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Government meddling catching up


December 21, 2016

Did the Russian government affect the recent U.S. presidential election? Maybe, but remind me again why I should care.

You already know every election is rigged, because “abolish the office” isn’t among the options you are allowed to choose from. Until every election has this outcome as a very real possibility, the status quo is in no serious danger.

It wasn’t “our election” unless you’ve sold yourself into bondage to this strange cult called “government.”

Treasure your rightful liberty. Don’t hitch your wagon to any president, no matter who it is, and you’ll never need a president to call your own. It’s healthier for you.

I don’t need Trump, Clinton, or any other elected “official” — they can’t have any positive impact on my life whatsoever. The best thing government can ever do is to simply get out of the way, and yet this is the one thing government most fears doing. Its representatives won’t risk people discovering how unnecessary their meddling is.

How can it matter if the Russian government interfered in something so dirty?

Those who complained loudest when Trump wouldn’t pre-commit to accepting the results of the election are the same people now refusing to accept the results of the election. How is this not funny?

Besides, isn’t getting upset over this conspiracy theory just a bit hypocritical? The U.S. government has a long history, over several decades, of meddling in other governments’ elections and political processes. Do they believe they should be exempt from the same treatment? If so, why? Because they are special?

You get what you dish out, and complaining about it just makes you look weak.

As long as you pretend it’s OK to set up a system where someone gets the power to control the lives of others, bad people will continue to look for ways to exploit it to their advantage. It’s inevitable.

Giving anyone the power to take property from those who produce it, to limit the liberty people are allowed to enjoy, and to otherwise strangle the blessings of life, then worrying someone may influence this system, seems a strange concern indeed.

Govern yourself and the Russian government can’t affect your life. It’s only when you foolishly hand this sacred responsibility to others — through elections or other political processes — that you expose yourself to the risk of someone in some political center, in Moscow, Washington, D.C., or Santa Fe, smothering your life.

Why do that to yourself?

Farwell’s Kent McManigal champions liberty. Contact him at:


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