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Animal “Rights” or Animal Welfare? A Libertarian Perspective

This discussion is solely about the use, or rather misuse, of the term “Animal Rights”. It’s a term thrown around quite frequently from my fellow vegetarian, and anti-vivisectionist, anti-hunting, animal welfare fanatics. This discussion is about a point of accuracy, but it also allows one to point out the inaccuracy of the term “Animal Rights”, for animals don’t have “Rights” according to Libertarian doctrine. To have Rights, they would have to have Human Consciousness, and the Inalienable Rights Thomas Jefferson spoke of in the Declaration of Independence can only pertain to the Human Being (or possibly, he being the closest in the animal kingdom to human consciousness, the Gorilla). You must have the intellect of a Human to apprehend the Inalienable Rights that are an implicit part of Human Consciousness. Only we humans know, instinctively, in the Justice and necessity of the Inalienable Rights, which are the Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, the Right to Contract freely with any other human on any terms mutually agreeable, the Right to the Fruits of your Labor, the Right to Associate, or Disassociate, with or from others, and because the Right to the Pursuit of Happiness necessitates and implies the Right to Private Property, since you need to own all kinds of implements to survive as a human being, from the car to the roof to the fridge to your clothes and toothbrush —- all these must one be able to own individually, not as part of a collective, or not at all, as in the communist societies where the State owns everything in your house, and the house itself. And Private Property includes the Right to exclude all others from your property, since if someone invades or takes your property, and retains possession, then obviously you don’t actually own that property. Private Property implies an individual’s complete dominion over that property.

So in speaking of Rights, we can only speak in terms of Human Inalienable Natural Rights, which can only appertain to  Human Consciousness.

Therefore, the term “Animal Rights” is a Libertarian inaccuracy and falsehood. I believe my fellow anti-animal torture advocates should  instead always use the term “Animal Welfare”.

If anyone has a Right, it is we, who have a Right to live in a society that does not tolerate highly sensitive animals, with a consciousness and innocence comparable to a small child, being slaughtered  and terrorized daily, in the numbers of the hundreds of thousands and million, in the United States alone.

For it is One, the vegan or vegetarian Libertarian, who has the Right to live in a society that does not permit animals to be treated in such abominable ways, just as one has a right to live in a society that does not tolerate cannibalism, rapine, and child murder. Common Law courts based on Natural Law know instinctively that these are Crimes and have traditional codes of punishment that purport roughly to fit the severity of the Crime. And we know this because of our inborn Human intelligence. In a Libertarian Society, there might be no government but there would still be Law, and Common Law courts would administer justice accordingly, as they did in England before the Norman invasion, and as they did in the American Indian tribes, and as is done in the various religious courts of the major organized religions.

Therefore, I urge all those campaigning for “animal rights” to desist in the use of that term and to begin using the term “animal welfare” instead, or an equivalent that they prefer. And I urge them to point out to the Public that it is we, the Human Beings, who have the Right to live in a society that does not tolerate animal slaughter, animal torture, and other abuses like zoos and circuses.

Animal welfare is an issue that cuts across all party lines. Whether you are a Libertarian, Democrat, Republican, or non-Affiliated, you can usually see eye to eye on many Animal Welfare issues with your fellow animal welfarers, and any politician who includes the sort of radical planks for animal welfare such as outlawing hunting and trapping, and slaughterhouses, as I did in my 2014 campaign for Governor of Oregon, will gain a certain constituency because he is the only one speaking out on this issue. Ask for it all, don’t compromise and merely ask for more humane methods of mass butchery. Be radical in your demands. But insist they be passed by a democratic vote of the people, not merely by the legislature, or unilaterally ordained by the Governor.

Professor Murray Rothbard, the founder of the Libertarian Party in the U.S., and who loved his ham sandwich on wonder bread, when the topic of Animal Rights was brought up, used to quip a bit contemptuously (and followed by his famous infectious giggle), “Animals will have their Rights when they petition the government for them.” (Rothbard’s economic-historical lectures were full of little jokes and humor, a lot of which he laughed at himself.)

But since the Animals can’t petition the government themselves, it’s up to us Human Beings to do it for them. And the only two petitions the government really cares about are the Vote and the economic Boycott, both Libertarian non-violent tools of change.

—- Paul Grad, Vegan Libertarian, Libertarian Party of Oregon Nominee for Governor 2014

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Oregon Measures 94 to 100 2016 Election: My Recommendations

My recommendations, as a self-styled Libertarian, on Oregon’s 2016 Ballot Measures, are as follows:

Measure 94, which amends the Oregon Constitution, and removes the mandatory retirement age of 75 for judges, obviously deserves a “yes” vote. The idea that judges at 75 suddenly become incompetent to rule on cases is absurd. Indeed, jurisprudence is something that probably improves with age, as the judge is exposed to more and more cases. Moreover, there are already ways of removing any judge who suddenly goes “gaga”.

Measure 95 is a vile, heinous measure that would tie the financial health of government universities to the performance of the stock market. Here is another measure designed to give government backing to the price levels of stocks, i.e. private corporations. One can see the damage such cozenage has done to the Japanese economy, where the central bank has been buying stocks for years. Obviously, government entities buying stocks ties an entire nation’s economy to the fortunes of the stock market, and gives another “too big to fail” reason for the Federal Reserve to print more money to “bail out” the stock market, while it dilutes your purchasing power and makes you poorer. Indeed, the Federal Reserve is already preparing the public for such a massive theft by talking about the necessity of buying “securities” — ironically the most insecure investment there is besides buying a government lottery ticket. This measure is designed to defeat the “separation of government and private business”, which has already been defeated at the Federal level. Libertarians believe in separation of business and state, just as we must have separation of church and state, and separation of education and state. The failure to maintain such separations is a major reason for the steady decline of America as a civilization. Vote “no” on measure 95.

I oppose Measure 96, which would earmark 1.5% of lottery earnings for veterans services. While this may be a worthy use of the money, I oppose it for two reasons. Firstly, because I strongly oppose the lottery itself, which puts the State in the position of promoting vice, and destroying the financial well-being of its citizens. So any good-sounding reason for the lottery merely increases its attractiveness to the public. Secondly, the military and veterans affairs are provinces of the Federal Government, not of the State, and any aid to veterans should come out of the Veterans Administration and Federal Funds, not State funds. Any money the lottery players of Oregon save the Federal Government will quickly be absorbed by the next billion-dollar stealth plane the Pentagon builds. So vote No on 96.

Measure 97, the supposed tax on corporations in Oregon, has been well-exposed as another scheme to transfer monies from poor Oregon consumers to the wealthy, well-fed retirees of the Oregon State Pension boondoggle, PERS. Currently there are at least 1,195 PERS recipients receiving at least $100,000/yr as a pension. One receives $55,000/month, and four years ago I counted 12 that were receiving over $212,000/yr. Any funds looted from the public through increased costs for corporate services will surely go into these bloated, immoral pensions, which well illustrate the legalized theft possible under socialist governments like Oregon has had under Governors Kitzhaber and Brown. Vote “No” on 97, unless you believe in robbing the poor to maintain the cushy lifestyles of wealthy retired State bureaucrats.

(Note that in 2014, when I ran for Governor, I proposed a corporate income tax while eliminating the personal income tax. My tax would have begun at 1% for corporations with profits of $10-$100million, rising slowly from $100million to $1billion. Corporations making $1billion or more would have paid 8%, which is the current personal income tax rate on individuals making $30,000.)

Measure 98 is another ripoff you should definitely vote “No” on. It provides $800 per high school student to prevent and discourage drop-outs. The Government schools in Oregon are so lousy that many teens can’t wait to get out from under this royal wasting of the time of their youth. If the schools were really interesting, and had anything truly relevant to a youth’s life, there would be no “drop-out” problem. But children, who can’t vote, are the easiest group to exploit in our society, and the huge bureaucracies that make a fortune running the Oregon School system are not about to lose all that filthy lucre by having their victims drop out of it. Therefore they say let’s throw more money at the problem that their own existence has created. Government schools are a curse on children, and we should vote against any continuance or further financial aid to them.

Measure 99 is another one that indirectly promotes the State lottery and sends yet more private sector funds to the rotten government schools. It would give 4% of lottery funds to provide “outdoor schools” for 5th and 6th graders. (And one must wonder about the logic behind this measure since the weather for outdoor classes is most inclement during the Oregon school year.) Just like Measure 96, it encourages people to play the lottery for what seems like a good cause. I wonder how many children have been left parentless because the Oregon Lottery caused their parents to become financially destitute and commit suicide. The Lottery, besides being Immoral and outside the sphere of Jeffersonian Government, financially destroys the lives of countless people, whose tragic stories never become public. Let’s rid ourselves of this outrage known as the Oregon Lottery.

Measure 100 is an obvious “yes” vote if you consider yourself an “Enviro-Libertarian” as I do. While the measure is flawed, it is basically an anti-hunting measure, and I oppose hunting in all its forms as legalized animal torture.

So in summary here are my recommendations on Oregon State Measures: 94-Yes, 95-No, 96-No, 97-No, 98-No, 99-No, 100-Yes.

—Paul Grad, 2014 Libertarian Party of Oregon Nominee for Governor

Walter J Palmer: The Lion Murderer Walks Free

Walter J Palmer of Minnesota, the sadistic serial animal-murderer of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe, has gotten away yet again with his Crime, as the government of Fascist Dictator Robert Mugabe, which makes a fortune off of letting the country’s animals be butchered for money, said Palmer had done nothing illegal.

If you had a pet cat for thirteen years and somebody shot an arrow into its hip, pursued the suffering animal for 40 hours, and then shot it so that it slowly died, while filming the blood slowing oozing from the mouth of your dying pet — what punishment would you decree for such a person, and what punishment would you decree for a government that says it would be legal? Whatever punishment you’d decree for someone who did that to your pet, that is what Walter J Palmer deserves.

Palmer and his fellow sadistic trophy hunters are the scum of the Human Race. These Human Vermin are a curse on the planet that must be expunged by making hunting illegal, and then jailing the Criminals for Life, or executing them. Since I’m opposed to Capital Punishment, I’d favor the cages.

But equally guilty with Walter J Palmer is Fascist Dictator, Torturer, and Murderer, Robert Mugabe, and the other national governments of the world that permit trophy hunting, or any kind of hunting. Nor is the problem just hunting, but the cruel, sadistic way in which human beings treat animals all over the world.

So it is not only Walter J Palmer who is guilty, although he is the most immediate sadist and the one who has committed these atrocities. Merely because these murderers hide behind the diaphanous skirts of immoral “laws”, it does not make their actions moral. Trophy Hunters, and all hunters, are Nazis to the animals.

But to put the guilt solely on Palmer is to exonerate all the other animal abusers in society, many of them who could not even bring themselves to strike an animal. These are all the meat eaters who put animals through a living hell from the moment they’re born to the moment of their violent murders. Slaughter houses are nothing but mass animal-child murder centers, and they exist throughout the world by the hundreds of thousands, and 98% of the Human Beings don’t say a word against it, or even think about their part in paying to have animals murdered so they can eat their carcasses. They are just as guilty as Palmer.

And then there are the vivisectionists, keeping monkeys in cages for years, torturing them in useless but highly profitable (for them) experiments, and torturing countless mice, rats, cats, dogs, and every kind of primate.

Add to that the zoos, marine parks, dolphin murdering Japan, whale-murdering Japan, whale-murdering Norway and Iceland, American rodeos, horse-racing, the beagle torture facilities in England,the bear-baiters of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and all the single raisers of pigs, goats, sheep, lambs, who murder them themselves on “family” farms throughout the world, the South Korean dogmeat market, where dogs are blow-torched to death to “improve the flavor”, the Chinese Dog-meat festival, where 10,000 dogs were murdered and eaten within three days, fox hunting in both Irelands, and bull fighting in “civilized” France and Spain… this is the record of Man’s depravity in the current “civilized world”.

But there is a counter-wave. In Tel-Aviv last week occurred the largest Animal Welfare demonstration in Israeli history, when an estimated 10,000 marched against animal murder and torture. Last year the number was 5,000. Five years ago it was 50, showing that a dedicated minority can spread Truth as fast as Sam Adams’ “Brushfires of Liberty”.

And each person can do their part by becoming vegan, agitating to outlaw hunting, running for office on an Animal Welfare platform, voting against politicians who are indifferent to, or support, vivisection and hunting, boycotting hunter’s businesses and avoiding any social contact with them, protesting at circuses, and passing legislation outlawing zoos, rodeos, etc. There is a vast amount that can be done.

But the Criminal and Human Garbage, Walter J Palmer of Minnesota will walk free, and live to sadistically murder again, and Robert Mugabe will continue to rake in the dollars in the Zimbabwean hell he has created, because the publics of America, the U.K. Ireland, and Europe will say nothing, and continue to vote in politicians indifferent to animal sadism like Barack Obama, David Cameron, and Angela Merkel.

But in the minds  of millions in the Court of Public Opinion, the murderers and their enablers  will be adjudged “Guilty!”.

As far as Walter J Palmer of MN and the other trophy hunters of the Earth, bringing their horror and misery to every corner of God’s Creation, I wish them as horrible a death as Cecil experienced. They are the dripping anus of the Human Race.

— Paul Grad, Libertarian Nominee for Oregon Governor, 2014

 

The Vegan Abolitionist Party (VAP): America’s Sixth Political Party

In a previous post on the five political parties I perceived in America, I mentioned my  belief that a sixth Party was necessary, and I will deal with that issue in this post.paul 19

The sadistic Murder of Cecil the Lion by the Criminal Walter Palmer has focused attention on the Abomination of Hunting in a way that has never occurred in all of Human history. Judging by the comments from the Women that I’ve read on social media concerning this Crime, I’d say Palmer, and his fellow trophy hunters who splash their perversions all over facebook, will probably need to continually look over their shoulders for the rest of their lives, and the men will have to wear steel cups 24/7.

But after all the name-calling, hand-wringing, and the ineffective Menendez CECIL Act, which excludes many large animals, as well as the dragging out of extradition proceedings against Palmer by the Obama Administration, it is clear that petitions and expressions of outrage, while they can have some slight effect on conditions, (i.e. Botswana’s trophy hunting ban and the various airlines which banned transport of murdered trophy animal), are far too feckless forms of protest to bring about the necessary Revolution in Animal Welfare. To really effect a complete abolition of hunting and other Crimes, something more potent is necessary.

That something, I believe, is the formation of an Animal Welfare political party in each of the major, so-called democratic, countries. These parties would press not just for one or two animal welfare reforms, but would seek a complete, holistic, cessation of all forms of animal torture and murder. However, each issue could be tackled separately, so that temporary failure on one issue would not halt progress on another.

In casting about for a name for this Party, I’ve tentatively monikered it the “Vegan Abolitionist Party” —- no, the goal is not to abolish Vegans. Rather, the party’s aim would be to abolish and outlaw the various Atrocities committed against animals by individuals in an incredibly brutal, callous, and indifferent society.

I like the term “Vegan Abolitionist” both because it quickly informs the hearer that this is a Party deeply interested in diet and health, while simultaneously it harkens back to the great Libertarian Abolitionists of the Anti-Slavery Movement, Men like William Lloyd Garrison, who campaigned for decades before their dream was realized, although they always pushed for its immediate realization.

Moreover, I see no reason why this “Vegan Abolitionist” political definition could not be affixed to the standard political tranches which divide the Western electorates. “Vegan Abolitionist Libertarian, Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Socialist, Communist, Anarchist, Labour or Tory,” could become the appellation of various wings of the Vegan Abolitionist Party, although that would be quite a mouthful to say each time a candidate introduced himself to a member of the public. Such fusion candidates would place the platform of the Vegan Abolitionist Party foremost as their primary message, but they could also append their specific, traditional, political ideologies if they chose.

And so, I urge those passionate about reforming the horrendous conditions that animals suffer in all over the world to create political parties based around Vegetarianism and the abolition of hunting, trapping, vivisection, and the abuse of performing animals.

And perhaps more importantly, I would urge people to run for office in Western “democracies” on the platform of Animal Welfare Reform. They needn’t form or belong to such a party; they could run as Independents or unaffiliated. They needn’t even actively campaign; just to have your name on the ballot, with the title of the Party, could be enough. But what is necessary is that people be given an alternative to the usual two meat-eating politicians, who are only fighting over how much they want to spend to subsidize factory farming, or fishing, or vivisection, or the medical costs due to meat-eating, all paid for by the taxpayers, including vegetarian taxpayers. Such candidates would make the public aware that there are a few rare Individuals among them who say, “Hell no!” to Animal Murder.

Let the mainstream politicians know that they won’t get your vote unless they deal effectively, and not just cosmetically as in the Menendez CECIL Act, with Animal Welfare issues. When constituencies grow to 10-20% on an issue, politicians become fawning toadies.

Therefore, let the Animal Welfare Revolution begin.

I hereby found “The Vegan Abolitionist Party” (VAP) of America.

-Paul Grad, Vegan Libertarian, 2014 Libertarian Party of Oregon Nominee for Governor

America’s Five Political Parties, and the Need of a Sixth

Watching the amazing and beautiful disintegration of America’s major political parties, and experiencing the ecstatic shadenfreude of seeing major politicians being rhetorically ripped apart and sinking in the polls, it struck this writer that America now has five, distinct, political parties, and that, over the last month, alignments have changed drastically in the American Political Colosseum.paul 19

The first thing to occur was the Republican Party handing the election back to the Democrats by having Trump deliver his xenophobic and racist remarks, in my opinion, on Mexicans. You can only imagine the Furore, and the tsunami of justified abuse he would have received if he had substituted for “Mexicans” the words “Blacks, Jews, Asians, Muslims, American Indians, paraplegics”, etc. The other Republican politician’s tepid, feckless criticisms on this Outrage will have cost the Party the Latino vote, I’d guess, as well as a major tranche of voters who share the general repugnance with racism in America, one of the few healthy signs in this society.

But for the Democrats, as in a chess game where two supposed masters continually leave their pieces en pris, no sooner has a week of sure-victory for them gone by, when Obama hands the election right back to the Republicans with his Iran “deal”. Only this dope deal went sour for the Democrats, even if it passes Congress. The Democrats have permanently lost the Jewish-American vote, which was the margin for victory for Obama in the last two elections, the Bible-belt Evangelical vote, and any Independents who like the Republican’s drum-rolling on the military, or who fear terrorism. Add to this the rise of the lovable Socialist, Senator Sanders, who is so bright he comes out for a “deal” guaranteeing nuclear proliferation. He seems to have forgotten the words and the work of that great Civil Rights Libertarian Socialist (yes, there are such creatures), Lord Bertrand Russell, who fought so valiantly to “ban the bomb”.

Indeed, it is now President Obama vs. Lord Russell, and I’ll take the Genius any day.

So, within a fortnight,  the Republicans throw the medicine ball of electoral victory to the Democrats, and the Democrats throw it right back.

That said, we can now commence to discern five major parties in America. These being:

The Democrats-Conventional. The tired old wing of the Democratic Party, as tired as the bags on Ms. Rodham’s face. Her conventional politics, her aversion to debate and be cross-examined, and now her support of the horrendous Iran “deal”, have killed her chances for any national consensus of support. An old hag hazbin.

The Sanders Socialists. A new wave of the tired Old Left laps its putrid waters against the bonnie, bonnie banks of the Love Canal of American Politics. Outside of a few enclaves of Leftism on the West Coast, some of the University towns, and New York, there’s probably very few Leftists left in America who would be moved to tears by hearing the Internationale, or who chirp “Hail Moscow” as they down their Coors. One reason I ran as a pro-Free Marketeer was that I felt that was the core philosophy of America, and had been for a couple of hundred years, and any politician or reformer who wanted to get anything done would have to genuinely share that philosophy, which I do. And, currently, the only Party extant that is truly for the Radical Free-Market is the Libertarian Party, so I ran as a Libertarian with environmental and animal welfare planks appended to the standard Libertarian positions on economic issues.

Additionally, I’d bet dollars to drachmas that the Green Parties, like the Pacific Greens, will probably endorse Sanders. He shares their Socialist views, and perhaps some of their environmental concerns.

Sanders and his socialists will never go anywhere, until their philosophy of looting those who save and invest becomes dominant in America, which it might do when hyperinflation finally hits. Until then, their State-coercion schemes will only make conditions worse, and be laughed at outside of Portland, Seattle, and the SF Bay. But he should do well in Oregon.

Moving from the Democrats to the Republicans, we can now discern two, or even three, distinct parties forming.

First the Trump slap-in-the-face Party. While I find his attacks on Mexicans so repugnant that I could never vote for, endorse, or praise this candidate, I can see why perhaps 20% of the country would like him. The Establishment of both parties are so cowardly and fawning in their sycophantic courting of the public that one feel nausea when they appear on the screen, and Trump’s attacks exploit that discomfiture. I think Ron Paul’s analysis of his character, and his opinion that he was “dangerous”, were fairly accurate.

America’s fourth political Party is the Republican-Conventional Party. This consists of that sorry sad-sack bunch of losers we saw at the Republican “debate” the other night, excluding Trump.

‘Twere obvious from the respectful way they addressed the Nation, that not one of them had ever committed a sin; a sterling group. They’re as irrelevant as Ms. Rodham, but one of them might win, heaven forfend!

The fifth Party in America are the Libertarians, who used to garner 1-2% consistently, but have now scored 8-10% in some States. Their philosophy is based on minimal (or no) government whose sole function is the defense of “personal property rights including your body”, and on the protection of the Individual against Rogue Government (the Bill of Rights), while forbidding aggression against anyone else’s Property Rights. Having run as a Libertarian, read widely on the Philosophy, and being familiar with its major tenents, I can enthusiastically endorse it as the correct Political Philosophy for all mankind, at all times on Earth.

However, on a pragmatic level, I feel the Libertarian’s do not exploit the validity of their Philosophy to its fullness. For example, they seem much more concerned with some minor gun restrictions, like background checks, than they do with major thefts of their wealthy, like the income tax, estate tax, and compulsory social security deductions. I’m the only campaigning Libertarian I ever heard bring up the topic of Jury Duty Slavery, or its violation of the 14th Amendment. And I was rather put off by their failing, in many cases, to understand that second-hand tobacco smoke is a serious assault on our Individual Property Right in our Persons, or than noise pollution from non-survival activities, like boom boxes, is a similar assault. Pitbulls running off-leash in public is a reckless endangerment issue, like drunk driving, but that also didn’t seem to be important to them. And there seemed a great lack of Environmental concerns among many, as Mankind destroys Life on Earth, although about 40% of the Party voting in the Oregon party primary wanted a ban on GMO-crops, which usually indicates a high level of Environmental awareness. But West Coast Libertarians probably differ from the National norm.

So those are the Five Current Political Parties: The Democrats-Main, the Democrats-Socialist, The Republicans-Main, The Trump Republicans or 3rd Party, and the Libertarians. And, outside of these delineations, are also a massive number of “Independents” who could flock to any of these parties.

In my next post, I will give my views on the necessity of a new, major political party in America, and what it’s general platform should be.

-Paul Grad, Vegan Libertarian, 2014 Libertarian Party of Oregon Nominee for Governor

Senator Menendez’s CECIL Act Falls Far Short: A Sop to the Hunters

Senator Robert Menendez’s CECIL Act bill, which would ban the import of many hunting corpses into America, if the victim was listed on the Endangered Species Act of 1973 as being either endangered or threatened, — this Act falls far short of what is necessary to stop these rotten sadistic hunters from terrorizing, torturing, and murdering such noble animals as lions, giraffes, and elephants.

I suspect this Act was crafted by the Democrats to assuage public anger at the Palmer Atrocity, while still permitting the Walter Palmers of America to engage in their perverted, sadistic, immoral, and heinous murders of noble Animals. They and their fellow hunters of the Earth are the lowest Scum of Humanity.

This flawed Bill would still permit the murder of giraffes, rhinos, and Asian elephants, as well as many types of monkeys. Only the Rhodesian White Rhino is listed (North and South varieties), giraffes are not on the list at all, nor are Asian elephants (only African). So this means these verminous Miscreants can keep killing giraffes, rhinos, and Asian elephants, and get away with Murder.

Is Menendez, a U.S. Senator, so stupid that he forgot to include these? I doubt it. It was left as a legal loophole, a disgusting sop to the Hunter-Perverts of America to continue with their villainous murders of defenseless creatures.

Notice that Menendez says the bill is designed to “curb” trophy hunting, not eliminate it. When a Democrat or Republican says they want to “curb” an abuse, it means they want it to continue as long as the perpetrator can find a lawyer clever enough to argue the intentionally placed flaws in the bill. Then, a few years later, they can propose another bill that will “fix the loopholes” they intentionally left in the first bill.

In America, we didn’t “curb” slavery; we abolished it, though the Just Struggle took scores of years and lives. Let’s do the same for hunting.

Animal Defenders need to either tell Menendez and his fellow Democrat sponsors to include the words “and all rhinoceros, giraffes, hippopotamus, primates, and elephants.” Do you think these sharp Dem lawyers are so thick-witted that they just plain forgot to add these animals?

What we really need from a Responsible Legislator in Congress (you sure won’t hear it from Obama’s bully pulpit) is to propose a Bill banning all trophy hunting, and making the hunter liable to prosecution in the US, with a penalty of Life in Prison without Parole. A few convictions for what is not only the sadistic Crime of Animal Torture, but also an Environmental Crime against Humanity and Nature for destroying some of the last few remaining examples of creatures who have been on Earth for millions of years, — such severity in sentencing would soon halt these Murdering Vermin. These comparatively few Miscreants are destroying this legacy of Nature for all the coming generations of Children on the Earth, and for that Crime alone they deserve Capital Punishment, even though, as a Jeffersonian Libertarian, I must oppose it in Principle.

However, the Death Penalty is an appropriate punishment for War Crimes, and what they are doing is comparable to a War Crime.

Let’s make it a Federal Felony to murder any of these animals, anywhere on Earth, with a punishment of Life in the Federal Pen without parole. And then let’s jail any scofflaw Scumbag Hunter who violates that law. Let’s Avenge Cecil by Outlawing Hunting under Animal Cruelty Laws.

-Paul Grad, Vegan Libertarian, Libertarian Party of Oregon Nominee for Governor 2014

Walter Palmer and the Court of Public Opinion

Walter J Palmer of Minnesota, the sadistic Miscreant who slowly murdered Cecil the Lion with a bow and arrow, may have gotten away with his long list of serial murders of noble animals for a long time by hiding behind the diaphanous skirts of the “laws” that let these sadists continue unabated in their morbid perversities. But now, thanks to the internet, he is being tried in the Court of Public Opinion, a court that takes no notice of written legalities that permit animal torture.

Walter Palmer, and a whole host of other sadistic Miscreants who bandy their perversions about on the internet, have finally met the wrath of a New Generation, a generation that will not remain silent now that millions upon millions of people have seen the Crime Walter Palmer perpetrated, and thousands of other hunters perpetrate on a daily basis. Now they understand that there is little difference between slowly murdering giraffes, rhinos, lions, and elephants with bows and arrows, and the worst child-rapist murderers.

Walter J. Palmer should be extradited from the United States to stand trial in Zimbabwe.

This club of serial, sadistic Animal Murderers are finally facing the exposure of their Crimes, and probably for the rest of their lives, they will be looking over their shoulders.

And that is the sentence of the Court of Public Opinion for the Guilty, to be shamed and loathed and never forgotten for the rest of their lives.

-Paul Grad, Libertarian

Walter Palmer, Lion Murderer, Human Scum

Walter James Palmer of Minnesota, the Human Scum that sadistically murdered Cecil the Lion with a bow and arrow, it then taking two days for the lion to die, is an example of that lowest form of Human Garbage known as Trophy Game Hunters. These sadistic swines have for far too long gotten away with the equivalent of murdering and torturing defenseless animals for their perverted sick thrillseeking without any serious consequences, but thanks to the internet that has finally changed in this case.

It is obvious that sadistic Vermin such as Walter Palmer need to be segregated for life in cages. These mentally deranged serial murderers are finally facing the outing of their brutal perversions on the internet, and many people for whom “hunting” is just something that goes on far away from them have realized for the first time what infinite misery this form of child-murder brings to innocent, and magnificently noble animals. Comparing a lion to that piece of Human Scat known as Walter Palmer is like comparing an Archbishop to a cockroach. And you know, cockroaches spread disease.

Western nations need to pass laws that punish trophy hunters with life in jail. They deserve the Death Penalty, but I oppose that on Principle.

I hope Walter Palmer is hounded by ill Fate to the day he dies. Get off the planet, Scum!

-Paul Grad, Libertarian

Paul Grad for Oregon Governor: Observations on My 2014 Gubernatorial Campaign

paul 19Looking back on my run for the Oregon Governorship in 2014 as the nominee of the Libertarian Party of Oregon, I have several observations on the campaign which might be worthwhile sharing.

I ran because I’d long thought about running for office, but only for a top position. I wanted to radically change things, not begin a long career up the professional politician’s career-ladder. That’s why I made my proposals radical, and said just what I thought on the issues. There were several laws I felt were needed, and many abuses I felt were not being addressed or even talked about by anyone, so I determined to bring those to the public’s attention as part of my campaign.

I planned to run just a local campaign, and disseminate my views largely through posts on this website. I wrote about seventy pieces on a whole panoply of political problems, and hid nothing from the public as to what I was for and against, and what I would or wouldn’t do as Governor. Since people insist on political labels, and it is a way for them to conceive of a politician as a friend or enemy, I labelled myself an enviro-Libertarian Jeffersonian Minarchist, or an enviro-vegan Libertarian.

Since I was running as the Libertarian candidate, I confined myself almost exclusively to the general problems and solutions which Libertarians generally propose, like abolition of the personal income tax, or the legalization of gambling and prostitution, but I didn’t hide my views on hunting, logging, or slaughterhouses.

The first challenge was getting one’s statement in the voter’s pamphlet. This required 500 valid signatures, and the State gave you about 35 days to collect them and get them to Salem. You also had to submit your voter’s pamphlet Statement first and have it approved by the Secretary of State’s office before you could start gathering the signatures, and since nowhere on the Secretary of State’s website did they tell you the first date you could submit your Statement,  you didn’t even know beforehand how many days you’d have in which to gather the 500 signatures. The only way we found out was that the Libertarian nominee for Senator, Mike Montchalin, had the initiative to phone the Secretary of State’s office and ask. That’s how careless and inconsiderate the Oregon Secretary of State’s office, then under the auspices of the new Governor Brown, was to those of us running to improve and correct the State’s Government — they couldn’t even be bothered to publish such vital information to the candidates on their website as the first date you were eligible to submit your statement, after which you could start gathering signatures. (Approval seemed to take about half-a-day.)

I spent six days wandering around town, and hanging in front of the Librarium, gathering signatures. Probably 25% were filled out incorrectly, so the signatures were worthless. It was frustrating to talk to someone for five minutes, have them decide to sign, and then notice after they walked away, that they’d filled out something incorrectly.

I saw that I would spend a whole month, that I could expend just talking to people or shaking hands and introducing myself, in this futile attempt to get 350 words in the voter’s pamphlet, although this usually tends to double a candidate’s vote total. The Senatorial Candidate Mike Montchalin got just over twice the number of votes I got with his Statement and photo in the pamphlet, though this may have been due to his better campaigning, or voter repugnance at my views. However I did beat the total of the previous Libertarian candidate, Wes Wagner, who got 19k+ votes in 2010 with his statement in the pamphlet, while I got 21,903 without a statement, but that might well be just because of the growing popularity, though slight, of the Libertarian ideal in American politics. People are seeing that Government is not working, and is abusing them, and the natural American Libertarian streak, that inspired Jefferson and other Founders, is still amongst us.

So, after expending six days to collect about 85 signatures, of which probably 25% had errors which would have disqualified those signatures in the eyes of the Secretary of State, and for the reasons stated in the next paragraph, I suspended my signature gathering drive, and after that I just went up to people and introduced my candidacy and showed them my platform sheet. If I felt they were especially sympathetic or gungho Libertarian, then I’d show them the signature sheet, ask them to sign it, and explain that it was very unlikely I’d get the signatures in time. This liberated me to concentrate on the issues, and, not being a pragmatist, I was quite willing to spend a good deal of time explaining some of my views to one person.

I didn’t like collecting signatures for two other reasons. First, it seemed like this free printing of my Statement at the taxpayer expense was a clear violation of Libertarian Doctrine. Here we were preaching against government welfare, yet we were hypocritically taking a government freebie. That alone made me uncomfortable, and not want my statement in the pamphlet. Secondly, I didn’t like the feeling of having to ask people for something. One could have paid $3,000,  unlike the Democrat and Republican  who had their Parties and donors pay for them, so they didn’t have to tie up a whole month of their life, but that would have been collaborating with the Socialist State, and even enriching it through it’s extortion — talk about an uneven playing field in American Politics. But no Liberal Democrat politician has once called out the injustice of this rich man’s party’s hypocrisy. My Senatorial co-runner, Mr. Montchalin, did, by dint of persistent hard work in 100+ heat in Pendleton, manage to finally collect the 500 signatures, though I’d guess he spent over 20 days doing it. It was over 100 degrees in Cave Junction too almost that entire month, and the streets looked like the post-North Korean nuclear attack on the U.S. West Coast.

However, one thing I did like about the signature gathering process was the fact that I could go up to a stranger and engage them in political discussion without it seeming strange to them. I had the 20 or so key points of my platform printed in large type on a sheet of paper, and I would introduce myself and show them the sheet. This led to some very interesting political discussions.

One fellow I remember looked over my list and liked it until he got to my proposal to ban the supplying of meat, fish and poultry to State Prisoners, since the AMA has stated that a vegetarian diet is completely healthy, and this would save the taxpayer money. Prisoners could still buy certain kinds of meat through the mail, like jerky. He got quite hot under the collar about this proposal, but when I explained that the current situation violated the deepest religious values of both Hindu-American taxpayers and vegetarian/vegan taxpayers, who were forced at gunpoint to violate their most sacred religious and moral views, he saw the point, and ended up shaking hands and saying, “We should debate!”

Then there was the local owner of the Chinese restaurant in town. When I approached him, he spoke Chinese to me, as if he didn’t understand English (he does). He was with his two grandsons. I explained to them that I was running for Governor, and that I would abolish the income tax for small businessmen and abolish business license requirements. One rolled his eyes in surprise; evidently he’d never heard anything so radical before in milquetoast Oregon. Later on, when going to my car which was parked near his house, the owner saw me, smiled, and waved.

Additionally, there was the pleasure of converting someone over to your view by making them think of something they’d never thought of before. One Republican conservative/libertarian liked almost everything on my platform list except the abolition of the death penalty. I explained my plan for a more arduous imprisonment, but also the principle that the life energy of the murderer now should rightly become the property of the next of kin, so that a child whose parent had been murdered would be given the money that prisoner would earn working 6-12 hour days for life. He seemed to never have thought about this, and seemed to like the idea, and added “I see I will have to rethink my views on the Death Penalty”. Another gentleman, who had a booth set up with his wife, liked much of my platform, and liked my belief that marriage, being a religious institution, should be completely separate from our law and government, so that tax rates for single and married would be identical, and divorce would be handled through private religious and secular courts, saving the taxpayer the costs of operating government-run divorce courts and marriage-license offices.

As to my dealings with the Press: Though I sent an email to the local paper, which is a few blocks from my residence, I never once got a request for an interview, even though I was running for Governor. Shows how much the editor loves Libertarians, and his Care and Consideration in carrying out his duties as a member of the American Press. That Care and Consideration I did get from the major newspaper in Bend. They did an editorial staff interview of me over the phone. They would interview all candidates and then endorse one. ( It wasn’t me.) But at least they carried out their responsibility as part of the Press to ask me for my positions.

However, to its credit, the local newspaper did hold a Candidates Night. When I contacted the editor as to whether I could speak, he told me it was only for local candidates, as if the Governorship of the State wasn’t worth the public’s time, but he did say I could set up a table if I wanted. When I showed up at the hall, the editor told me that I could have three minutes to speak, along with fellow LPO Candidate, Mark Seligman.

Prior to our speaking, we had been listening to the questioning of the candidates for County Commissioner and Sheriff, and there had been absolute silence in the hall. But when I got up to speak along with Mr. Seligman, the editor got up and left, and in the back of the hall there were loud conversations going on between the two Sheriff candidates and other individuals, loud enough to the extent that it was very distracting to both the speaker and those trying to listen to us. I purposely raised my voice, and kept raising it as I pounded out the core principles of Jeffersonian Libertarianism and the Inalienable Rights of Man, as well as the Libertarian Non-Aggression Principle, which is its core axiom. Finally the Sheriff candidates looked towards the stage and ceased their banter, and I, and then Mr. Seligman, were able to deliver our talks in silence. So, while I was very disappointed that the editor didn’t even bother to interview me in his paper or explicitly invite me to the Candidates Evening, he did in part make up for it by offering me table space and three minutes to talk, which he could have not offered to do. So I give him a little credit for carrying out his almost-sacred Duty to the Public as part of the American Press.

One part of the Press that really did carry out it’s responsibility to the pubic was Don Merrill and radio station KBOO in Portland. Merrill has done a whole series of in-depth interviews with Oregon politicians and would-be politicians (as well as leading figures in jazz), and his interview with me was excellent. He was very well informed, stayed neutral during the interview, and edited out my faux pas nicely. That interview is available on the web.

As far as the Libertarian Party of Oregon was concerned, as illustrated by the thread discussions held on its Facebook webpage and their votes on potential state initiatives in the Libertarian primary, I felt that they were generally not Libertarian enough in hammering on economic issues. There seemed to be a great emphasis on a few issue, like drivers cards GMO-food labeling,  but not a lot on the basis market issues that Libertarians should be practically concerned with, like abolishing the personal income tax, or estate/inheritance tax, or farm subsidies. Very few commentators seemed to be worked up about these issues compared to topics like GMO crops, gun laws, top two primaries, and the militarization of the police. My top issues were the legalization of heroin for the terminally ill, the abolition of Capital Punishment, and the abolition of the personal income tax. Then abolishing estate tax and legalizing cannabis with a few exceptions.

One thing I did like about Oregon Libertarians was the large percentage of what I’d call enviro-Libertarians, at least if you went by the GMO-crop ban numbers. About 40% of them favored the ban, and about 60% bought the corporate line. There’s a lot of scepticism too about vaccines amongst Libertarians, while even Portland Liberals have voted again and again to ban flouridation of their water, which used to be an ultra-Right and Libertarian position in the 50s and early 60s. So there seems to be a crossover between Environmentalists and Libertarians in Oregon which I thought might make me an unusually welcome candidate, but shortly after I won the nomination, a Pacific Green candidate entered, and I imagine he ended up taking a sizable chunk of Green votes I might have attracted, even though he was a  phony in my view because he was pro-timber logging and pro-hunting, while my platform included the most radical environmental proposals: a live-logging moratorium, banning atrazine and neonicotinoid and other pesticides,  and outlawing hunting, etc.

I also liked the fact that Libertarians seemed generally to take a very sympathetic view of the child-refugees from Central America who were swarming into Texas and other border states due to the Fascistic War on Drugs. Republicans were calling for guns at the border to turn back these children, but the Libertarians clearly saw that this exodus was due to the anti-Libertarian controlled substance laws, which are a prescription for Communistic Totalitarianism, and that’s exactly what we’ve had in America since the days of the Fascist Hoovers (both Jedgar and Herbert), at least in the realm of drug laws. And remember the Democrats have not once stopped this disgusting tyranny when they have held power, showing that they are a morally bankrupt party, and no person should ever join or support them.

And I found it interesting that the anti-pesticide group of which I had attended numerous meetings, and whose proposals I was putting forth almost word for word, never once mentioned my candidacy on their website. Even though a Capitalist was putting forth every proposal they said was so emergently important to save the Earth, they weren’t going to publicize him. Maybe they’d rather have a socialist and Democrat destroying the Earth and spraying pesticides on kids like now former-Governor Kitzhaber than a pro-environmental Capitalist.

Additionally, I attended a sort of farm festival cum environmental information cum artisan’s wares at a large wooded butterfly sanctuary. I wanted to campaign, gather signatures, and felt my environmental views might find fertile fields at this gathering, but when I got there, one of the sponsors and his wife, both in the pesticide group I attended, wouldn’t let me gather signatures, even though this was supposed to be a fair dealing with environmental and farm issues and my platform included very radical environmental measures. The wife of the gentleman hysterically accused me of “forcing her to be a vegetarian” which cracked me up. These Liberal/Leftists (I’d guess they vote Democrat) butcher alpacas for profit, murdering these gentle creatures and grinding their corpses into sausage for filthy lucre, so they weren’t too jazzed about my animal welfare measures, like outlawing slaughterhouses — something I told the public I would not institute without a democratic majority behind it in the State. My purpose on certain issues was to bring them up for discussion, even if they hadn’t a ghost of a chance of passing.

So that shows you. The Left Enviros wouldn’t vote for a radical Capitalist even if he proposed exactly what they wanted, and the Libertarians in general didn’t even seem to know who Murray Rothbard was, or what his views were. And they generally seem engulfed in issues other than the free-market economic issues, which I think are the most important to the American Public, along with Bill of Rights and environmental issues.

And the problems with putrid politicians were well illustrated when I campaigned at our local 4th of July Lions Club Festival, held at the city park. When I arrived, i ran into Mark Seligman, the Libertarian Candidate for the State Legislature from our district. And seated next to Mr. Seligman was Mark Gatlin, who was running for County Commissioner. I chatted with Mr. Seligman on various issues, and at one point mentioned that my top issue was the legalization of heroin for the terminally ill. He told me I shouldn’t mention it because “it’s a vote loser”. The Principle, that no Citizen should have to die in excruciating pain, and has the inalienable Right to put whatever they want in their bodies, seemed to be completely forgotten by Mr. Seligman in the name of “pragmatism”, who remember was calling himself a Libertarian. Disgusted, I turned to Mr. Gatlin. “What do you think? Do you think heroin should be legal for the terminally ill?” His reply was “No.” “So you don’t think people have the right of self ownership?”, I asked. To which he replied, “There’s something else, oxycotin.” “But if someone doesn’t want to take oxycotin, or its not killing their pain, don’t you think they have the Right to take heroin?”. To which he replied, “Legalizing heroin is anarchy.” At that point, I couldn’t bear being around such a callous person, so I split. Then I ran into Mark Seligman again. “I’m telling you, man, legalizing heroin is a vote loser.” I turned to him, “You’re not a Libertarian, you’re a Democrat”, which I’d define as someone who won’t speak out on an injustice because it will lose him votes. (I still voted for him.)

Later, when I was leaving, I happened to pass Mr. Gatlin’s table again just as two teens were standing about 20 feet away, both smoking cigarettes. The smoke was drifting in our direction, and one of my campaign proposals would have criminilized assault by second-hand smoke within 100 feet of another person, with more severe penalties for smoking near a child or pregnant woman. I went up to Mr. Gatlin again. “Do you think that should be legal?” I queried. “What?” he asked. I pointed to the two youths, “That people can be exposed to tobacco-smoke in a public place?” “Yeh”, he replied. So you can see the hypocrisy of this Fascist — he’ll deny the dying pain relief in the name of preventing Anarchy, but he doesn’t mind people being able to poison other people and children in public. What a hypocrite!

After Seligman and Gatlin, I was pretty sick of politicos.

However, the number of interesting conversations I got into, the number of supportive and kind comments I got from people, and the joy of finding another human brain that saw things exactly as you saw them, and agreed with you 100% on an issue, made campaigning worthwhile. It was also gratifying to see someone’s thinking change before your eyes as you brought up an aspect of a political issue that they’d never ever thought about.

Finally, there was the subject of hits on this campaign blog, a subject which must be dear to any minor party candidate not included in the usual polls, which only list the two bipartisan candidates, but would never dare publicize a minor party candidate by including them in its surveys. Such candidates are relegated to the catagory of “other” in the poll results.

Of course, as soon as I set up my campaign blog and began posting, I was expecting a flood of hits daily — surely several hundred. The depressing reality was that, even though I was running for the Governorship of one of the United States, I was only garnering 5-15 hits a day with only three months to go before the election. The lack of interest was disconcerting.

One day, however, I awoke to find over 40 hits. I’d caught on! I’d finally lit that brushfire of Liberty mentioned by Samuel Adams! But no, it was due to the fact that a group, Women Against Registry, was soliciting my views on the sex registry, and had probably noticed my platform proposal to increase the sentence for first degree rape. I had a back and forth dialogue with some of their members, and they made me aware of the problems for people with minor sexual offenses like public urination or mooning that have kept them on sex registries for decades, as well as the problems for children as young as six to ten placed on sex registries. However, they weren’t very jazzed about my proposal for increased rape sentences. After our dialogues ceased, the blog hits declined again to their indifferent 5-15/day.

Contrast those 5-15 hits, to the roughly 1500 I got the day before the election, and the 2150 on the day of election. Political interest really hits a frenzy in those last three or four days before an election, and blog post hits are a good guide to the intensity of that frenzy.

I’m very glad I ran, and put my platform before the Oregon Voters. They finally had a choice and a voice on many issues that no politician ever mentions because they are trying to win, not trying to bring Justice and Right Action to politics.

The worm has eaten its way into the Fascistic apple.

-Paul Grad, enviro-vegan Libertarian,

Paul Grad for Oregon Governor: My Low-Cost Spay-Neuter Program

Libertarians generally aren’t supposed to propose governmental programs, although Libertarians like Frederic Hayek and Milton Friedman proposed plenty of them. The vast majority of planks in my platform call for the abolition or termination of some governmental institution or law, but there are a few exceptions, such as my proposals on pitbulls and second-hand tobacco smoke. And one of my few governmental programs would be a low-cost spay and neuter program.paul 19

The program would work thusly: the State would make available to Oregon residents spay and neuter services for cats and dogs at a charge of one-hour at the current minimum wage. The services would be carried out by University of Oregon Veterinary School students as part of their training, and as a way to paying off their student loans, or to gain income if they have no loans. Since the University of Oregon receives taxpayer monies, it is only just that the public should receive back from this subsidized entity a service both humane and frugal. The spay-neuter services would be in the form of mobile clinics, so that all corners and citizens in the State could be serviced.

Though some would argue that this program flies in the face of Libertarian theory and antagonism against any new State programs, I would counter-argue that my vision of Libertarianism includes measures for public health and environmental protection, as well as the protection of the taxpayer’s money.

Actually, I think this measure promotes my brand of Libertarianism in three aspects. First, it would save the taxpayer a small fortune in pound and euthanasia costs. By drastically cutting the number of stray, abandoned, and feral animals, this measure would substantially lower the costs for county animal shelters throughout the state. Many fewer animals would end up being put down, as many fewer would end up being brought to the pound in the first place. Pound food-costs would lessen, and possibly the voluntary animal welfare organizations, whom one can only view with great admiration, could handle most of the problem. Let’s hope we’ll see the day when government pounds have to close due to lack of animals being brought in.

Secondly, this measure would greatly help cut the number of feral animals arising from dumping of dogs and cats in the wilderness, and its associated decimation of native wildlife. Merely on the basis of the environmental and wildlife damage avoided, is this measure justified in my estimation.

Lastly, there is the immeasurable suffering to animals that would be avoided by not having unwanted animals born that will then end up abandoned, sold to vivisection labs, or need to be put down at shelters to make room for the next batch of unfortunates. On this basis alone I would support this measure.

I realize that this measure would cut into the incomes of extant veterinarians in Oregon who make a substantial income off of fixing cats and dogs. Perhaps, if we cannot abolish the income tax in Oregon, we’d give them some kind of tax deduction or credit for the lost business. Still, with spay costs going up over 1000% in 25 years (from $5-$7 at a clinic to over $65 today) thanks to the bipartisan’s inflationary spendthrifting, the cost has grown to a point where many poor people cannot afford to fix their pets. This measure would help rectify that horrendous inflation, and save the State more tax money than would have to be spent if there were inaction on this problem.

So from the fiscally conservative, environmental, and humane sides of the issue, I think my proposal would be a winning proposition for all concerned, while returning to the citizenry a little of the vast socialist subsidies which the public has doled out to the State Universities and Colleges for decades.

Paul Grad, Libertarian, for Oregon Governor