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Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was the greatest economist of my time. His greatest works can be accessed here at no charge.

Mises believed that property, freedom and peace are and should be the hallmarks of a satisfying and prosperous society. I agree. Mises proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the prospect for general and individual prosperity is maximized, indeed, is only possible, if the principle of private property reigns supreme. What's yours is yours. What's mine is mine. When the line between yours and mine is smudged, the door to conflict opens. Without freedom (individual liberty of action) the principle of private property is neutered and the free market, which is the child of property and freedom and the mother of prosperity and satisfaction, cannot exist. Peace is the goal of a prosperous and satisfying society of free individuals, not peace which is purchased by submission to the enemies of property and freedom, but peace which results from the unyielding defense of these principles against all who challenge them.

In this blog I measure American society against the metrics of property, freedom and peace.

Friday, June 8, 2012

First, You Stop The Bleeding!

Is this man going to be the president of the United States in 2013?

As much as I'd like to answer "yes," the answer is, realistically, "NO." According to the latest polls I've seen, Libertarian Party candidate, Gary Johnson, is polling nationally at 6%. Even in New Mexico, where Johnson spent eight years as one of the most popular and successful governors in its history, he is polling only 15%.

I was one of Johnson's earliest supporters. I agree with him on virtually every issue, except his advocacy of the fair tax. I think he would make one hell of a president. The problem is 94% of voting Americans disagree with me.

Is the moron on the left going to be the president of the United States in 2013?

Unfortunately, and in all probability, the answer is "Yes."

The latest polls have Maximum Leader Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, locked in a dead heat at 43%. However, Maximum has a substantial lead in electoral votes. Romney would need to all but sweep the "toss up" states to win.

Will the bozo on the right (relatively speaking) be the president of the United States in 2013?

Unfortunately, and in all probability, the answer is "No."

Too bad. 

Don't get me wrong. I don't trust this guy as far as I could throw him, but he's got a better chance than anybody of unseating Obama. That's why I'll vote for him (barring any unforeseen events or catastrophic disclosures).

Romney will probably not get elected president in November for two reasons: first, anti-establishment Republican conservatives will stay home rather than vote for him; and, second, idealist libertarians and classical liberals will vote for Gary Johnson rather than Romney. In my humble opinion, an individual in either of these categories ought to have his head examined.


Because the next president will most likely nominate two or three Supreme Court justices. I don't want to see another flaming progressive justice, like this Lou Costello look-alike, appointed to the court. Obama is sure to do that. Romney most likely won't. 
Another reason to vote for Romney is he'll most likely have a large contingent of Tea Party/libertarian Republicans in the House and Senate to keep him honest. Although we can't have the candidate we want on the national ticket, we are electing conservative/libertarian candidates on the state and local levels. My guess is that good people like Rand Paul are endorsing Romney for pragmatic reasons. They intend to be an influence, if not a force, in a Romney administration. 

If Romney double-crosses guys like Rand Paul, or our guys in Congress can't keep Romney in check, then it's game on for control of the Republican party in 2016, or total abandonment of it.
Yes, I understand the frustration of  those who argue that there is not a dime's worth of difference between the Republicans and the Democrats. However, their arguments are bogus. Ron Paul, their hero and the man I supported in the primaries, is a Republican. Rand Paul is a Republican. Jim DeMint, Paul Ryan and Steve Southerland are Republicans. Scott Walker, Nikki Haley and Rick Scott are Republicans. Granted, these are not ideologically pure candidates. But they are damn sure preferable to the average scoundrel who inhabits the Democrat party.

Moreover, up until a few months ago, Gary Johnson was a Republican. Johnson was elected Governor of New Mexico as a Republican and earned his libertarian stripes as a Republican

However, the number one reason I anticipate voting for Mitt Romney in November is because of something I learned as a Boy Scout years and years ago. The first rule of first aid is stop the bleeding! The regime of Maximum Leader Obama is a knife plunged into America's back. The first thing we need to do as voters is remove the knife and stop the bleeding!

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