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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But without the state, who would destroy thousands of pounds of barbecue before it could feed the needy.
Source: Hundreds of pounds of American Royal barbecue intended for needy bleached and thrown in dumpster
We are continually told that every country must have an activist government. No economy nor society can be allowed to just bumble along by itself, the firm smack of political control is necessary for the world to continue to turn on its axis. This is not really what the empirical evidence tells us of course.
Source: Spain Has No Government For 10 Months – Economy Grows, Unemployment Falls To 18.9%
“Who will build the roads without the state?”
The statists say this as if it is some incredibly difficult question that no one has ever considered.
The same people who build the roads now can also build them in the future, and those people are not the state. They are private contractors with a workforce of roughly 235,000 people, who are merely paid by the state with your tax dollars minus the cost of the bureaucracy. We can eliminate the middleman and directly pay them without the state.
The state is the only thing currently stopping you, me, or a group of us, from paying those same private contractors to build all of the roads that we could ever want.
But without the state, who would pay rich dairy farmers to produce cheese that no one wants?
Dan K, brought up several great questions in the comments of the Constitutional War Amendment, and I thought I would re-post my response here.
DK: Interesting approach, but I would be concerned about misapplication by Congress to justify maintaining the current military machine, especially with the shift in warfare to conflicts involving violent non-state actors.
RSW: Misapplication will certainly occur as the state cannot be trusted to obey its limits. After all, if the state stayed within its constitutional limits, this amendment wouldn’t be necessary.
Congress is hesitant to declare war; otherwise they would be doing it. A recorded vote on a war declaration is something the opposition can run against in the next election, and individual members of congress don’t want that.
Violation of the amendment is also grounds for impeachment, which means the congress will always be looking for overstep by the executive as long as they are not the same party. I believe that Bush and Obama would both have been impeached under this amendment at the points in their presidencies when they lost the super majority.
DK: If Congress declares war on North Korea, where would deployment of armed forces be okay? North Korea, South Korea, Japan, China, Russia, etc.? Non-local regions/nations, e.g. Iran, Syria? What’s the limit? Continue reading “Constitutional War Amendment Questions”