It’s already Election Day. Some people say time flies and I guess most of the time it does but this whole process going back to the first presidential primary debate back in May of 2011 has felt like a lifetime. Frankly, I don’t know how these professional pundits handle all this madness on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. Well, I guess that explains why most of them are drone-like puppets espousing whatever agenda it is that their mainstream network is selling. I guess if I mindlessly pontificated I wouldn’t be as affected by all this as much as I am. It’s easy to not get pissed off when your head is buried in the sand and regardless of who wins, for the mainstream media fucktards it’s just business as usual.
I guess this is why they haven’t been covering the debates and pretty much ignored them. The truth is, if you rely solely on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC and all the other giants as your source of information, you probably don’t know that there are other political parties out there besides Republicans and Democrats. Well, there are, and hats off to RT America and the other media outlets that give alternative candidates a platform to get their voices out there. In fact, last night was another great opportunity as Free & Equal, along with RT, hosted a second third party debate. This time it featured the two finalists of the last debate, as voted on by the people who watched it. The candidates in this round were the Libertarian Party’s Gov. Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Dr. Jill Stein.
Unlike the last debate, which was held in a hall before a live audience, this debate was held in a studio in somewhat of a town hall setting. The change in venue style may have had something to do with Hurricane Sandy hitting the Northeast last week, as this debate was postponed due to the storm. This time around, we didn’t get entertained by Larry King. Instead we got RT’s Thom Hartmann and one of the top dogs at Free & Equal, Christina Tobin. While not the best moderators, the show was still pretty good and fairly well organized, despite Dr. Stein’s incredibly lengthy answers that seemed to go on for days and monopolized the time away from Gary Johnson. Regardless of that, Johnson hit his mark each time and didn’t need to soak up minutes expressing his very clear points on all topics. Because of this, Johnson looked like the more passionate and more organized candidate.
The gist of what was discussed, for the most part, was just a rehash of what was debated at the last third party debate. Except this time, there were two candidates instead of four and the answers were more elaborate and lengthy. I don’t think I need to delve into it all word for word, as I’ve covered both candidates philosophies in previous articles. I will however point out where Dr. Stein went wrong and Gov. Johnson’s attempts at correcting her inability to think rationally about economic issues.
To start, Jill Stein wants a “green future” and is pimping out her Green New Deal. In fact, Stein praised FDR’s New Deal as something admirable that we needed to revisit and live up to in the modern era. That alone proves that her economic stance is just silliness. At a point she blamed austerity measures for creating the Great Depression. Ok, so history isn’t her best subject either. I’ve wrote extensively about the idiotic and chaotic New Deal in my article “The Five Developmental Stages of the Progressive Beast, Part III: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal“. She went on to once again call students “indentured servants” and said that we needed to bail them out. Of course, she is against bailouts for Wall Street – go figure. She went on to say that free higher education was affordable. Ok, show us where! She blasted Bain Capital for sending jobs overseas, which is just a ridiculous thing to complain about if you understand what a free market system is. However, she doesn’t and it is clear when she slams the free market and calls for a “fair market”. In fact, she wants a “Fair Trade Agreement”! Unable to understand that we don’t have a free market system in place, she is willing to put blame on it in favor of more regulations, the same tried and true method that corrupts the system now. She doesn’t think that cutting taxes will solve anything, which means that she is okay with governmental theft. She even goes as far as to say that she wants our foreign policy and trade to be based off of international law! Who’s law? The United Nations’? So she sees them as our masters and doesn’t respect our sovereignty or the Constitution? She then spent most of the remainder of the debate drumming up environmental alarmism. While I am all for doing what is right environmentally, there is a fine line between being rational, logical and realistic about it and using fear-mongering tactics to get people to support a statist solution. Yes, I said “statist”. In fact, Dr. Stein’s arguments proved to me that she is indeed a statist, as is the Green Party if her ideology truly mirrors their party platform.
It isn’t hard to know what Gary Johnson said, as he is incredibly consistent. He defended capitalism, bashed crony capitalism, talked about real free markets and free trade, promoted a non-agressive foreign policy and used every opportunity he had to correct Jill Stein of her mistakes. Gary is a solid guy and he sticks to his principles, which aren’t that hard to understand. Well, I guess it is for liberal moderator Thom Hartmann as he praised Stein multiple times and gave Johnson a few loaded questions. I think Hartmann was complete shit as a moderator. Hell, he has been the worst one I’ve seen since John King.
In the end, this debate did nothing to sway my opinion or my vote. What it did do is grow my distaste for the Green Party, who I wasn’t really favorable towards but now have even more reason to see them as a statist alternative to our already statist choices. They are confused about freedom and have next to no knowledge on economics. It wouldn’t hurt Jill Stein to pick up some Rothbard, Hazlitt, Mises, Hayek or Friedman.