has individual freedoms of life, liberty, property and happiness. Another, James Madison, wrote the US Constitution and the US Bill of Rights to be a blueprint for future free societies like 19th century Britain and 1920’s Ireland and 1950’s Israel to model themselves on.

Thomas Paine, another US Founder, wrote the 1776 book “Common Sense”, and in one of the pages spoke of free societies being inherently drastically more interested in peace than tyrannies.

[2] America Sits Very High In Basically Everything Libertarians Desire a Free Society That Sits Very High In.

Now I am going to show you indexes. Every single one of them grades nearly every nation on the planet – including America in all of them – on something that libertarians generally hold dear. Every one of them holds that the US is either near or at the top in almost everything libertarians want for society.

And most of these link to PDF files, so if you’re reading this on a phone or tablet you’ll be downloading stuff by clicking most of the links.

America has the 16th freest economy on Earth, meaning 141 economies are worse than ours, Cato Institute finds. The US trade policies also make for our economy to have the 15th freest trade on Earth according to World Economic Forum.

What about Thomas Jefferson’s vision of democracy and how consistent nations currently are with that vision? Oh, yes! America is 16th on Earth out of the Democracy Ranking of 113.

Property rights are beloved by libertarians, am I right? If so, libertarians should love that the US is 15th out of 129 in the world for Property Rights.

What about cleanliness of government, as opposed to corruption? The fact that America ranks 16 means we have one of the top 20 least corrupt governments on Earth.

Freedom of Speech and the Press? United States scores a 21 out of 100, meaning one of the freest free speech and free press setups on the planet.

Turning back to economy, we are 7th in the world out of 189 studied in how easy it is to do business. America is also the world’s largest economy by a long way.

Americans are also the smartest people according to the Nobel Prizes index. Top of the world in reliable scientific sources (unlike Wikipedia) as well. America is also the country that internets better than anyone else on Earth by a very long way. America also has the world’s largest number of individual billionaires, including charity givers like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

And seeing as most libertarians welcome immigrants with open arms, I’ll stop my case here: America hosts the largest number of global immigrants. Also check the World Index of Moral Freedom to see where the US ranks in freedoms of religion, bioethics, sexuality, and family/gender.

Conclusion

I willfully began my case with the arenas wherein there’s room for improvement, to demonstrate the pragmatism of my case. But then I closed with what America is closest on Earth to perfect at. Thanks for the read,

~LDA

Frequently Ignored Facts About The US Tea Party Movement

Patient X tried the electric shock treatment when he was bitten by his pet rattlesnake.

The Rattlesnake was the symbol of the Tea Party while it still had rallies, but why?

I was never interested in being in the Tea Party, but I am always interested in Facts Over Feelings.

Having frequently listened to the podcast “The Freedom Report”, specifically “Who Killed The Tea Party?”, I have decided to make this page about all the facts about the TP.

The reason I am doing this is to debunk every single myth every leftist buys into or promotes about the Tea Party. This I’ll do without expressing any interest in being a Tea Partier myself.

Religious Affiliation

Many on the left will tell you there was and is no such thing as a Tea Partier who is not a straight white male Christian evangelical. However, it’s been found back in 2010 that:

  • 15% of the Tea Party were Secular Humanists like me
  • 4% of the Tea Party followed Non-Christian religions like Judaism
  • Just 36% of the Tea Party matched the white Evangelical, Christian-conservative narrative.

By the way this education being mostly directed at the left does not imply support for the political right, readers. Just because I am mostly calling out the left does not make me a rightist, as one must understand that both the left and the right were the original ‘lol-cow’.

Political Viewpoints

The Tea Party was unified quite well on economics and on constitutional liberties as found in the entire Bill of Rights. But half the Tea Party was libertarian and even its origins were libertarian. Numerically, libertarians made up roughly 44% of that movement while conservatives made up exactly 50%.

Agenda-wise, the Tea Party movement never had a single uniform agenda, apart from a few objectives that at least stood out to me:

  1. Restore the primacy of the Bill of Rights
  2. Apply the laws of Supply and Demand to the entire economy
  3. Restore the primacy of the Articles of the Constitution
  4. Sever all ties between corporation and state
  5. Force a balanced budget plan onto Congress

Evidence suggests that Tea Party movement groups had a sort of heavily decentralized character, there were tons of groups. Another fact of life regarding Tea Party groups was they agreed to disagree on social issues while focusing almost exclusively on economic and constitutional issues.

I must also say there did exist Tea Partiers who favored right to abortion (34%) and Tea Partiers who favored legalizing Gay Marriage (26%).

Foreign Policy

Ah yes, this foreign policy nerd of the libertarian and atheist communities is now going to speak of Tea Party foreign policy.

Everything that can be gathered about Tea Party movement foreign policy is talked about by the Walter Russel Mead article “The Tea Party and American Foreign Policy“.

When the Tea Party grew to the giant size it did in 2011, its foreign policy endorsed American Exceptionalism. This is the idea that America inherently differs from all other nations by having been founded on civil liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, republic, democracy and laissez-faire. Tea Partiers combined this fact-based ideal with opposition to world policing and nation building.

Tea Partiers only supported going to war to directly defend American citizens and our individual rights. But whenever a foreign tyranny did attack these, Tea Partiers preferred ‘total warfare’ for the unconditional surrender of the aggressor on the aggressor’s soil instead of the Just War Theorist approach to conducting warfare.

There were two mindsets within this, the ‘Paulian’ mindset and the ‘Palinite’ mindset. Paulians passionately sought to engage the world almost entirely with free trade and friendly diplomacy. Palinites, while on board with the Paulians in preferring trade and diplomacy over war, were very passionate about preventive self defense posture.

Conclusion

I never thought I would promote truthful assessment of the Tea Party of all political factions. Thanks for reading this piece,

~LDA