10-18-2016, 09:40 AM
While I'm responding to your comment, I'm not directing this at you specifically.
I haven't been too active here lately due to life getting in the way, but I have lurked and noticed some in-fighting regarding brazen support of Trump. Frankly, I think it's B.S. that anyone here would think that Trump is just as bad as Clinton. Trump is no Ron Paul by any stretch of the imagination, and plenty of Trump's stances are appalling (Stop and Frisk, desire to execute Snowden, the Great Wall of America, fill in the blank, etc.), but he does have some redeeming qualities such as wanting to lower taxes, get rid of Obamacare, and not wanting to commit an act of war against mother-effing Russia. There is no way he is worse than the worst criminal, political family in the business. Don't mistake this for an endorsement of Trump; regardless of who wins the election, America loses, as usual. But there are still degrees of loss.
Sometimes I get the impression that people go out of their way to criticize a Republican more in order to virtue signal their pure libertarian ideology, and so they're not mistaken as a Democrat-hating Republican. The Republicans are awful, but it's okay to concede when a Democrat is worse; you're not going to suddenly change into Dick Cheney. While, generally speaking, I believe that the Republicans and Democrats are two wings of the same carrion vulture, the people within the parties aren't exactly the same. Republican voters are much, much, much more friendly to libertarian ideas than are Democrat voters. There's a reason that Ron and Rand run as Republicans, after all. For instance, I can talk to a typical Republican about reducing military spending and scaling back our empire without being called every name in the book. It's just been my experience that Democrats tend to be nastier in their opposition to ideas that conflict with their own.
We've been kicked in the teeth, and liberty is dead, but there are some good things that may come from the election campaigning. We currently have Republicans who oppose war against Russia (even if only for red team, blue team reasons), which can provide in-roads to spreading the idea of non-interventionism while the iron is still hot. We have Republicans who praise Julian Assange (even if only for read team, blue team reasons), which is a step in the right direction, and can help arguing about transparency over "national security" for the law-and-order types. Now is the time to try to shuffle the ideological deck. We are losing, bigly, but the game isn't over; it's never over.