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You Can Make History – Literally!

Answering the Call of History: Consider Your Options

Do you consider yourself a Libertarian? Do you say you are for responsible government? Are you one of the disaffected Republicans with whom Donald Trump has failed to connect? Are you a Democrat with an ounce of self-respect left? Perhaps you are a JFK liberal as opposed to a (smirk) “progressive”.   I’d like to offer you a chance to make history. I am not talking in a vague, esoteric sense of the word. I mean you will one day tell you grandchildren, “Yes, that really did happen. It was exciting. And I was one of the people smart enough to make it happen!”

If you see yourself in the first paragraph, you know the two leading candidates in the presidential election offer a disastrous choice. There is no winning situation with either one. I have listed the specifics of that charge numerous times at streetpolitics.us. I will leave it to you to read those thoughtful opinions. But if you are still reading, you know what I am saying is true and you would love to change the game. So, here’s the good news: YOU CAN!

I wrote 16 20 24: A Path to Consistent Conservative Victory in early 2015 and published it last summer. In it, I made a number of predictions and observations. Those predictions, what the candidates did and failed to do, the way the press continues to cover the election, have all come to pass as if I had planned it all myself. I don’t say that as a matter of boast. I say it because I know there is one and only one way we can alter the outcome of this election in such a way that the clown and the felon are denied the oval office and we start fresh, RIGHT NOW, to rebuild the American Experiment.

If you understand already that an honest, successful, two-term governor backed up with another successful governor as his running mate make more sense as president and vice president than Trump or Clinton and you want to make that happen, skip the rest of this essay and go straight to the paragraph entitled This is Where the History Happens below.

If you need a bit of convincing, I will lay it out for you.

Respectability vs Populism vs Criminality

Gary Johnson, Libertarian for President, has many specific issues I disagree with. I don’t like his stance on immigration. I feel his message about the military was, until very recently, odd and muddled. I think his abortion argument is filled with vague clichés. That said, I believe with a conservative legislature at the tiller, Johnson would be a far superior choice over the present field.

Whatever his specific policies, he is a small government man and has proven it in New Mexico.

  • He has no felonies hanging over his head.
  • He can form sentences and doesn’t dabble on Twitter like a little girl.
  • His plans to cut deeply into the military would be impossible to carry out with a conservative congress.
  • His abortion stands are pretty much what we have right now, so it isn’t like we’d suddenly have abortion clinics in our middle schools.
  • His immigration stand is naive, but again with a conservative congress, he wouldn’t be able to declare the US a haven for every loser wanting welfare or coming here versus fixing their own dysfunctional country.

Further, Johnson strikes me as a man who would not employ totalitarian, statist, non-existent “executive authority” to push these things through without the consent of the governed. To do so would run counter to everything he claims to believe. Also, if conservatives in congress push for banning gay birthday parties or call for mandatory prayer at NASCAR events, a President Gary Johnson would veto that. There are real checks and balances possible here.

I am suggesting, whether you agree with his individual policies of not, he’d be a better president than the clown or the felon. Besides, single-issue voters and populist voters have enabled both parties to destroy this nation. Any person elected for this one policy or for that one group has not been properly tested. They have no evidence of being able to navigate in the real world effectively.

I’ll take it a step further. Johnson’s running mate, Bill Weld, unlike Mike Pense, doesn’t believe the world is 6,000 years old. Weld doesn’t believe it was made to look older by the devil to deceive us. He isn’t a corrupt party hack like Tim Kaine. With this ticket we really are getting a two-fer.

At this writing, there are less than 70 days left until the election. What can be done in that time to really change the outcome? Well…a lot, actually. And the work can be done in 30 days. And it is ridiculously easy work. The question is, will you do the work? My experience with social media says most of the people who read this are just people living in their respective echo chambers, unwilling to put out the effort to really impact their own governance. The more obnoxious the posts, the less brain power and the less likely they are to vote. And that’s just talking about the people who show an interest in politics. Many are utterly cynical or obtuse about it all.

But we have a simple way to get people engaged and cause an event that has only happened twice in our history; force the election into the House of Representatives. If we succeeded in doing that, using a ground-swell operation, there is no way even the stupidest of Republicans would elect Clinton or Trump. And a lot of Democrats would come along with the wave.

Before I tell you how YOU will make history, let me reiterate; as president, Johnson will do things that will piss off conservatives. He will also do things that piss off liberals. Hell, he already says things that flame out Libertarians! I guarantee all three of those statements are true. But he will be a more level-headed, honest and capable president than Clinton or Trump. The most important contribution he will make is in the area of economic growth. He will need a conservative congress to succeed here. Reid and Pelosi are devoid of scruples and will simply stand in the way of anything Johnson would do to shrink government and grow the economy. With the first real uptick in interest rates, you are going to find out how critical that is, no matter what side of the fence you are on politically. The economy doesn’t care if you think there is such a thing as social justice or you want school prayer. People in both those camps are going to be slammed the just as hard when Janet Yellen runs out of Wall Street sugar pills.   So we’ll need a fiscally conservative down ticket to right the ship.

This is Where The History Happens

Almost everyone knows what happens if you take a penny and double it every day for a month.  For those that don’t, if asked how much money you’d have in thirty-one days, you often get estimates of tens or maybe hundreds of dollars. The fact is you’d have over ten million dollars.

But who would be able to generate that much money to test the process? Certainly not me. And if you could, what would be the purpose of the experiment? You’d already have the money so the experiment would silly.

But what if we apply it to politics? If everyone reading this did a few very simple (I’ll admit, a bit gutsy) things in the next 24 hours, we could not only push the election into the House, we could possibly secure outright victory for a new breed of politician. Not since Lincoln has anything so historic happened in a presidential election. And you can be a real part of it. With this plan every single link, every person taking part, is as critical as every other. Every person can truly say, “I changed the course of history!”

So here are the steps:

  1. Commit to throwing your support behind Gary Johnson.
  2. Go to Johnson’s website and throw the campaign a bone. It could be $5.00, $1.00, $3.68; anything. Just chip in a little. (This will help, but it is actually the least important step in the process.)
  3. You all know disaffected voters from both parties and people who just don’t vote or participate. Cut and paste this article in an email and send it to them. Or send them the link to this post.  But then talk to them by phone or in person.  Tell them you know they are in X party, or you know they really don’t care about politics generally, but would they please just give you a listen and let you make your case.  Then step them through the points listed above.
  4. Try to do it all in one day but DON’T GIVE UP UNTIL YOU HAVE TWO PEOPLE WHO ARE COMMITTED TO DOING THESE SAME 4 SIMPLE STEPS. Encourage them to do the very same thing. Each person brought along to find two to do all the same things. Find two, who find two, who find two, etc. And by all means, don’t limit yourself to 2 people. If you are on a roll, keep going!
  5. Actually vote for Johnson in November. And vote a fiscally conservative down ticket.

Let’s say of all the people who see this post in the next 24 hours, only six decide to commit and stick it out. If each successive person had complete success in only 25 of the next 30 days, there would be 100,663,296 people actively supporting and voting for Gary Johnson by the end of September. That’s not an indecisive, House of Reps election. That’s outright victory! And we would have done it entirely on our own. No political organization, no government involvement; just citizens who got together, with a very simple process and blew the doors off the old school!

Pie in the sky? Well, if we do a quarter of that, the House will put Gary Johnson in the White House.

We can do this! YOU can do this! Good luck.

For extra credit: contact CNN, FOX, MSNBC, CBS, all of them. Tell them whom you vote for is not for them to decide. From now on you expect to see Gary Johnson and Jill Stein asked for their reactions to anything the other candidates are asked about. For every Trump or Clinton event covered by the media, there should be Johnson events covered as well. If there are reporters assigned to the dem and the GOP guy all day, there should be the same assigned to Johnson. Tell the media to stop living up to our worst expectations, for a change, and do their damn jobs.

Full disclosure: I am not, nor have I ever been a part of any campaign for federal office.  This project originates here at Streetpolitics.us and is created entirely by the author.  Send inquiries to streetpolitics@supercyrano.com.

Matt Jordan is a travel writer, political commentator and author of 16 20 24. Get your SIGNED copy here!

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Warping History for Ego and Political Gain.

If I believed in any type of spirit world, I would have to conclude that George Orwell was the greatest prophet of all time. There is so little left of his 1984 world yet unrealized.

Like all big news stories, throngs of Americans want so badly to insert themselves into the narrative, as if they were integral to the reality. Last week a racist nut bag killed nine people in a church in South Carolina. Within days, the nine were forgotten.  Real follow-up about the nut bag is forgotten.

The story has undergone mitosis and spawned deformed meanings at the hands of uninvited participants.  We now hear that racism still exists in this country.  To that, one can only say, well, no shit!  But Hillary, the most obnoxious of anti-intellectual interlopers says that institutionalized racism is still a problem, and says it in context of the nut bag having killed those people.   The nut bag evidently owned a Rebel flag.

This is, of course, total bullshit. In a country where the largest and most racist employer (the federal government) has strict quotas and point rigging in favor of minority hiring, where private companies no longer care who you are so long as you enhance their bottom line, where public figures are easily ruined for the least missteps on the subject of race, you can no longer honestly say that racism is institutionalized. You are free to lie about it in order to inspire hatred between races for your own political gain.  That’s what Bill Clinton’s sex partner from the early 1970s was trying to do in order to take advantage of the nine dead people.  But she is not entitled to her own facts.

But there is also another malformed message growing out of this incident.  It is not new, but it is reinvigorated now.  We are trying to un-write history.  Historical events that offend our fragile sensibilities are now to be expunged from visibility.  Flags, we are told, must be eliminated. And it is being done by people who know almost nothing of the “history” they are trying to erase.*  We want to tear down monuments that represent our past, good and bad, that are a part of our national conversation, and de-memorialize historical figures.  Where there is a statue of a historical figure that doesn’t represent everyone (little secret: no memorial does or ever will) tear it down.  Only keep memorials to people who never offended anyone. This will accomplish what?…forgetting that bad stuff? Well, what better way to see that very history repeated?!

Hell, if you want to un-write the positive contributions of slave-holders (Jefferson, Washngton, Jay, et al), why not just un-write slavery?  No one in this country can say they experienced it.  So why should we ever acknowledge its existence.  It’s bad, so let’s just get rid of it.


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FDR was a four-term president.  He was popular at the time. More so than even Robert E. Lee in his.  He also exacerbated and prolonged the Great Depression much the same way our present wing nut has done to this economy. Save your breath, I won’t say the two are equal.  FDR was a much better president.

But FDR was also a fan of eugenics, not unusual at the time, but still a dangerous and ethically corrupt concept.  He was incredibly arrogant and as much a dictator as he could get away with being.  If you don’t believe me, read The Forgotten Man by Amity Shlaes. He was the king of dividing and subdividing the population for political exploitation. He was also in the top tier of the hated 1%.  We should definitely put him on the list of people to un-remember.

And JFK; total whore monger. The name of that airport has got to change.

You see where I am going with this.  No one alive has experienced slavery so to say you are traumatized by its mention is a LIE.  You are just trying to make a splash; maybe stroke your own ego. But we are a nation with a history. This attempt to make some of it go away sets an insane precedent that no thinking person would want to see.  Read 1984 by the great prophet, himself.

What’s more, we are once again becoming that which we say we reject. Who doesn’t remember our reaction when the mouth-breathing sons of pigs (Taliban and ISIS) blew up ancient statues and destroyed countless artifacts because they didn’t represent their stupid religion?  Why, dear reader, isn’t that justification to destroy images of the past?  I mean, this is religion we are talking about.  That’s supposed to be the most important of all things in this life.  Now, I grant you, the muslim religion is a concoction lifted from several earlier man-made constructs, as all religions are. But we are told that there is nothing more sacrosanct than the way one worships and the precepts they keep.  Shouldn’t we celebrate the way the sons of pigs proudly showed their devotion to allah with this childish vandalism writ large? This is spirit world stuff here!  Waaaay more important than the worldly tribulations endured by people 150 years ago.  C’mon!  Get some perspective!

Or should we say that the world would do better to clean up its modern day act by taking the lessons of history rather than trying to make history go away.

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For the benefit of the ignorant:  This is the flag of the Army of Northern Virginia.  Thousands fought and died honorably under it.  Less than 1% of those people were slave owners.  They fought valiantly in a losing cause and on the wrong side of history.
This is the flag of the Confederate States of America as of 1863.  This is the emblem of a society that among other things wanted to preserve slavery. Coincidentally, it was also in 1863 that ending slavery became an official part of the Union Army’s pursuits. Before that the war was being fought to prevent the destruction of the established political system. In the long view of history (there’s that word again) I would contend that the war probably didn’t need to be fought.  But the politicians at the time were pretty darn serious about keeping the lion’s share of trade in the north.  Can’t have those dirt scratchin’ southerners setting up foreign trade and competing with the North now. …And, oh yeah, that slavery thing is bad too.
 
So if you want to hate a part of our history so badly that you want the symbols un-remembered by all the other proles, at least get it straight what the hell it is you hate.
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