Anti-Trumpites

A post at the Undercover Porcupine by Chris Dixon concerning the outcome of the New Hampshire presidential primary points out something that also annoys me; anti-Trumpites need to stop with the charade that he is a bug, rather than a feature, of the political system.

He writes:

The way the field is shaping up, this could drag all the way to the National Convention. What will happen there? The establishment will broker a compromise moderate who will take down Trump and one or more failed runner ups.

Until then, why are you helping the same establishment that burned Ron Paul?

Don’t like Donald Trump? Fine. Don’t support him. But this rhetoric over the arrival of the end times is absolute insanity. And in all honesty, there are more legitimate threats to liberty in this race like Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

Life goes on. There’s a lot of primary time left, which means a lot of delegates left for opponents to earn and caucuses to rig to a degree that Debbie Wasserman Schultz would be proud of.

Until then, relax. Do something productive like support Rand Paul in the Senate or Thomas Massie and Justin Amash in the House, your favorite state and local liberty legislators and politicians, and work to enact change locally.

The world isn’t over because the second state of fifty casted votes. It’s the honest truth.

I have to agree with him on where to direct our criticism, or our energy. The selective outrage bothers me more than the Trumpites who see him as The Right Guy who will return us to some former glorious era.

To act like we’ve never seen this before, that the sky really is falling with this candidate, that he’s a bad apple in a barrel of fresh fruit, is just melodramatic naivete, or worse.

The anti-Trumpers in the GOP Establishment who also treated Ron Paul like garbage in 2012 deserve what they get, and even if Trump doesn’t win the nomination, seeing the their jimmies get rustled over the possibility is worth the price of admission.

I disagree with trying to get anyone elected. Focus on your own life. Improve yourself. Apply free market principles where you can. Learn a trade. Produce something people are willing to pay for. Network with like-minded people. Form relationships based on something greater than your superficial support for someone you’ve never met and who doesn’t even know you exist.

And for the love of God, don’t debate it on Facebook.

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5 Responses to Anti-Trumpites

  1. Thank you for this post.

    I don’t think Trump will be a great libertarian ruler, and I disagree with his stance on wall-building to keep out immigrants. The real reason I’m attracted to Trump is his love of America, his raw New York spirit, his relatively noninterventionist direction, and his opposition to the Establishment. He is antithetical in spirit to the establishment “privilege-checking” and stuff like that. So while I’m still skeptical about the wisdom of keeping out non-whites, I can see why some would get behind that – after all, if we get replaced by migrants thanks to the state (this would never happen in a free society), we would no longer have the lovely, and largely European-American, culture we once had.

    So that’s why I’m a reluctant Trumpite.

    As for Ted Cruz, I think that his positions may be more ostensibly libertarian than Trump, and I’m glad that he’s skeptical of waterboarding (I disagree with Trump on that too, alongside eminent domain). But I find him slimy, and as a New Yorker I find his “New York values” commentary slimy (though there are some who would argue that Cruz was right to attack New Yorkers because they voted for de Blasio). And I find his exploitative story about drug addiction to be cynical and manipulative in the worst ways.

    Of all the GOP candidates, I hate Marco Rubio the most, because of his “we need more welders less philosophers” comments, his attacks on Rand Paul’s “isolationism,” and his snide little neocon views.

    Plus, as for Jeffrey Tucker’s commentary on Trump, I can agree insofar that Trump’s demeanor lends itself well to fascistic rule. But i think Tucker is wrong to assume that “trump means fascism and we need more respectability and not demagoguery.” I think it is good to make the left miserable (though I’m skeptical of Cantwell’s decision to oppose legalizing prostitution and drugs as anti-leftist tactics), and when Trump wins, the left’s misery will be a joy to behold.

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    • The Question says:

      Another claim I hear against Trump is that he is a plant for Hillary Clinton. I won’t rule it out, but I fail to see how that is the case considering what he is doing. Controlled opposition or fifth columnists don’t rally people they way he has. He has completely shifted the Overton Window to the right on a lot of issues. He has gotten people out to vote who wouldn’t normally. A plant would create division and demoralize and push the window to the Left. He has caused significant damage to the Left that would not have occurred had it just been the usual suspects running for president.

      If anything, he is an opportunists businessman who saw an untapped market in the political realm and is supplying unmet demand.

      We’ll see.

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    • Jeffrey Tucker is becoming irritating more and more with his appeals to “humanitarian” libertarianism (aka social justice warrior libertarianism) and now his appeal to “respectability” in the white house. Why on Earth would he want someone worthy of respect in the white house anyway? Does he think the office deserves it? We do NOT need respectibility, even if such existed, in a politician, that would continue to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes about the true nature of politicians. What we need is honest politicians. What we need is emperors who stand naked so even the most ignorant can see. Besides, ALL politicians are demagogues. Are the GOP establishment not appealing to warmongers and nationalists? Are democrats not appealing to the class envy of their supporters?
      In the case of Cantwell, i see him abandoning libertarianism soon and fully embracing statist conservatism. His arguments these days stem not from a love of liberty or from reason but from rage and hatred of the left or any behavior he deems “degenerate” even in non-aggressive cases. His opposition toward legalizing prostitution and drugs are not “anti-left”, they are anti-freedom. Unlike immigration, matters of prostitution or drugs do not impede or sabotage the chances of libertarianism. How does he think it will make libertarianism look to society at large when he claims to be one yet opposes personal liberties that do not violate the NAP? He has complete abandoned the fact that libertarianism does NOT equal conservatism. He currently sounds more like a foul-mouthed Reverend Jerry Falwell than he does a libertarian.

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      • The Question says:

        I stopped following Tucker a while back. I’ve said it before, but it’s sad that such an articulate and charismatic man wastes his talent on areas where he gets it wrong where there are so many areas he gets it right.

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  2. I think Trump by himself poses a much lesser threat to America and its future than the collective GOP establishment does. If one insists on voting, and insist on voting Rep or Dem, i think Trump would be the best candidate because he is the lesser of all evils. And the GOP establishment needs to be soundly defeated and made obsolete.

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