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.

John McAfee Goes Up Against Trump & Clinton

I love John McAfee. There, I said it. Seriously, I have a bromance for this guy. This wonderful tech genius is making me really love him more and more with everything his campaign releases, from his campaign ads to his graphics and so on.

In one of his more recent ones, he decided to compar himself against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and his does a terrific job of making the two authoritarian psychopaths look almost the exact same, and shows the alternative that he is offering to the American people, should he be the Libertarian nominee.

Without further ado, here it is.

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My Thoughts on The Libertarians: John McAfee

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I’m doing a series on the Libertarian Party Presidential Candidates (top 3). These are 3 people whom I would have no problem with being President, for either three would be a net positive for liberty, the country, and the American people. This post is going to be covering John McAfee.

John McAfee’s Campaign Website: [Link]

To start off, let me briefly talk about McAfee’s history. He is the founder of McAfee Security, which he left in 1994, when he sold his stake in the company after it had gone public (and yes, he too doesn’t like how annoying McAfee Security Suite is, but it’s not his fault). McAfee went on to do several other business ventures, including one more medical venture down in Belize involving antibiotics. He currently runs Future Tense Central, which hosts a number of technologies, and Everkey, which is explained below:

So, where does he stand on issues? I’ll dive into that below:

Personal Freedoms:

Our bodies and our minds belong to ourselves.

Individuals should be free to make choices for themselves and to accept responsibility for the consequences of the choices they make. Our support of an individual’s right to make choices in life does not mean that we necessarily approve or disapprove of those choices.

Criminal laws should be limited to violation of the rights of others through force or fraud, or deliberate actions that place others involuntarily at significant risk of harm.

“One of the first acts of a McAfee Administration would be the wholesale decriminalization of marijuana by changing its schedule -something that can be done without congressional consent – along with pardons to any individual serving time for non-violent marijuana possession.”

The War On Drugs is an abject failure, spreading misery across the world and here at home. From America’s abysmal incarceration rates, to the terror inflicted internationally in the name of drug eradication, the War on Drugs has had terrible consequences. Drug legalization should be an issue decided on the state level. Production of drugs in any other country should be the concern of that country.

So, right off the bat, we have issues dealing with personal freedoms, such as drug possession (and the War on Drugs as a whole), to really free association. If you watched the first part of the Libertarian Debate on Stossel, you may remember that John sided with Austin Petersen when he was talking about a Jewish baker not wanting to make a Nazi cake.

So, I would say that John has a good grasp on voluntary asociation.

Foreign Policy & Security

Foreign Policy & Cyber Awareness

“The US has for too long considered itself as the world’s policeman, at the expense of rational internal growth. This must change. Interference in the affairs of foreign states is the true cause of national animosities, and is the fertilizer and feed for terrorism.” –John McAfee

We reject the interventionist pursuit of idealistic and moral goals. Our foreign policy should emphasize defense, especially the defense of our national technological infrastructure.

We must seek to end the current United States government policy of foreign intervention, including military and economic aid.

We must focus on using our strength only when and where it protects the security and interests of the American people, not multinational corporations or war profiteers.

Cyber Awareness

One of the few legitimate roles of the American government is to provide for our national security –the defense of our nation against all forms of aggression.

The United States government, like many western nations, has lost touch with the technology upon which our world is built.

“With its new government, Australia has announced the creation of the Digital Transformation Office – a cabinet level Position. The goal of the office is to bring cyber awareness and cyber security education into the Australian Government. They recognize that the nation of the future cannot survive without Cyber Awareness within its leadership. We must look hard at this example and ask ourselves how we got to the tragic situation of cyber illiteracy that we now occupy. We must immediately change course, lest we be at the mercy of more technologically astute nations.”

Interference in the affairs of foreign states is the true cause of national animosities, and is the fertilizer and feed for terrorism.” *Clapping* I love it when someone really gets it, and when it comes to John, I think he really does. There’s a lot foreign policy wise that the US is doing wrong, even terribly, such as aid to the Syrian “moderate” Rebels. We cannot afford to keep this terrible streak of nation building up, because it’s not working.

Cutting this, along with foreign aid will help to free up a lot of taxpayer dollars, which in turn, will allow us to begin actually paying down the debt, and will actually make us more safer. We can’t even keep our own country safe here, so what makes us think we can protect the world?

Now, about his cyber awareness bit. I wouldn’t have a problem with it, if it’s goal is to beef up government security, and actually stop, for example, Chinese hackers from hacking government systems. That’s something that has completely been looked over, and for the safety of everyone, we need. I would trust McAfee to do this because he is a tech guru, and none of these phony politicians would be able to compete with his knowledge on the issue.

Privacy:

Libertarians advocate individual privacy and government transparency.

We support the rights recognized by the Fourth Amendment to be secure in our persons, homes, property, and communications.

“A McAfee administration will end the unconstitutional NSA surveillance of all Americans, and end the invasive and wasteful existence of the TSA.”

The defense of the country requires that we have adequate intelligence to detect and to counter threats to domestic security. This requirement must not take priority over maintaining the civil liberties of our citizens.

The Constitution and Bill of Rights shall not be suspended even during time of war. Intelligence agencies that legitimately seek to preserve the security of the nation must be subject to oversight and transparency.

We oppose the government’s use of secret classifications to keep from the public information that it should have, especially that which shows that the government has violated the law.

Ending the NSA and TSA would be very much beneficial to Americans, since it’s been proven that both the NSA and TSA aren’t exactly helping to protect us. The elimination of the TSA doesn’t necesssarily mean that airports will be unprotected, as private firms do offer the same service as the TSA, but with more success and better quality for both the airports and passengers.

In addition to the end of these two terrible agencies, McAfee wants to protect the Constitution from abuse in times of war, which is a major thing that we all really need to be thinking of. When 9/11 happened, there was talk of immediate war and an all out assault on not only the enemies, but our own rights and freedoms in the name of “safety”. It’s been no better under Obama than under Bush. We now have indefinite detention allowed. I used to think that’d be something you’d find in some third-world dictatorship, not the “Land of the Free”. These Democrats and Republicans have trashed this document, even though they profess to be the protectors of it. They suck, and it’s time for the Libertarians to rise up and be the real defenders of it.

Regulation:

Neither the Democratic, nor Republican parties can be trusted with our economy.

George W. Bush’s presidency was characterized by massive spending, not only on unjust war, but also massive new farm subsidies, huge increases in education spending, and finally the disastrous Wall Street bailouts.

The Obama administration followed suit, with its endless fiscal “stimulus” and “stabilization” spending, bloated entitlement budgets, and an ever-rising national debt ceiling.

The failed policies of the Democrats and Republicans in Washington have lead us into a decade of economic stagnation, all the while still wasting money on endless war.

Where America has seen incredible progress is in those sectors of the economy that are least regulated, such as the technology sector.

With the new online sharing economy, and the exponential advances in our ability to conduct commerce electronically, we have already proven that great advances are made possible when government gets out of the way.

Libertarians want all members of society to have abundant opportunities to achieve economic success. A free and competitive market allocates resources in the most efficient manner. Each person has the right to offer goods and services to others on the free market. The only proper role of government in the economic realm is to protect property rights, adjudicate disputes, and provide a legal framework in which voluntary trade is protected. All efforts by government to redistribute wealth, or to control trade, are improper in a free society.

‘Nuff said.

Debt Slavery:

It’s Time To End The Federal Reserve

The Fed performs 5 main functions:

– It facilitates interbank monetary exchanges

– It sets standards and procedures for ordinary banks

– It prints currency

– It is the lender of last resort

– It sets monetary policy (controls interest rates)

Prior to the creation of the Fed, there existed private Clearinghouse Associations. These associations performed the following functions:

– Interbank exchanges

– Lenders of last resort

– Created standards for membership. A bank had to meet these standards in order to become a member

What about paper currency? Paper currency can be issued by ordinary banks, as it was in the US until the 1930s. We are already familiar with American Express, Visa and other institutions issuing redeemable travelers checks.  It is the same concept as banks issuing redeemable currency notes.

And who would control monetary policy? No one. Monetary policy, obviously, would be self controlled by decentralized market forces, as it should be.

But all of these issues are becoming moot. It is clear that crypto-currencies will soon be the defacto standards of the world’s money. The Fed will disappear due simply to the issue of relevancy. An irrelevant institution cannot survive in the world of reality.

#EndTheFED and send it to its grave for good.

War:

We must seek to end all war; from foreign intervention, to military and economic aid, to the war on drugs.

If this point wasn’t made clear, and I believe it was, then I think you need to scroll back up a bit and reread some of the stuff on foreign policy.

The Libertarian Party:

The Democrats and the Republicans have failed us.

It’s time to #UninstallTheSystem …the two-party system.

The Libertarian Party is America’s third largest and fastest growing political party. The Libertarian Party was created by people who realized that the politicians had strayed from America’s original libertarian foundation, with disastrous results. Their vision was the same as that of America’s founders — a world where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, a world of peace, harmony, opportunity, and abundance. Libertarians are practical; we know we can’t make the world perfect. But, it can be better. Libertarians will keep working to create a better, freer society for everyone.

Learn More about the Libertarian Party at LP.Org


 

I think that’s all I have to say about John’s positions. Truly, I think John McAfee is a great candidate on the issues. The main problem I take with him is the sketchyness of certain past activities, including what happened in Belize that prompted police to go after him. It’s all a hot mess, if you ask me, and I believe John also has addressed this in the recent Stossel Libertarian Debate (Part 1). He is also the most flamboyant of what he is like. there isn’t a picture I’ve seen recently where he doesn’t have a gun, or he’s shirtless, or he surrounded by women. Something, but that might play against him should someone try appealing to “family values”.

I’m just trying to find things that might hurt him, but he’s probably already thought of this. The fact that he is able to address this stuff is GREAT, and that’s great because it leaves little room for media speculation, which in this case should he be the nominee, they will do to a very big extent. It also shows people that he’s willing to be level with them about their concerns, which in this day and age, is worth a lot. Other than that, I think that John McAfee is a solid candidate, and I think his involvement in the party and the election is a great thing.

John McAfee’s Campaign Website: [Link]


 

Candidate: John McAfee

Overall Score: 8.5/10 Would definitely vote and support enthusiastically

 

Rep. Dave Brat on the US Debt Crisis

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This was released by Representative Dave Brat (R-VA), speaking on the current debt crisis we are in.

Things he cited (to the best of my abilities):

For Part II (closing summary basically), see here: [Link]

Marco Rubio Needs To Be Stopped

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Let us discuss Marco Rubio, and just how terrible he really is. For those of you who don’t know, I’m a Floridian, and Rubio is my Senator… well, part time, that is. Rubio is a neo-conservative who snuck his way in with the Tea Party wave back in 2010, and even then, I had a bad feeling about him. Over time, I had my feelings confirmed, and it wasn’t a surprise at all to me what he wants to do now.

But, let me go over a few things now:

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Moving Forward w/ Rand Paul

rand-paul-marijuanaTo start, I’m simply talking about what the future may bring with Rand Paul. And the future certainly does have him being quite busy in it. In many ways, there is much for Rand to do coming up soon, and moving forward.

To start, let me draw on the past a bit, and make a comparison. Like his father, Rand did not make it to convention in his first GOP Presidential run. Sure, things were different back in 2008, but in some ways, they’re still similar. For instance, the economy is in no way on stable ground and looking to be heading anywhere good (see my post on the economy for more on this).

Now, what’s up for Rand in the future? Well, for starters, he’ll have another election to go through this year, unlike Ron’s election every 2 years in the House. So far, there are 10 people running for the Senate seat Rand occupies in KY, including Rand himself. 3 are Republicans, and 7 are Democrats. The Democrats in the state are crippled, and this may be their last opportunity to show that they still have power by ousting Rand Paul from his seat. Their candidate wasn’t who they had originally planned for, and now, they’ve settled on Lexington Mayor Jim Gray as their best hopes to take on Paul. Whether that’ll work or not is yet to be seen, but I would expect the GOP Establishment to sit by and let Rand deal with this one all on his own, which in many ways, is a good thing (largely because they don’t do anything right).

Now, speaking about the Senate seat, I do not believe that there is much to truly worry about. To start, let us look to one of the more terrible Senators in the Senate, who leads the Majority now: Mitch McConnell. He won his race back in 2014 against Sec. of State Allison Grimes 56%-41%. The race, for most of the time, was called a toss-up, and people said things didn’t look good for McConnell a lot, but look how that turned out. Talking about Rand’s seat, when Bevin has won his Governorship, I think there really isn’t too much to worry about, or at least, not as much as the Establishment fears there will be.

Now, what will Rand be up to in the Senate? Well, there are a few important things coming up. Here are some of those things:

 

Supreme Court Appointee Hearings

For starters, there will be Supreme Court nominee’s coming into the Senate for hearings and appointment votes. In a note he posted to Facebook on February 15th, he said:

President Obama and the Democrats have wasted no time making this vacancy a huge political statement, and they are calling for an immediate replacement in the court – of course a liberal one that could tilt the balance of the court for years.
President Obama thinks this is his chance to put an end to originalist interpretation of the Constitution. His last chance, in his last few months office.
I am not going to let him do it. There’s too much at stake.
As much as I’d love to see a Justice Napolitano (Andrew Napolitano, that is), I don’t believe that would happen.

 

Budget & Debt Ceiling Negotiations

Specifically, the Debt Ceiling won’t be an issue to do anything over till 2017, when the last deal will finally run out. When that happens, you can bet that there will be a harsh fight over what get’s more funding, what get’s cut, whether the debt ceiling is raised or not, and what happens with the overall national debt and deficit. Expect these procedures to be bloody, and outright nasty, as they’ve usually been. What will Rand be doing? If there is any indication, he may propose another budget to cut spending and kill off the deficit, while actually shrinking government in all area’s.

 

Killing The PATRIOT Act

Under the USA FREEDOM Act, the PATRIOT Act had many of it’s key provisions extended until 2017, when a new President is in power, and a new Congress is as well. There will be a renueued fight over these provisions, and the spying state as well. The NSA has largely continued it’s unconstitutional searches, and must be stopped. Many conservatives and many liberals will oppose this, seeing it as either necessary for security or, to say the least, constitutional. Rand will be needed to lead the fight against these provisions and actions in the Senate, and to assist the House Freedom Caucus with their battle in the House should they need any assistance. It will be Rand, and quite possible Mike Lee (R-UT), leading once more on this issue, and should notable hawks like McCain and Rubio (who is confirmed leaving the Senate) not be around, the fight is only easier.

 

War In Syria

I do not doubt that under the next President that there will be more stronger calls for war in Syria to combat both ISIS and the Assad Regime, a key plank of the Neo-cons and Progressive’s agenda. War in Syria is what they’ve been looking forward to for a while now, and with their continued arming for the Syrian Rebels who were supposedly “moderate”, weapons have trickled over to ISIS, who has also taken away weapons the US gave to the Iraqi Army when they were rebuilding the country.

The next President will be faced with a War Authorization presented by the Congress, and as lovers of freedom and liberty, we must be there to oppose such a thing and a war we have no stake or claim to be in. Rand must lead in the Senate the anti-war opposition to this terrible idea, and sound the alarm that, besides sending American sons and daughters to die, the foreign policy will only lead to more instability and destruction in the Middle East. It must be done, or the rest of the world will continue to unite against the American Empire behind Russia and China.

These are my thoughts on what is in store for Rand coming up in the future. These, again, are only a few things. I can’t predict the future, but I can tell you that at the very least, these are the more important things we have to worry about, and these are the things that Rand should definitely pay attention to as well.

 

My Thoughts On Bernie Sanders: War & Peace

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I’m sharing my thoughts on Bernie Sanders, and his platform is something I have not found a lot I can agree with. Today, I’m going through his War & Peace plank. Going through it, there’s a lot of stuff I know I’m going to have a lot of fun with, but overall, I see a lot of bad ideas, and a lot of harmful things for people in the Middle East.

Let’s dive in, shall we?

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