Courting McDaniel

The Mississippi Libertarian Party [MSLP] has been trying to recruit Chris McDaniel for years. Yet even though Republicans are jumping ship after Trump’s nomination, there is still no word from Chris McDaniel that he is considering joining the Libertarian Party [LP]. (Don’t bother searching for “Chris McDaniel joins Libertarian Party.” All you will find is trash.) This is not “something new to think about;” this idea is a dead end. The MSLP needs to forget about Chris McDaniel and try something different and empower its members to be more active and involved the way #VoteDifferent is. Continue reading

You’ve Been Trolled

Yes, Melania Trump probably plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech. It was probably intentional, but what is the real take back from this? That the Trump campaign is unscrupulous? We already knew that. That’s not news. Why did Donald Trump’s campaign want this repeated ad nauseam in the news cycle? What does this actually say?

Amidst all the hatred and vitrol directed at Democrats throughout the RNC, deep down we share the same values. The same people who cheered at empty attacks towards Hillary Clinton stood up and cheered at Michelle Obama’s words. Politics makes us forget these values and become ugly people that focus on hate and anger.

To top it off, when the Trump staffer took the fall, she referenced the growth mindset in her letter:

“People make innocent mistakes and we learn and grow from these experiences.”

Donald Trump’s entire campaign has been centered around trolling the media, and he’s done and said some despicable things. This is actually one of the best plays I have seen the Trump campaign perform, especially since the troll contains some valuable messages.

It’s About the Message, Not the Messenger

In the discussion about Melania Trump’s speech, people are missing what is really important, the message. Whether Michelle Obama, Melania Trump, or Will Steger says it, it is still vitally important. It is a valuable lesson to pass on to the next generation and every generation after that. The limit to your achievement is your imagination and your willingness to work towards your dreams. This is something that cannot be said enough. Continue reading

Forget the Polls

I know I have been talking about the polls a lot. The point of all those posts was to look at the numbers differently and look for trends others may have missed. However, as John McAfee points out, there’s flaws in traditional polling, and there may be an underrepresented demographic that could alter the results of the election by voting harder. Also, the social media echo chamber may limit the reach of internet polls to an audience that tend to support the same candidate.

Polls are often wrong. A demographic that ordinarily does not go out to vote in droves may decide to #voteDifferent and  upset the delicate balance of Kent‘s precious polling data. Continue reading

Policing for Revenue

You have likely heard of how Philando Castile was fatally shot in Falcon Heights, MN. Some would argue that this was not his first interaction with the police. It turns out they were right. He had been pulled over 52 times and issued 86 citations totaling  $6,588 in fines and fees. That is after half of the citations were thrown out of court. This sort of policing is similar to the way Randall would scare the same girl over and over again in Monsters Inc.

As John Oliver points out, the methods used to enforce minor violations may end up costing more than the tickets actually bring in and force people into rackets that make predatory lending seem pale in comparison. The purpose of government should not be destroying people’s lives.