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The key to political campaigns is in the definition of winning. Suppose someone wanted his son shot and jailed, home confiscated, unemployment up, and all markets crashed, you’d suggest he vote Republican. Same solution if they were to want a daughter to bleed to death because of medieval approaches to accidental pregnancy. To Republican, Christian National Socialist and Islamic State legislators that’s winning–provided their candidate also gets the government job. Communists and lay socialists on the other hand prefer to forego the government job but force the kleptocracy to change the laws in response to the pressure of their spoiler votes. It’s kind of like a “sacrifice” move in a chess game, in exchange for gaining tactical or positional compensation farther along. So if their platform planks seem “extreme” (meaning consistent with their ideology), that’s not a problem. Spoiler votes will gradually make those positions seem wearily centrist. That’s the strategy that enacted the 16th and 18th Amendments.
When socialist parties lose, it’s because (their cheerleaders feel) that particular unverifiable secret ballot election was rigged. Deep down you know this is true–or at least unfalsifiable–so the tendency is to feel a twinge of sympathy for the raw deal they got. But it’s not just ordinary socialists. Christian National Socialists, Islamic Mohammedans and devout altruistic Communists all want essentially the same thing: decisions imposed at gunpoint by the better people who know what’s good for the riff-raff. Of course they have surrogates. National Socialists of Third Reich Christian persuasions have since 1932 been the hand inside the Republican party sockpuppet. International Socialists of the East German Communist variety have lately pulled the strings that move the arms and mouths of Democratic Party spokesmen. One can’t think independently and still have faith in altruism.
But suppose a voter wants freedom? That is, not the initiation of force, but rather, voluntary cooperation? Suppose you want the Marxist personal income tax abolished, its collectors disarmed and returned to the productive labor market? What about those who want to eat, drink and smoke what they prefer–people to whom winning means becoming the masters of their own financial decisions?
In that case, the recommendation can only be to vote for the LP platform Gary Johnson is standing on. It is easy to verify that, as in 1892 or 1908, each third-party spoiler vote has way more law changing power than a vote wasted on shape-shifting actors fronting for soft machines. Dry Christian Progressives backing small parties in the 1890s paved the way for Prohibition making light beer a felony. Likewise, dry Christian Socialists paved the way for Soviet Communism in Russia, National Socialism in Germany, and transfer payments to non-producers elsewhere. Yet all their parties–Greenback, Farmer-labor, Anti-monopoly, Socialist, Socialist labor, Prohibition, LOST by their candidates getting less than half the electoral vote. However, they eventually won what they wanted by changing the laws, whether through enactment, court decisions, or repeal.
I’d wager that even if Gary Johnson were to receive 60% of the votes, a way would be found to defraud the election. But the fright would nevertheless cause the looters to abolish a mess of bad laws–which is what I really want. THAT’s winning. Consider making a Paypal donation at LP.org I absolutely guarantee your donation will change 600% to 3600% as many words in laws as it would if wasted on either of the Kleptocracy soft machines.
Whose job safety does the Supreme Court look out for? Why… that of both of the entrenched parties that nominate, confirm and pay them–who else?
The US Constitution establishes a Supreme Court, but says nothing about political parties. Only the ratification of the communist manifesto income tax plank made it possible for Richard Nixon’s Kleptocracy–from “both sides” of the aisle–to add federal subsidies for entrenched parties to the IRS Code. This he did within 24 hours of the Libertarian Party’s organization. Both Kleptocracy parties are loose agglomerations of mystical and racial collectivists. Each bunch is hypnotized in the belief that they themselves benefit from the hiring of “our” rotten cur of a politician instead of “that other” lying bastard. The multiplier effect that imparts law-changing clout to smaller third parties is thus completely eclipsed by the stereophonic frenzied rage whipped up by media outlets on the IRS payroll since 1971.
But what happens when a third party emerges, its candidates seeking a clear mandate to vote for freedom as opposed to coercion if elected? The Richard Nixon solution–using the Internal Revenue Service code make transfer payments from your earnings to subsidize the Republican and Democratic soft machines–is not enough. The major parties, like the dupes that elect them, need to be protected from themselves.
The Republican Party, rebuked by wet voters in Great Depression 1932, converted to the Positive Christianity of German National Socialism even as the Dems succumbed once more to the seduction of a slightly different brand of populist collectivism. These are the political ideologies that populate the Supreme Court today. The Supreme Court protects both of the hands that feed it. Even when it appears to be biting one hand or the other, is it in fact preventing some insane faction from again capsizing half of the Kleptocracy from within and opening the door to regime change. There are plenty of examples of this.
When formation of the Libertarian Party with an anti-draft plank threatened the looter entente, the military draft–which the Supreme Court had exempted from the Thirteenth Amendment–was temporarily shifted to a back burner with no further help from the court. But when pro-choice libertarian partisans frightened mystical prohibitionists with possible voter defection, the Supreme Court legalized women’s rights, its vorpal sword striking down State laws that bullied pregnant women. Thus the balance of power within the Kleptocracy was preserved snicker-snack by Court intervention preventing the suicide of its more mystical wing. That mystical wing promptly proceeded toward similar avenues of self-defenestration.
A similar Machiavellian calculus led to the court decision banning the judicial baiting of same-sex couples by those same mystical zealots. The Court’s decision enabled a much-relieved GOP to spread its arms and assure the faithful that its “hands are tied” in time for the 2016 election campaign. The rolling of queers (except where justifiable for asset forfeiture), alas, had to be tearfully deleted from the GOP agenda, and with it (they hope) any incentive for voting for the Libertarian party–whose platform made the decision inevitable.
The important thing to observe here is that the Supreme Court leapt in to force “both” parties to abide by its decision rather than stand at loggerheads and allow non-Kleptocracy candidates pull away spoiler votes. The last time a genuine third party managed to get some of its own into Congress, in 1892, those infiltrators transformed their entire agenda–Communist Manifesto Plank Two–into federal law and secured absolute control over the Democratic Party for decades.
Another judicial rescue mission occurred in the 1960s. The Court forced ku-klux southerners to stop intimidating and barring black and tan voters, cafeteria customers and schoolchildren. Those decisions allowed the southern Democratic party to assure Grand Goblins of its sympathy, but spread its arms in helplessness because its “hands are tied.”
The jobs-getting success of the Democratic party relies on simultaneously convincing women and gays that it (and not the LP.org) was instrumental in protecting their individual rights from the National Socialists who still write the platform for God’s Own Prohibitionists. The Libertarian Party is running on the record of political change brought about by the spoiler votes cast in support of its platform.
If this helped you better understand Court decisions against the background of realpolitik as she is, think of how much clearer your depositions can sound, or your contracts can read in translation.
Every election year Republican Svengalis come hunting Libertarian Trilbys to convert to the Immutable Platform cast in stone by God’s Own Prohibitionists. This is what happened in 1887. The episode is reported in the words of John Sherman, Congressman, Senator, Secretary of both State and Treasury and brother to Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman. Eventually, it is the Major Party platform that changes because integrity wins out over equivocation. People willing to kill you to take your money are also willing to lie–the easier to to rob you with, my voter!
“The only danger he (Governor Foraker) encountered was in the active movement of the Prohibition party. This party ran a separate ticket, the votes of which, it was feared, would mainly come from the Republican party. In a speech I made at Oberlin, on the 4th of November, I made an appeal to our Prohibition friends to support the Republican ticket. I said: “There are but two great parties in this country, one or the other of which is to be put in power. You have a perfect right to vote for the smaller Prohibition party, and thus throw away your vote, but you know very well that either a Republican or a Democratic legislature will be elected, and that there will not be a single Prohibition candidate elected. Will it not be better to choose between these two parties and give your assistance to the one that has done the most for the success of your principles?”
Observe that the prohibitionists wanted the laws to change. They did not care a whit about which politician is grinning from the podium. Yet Sherman immediately offered them a false choice between a grinning Republican and a supposedly wasted vote. Sherman then dangled the real bait.
“We think the Republican party is still entitled, as in the past, to your hearty support. Among other of its enactments there is the ‘Dow law,’ looked upon you with suspicion, yet it has done more for temperance than your ‘prohibition laws’ at present could have done. That law enables you to exclude the sale of liquor in more than 400 Ohio towns. It was passed by a Republican legislature. By it more than 3,000 saloons have been driven out of existence. “Then you have the repeated declaration of the Republican party, a party that never deceived the people with false promises, that they will do anything else that is necessary, or all that is possible by law, to check the evils that flow from intoxicating drinks.” (It took the GOP another thirty years to completely wreck the economy through prohibition enforcement in 1930. That drove plenty of people out of business, and did it again in 2007.)
“Is there not a choice between that party and the Democratic party, which has always been the slave of the liquor party, and whose opposition to the enforcement of the Dow law cost the state $2,000,000? The Democratic party, if put in power, will repeal that law and will do nothing for prohibition that you will accept.” (To frighten fanatics, threaten them with the horrors of freedom!)
“They say they want license, but they know it can never be brought about without a change in the constitution. They want the liquor traffic to go unrestrained. It does seem to me that with all the intelligence of this community it is the duty of all its candid men, who are watching the tendencies of these two parties in this country, not to throw their votes away.” (Again, the Republican platform contained what the prohibition voters did not want, yet proffer it as a future possiblity, and point to the Hobgoblin as the only alternative to surrendering their integrity.)
“It is much better to do our work by degrees, working slowly in the right direction, than to attempt to do it prematurely by wholesale, and fail. More men have been broken up by attempting too much than by ‘going slow.'” (Softlee, softlee, catchee monkey–old Chinese proverb)
“Your powerful moral influence, if kept within the Republican party, will do more good, a thousandfold, than you can do losing your vote by casting it for a ticket that cannot be elected. Next year will present one of the most interesting spectacles in our history. The Republican party will gather its hosts of progressive and patriotic citizens into one grand party at its national convention, and I trust that when that good time comes our Prohibition friends and neighbors who stand aloof from us will come back and join the old fold and rally around the old flag of our country, the stars and stripes, and help us to march on to a grand and glorious victory.”
(Sherman 1895 p. 770–of the single-volume edition)
The prohibitionists of course did not fall for it, but other voters reelected the candidate–who was defeated the subsequent year. Prohibitionists cast their votes for what they really wanted–a change in the laws. To the Republican, his ticket meant his party’s hand in the till. The Prohibition Party did not want a hand in the till. They wanted men with guns to take to the streets and arrest people for beer and liquor. The Major Party seduction relies on the fallacy of equivocation to trick the voters into betraying their own values and sacrificing them instead to what the Major Party wants. By preferring their own misguided lust for the power to coerce others, the prohibitionists injected next to the Bill of Rights an amendment transforming the Constitution into a religious fetish for the initiation of deadly force against peaceful individuals.