Tuesday, October 25, 2016


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I Voted For Trump

Why in the world would a libertarian vote for Donald Trump? As Ron Paul wailed on CNN on Super Tuesday, Trump “represents the opposite of Liberty!”

I don’t disagree.

Donald Trump also represents the opposite of Washington.

When I first started my career in D.C., I was a young and naive idealist wearing a uniform and serving as a United States Marine.

During my last year on Active Duty, working in the Judge Advocate Division, I was in charge of reporting cases of officer misconduct . . . and boy I had my hands on countless salacious stories that the media would have drooled over.

At night, I was able to comb through the original Service Record Books of the most notorious Marines . . . from Charles Whitman to Lee Harvey Oswald.

But the biggest scandal I witnessed during my time was the scandal that took place in the White House.

As I tracked and reported cases of misconduct, I kept a tally. Over 75% of my active cases were for the offenses of adultery and fraternization . . . the exact offenses our Commander-in-Chief at the time was guilty of.

As good officers were literally doing time in the brig for their lack of judgment, Bill Clinton was kicking back in the White House.

Following my time in the long hallways of Headquarters Marine Corps, I ended up working in the lobbying office for one of the nation’s largest oil companies.

One day, my boss asked me to sit in for him at a meeting with the other oil lobbyists and I arrived the next morning to a scene straight out of Hollywood.

Not long after I entered the dark, wood-lined conference room filled with a variety of “old boy” characters sitting around a massive table, the leader of the discussion crowed, “Who is going to put money into Hastert’s pocket?”

His tone shifted to urgent as he cried, “We’re falling down as an industry guys!”

As one lobbyist after another pledged to divert funds to buy influence, I sank further into my seat.

Knowing how Washington works is one thing, seeing it take place before your eyes is another.

As I made it back to my office, I shot off an email offering to stuff envelopes for a government watchdog group and weeks later, they hired me as a director which started my lengthy career in fighting government for a living.

Since I made it to D.C. twenty-three years ago, I’ve had a front row seat to witness an endless parade of corruption and hypocrisy, not just within government, but within the consultant and political class that surrounds it.

As Marty Huggins would say, “Folks, bring your brooms, ‘cause it’s a mess!”

And that’s a gross understatement.

Washington is a freaking cesspool filled with pseudo-intellectuals and con men looking to buy and sell each other. The smart ones do it for money; the dumb ones do it for social standing that they define as “power.”

The scandals that are buzzed about from time to time about law breaking or ethics violations are nothing compared to the legal corruption that takes place daily . . . and it involves just about everyone that’s inside the beltway, not just the politicians who are the target of our anger.

That’s where Donald Trump comes in.

Trump is not part of the political class and never will be. More importantly, the success of his campaign has made complete clowns of the candidates, consultants and election experts who were previously held in high regard.

The brash billionaire is able to accomplish something that no one has been able to come close to since Washington left office . . . he’s breaking down the political machine, and more specifically, the Grand Old Party.

In his farewell address published in 1796, George Washington warned the nation of the “baneful effects of the spirit of the party.”

Few listened to him and the tools in power today from Mitch McConnell to Lindsey Graham to the neo-con clowns of the National Review, have clearly not taken a moment to sit back and understand that political parties do not deserve loyalty . . . principles demand loyalty and the GOP along with so-called “conservatives” have no firm principles.

When it comes to ideological grounding, the GOP, the conservative movement and, yes, even Donald Trump do not know who they are.

They have not explored the principles of Liberty to set aside party lines and trust in individuals rather than government.

When an individual lacks a foundation of beliefs, they quickly sink into the quagmire of mass opinion and outside influence for gain.

When beliefs are formed on a foundation of Liberty, there is never a doubt. The only question is “how do we get there?”

Liberty is a mountain made of granite. Mere men can’t break, move it or ignore it. When your eyes are open to these principles, you can’t even really argue with yourself.

As one libertarian activist, Ernie Hancock, says, “Freedom is the answer. What’s the question?”

So when an opportunity comes about to destroy or at least change the Republican Party and the Washington Establishment, hell yes, I’m taking it.

Make no mistake; I have high confidence that when Donald Trump takes the GOP nomination, he will be able to beat Hillary Clinton . . . despite what the polls may say.

But my decision was not based upon the outcome of the election; it was based upon the devastation Donald Trump will lay upon various arms of the government, the Washington Establishment and Congress. “President” Trump will serve as a spark to burn the whole thing down, and a controlled-burn is long overdue.

As for me, I’d rather take a shot at starting over then endure another eight years of ruin due to spineless and self-serving elites who demand our respect.

I’d rather hand the reigns of government over to a drunk monkey with a butcher knife than allow another bullshit politician to sit in our White House.

Today, Donald Trump was my drunk monkey. I’ll bring the butcher knife.

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Is Carly Fiorina the next big Republican sensation?

The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard–and the only woman currently running for the Republican nomination for President–has been mired with low poll numbers since her May 4 campaign launch.

But that may all be changing–thanks to two new national polls that show Fiorina quickly gaining momentum and rising in the ranks.

Over the weekend, two new polls had her well into the top 10.

A PPP poll put her in 6th place, tied with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) at 4% of the vote. And an Economist/YouGov poll placed her in 7th place, with 3% of the vote–tied with Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) and former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR.)

The uptick in polls comes at a time when Fiorina needs it most–as Fox News decides who qualifies for the first Republican debate in less than two weeks.

Fox has announced that, because of the large Republican field, only the top 10 candidates in national polls will participate in their prime time debate. The remaining candidates will participate in a debate earlier that evening, where the audience–and the prestige–is virtually guaranteed to be smaller.

Even as Fiorina attracted attention in Iowa, New Hampshire, and the national media–and gained notoriety for her gloves-off attacking of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton–she continually ran at the back of the pack. These polls show her passing better-known and often better-funded opponents. If her numbers continue to hold, she’d be guaranteed a spot in the debate–putting her in front of a large audience.

With her recent momentum, deep-pocketed Republican donors are starting to take notice. The upcoming “Koch seminar,” a gathering of some of the biggest Republican donors sponsored by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, announced that Fiorina would make their short list of candidates invited–along with fellow Republican presidential contenders Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz.

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The definitive guide to every Republican (currently) running for President

Jeb Bush: June 15, 2015. The former Governor of Florida from 1999-2007, Jeb Bush is the son of a former President (George H.W. Bush) and the younger brother of another one (George W. Bush.) While in office, he was largely popular and is widely seen as a moderate conservative. Since he launched his campaign, he stumbled a few times–namely when it comes to defending the record of his brother; Jeb caused controversy when he said he thought the Iraq War was a good idea, unlike most of his fellow opponents.

Ben Carson: May 4, 2015. Carson has never held political office before–but he’s one of the most well-respected pediatric neurosurgeons in the world, whose life was made into a TV movie, Gifted Hands, in 2009, even before he entered politics. He entered the political fray with a well-received speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, and has since become a noted conservative commentator.

Chris Christie: June 30, 2015. Christie has been the Governor of New Jersey since 2010–and his 2009 election in deep-blue New Jersey was one of the first major victories of the resurgent Republican Party after Obama won the White House in 2008. Christie gained notoriety for taking on a large deficit and entrenched interests, like teachers’ unions–and gained a reputation for plain talk. He won re-election in 2012 by a landslide, but his approval rating has since fallen to historic lows in New Jersey.

Ted Cruz: March 23, 2015. A vocal conservative, Ted Cruz is one of three Latinos in the U.S. Senate. Cruz has a long history in politics: at one point, he was the youngest and longest-serving solicitor general in Texas history. He’s a graduate of Harvard Law and has garnered a reputation as someone unafraid to stand up for conservative principles.

Carly Fiorina: May 4, 2015. Fiorina’s never held political office before but, as the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, she’s no stranger to leadership roles. While at the helm of HP, Fiorina doubled the size of the company–but, following a power struggle with the board of directors, left after five years. She’s the only female candidate running for the Republican nomination.

Lindsey Graham: June 1, 2015. Graham represents South Carolina in the U.S. Senate–and he has a reputation as being strong on defense, often teaming up with his colleague, Sen. John McCain, to fight for the U.S. to take a stronger role in foreign affairs and for increased defense spending. On social issues, Graham tends to be more of a moderate. Graham, who has never married, would be the first unmarried President elected since James Buchanan in 1856.

Mike Huckabee: May 5, 2015. Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas and a former Baptist preacher, caused a stir in 2008 when he unexpectedly won the Iowa Caucus–running as a Christian and conservative voice in the Republican Party. Though he eventually lost the Republican nomination to Sen. John McCain, he gained a national profile–which led to him getting his own weekend news show on Fox News.

Bobby Jindal: June 24, 2015. Jindal is the Governor of Louisiana, but he’s been a rising star for decades–from running the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals at age 25, to becoming the president of the University of Louisiana system at age 28, to becoming a U.S. Congressman by age 34. Jindal’s star dimmed substantially in 2009 when he delivered the poorly-received official rebuttal to Obama’s State of the Union address. Since then, low approval ratings in Louisiana have further hurt his national ambitions.

George Pataki: May 28, 2015. George Pataki hasn’t held office in nearly a decade–but he served as Governor of New York for three terms, from 1995-2006. Pataki was one of just three Republican Governors elected in New York since 1923–but, while his first term enacted a number of conservative reforms, he maintained support by steadily moving towards the moderate center during his second two terms of office.

Rand Paul: April 7, 2015. Rand Paul is the Senator from Kentucky, and he’s the son of libertarian hero and former Congressman Rand Paul, who ran for Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and 2012. Paul is a trained ophthalmologist, who only entered politics in 2010. He’s one of the more libertarian-leaning candidates seeking the nomination, though less so than his father, and has attracted attention from both sides of the aisle for his filibusters, most notably on the issue of drone attacks on American citizens.

Rick Perry: June 4, 2015. Rick Perry is the former Governor of Texas–one of the longest serving governors in America, at the time. Despite his popularity, his 2012 run for the Republican nomination was marked with a number of missteps–notably, when he forgot his part of his answer at one of the Republican debates, and infamously uttered, “Oops!”

Marco Rubio: April 13, 2015. Rubio is the Senator from Florida. A Cuban-American, he shot to fame after he took on the popular then-Governor Charlie Crist, a moderate Republican, to run for the open U.S. Senate seat in Florida. He eventually defeated Crist in the primary–and, after Crist decided to run as an independent, Rubio defeated him again in the general election.

Rick Santorum: May 27, 2015. Santorum, a former one-term Senator from Pennsylvania, shocked the nation when he narrowly won the Iowa Caucus in 2012 over eventual nominee, Mitt Romney. His success, however, was short-lived. Since 2012, he has continued to build his national profile, and push conservative causes, especially his pro-life and religious beliefs.

Donald Trump: June 16, 2015. Trump is a businessman, allegedly worth $9 billion–and he’s always had an eye for flash, especially with his casino-hotels in Atlantic City, his one-time ownership of New York’s venerable Plaza Hotel, and more. He recently starred for a number of years on the NBC reality TV show, The Apprentice, where he coined the catchphrase, “You’re fired.” Trump has no previous political experience.

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The 2016 Republican field has their first female candidate: Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, announced her entry into the fray on Monday.
Fiorina was the CEO of HP from 1999 to 2005, presiding over the critical years following the burst of the dotcom bubble.
As HP’s CEO, Fiorina was often described as one of the most powerful women in the world. By the end of her tenure, HP was the 11th most profitable company in the world–and the industry leader in a number of tech products.
Despite her business success, Fiorina faced an uphill battle in politics–she lost a contentuous California Senate race against Sen. Barbara Boxer back in 2010.
Nevertheless, Fiorina is proud to tout her pedigree as someone who isn’t a career politician: she’s been running on her sterling business record, as someone who can enact real change in Washington precisely because she’d be coming to the White House from outside government.
She’s also been quick to attack Hillary Clinton, claiming that: “[Facing a female candidate, Hillary] won’t be able to talk about a war on women without being challenged. She won’t be able to play the gender card.”
Fiorina currently polls at just 2% nationwide, but there have been reports of her locally gaining steam in early states like Iowa and New Hampshire.
It remains to be seen whether Fiorina can gain traction among Republican voters in the next few months–but, with the eventual Republican nominee likely facing Hillary Clinton, it’ll be interesting to see how another woman like Fiorina will fare in the Republican primary.



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