Where will the Libertarians go? Trump? Cruz? Rubio? Kasich?

My inbox is full of Libertarians who like Donald Trump? Worse. Some like Bernie Sanders. What gives?

First Donald Trump.

Yes, I know, he is a billionaire who has worked the system for years. He openly admits to giving money to politicians to grease the skids. He says he approves of torture because it works. He would “knock the hell out of Isis.” He appears openly flexible about the U.S. Constitution. He sees no urgent need for criminal justice reform. So why do many Libertarians like him anyway?

Because he is an irritation to the ruling class of the American elite who are seen to be gaming the system. The word is that many of these insiders don’t trust Trump. They are afraid he will mess things up. Even the neocons don’t like him. They aren’t getting private assurances that he will keep funding their companies with taxpayer money.

It is a case of the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Okay, understood. But why are so many young people who support the Libertarian Movement now crossing over to Bernie Sanders?

Because socialism is the poor man’s way to game the system.

They know they can’t work the Export Import Bank. The won’t get a $100 million, zero percent interest loan from the Federal Reserve. They can’t get regs exempted for their lemonade stand.

For them the American Dream is dead. And they have lost all hope of reform or an end to the corruption.

Consider, Barack Obama, a liberal African American president. First he appointed Timothy Geithner as Secretary of Treasury.  He had been President of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York City. To add insult to injury, he hadn’t paid his Social Security and Medicare taxes for three years.  As Leona Helmsley once reminded us, “Only little people pay taxes.”

Then Obama loaded the FED with the very same folks that Bush, McCain or Romney might have picked.  Why have elections?

Under Obama the rich got richer and the poor got poorer at a record rate.

Hillary Clinton? You may remember that she invested $1,000 in the commodities market and less than one year later took out $100,000. She refuses to release transcripts of her private speeches to Wall Street banks. Her daughter married a Goldman Sachs banker. Her Clinton Foundation has amassed $1.4 billion in a “pay to play” political access gambit.

Meanwhile, the national media giants cover for it all. They are funded by advertising dollars from the insider corporations who are in turn funded by the taxpayers and poor people whose wealth is quietly diminished by “quantitative easing.”

So  for some, socialism is the last resort. As I said, the poor man’s way to game the system. They will get YOU to pay for their rent, their food, their healthcare, their education.

Don’t hold your breath though. Most young people are too informed to buck the trend of history by dabbling in socialism. Bernie is not going to win.

Why not Ted Cruz?

He is seen by many as the Manchurian Candidate of the established elite. He launched his Senate bid with a $750,000 loan from Goldman Sachs and thought nobody would notice. His wife worked for Goldman Sachs.  Libertarians are quite certain that this man will not end “crony capitalism”. He must be their fallback guy, their, “Let me run as a conservative” guy. “Nobody will notice your loan and I can win the Evangelicals.”

And hopefully none of those Evangelicals will remember that verse in the Bible that says “the borrower is servant to the lender.”

Why not Marco Rubio?

He is seen as the establishment’s choice. The  media is too eager for him which makes him suspect to some Libertarians. Much of the Bush money has been moving to him. But how can you trust a broke Senator whose house went through foreclosure? How is he going to stand up to the oligarchs who run the country? He doesn’t even pretend to be bothered by crony capitalism. He embraces it.

So according to my inbox, many of my Libertarian friends are ready to vote for Donald Trump. But not their wives. Just the men. They are hoping that he will be so brash, so bold, that he will actually try to improve employment and trade and if some of the establishment have to wait for their new hotel to go up in the Bahamas, well, that’s the price they pay for getting overconfident and letting the Donald slip by them. But how can he win?

(Coming soon. The impossible task. How Donald Trump can actually win the general election.)




Published by Doug Wead

Doug Wead is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book, Game of Thorns, is about the Trump-Clinton 2016 election. He served as an adviser to two American presidents and was a special assistant to the president in the George H.W. Bush White House.

5 thoughts on “Where will the Libertarians go? Trump? Cruz? Rubio? Kasich?

  1. You are so brave to speak out, but won’t “the establishment” see you as a traitor? Isn’t that dangerous? People like Gary Webb aren’t allowed to exist.

    You know, I think some people decide to vote for Sanders, Trump, or someone similar because they begin to think maybe it is better to let it burn down more quickly so we can rebuild it sooner rather than later. Personally, I think we will be kept like little froggies in the gradually heating water so we won’t jump around too much. No boiling needed because that gets too messy. It’s better to give us our football and celebrities on TV so we will keep going to work every day like nice little sheep.

    I think that whomever is President will do as they are told, or suffer the consequences. What happened to Reagan? JFK?

    Many people do not trust the government any more, but what can they do about it? In their mind the water’s not boiling yet.

    Our hope was in Ron Paul, but that wasn’t allowed to happen.

    1. speaking out on a blog read by a few hundred people is NOT a threat to anyone

      and his in depth (sarcasm) analysis of why they would consider Sanders is a joke

      In plain English I^ll tell you why people consider candidates which at first glance look like polar opposites…because those candidates agree on 1 issue and that issue is important to the voter – as an example just frequent forums and chats and you will hear “If Clinton is nominated I’ll vote Trump”

      for an article on voting Wead seems clueless about people…and thats why Ron Paul failed

  2. How can he win? He can’t! Donald Trump has a much lower chance than Ron Paul ever had of being elected President of the United States of America. The one thing in common here, might just be the unrealistic dream of success, that the supporters are hanging on to.
    Doug, you know that I am the biggest Rand Paul supporter out there and I have a lot of problems with Ted Cruz, including but not limited to everything you have listed in this blog. I also completely disagree with him on criminal justice, Edward Snowden, carpet bombing and a few other things. Having said all that, I am completely convinced that Lindsey Graham is right and the fact that I am agreeing with Lindsey Graham on anything is blowing me away right now but I do have to agree with him that Ted Cruz is by far the lesser of all evils, which include Hillary and Trump, among the REALISTIC choices that we have in front of us at this moment! That’s the issue here, as far as I’m concerned. Someone needs to be elected President and we need to elect someone. Ted Cruz might worry me a bit but I can get behind him and hope for the best and at least take comfort in the fact that I know what I’m getting with him. I cannot imagine a Trump Presidency ending better than Richard Nixon’s nor can I imagine Hillary Clinton’s being any better. I don’t have that level of concern with Ted Cruz. I just don’t.

  3. I want to say one thing to all the Trump supporters out there: if you guys aren’t worried about seeing his tax returns, you ought to be. I’m not saying this because I’m parroting an establishment talking point. I’m saying this because it’s common sense. Why won’t he release his tax returns? There is NOTHING stopping him. Even if he is being audited, he can release them and/or he can release other years. It is utter nonsense to suggest that anyone is telling Mr. Trump that he shouldn’t release them. That is a lie. He is running for President of the United States of America for goodness sake. Where is this lawyer or auditor telling him not to release them? I want to hear his argument! His financial statements, that he released, have not been reviewed by an auditor, they haven’t been audited, nothing. They could be pure fiction. How on earth would we know?

  4. Balls.
    So many people are perplexed about the rise of Trump, thinking there is some kind of disconnect with the libertarian voters from 2012. It’s simple, America wants it’s balls back. After 7 years of Obama and losing all respect in the world we need a leader. It’s really not what Trump says that people like, it’s the fact that he has the balls to say it. Hope this helps.

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