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Sep 17

16th Issue New Voice For Politics

16th Issue New Voice For Politics

 

In this Issue

The Rise of the Libertarians Is it time to say hasta la vista to the two-party system

If Only the Poor Could Hold Themselves Back  Say no to the marshmallow and success will follow

Operation Whitesnake: The Next Iraq Invasion Going down the only road we’ve ever known

 

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The Rise of the Libertarians

By Andrew Genesius

What is Causing the Two-Party System to Fall

Like another Terminator sequel, they keep coming back more powerful than before, but has the time finally arrived? Have we reached the Rise of the Libertarians? After every election loss, they claim “I’ll be back,” but is it time to say “hasta la vista baby” to the two-party system in the United States?

For years, the two political parties in the United States have been arguing like cats and dogs. Many believe the two parties are more at odds than ever before, but in many ways they are more similar. One party wants to end all suffering in the United States by having the government provide an ever expanding array of social programs, while the other party wants to do away with any person in the world who might one day pose even a teeny-weeny threat to the United States. These sound like contrasting goals, but they share a basic idea, the Federal Government must make sure that no harm, injury, or inconvenience ever causes a citizen to experience any discomfort. The only difference between the two parties is what programs they spend money on to achieve this goal.

Usually, no one would be opposed to the Federal Government keeping us safe from the big bad world, but libertarian objections to the status quo are increasing, because people object to what they have to sacrifice for this increase in “safety”. For the good of all, the Federal Government has done away with online privacy, attempted to regulate every action a person can engage in, taken cookies away from little kids school lunches, determined what healthcare services are necessary for a person, deemed it necessary to invade an ever increasing number of countries, and increased taxes to pay for all of the additional “protection”. The Federal Government has turned into a smothering parent that will not let you leave the house on a sunny day without putting on a ton of sunscreen, a giant floppy hat, and an array of other uncool adornments.

What is Fueling the Rise of Libertarians

The more people become turned off by the big government of both parties, the more people are turned on to libertarian ideas. People are no longer comfortable with sacrificing personal freedom for the illusion of protection from every conceivable threat. At the same time, Americans are more comfortable with tolerance. From infancy, those in their 20s and 30s have been told we should respect what others are doing, and if they are doing no harm, people should be allowed to do what they wish. While liberals are usually talking about homosexuality, feminism, and other social issues when they speak of tolerance, this message is also a very libertarian message. The message of tolerance and the failings of large government programs, like the war on poverty, drugs, and terror, have convinced large numbers that libertarians are right. People should be allowed to do what they wish, as long as they do not harm others, and government should mind its own business by staying out of mine.

What Needs to Occur For Libertarians to Rule

Will the messages of tolerance and desire for less government lead to a libertarian moment or age remains to be seen. It is unclear whether the libertarian movement will be more like rap music, completely changing the music industry, or neo-swing, forgotten within a few years. Rap became popular because of purchasing power. A small minority of ardent fans strongly supported rappers by buying their music and turning out for concerts. When the music industry noticed this, mainstream artists started incorporating rap into their music, like Blondie’s “Rapture” and Rodney Dangerfield’s “Rappin’ Rodney”, to attract rap supporters. Eventually, enough of the mainstream culture was exposed to rap that it became formally established in the music industry. At this point, performers from this previously unknown community became stars in their own right, like LL Cool J, Snoop Dog, and Eminem.

If Libertarians want to enter the political mainstream, instead of remaining an interesting sub-genre, they need to follow the same path as rap music. They first need to come together and unite as organized supporters of libertarian causes. Unfortunately for Libertarians, one of their greatest strengths, love of personal liberty and independence, is also one of their greatest hindrances. Holders of libertarian beliefs often prefer to remain isolated, when they need to come together and form organizations that will allow them to have an impact. Libertarians have had some success with the Free State Project in New Hampshire, but they need to grow much larger into a national organization that can influence local, state, and national elections with money, manpower, and votes. They must move beyond playing the spoiler with Libertarian Party candidates and help to elect libertarian leaning candidates in the two established parties. Once establishment politicians notice that libertarian supporters provide money and votes, they will increasingly adopt more aspects of the libertarian message. Eventually, after the mainstream voters have heard enough libertarian ideas, they will be willing to support a more libertarian candidate. In all likelihood, this will not result in a third party in the United States; rather, the libertarian caucus in both parties will increase in size and influence.

How Libertarians Could Win the White House

At this moment, Sen. Rand Paul has emerged from the sub-genre of libertarians to the U.S. Senate and is poised to become the next President of the United States. What will largely determine the near-term fate of the libertarian movement is the success of Sen. Paul. If he becomes President of the United States, the libertarian caucus could grow to dominate his party.

The determining factor to his success or failure is whether or not individuals with libertarian views can come together and actively campaign for Sen. Paul. Registered Independents, Libertarians, Democrats, and Republicans need to unite behind him. If a national Rand Paul organization could create a place where members of all political parties were welcome, the libertarian movement could coalesce and multiply. The influence created by such a group would lead to the political elites taking notice and changing their tune to a more libertarian melody.

 

blimpie use this oneIf Only the Poor Could Hold Themselves Back

By Olivia Petrol

The United States is the land of opportunity. Throughout its history, great men and women who started out with nothing have achieved great things: including, Andrew Carnegie, Ralph Lauren, Oprah Winfrey, Ursula Burns, and John Rockefeller to name a few. These people left their humble beginnings behind to attain great things, but not every person in poverty will move up the economic ladder. What differentiates people who remain poor from those who rise up?

One of the main ways a person becomes or remains poor is by purchasing things they cannot afford. If you are living in a trailer, do you really need an 80 inch television? How much bling can a person wear? Why are you buying a bra from Victoria’s Secret when they are significantly cheaper at other stores? Poor decisions lead to poor results.

If a person in the lower economic class wishes to move on up to the middle class, they need to stop spending like they are in the upper class. What differentiates the middle class from the other classes is what they do with their money. Instead of wasting all of their income on purchases of the latest Jay Z or Avenge Sevenfold album, they save more of their money. This does not require a person to take a vow of poverty and live like a hermit on a hill eating wild flowers, but it is a significant shift from how the other classes spend money. The middle class shops smarter; they use coupons, make purchases during sales, and wait until happy hour on Tuesdays to purchase discounted beer and wings at BW3s.

In a broader sense, the middle class has succeeded by delaying gratification. Like individuals in the lower class, people in the middle class do not have all the skills and resources right now to attain what they want, but unlike the lower class, those in the middle are willing to work now to attain their desires at a later date. A great example of the middle class work ethic at work is a student who forsakes going out at night in order to study for their classes. By forsaking the fun of frolicking with friends for the study of scholastic stuff, they eventually excel exceptionally when they complete their exams. The key is to be able to forsake immediate pleasure for a later reward. Psychological research has shown this by demonstrating that children at a young age who were able to forsake eating a marshmallow for 15 minutes in exchange for additional marshmallows were more successful later in life (i.e. higher SAT scores). Individuals who can make sacrifices today can attain great things tomorrow.

The best way to remain poor is to have the belief that others must make sacrifices to benefit them. When people seize money from the rich and redistribute it to the poor, the poor do not become rich; they remain poor, because they have not changed their spending behavior. They are still partying like a rock star, instead of saving like the middle class. Fifty years of the War on Poverty have proven this. Providing the poor with money will not help them.

The shortcomings of providing the poor with money can best be illustrated through the Popeye character Wimpy the Moocher’s approach to life. His catchphrase, “I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today,” sums up why he stays poor. He expects others to sacrifice in order that he might benefit. Even when people are foolish enough to take him up on his offer, nothing changes. Tomorrow he will continue to be hungry, lack money, beg for money, and fail to pay people back.
If people really want to help the poor, they should stop allowing them to mooch and encourage them to delay gratification. Those in the lower class need to learn how to sacrifice today in order to attain tomorrow. They will only be able to make this change when we provide them with the opportunity of scarcity. We need to stop providing them with a hamburger today in order for them to have steak tomorrow.

 

use this whitesnakeOperation Whitesnake: The Next Iraq Invasion

By Ian Marsden

I don’t know where I’m going
But, I sure know where I’ve been
Hanging on the promises
In songs of yesterday
And I’ve made up my mind,
I ain’t wasting no more time

And here I go again on my own
Going down the only road I’ve ever known,
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
And I’ve made up my mind
I ain’t wasting no more time
But, here I go again.
Here I go again.

Some might mistake these lines as the lyrics to Whitesnake’s hit “Here I Go Again”, but in reality, this verse is the United States’ policy towards Iraq. According to an exclusive interview with General David Coverdale, the United States’ Military intends to keep its promise of bringing peace and democracy to Iraq.

When asked how this would be achieved, the General candidly admitted that he did not know. In regards to allies, he confessed there would be no significant allies performing any significant action , because “the United States is a drifter, born to invade other countries alone.”

General Coverdale went onto say that he is well aware of the United States’ lack of success during previous invasions; however, he commented, “the military has made up its mind and we ain’t wasting no more time. Into Iraq, we will go again.” When asked, why an invasion, why not some other strategy? He responded, “We are doing this, because it’s the only road, we have ever known.”

When asked when the military would invade, General Coverdale said it would be in the “Still of the Night.”

 

 

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