In my post on the Libertarian Partly, I was considering including some encouragement for Jesse Ventura to run for President, because I had seen an article suggesting that he might do that. Gov. Ventura has in the past spoken positively about civil liberties and due process, and unlike most other politicians he mentions the U.S. Constitution (albeit as flawed as it happens to be). And also, I liked it when Ventura, himself a Navy SEAL vet, had said that he would not serve in the military today and that he would be a “conscientious objector.” He stated, “I don’t believe that the military fights for our freedom.” Which is true. Laurence Vance has written many articles on that.
However, Ventura’s list of priorities if he were President do not seem to address what really needs to be done. He does make some good points with his quoting of Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler:
To summarize: Three steps must be taken to smash the war racket. 1. We must take the profit out of war. 2. We must permit the youth of the land who would bear arms to decide whether or not there should be war. 3. We must limit our military forces to home defense purposes
But Ventura’s platform as a prospective President doesn’t address the important issues, in that he writes:
My platform would be simple:
1. Rebuilding our country: focus on alternative energy sources, and fix our infrastructure.
2. Getting out of the wars.
3. Legalizing and ending the war on drugs.
4. Get the money out of politics and work towards reforming campaign financing.
As far as getting money out of politics and reforming campaign financing, that shouldn’t be a priority. People have a right to spend or waste their money on whatever they want. People have a right to waste as much of their own money on politicians as they want to. There should be no restrictions on how much money someone can spend on whatever he wants to spend it on (or waste it on, in the case of political campaigns).
Yes, get out of the wars. U.S. Presidents have been starting wars of aggression against foreigners to act as provocations as a means to justify the federal government’s constant expansion, exploiting the fears and insecurities of the masses, and profiting from them.
Ending the war on drugs is also good. Government agents, federal, state and local, profit from the drug war. The drug war itself has resulted in many more deaths, ruined lives and destroyed families than drugs themselves ever could.
So those two points are good. But Ventura wants to “rebuild our country” with “alternative energy sources.” Energy source development needs to be decentralized and get the government out of it all completely. And he says, “fix our infrastructure.” I hope he doesn’t mean by governmental “stimulus,” like the Obama stimulus, shovel-ready jobs and all that. No, let local communities and neighborhoods fix their own infrastructure, and privatize as much as possible.
But while Ventura is right when he states, “We have so much work to do here in the United States. I’m tired of seeing our resources being used abroad. Let the world handle their own problems, when it’s clear we have so many of our own,” he really loses me when he concludes that with: “If we did that, we could fully implement all of Bernie Sanders’ propositions.”
Huh? Bernie Sanders? His propositions? Like “free college” for everyone? Free health care? Free everything else?
Expanding the size and power of the federal government by trillions more? As I wrote in this post,
How do you think Bernie is going to enforce all the further government empowerments and expanded tax-thefts and even more intrusive regulations?
With law enforcement! The police! The regulatory state is a police state. But we already have a police state! That means Bernie Sanders is going to further empower the IRS with all their high powered machine guns and S.W.A.T. teams, and further empower the FBI with all their high powered machine guns and S.W.A.T. teams, and further empower all the other agencies who will be strengthened even more to “protect” us from the “billionaires” (who start businesses and provide jobs and create wealth and produce all the goods and services we need to prosper, shame on them!).
But who will protect us from the IRS and FBI and all their high powered machine guns and S.W.A.T. teams? Especially when they constantly go to the wrong address? Especially when they are criminally enforcing unjust legislation against the people? It sure won’t be the Second Amendment, because the progressives want to disarm the civilian population and keep the government class armed to the teeth!
Sorry. The real priority for the people of America is to restore our freedom! Some people are saying “America First,” but I don’t care about “America first,” second or third. What matters is Freedom First! That is what matters. It was freedom that the people of America had which was the biggest contributor to the economic boom of the 19th-20th Centuries and which raised the standard of living for the most people in the society ever in the history of the world! So, restoring our freedom means restoring the ideas of self-ownership, live and let live, private property, voluntary association and voluntary contract and the non-aggression principle. No coercion, no government authority over anyone’s lives as higher than their own authority over their own lives, no government monopolies forced on the people.
Finally, A real libertarian running for President would promise to pardon and set free anyone who is being kept involuntarily in the jails and prisons who is a non-criminal, that is, who has been prosecuted for disobeying some arbitrary order or prohibition, for doing something the government says is a “crime,” but of which there is no victim. A real libertarian running for President would also promise to pardon and set free any non-criminal who is accused of disobeying some arbitrary order and being harassed, jailed and persecuted by the bureaucrats or their enforcers. And besides advocating the repeal of the thousands and thousands of such unjust laws currently on the books, a real libertarian should also go so far as to suggest prosecuting government legislators for making up all those laws which are used to violate the lives and liberty of innocent non-criminals, and prosecuting all those criminal prosecutors and police out there who are enforcing such orders or prohibitions which violate the people’s lives and liberty.