Some great lines from Bob Crosby and the Bobcat’s 1949 song Politics.
Give the kid a locket
Out of Daddy’s pocket
Have him thank you for the crime
You pay a fella seven dollars
And he kicks back six
You’re in politics
Please the big employers
And the workers lawyers
Keep em busy fighting
While the fish are biting
Don’t improve conditions
Cept for politicians
Then demand a little fee
If you can treat the general public like a bunch of hicks
You’re in politics
Voters legalized marijuana in four more states and approved medical use in four others.
Source: Victories for Eight of Nine Marijuana Initiatives Hasten the Collapse of Prohibition
5 thoughts on the election results.
1. If there was a year the Libertarian and Green parties should have been able to get double digit vote shares, it was this one, yet Gary Johnson got only 3.2% of the popular vote with a total of 3,718,178, and Dr. Jill Stein got less than 1% with a total of 1,097,981 votes. Sure, the entire system is rigged against them and that is clearly a factor, but the inability of the minor parties to do better is a testament to how terrible Johnson and Stein were as candidate choices.
2. Johnson broke the 5% barrier in Alaska, Maine, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Libertarians will have future success there. Many of those votes may very well have been nothing more than protest votes.
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Redstate gets it right on occasion.
Lysander Spooner once said “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.”
I tend to agree with Spooner, except I would add the words “in its current form” to the end of the quote, because I do not dismiss the use of constitutional amendments to move us closer to liberty, as I have previously mentioned HERE.
I believe that passing new amendments to limit some of the evils of the current regime is significantly more achievable than convincing the indoctrinated masses to embrace Rothbardianism.
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Have you heard the joke about the United States government being a representative one?
It goes like this: “The people who make the decisions in Washington are accountable to the people, and if they don’t do what we want, we can vote them out”.
On the surface, this appears to be a true statement. The positions of president, house of representatives, and senate are all filled by elections.
The president leads the largest branch in the United States government, and constitutional or not, it is involved in every aspect of our lives.
There are roughly 4,000,000 people in the executive branch, a large number of which make decisions that impact your life every day, yet Continue reading “The Executive Branch”
I usually find Gary Johnson interviews disappointing, and have criticized him before here and here, but his response to Chris Wallace’s question of a foreign policy of non-intervention at 7.30 brought him up a notch in my book. He’s now at notch one.
I regard the actions of almost every member of the establishment with the following question.
Is this person ignorant or evil?
For example, I believe that Bernie Sanders means well, but is completely ignorant of economics and history, while I believe that Hillary Clinton is evil. She knows exactly what she is doing.
As I learn more about the creation of the US Constitution via the Liberty Classroom courses, I can’t help but wonder the same thing about the various founders.
Where those who argued against the need for explicit language ignorant of the effect that the loose language would have, or were they deviously plotting the all-powerful government that they really wanted?
Patrick Henry smelled a rat.
Maybe we should too.