Democracy Kills Itself With Autocracy

Leadership, Personal, Politics
Join, or Die.

Join, or Die was developed by Benjamin Franklin in 1754

The Atlantic has been ahead of the curve in covering the collapsing RNC into a Leninesque Personality Culty. Their latest piece by Anne Applebaum (see quote below) is a reflection of the loss of modern conservatism to the hatred of racist ethnocentric nationalism.  It is no surprise that I constantly struggle with the idea of allowing Libertarian to overtake my social conservative ideals but it seems as though too many of the modern conservative right are leaning into the alt-right. It is not acceptable to label the fifth estate as the enemy of the State. It is not acceptable to label those who hold the government accountable as the enemy of democracy and republicanism when they are exactly the ones who helped create the modern standard. The US has always struggled to find the balance of government and the free press but It must be free. Applebaum speaks in her story about the collapse of the conservative movement’s likelihood in a post-Communist Poland to embrace a multi-cultural makeup. However, in the last decade, that has disappeared and been replaced by a general fear of anything not “Polish.” We have much to fear if this is the future of democracy in Europe.

Unlike Marxism, the Leninist one-party state is not a philosophy. It is a mechanism for holding power. It works because it clearly defines who gets to be the elite—the political elite, the cultural elite, the financial elite.  A Warning From Europe: The Worst Is Yet to Come. 

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2018 Election is a Referendum on Trump, not Conservativism.

Leadership, Personal, Politics

In the Washington Post today, Tom Nichols has an OpEd arguing the validity of voting for the GOP this year if you consider yourself a Conservative Republican.  Nichols, “every vote for any GOP candidate will be a signal from the rank and file that elected Republican officials should remain supine while Trump takes a hatchet to the American political system.” Now, he has never hidden his opinion about President Trump and in fact, led the group of conservative academics arguing that Hillary Clinton was a better choice than Trump in 2016.  You can see below that his point is that the current cult of personality that has engulfed the GOP has led the party to believe any form of wins would reflect that his personality politics is working to make the Big Tent bigger.

As a Conservative, I’d have to agree but as a Libertarian, the narrowness of his point is what gives the DNC its steam. If Trump’s politics is the end of Conservativism as it was once thought to be, a balance against Wilson’s Progressivism and FDR’s New Dealers, then why not reforge the whole party politics system anyway. Honestly look at third party candidates and vote them up the tix. Nichols argument for using Parliamentary style voting to move the ballot is what I have been saying for years. A none bi-partisan system built on the ideas of coalition governments and political strength at the center instead of the fringes. This would also push the system to accountability.

The excerpt below is from the article, “Want to save the GOP, Republicans? Vote for every Democrat on this year’s ballot.” by Tom Nichols published by The Washington Post.

This lock-step adherence to a party leader is why it’s now illogical to say: “I’m not a Trump supporter, but I’ll still vote Republican.” Every seat Republicans keep in 2018 will be a signal to the national party, and to GOP leaders in Congress, that they should continue supporting Trump, no matter how outrageous his antics, and no matter how much they privately disagree. Every vote for any GOP candidate will be a signal from the rank and file that elected Republican officials should remain supine while Trump takes a hatchet to the American political system.

By definition, a vote for any Republican candidate in 2018 is a vote for family separation, tax cuts without corresponding budget cuts, daily insult theatrics in the Oval Office and porn-star payoffs. It’s a vote to ignore Russian corruption of our elections. It’s also a vote, no matter where in the country it’s cast, for a Trump-compliant successor to Speaker Paul Ryan, who’ll preside over the continuing farce in which Trumpists like Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) remain as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, ready and willing to put party over country.

And make no mistake: It’s a vote giving Trump license to fire special counsel Robert S. Mueller III the day after Election Day.