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?
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.