Looter parties, like the Democrats and Republicans, gather a mossy aggregation of stale platitudes forced on them by the spoiler votes of many small parties. Most of these small parties are aggregations mystical fanatics, like the Ku Klux Klan, the Communist Party, Islamic Statists, or similar prohibitionists masquerading as single-sided, single-issue lobbies such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Industrial Workers of the World, Drug Abuse Resistance Education, Workers’ Solidarity Alliance, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union or the Anti-Saloon League.
To someone on a mission from Allah, Jesus, God, Jim Jones or Richard Nixon, the enemy is an absolute evil manifested by Revealed Faith as opposed to the evidence of the senses transmitting the facts of reality, and must be prosecuted by the initiation of harmful or deadly force. The result of such endeavors is what you see in the newspapers.
The worst thing the Libertarian Party can do is let the opposition’s mindless mysticism decide the issues to be placed before voters. Election means choices, and choices are between two distinct alternatives. One such is the choice between enforcing coercive taxation to send men with guns pointed at our children to raise the cost of some sort of harmless enjoyment, or not pointing guns at the kids. I personally am proud and thankful–thankful that youth has progressed to the point of finding enjoyment in life without violating the rights of any individual, a good example. Elsewhere, youth are trained by their superstitious elders to proudly strap bombs to themselves or piously stone their mothers and sisters to death in a public square. Another choice is between forcing people to pay for young men with guns to go invade or bomb a foreign anarchy or Dark Ages dictatorship on the other side of the planet. Emulating those dictatorships by sending men with guns out to bully pregnant women is just as bad.
One alternative to these types of mossy looter baggage is original thinking. Scott Adams lives by his wits in a competitive market by drawing entertaining and relevant cartoons. The guy thinks outside the communist v. nationalsocialist box, and therefore outside the Democrat v. Republican box, adding extra dimensions as needed to express increasing complexity. I do not agree with all of Scott Adams’ ideas, but they are refreshing in their originality and in their tendency to replace the pointing of more guns with the pointing of fewer guns at the voters and their neighbors. Here is a sample of how he disagrees with “all” (meaning looter) candidates and approaches issues from a new direction.
Abortion, trade, Supreme Court, immigration, college and healthcare are examined in a way that is different from the previous-century approach preferred by geezer parties doddering under unshakeable dedication to beliefs that are patently false, manifestly absurd, and likely to get us killed. When the LP decides on a candidate, that candidate will, we hope, be like a rolling stone and strike out in a different direction. Our candidate should make the looters answer our tough questions–the questions important to voters exercising individual rights–rather than the other way around.