The 2-faction kleptocracy hates competition from emerging parties. So intense is this hatred that from 1850 till the early 70s, everything the Communist, Socialist and Prohibition parties demanded got written into U.S. law.
The Comstock laws of 1872-3 provided ten years on a chain gang for even talking about birth control, abortion or possessing a condom or diaphragm. These weren’t struck down until the Libertarian Party platform of 1972 demanded it.
Forced collectivization of labor, with mandatory tithing to union goons, the Communist Manifesto income tax, withholding for old-age pension demanded by Hitler’s National Socialist program and endorsed by Father Coughlin, regulation, licensing and extortion for every trade and profession were real by the 200th Birthday of These States. Yet all of these things were moonshine, pipe dreams back when Looking Backward, Equality, The Iron Heel and A Traveller from Altruria assured readers that altruism required aggression by naked force to make an Earthly Paradise of this vale of tears. How?
You’ve heard that power corrupts, but when was the last time you saw political power defined as the rate at which a Political State can have people killed? Any physics textbook explains that work is the product of a force acting over a distance, and that power is the instantaneous rate at which work is done. The word is recycled into politics because the meaning is practically the same, not some farfetched analogy. But for purposes of draining tax money into the personal comfort or politicians and their remoras, obfuscation, not clarity, is the useful tool.
This brings us to vote counting in Minnesota. Today’s kleptocracy is the same old political soft machine operated by interchangeable minions to rob money. The Republican faction retains many of its original influences: communism, christian altruism and racial purity eugenics. It seeks a return to Comstock Laws and National Prohibition, plus a Religious War against the Saracen blackamoor and his satanic plants. The Democratic faction longs for low tariffs, chattel slavery in its communist version, exploitation of immigrants, suppression of all things suppressable and extortionate gratuities for looking the other way. Both favor any excuse for armed asset forfeiture. By their lights, looter Third Parties added to their power, and are no longer needed anymore. The worst thing either faction can imagine is a party bent on undoing the corruption of a century in order to restore individual rights!
Mixed-economy elections are moneyed affairs with minute calculations of return on investment in the flim-flamming of fools. One of the best illustrations is the election of comedian Al Franken as Senator for Minnesota.
Under Minnesota state law, automatic recounts occur in the following general election circumstances:
1. the margin of victory in a state legislative contest is less than 0.5 percent of the total number of votes cast for that office…
2. the margin of victory in a contest… is less than 0.25 percent of the total number of votes cast for that office…
This law tells us that, to Minnesota lawmakers, the closer the election the greater the temptation to fraud–which, after all, is the whole point of running kleptocracy candidates for office! Al Franken lost by a couple of hundred votes, then won on recount by over twice that many so the initial and final count of those decisive votes differed by 245%. There’s your honor among thieves.
Looter parties fear honestly-cast spoiler votes. Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead only voted once, then rejected all choices between two evils. It’s a pity Garcia never heard of the Libertarian Party, for he might have understood that a winning vote is a vote that repeals bad laws. But the fact does underscore the importance of ending the Nixon subsidies to entrenched looter parties.
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