Consider the case of that phony Libertarian, Robert Sarvis in Virginia. He peeled off 53,000 votes in the Virginia Senate race yesterday. Ed Gillespie is behind incumbent Democrat Senator Mark Warner by 16,000 votes.
Sarvis did the same thing in the Virginia Governor’s race in 2013 giving us that smarmy Terry McAuliffe over Ken Cuccinelli.
Look, I’m no fan boy of Gillespie. I’d say I agree with him on 70% of the issues. But I agree with Mark Warner on exactly ZERO percent of the issues. And if Gillespie had won I’d be on his ass driving him further and further to the right.
With Warner I have no voice whatsoever and no point from which to start a discussion with him.
But the Libertarian Losers Club (LLC, LLC), are ideologically rigid to the point of impracticality. And I’m beginning to think that they aren’t libertarians at all, but operatives of the Democrat party who cloak their argument in libertarian terms to fool real libertarians.
Look. You’re free to vote as you wish, but if even half of you voted intelligently, meaning voting for a viable candidate, we would have retired Mark Warner and you and I could link arms to push Gillespie in the direction we both wish him to go. And with a massive wave election we could actually do something good for Virginia.
But you didn’t. You all decided to elect Mark Warner again.
Hey LLC’s! The next time you wish to vote for the perfect candidate, write your own names in. That’s the only candidate who will agree with you 100% of the time and the result will be exactly the same.
Thomas L. Knapp
November 6, 2014 at 8:32 am
“Sarvis did the same thing in the Virginia Governor’s race in 2013 giving us that smarmy Terry McAuliffe over Ken Cuccinelli.”
Actually, exit polling says that Sarvis’s votes came disproportionately from people who, had Sarvis not been on the ballot, would have voted for McAuliffe. So Sarvis’s real effect was to keep McAuliffe from getting a majority and to make the race look a lot closer than it actually was. If the GOP wanted to win that race, they shouldn’t have picked such a poor candidate.
And no, Libertarians are not conservatives, “faux” or otherwise.
P. Henry Saddleburr
November 6, 2014 at 9:58 pm
First. I don’t believe the results of exit polls. The pollster can frame questions to get the results they want. Actually, I don’t believe pollsters, in general, have the slightest clue. They keep calling land line telephones. Either you don’t have one or you screen your calls through caller ID. Don’t recognize the number or it’s ‘Unknown’, you just don’t answer.
Second. I challenge your assertion that true libertarians are conservative. If they actually believe what they say, they want less government, more freedom, the right to pursue their desires without interference, all that stuff. That’s certainly not a Big Government liberal position where government intrudes on all aspects of your life.
I used to think of them as the dope smoking wing of the conservative movement, but now I’m not exactly sure who they are.
Thomas L. Knapp
November 6, 2014 at 10:27 pm
“Second. I challenge your assertion that true libertarians are[n’t] conservative. If they actually believe what they say, they want less government, more freedom, the right to pursue their desires without interference, all that stuff. ”
Exactly. The opposite of modern American conservatism, in other words.
November 6, 2014 at 10:14 am
P. Henry Saddleburr
November 6, 2014 at 11:50 pm
For some reason the Reply button under TLKnapp’s latest post is not available to me, but I’ll respond for one last time in the general thread. I think I’ve recently acquired some malware.
Conservatism is conservatism. There is no such thing as ‘modern conservatism’. Conservatism is a timeless and unalterable political philosophy that worked during our founding and would still work today if practiced.
And don’t confuse the Republican Party with conservatism. They are not the same.
Conservatism empowers the individual, but expects certain things of the individual in order for it to work. The first is morality and responsibility. Don’t do things for which you are unwilling to pay for the consequences that may result. You may engage in any activity you like, such as unprotected sex with any individual you prefer. But if you contract some malady, it is up to you to pay for treatment of which and if you produce spawn, you must pay for the support, education, housing, feeding of the same.
Free Enterprise is the most empowering system of economic development. This means that a participant in the economy should reap the rewards of hard work, but there is no guarantee that shear hard work results in success. Coming to market with a bad idea or natural forces wiping out a good idea are things that happen. Many successful people became so after multiple failures and many people who were initially successful ending up failing and dying in poverty. That’s what we call ‘life’.
But the use of government to carve out special favors or barriers to others entering the free market should not be allowed.
Government should be confined to its core functions. National security is paramount. We can argue about what that entails, but building and defending our borders would be a great start. keeping out infectious diseases is a no brainer, maintaining a standardized and stable currency would be helpful.
After that, I don’t see much use for government. Most of the big ass federal structures housing new departments and agencies created since 1910 and beyond are not only unnecessary, but detrimental to the nation.
They should all be bulldozed and the people working within those noveau federal buildings should be given 10 minutes notice to get out before the bulldozing begins.