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Not Feeling the Bern

I have quite a few friends who are advocating for Bernie Sanders. I can’t stand the man, for so many reasons.

He is pro-war. He has no problem with military intervention, anywhere in the world. He doesn’t want American boots on the ground. He just thinks we should fund more rebel groups in the area (that never backfires), continue dropping bombs, build the F-35 (he’s a significant backer), continue using drones to murder whoever the government says needs murdering, and continue economic aggression against other countries.

He wants to increase labor costs, increase investment costs, limit foreign investment, increase regulatory costs, increase the national debt, increase energy costs, limit development overseas increasing production costs, limit imports, and continue inflationary policies. The economy is going to do great!

He supports the war on drugs. He states he supports “decriminalization” for drug use. This is code for arresting people and incarcerating them in involuntary treatment programs. Either way, he’s still asserting the state has the right to violently abduct people for what they choose to do to their own bodies.

He is opposed to an individual right to self defense, and supports widespread confiscation of civilian arms. For someone who claims to be “for the People”, he sure seems to like concentrating power in the hands of the few.

He is all around opposed to individual liberty, and seems to view people as no more than components of their race, gender, or the Almighty State.

Of course, he’s still better than Clinton.

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PTSD

We’ve had several veterans brought in to the ER lately with suicidal or homicidal ideation. These men are largely in their 30’s, and are haunted by the wars in which they have fought. I’ve watched a man sob after a severe flashback. I’ve listened to stories of bodies torn apart by machine guns. I’ve seen scars caused by a 12 year old with a bayonet, who the man then shot in the face. I’ve seen the clean, straight cut marks on the abdomen that the man inflicted on himself years later.

What did these men sacrifice their bodies and minds for? Does anyone truly believe that the Middle East is any better off now than it was before we ‘liberated’ Iraq and Afghanistan? Instead, terrorism and extremism are stronger than ever. These men were sacrificed for nothing. If our politicians want a war, let them spend their own blood and money fighting it.

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The Republicans suck, and no I won’t be voting for them

People keep telling me I should back “The lesser of two evils,” suck it up, and vote Republican. Ain’t gonna happen with the current slate of candidates. I am not a conservative. I am a minarchist/anarchist (depends on what day you ask me) libertarian. Both parties believe in expanding the control of the state over individual’s lives. Both parties support foreign wars. Both parties support locking people up in cages for victimless crimes. Both parties believe their mandate is to fix the USA. Trump even went so far as to say the USA “needs a strong leader.”

I don’t want a strong leader to help America. I have seen plenty of what government “help” brings, and I want no part of it. I just wish there was a “none of the above” option on the ballot. Give me that, and I’ll show up to vote. Hell, I’d vote in the Republican primary too, just so I could vote against Trump twice.

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Obama’s Address to the Nation

Obama spoke to the nation this evening about the grave terrorist threat that is confronting us. Just a few of the things he said that jumped out to me:

“Our nation has been at war with terrorists since al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 Americans on 9/11.” Think this was started by Bush – they are aware that terrorism is a tactic, right? The world has had problems with terrorism for as long as there has been civilization. There is not one concrete enemy, “The Terrorists.” The Charleston Church Shooting was terrorism. The Planned Parenthood shooting was terrorism. If you attack innocent people for a political end, and are a non-state actor, you are a terrorist. Strangely enough, since ISIS is a de facto state at this point, I’m not confident the most recent shooting actually does count as terrorism if they were operating as part of ISIS.

“As we’ve become better at preventing complex, multifaceted attacks like 9/11, terrorists turned to less complicated acts of violence like the mass shootings that are all too common in our society.”  I don’t think we have become better at preventing complex, multifaceted attacks like 9/11. It is possible that the FBI, CIA, NSA, and TSA have been thwarting these complex attacks left and right. But since this is the most secretive administration in history, who knows? Maybe there just aren’t that many people willing to blow themselves up for a cause, and keep it together while immigrating to the USA and accumulating the means to do so. You need a very special kind of fanatic to manage that.

” First, our military will continue to hunt down terrorist plotters in any country where it is necessary. In Iraq and Syria, airstrikes are taking out ISIL leaders, heavy weapons, oil tankers, infrastructure. And since the attacks in Paris, our closest allies — including France, Germany, and the United Kingdom — have ramped up their contributions to our military campaign, which will help us accelerate our effort to destroy ISIL.” Yeah, how’s that working out for ya? In June 2014, ISIL was estimated as having 4,000 fighters. Now it’s estimated at 20-30,000. So if we accelerate our efforts, ISIL should have the Middle East pretty well under their control in a few years.

“Second, we will continue to provide training and equipment to tens of thousands of Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting ISIL on the ground so that we take away their safe havens. In both countries, we’re deploying Special Operations Forces who can accelerate that offensive. We’ve stepped up this effort since the attacks in Paris, and we’ll continue to invest more in approaches that are working on the ground.” It hasn’t worked so far, so let’s do the same thing we’ve been doing – only harder!

“Since the attacks in Paris, we’ve surged intelligence-sharing with our European allies.” You weren’t already sharing all the relevant intelligence you had?

“Fourth, with American leadership, the international community has begun to establish a process — and timeline — to pursue ceasefires and a political resolution to the Syrian war.” Oh, good! We have begun to establish a process to set a timeline with the community and leadership to establish ceasefires for a resolution to… which part of the Syrian war again? Are the ‘moderate’ Islamic extremists going to be in charge?

“To begin with, Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun. What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semi-automatic weapon? This is a matter of national security.” *pulls off the Obama mask* My god, Obama has secretly been Dick Cheney this whole time! If it’s a matter of national security, who has time for “due process”, and “rights”? Look, this has nothing to do with guns. We shouldn’t have a secret government list saying who does and does not have certain rights and privileges. At all. Ever. If they are known terrorists, arrest them. Charge them. Provide them with fair legal representation. If convicted, incarcerate them for the rest of their miserable lives. If you can’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they are guilty, then you are required by law to let them go. I’m sure they have a copy of the Bill of Rights in the White House somewhere.

Well, that’s everything that pissed me off. I actually agree with some of his comments. I know a decent number of Muslims personally. They are, one and all, horrified at the actions of ISIL. While none of them are refugees from the current conflict, several came here as refugees from past wars in the region. Then I’ve heard people at work and online say that “those people are all the same, and we need to kill them all before they kill us.” That is the mindset of mass murder, terrorism, and genocide, whether the thought comes from a member of ISIL or an American.

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I Pledge Allegiance

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Pretty much anyone in America can recite these words. It is an expected start to the school day for many in public school. People get all worked up about the words “Under God,” but I see a much larger problem. The entire concept of a public loyalty oath to the State seems so profoundly contrary to the values of liberty and freedom that we should be denouncing the Pledge from beginning to end. Instead of focusing on getting “Under God” out of the pledge, let’s scrap the whole thing as a bizarre element of fascism in a purportedly freedom-loving country.

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Boycott the Vote

I am not voting in the election today. Not because I am uninformed, apathetic, or indecisive. I am not voting because the system in and of itself violates my principles. Every single person running for office today has one thing in common: their platform is always “I will force everyone else do .” It doesn’t matter what is, they are all about using force and violence to get their way. It doesn’t matter how many people vote for an idea or a person – violence and aggression is not justified to get your way.

So today, I urge you to not vote. Don’t buy in to the system that says “might makes right”. Democracy is simply oppression by the majority.

I will admit there is some credence to the idea of the “lesser of two evils”, but both parties are so deeply anti-freedom that I see no justification in supporting either. Give me a candidate who wants to end police militarization and abuse, end the war on drugs, end the USA’s foreign wars, and supports private gun ownership, and I’ll consider voting for them. Unfortunately, even the Libertarian Party candidates tend to be only Republican Lite. I won’t be voting this year, and it looks like that will be a trend for the foreseeable future.

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A Peaceful Death

Just saw the news that Brittany Maynard has ended her life. I am glad she has brought attention to the idea of controlling the timing of your death. Death is hard. It is made even harder by the “life at any cost” mindset in America. Almost every night, I provide care for patients whose quality of life is minimal. patients whose dementia has destroyed their minds, who don’t know who they are, or where they are, and whose life consists of pain, confusion, and fear. Yet, we continue to provide aggressive medical care to prolong their suffering.

I hope Brittany’s death will spark further discussions about the right of people to control their life and death. Sometimes the choice is not between living and dying, but instead a choice of how you die. She chose to die at home, surrounded by her loved ones – instead of in a spiral of seizures, pain, and invasive medical procedures, surrounded by strangers. While I am sad for the loss her family is experiencing, I am glad she was able to make the choice.

I wish more states would provide people with the right to choose how their life ends. We wouldn’t make a beloved pet suffer through the last days of a terminal disease – in fact, it is considered inhumane to do so. But for people, we deny them choice and force suffering upon them.

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