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.

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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.

Quick Thought On Gun Confiscation

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In the wake of the Pulse Shooting, I’m seeing a constant theme:

People shouldn’t be allowed to have guns at all! #BanAssaultRifles #BanGuns

No, that’s not what you want. You want only the government to have guns. That’s really what you’re arguing. Not only would it take an army to take away all the guns that regular people have (tens of MILLIONS, if not a hundred or two), but that means you also support the guns being centralized in the hands of police, who you same people claim:

  • Police for profit
  • Are racist
  • Are biased
  • Are extremely trigger happy, and will gladly kill you if they want just “because”
  • Are corrupt
  • Could very well be controlled and run by people you do not like (aka Donald Trump)

I could go on, but that’s pointless.

You support this. This is what your argument boils down to. To deny it is idiotic. This is your arguments conclusion.

Women In The Draft: Coming Soon

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Are you ready to feel the equality yet? It’s coming…

The National Defense Authorization Act for FY2017 passed the Senate 85-13-2. The bill passed by both a vast majority with Republican and Democrat support, along with one Independent.

Some of the notable no’s:

  • Rand Paul (R-KY)
  • Mike Lee (R-UT)
  • Ted Cruz (R-TX)
  • Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
  • Ron Wyden (D-OR)
  • Harry Reid (D-NV)

Who missed the vote, with some very crucial things like changes to Indefinite Detention and the Draft?

  • Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
  • Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

The next time someone tells you that Democrats stand with women, question it. Since the vast majority have signed on to having them drafted into war and killed on a battlefield, that high horse no longer should exist.

And the next time someone tells you that Bernie cares, tell them he skipped out and didn’t care at all. If he did, he would have been there, and fought.

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.

Discussing Healthcare and Rights

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I used this meme back last year in a post on whether people have a right to healthcare or not. Of course, I argued that people did not, as it does not naturally exist, and is the produc of other people’s labor. Still, many think they’re entitled to it, and for free as well. Recently, I responded to a few comments on this, and I will go ahead and post those below.

The first set are the criticisms that the Rand Paul argument received:

#1 – officermilky

Call me naive, but wouldn’t he be paid through taxes? He wouldn’t be working for free. The argument to that, of course, would be “robbing peter to pay paul” but healthcare would be taxes that, you know, a society would all agree to go in on because they democratically believe it’s the right thing to do?

I’m not even saying that’s a perfect solution to everything, but the Rand caption seems faulty.

#2 – ramblingferret

Yes just like in Canada and Europe we round up doctors and force them to work against there will. Like my poor shrink who works 8-5 with Wednesdays off.

#3 – sweertomato

And now, here is how I responded to each one of them:

@officermilky He would be paid under a market wage that he would have regularly earned, due to government price setting (both on goods and wages). Your main mistake is that you will not have all of society agreeing to this universal healthcare plan. You would only need 50% +1 to make this happen, and that doesn’t sound in any way like it “society would all agree to go in” with this, as you say. THAT WOULD BE THE CASE.

@ramblingferret You mention Canada’s system, and I’d be a bit careful with that. They tried to first off ban private insurance, which was ruled unconstitutional. Canadian healthcare wait times are far longer than American wait times.

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In addition to this, Canada’s system is lagging in adopting to new technology and practices to improve the quality and speed of care. And I’d be even more careful to use Canada’s system, since it’s projected to eat up 97% of government revenues over time. If that’s something America should copy, I’d be skeptical. And if you still don’t believe I should be skeptical, I would ask the 40,000+ Canadians who sought medical treatment outside Canada due to these problems, and more.

@sweer-tomato You mention that it would be free. About that…

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And if that is the route you wish to take (in saying that universal healthcare is free), then this also applies:

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Weird how neither me nor Rand actually said the “ and saying oh “Survival of the fittest” if you get seriously ill / injured you deserve to die is the most barbaric and jackass thing you can say.” I honestly wonder where this even comes from, but I don’t think I care.

Now, under the current ACA, quality of care has gone down, and prices have gone up (especially when you’re not subsidised, like regular people with their own healthcare or through their business). Under the universal system, the costs become simply unseen by the everyday taxpayer, but is still felt on April 15, and don’t think for a second this is going to be in any way cheap, especially for people who are poor or have pre-existing conditions. Not when the plan require a bunch of crap that a) shouldnt be part of health insurance, and b) is mandated by government fiat.

And let’s chat about government mandated bull. I’ve yet to hear someone explain logically how the government can require health insurers to cover something, and the health insurers won’t raise their prices. The health insurers know they can simply jack up their prices all they want, because it’s now mandated that “x” service be covered. You wanna know why healthcare costs keep going up? It ain’t corporate greed that is the main problem. I’ll tell you that.

And let’s talk about 2016. If you’d like to see more poor people, go ahead, enact your universal healhcare system. Bernie’s plan sure ain’t cheap, since you’d have to come up with $3.2 trillion in new tax revenue per year (equalling $32 trillion in total, more than his original projections were) over the next decade to pay for just the healthcare costs. Since the Sander’s plan already boasts of tax hikes on the wealthy (aka the one’s who currently pay the majority of taxes), where is the rest of the money coming from? Hint hint, he will HAVE look lower. But don’t worry, you might be audited by the IRS after not paying taxes because you can’t afford them, but you’ll have healthcare still… that is, as long as they haven’t cut you off.

It’s 2016: let people actually keep their money for a change and get the damn government out of healthcare, so people can afford it and not go broke should something bad happen.


All in all, I haven’t done a good rebuttal like this in a while, and I probably could have done tons better, but this still came out good, and still hasn’t been rebutted by any of these three posters. I’m not expecting it to, but hey, we shall see.

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.