Libertarians and Trump

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits   As a Radical Libertarian (aka Anarcho-Capitalist) I would prefer no government at all. Indeed our greatest enemy IS the State.

On the other hand, I have a pragmatic side. When I hear people criticize DJT, I remind them of the evil that lurks just on the other side of the fence–pure unadulterated communism. The kind of people that sent me all over the world to kill communists and now they want to run the government. I am reminded:

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By Jim Cox via LewRockwell.com

 

Combat Shooter's HandbookI joined the LP in October 1973. Since then I’ve voted for the Libertarian candidate in each election—that’s 11 straight presidential elections where libertarians saw an undesirable president sworn into office.

Of those presidents none has called for “zero tariffs, zero subsidies, zero non-tariff barriers”. How excited would libertarians have been to hear a major party president so much as say this during the years 1976-2012?

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Accomplishments

He has cut the number of federal employees by 16,000, including firing 500 from the grossly mismanaged Veteran’s Hospitals in his first year in office.

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And he has sought to make peace with N. Korea including bringing home to their families the bodies of U.S. soldiers left there by every president since Eisenhower.

And he implemented a sizable tax cut.

And he has reduced the cost of NATO for Americans by insisting the member countries pay their agreed-to share.

And he has placed a hiring freeze on federal hires. (Unfortunately, later rescinded.)

And he has reduced federal regulations.

And he has raised the possibility of paying off the national debt by selling federal assets. We haven’t heard that since Harry Browne ran for President.

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And he has commuted the sentence of non-violent drug offender, Alice Johnson who was in prison for 21 years during the presidencies of Clinton, Bush, and Obama.

And he has popularized the phrase, “drain the swamp!”

And he has the entire Deep State at war with him. Contrast that with the Deep State’s satisfaction with the other presidents. In fact, the term “Deep State” has only become widespread in the era of Trump.

And he has outed the mainstream media as being part of the Deep State. (I would like to see it referenced as the Deep State-Military-Industrial-Media Complex.)

And the Trump Administration has sought public comments on marijuana reclassification.

And his policies have resulted in the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years, including that for Blacks and Hispanics.

And his policies have resulted in the economy (GDP) growing at a rate of 3% for the first time since 2005.

And his policies have resulted in the US becoming the world’s top oil producer for the first time since 1973.

And in the all-important issue of foreign policy we have the words of Gareth Porter at Antiwar.com:

He has complained bitterly, both in public and in private meetings with aides, about the suite of permanent wars that the Pentagon has been fighting for many years across the Greater Middle East and Africa, as well as about deployments and commitments to South Korea and NATO. This has resulted in an unprecedented struggle between a sitting president and the national security state over a global US military empire that has been sacrosanct in American politics since early in the Cold War. [emphasis added]

Mixed Bag

Let me acknowledge that Trump is a mixed bag, good in some areas, disastrous in many others.

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But as Tom Woods put it regarding Thomas Jefferson’s mixed policy actions as president, “We would kill for a president like that.” EP1228/49:25

We (libertarians) have never had any president take the good stands Trump has. None. Everything bad about the Trump policies can be readily said of the Carter/Reagan/Bush/Clinton/Bush/Obama administrations without even a small fraction of the good!

Again, from Porter:

…in December 2016, Trump vowed, “We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we knew nothing about, that we shouldn’t be involved with.” Instead of investing in wars, he said, he would invest in rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure.

Similar words were heard from libertarian hero, Ron Paul!

I’m enjoying these crumbs we are finally getting and do not understand the blanket criticisms from libertarians who can be as prone to virtue signally as the liberal/progressives. So, in contrast to them, I say, one cheer for President Trump!

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7 Responses to Libertarians and Trump

  1. Reblogged this on Land & Livestock International, Inc. and commented:

    As a Radical Libertarian (aka Anarcho-Capitalist) I would prefer no government at all. Indeed our greatest enemy IS the State.

    On the other hand, I have a pragmatic side. When I hear people criticize DJT, I remind them of the evil that lurks just on the other side of the fence–pure unadulterated communism. The kind of people that sent me all over the world to kill communists and now they want to run the government. I am reminded:

    One night, back when their chads were hanging down in Florida, my wife and I were sitting in the sauna talking about the situation. She looked straight at me and said, “you guys were killing the wrong bunch of communists.” She was absolutely right. — jtl, 419

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  2. Dave says:

    The really big deal was not mentioned….securing out border, building the much needed impenetrable wall!

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  3. I noticed that and wonder why. After all, he (DJT) has built a whole lot of wall in spite of having to fight the Dembulbs every step of the way.

    And BTW, there is no such thing as an “impenetrable” wall. Just ask anybody who lived in Berlin from 1945 until Ronald Reagan convinced Gorbochov (sp?) to tear it down.

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  4. Dave says:

    L&L I, Inc. I beg to differ with your comment about the Berlin Wall. This ain’t no Berlin Wall being built on our Southern boarder. It’s an American wall, built by Americans under the directions of the greatest President this country has ever seen since George Washington. And it is impregnable!

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  5. You’d need to beg to make such an idiotic statement.

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  6. Dave says:

    Speaking of idiotic statements your analogy to the Berlin Wall is pure b.s. The Berlin Wall divided a country. Our border wall protects our country from invaders, drugs, child trafficking, diseases, etc.from outside our country.

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  7. My simple and single complaint is your abuse of the language and inability to read and understand the meaning of one single-simple word. I’ll say it again, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN “IMPENETRABLE” WALL. Are you trying to tell me that the uS Air Force could not “penetrate” the Trump wall? That is the end of my complaint, but while I am tolerating your trolling…

    “It’s an American wall, built by Americans under the directions of the greatest President this country has ever seen since George Washington.” Do you realize how silly that sounds? Maybe you will if we turn it around. “It’s an Soviet wall, built by German Slaves under the directions of the greatest President this country has ever seen since Joseph Stalin.” And lots of people managed to “penetrate” his wall.

    And BTW, Adolph Hitler supposedly murdered 6 million people. Meantime Joseph Stalin (who FDR lovingly referred to as “Uncle Joe”) killed some 60 million. So, on the scale of evil, who is a 1 and who is a 10?

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