I’m no fan of Trump. I agree with some of his directions, I disagree with many, I am opposed to the original and evolved roles of a national president.  Nonetheless, our political culture seems to have abandoned all objectivity.

Here’s an example.

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MOTEL BUST – Cops: Trump Backer Caught With Underage Boy in Oklahoma Motel

Blurb (actual facts):

Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey has been stripped of his Senate privileges and faces charges of soliciting prostitution of a minor after cops found him in a motel room with a teen.

Our reporter:


The time of reporting …

03.15.17 10:29 PM ET

An Oklahoma Republican who was a key backer of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is under investigation after being found in a hotel room with an underage boy.

What in the world does Trump have to do with anything of any importance in these events? That’s like 7th or 9th, in 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon…
“I once heard a radio station in Alberquerque mention Kevin Bacon.”
“Wow, that’s so crazy, I once knew a guy named Al who couldn’t even eat bacon!” 
Let’s look at this again.

Trump Backer Caught…

An Oklahoma Republican who was a key backer of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is under investigation after being found in a hotel room with an underage boy.

What is the relevance and connection? As an OK GOP politician with a strong anti-immigration position, he likely stamped his feet to participate in the Trump OK ground campaign. The rest of the story provides factual information, but the headline and the opening sentence work impossibly hard to connect this deviant to Trump.
I was confused by the comment from someone on the OKLP Facebook page about how this behavior that could have been expected by the voters… since Shortey was so hard-right. Have you gone mad? Have you abandoned logic?
This is a predator who, in his community, gained enough popularity to access government power. Power he used to advance an agenda unrelated to increasing or decreasing protections of exploited minors. If your point is something like, me thinks the fellow doth protest too much, because Shortey seems to be an overly zealous hard-right and family values policy advocate… well, you may have a small bit of mileage there, but it’s nothing new; we often attack what we despise within ourselves.

This authors desire to jump on the anti-Trump bandwagon isn’t even one of the worst examples available; it’s just so clear and precise. Nor is this behavior limited to the political left. I challenge you to listen to more than 15 minutes of a conservative talk show without the host or a caller making some ridiculous connection between someone and something they consider abhorrent; with the implication… “see, the opposition really are kind of like child molesters and Nazis.”

We should work to examine our biases. More and more, it seems fashionable to flaunt unexamined biases as commitment to the cause.

irrational numbers


irrational numbers


number of US civilians killed on US soil in the 9-11 attacks.

What have we spent to avenge the deaths and prevent future loss of life?

The “Costs of War” project, based at Brown University, estimates that the total monetary cost — including long-term veterans care — of the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan may eventually total as much as $4 trillion.”

“New York Times estimated that the United States spent $3.3 trillion in the decade after the 9/11 attacks”

“A Congressional Budget Office report estimates that by 2020 the price of treating Iraq and Afghanistan veterans alone could be more than $8 billion annually.”

So far, just dollars. We can always print more of those.


people killed overall as a result of the conflicts

“The Brown University project estimated … all countries involved have lost a total of 31,000 uniformed service members and military contractors. [It’s] estimated in 2011 that between 152,280 and 192,550 civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan have died as a “result of the fighting at the hands of all parties.” …March 2013 … researchers revised the civilian total estimate to 200,000; and they estimated that 330,000 people had been killed overall as a result of the conflicts, accounting for all soldiers, militants, police, contractors, journalists, humanitarian workers and civilians involved.”


U.S. military casualties and the costs of war: Iraq, Afghanistan and post-9/11 conflicts

 Revenge and Security at a human cost of 110 : 1

And it’s one, two, three,
What are we fighting for?

Conservatives fear liberty for all

Reason‘s Nick Gillespie considers whether disaffected conservatives will be able to find a home with the LP.

I agree, Conservatives have a lot of trouble saying hello to libertarianism… but this isn’t anything new.

To Gillespie’s point, the socially tolerant component of the libertarian view is a stumbling block for many social conservatives. Unfortunately, Gary Johnson in his repeat refrain (fiscally conservative and socially liberal) is reinforcing what really is a misconception, there are almost as many socially conservative libertarians (I am one), we just agree with the socially liberal libertarians that force is not an acceptable means of promoting our views or achieving our political goals. That is, we are socially tolerant.

Issues like pro-life/pro-choice, LGBTQ acceptance in general, radical drug decriminalization (i.e. more than pot) etc… are going to scare away many social conservatives. There in lies the problem – poor logic on the part of the electorate.

To right-wingers, Gary Johnson’s embrace of “social liberalism” negates his pledge to “sign off on any reduction in the federal government.”

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Just a reminder to the saints, the goal is hearts, not ground.

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LP adopts Anti Death Penalty plank

Adopted at the LP convention this year.

I have come full circle on this over time. I don’t want the state to have this power (even if I thought the state absolutely fair and just in its efforts).

Whether by intentional tampering or in innocent error, I do not trust the state to perfectly judge. One’s life should not hang in the balance of its ability to do so.



Vote LP in 2016

The temper of my tantrum has receded a bit.

Iwas very disappointed in the selection of Johnson and Weld by the LP delegates in Orlando. I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole in terms of libertarian philosophy. As a result, Johnson, who was my wholehearted pick in 2012, has become less appealing. Johnson didn’t move, I did.

While I can’t ‘endorse’ Johnson/Weld wholeheartedly, I will be voting for them and I encourage you to take a close look at them as well.

I think they are light-years better than any of the other choices available on the ballot. I hate the lesser of evils rationale, so I would feel comfortable saying I think Johnson is a decent person and he is in a political camp working to increase freedoms and reduce the evils in the system.

For my friends looking for a more sane POTUS choice in November, I encourage you to check out Johnson/Weld (LP).

A more mainstream argument for Johnson/Weld
An anarcho-capitalist defense of support for Johnson/Weld.

I would encourage you to vote LP whenever possible.