3rd Times a Charm?

One of the main reasons [in my opinion] we have two of the most disliked candidates (among young voters) ever this election is due to young people believing everything they read on social media and also them failing to get educated outside of social media. Trump is bad, there is no doubt about it. The only true option Republicans have right now, however, is to try to make their opponent as disliked as Trump. This is through fallacious stories, fallacious investigations that have repeatedly turned up zero wrongdoing, and their attempts to discredit somebody who has been in the public eye for a quarter of a century any way they can.

If you look at Hillary’s track record she has way more hits than misses. It’s not even close. The hit column in both importance and sheer volume easily trumps the miss column. Yes, she is part of the establishment. That doesn’t mean her side of it is the broken side. Was she on the side that obstructed a POTUS for the last 8 years? No! Was she on the side that openly disrespected a POTUS for 8 years? NO! Remember a time when disrespecting the POTUS got you thrown out of country music? Those days are obviously over when we’re talking about the first African-American POTUS.

So please, outside of emails/private servers (proven no wrong-doing, the previous two Republican Secretaries of State also did the same), Benghazi (proven no wrong doing… also was the fault of Republicans slashing the security budget for embassies, which Clinton warned against), and a slight case of pneumonia (FDR served with, and was elected with, polio and was wheelchair bound. One of the best leaders we have ever had the honor of having) give me some factual, researched claim as to why Hillary is so bad. I am truly curious, because who has been able to fulfill this request yet?  I will wait.

Regardless, on to the 3rd party candidates.  We’ve been hearing a lot more about Mr. Gary Johnson lately.  The man was saying he should have been a part of the debates.  What happened?  He was given some prime-time television air time.  What did he do with it?  He proved to us that his foreign policy knowledge, or lack thereof, goes a lot farther than just Aleppo.  I get it, under pressure it might be hard to think up a name off the top of your head, but you’d think you’d eventually come up with something.  If you cannot handle yourself under the pressure of a casual interview, how do you expect to handle the pressure of being the leader of the United States of America?

Rather than hash out the multiple reasons as to why Jill Stein and Gary Johnson would be awful wastes of your vote, I’ll link an article here so that you can read what the Washington Post had to say about it.  Either way, both of these candidates are ill-prepared to lead and are both looking so good because nobody has bothered to take a closer look at who they are and what they really represent.  I’ve already spoke in length about Gary Johnson, and his policies here and here, so I won’t rehash that.  I’ll just leave you with this.  Outside of marijuana and abortion, what kind of politician is Gary Johnson?

You are wrong…

Hey, just giving an FYI to all you people that:
  • Don’t believe there is a problem with police brutality in this nation.
  • Don’t believe their is a problem with racism, especially with concerns to our criminal justice system, in this country.
  • Keep chanting #BlueLivesMatter or #AllLivesMatter despite the fact that you didn’t give two hoots about “blue lives” or “all lives” until people wanted Black Lives to actually matter.
  • You Donald Trump supporters, who (generally be default) fall into all three of the above listed categories.
The world largely disagrees with you. The United Nations disagrees with you. We have a problem. You can be as angry or ignorant about this problem as you’d like. You can try to yell it away. You can try to hate it away. It is not going away. The world wants you to know that you are wrong.
Here is the thing, however. Being wrong isn’t bad. Being wrong can actually be one of the most beautiful things life has to offer. Being wrong allows you the opportunity to become better. Being wrong allows you the opportunity to grow as a person. Embrace being wrong and look within yourself and look within your community and look to whatever powers you must look towards for growth as a human being. We are all in this world together, as one.
Anyways, feel free to click HERE to read more about this, or just copy and paste the link below.  I also intentionally used the Al Jazeera article just to infuriate some of you racists.  Us normal people know that Al Jazeera isn’t some evil thing.

Gary Johnson the opportunist.

I am sharing here a post I just put up on my Facebook page with some of my thoughts about Gary Johnson and his campaign so far:

Gary Johnson has got to be the best opportunist around. This guy has been able to take advantage of other people’s screw up’s and dirty games to look like the cleanest candidate ever.
Fact: Donald Trump is a loud-mouthed POS who doesn’t deserve the attention he is getting for his filth.
Fact: Hillary Clinton has faced more scrutiny than any candidate in history and there still hasn’t been any evidence of criminal activity. Yet, people still are calling her a criminal (and Gary Johnson is essentially pedaling this, too).
Many Bernie Sanders supporters are flocking to Johnson, despite the fact that they know very little about Johnson and his policies. They go from the progressive in Bernie to the life-long Republican in Gary Johnson. If Gary Johnson were so great, then why didn’t they vote for him in 2012? That’s right, many of them have zero idea that Gary Johnson even ran in 2012!
Johnson is taking advantage of a situation for his own gain. Bernie Sanders was a class act, especially when he defended his opponent, Hillary Clinton, and acknowledged that the multiple witch-hunts against her were purely farcical. Gary Johnson, however, does not possess that kind of class and honor. Gary Johnson is pedaling the same “Hillary and Trump are both evil” garbage that the GOP is trotting out because they know they’ve been dealt a terrible hand with Trump winning the popular vote. The GOP knows that Trump might sink their party at the national and state levels. The GOP is the reason why you anti-Clinton people believe that she is a crooked individual, when she has done NOTHING but act with the same class and dignity that should be expected of our elected officials.
The same people who tried to convince you that Barack Obama was a Muslim, was born in Kenya, etc. are the same people who have you hook, line, and sinker on Clinton being a criminal. You’ve been fooled. You believed the clever social media memes. You believed the Fox News. You believe the 140 character long tweets. Now we all have to suffer because of it.
Do the rest of us a favor and actually do some research on all three candidates. Look at the plans all three candidates have laid out. These can be easily found on their campaign websites. Stop believing every-single-thing you see on social media. Don’t make the rest of us suffer from you ignorance. I am not going to tell you who to vote for, but dammit, please make an informed vote for your sake and the sake of the rest of us.

Let’s get a party going!

Gary Johnson, the champion of all those who have been terrorized to the point of giving up.  He is our savior!  He will save us from the blood-drenched claws of Trump and Clinton, as both of them try to burn the United States to the ground, destroying each and every one of us!

*Note: I will tell you the one reason for voting 3rd party in this… I promise… Just read on*!

In all honesty, my feelings about Clinton and Trump aside, I have been hearing an awful lot of people fighting over whether or not to vote 3rd party for this upcoming election.  I’ve tried explaining to people that change doesn’t come from the top and that it is literally impossible for Gary Johnson to win the election.  I’m not going to go so far as to say you’re throwing your vote away, but truthfully many of you Johnson supporters have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about or what you’re doing.

First off, let’s be hypothetical here.  Let’s say that Gary Johnson wins the election in November!  We’re saved, right?  Well, not necessarily.  So we’d have our first POTUS who is a member of the Libertarian Party!  Okay, let’s do a quick recap of how the other lesser elections have gone.  First off, we have zero Libertarians in the Senate.  Congratulations Libertarian Party.  Alright, let me go over to the other house.  Lo and behold! We have zero Libertarians in the House of Representatives!

*Knock knock knock…*

Hello?  I am reality.  I am here to inform you that your savior, Mr. Johnson, has been a lifelong member of the Republican Party.  A quick Google search you can do yourself will inform you that Johnson entered politics in 1994 in New Mexico.  He was very successful, first running for governor and beating a certain Richard Cheney 34% to 33% to obtain the Republican nomination for governor.  Overall, Johnson won the general election and become the new governor of New Mexico.  This would be, the new Republican governor.

Johnson ran the state like a typical Republican would.  He called for cutting taxes, cutting spending, etc.  Many tax cuts he called for didn’t actually happen, and he appeared to be the champion of the people.  We see this state by state.  Makes a good sound clip to say, “I will cut all these taxes!”  Yippie! *Note: It was the gas tax.  Johnson also did a very typical Republican thing in 1995.  Johnson stood with 20 other governors during the 1995 federal government shutdown, calling upon the Republican leadership in Congress to obstruct against the Democrat President stand against the Clinton administration in budget negotiations.  We look at the Clinton Presidency and all we see is an amazing 8 years full of economic growth, unemployment dropping, government surpluses, and blowjobs.  Overall very successful, sounds like something I’ve heard of in very recent memory.

Point being, however, is that Gary Johnson is not and has not been a true Libertarian, has he?  Bernie Sanders ran as a Democrat, but never pretended not to be a Democratic Socialist, right?  If Gary Johnson is so great, why didn’t he just run as a Republican in the first place for POTUS?  Why didn’t he run as a Republican in 2012, too?  Why are we only hearing about him now.  The vast majority of Johnson supporters I’ve spoken with had zero idea he even ran in 2012.  In 2012 when Johnson ran, he received 1,275,971 total votes.  This is less than 1% of the vote.  Where was all the Gary Johnson love?  He ran on the same principals, I promise you that.  Can you even name 3 of his principals off the top of your head?  I dare you to do so.  No cheating, no Googling!

I bet you couldn’t, yet here you are, adamant about voting for this man, are you not?  You truly have zero idea who  you are voting for, but you’re pissed as can be at Clinton and Trump.  You’re pissed at the system.  Why are you pissed off?  I can totally understand why you’re pissed off at Trump and/or the GOP.  They dropped the ball big time, but after hearing their filth the past 8 years you truly cannot be that surprised, can you?  This is the same GOP that obstructed for 8 years.  This is the same GOP that tried to tell us we had a Muslim in the White House (which honestly… why does somebody’s religion matter?  There was a time where a Catholic POTUS was viewed as evil *cough* JFK).  This was the same GOP who tried to tell us we didn’t have an American in the White House, while also trying to put a Canadian in the White House.

I’ve got news for you, champ.  Hillary Clinton isn’t evil.  Is Hillary Clinton still a part of the system?  Absolutely!  Is the system still broken?  No…  The system is working just fine, which is precisely why Hillary Clinton is i the position she is in.  That doesn’t make Clinton a bad candidate.  Trump, however, is a terrible candidate.  The thought of that man representing the U.S.A. and everything it stands for should send shivvers down your spine.  Do you want to be represented by that lying, adulterating, conning, bankrupting, bigoted, vile human being?  Hell no.  But I will digress on this point.

Here is the point though.  Why vote Libertarian in a Presidential Election?  Despite the fact that no Libertarian candidate has ever gotten more than 1.5% of the vote in the general election, there is some upside to voting 3rd party in general!  If a 3rd party candidate can muster 5% of the general election, then that 3rd party can gain access to federal election funding from the government, and also appear on the ballots easier.  Gary Johnson is already going to be on the ballot in 48 states, due to his campaign fundraising, but 5% takes some of this burden off.  Had the Libertarian party received 5% in 2008, then Gary Johnson would be receiving nearly $10 million in campaign funds.  Does this work to even the playing field?  A little.

Here is the thing though.  Funding isn’t going to solve our problem.  Right now we have this thing called the electoral college.  The electoral college means that any candidate needs to win 270 of the 538 electoral votes to become POTUS.  What happens if a 3rd party candidate who is popular enough comes along and splits that 538 enough that no candidate reaches the 270?  Then how do we decided a POTUS?  Well boys and girls, then it is decided by the House of Representatives!  They get to vote on the top 3 candidates.  As it sits, the Republican Party has control of the House of Representatives.  Let’s just say Johnson does a bang up job and get 10% of the vote.  Hillary and Trump split evenly and each get 45%.  Nobody quite reaches the 270.  Remember how I told you that there are no Libertarians in the House of Representatives?  Which way do you think the House of Representatives votes?  Certainly a member of the GOP wouldn’t vote for Clinton?  Paul Ryan, despite condemning whatever Donald Trump seems to be spewing each week still says he would never support Hillary Clinton.  At what point do we realize that a vote for Gary Johnson is almost a vote for Donald Trump?

Ultimately I will say this.  Yes, the electoral college is bad.  It needs to change, absolutely.  The two party system has made two parties grow too large, yes.  Too large doesn’t inherently mean evil, however.  The Democrat party, for all it’s flaws, is still the party of integrity right now. The GOP has been showing it’s true side for the better party of a decade, and now the flood walls have broken and we’re left with the party of Donald Trump.  Yes, a 3rd party getting recognition is a step in the right direction, but this year there is too damn much at stake for us to risk a Trump Presidency.  This isn’t me saying “vote the lesser of two evils!”  This is me telling you the choice is pretty damn obvious if you’d take your blinders off for a second!  We have a highly qualified candidate in Hillary Clinton.  This lady has been investigated more times by the FBI and various House Committees more than Nixon and each time has turned up ZERO wrong-doing.  Give me a god damn break on thinking Ms. Clinton is anything but qualified.  Do some research on your own for a change.  Turn the damn television off!

If you want your 3rd party then you need to earn it from the bottom up, just like every other party.  If you want that 3rd party candidate, vote for that 3rd party candidate in your state and local elections.  This will help grow that support.  If it grows from the ground, then vote it for the national elections.  If it keeps growing then guess what, it’ll be at the top and can make the change for you.  You’re not going to create a stronger foundation on your house by putting a new roof on it, same with the government.  You need that strong base for that change.  This is sadly why Bernie was defeated.  We are at a point, however, where if many of you take that blind anger and turn it into a researched cause we can have real change.  The choice is yours, however, be angry or be informed.

Our current situation…

While introducing Donald Trump at a rally, former New York City major Rudy Giuliani just said, “By the way, under those eight years before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States. They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office.”
This is just dangerous rhetoric here. During the Bush administration we had 9/11. This has been the single most deadly terrorist attack to strike this nation. Not to mention the [about] ten attacks on U.S. embassies that happened during the Bush administration.
People, you all need to get it together. These are the same people who are trying to say that Hillary is a crook, liar, cheat, etc. These are the same people who have been blatantly lying to everybody, yet have been taken for their word. This is dangerous. You know who else did this and had a lot of success? Hitler. Only Hitler blamed the Jewish people and his governmental predecessors.
This is disgusting. I wish people cared about real events that will actually affect their lives more than they do about whatever bullshit TV show is popular right now, which celebrity is banging who, etc. The world would be a better place. This is why we desperately need change in our education system. We don’t teach children to question or think anymore. We teach them to take a test. We under-fund our schools. We alienate our teachers. It’ll be a great day when the army has to have a bake sale to buy a bomb…

This week in Police Murders

This week in the news police murders we have two black men who have been killed when they did not need to be.  I know some people right away are starting up the, “Well you see, he had a gun on his person!” rant.  The thing is, however, these are the same people [usually] who are giving the, “Well if somebody had a gun on their person, then all these lives would have been saved!” rant.  What is the common denominator here?  I won’t even say, but I think you can all figure it out.

With Alton Sterling, yes folks, he was committing a crime.  He was selling CDs in a parking lot.  That savage!  Multiple videos have shown Mr. Sterling was down, being fully restrained by two murderers officers of the law and that he was not reaching for the gun that he had in his pocket.
“But Trevor!  He still had a gun!  How are those officers suppose to know what his intentions are?!”

Well my dear lad, I am glad you asked.  As it turns out Louisiana also does allow for open carry.  So truthfully anybody can open carry.

“But he didn’t have a permit to open carry!”

Ah yes, but how would any officer [or civilian for that matter] know this?  Unless you’re judging a book by a cover [I’m kindly not trying to call you a racist] you are merely assuming that somebody who looks a certain way wouldn’t have a permit.  So truly, does open carry make us citizens safer?  If you’re interested, here is a quick summary of Louisiana’s open carry business.  If you’re even more interested in the murder of Alton Sterling and don’t believe that he wasn’t reaching for a gun, you can see for yourself here.

Now even in my home state of Minnesota there is another example of police murdering citizens who don’t deserve to die.  This time it is a man who was pulled over for a broken tail-light, by the name of Philando Castile.  The only video we have [so far] is from his girlfriend after he has been shot.  The girlfriend gives the background of what happened.  Castile was asked to show his ID so Castile was reaching for his wallet.  Castile had also informed the officer that he had his conceal and carry permit and also had a firearm.  Again, this is in complete compliance with the law.  The officer then fired a few rounds into him, right in front of his girlfriend and a young child who was right behind.  I’m no gun expert, but I know how dangerous it is to fire at such close proximity to other human beings, especially a young child.  In the back you hear the officer sounding distraught and trying to say, “I told him not to…” while the girlfriend, amazingly composed, reminding him that he asked for his ID.

“But Trevor, how would the officer know he wasn’t reaching for his gun?!”

I’m sorry what?  If a man is telling you he has a conceal and carry permit and he is telling you that he is reaching for the ID that you requested, why would you just automatically assume that he is going to kill you?  If somebody has the intentions on killing you, he doesn’t let you know that he has a weapon.  Element of surprise.

“But for real doe… Blue lives matter man!  How would that officer know?!”

Remember what I said above about judging the book by its cover?  What is the common denominator here?  You can’t kill somebody just because in your mind they look scary.

“We don’t even have the video of what happened leading up to the shooting though!”

This is true.  We do not.  Judging by the tone of that officer’s voice, he sounds like a man who just realized he did something awful.  He sounds like a man who is trying to figure out how to get out of s*** creek.  After they cuff the girlfriend, who committed no crime, the video still runs.  You hear an officer (assuming the murderer) saying “f**k” over and over.  I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but seriously.  You can see all of this here.

I have a question for my pro-gun people.  This is going to sound very pointed, but I am being very serious.  Does the 2nd amendment only apply to white people?  Don’t get me wrong, I am glad that I am a white male.  I am not saying that being white or being male makes me superior.  Being white, however, makes me less likely to get treated like garbage and shot by police.  Being male also gives me advantages, such as not having to worry about being sexually assaulted by police or others.

These shootings aren’t even a 2nd amendment issue.  This is an issue with police brutality in America.  We’ve all seen the statistics of shooting in America compared to other 1st world countries, so I won’t rehash that.  Honestly, what are we doing here?  Our inaction isn’t helping anybody live longer lives.

I will leave you with a short video of a radio host who, truthfully, says it best.  The problem needs to start with the police policing their own.  Period.  Here is the video.  I have nothing else to say.  This is disgusting.  Have a good day.

More on the gun issue…

A friend of mine, whom I have a lot of respect for as a person, and I were having a very great discussion on Facebook about the gun issue in general.  He made a very good post that I am going to share, along with my response to it.  To bring the context of this into light I have left the screen shot of it, starting with my response to a piece of literature he posted opining if the mass shooting in Orlando was actually done by multiple gunman.  Essentially this piece said that for a man to kill 50 and wound 50 others in a matter of minutes was so insane and so far-fetched that there is no way one single shooter could have done so.  My personal feelings for conspiracy theories aside, this is a valid thing for one to think.  It is crazy, the amount of destruction that was able to occur.  This, sadly, is also one of the heated points of discussion this country.  Why should anybody be able to carry such destructive tools?


Also, please note in the picture above I have blanked out my friend’s name and picture.  I respect this man and even more I respect his privacy.  I’ve even messaged him this blog post after submission asking his permission to use it.  If he does not want me using this, I will promptly delete this post.  Just my disclaimer.

Anyways, I wrote a lengthy response I would like to share, because ultimately many of the points I bring up are many of the same points being brought up across the nation.  He also did make great points, truthfully, in his post.  It is refreshing to have a civil discussion with another person about such a terrible and heated issue.

Right now insanity IS the norm. So far this year we’ve had over 130 mass shootings. That is averaging about 3 a week. The year isn’t even over.

15 years ago 3000 people died one morning. We didn’t take away box cutters or planes BUT we starting screening the heck out of anybody getting on a plane, this is why everybody complains so much about the TSA. Post 9/11 the regulations to get on a plane skyrocketed. Somebody tried to blow up his shoe to get on a plane, now we all have to take our shoes off at the airport.

The Titanic sank because of nature. We cannot ban nature. Icebergs, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc. will always exist. We have, however, created rules and regulations to make passenger ships safer, with mandatory safety and evacuation plans.

Creating smart, reasonable gun laws isn’t changing the game, at all, either. In Major League Baseball a few 2b players got injured due to take-out slides. Guess what the MLB did, despite players, coaches, fans, etc. being very vocally against it? This year they enacted a ban on take-out slides. They also did it a few years ago with collisions at home plate after a few high profile catcher injuries. They updated with the times, and guess what? Baseball is still great! 🙂

Our gun laws are a mess and they’re inconsistent state by state. With Omar, he was on the Do Not Fly list, but the FBI couldn’t legally do anything about it. There was a push to ensure that people on the DNF list couldn’t purchase firearms in ANY state. The NRA cried foul and the NRA backed politicians wouldn’t even let any of those bills get out of committee.

We regulate the crap out of cars, too. Is it a perfect system? NO! People still die. But guess what we have now that we used to not have? Mandatory seat belt laws. No texting while driving laws. No drinking and driving laws. Speed zones for different areas, depending on risk (i.e. you can only go 20 mph past East High School during certain times of the day). Obviously NO system is going to be perfect, but we have to do our best to ensure the MOST safety. There is no 100% safe method, but that doesn’t mean don’t try.

My personal feelings about pot and the “war on drugs” in general aside, too. We make drugs illegal. Yes, it doesn’t 100% solve the issue. It does, however, make it harder to gain access to drugs. Drugs are also way more expensive. Marijuana is fairly cheap in states such as Colorado and Washington, but prices have remained the same (so I hear) in states such as Minnesota.

Again, no system is perfect. Just because “somebody can still do it” even though it is illegal doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. There is still a problem with child prostitution, but I doubt any sane minded individual would be against creating a law that said it is illegal to pimp a child (or anybody) out, correct? It is NO DIFFERENT with any sort of crime. What happens when you make it illegal is that you make it harder to do. Sick pieces of garbage cannot just openly pimp out children on Victory Drive. There was just a child prostitution sting here in Mankato that netted three arrests. Laws made that possible. Is child prostitution still a HUGE problem in southern MN? Yes! At least we’re trying though.

Bottom line, though, is right now there are only two options being floated around to something we can all admit is a problem. Option one is to create reasonable gun laws. Option two is to continue to do nothing. So please, if you have any other reasonable, viable options, please speak up. I and the rest of the world would be more than happy to listen to ANYTHING that could potentially help this situation. Also, good guy with a gun isn’t a viable option. More guns isn’t a viable option.

I made sure to go through every point, piece by piece.  Please let me know your opinions.  I welcome them all, even if we disagree, just so long as we can be civil.  If anybody out there has any other reasonable ideas to fix this terrible issue, please, we need to know.