Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Libertarians do not want my protest vote.

"WTF?," was my immediate reaction upon seeing this video and while I  occasionally may utter a profanity or vulgarity, I don't make it a habit.  "WTF" is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when I am dismayed or disgusted, however, it seems fitting. I am appalled and flabbergasted.  I am certainly not a prude or easily shocked, but "WTF?"
This year, the Libertarian Party may have had a chance to be taken semi-seriously.  I can not vote for Hillary and don't think I can vote for Trump. I know I cannot stand Hillary. She would be an Obama third term.  However, I don't think I can vote for Donald Trump.  Maybe Trump is not a neofasist, but he is a egotistical, boorish, opportunistic, narcissistic, authoritarian with no known political values.  What we know of his political values would cause us to suspect he is liberal. He has supported use of eminent domain, contributed to liberal candidates, been pro-choice and been anti-second amendment and he has had complementary things to say about Russia's Putin. He seldom speaks in favor of limited government or constitutional limits on government power.  He scares me. He almost scares me more than Hillary.  I don't suspect Hillary would start a trade war and fear Trump might do so.  I have almost concluded the devil you know is better than the devil you don't know. I know what to expect with Hillary, but I don't know what to expect with Trump.

Since I dislike Trump and Hilary, I was leaning Libertarian despite serious reservations about their isolationist views and some of their social policy positions. I was ready to vote Libertarian as a protest vote. However, this is not the actions of a party that wants my protest vote. That could have at least offered a fig leaf of respectability and seriousness. They did not have to be in-your-face offensive. The Libertarian Party is a joke. The Libertarians are showing themselves to be the frat-boy, Animal House Party. 

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