The 2020 presidential election campaign seems to give us an incumbent Trump, who looks like he will survive this impeachment stuff, and a bunch of anti-freedom candidates who want to oppose him. If he is removed by the Senate, that will give us a President Pence, who is an even worse warmonger and socially repressive than Trump! But, I don’t think he will be removed.
I have been either voting for third parties or not voting since the 1990s. I refuse to vote for the “lesser of two evils,” because the “lesser of two evils” is still evil, in my opinion. Both major parties are evil. They are anti-freedom, warmongers, anti-due process, and fascists. It used to be that the Libertarian Party, the “party of principle,” was for the principles of freedom that America was founded on.
But then the Libertarian Party had Gary Johnson whose only issue was pot legalization, not on principle but because he just loves pot. And he’s also a “social justice” guy, no understanding of freedom, property rights and freedom of association. If you ask me, the “social justice warriors” in recent years are not concerned with justice when they shout people down and attack people physically at demonstrations. So, they aren’t even concerned with acting decently, you know, in “social” interactions with others. How about treating others with respect, even those with whom you disagree?
But now we have a more principled candidate for president with the Libertarian Party, Jacob Hornberger of the Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF). I have linked to his articles here before (I think). Unlike Gary Johnson and Bob Barr, we can definitely compare Jacob Hornberger with Ron Paul who was the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee in 1988. However, Ron Paul in 2008 and 2012 was perhaps a little less libertarian and principled especially on the immigration issue, when Paul ran for president as a Republican.
But Jacob Hornberger is more principled in his views and support for the non-aggression principle, private property rights and freedom of association, and non-interventionism in foreign policy. He also has the same kind of understanding of free-market economics that Ron Paul had, unlike Gary Johnson. Well, I’ll try not to bring up Gary Johnson again.
Imagine abolishing the IRS and the income tax and the federal reserve, closing down all the foreign U.S. military bases abroad and bringing all the troops home, ending the feds’ wars on drugs and immigration, getting rid of the FBI, CIA, NSA, and all those other unconstitutional agencies in Washington. If you think that all that is extreme, you can read Jacob’s blog on the FFF website and read his explanations for those things. Abolishing the welfare/warfare state and restoring our freedom is not extreme. It’s those bureaucracies and the feds’ thefts of the people and intrusions into their lives — that’s extreme!
Also read Jacob’s blog on his campaign website. He frequently cites the works of economists Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard. I very much recommend their writings at those links.
However, Jacob may have his work cut out for him in getting the Libertarian nomination, because the party has become more “social justice” oriented i.e. abandoning the principles of freedom, such as freedom of speech. So, his dealing with things like the Civil Rights Act of 1964 may be like walking on eggshells.
And also, Jacob is definitely not on the side of the “lone nut shooter” theory promoted by the government and the mainstream media regarding the JFK assassination. He certainly has written about that many times as well. See this by Jacob Hornberger, and this page that contains a reading list regarding the JFK assassination that includes some of Jacob’s articles. I can predict that when some people google Jacob Hornberger they will see his JFK assassination articles and say, “conspiracy theorist,” albeit naively and ignorantly, in my opinion. But we learned a lot as far as what the feds have been up to, especially since 9/11 and the “War on Terror” i.e. war on freedom, and the hysterical campaign to get rid of Trump as well. The FBI and CIA don’t like Trump because he criticized them during the 2016 campaign, and that’s a no-no.
Anyway, I hope that people have an open mind. If you don’t like Trump or Pence, and don’t like what the Democrats have to offer, maybe consider the Libertarian Party and Jacob Hornberger.