So how long did it take for a movement called “libertarians for Trump” to realize that they are dealing with a politician? What is it about certain libertarians that they simply refuse to accept historical facts about the nature of politicians, and aspiring politicians once they are in power? The phrase “fool me once, shame on you…” does not even apply here, as these libertarians allow themselves to be fooled time and time again.
Donald Trump was an entertaining candidate, no doubt about it. And it was certainly high time that something, at that level, got the entire left-wing cabal of politically correct zealots into hysterics. I certainly was curious about how far he would take it. But i never would have voted for him. Even if despite it all i still think Hillary Clinton and all the other candidates would have been even worse. I still wouldn’t have voted for him.
Because he is a POLITICIAN! And politicians are liars. All of them. It is in the nature of anyone seeking that kind of power. Someone capable of making decisions about life and death of thousands of people that easily, even having the ambition of making those kinds of decisions, as most of them are wont to do, without getting heavily depressed, must be a person that is dangling on the verge of sociopathy. Anyone think that breaking a campaign promise is a tough act for such a creature?
History of full of these kinds of people, making lofty promises and then breaking them with a snap of the finger once they are in power. Expedience is of course the rationalization. Things change; they see things they didn’t expect; shit happened, bla-di-bla. The reason most of us have become libertarians in the first place is because we KNOW the nature of the state, the immorality of the initiation of force, and the complete unreliability of politicians to keep a single promise.
But some libertarians just keep falling for it, because they simply cannot accept that the answer does not lie in politics. They cannot accept that the world will NOT change much for the better during our lifetimes. We will not see “paradise” on Earth. These libertarians, much like many leftists, appear to be unable to accept reality, and to accept historical facts about the nature of things.
Stefan Molyneux, Walter Block, and Justin Raimondo. Otherwise intelligent anarcho-capitalists who actually thought Donald Trump would be some kind of exception to the rule that politicians lie and break promises, even though there was never an ounce of true morality inside him, being an authoritarian statist to begin with.
So when Justin Raimondo says that “Trump betrays Trumpism,” he is being terminally naive. Trump didn’t betray Trumpism. There never was any “Trumpism”. The only thing there was, was just another politician making just more meaningless promises, just like there always are. It wasn’t anything different, just because you happened to like some of the promises this time around. Even his promise of repealing Obamacare would have amounted to no more than merely replacing it with Trumpcare.
Understanding the reality of politics, and the way the system works, and how utterly futile it is to try to change it from within, makes people like me a “purist” member of a “sect”, according to Raimondo. What it does, is make me a REALIST. What do we say about people who keeping making the same mistakes again and again and expecting a different result?
Libertarians who, generally, refuse to vote aren’t purists. They are realists. They don’t have a crystal ball; they have intelligence.
What Libertarians for Trump have, is broken promises and egg on their faces.