Former Governor of Massachusetts Bill Weld announced today he is running for president against Donald Trump, hoping to secure the Republican nomination.
By Manuel Martin | United States
The Republican party is ruining America. It’s time for the GOP to go the way of the dinosaur or endorse Joe Biden. In my past, I have actually been a Republican myself. At the age of 21, I started a local tea party chapter and volunteered with my local GOP central committee. I gave speeches to hundreds of Republicans, pumping them up to fight for smaller government and more freedom. In fact, I even ran for state assembly in California as a Republican.
I was an above average GOP solder. I would get mad when someone “disrespected the flag”, pledging my proud allegiance to it. My long-winded conversations with Republican senior citizens often included trading sentences like, “kids in school don’t even do the pledge of allegiance, can you believe what’s happening to the country?” I was that guy who thought that my flag worshiping was superior to another team’s.
Unfortunately for the Republican Party, I paid attention to what they did, not what they said.
The Republican Party and Big Government
Almost all modern Republican officials simply conserve the expanded power of government. The Democrats before put the policies in, and the Republicans do nothing to repeal them. In many cases, they even implement their own additional expansions. Be honest and ask yourself something: What major agencies or legislation have you seen the GOP shut down or repeal? The GOP had the House, Senate, and Presidency with the clear mandate of repealing Oabamcare, but they still haven’t. Why would the GOP not do what they promise? The answer is simple: because they lie. The GOP is not the party of small government; they are the party of rhetoric.
Republican apologists are allowed to have their opinions, but not their own facts. Simply put, Republican administrations in recent history have actually outspent their Democrat rivals. While Carter, Clinton, and Obama increased the national debt by 43%, 32%, and 74%, respectively, the recent Republicans did far worse. In fact, Reagan, H.W. Bush, and W. Bush raised the national debt by 186%, 54%, and 101%. This all adds up to a grand total of 149% and 341%. Of course, neither number is in any way tolerable. However, it is especially despicable that the party of small government raised the debt more than twice as much as Democrats.
The Democrat-Republican Cycle
America! The game Washington is playing with you is simple. Democrats advance a more intrusive and regulatory government while not getting too carried away with spending. Then Republicans, once in power, tend to maintain the size of government (sometimes slowing regulatory growth). But, they do nothing to remove newly established agencies or laws while exploding government spending. When Democrats find themselves back in power, they now have (thanks to Republicans) more money. Thus, they can build new government programs and agencies, furthering control over your life.
Two key factors make this Democrat-Republican cycle possible. First of all, that voters listen to what politicians say, not what they do. The second factor is that voters believe politicians govern according to the rhetoric they espouse. Unfortunately, voters do not pay attention to how politicians govern. Instead, many simply listen to what politicians say and prescribe their economic results to the politicians’ narratives. Because many voters don’t pay attention to details, Republicans can get away with governing like socialists but campaigning like capitalists.
Obama and Republicans
While Obama’s administration was running havoc over the economy, remember, Republicans in Congress passed budgets authorizing all of the abuse and waste. Yes, Obama spent hundreds of billions bailing out Wall Street. But who abandoned free market principles to save the free market system again?
A False Sense of Freedom
Republicans verbally campaign to shrink government and legislate like ardent supporters of big government. As a result, voters never get a chance to experience free market principles in action. Because Republicans are the fake opposition, party voters always experience big government, with or without the brand. Of course, big government will always win when it’s competing against itself.
Republicans are ruining America by tricking voters into attributing controlled-market economic results to free-market capitalism. Constituencies never actually vote for or experience free-market capitalism. Thus, they can never learn the vast differences between it and the two parties’ government-based solutions.
Because of the Republican Party’s fake opposition, voters simply toggle between two parties of controlled markets. The only difference is that Republicans claim to be supporters of capitalism. Is it any wonder that the government continually grows when voters do not have another viable option? Schooling, media, and politicians all teach that the Republicans believe in a free market. How can we expect voters to believe any different? How can we not expect them to misunderstand what a free market really is?
The electoral cycle is eroding a once free and prosperous nation. It unfolds like this: the people vote for Democrats. When their policies fail, the people look for something else. Then, the people vote in Republicans who promise free market solutions. But, the Republicans legislate like Democrats, causing the people to wrongly prescribe the resulting economic failure to free market capitalism. Lastly, the electorate returns to the Democrats to fix the alleged free market inadequacies. Rinse and repeat until the government demands 40% of your income and permanent rent on your home, until they demand that your kids learn their curriculum, until they instill the false belief that without them, society would collapse.
The Republican party is ruining America by promising capitalism and delivering more government. Without a doubt, the great, unspoken truth in politics is that Republicans lie.
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Nate Galt | United States
Many Americans of different backgrounds have been disillusioned by the current political system. There are only two major parties—the Democratic and Republican. All other parties have no means of competing with either and will not be able to break their congressional duopoly in the near future. A significant portion of American voters believes that there are fundamental differences between the two parties. Some view the Democrats as extreme leftists and the Republicans as ultra-capitalists. Others view Democrats as “left” while saying that Republicans are “right-leaning.”
The two parties do disagree on several key stances such as abortion rights and gun control. However, there is one common trend between all major parties’ and their elected officials’ stances: authoritarianism. Despite their mildly differing stances, Republicans and Democrats still agree on the very things that are ruining America’s economy, limiting freedom, and wasting taxpayer dollars. For almost two centuries, both parties have backed the United States’s intervention into foreign conflicts, revolutions, and affairs. Since the country’s founding, it has been at war almost 94 percent of the time that it has existed. Both sides have accepted the Monroe Doctrine as a justification for their involvement in scores of foreign conflicts, such as in the Philippines, the Russian Revolution, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Iraq War, and the Iranian Revolution. The US has also intervened in numerous Latin and South American wars.
Both sides almost unanimously backed the USA PATRIOT Act and unconstitutional spying by the National Security Agency. Several prominent figures in the Republican Party, namely President Donald J. Trump, have called for the criminalization of flag burning and for banning protests during the National Anthem. These figures claim to stand for “liberty,” yet wish to outlaw protest, contrary to the First Amendment. Those positions are not synonymous with supporting maximum personal freedom. Conservative Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito believed that police should have the right to search automobiles on private property without a warrant. According to some people, Justice Alito is a “constitutionalist.” A constitutionalist cannot support a clear and evident violation of your right against warrantless searches guaranteed in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.
Many Republican voters believe that by voting for all the candidates with the letter “R” next to their name on the ballot, they are advancing personal freedom. They point to several Democrats’ anti-gun stances, saying that their positions are the reason that they vote Republican. The president who suggested that he “take the guns first and go through due process second” is not a Democrat. Wanting to strip citizens of their gun rights is approved by both parties.
The War on Drugs is still backed by both the Republicans and the Democrats. It has ruined hundreds of thousands of lives and has thrown many thousands more behind bars for decades-long sentences. The parties may seem to have their differences, but they are trivial. They all agree with policies that will line the pockets of the corrupt Washington elite and measures that will limit Americans’ personal freedom.
A party that supports gun control is not synonymous with liberty; neither is its rival party, which seeks to keep marijuana possession and use illegal and wants to prevent people from protesting a flag.
Neither party will advance individual freedom for the average American. The one thing that they will promote, however, is their own interest.
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By Max Bibeau | United States
As a species, humans are genetically predisposed to experience a negative reaction when they perceive something going on that is considered “unfair,” even if it doesn’t impact them directly. This makes evolutionary sense, as an unfair action, such as working with others to gather food and then not sharing the product, would bring the whole group down. This, of course, reduces chances of survival for each person in the group.
It would then appear logical for early humans to refuse to work with the individual who committed the unfair action in the future. They may even go so far as to punish him for his actions. Even in modern society, these genes linger. Humans experience an extremely passionate reaction when they detect unfair actions in their society.
What’s Unfair and What Isn’t?
Applying this to politics, it makes sense how infuriated individuals get when they see an unfair action. For example, there has been widespread Democratic outrage at Trump’s recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which drastically slashed taxes for the upper class. Similarly, since Obamacare’s enactment in 2010, Republicans have been fighting against it, commenting on its unfair premises.
So all humans can agree – we hate unfair actions. But what Jonathan Haidt examines in his insightful book The Righteous Mind, is why individuals of different political leanings have such drastically different ideas on the concept of “fair.” He boils it down to two essential stances: equality and proportionality.
Democrats’ and Republicans’ Morals
Democrats, he describes, see fairness as equal to equality. Generally, he is referring to equality of rights, which is why Democrats and liberals are often much more active in fights for civil rights and human rights than conservatives. However, he also recognizes that many Democrats also advocate for equality of outcome. This explains the liberal goals of higher taxes for the rich and more public services among others.
In stark contrast to the Democrats, Haidt explores the Republican idea of fairness: proportionality. This concept, which revolves around equity theory, holds simply that people deserve what they work for. If someone does little to no work, Republicans ask, why do they deserve money from other hard working Americans? This aptly explains common Republican principles such as lowering taxes, ending entitlements, and decreasing regulations.
Haidt’s moral foundations theory, popularized in his 2012 book, explains this difference. Liberals rely on the care/harm foundation much more heavily than conservatives. As a result, they tend to neglect the fairness/proportionality foundation that conservatives treasure.
A Bad Day for Compromise
For this simple reason, Democrats and Republicans may never find compromise. The two groups simply have extremely different views on the concept of “fair.” The two interpretations, equality and proportionality, are radically different, and the interpretation that one follows depends heavily on which moral foundations are strong within a person.
This explains why many Republicans are stumped as to how Democrats believe they have a right to someone else’s hard earned money. It also explains why Democrats often think Republicans have such little care for their fellow human beings.
Politics now are extremely partisan, and many wonder why Congress is never able to find common ground. The simple but unfortunate answer may be that Republicans and Democrats have drastically different concepts of morality. Therefore, they share completely different goals when it comes to crafting policy.
Using Haidt’s theory, we can also uncover why classic Republican arguments are ineffective in persuading Democrats, and vice versa. Republicans naturally appeal to the moral foundations that are important to them, and Democrats do the exact same thing. So, when a Republican attempts to make an argument in favor of proportionality to a Democrat, it almost always fails – because that’s not the Democrat’s primary concern.
Using Moral Foundations to Win
To be successful in persuading a Democrat, the Republican must utilize their moral foundations, specifically the care/harm foundation. A Democrat will be much more likely, psychologically, to respond to an argument that revolves around minimizing harm than an argument that attempts to promote fairness through proportionality.
Thus, we can see how the simple definition of “fair” is so radically different between the parties, and why that causes so many problems when it comes to creating and passing policy in America. Different people have fundamentally different moral pillars that they rely on. The current American political gridlock may be hardwired within us, and will remain unresolved unless the different parties learn how to appeal to the others’ sense of morality instead of their own.
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By John Keller | Florida
Joe Hannoush is the Libertarian candidate for District Twenty-Five of the Florida House of Representatives. He has been involved with libertarian politics since 2011 and seeks to bring that change to the state of Florida.
Keller: With a plethora of career options, what inspired you to seek a career in politics?
Hannoush: I am not pursuing a career in politics per se. I want to do what I can to inform others of a better solution to issues we face today. Running as a candidate for elected office is a great way to spread that message. I want to be the change I want to see. I am tired of complaining without offering a solution. I didn’t like the choices I had on my ballot, so I gave myself another option to vote for!
Keller: Many people when they think of government they think of Congress or the presidency. Why is politics at the state level, and in the state House of Representatives, so important and motivated you to get involved?
Hannoush: There is a saying “all politics is local”. To a certain degree, I agree. When it comes to the everyday things, it is usually the local government decisions that have the largest impact on an individuals life.
Keller: For over 150 years the United States has been locked in the two-party duopoly. What turned you on to the Libertarian Party?
Hannoush: In 2011, I took an online political quiz www.isidewith.com. The results told me my views most closely agreed with was the Libertarian Party. So I did more research on their platform and looked into the presidential candidate on the Libertarian Party ticket, Gary Johnson. I liked him a lot and found I agree on almost everything. So I voted for Gary in 2012 and the rest is history!
Keller: Being a swing state, Florida has both strong Democratic and Republican support, as well as significant moderate support. Why is a new voice, such as a libertarian, necessary in the two-party system in Florida?
Hannoush: The two-party system is not a good one even if the two parties are Libertarian and Anarchist. I believe in more choices and I know others do as well. I don’t care if I agree with other political parties or not, they deserve to get the same media exposure and debate and ballot access as the Republicans and Democrats currently do.
Keller: Florida is often brought to the political forefront, and were put into the national spotlight during the sanctuary city debate, a debate that still exists today. Where do you stand on your critical issue?
Hannoush: I believe an individual, whether they are a citizen of the United States or not, deserve the same freedoms I have. My parents left an oppressive government and came to the United States shortly before I was born. Because of that freedom to act for the betterment of life, liberty, and happiness, I have a freer life. I want that opportunity to exist for others as well.
Keller: Our Founding Fathers even disagreed on how to interpret the Constitution, shown in the Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist debates. What is your interpretation of the Constitution, and how does that influence your view on government?
Hannoush: My view of the Constitution is what I believe the Founding Fathers generally intended. That is that individuals have inherent rights and the Constitution instructs the Government on how to preserve those rights for the individual.
Keller: Libertarians tend to believe less government is better government. What is one area of government, however, you would like to see operating?
Hannoush: I do believe that national defense is the responsibility of the government.
Keller: Branching off of the last question, what is one area you think there should be cutbacks or even elimination in the state of Florida?
Hannoush: Florida, being a “swing” or “purple” state has led to the two major political parties here to be very divisive. There is too much power in the “leadership” of the political parties. No one is defending the rights of the people. The letter next to a person’s name holds more power than what that individual believes. I want to end partisan politics in Florida. A candidate that is giving the libertarian message will win every time.
Keller: What can the people of District 25 expect should you be elected?
Hannoush: That I will be a voice for the individual. I won’t vote based on what party leadership or lobbyist agenda is being pushed.
Keller: If someone was interested in getting involved or donating, how can they reach out to your campaign?
Keller: Do you have any final remarks for the readers?
Hannoush: I am currently pricing campaign materials and need as much funding as possible to help spread the message. Please donate to my campaign at paypal.me/joehannoush and follow my campaign at facebook.com/joehannoush and email [email protected] Thank you!
I would like to thank Joe Hannoush for his time. Be sure to visit his website and get involved!