Why I’m voting Conservative in the snap election

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Yesterday, from out of nowhere, Prime Minister Theresa May decided to call a snap general election, which was passed in the House of Commons today, meaning of course that we’ll have yet another round of voting for us beleaguered Brits in about seven weeks time. To be honest, I had a slight suspicion that there might be an early election, but I was taken aback by how soon and sudden this came up. Before that, I decided that if a snap election were to occur, I would vote for the Conservatives, and now that there is a snap election, you probably know where this is going.

Some of you may find this odd. Why would I willingly cast my vote for the party that I spent the past few years excoriating with ceaseless zeal? Well for starters I am not the leftist teenager that I used to be, and I wish I had actually done more research back then too. Second, let’s consider the reality of the political situation in Britain today. Brexit is definitely happening now despite all the establishment’s attempts to stop it, and right now, Theresa May, whatever you may think of her policies, is the only politician with the ability and the will to make it happen.

UKIP is probably closer to my more libertarian positions, but they’re completely useless. Think about it for a moment. The one thing UKIP was founded for, Britain leaving the EU, is already being accomplished under the current government. As long as this is the case, UKIP has no purpose in the political arena, other than potentially stealing Labour seats from the north. In a normal election I suppose I would endorse the UK Libertarian Party, but I don’t think they will have much of an impact in a sudden snap election. Plus, I don’t know anyone running as an MP for the Libertarian Party who I can vote for.

While we’re here, let’s talk about the other parties. I hope nobody tries to convince me to vote for the Liberal Democrats, because they will quickly find it impossible to convince me to vote for the pack of snivelling sell-outs that the Lib Dems. Under Tim Farron, they’ve become a party for social justice warriors, as if the Green Party wasn’t already. I honestly think the Lib Dems want to fail. Their leader is a useless wimp, and they don’t seem to know how to appeal to ordinary voters. And then there’s Labour, the sad socialist club whose leader was practically salivating over the prospect of a snap election, one in which he will undoubtedly be crushed because he is less popular than most British politicians. At this point, they’d do better if they kept Ed Miliband as leader. Even worse are Corbyn’s deluded fans, those larping revolutionaries who will finally get the chance to campaign for their dear leader, lose, then protest the outcome and start a petition to kick the Tories out.

I should reiterate that I don’t actually agree with most of the Tories’ policies. In fact, if I was a Tory, I’d probably be a very crappy Tory. My policies, which would be considered centre-right in America, would probably be considered too far-right for the Conservatives, which I mostly consider to be conservative in name only. The main reason I am voting Conservative in this election is because I know exactly why Theresa May called this election. It’s a move to strengthen her majority, and giver her government democratic legitimacy, all while thinning out the Labour opposition while it’s already weak. In short, I think she wants to attain a larger majority, which will be easier for her to work with while she’s negotiating the Brexit terms with Brussels.

I know full well that the snap election is a political power move on Theresa May’s part, but I am not voting for the Tories on ideological lines. You may remember that I wrote in favour of leaving the EU. Now that we are leaving the EU, this country needs a capable leader who will deliver on the will of the people, and at the moment the only one who can rise to the challenge is Theresa May. I dislike much of her policies, but I think leaving the European Union takes precedent over everything else at the moment, and I want a government that will deliver on its promise. If Theresa May wants her democratic mandate then as far as I’m concerned she can have it. After all, she has thus far demonstrated that she is more than capable of delivering Brexit, while Labour, the Lib Dems and the Green Party have openly opposed it, and UKIP will do nothing to help, having served its purpose.

I leave you with some predictions for the election in June:

  1. The Tories will win in a landslide victory, increasing their majority by at least 40 seats.
  2. Labour will lose at least 30 seats, and Jeremy Corbyn will either resign or be challenged in a new leadership contest some time in the autumn.
  3. The Lib Dems won’t gain or lose many seats, UKIP will probably steal seats from Labour if they gain any at all.

I doubt that it will be a very exciting campaign however, given how exhausted the general public is when it comes to national politics. One thing I can guarantee is that, after the Tories win again, the left-wing media and the progressive busy-bodies will throw a hissy fit yet again, but this time nobody will care.

However you vote in June’s election, I hope that people won’t pick each other apart over they plan to vote, or are at least less enthused about it than they were in last year’s bitterly divisive referendum campaign.

What now?

donald trumpAfter weeks of hibernating, I’ve decided to come back to my post, and in this tumultuous of all days, it looks like I’m having to talk about the election, or rather, President Trump (I still can’t believe I’m writing this, but here we are). As you can expect, the left-wing media and the social justice warriors are all in full panic mode, and why wouldn’t they be? The masses have disobeyed them at every turn, because they’ve decided that they’d rather have Trump, with his moderate nationalism, than the most corrupt politician we’ve seen in years.

I should reiterate that I’m not a Trump supporter, but I can see how we got to this point (and tried to explain it myself in real life, but I didn’t want tensions to inflame too much), and remain sympathetic to the average American who voted Trump, so before I continue, I think I should briefly clear up why most of America voted Trump, since you’re most likely in a state of utter disbelief. The whole reason America voted Trump is because the average working class has been disenfranchised by the political establishment, and tarred and feathered as scum of the earth by the media and cultural establishment.

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, represented all that Americans hated about the political establishment – the crony capitalism, the hawkish foreign policy, the ignoring and shaming of the working class. They’re fed up with the nonsense they’ve had to put up with from the cultural and political overclass, fed up with the grandstanding from left-wing celebrities like John Oliver and Amy Schumer, and fed up with the lack of political will for reform in America, and so it’s no wonder that, in their desire for change (on which Obama did not deliver for the most part), they have chosen to elect Trump. After all, he has positioned himself as the only candidate willing to hear the voices of the working class, and it worked. Trump’s victory is the inevitable result of the establishment’s devaluing and demonising of the working class, just as Brexit was in the UK. If you ask me, the Democrats had it coming.

Personally, I feel that the most disappointing aspect of the election is Gary Johnson’s dismal failure of a campaign. I knew he wasn’t going to win, but I thought that the Libertarian Party would have more of a future if he had at least gotten 5% of the popular vote, and he failed to do that. He got 3% of the vote, meaning that a serious challenge to the two-party system is still a pipe dream, at least for now. I think it wouldn’t have been so bad if Gary Johnson didn’t screw up so much. But then, Gary was never going to be an effective challenge to someone as charismatic as Trump evidently was.

What can we expect next? Who knows, but one thing is clear. Whether you were pro-Trump or anti-Trump, whether you think he is a good businessman or an incompetent, brazen bigot, the election of Donald Trump represents a clear rejection of the political and cultural establishment, and whatever the outcome could have been, the Trump campaign has exposed the elites for the hollow, empty shells of people that they are. They have failed to make a positive case for Hillary, or their ideology, and have instead tried to tarnish the character of both Trump and the ordinary people who may have supported him. This is exactly like what the Remain camp was doing in Brexit, instead of trying to persuade Americans of a positive future in the EU (which they couldn’t), they instead smeared all Leave voters as “racist” or “xenophobic”, or whatever word they felt like.

Either way, Trump’s victory will live on as a major defeat for the progressive (sorry, regressive) left. They’ve taken it extremely personally, and now I see young people and leftists proclaiming that America is officially “stupider than the UK”.

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This was found in the fine art department in my campus.

First of all, the text is woefully inaccurate. Only 48% of Americans voted for Trump, but less than that voted for Clinton. Second of all, the disdain coming from whoever made this is surely self-evident, as if suddenly Americans are morons just for voting Trump into power, and I think that’s disgusting. If you don’t like Trump, that’s fine. If you think he would make a bad president, that’s also fine, but it’s not okay to just bash ordinary people for their differences, and you certainly shouldn’t just trash the land that I love just because of it. Most of the people who voted Trump also voted for Obama, and they voted Republican because they feel that Obama’s administration screwed them over. I don’t think that’s stupid at all. I don’t give a damn who people vote for as long as you don’t bully, mistreat or alienate people just because they voted differently to how you would.

If this is the culture that is being challenged by Trump’s candidacy, then I think we are on the way towards seeing the defeat of the left, and the signs are everywhere. The liberal media is panicking like crazy, their policies are failing, their propaganda is being unanimously rejected, and their attempts to silence dissenting opinions are failing. As for Trump himself, I think I ought to congratulate him (I know I don’t agree with him entirely, but I think it’s the last honourable thing I can do). After all, Trump’s campaign from the word go has been met by all manner of opposition. He’s withstood all the slings and arrows from the controlled media, the current government, popular culture, and his political opponents. Nearly everyone tried to stop him, and yet hear he is. If anything about him impresses me at all, it’s that he had the balls to keep going despite all of that, and against the most powerful insider in American politics no less.

I must say that this election cycle has been ceaselessly interesting, but now that Trump’s elected, and once he’s sworn in, he has to not fuck up. He made a lot of promises throughout the campaign, some of them I dare say are bigger than any other politician’s promises to date. Winning the election is only half the battle for Trump. If he fails to deliver on his promises after all this, he will go down in history as the biggest loser in history. I say this not as someone who didn’t support Trump, but as someone who is watching America, and wondering what will become of it. If as he says he is interested in peaceful relations with Russia, then naturally I will look forward to that, but if he screws up, then we can enter the 2020’s with grim expectations.

An open letter to Gary Johnson

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Dear Gary,

I may be a British national, but I have a profound love and appreciation for America, and partly because of that I have a noticeably keen interest in American politics. I’ve been observing the US election cycle for the past 15 months now, and at this point, I think it’s fairly obvious that your country is experiencing the most turbulent time in its history in many years, particularly as the two-party system is unravelling before our eyes.

Of course I’m concerned and frustrated by the fact that many Americans are condemned to choose between two candidates who I’m not convinced are fit for the job. On the left corner, we see Hillary Clinton, an incredibly corrupt, self-centred politician who will most likely continue the cultural and economic degradation we have seen under the Obama administration, and worse, will probably start an unnecessary war if it served her interests. On the right corner, we see Donald Trump, who I personally think isn’t nearly as bad as Hillary Clinton (and I can tell that a lot of what the media says about Trump isn’t true), and even though he might give the political establishment a good kick in the ass, I think his lack of political experience is a big concern. I could be wrong, and maybe Trump will turn out to be a good president, but he’s not the kind of candidate I would choose immediately.

In the middle, on the other hand, is you, the Libertarian nominee who is working tirelessly to throw a spanner in the works, and you are certainly making an impression on people who are tired of having to choose the lesser of two evils, as seems to be the case in pretty much every US election cycle. I’m aware that there are other third-party candidates out there, but they are both completely useless. The Greens’ Jill Stein is basically a shrill environmentalist with a race-baiting, anti-Semitic VP, and an all talk and no substance attitude that I find is actually worse than Donald Trump (in fact, I think of her as a far-left Trump). The far-right Constitution Party, meanwhile, has Darrell Castle, a deeply conservative candidate with zero credibility in a party with zero credibility. That in mind, you, Gary, are the last sane man in this entire election cycle, and I think you’re well aware of that.

You’re also the only candidate who I could trust to do the job well. Your credentials are more impressive than the others, being a two-term governor of New Mexico (a state that I’m sure you can easily win in November), and you’re also the only candidate out there who’s offering real, practical solutions to the problems facing America today. Trump has some solutions but I doubt that many of them will much good if at all, and all Hillary can do is call her opponents racist or sexist, as if that actually discourages people anymore. I also prefer you because, if elected president, you will perhaps make the biggest difference out of all them – namely the discrediting of the two-party system which has served to make presidential politics such a tribal affair in the first place.

For these reasons and more, you are perhaps the first presidential candidate I can actually believe in, and that is why I have some concerns with how you’re conducting yourself. I don’t have a problem with your campaign ads. If anything, I think they need to reach a wider audience (I don’t really know if they air on cable TV in your country so its hard for me to discern their reach). The problem, as I see it, is that you’re focused on appealing to the left. Given the awfulness of Hillary Clinton, and the failure of Bernie Sanders, that wouldn’t seem like a bad strategy, but I worry that you aren’t exactly trying to appeal to conservatives who might not like Trump but would vote for him just because of party loyalty.

My first problem is that you’re operating under the mainstream media narrative that Donald Trump is a brazen racist, which is something that can easily be disproven by the fact that he has had support from various members of the black community. You’ve also flip-flopped a few times, not nearly as much as the mainstream candidates, but enough to be concerned. You’ve come out in defence of Hillary Clinton, and then opposed her again. You’ve advocated for a “climate tax” and for mandatory vaccination, and then retracted it later. Worst of all however, is your latest faux-pas. In an interview with Guy Benson of Townhall.com, you got worked up over the use of the phrase “illegal immigrant”, claiming that it is “incendiary to the Hispanic population”, and you gave no reason why other than “it just is”. You sounded very much like a politically correct agitator wagging your finger at somebody for saying the wrong thing, and I worry that you don’t realise that this is part of the problem we’re having. Part of the reason why Trump gained so much momentum is because he didn’t give a damn about who he offended, and the establishment media’s response has exposed the biases of the cultural overclass. That you probably aren’t aware of this is worrying. If you can’t get the conservative vote, then you have no hope of defeating Donald Trump, who will most likely win the election because no self-respecting voter would think to trust someone as corrupt as Hillary, and getting the conservative vote will be nearly impossible if you keep ignoring the issues that have been handed over to Trump because the political establishment doesn’t give a damn about them.

I’m aware that you aren’t exactly the most popular among libertarians (in fact, you’re more progressive positions have made you rather divisive even for pro-Libertarian outlets), but you’re the best candidate we’ve got, and even then you’ve got to start upping your game. I still believe that America is greatest country in the world, and I believe that you, Gary, are the only candidate capable of making sure it remains that way for generations to come, but you can’t do it by appealing to the left alone. You need to convince the people most likely to vote for Trump that you are even better. Of course, I’m aware that your best chance can only come if you manage to get into the debates, and at the moment it looks doubtful, but I think you could do so much better. America needs you right now more than ever, and I think you can do so much more than appealing to left-wing sensibilities.

Good luck in the election Gary, you’re going to need it.

Sincerely,

Stefan Grasso

A victory for Britain

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This morning was very tremendous day indeed. It was declared that my country voted to leave the European Union, with a close 51.9% of people voting Leave, against 48.1% who voted Remain. I was honestly shocked and surprised, mainly because of all the cheap tactics the Remain side were using to swing the vote their way. They even had my generation fooled into thinking Brexit would destroy us. It honestly looked as if we were doomed to remain in the EU, but what the Remain camp didn’t count on is the amount of working class people who are tired constantly being lied to, and they’ve made their voice heard.

As a Leave voter, I’m very excited to hear that the people have decided to ignore the scaremongering of the Remain camp. Today has been a victory not just over the EU, but also a victory over the kind of pessimism that has dominated our culture in recent times. I’m very happy to see that the people have decided that they want a better future, and if that wasn’t good enough, it appears that David Cameron himself has conceded defeat, having announced that he will resign in October, resulting in a new Tory leader (and Prime Minister) being elected around the time of the Conservative Party Conference. I have to say that David Cameron has demonstrated a surprising level of maturity and grace in resigning his post. He took the results better than I expected, and even though he lied straight to our faces and fought hard against us Brexiters, at least he didn’t throw a public tantrum. While I hated David Cameron, I have to thank him for at least giving us the vote, and for maintaining handling his defeat with at least a shred of dignity.

As David Cameron resigned, there’s been talk that Boris Johnson may take his place. If he does I’ll be behind him. He performed so well in the Brexit campaign and did such a job at making the case for hope triumphing over fear that I think he would make a fine leader, and I’d vote for him. Nigel Farage, of course, celebrated the result. This is exactly what UKIP set out to achieve in their manifesto, and now Farage has what he wants. I guess that means UKIP won’t mean much to a lot of people anymore, unless immigration is still a big problem for a lot of people, but I think the main thing I take from this is that the establishment has taken quite a hefty blow.

Indeed, Brexit is the biggest sign of a populist revolution spreading across the West. The people are demanding that they be heard, and they’re tired of the political class sneering at them for actually being concerned about the welfare of their country, and there’s even talk of Brexit signalling the victory of Donald Trump. Speaking of Trump, I think that after Brexit, a Trump victory is very likely, considering that his followers are concerned about much of the same things as the Leave camp were, and Trump knows how to tap into the dissatisfaction of the working class, which the Democrats have totally isolated themselves from. The Brexit victory signals a big shake up of the establishment, and the establishment media outlets don’t like it one bit. The Guardian is already feeling the sting of having their self-righteous superiority complex spurned by the working class that they have failed to represent.

For me, today’s result has exposed the immaturity of the Remain camp’s biggest backers, including those in the media. While ordinary Remain voters might have taken the result better, celebrities like Lily Allen took to calling half the population racist. It’s because of that kind of attitude that Leave won. I’ve been hearing a lot of nonsense from people who voted Remain (particularly from the “University Applicants 2016” Facebook group, which might as well be a microcosmic House of Commons), saying that the Leave voters have destroyed the future of this country. I believe that it is THEY how would destroy the future of the country by continuing to allow the EU to destroy democracy. They honestly don’t appear to know what is going on here. By voting Brexit, we have chosen to reject the overbearing globalist elite. By freeing ourselves from the shackles of Brussels, we can make our own choices and mistakes regarding the country’s future. I’m tired of seeing young people complaining about democracy just because the vote didn’t go their way, especially when the argument comes down to belittling your elders as “racists”, and especially when you consider that only 36% of 18-24-year-olds who were registered to vote actually bothered to vote at all. They have no right to complain about how they were robbed of their democratic voice. They had it, but they barely used it, and it’s a telling fact the older you were, the more likely you were to even show up at the polling station. If anything, the old people saved this country.

To all the young people who voted Remain, I know you might be disappointed, but in a way, I think you should be happy. If you hate David Cameron and wanted him gone, you’ve got what you wanted. Cameron’s going to be out of a job in not too long. If you hate Nigel Farage, at least be happy that you might not have to put up with him that much, considering that UKIP have had their wish granted. If you’re worried about the economy, market uncertainty is inevitable. Markets tend to be nervous at the prospect of change, and that’s simply how they work. Even if we do have a recession, recessions don’t last forever, and I think we would be economically worse off if we voted Remain.

Though the Remain camp may protest, Brexit is definitely happening, and I think we will all be better off because of it. Whatever the outcome, the EU referendum has been perhaps the most brutal political campaign I have witnessed, and yet it has reaffirmed the value of democracy in the face of the global elite who seek to destroy it. It’s been a very bitter year so far, but now that we’ve won a better future for this country, I hope that now we can hold our heads up high and move on. As for the rest of Europe, I feel that thanks to us, more and more European countries will want to leave the dying EU (I would definitely support Italy exiting the EU), and with any hope, we may yet see the fall of the tyrannical superstate that is the European Union.

A rational argument for Brexit

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As I’m sure everyone in Britain is aware, this month will see the most important vote you will cast in your lifetime. We’ll be deciding whether or not we should stay in the European Union or leave, and as you can expect, the government and the mainstream media are so scared of the prospect of leaving that they will do literally anything to make sure the referendum ends with the “Remain” vote prevailing. This has led to many scaremongers campaigns aimed at coaxing idealistic young people into voting “Remain”. Indeed, I worry that all the misinformation might have been somewhat successful, as many will say we should remain in the EU to “protect jobs”. If the Europhiles think we benefit from our relationship with the EU, they have no idea how bad the EU is for Britain.

The mainstream media and the government seem so interested in the UK remaining in the EU that they’re trying as hard as they can to convince voters that Brexit is a bad idea. The government is trying its best to tell you how to vote, and they’re doing this because they’re scared of the people voting for any real change. They’re doing this by sending junk mail telling you that the government wants you to vote Remain, and against your self-interest, and they’re also trying to appeal to the young people with the patronising “Votin” ad campaign. If you look at the facts, the case for Remain begins to look incredibly shaky. In this article, I aim to lay out a clear, rational argument for leaving the EU, which shouldn’t be too hard given the amount of time I’ve spent researching the subject.

I’ll start by clearing up what the European Union is and how we got the point where we need a referendum, because I don’t think the Remain camp knows that much. The European Union is an economical and political union that arose out of a desire to prevent the kind atrocity and chaos seen in World War II from happening in Europe ever again. Initially composed of six founding countries in the form of the European Economic Commission, it eventually grew into the gigantic mess we see today. During the 1970’s, members of the European Union apparently enjoyed economic prosperity (with Germany having the led the charge during the 1950’s) while Britain continued to stagnate. The British government, possibly attracted by the prosperity of the other countries, opted to join the European Economic Commission in 1973, with a public referendum held two years later. In the 1975 referendum, most of the public voted in favour of remaining in the EEC, but from then on things started to go out control.

The European Union in its current form was codified by the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, and then-Prime Minister John Major corralled us into that arrangement without the consent of the public. As the European Union expanded, it became the colourless beast that you see before you. It is now a Byzantine entity that is capable of overriding the will of its member states, and coercing them into ignoring the will of the people. The most memorable example of this occurred last year in Greece, when despite the public’s demands to reverse austerity, the Syriza-run government, under the thumb of EU pressure, introduced a harsher wave austerity measures to try and fix an economic crisis the country had gotten itself into years ago.

Now I’d like to get into some of the common arguments proposed by Remain, and why they’re essentially nonsense. We know for sure that the mainstream media spins lies all the time because it has an agenda, and will stop at nothing to make sure that it achieves its goals. Hence, David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn and the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign will repeat these common arguments until they’re implanted in your skulls, but that doesn’t make them true, and let’s take a good look at why.

The most common argument from the Remain camp seems to be that remaining in the EU “preserves jobs”. In fact, that’s the first thing I’ve heard people say when they try to rationalize voting Remain, and they never explain how the EU is supposed to preserve jobs, and if they can’t explain their argument, you know it’s false. The idea comes from the number of people whose jobs are linked to exports to European customers. Those jobs would still be safe because the Lisbon Treaty actually requires the European Union makes a trade agreement with a country that leaves the union. In other words, our jobs are completely safe.

This also debunks the myth that leaving the EU would damage our ability to trade with EU states, or even with other countries. Most baffling of all is President Obama’s claim that a post-Brexit UK would be the last in the queue for trade negotiations. What the Remain camp won’t mention is that Norway, despite not being a member of the EU, has access to the single market, and as part of the European Economic Area, enjoys close relationships with the EU, but is not subject to the overbearing whims of the EU.

Another argument, this one touted by the Stronger in Europe campaign, is that for every £1 we invest in the EU, we get £10 back. Once you look at the figures, you’ll find that that’s complete nonsense. We contribute £13 billion a year to the EU budget, and the EU gives us £4.5 billion back. That’s like investing £1 and getting 35p back. Imagine what we could do if we didn’t have to pay anything to the EU. We could take the £13 billion and spend it on the NHS, on schools/universities, and on the arts.

A popular argument is that Brexit will cost households £4,300, and that’s if people aren’t saying that Brexit will cause a house price collapse. As it turns out, research from the Capital Economics research consultancy firm suggests that Brexit would have little effect on the housing market whatsoever. Even if short term uncertainty leads to a drop in transactions, the prospect of Brexit triggering a housing market collapse is very slim.

Another myth is that the EU has a positive impact on the British economy, but that’s complete nonsense. As I previously mentioned, membership costs billions of pounds that we could have used to revitalize the economy when the recession hit us. The EU’s Common Fishing Policy has overseen the asphyxiation of Britain’s fishing industry, the decline in our nation’s fish stocks, and the destruction of our fishing communities. When Britain joined the single market, our fishing rights where divided up and handed to other member states, and we were powerless to stop them. On top of that, British fishermen are paid by the EU to destroy their boats.

The EU has practically turned Europe into the sickly region of the world that it is today, and as long as we’re in the EU, we will continue to be infected with it’s disease, and yet the Remain camp claim that we will be worse off if we leave the the EU. Norway, Iceland and Switzerland are not members of the EU, and they’re doing just fine. In fact, Switzerland, the richest country in the world, has a generally higher standard of living and vastly lower unemployment, while still doing trade with EU member states without having to apply any of the EU’s countless regulations. Switzerland is the very antithesis of the EU – prosperous, bright and democratic. The EU, meanwhile, has a number of tariffs and regulations designed to stifle economic competition, which stifles economic growth. Large corporations benefit from EU regulations not only because they can afford to comply, but also because the EU’s protectionist rules allow them to strangle their competition out of business.

Those on the Remain camp claim that the EU is helping to maintain peace across Europe, and that perhaps is the most foul and despicable lie from the Remain camp. If the EU were keeping the peace, then why is there a rise in civil unrest in European countries? In Europe, far-right populists are enjoying a surge of popularity because the people are getting desperate. They’re tired of living under a supranational dictatorship that undermines the will of the people, let alone one that has presided over years of toxic economic stagnation. Also, if the EU were committed to peace, why is there talk of a European Army? Yes, the EU is actually planning for an army, which was enshrined into the project via the Maastricht and Lisbon treaties, which the EU were so keen on us approving of.

After all other arguments apparently failed, the Remain camp had been reduced to scaremongering, with David Cameron claiming that leaving the EU would result in another world war (which is bizarre because even Germany is open-minded about making trade deals with us). If that’s what’s left of the desperate Europhiles, then Remain has no argument. A child could make a better argument than David Cameron. At this point, even Donald Trump could make a better point than Mr. Cameron, and when Donald Trump can sound better than our prime minister, then something is wrong with our elected head of state.

Isn’t it also a little suspicious that the man who previously wanted us to leave the EU is now pushing for us to stay in the EU? The reason is fairly obvious. Politicians love the EU so much because they see a future career working in an institution that will shelter them from popular contempt. Even the most hated and loathed prime minister in recent memory can find comfort knowing that the EU will take him in and give him an even bigger salary then he had back home. Meanwhile, the people living under the thumb of the EU have to contend with their attempts to regulate every aspect of our lives, with social media giants Facebook and Twitter kowtowing to their request to police so-called “hate speech”, which I assume will include anything critical of the EU.

Of course, one of the major reasons that people are voting Leave is because they want the UK to take back control of its borders. This sentiment is a response to the EU’s inept handling of the migrant crisis, which they addressed by instituting a suspiciously liberal open-border policy which many suggest is an indirect cause of the Paris massacre, the mass sexual assaults in Cologne, and the attack in Brussels. However, while I can understand why people would be concerned about immigration, that’s not my principle argument.

My argument for leaving is that we have nothing to benefit by staying in the EU, while we lose our rights every year where in the union. The EU in its present form is a bureaucratic technocracy that decides its laws without any discussion or public approval. Anyone who’s been involved with Brussels will tell you that the EU has nothing but contempt for the people. Even the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, openly confessed that “there can be no democratic choice against the European treaties”. That alone should be proof that the EU is a tyranny, and those words came straight from the horse’s mouth, the same man who said that “when it becomes serious, you have to lie”.

The EU will also punish elected officials for their dissent. Remember when former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was involved in a sex scandal with an underage prostitute? That’s not the reason he resigned. At some point, Berlusconi spoke out against the EU, saying that the EU had made Italians poorer. In 2011, he was practically ousted from power, and was replaced with an unelected technocrat named Mario Monti, a man whom Italians thought was so inept that they voted him out in 2013. Also in 2011, Greece’s PM George Papandreou called for a new referendum on the Greek bailout, and was promptly replaced by a Eurocrat named Lucas Papademos.

Juncker has also never given any rational argument for why we should remain in the EU, and you would think that the President of the European Commission would have some kind of argument against Brexit, but he’s clearly a megalomaniacal dictator. However, Juncker also admitted that the EU has no Plan B for when Brexit happens, so when we leave, we have all the power we want, and Juncker can’t do anything about it. The EU knows this, and they’re doing everything they can in order to convince us to remain in what is clearly an abusive relationship with a tyrannical superstate.

However, if you ignore all the threatening rhetoric of the Remain camp, you eventually realize that the Remain camp has no logical argument. The Leave camp, as I’ve come to realize, has provable facts and statistics, and can actually articulate their cause with sound reasoning. Even Nigel Farage, who is normally reviled by the mainstream press as a racist, can reasonably make a point in this debate. All the Remain camp has is scaremongering, virtue signalling, and vested financial interests that depend in remaining in the EU. In the absence of any reasonable arguments, all the Remain camp can do is appeal to a voter’s psychological aversion to change, and a young person’s desire not to seem racist to his/her progressive friends. The Leave camp, meanwhile, cares about democracy, and about the right to elect or remove those in power, a right we may lose if we remain in the EU. People on the Remain camp are also under the impression that we need to stay so that we can reform the EU from within. Given that none of our MEP’s have any influence in the EU, the idea that we have any hope of reforming the EU from within is simply laughable.

The other reason I feel that Brexit is the right choice is because the establishment is so scared of Brexit that it’s downright suspicious. They’re trying to trick the young people into voting for the establishment, the same establishment that has absolute contempt for the electorate. The elitist snobbery of the political class is more obvious than ever in this referendum, and if the Remain side has to resort to publicly calling Brexit voters “racists” and “neo-nazis”, and encouraging you not ask your grandfather about politics (as Pat Glass has done), then the Remain side has already lost.

I’ll end this article by making one final point. A vote for Remain is a vote for the establishment, and another generation of economic stagnation and civil unrest. It’s a vote for nihilism, it’s a vote for pessimism, and I believe that if the nation votes Remain, we will be telling the European Union that we are weak, and willing to admit defeat. I’m not a nationalist, but even I don’t think that sounds very British, and that’s not even why I’m voting Leave. I support Brexit because I care about democracy, and I care enough about this country that I don’t want to see it suffering from the same disease that the most of Europe is suffering as a result of the EU exercising power without responsibility. If you care about individual freedom, democracy, the right to hold your leaders accountable, and the future of this country as a whole, then the only reasonable choice is to vote Leave on June 23rd.

If you’re still not convinced, then I will leave you the link for Brexit: The Movie, which I feel can argue a better case for Leave than anyone can for Remain side. If you’re interested, the link is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTMxfAkxfQ0

Gary Johnson: A new hope?

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With Bernie Sanders unlikely to win the Democrat nomination, the only options left in the presidential race are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, which basically means having to make a choice between two of the worst presidential candidates in all of American history. For many, this signifies just how broken the American political system is, but I advise you not to give up just yet. After Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropped out of the Republican race, Google searches for the Libertarian Party and its frontrunner Gary Johnson skyrocketed, and yesterday, the Libertarian Party nominated Gary Johnson as its nominee for the presidency.

Prior to his campaign for the presidency, Johnson worked as a door-to-door handyman during the 1970’s, and also founded a company called Big J Enterprises, which grew into one of the largest construction companies in the state of New Mexico. In 1994, he ran successfully for Governor of New Mexico as a fiscally conservative Republican. During his time as governor, he upheld libertarian principles, and even advocated for the decriminalisation of marijuana (which he still does to this day), though he also became known for vetoing more bills than any governor in the United States. Now a member of the Libertarian Party, he is promoting himself as the rational alternative to the two mainstream candidates.

From what I’ve seen and heard of him, I can tell that he really is the alternative that America needs. Unlike Trump and Clinton, who would continue expanding the power of the state, Johnson advocates for a smaller government, wants to end the war on drugs, and is a strong supporter of civil liberties, something the other two candidates couldn’t give a damn about. He also appears to be enough of a moderate political candidate that some media outlets speculated that he may be able to attracted disaffected Republicans and Democrats. Indeed, even before the explosion of pubic interest in the Libertarians, some media outlets speculated that Johnson and the Libertarians would seek to capitalize on popular resentment towards Trump and Clinton.

Of course, due to the prevalence of the Republican/Democrat dichotomy, it probably seems unlikely that a third-party candidate could win the presidency, but I think Gary Johnson might have a chance. Instead of focusing on identity and outrage, Johnson focuses on the issues. Granted, Bernie Sanders focused on social issues as well, but Bernie failed spectacularly, and with careful scrutiny, you could easily deflate Sanders’ socialist platform. Besides, what Johnson wants is extremely reasonable. He wants to end the war on drugs, legalize marijuana, suspend US involvement in foreign countries, and put an end to crony capitalism, which has allowed the current political climate to fester.

Even though I once said that I would support Jill Stein if I lived in the USA, I have to concede that, compared to the other candidates, Gary Johnson is the most reasonable presidential candidate we’ve had in years. He’s also doing quite well in the polls, trailing at 10% of the national vote, which doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a start. Given the amount of people who absolutely despise the two major candidates, I believe that, if done well, the Libertarians could feasibly win the election, finally raising a middle finger to the old party political dichotomy. Best of all, Johnson could offer a silver lining for those who thought that a Trump presidency is inevitable. With all that in mind, I think America now has three options.

  1. Electing a third-party candidate who has actual principles and could competently bring America back from the brink.
  2. Electing the first woman president just for the sake of it, while glossing over her history of corruption and deceit.
  3. Electing a businessman with no political experience (unless you count a failed Reform Party candidacy in the year 2000) who may end up making the country worse.

I highly doubt that a Trump presidency will accomplish anything other that rattling the cages of the establishment momentarily. As for Shillary, she’s bankrolled by corporate interests, and because of that she’ll probably keeps things the way they are, momentarily making ripples in the same unsatisfying way that Obama did. My message is that if you don’t want another four years of the status quo, but worry that Trump will destroy America, then logically the only sane option left is to vote Libertarian, because at least Gary Johnson actually has a vested interest in changing America for the better.