No, 2016 Won’t Be The End

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If you’ve been around Republican or conservative circles within the past few months, you’ll notice quite a few nay-sayers and downtrodden folks, depressed and upset over how bad things have been for them in 2016. What went wrong, you ask?:

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The End of Bernie’s Revolution

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Bernie Sanders: I’ve talked a lot about him on this blog. The Feel The Bern “revolution” has been raging for more than a year now. But, with the Democratic Convention in Philidelphia, that revolution’s leader has caved. And I don’t mean that in a light way. He completely caved, then he fell in line like a good little boy.

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Why Is Anyone Shocked By The FBI’s Decision?

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It was announced yesterday (7/5/16) that Director of the FBI James Comey was not going to recommend charges be brought against Hillary Clinton in the email scandal that has been ongoing for many years now. In his official statement, the FBI Director said the following, to sum things up:

As a result, although the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case.

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A Comparison Of The Presidential Candidates Messages Following The Pulse Shooting

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A lot of being said these past few days since the Pulse Shooting occurred, and specifically, this post will look at what the top 3 Presidential candidates are saying, by looking at Facebook posts (official statements).

Gary Johnson (L):

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Donald Trump ®:

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For more fear mongering, see his Twitter feed: [Link]

Hillary Clinton (D):

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For more fear mongering, see her Twitter feed: [Link]

TL;DR THERE IS ONLY ONE PERSON WHO CARES ABOUT NOT JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS, ACTUALLY GRIEVING ABOUT THE SITUATION, AND ISN’T USING THE SHOOTING FOR HIS/HER AGENDA. THAT MAN IS GARY JOHNSON.

Also, there isn’t any fear mongering in his Twitter feed. Literally, you can look. He’s not calling for a ban on Muslim immigration (like Trump) or calling for a heavier restrictions on guns (like Clinton). He’s being this called a decent human being.

Quick Thought On Voting Third Party

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I’ve often heard a simple argument about voting for a third party, and I’d like to take some time to address that, in more than one way.

The argument usually is like this:

“I don’t want to waste my vote on a third party with no chance of winning.”

This is a common objection I hear to voting for a third party candidate like Gary Johnson. I find issue with it though, in a few areas.

#1: Third Parties Have Won

There was once a party called the Whig Party. Eventually, the Whig Party kicked the bucket, after a third party had finally beaten them into irrelevance. That third party’s name was the Republican Party.

#2: Muh Fear Mongering

Saying that a third party has no chance is not exactly a good line of reasoning to go with, especially with this election, and how nothing seems normal. Neither of the two major party candidates is really satisfying the members of their party, or the general electorate. Most (around 99%) of people know who Trump and Clinton are. Yet, many do not know who Gary Johnson is, and there is still several months to the election. With access to debates, higher poll numbers, and probably the biggest Libertarian campaign in the party’s history at foot, I’d expect Gary to be quite competitive for the White House.

#3: The Current Two Party’s Nominees

If your argument is that Trump will be worse than Hillary, or that Hillary will be worse than Trump, I’m here to tell you that they will be both equally terrible. But, you do NOT have to support a terrible, hated candidate. This election is like nothing we have seen before. Both parties are in major trouble, with at least one possibly dying. Give Gary Johnson a chance, and if given said chance and elected, I believe you’ll like the results.

Dear Berniebros: It’s Over

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I was casually going about my day, when a post came across my dashboard. It was by a Tumblr user names “notanotherberniesandersblog”, and it had some out of date and quite odd logic to it. So I took the liberty of responding to it, and in the process, crushing all their hope.

The original post:


URGENT; PLEASE SPREAD THIS WIDELY! According to the Associated Press, Hillary Clinton has already accumulated enough delegates to win and become the Democratic Party’s nominee for president. Please ignore this announcement, it is not true at all. They’re including unpledged superdelegates in the delegate count to misinform potential voters. The primaries are far from over. Neither of the candidates will reach the 2,383 pledged delegate threshold needed to win the Democratic Party nomination. There will be a contested convention.

The Real Math

(As of June, 4th, 2016)
Total Number of Delegates Available = 4763

CURRENT Score
Hillary Clinton = 1769
Bernie Sanders = 1501

Total Number of Delegates Required to Clinch the Nomination = 2383
Total Number of Delegates Remaining = 1493
Total Number of Delegates Who Vote on June 4th Through June 14th, 2016 = 930

No Candidate Can Clinch the Nomination Before June 14, 2016

Hillary Clinton Would Need 614 out of 930
Bernie Sanders Would Need 882 out of 930

Total Number of Delegates Who Vote on July 25th, 2016 = 719
(Democratic National Convention)

The Nomination Will Be Decided on July 25th, 2016.

Please spread the word, this must go viral! California voters deserve better!

Tl;dr: Ignore it! Keep phone banking and donating and volunteering and canvassing!

(Credit to Jacob B. for writing this)


Now, I found this a little strange, due to the numbers still being off, and how they treat Superdelegates. So, here is my response.

Let’s look at reality, instead of this “real math” (as of June 9th):

Total Number of Delegates: 4,770

Number of Pledged Delegates (by candidate):

Clinton: 2,202

Sanders: 1,829

Number of Unpledged Delegates (superdelegates by candidate):

Clinton: 541

Sanders: 47

Total Delegate Count (by candidate):

Clinton: 2,743

Sanders: 1,876

Which one is closer to the nomination? Hint hint, not Sanders. With superdelegates, Clinton already has the nomination. Without them, she’s VASTLY closer than Bernie is. If you choose Bernie at convention, don’t even try to talk about how “the people have spoken” and crap like that.

Second of all, let’s just look at the delegates who’ve yet to either vote or decide. This would include Washington DC and some superdelegates still. The total number left to pick up? Just over 150. Please spare me the “well the superdelegates don’t really matter!” crap. You know that’s a lie. There’s a reason they’re there.

Bernie is finished. He is done. There will not be any saving him at convention. You will be wasting your time. You will be wasting your money. You will be wasting so many valuable resources because you will be deluding yourselves that he can somehow magically win. It’s time to admit defeat.

Could I Vote For Gary Johnson?

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Could I vote for Gary Johnson? Probably. There is, however, a situation in which I simply cannot vote for Gary. For me to not vote for Gary would mean that there would need to be one thing that would happen, and that thing is William Weld being made the Vice Presidential nominee.

Hear me out, no one is perfect. Gary isn’t perfect. Austin isn’t perfect. John isn’t perfect. I get it; perfection is an unobtainable ideal. But, there has to be a line drawn where we do NOT pass for choosing someone to be part of the standard-bearer ticket, who will represent the party. And in an election year like this, where the Libertarian Party is getting tons of press, and it’s candidates are becoming known to the general people instead of just the few who looked deeper for another option, it’s going to be important that we have two people who can represent the party and the ideology well. This is why I cannot support Johnson/Weld.

Has any looked at Weld’s time as Governor? I’m honestly concerned that people who are supporting both Johnson and Weld are ignoring the record of Weld. It’s not a Libertarian-friendly one. Not even close. He may CAMPAIGN as a good guy, but his time in office is far different.

I have to give Jason Stapleton a lot of credit for doing the research on Weld, and it’s not like there’s a lot for a Governor who was in office back in the early to mid 90’s. But, Stapleton brought up both history and current recent statements that should concern any libertarian considering the Johnson/Weld ticket.

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Now, the description is probably a better summary than anything I could even think of:

Since the announcement by the Johnson campaign that Bill Weld would be Gary’s VP running mate controversy has been swirling. Some say Weld is an excellent choice who’s going to have the connections to raise money and grab disenfranchised Republicans. Others say Weld is a poison on the message and isn’t even libertarian.

Throughout the debates Gary Johnson has made some, shall I say “less than libertarian” comments on a range of topics and that has caused me to question what Johnson really believes.

With the decision to partner with Weld, I grew more skeptical of Johnson and what his real principles are. So I decide to dig into the background of Gov. Weld and see I could determine what drives his decisions, and he holds as first principles.

I’ve tried to be fair although I admit I came into this with some skepticism. What I found did not make me happy and in today’s episode, I’m going to make a case against both Gov. Weld and Gov. Johnson. With this incredible opportunity, I think it is a bad idea to allow either of these men to represent the libertarian ideal to the masses.