Election 2016

What If There Is No Difference Between the Presidential Candidates?

All major candidates in both major political parties promise a federal government that can right any wrong.

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Jason Keisling

What if all the remaining presidential candidates really want the same things? What if they all offer essentially the same ideas couched in different words? What if these primary races have become beauty pageants largely based on personality and advertising?

What if our system of governance is so deep into the fabric of big government in the second decade of the 21st century that all the presidential candidates really believe that most voters actually want the government to care for them?

What if all major candidates in both major political parties promise a federal government that can right any wrong, regulate any behavior, tax any event, solve any problem, and borrow unlimited amounts of money?

What if the federal government is broke? What if it is politically committed to spending more money than it collects in revenue? What if all the candidates believe in borrowing money today and again borrowing money next year to pay off today's debts? What if rolling over federal debt never pays off or even pays down the principal?

What if none of the candidates cares about increasing the inflationary pressures and tax burdens on generations of Americans as yet unborn? What if they all want to spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year more than is collected in revenue? What if they all refuse to address the issue of how to pay back responsibly all the borrowed money from the past 100 years?

What if today we are the victims of this borrowing and spending mentality begun by President Woodrow Wilson and followed by nearly all of his successors up to President Obama? What if all the candidates in the presidential primaries plan to continue this self-destructive process?

What if the modern federal government has never paid back a loan in full without using borrowed money, and none of the candidates running for president cares about that, and all have indicated that they would continue to do the same? What if, as of today, nearly 20 cents of every dollar collected in revenue must legally be paid to lenders to the federal government as interest on their loans? What if American military leaders have argued that the government's debt is a greater threat to national security than is ISIS?

What if, when these candidates talk about curing cancer or eradicating the heroin epidemic or providing clean water, they are doing so to tug at your heartstrings? What if they are all mimicking President Obama's politically successful demonstrations of empathy? What if these issues—genuine problems in contemporary America—are not federal problems because they do not spring from areas of governance delegated by the Constitution to the federal government? What if health, safety, welfare, and morality are the core of the states' responsibilities and not the federal government's?

What if all these candidates don't care about the Constitution and its guarantees of personal freedom, its checks and balances, and its division of governmental powers, even though, before entering office, they will be required to take a solemn oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution?

What if the candidates all want to rearrange borders of countries in the Middle East using the American military? What if they all think they can use the blood of young Americans to force democratic governmental structures upon foreign peoples whose cultures have rejected repeatedly the concepts of majority rule, due process and natural rights over the course of a thousand years of religious civil wars? What if the candidates all fail to see that the more innocents we kill abroad, the more we use force to tell others how to live, the more harm comes to us—to our people, to our culture and to our freedoms?

What if all the candidates for president favor the government using torture, detaining persons without trial, and continuous surveillance of all the telephone calls, emails, and text messages of all persons in America—even though these behaviors are profoundly unconstitutional, morally un-American, uniquely destructive of personal liberty in a free society, and fail to enhance public safety?

What if all these candidates—in differing degrees—reject the concept of limited government? What if they all want to bribe the rich with bailouts and the middle class with tax breaks and the poor with welfare? What if these candidates and their supporters and their attitudes about the role of government in our lives have reduced government at this sad time in our history to a game whereby everyone tries to live at someone else's expense?

What if none of the candidates recognizes that government is an artificial creation based on force and ought to be exercised minimally? What if none of them understands that prosperity comes from the free choices of investors, workers, and consumers, and not from the decisions of the federal government's central planners?

What if none of these current candidates acknowledges that individuals are sovereign, our rights are inalienable, our property belongs to us, our souls are immortal, and that the government works for us—not the other way around?

What ever happened to the right to be left alone? Where is a candidate who will defend it? What are lovers of liberty to do?

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  1. That composite picture of Trump and Cruz is going to replace the whale in my nightmares.

    1. If they’re going to do crude photoshop merges like that, can they at least find two pictures where the people are facing in the same direction?

    2. That is a photo of the president on the island of Doctor Moreau.

    3. Why are you asking me? You’re the expert.

  2. What if I’m taking a shower and I slip on a bar of soap?

    1. Then your neck will be broken and you won’t be first anymore.

    2. What if you just ask for what you want, instead of littering the shower floor with all those bars of soap?

  3. What if…..we could stop writing “what if”?

  4. May I ask a question?

  5. Nope! Couldn’t do it. I had to bail about four questions into the article. Between the photo, the regression of the good judge’s writing style and the Kafkaesque truth of the situation I nearly had a case of the soggy britches. Not starting the day off on such a depressing note. See ya!

    1. What if, what if it’s worth the chance that you take?

      1. Why would I want to risk getting soggy britches? The other people at the gym wouldn’t exactly appreciate that. Yes, I work at a gym(personal trainer/boxing coach. I’ve had the pleasure of being knocked out by former world champions Fernando Vargas and Corey Spinks.) Yes, I’m a dumb fuck who’s been hit in the head a few thousand times too many.

  6. What ever happened to the right to be left alone?

    “Show me where in the Constitution ?.”

  7. I’m sorry but I couldn’t get past all the “what ifs”. Is it just me or has Reason had a real dip in quality lately?

    1. It’s just you.

      reason has always suffered a quality problem.

      This is not a slight to the judge, who seems to be only able to speak in the form of a question (not that it makes the articles any easier to read)

    2. I’m sorry but I couldn’t get past all the “what ifs”.

      What if instead of writing “What if all the remaining presidential candidates really want the same things? What if they all offer essentially the same ideas couched in different words? What if these primary races have become beauty pageants largely based on personality and advertising?” the Judge wrote “What if: all the remaining presidential candidates really want the same things; they all offer essentially the same ideas couched in different words;these primary races have become beauty pageants largely based on personality and advertising?”

    3. He’s certainly no Clarence Thomas.

  8. What if I get tired of reading rhetorical questions? What if I had no illusions about finding the perfect candidate? What if I always knew it was about finding the least bad candidate? What if I wasn’t a utopian dreamer?

    1. What if there was no “least bad” candidate? What if, through a marvel of quantum positioning, every candidate was worse than every other candidate?

      1. That seems to be the case.

    2. He who questions written questions only trains himself at writing questions.

  9. What if Spartacus had a tank?

    1. I believe he had a Piper Cub.

  10. What if you Imagine? This article is as bad as that song.

  11. So Clinton raised about $12 T in taxes and spent about $13 T
    Bush raised taxes to $17 T in his office and spent $19 T
    Obama will have raised taxes to $22 T and projected to spend $29 T

    Why wouldn’t a repub ask the public do they think the big govt is twice as good today as 16 years ago?

  12. **BARF**
    What if Andrew Napolitano never wrote another article?

  13. What if Andrew Napolitano kidnaps high schoolers, that failed English class, chained up to typewriters in his basement? What if you had an infinite number of high schoolers mashing the typewriter keys for an infinite amount of time? What if eventually they would produce the complete works of Andrew Napolitano?

    1. He uses Cambodian slave orphans, not high schoolers. Sheesh, what kind of libertarian do you think he is?

  14. Up to I looked at the draft which was of $7319 , I be certain …that…my neighbour was like they say realie receiving money part time at there labtop. . there moms best frend started doing this less than and just paid the mortgage on their apartment and bought a gorgeous Lexus LS400 . site here……..

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  15. The judge is just asking questions.

  16. “What if our system of governance is so deep into the fabric of big government …”

    Don’t blame the system of governance. Apparently this generation of Americans want big government, cannot imagine a life without it. That is what we have to deal with.

  17. The Judge is back with his non-leading questions!

  18. Oh, and that picture… *shudders*

  19. “What if it is politically committed to spending more money than it collects in revenue?”

    Haven’t you heard that the deficit is down under Obama?

    /sarcasm

  20. Hmmm, the nose, the eyes, the chin…check. That hair, though…whose is it?

  21. It was a fun series. I recommend the issue “What If… Spider-Man Had Kept His Cosmic Powers?”

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    1. What if your roommate’s sister was a live video porn ho?

    2. What if you had a calculator and you realized your roommate’s sister worked nearly 200 hours last month? That’s 10 hour days if she took weekends off. That’s not really a few hours a day.

  23. Is this one of those long form The Matrix “What if I told you…” memes?

    1. The first rule of Write Club is you do not ask too many questions.

  24. before I looked at the receipt of $thirty thosand , I have faith …that…my cousin woz like they say realy receiving money in there spare time at their computer. . there dads buddy haz done this for only about 14 months and just repaid the mortgage on their place and got themselves a Honda . try this …………..

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  25. Up to I looked at the draft which was of $7319 , I be certain …that…my neighbour was like they say realie receiving money part time at there labtop. . there moms best frend started doing this less than and just paid the mortgage on their apartment and bought a gorgeous Lexus LS400 . site here……..

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    1. What if Reason had decent spam filters?

  26. Wadda you mean “IF”?

  27. the candidate who gets rid of the most government programs, including Common Crap, has my vote!!

  28. Actually a Trump vs. Sanders (or H. Clinton) runoff makes selection of who to vote for easy — without hesitation I’ll vote for the Libertarian nominee (presumably Gary Johnson).

    And I’m (now) a Republican! Granted, a PRICKLY Republican, but assimilated into the Borg nevertheless. Like a virus, I’m burrowing from within.

    If Bloomberg joins the race, we’ll have THREE well-funded peas in a pod running for the spot.

    BTW, in my state of California (and most states), I don’t have the slightest concern that my vote will affect the outcome, as this state will vote (by a substantial margin) for whichever Democrat is nominated, and ALL of our Electoral College votes will go for that “winner.” No “wasted vote” concern in the Golden State.

  29. What if most Americans are so dumbed down and dependent upon government that they naturally seek leaders like the ones left running for President?

    What if Millennials through public education, the internet, and media have so embodied Socialism as their primary Belief System that they would rather be classified and taken care of than be unique and free to care for themselves?

    I think Libertarians need to recognize that the USA the Founders envisioned was lost long long ago and that 90% of Americans are drinking the Kool-Aid today. Sadly most Americans are either too dumb or simply incapable of making decisions that will lead to a desirable life. It is far easier to let ‘leaders’ (political, business, religious, etc) make decisions for everyone and then blame them for failures, then line up to choose another ‘leader’.

    It is worth considering whether it is fruitful to be upset over the madness that prevails today, or simply go with the flow until it is necessary to pick a side.

    1. As I see it, clearly things must first get worse before there’s any chance of it getting better. Given American voters inability to connect the dots, I’m not optimistic.

      1. But I’ve been saying this for forty years, and it just keeps getting worse. Do we get used to low expectations?

        1. Naahhh. We really haven’t gotten to WORSE. I mean REALLY worse.

          With our prosperity, we will experience a stately decline, I predict. But maybe the politicians can steepen that downward slope. Ya gotta trust them to do exactly that.

    2. It’s not that people are dumb. It’s that they don’t see any alternative short of armed revolution. Oh, and they think that there has to be a government of some sort, and don’t know how to create one that wouldn’t end up the same way this one has.

  30. “What if”? Surely you mean “We know that”.

  31. What if this country were a Constitutional Republic the Electors of which would choose Andrew Napolitano as chief magistrate?

    1. What if he governed the country by posing “what ifs” to his Cabinet every 10 seconds?

  32. The Hyperbole|2.4.16 @ 6:32PM|#|?|filternamelinkcustom

    At one time the commenting gentry of this fine blog used their combined mockery to get the Judge to stop with the “what if” posts. This was seen as a good thing and praised mightily by the masses.

    For a year he abstains from this shit then one week after I gloat..,Bam.. Fuck me.

  33. Yes, I don’t have the slightest concern that my vote will affect the outcome, as this state will vote for whichever Democrat is nominated.

  34. What if anyone/everyone who votes is a total, frickin’ moron ? 🙂

    “In your dreams, Donald Trump is not a fraud,
    In your dreams, Sanders is not a fraud,
    In your dreams, all the rest are not frauds,
    In your dreams, the constitution is not a fraud,
    In your dreams, the federal reserve is not a fraud,
    In your dreams, social security is not a fraud,
    In your dreams,welfare is not a fraud,
    In your dreams, 9/11 was not a scam,
    In your dreams, the war on terror is not a scam……,”

    Lyrics from “Dreams [Anarchist Blues]” :
    http://onebornfree-mythbusters…..-scam.html

    Regards, onebornfree.

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