This page features my opinions on specific non-news topics.
I have been asked a number of pertinent questions that I believe deserve candid answers.
Protest Voting - (26-Sep-2020)
You've heard someone say that "this is not the time for a protest vote." Actually, this is EXACTLY the time for a protest vote.
A Political No-Man's-Land - (25-Sep-2020)
No other country in the world is limited to two political parties who are constantly at war with each other. Take a look at the Libertarian Party. If you don't like it, there's still the old guys.
Big Data and Manufactured Outrage - (22-Sep-2020)
Politicians talk about using big data to understand what matters most to the voters, but their position statements are designed to provoke instead.
The Hazards of Maintaining the Status Quo - (25-Aug-2020)
Albert Einstein is quoted as saying "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we were using when creating them." It's long past time for the status quo of American politics to change.
You Are The Power - (13-Aug-2020)
You have the power to make the future - and the nation - whatever you want it to be, so what do you want?
Winning, Losing, and Integrity - (03-Aug-2020)
It's not about winning or losing, it's about integrity.
Socialism in America (and Why It's Become More Popular) - (31-Jul-2020)
Recently, I was asked the following question: Why are socialists trying to change our system of government instead of simply moving to another country?
How to Win the Election (and How I Know That I Won't Win) - (25-Jun-2020)
Right now, you're probably asking "if you already know that you're not going to win the election, why are you bothering to run?" Because, to me, this election is not about "winning or losing", it's about giving the voters a choice. As Marines, we don't fight only the battles that we can win; we fight the battles that need fighting.
Qualifications for the Office - (18-Jun-2020)
What do you (the voter) think should be a qualifying criteria for 'fitness for the office' (depending on the office itself)? Are "attack ads" really that effective?
An Abusive Relationship - (15-Jun-2020)
Do you know someone in an abusive relationship? Chances are that you do, whether they think they are in one or not. Take a look at these commonly-known and understood aspects of abusive relationships to find out.
I recently read a question that was posed to a former Libertarian candidate for a state office: Why not run on the Republican ticket, like Sanders did on the Democratic ticket?
Guess what folks? All of you will happily, even gratefully, accept an authoritarian police-state government. It's only a matter of time.
A Paradigm Shift - (01-Jun-2020)
Why are some people so frightened of changing a paradigm? What are they afraid of?
Non-Voters - (30-May-2020)
What is it about the 47% of the voting population who do not vote that we are missing?
Political Machines - (29-May-2020)
What do you call it when a group uses techniques associated with mass media, propaganda, spectacle, and government-organized demonstrations/rallies to create an idealized - possibly heroic - image of someone? Read this article for the answer.
Any COVID-19 Response Must Include Mental Health Care - (28-May-2020)
This is an article that I wrote for a local Libertarian newsletter.
The Democrats and Joe Biden - (28-May-2020)
This article is a diatribe on the Democrats and their presumptive choice of Joe Biden for president. If you don't care what I have to say on the subject, please move along. This will also be a plug for the Libertarian candidate for president, Dr. Jo Jorgensen. And yes, I realize that these statements will probably anger my Democrat friends.
The Republicans and Donald Trump - (28-May-2020)
This article is a diatribe on the Republicans and their support of Donald Trump as president. If you don't care what I have to say on the subject, please move along. This will also be a plug for the Libertarian candidate for president, Dr. Jo Jorgensen. And yes, I realize that these statements will probably anger my Republican friends.
George Floyd - (27-May-2020)
Quite simply, according to any logical definition of the term, George Floyd was murdered.
The Iran War Powers Veto - (07-May-2020)
We need to remove the vesting of the unilateral war powers from the president.
The "Lesser of Two Evils" Argument - (19-Apr-2020)
If we want to have confidence in our governmental officers, perhaps the 'lesser of two evils' argument is not the place to look.
Authoritarian Response to Fear - (25-Mar-2020)
Sometimes, being immune to diseases truly sucks, but that doesn't give us license to ignore the advice of experts or to potentially harm others. People will perform any number of irrational acts to assuage what they fear. The government is no different.
Splitting the Vote - (03-Feb-2020)
Independent voters do not split the partisan vote. As a voter, you should be able to vote for what -- and for whom -- you want.