New Hampshire Decides: Authoritarian Populism or Democratic Socialism

New Hampshire might as well be a foreign country, so I will not pretend to identify with or understand their politics, culture, or values. However, I must admit that I am surprised that they have voted for an Authoritarian Populist (Donald Trump) and a Democratic Socialist (Bernie Sanders). I understand that the country is in trouble and that our government has failed us over the last 23 years, but populism and utopian idealism do not seem to be a rational response to the dangers of debt, the bubbling cauldrons of corruption, and the pompous arrogance of our Democrat and Republican Establishments.

One does not burn a government and a society to the ground in the hopes of recovery.

There is a reason that my favorite book by my favorite author, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, has never come to pass. If the best and brightest were ever sacrificed for the pleasures of politicians and the corruption of corporations, who will and can not compete in a free market, there would be no Galt’s Gulch to retreat to. America is the last best hope for human beings. The authoritarian populism and democratic socialism of today are fires that will consume the best and brightest among us, elevating The State, elevating The Mob, destroying liberty, free markets, and our cherished culture of individualism.

We live in a country that loves “reality television” and despises political establishments and The Enlightenment both. Unfortunately, we also live in a country bereft of principle, philosophy, and common sense. We live in a country that loves conformity and despises individualism. Thomas Paine, George Washington, Ayn Rand, Walt Wittman, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, and Ralph Waldo Emerson are rolling over in their graves tonight.

America! What Shakespearian fate has threatened you? What Greek Tragedy are we witnessing? What are you smoking?

I despise the Republican Establishment, their failures, their arrogance, and their perceived sense of invincibility and inevitability. The solution, the answer, the mead, the cure is a Constitutionalist, or a Libertarian, or a Conservative, not an Authoritarian Populist Punk like Donald Trump.

Trump has often said that he’d get along with Vladimir Putin. I have no doubt. They are one and the same. There is no question that Trump will find a way to build a golf course on one of Putin’s oil fields.

I understand why folks like Donald Trump. He’s rich, he’s powerful, he’s politically incorrect, he married a porn star, he’s making fun of the fact the women menstruate and calling Senators vulgar slurs demeaning a woman’s genitalia. He’s new, he’s fresh, he’s powerful. However, what the Republicans fail to recognize is that their desperation for power has led them into the jaws of one of the most corrupt, dishonest, most disgusting billionaire playboys in American History.

By the time Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats realize this, it may be too late. We’ve already lost Rand Paul, a patriot and a gem. Marco Rubio is likely next to fall off the map, leaving Ted Cruz as the only standard bearer for libertarians, constitutionalists, and conservatives; and I am not pandering here, Ted Cruz is a Conservative and a Constitutionalist and not a libertarian. Yet, Libertarians, you do have a choice to make. A conservative constitutionalist, or an authoritarian populist, or a democratic socialist? Or what?

Your choice.

I hope and pray that Senator Ted Cruz wins, but if he doesn’t, I hope that it’s John Kasich, or Jeb Bush, or Marco Rubio, or Barney the Purple Dinosaur. Anyone other than an authoritarian populist. We’ve seen men like Trump rise in Germany, Russia, and Venezuela, and it never works out well. So while New Hampshire has chosen an authoritarian populist and a democratic socialist, I beg the other 48 States that have not yet voted, to reconsider. Take another look at Ted Cruz, or anyone other than Trump, or, if all else fails, you could always vote for Barny The Purple Dinosaur.



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Graduated From Virginia Tech with a Bachelors in Philosophy and a minor in Psychology. Studied Economics and History at George Mason University. Caroline County Resident and Activist.
  • NumberOneOma

    I agree 100% in your analogy of Trump and Sanders. However, I do not agree with your pick as the Constitutionalist! I am wondering why you didn’t mention the only one I consider voting for and that’s Dr. Ben Carson. He has more intelligence than Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and all the rest combined! He loves this country and he loves the people in it and wants to bring us back to a Constitutional Republic.
    Here are just a few of his accomplishments. He has 67 honorary degrees from 67 different universities. He has been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and has been named one of 89 living legends! He is a renown pediatric neurosurgeon who has performed over 15,000 surgeries in his career including the first doctor to ever separate conjoined twins, who were joined at the back of the head, and they both survived! He has done surgery in 57 different countries and he has been on the boards of two major international companies, Costco and Kellogg’s.
    He too, is tired of the political mess we are in and wants so very much to put this country back in the hands of the PEOPLE! Why then can’t he be one of your picks? He has been totally ignored, not only by the Republican party but by the news media! He would be the best thing that has happened to this country! Why can’t people see that we don’t need another politician, we need a Citizen Statesman that is not beholden to anyone other than the people!

    • I think Ben is very nice and extremely accomplished as a doctor, but he hardly knows anything about the Constitution.

  • KarenKataline

    CORRECTION DEAR: your, not “you’re.” Damn, what has happened to education in this country?

    As for the rest of your conclusions, you are clueless there too, as to why Trump is as popular as he is. Trump has garnered all the things the GOP said they always wanted but they don’t want it from Trump. They don’t have a leg to stand on with regard to their conservative bonafides. They have betrayed every conservative principle they ever espoused. They are just as power hungry as Democrats.