Yeah, I’ve been away a bit. Partially intentional and partially by simply tiring of the circus that has become American politics. The era of Trump has turned the Republican Party into a party of zero ideas and a cult of personality and worse, the Democrats into raging weirdos also working with fun-time personalities of their own. I simply don’t get the appeal of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She might be an enjoyable person to hang out with on a personal level but having her in the congress is like having a short order cook wipe his hands on a greasy towel then prep for heart surgery. She doesn’t know what she’s doing.
So, for the 2018 midterms, I encouraged voting against the Republican Party down the line simply to reign them back to principals, which I feel they lost a long time ago but at least had a platform that wasn’t about a Dear Leader. And then, in my last article, held my future voting preference in abeyance to see what the Democrats would do.
I can officially say that after watching the debacle since the 2018 election, I’m going to be voting Libertarian from here on out. You see, for me, it’s about the issues and some honesty and competence. The chief position held by the Republican Party is a guy with no policies other than self-preservation and daily lies to fill the void and the Democrats have swung into the fantasyland of socialism and taking the bait to try anything they can to punch Trump. I can’t get behind any of that. So I’m returning to the policy that’s fit for me since at least 1996 when Harry Browne introduced me to it through his still applicable book, Why Government Doesn’t Work (although it’s dated due to being over twenty-years old).
So yeah, my last article…
That was released on November 7, 2018. Over a year ago. It’s taken a year to get back into the saddle and it feels good because I have a plan for positive engagement in the political arena again. By positive I mean, not getting into the mud of nonsense that’s taken up so much of our time as of late but back to discussing what makes good government. Instead of battling personalities, I feel my time is better served offering up solutions to what makes good policy for how a society should properly be arranged. People come and go. Ideas can last forever.
So the first step in this process is unfollowing the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, on Twitter. I didn’t block him. I’m just done with the antics. I admit I got caught up in the cray of this president and spent a bit of time writing about it since he’s been president. But I’ve said all I need to say on it and yet, failed to take my own advice until now. That advice was to not pay so much attention to what goes on in Washington DC but be more concerned about your local governing body. In fact, be mostly concerned about your very neighborhood. And that’s what I’d like to start writing about and discussing from now on. Real policies and solutions that everyone has more say on, more voting power with, and not worrying about the clown show.
It should be no surprise if you’ve read my works here that to date, I’ve found no better governing position than that of libertarianism. So my future pieces will be geared towards offering solutions from that viewpoint. And maybe critiquing why the others (socialism, fascism, monarchy, democracy, etc) fail.
So first off, let’s recap: The basics of Libertarianism 101 is people should be allowed to do whatever they want as long as they’re not hurting anyone else. The next step is to ask how we get there. That will be the basis of my future contributions to this here blog. We’ll take up topics like healthcare and immigration. Zoning laws and the economy. Maybe I’ll start with a less controversial topic like abortion.
Stay tuned, dear reader. 2020 will find a return to my participation in Freedom Cocktail. And in the meantime, make it a resolution to spend more time in politics on ideas rather than personalities. And unfollow Trump on Twitter. Together, we can find a cure.