Joss Whedon on Third Party Voters

Cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who holds two or more contradictory beliefsideas, or values. This discomfort is triggered by a situation in which a person’s belief clashes with new evidence perceived by the person. When confronted with facts that contradict beliefs, ideals, and values, people will try to find a way to resolve the contradiction to reduce their discomfort.

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There is a circus theme to all of the spectacle going on around us in these last few days leading up to the election. The spotlight is on entertainment while all the real issues take place behind the scenes. The question of third party? allows for a full three ring circus but the things that are most important may be those that are in the ring farthest from the main ring.

Facebook – NowThis PoliticsA vote for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein is a vote for Donald J. Trump. That’s just how it is. – October 26, 2016 at 3:30 PM

The bigger problems remain unaddressed as the media continues to prattle on about issues that are not really issues.  I’m still boycotting the news, myself. Let me know when Trump implodes, please?  Wouldn’t want to miss that, and the political discussions will only be relevant after that point.

Why Would a Liberal Vote for Gary Johnson?

“Why Would a Liberal Vote for Gary Johnson?” is a very good question, a question that echoes why I don’t identify as libertarian anymore. A question whose answers echo the reasons why I don’t support most of the candidates that the Libertarian Party fields. The LP is just GOP lite these days, not some wild and woolly reactionary anarchist cohort. If you believe Donald Trump, whose website is a laundry-list of libertarian wish-fulfillment, you might even say he was a libertarian candidate. Just don’t listen to the words coming out of his mouth though. If you do you’ll notice a jarring disconnect between what he says and what his website says.

Here’s the list of reasons why a liberal would not support Gary Johnson from the Mother Jones article:

*He supports TPP.
*He supports fracking.
*He opposes any federal policies that would make college more affordable or reduce student debt. In fact, he wants to abolish student loans entirely.
*He thinks Citizens United is great.
*He doesn’t want to raise the minimum wage. At all.
*He favors a balanced-budget amendment and has previously suggested that he would slash federal spending 43 percent in order to balance the budget. This would require massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and social welfare programs of all kinds.
*He opposes net neutrality.
*He wants to increase the Social Security retirement age to 75 and he’s open to privatization.
*He opposes any kind of national health care and wants to repeal Obamacare.
*He opposes practically all forms of gun control.
*He opposes any kind of paid maternity or medical leave.
*He supported the Keystone XL pipeline.
*He opposes any government action to address climate change.
*He wants to cut the corporate tax rate to zero.
*He appears to believe that we should reduce financial regulation. All we need to do is allow big banks to fail and everything will be OK.
*He wants to remove the Fed’s mandate to maximize employment and has spoken favorably of returning to the gold standard.
*He wants to block-grant Medicare and turn it over to the states.
*He wants to repeal the 16th Amendment and eliminate the income tax, the payroll tax, and the estate tax. He would replace it with a 28 percent FairTax that exempts the poor. This is equivalent to a 39 percent sales tax, and it would almost certainly represent a large tax cut for the rich.

Mother Jones

It is an excellent reference list of things that the average liberal disagrees with average libertarians about. I could add more things to the list that I would quibble about, but we can start with this list and work from there. 

What Flavor Politician Are You?

I found this image on the Being Libertarian page on Facebook. I have to wonder at naming a page Being Libertarian when it’s been demonstrated that Being Liberal was a thing on Facebook before there was a page called Being Libertarian, but I digress.

The image is attempting to show how silly it is to say that Libertarians are Democrats or Republicans. Stealing votes from Democrats or Republicans. However, there is a problem in their logic, which I will illustrate literally.

Gary Johnson is Crystal Pepsi, not Dr. Pepper. If it means anything to you, Donald Trump is Pepsi laced with arsenic. I’d stick to drinking Coke myself.

Clinton is not Coke, but then neither is Coke these days. Lacking access to a Coke (to take the metaphor to its proper conclusion) I’ll vote for the thing that says it’s a Coke. At least the can is the right color and the drink will be carbonated and not too sweet. I don’t like Dr. Pepper anyway.

Just in case that isn’t clear enough, I will elaborate further. Gary Johnson and much of the Libertarian Party (LP) philosophy and platform is Republican. I know they insist they are different, but in reality the GOP morphed into a variation of the LP about the time Reagan was President. They’ve been becoming more and more the LP as the Tea Party took over and with each succeeding election since that time.

So there are still only two flavors to choose from. That is by design. The system only works the way we see it working, unless we take the effort and energy to alter it’s framework.

In a system where winners are decided by earning at least 1/N of the vote, there will be N choices.

As I’ve said many times, I’m voting for Clinton. I prefer centrism. I prefer we not wreck the system. I prefer we reduce suffering rather than increase it, so I won’t dilute the vote by shifting my vote to some other candidate which has no chance of beating the two major parties, factions that have hardwired themselves into the system.



Americans have decided to poison themselves with arsenic-laced Pepsi. I’ll still take a Coke. Holding out for a Coke for four years or longer if I have to. It’s going to get mighty thirsty out here.

Gary Johnson For President!

If the Republicans had a brain that is. If they had brains they’d be yelling that from the rooftops everywhere in the country. They don’t, so they won’t be and he won’t be President. Here he is sitting down with Stephen Colbert on Monday:

The old as time itself drive to “Punish, Punish” that the Republican’s are caught up in has to be abandoned, if they want to be taken seriously. If they want to win in two years. Time to prove they can be progressive. Embrace Gary Johnson, and nominate him. Prove to the rest of us that you’ve advanced beyond the dark ages.

I dare you.


The Republicans nominated Mitt Romney in 2012. Mitt Romney? WTF, Republicans? Didn’t you get the message? Straight-laced magic underwear white guys are so last century.

I apparently was quite the fanboy for Gary Johnson back in the day. Two years later in 2012 I was posting about his appearance on’s presidential debate, the only debate to include the libertarian candidate for president. That’s right. Gary Johnson left the Republicans to lead the Libertarian Party to another defeat. It’s not his fault. The LP simply isn’t serious about winning elections. has been claimed by time. The link can still be found on the wayback machine: I’m betting I was a fanboy because he wanted to let us all smoke weed back in the days when it was still unfashionable to light up a doobie. In 2021 everyone wants to let us do that except Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The last bastion of conservative dogma? If only time would claim White Nationalism the way it claims everything else, the world would truly be a better place.