Tom Alciere for United States Senator, 2020: An Orthodox Libertarian Extremist
Tom Alciere discusses foreign policy with U.S. Senator Cory Booker, one of the Democrats running for President, 3 January 2020 in Nashua. Download video.
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Editorial, The Telegraph, 22 July 2010
Reason 13 July 2018
Dont agree with me. Agree with what I say.
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!
— Barry Goldwater
Peaceful, nonviolent revolutions against tyranny have been every bit as successful as those involving military confrontation. Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., achieved great political successes by practicing nonviolence, and yet they suffered physically at the hands of the state. But whether the resistance against government tyrants is nonviolent or physically violent, the effort to overthrow state oppression qualifies as true patriotism.
—2007 Ron Paul 55:6
The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.
—New Hampshire Constitution, Part the First, Article 10
Abolitionists made a big mistake. They thought they could get somewhere trying to reason with crazy people. It is impossible. How can we be required to change their opinions whilst respecting their right to hold wrong opinions? Abolitionists got the Compromise of 1820, and thirty years later the Compromise of 1850. What does your credit card say to do if the card is lost, stolen or compromised? Compromise is not a good thing. Libertarians are getting nowhere trying to reason with crazy people. Libertarians have been doing this for decades without success. It does not work.
On 19 June 1865, Major General Gordon Granger marched into Galveston, Texas. Let us picture the scene:
Slave driver: Are you suggesting we just let all these Negroes just walk off their masters premises? Are you out of your cotton-picking mind? Theyll take jobs away from White folks!
That is the only way to deal with the crazy people. It helped that he had thousands of federal troops to back him up. We dont.
What we do have is the Officer Down Memorial Page. Most of those cases have nothing to do with anybody fighting back against injustice, but a few do. We need to sort those out and we need to put the blood of the dead cop on the hands of politicians who voted to make it necessary. If they are tough on drugs in order to win elections, they bought those votes with cops blood. If you voted for them, you didnt pull the trigger, but you did pull the lever.
We are up against a very evil force in this country. It is called democracy. Make no mistake: Gang rape is a democracy. Five persons say yes, one person says no, and the majority rules, electing one of themselves sheriff, to handcuff the victim. One vote is useless, and so is campaigning to those potholes, who do not give a fire truck about somebody elses rights, but killing the sheriff might work. If he didnt want to get himself killed, he shouldnt have accepted the job; and if they didnt want him to get himself killed, they shouldnt have voted wrong.
We must not water down our message. Unalienable rights, by definition, preempt the Rule of Law whenever the two things conflict with each other. Except when the cop has a just and valid excuse for the proposed arrest, the right to resist arrest is as absolute and as sacred as the right to resist being raped. By putting the blood of the slain cops on lawmakers who voted to make it necessary, and on voters who elected them, we will send out a powerful message to voters: Vote for candidates who support liberty, even if your TV didnt spoon-feed you any information about them.
Remember how the crazy people think. They never gave a fire truck about Johnny Junkie when bullies were picking on him at school. They keep re-electing candidates who support public school. They dont care when he cannot find a job or get a date. When he starts messing around with harmful drugs, now they suddenly use that as an excuse to pretend they care. They feel a duty to care. After all, he could die of an opioid overdose! They care so much, they prevail on their lawmakers to use gun-toting goons in bulletproof vests to intimidate him into living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. If he resists arrest and manages to capture the enemy officers gun as a prize of war, using it to settle the matter out of court, suddenly they openly hate him so much, they want him to die of a Sodium pentothal overdose! Thats because they never cared about him, they only wanted to punish him and control him, to feel superior.
We need to find that elusive set of chess moves that provokes them so much, they give up caring about him, without hating him so much they want to punish him. By putting the blood of slain cops on their hands, by vowing never to render aid to enemy officers in distress, and by pointing out that if they had left us alone we might have died of overdoses ourselves and we wouldnt be here, telling them off, looking for every opportunity to make them wish they had left us alone, we can do this. We need to tell them: You dont win by saving their lives if they will spend every waking hour for the rest of their lives looking, like merciless, analytical chess players, for every opportunity to mete out payback.
In 2008, I spotted one such opportunity. Thousands of bureaucrats from all over the U.S.A. descended upon Nashville, Tennessee for the annual get-together of the now-defunct Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center, to learn the latest techniques for how to intimidate Mr. and Mrs. Twenty into abstaining from alcoholic drinks. Since liberty is an unalienable right which no government can justly infringe, we orthodox libertarian extremists did not accept Prohibition when it was imposed under the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and we do not accept underage drinking laws. Governments cannot acquire authority by manufacturing documents.
In reviewing the schedule on the UDETC website, I noticed it said the visitors could tag along and watch the local cops do alcohol sting operations. I observed an opportunity to punish the enemy. I phoned many licensees to warn them, Thought you might like to know that the Metro Nashville Police will be doing alcohol sting operations on August 21st from 6 p.m. to 8:30. Together with a youth rights activist in Nashville, we sabotaged an enemy operation, and I am proud of it. Enemy goons lost opportunities to arrest innocent merchants, and the visitors watched a forewarned exercise, not a candid one. This isnt to minimize the benefits of the drinking age, mind you. Just think, had law enforcement not dedicated so much of its precious, limited resources to combatting underage drinking, somebody under 21 could have walked right into The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and had a beer.
I also find other opportunities. I have asked many candidates, Do you want to legalize drugs now, or do you still want to wait until more cops get themselves killed in shoot-outs first? I asked that question of Kelly Ayotte, former New Hampshire Attorney General, when she was running for United States Senator, and I could tell by her faltering voice that I annoyed her. Enemies of liberty tend not to want to face responsibility for the consequences of their own malicious wrongdoing.
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