William Weld in the 21st Century

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Ted Leo. Photo by Kyle Cassidy/Wikimedia

Respected indie rock songsmith Ted Leo gives the Libertarian Party a new kind of pop-culture attention: a wounded attack song on its 2016 vice presidential candidate, former GOP Massachusetts Gov. William Weld.

As a synecdoche for the party's inability to gain political or cultural traction, the song "William Weld in the 21st Century" has seemingly nothing to do with Weld's role as a third-party candidate. Though the lyrics seem inspired by a possibly true incident of running into Weld at an airport, Leo said in a Slate podcast that his ire stemmed from seeing the man as a representative of a patrician Republican class that didn't do enough to stop Donald Trump.

Weld did actually run against Trump, but Leo says in his lyrics that Weld "felt he could save his country" but "gave it away without a fight." Critics of the former governor's perceived softness on libertarian principles might agree, for different reasons.

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  1. Both his fans, no doubt, are quite angry at Weld.

    Why Libertarians keep admitting he is one of them is baffling.

    1. You outsiders don’t get any say.

      1. Can you explain what, exactly, are Weld’s Libertarian bona fides?

        Because he’s more of an old-school Republican — you know, the “protect the rich” type you loathe so. He doesn’t have a Libertarian belief alive in his body.

        1. Can you explain what, exactly, are Weld’s Libertarian bona fides?

          Fiscally conservative and socially liberal.
          His record as governor. Results not babble.

          Because he’s more of an old-school Republican — you know, the “protect the rich” type you loathe so.

          What I loathe most is shameful liars like you. Or, you could prove it! (lol)
          Defemded flat-rate income tax in Taxachussets, Yout turn

          He doesn’t have a Libertarian belief alive in his body.

          His record as Governor. Fiscally conservative and socially liberal.

          Now your bona-fides. You sound more like Ron Paul

  2. Leo reveals his political naivete, missing THE biggest obstacle to Johnson/Weld, for some anti-gubmint slogans.

    What they needed was … a platform of policy solutions,(duh), tailored our majority, the top half of the Nolan Chart.

    The libertarian establishment had over 40 years to prepare for this opening. (NOTHING happens until the people are open to change, which happens only once or twice per century.) So what do they have ? not a damn thing., not in taxes, not health care, or even obvious government reform.

    They have Medicare Vouchers which increase competition … in the wrong market.
    Any flat tax is bat-shit crazy, because the “scholars” don’t know progressive tax rates subsidize roughly half the entire middle-class income tax. So any flat tax would increase taxes on the middle class by over 60%, and NO CLUE how to cut spending that much

    There’s “Repeal the income tax, replace it with nothing and run the entire federal government on (mostly ) FICA taxes.” Ron Paul; is kinda dumb, but he snarls, whines and waves his arms. a lot.

    Oh, a “privatize” Social Security ” scheme lets people invest their own half of the tax. Michael Tanner lies about the costs at first, then says it’s not his job to pay for it. Congress will figure it out! (As the bobbleheads nod)
    Hard to fit all that (and so much more). into a rock song by a fourth-rate performer.
    And the clock is ticking.

  3. Weld is anal cancer. He was too big government for conservatives, but just right for cosmos

    1. Yeah, all those damn tax and spending cuts.
      Offset by bullshit from our anti-government goobers, to their low-information tribe.

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