Know Thine Enemy

by Blowhard on October 28, 2013

The other day I and a coworker were assigned a special assignment which basically meant we stood next to each other for two hours and talked politics. My coworker, Andrew, is a hardcore Libertarian.

I generally agree with Libertarians on fiscal issues and limited government but not on drug legalization and immigration. But we are casual friends and I’ve brought him to Tea Party meetings and we are both volunteers on a current small campaign.
Though we’ve known each other for over a year and have attended political events together, this was the first time we had a completely open discussion with no one else there or no particular subject being covered in a meeting.

I listened to him rant for over an hour about how bad Romney was and McCain was and how Romney never denounced Romneycare in Massachusetts so he would never have repealed or defunded or “waived everyone” from Obamacare. Andrew also hated Boehner, McConnell, and basically any Republican he could think of. After listening to him, I asked him to say something negative about the Democrats, or any individual Democrat for that matter. He couldn’t. Maybe he tried but as soon as his lips started moving, it was all about how Republicans are not real conservatives. He literally could not say a single bad thing about Democrats. Not one. He was so programed to hate the impurity of Republicans that he never even thought about what the Democrats are doing to this country and his future (he is 24, I think). I asked him 7 times to say something, anything, bad about the Democrats. He couldn’t. Not wouldn’t, couldn’t.

Now, I’m no fan of RINOs, but I definitely see Democrats as the greater evil. Now any good Libertarian will tell you there is no real difference, but I realized that there is one major difference between the parties– Libertarians won’t insult Democrats. If your a Libertarian and want to prove me wrong please reply to this post and start your reply with a criticism of the Democrats.

I tried to explain my point of view to Andrew with the following analogy: You are in a school yard and the school bully is punching you and rather get angry and fight him, you instead get angry at your not-so-close friend who is not fighting the bully with all his might. I remember in childhood seeing similar events take place. Rather than fight a perceived stronger opponent, young boys will attack a weaker non-combatant in an attempt to retain pride and avoid finding himself on the bottom of the social pecking order.

Rush Limbaugh refers to the “left” as the “Blame America First Crowd” because no matter what bad thing happens, it was ultimately caused by American racism, sexism, imperialism, militarism, etc… and is never the fault of the perpetrators or bad actors.
After speaking with Andrew and after reviewing discussions with other Libertarians, I’ve come to the conclusion that they constitute the “Blame Republicans First crowd”.

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Blowhard October 30, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Thanks for the read. I agree with pretty much everything you wrote with a couple of exceptions.
I agree the “war on drugs has failed”, but so has our war on poverty, ignorance, and even mortality. The fact we have not had complete success does not mean the alternative would be no worse.
The other examples of gay marriage and abortion should– in my opinion– not be the concern of government. I feel the government has no right to validate marriage. If gays, straights, couples, triples, or larger groups of people and/or animals want to be married and their church recognizes their union, so be it. Government only recognizes marriage to separate married couples financially from unmarried people. Government can take property from individual’s estates if the “proper” paperwork is not in order or filed. And single people cannot be on “family” plans for insurance to save money. Individuals also don’t leave SSI benefits to others when they die. The recent push for gay marriage was more about financial gain than social equality. Remove government recognized marriage and you remove financial incentive for marriage and I believe the desire for recognizing non-traditional marriage becomes unimportant.
As for abortion, I don’t want to publicly fund it. The current debate about abortion is not whether it will remain legal but who will pay for it. If society pays for it, there is no room for moral arguments. All publicly funded actions are seen as righteous and reasonable. And public funding feeds into the nonsense about it being a “right”. I believe all rights must apply to everyone, not one gender, race, or religion.
Thanks again for reading and commenting.

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jerztarheel October 28, 2013 at 8:17 pm

I now consider myself a libertarian based on my stance on things that are of a more personal nature, while I consider myself right of center on government and public policy. I feel that Democrats are primarily leftists and pro-big government, therefore completely in the wrong on the government side. I do not agree with the government getting involved in things of a personal nature like gay marriage, abortion and the like. Those things depend on a person’s personal and sometimes religious beliefs, so they should be off limits for government. I am not sure how I feel about legalizing drugs, but so far, the “war” on drugs has been a complete waste of our tax dollars.
This Democrat Administration sure looks hell bent on the destruction of the Constitution and every act and word gives this away. They may think they are doing the right thing, but I doubt it. I think they are trying to change the face of America forever and put themselves in power forever by growing the number of votes on their side by ignoring their constitutional duties. God help us because they are winning. The ACA (Obamacare) is the main nail in our coffin but now they want immigration reform that suits their plan to have a continual Democrat voting population of even more people that are not well enough informed – or God help us – too self centered – to know that this path is leading to the destruction of the United States.
This Administration is evil at its core with bad intent for our country and if anyone reading this actually thinks otherwise, they are self delusional. They need to get their heads out of, well, you know.
The ACA is now showing itself to be a middle class destroyer. A friend of mine went online to get his quote and his health care went from $650ish per month to over $1600 per month. From what I see on TV news, this isn’t an aberration. Lots of people are getting kicked out of their plans only to find the Obamacare solution to be two or three times more expensive. The number of people that will lose their policies is estimated by the CBO to be about 16,000,000. That’s a big number and proof that Obama was lying when he said “you can keep your policy”. One of his many, many lies.
It is almost time for me to have a new Medicare annual plan. Can’t wait to see how much they raise my costs since they have stolen almost a Trillion dollars from Medicare’s future funding.
Here are two things that need to be done before we can start fixing this country:
1. Tort reform to reduce Medical costs by reducing the amount lawyers can squeeze out of the Medical system.
2. Term limits to clean out Washington DC and keep politics from being a career choice. We need to get rid of the giant web of cronyism and we need to eliminate lobbyists altogether. Gee, didn’t someone, who was that, oh yeah, it was President elect Obama who promised to not have lobbyists in the White House. How is that going?

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