I’ve made the decision recently that I’m not voting for President this year. For the first time in my adult life, I do not feel any of the candidates deserve my vote. I know one of them will be President, but that does not mean I have to participate in the process that puts that person in the White House. It doesn’t mean I have to contribute to the clown show. Let it go on without me.
That said, I’d like to remind folks of something. The vast majority of issues that Americans wring their hands about, the President can’t do anything about – and shouldn’t – not without Congress. New taxes? Congress. Gun control legislation? Congress. Budget? Congress. Police abuses? None of his business. Marriage equality? How is that the job of the President?
You know what the President can do something about? You know what his primary function is? Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Also, he can make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, Supreme Court justices, and his Cabinet members.
National security and foreign policy. Those are the biggies.
So here’s what you have as your choices.
One of them, despite having been a classification authority as SECSTATE and having a daily PDB, claims she couldn’t figure out that (C) is a classification portion marking. Either that, or she hopes that most people are stupid enough to believe that. Either way, it’s unacceptable. She is also much more hawkish, and has no problem involving the US in foreign conflicts. Not good.
The second one doesn’t understand how our biggest and most important alliance works, thinks he can force military commanders to murder civilian family members of terrorists (hint: he can’t, because members of the military have an obligation to disobey illegal orders), and has so little understanding of macroeconomics and foreign policy, that he thinks he can use a trade deficit to pay for a wall and trade wars to bring jobs back to the United States.
The third one can’t name a foreign leader he admires. Actually he can’t name a foreign leader at all. And sorry, libertarians, but this meme is beyond stupid. Just because he may not like or admire any foreign leader doesn’t absolve him of the responsibility of knowing who they are and understanding global issues and the world leaders who are a part of them.
One is bought and paid for by the Russians, the other one is bought and paid for by the Saudis, and the third one doesn’t know enough to be bought.
Two want to deprive Americans of their Second Amendment rights without due process. (See: the alleged terror watchlist on which nearly half the people have no terrorist ties whatsoever, but both candidates want to use to forbid citizens to purchase guns.) The third chose a running mate who compared an AR-15 to a weapon of mass destruction.
In other words, you can pick your poison with this election. And each of them would be poison in slightly different ways, but poison nonetheless.
This is why Trump’s latest “scandal” doesn’t surprise me. Ultimately, it has very little to do with being President – other than the fact that the world would see this country elect a boorish, tasteless, gaudy shitbag. I already knew he’s a dick. I already knew he is a classless bag of . This is no shock, and I don’t know why everyone is clutching their pearls at the conversation between Trump and Billy Bush (whoever that is) over a decade ago about women and how he acts around them. This shouldn’t be a shock to anyone.
There’s a case to be made that this is locker room talk. This is how guys banter among one another. I’ve hung out with enough infantry guys to not let that bother me. He’s disrespectful. We already knew that.
But here’s what does bother me. I can’t tell whether he’s just bragging like a teenager going through puberty about his sexual conquests, or whether he’s actually assaulted women.
Trump: Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.
Bush: Whatever you want.
Trump: Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.
What he’s saying there is that he randomly sticks his mouth on women and grabs them by the genitals, because dammit the bitch wants it. Because he’s rich. And he’s a star. He doesn’t ask them. He just grabs their crotch. Right?
Is he just bragging here about being so YUGELY famous, or did he actually grab women by their crotches and assume he could because he’s rich and famous?
If he did, that’s called sexual assault, boys and girls. And that makes him a sexual predator.
That does bother me.
And no. “But Bill Clinton sexually assaulted XX amount of women” will not mitigate this.
No, “But Hillary Clinton helped him cover it up” will not make this any more acceptable.
No, “But BENGHAZIIII!” is not an answer.
If he sexually assaulted women, he does not belong in the White House.
It is not acceptable.
I understand men talk all kinds of shit in the locker room. But if he has actually done what he says…
…he belongs in PMITA prison.
I know I promised not to write about national politics, but the news is so weird, I had to mention it. Last night’s conversation went something like this…
Rob: Holy shit! The Richmond Times-Dispatch just endorsed Gary Johnson!
Rob: I’m not kidding! They just endorsed Gary!
Me: That’s a joke, right?
Rob: No, seriously.
Gary Johnson is a former, two-term governor of New Mexico and a man who built from scratch a construction company that eventually employed more than 1,000 people before he sold it in 1999. He possesses substantial executive experience in both the private and the public sectors.
More important, he’s a man of good integrity, apparently normal ego and sound ideas. Sadly, in the 2016 presidential contest, those essential qualities make him an anomaly — though they are the foundations for solid leadership and trustworthy character. (At 63, he is also the youngest candidate by more than half a decade — and is polling well among truly young voters.)
The Libertarian candidate is on the ballot in all 50 states.
To be sure, I don’t agree with him on many issues. His running mate is a particularly odious brand of leftard. But I also know Gary. We’ve met numerous times. He was largely responsible for my switching from the BlackBerry to the iPhone back in 2012 (not sure if Rob will ever forgive this transgression) by singing its praises and telling me that the BlackBerry was on its way out, and that he was shocked at how easy to use and versatile the iPhone was!
In other words, Gary is probably the most normal guy you will ever see on the national stage. Yes, he says dumb things sometimes. There are times he seems not to have thought his positions through. But the thing about Gary is that he listens. He learns. When you make your case to him, he honestly weighs what you have to say and researches it before deciding whether to change his mind on an issue or not. But he’s normal. He’s nice. He’s kind. He’s funny. And most of all, he’s genuine and willing to admit what he doesn’t know.
How rare is that?
But I’m not really here to talk about Gary, other than to confirm what the Richmond Times-Dispatch seems to have discovered this year – that he’s a viable candidate for the White House, especially given the complete fuckery that has been foisted on the two major parties by the establishment.
I’m here to marvel at just how horrible the two major parties have to be for a major Virginia newspaper to endorse a third-party candidate!
One candidate apparently didn’t realize she was a classification authority, and therefore didn’t understand that the (C) in front of each paragraph in her email meant “CONFIDENTIAL,” prompting everyone to wonder about her intelligence.
The other candidate went to a neighboring country with which we have a tight economic relationship, petted its corrupt president on the head and told him how fabulous his country was, came back to the United States, proceeded to screech that despite the fact his AWESOME, FANTASTIC, BEAUTIFUL WALL wasn’t discussed, our neighbor WAS going to pay for it, because everything is a negotiation. Meanwhile, a surrogate issued a “dire” warning that if the opponent won, there would be “taco trucks on every corner.”
Mmmmmmm…. tacos. Yum.
This is the type of choice America faces in 2016?
“I didn’t know what that little C in parentheses meant.” (Even though, I was a member of the national security team and a classification authority, and a number of State cables that bore my name were classified as (C))
Taco trucks on every corner!
Is it any wonder that a major Virginia newspaper chose to give the finger to both?
It shows one thing: the two major party candidates are the most odious, awful, unacceptable contenders for the highest office in the land we could have possibly gotten!
And the most ardent of their supporters – on both sides – are the most frothing idiotic hordes of ignorami ever created! (This excludes those who are dissatisfied with both choices, and are basically holding their noses.)
These are the people who twist and spin, and who hurl turds in the form of everything from ad hominems to death threats to those who oppose their political deity of choice.
Honestly, if this nation is to survive, it’s these morons we need to defeat!
There. I said it.
I’ve tried to keep away from Election 2016, generally. Yeah, I’ll take on certain issues important in this election, and will take candidates to task on said issues, but generally, this election is such a clown show, that I cannot stomach even writing about this insanely bad lot of candidates who can’t wait to wield their AUTHORITAH! over Americans!
When given the choice between a woman who was either too stupid to realize that she was sending classified information over an unsecure server, or outright lied about it, and a man who is completely ignorant about nearly everything and has no idea what he believes other than his dick is apparently satisfactory, as is the size of his orange little hands, I thought the Libertarian Party was a viable choice.
At least I wouldn’t need a shower in boiling Listerine after casting my vote, right?
The LP in all its retardery decided to pander to so-called “moderates” this year by nominating a gun-grabbing, Constitution-shredding, shriveled up nutsack as its Vice Presidential nominee.
Bill *spit* Weld.
Historically a gun grabbing asshole, who has as little respect for property rights as he does for the Second Amendment, has wormed his way onto the ballot, promising not to betray Libertarian ideals and swearing his views have evolved. Well, he betrayed that promise about five minutes after securing the nomination.
Here’s what this infected testicle had to say about gun rights.
Wants to deprive people of their right to keep and bear arms without due process? No problem.
Evil “assault” rifles? Check.
I was willing to put up with a lot from the LP this year, given the assclownery that has been the hallmark of the two major parties this year. Gary Johnson is far from perfect. Very inexperienced when it comes to national security and foreign policy, which is particularly important to me this year. But that said, I’ve met Gary, and I’ve spoken to him. He’s willing to listen and learn and even change his views if a good case is presented! I was willing to accept that.
But Weld? No way. If anything happens to Gary, this fetid yambag becomes POTUS?
If I want a statist in the White House, I’ll vote for one of the major party candidates.
So screw the LP, and screw Weld. I was willing to put up with a lot, but not this.
Looks like I’m writing in SMOD 2016.
It’s tough to win, or even make a respectable showing in the polls, if you’re not included.
Last month Zogby announced they would be including Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for President, in their polls after a concentrated effort by Johnson supporters.
Thank you to all the dedicated Libertarians who have called and emailed asking to see their party’s candidate on future surveys of the presidential race. Rest assured, we will be including Gary Johnson as we move forward.
Sure enough, the last poll I received did, in fact, include Gary Johnson.
Good show of fairness, Zogby!
Yes, I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I was in Canada for work all last week, and dealing with some stuff I needed to take care of at home. No biggie I’m back.
I haven’t blogged much about the GOP presidential nominee race. Maybe a little. I am a staunch supporter of Gary Johnson, who’s gotten about as much traction as Buddy Roemer (who? exactly) in this race. Unfortunately, Gary Johnson has decided to jump the GOP ship and seek the Libertarian Party nomination, disappointed with the establishment’s refusal to allow him to even participate in debates.
While I respect his decision, I do think it’s a career killer. I respect libertarian ideals, but the party has no capacity to organize or mount effective national campaigns. I think Gary Johnson’s biggest mistake was to not build a national brand early and running a national campaign for president like a campaign for governor or even a local campaign. I hate to say it, but that’s not the way to win.
So who’s left?
At one point I thought that maybe I’d vote for Ron Paul. Sure, his foreign policy ideas are batshit crazy. He honestly thinks Iran would be much more warm and fuzzy toward us if we were just nice to Ahmadinejad. Uh….
He favors an isolationist policy. He doesn’t think Russia is enough of a threat to continue our participation in NATO – a stance I am positive is absolutely wrong.
He thinks we should disband the CIA. He doesn’t trust the intelligence community. One of the main functions of the presidency is that of commander-in-chief of America’s military. How the hell can you be an effective commander, if you have no trust in your intelligence??
I was also never a fan of his habit of tacking earmarks for his district onto bills that are sure to pass, voting against them, knowing they will pass, and then claiming to be some kind of champion of responsible spending.
I could almost overlook all that.
But then there’s this.
Ron Paul apparently thinks Bradley Manning – the little shit who handed over thousands of classified records to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks is a patriotic hero. That’s right. This kid violated a contract he had with the military to keep the government’s secrets. He endangered sources and their families. He revealed confidential State Department communications. He revealed critical infrastructure, procedures, and other sensitive information. And Ron Paul thinks he’s a hero.
Manning wasn’t a hero, and he didn’t reveal sensitive information out of a responsibility to get any kind of truth out, nor did he do it because he felt our government was behaving criminally! If you read the logs of Manning’s conversations with Adrian Lamo, you’d understand that he was an emotionally unstable jerk, who was upset about not being treated like he thought he deserved. He was conflicted about his sexuality, and he was determined to prove himself important.
Manning didn’t do this out of any sense of obligation! He downloaded everything he could find and gave it en masse to Assange. He wanted to appear important, nothing more. And the information he revealed didn’t serve to paint our leaders as “criminals.”
What he did do was reveal names of sensitive sources.
What he did do was endanger the families of assets in Afghanistan.
What he did do was reveal a list of sensitive sites that our allies consider critical to national security.
And what he did do is make public private communications between State Department employees.
Additionally, what he did do was violate his contract with the Army to keep sensitive information secret.
He’s not a hero. He’s a criminal, and a disgusting, whining piece of crap who decided to get back at Uncle Sam for not treating him like his mommy and daddy would.
And THIS is what Ron Paul finds patriotic and heroic?
I’m done with this guy. Any support I might have had for him vanished with his coddling of a criminal who played games with our national security to build up his own ego. Ron Paul can’t even put his distrust of authority aside long enough to understand that governments DO need to classify information, that governments DO have the authority to punish those who violate contracts with it, including non-disclosure agreements, that circumstances DO exist that should preclude the people having access to information.
Please, Ron Paul. Just go away. Last thing we need in the White House is a truther nut who doesn’t even trust his own intelligence community.