The Seventy Percent

Whoever expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization expects what never was and never will be.
-Thomas Jefferson

Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.
-George Carlin

The Seventy Percent
People are going to be pissed off no matter who wins this election and that is a very important social dynamic I believe is vastly under appreciated by the majority of mainstream pundits and analysts out there.  This is also very distinct from the environment that prevailed in 2008.  Four years ago, the financial markets were crashing and the economic future of America was circling the toilet bowl, yet a majority of Americans embraced the potential of a young, inexperienced biracial politician from Illinois who was saying all of the right things.  Despite the gigantic disappointment he has proven to be as President, there is no denying that he had all of the Democrats and most Independents under his spell on this day four years ago.

Fast forward to 2012 and the county isn’t “divided” as mainstream media talking heads like to say.  The country is pissed off.  Genuine and legitimate frustration permeates the land from sea to shining sea and rightly so.  Ever since the banker coup of 2008, crony capitalism has been institutionalized as the only real way to make money.  If you aren’t connected or “too big to fail,” sorry but America isn’t the place for you.  What makes the economic nightmare so much worse is that it is being coupled with a complete and total decimation of civil liberties.  One by one the Bill of Rights is being ignored and indeed trampled on systemically by the political and economic oligarchs emboldened by their successful takeover of the executive, legislative and for the most part judicial branches of government.  Many Independents disagreed with Obama’s economic philosophy but gave him a pass because he promised to end the wars overseas and restore civil liberties.  Instead, what we got was a President who signed the NDAA on New Year’s Eve 2011, which included section 1021, allowing for the indefinite detention of American citizens without trial until the “end of hostilities.”  Well, because now know the Orwellian “war on terror” is never-ending, the indefinite detention is forever.  The worst part is that Obama claims he didn’t want these powers yet when a group of high profile plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against section 1021 and won a ruling deeming it unconstitutional, what was the President’s response?  He appealed it to death until he found a panel of judges to agree with him.  Not only did he want this power, he seems to crave it.  Another well deserved Noble Peace Prize.

The above is just one example of many.  His kill list, which the Administration now refers to as the “disposition matrix,” grows by the day to include people with zero affiliation with Al-Qaeda, and Obama seems to relish in the absolute power of being judge, jury and executioner.  Tragically, a President Romney will be no different.  He is already on record supporting the NDAA, war without Congressional approval and we heard his complete and total support of Obama’s drone strategy during the third and final debate.  Sure, people that care about civil liberties will vote for Romney saying that he will at least be better on economic policy, yet that is the exact same thing people did with Obama in reverse.  They ended up being disappointed with him and Romney will disappoint as well.  These guys are both big government, crony capitalist puppets and that’s the bottom line.

Another thing that must be considered is basic math about the U.S. political landscape.  According to the latest Gallup poll, 32% of Americans identify themselves as Democrats, 28% as Republican and 38% as Independents.  Now of course, amongst the Independents a majority lean more toward one party or the other, but this is much less the case today than it was in 2008 or in any election prior.  Furthermore, the mere fact that so many choose to identify in this manner makes it clear that they are unhappy with either of these political gangs.  These Independents want legitimate third, fourth or fifth party options but instead end up herded into the mainstream parties by a sophisticated corporate scam, part of which centers around the Commission on Presidential Debates, the gatekeeper of these circuses which ensures no alternative candidates can debate and excludes any difficult or uncomfortable questions.

There was a fantastic article written in the Huffington Post yesterday that examines the rampant frustration within the Republican Party titled: Frightened Republicans Try to Close Down Election Competitors, Such as Gary Johnson.  I thought the most powerful quote was:

Both the Republican and the Democratic presidential candidates talk about liberty, freedom, fiscal responsibility, free enterprise, choice and the Constitution. But neither candidate believes in those principles. Elect either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, and government will be bigger, spending will be higher, regulation will be more intrusive, the military will be fighting more wars, more service personnel will be dying, more money will be wasted abroad, civil liberties of more people will be violated, and more privacy of more citizens will be invaded. Overall, the free society will continue to retreat.

The above is invariably true and brings me to the key point of this article.  Should Romney win the 28% of Americans that identify as Republican will be thrilled, and the remaining 72% will be largely upset and on edge.  Should Obama win, similarly, the 32% registered Democrat with be thrilled and the remaining 68% will be upset and on edge.  Hence, the 70% referred to in the title of this article.  This is a recipe ripe for social unrest and it will be coming to our shores as I outlined recently in The Global Spring.

Personally, I am done with the two party system and will be voting for Gary Johnson.  I am not playing their games any longer and I will not fall for any more of their scams.  In my brief voting years I have pulled the lever for both Republicans and Democrats, but I do not think I will vote for any one of them ever again.  I implore everyone to do the same, no matter who you vote for, vote third party.  The only wasted vote I see is one for either Mitt Romney or Barrack Obama.

Peace and wisdom,


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  1. Awesome article Mike. So true!

  2. I agree with much of your analysis, but the reality of the situation is that there are only two possible outcomes for the upcoming election – either Obama wins or Romney wins. Voting for a third-party or write-in candidate may make you “feel” better, does not send any kind of message that anyone will hear. While I would be much happier if a true fiscal conservative were elected to take us through the economic collapse that is coming (I believe it is now unavoidable regardless of who wins), one of the two possible candidates is better than the other. One candidate will more likely work on out-of-control government spending than the other. One candidate will likely move this country closer towards European socialism/facism. One candidate is more likely going to select better judges and a Fed Chairman than the other. I allow my choices to be constrained by reality and facts. On November 6th, Gary Johnson will end up with 1 to 2 percent of the popular vote, and Obama or Romney will be president. With all of his shortcomings, I believe Romney will be a MUCH better president than Obama. If I vote for Gary Johnson, it only helps Obama win. Sometimes reality sucks, but that is a fact for this election cycle.

    • “Voting for a candidate you don’t believe in is wasting your vote” – Gary Johnson

    • This is false logic. If everyone thinks like this there would only be votes for the two parties. This is teenage thinking and should be eradicated in an informed public. Oh dear.
      Wrong, wrong, wrong.

    • Oh, and you realise that voting for these two candidates is voting for killing people. How do you sleep at night knowing this??

  3. The problem is with the outright stupid public. People can easily vote another party into office but they simply won’t. The problem is in an inability to think, a mental and spiritual bankruptcy. People will riot in the street, but their anger will be abstract, it won’t be directed at the culprits.

    It is not a democratic problem, there are plenty of options. If new parties don’t have a chance, there is no point for people with good intentions in becoming politically active. The problem isn’t systemic. It’s the apathetic, mindless, materialistic public. Across the board, young, old, all to the highest educated.

    After the financial crisis will come the spiritual one. When it won’t do to take more anti-depressants.
    Some day, after the smoke has cleared, people will go to the lonely happy man and finally ask the question: ‘how do you do it?’.

  4. Voting for third party is till good. A pint size form of resistance in disgust at the mainstream fanfare

  5. I strongly agree with the immediate reply above. You may not like/love Romney, but anyone would be better than the Marxist posing as a “Democrat” or for that matter an ‘American’.

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    Good for you. Not only did you analyse the politics, you came to a solution for yourself of voting outside the paradigm. Funny how Dave In Denver talks politics constantly, then refuses to vote outside the paradigm.

  7. Overseas military here. Both the wife and I sent in our early voting docs a couple of weeks ago. Gary Johnson x 2 in our household. We too are tired of the game designed to get the same results regardless of D or R. FWIW, I voted for Bush in 2000, no one in 2004 and Obama in 2008.

  8. America, land of the duped. voting is a sham! I will NOT vote for evil.

  9. People gonna make themselves believe it’s best to vote for ‘the lesser of two evils’ and fool themselves again.

  10. The question is whether today in this environment a third party can grow to be a signfiicant political player or to replace an existiing party. Libertaranism with its fiscal conservatism and more social liberalism has the opportunity to grow. We won’t make a change this election, but how do we keep the idea alive long enough to make a change in the next election?

  11. I too will be voting for a 3rd party (or even a write in candidate). I am desperately searching for a way to make different voices heard. I do not believe that voting for the lesser of two evils is the way to do it. Seems like just following the herd to me and that is exactly what the money wants us to do.


    Just some information to look into on Gary Johnson.’s Karl Denninger’s been all over him. For more information type Gary Johnson into the search bar on his website.

  13. Michael, you continue to make good points and erroneous conclusions. One is a socialist/liberal/progressive and the other is a s/l/p lite. You must vote for the least bad and correct from there. A vote for a noncontender is a vote for the worst candidate. Why not vote for Roseanne Barr?

  14. There are only 2 choices here…Freedom or tyranny…Where will you stand ?

  15. IMHO, Mittens has already been pre-ordained by the banksters and their ilk. Little barry dunham is just too toxic at this point. My big question at this point is will Mittens continue with the new Islamic Caliphate that barry has started in the ME? And Mittens choice for Secretary of the Treasury will be illuminating. Who will it be? Jaime Dimon? Word is out that he wants the job.
    And Mike, my suggestion is that you would be better served to write in Ron Paul than vote for Gary Johnson.

  16. Just wrote in Ron Paul and dropped it in the box. Wasted vote or mini-revolution…? Don’t care really, it felt like conviction rather than compliance.

  17. My bedef is that all the pissed of people are still going through life in “God Bless the USA” mode. Turn the US into My Country My Ass nation (website)

  18. the election is just a farce, look behind the curtain.

  19. Gimme some truth now

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