Two articles in Punk Rock Libertarian, when considered together, raise an interesting question.
First is Ann Coulter’s threat to libertarians – laughable, disgusting, terroristic, pick one – quoted from her recent column concerning the 2014 elections: “If you are considering voting for the Libertarian candidate in any Senate election, please send me your name and address so I can track you down and drown you.”
This is of course based on the grand conceit that Republicans are “entitled” to libertarian votes because they “belong to” Republicans, not to Libertarians and certainly not to Democrats, and that any libertarian failing to vote for a Republican, or failing to vote at all, is ipso facto voting for a Democrat.
Now consider another Punk Rock Libertarian article.
Since 2006, we are told, the federal government has donated nearly 12,000 bayonets to domestic law enforcement agencies. A bayonet is a long swordlike blade attached to the muzzle of a rifle used for disemboweling people.
Ask yourself what you as an American citizen could possibly do to justify one of your hometown police officers ripping your belly open with a bayonet. Or coming under fire from a grenade launcher. Or being gutted by a combat knife. Or worse.
The answer, based on endless stories from across America, includes participating in a peaceful protest, taking photos of police officers performing their public duties in public places, or for appearing to hold, appearing to reach for, or possibly appearing like a person who might have anything that even remotely appears to be a gun, such as a finger.
The article cites an NPR report that, including 11,959 bayonets, since April 2014 “79,288 assault rifles, 205 grenade launchers, 3,972 combat knives, 50 airplanes, and 422 helicopters had been issued to police” and just to make sure that your children become properly cowed “grenade launchers have been given to campus police departments.”
America is clearly a police state, but apparently Coulter thinks it’s a Democrat police state. It’s the Democrat military giving Democrat bayonets and Democrat grenade launchers and Democrat combat knives to Democrat police departments and it’s only those Democrat cops who rationalize their blatant murders of innocent citizens with the memorized cliché, “I thought he had a gun.”
If Ann Coulter really thinks that relentlessly voting for Republicans will change any of this it’s not libertarians who need to fear drowning. Coulter clearly suffers from a medical condition that causes convulsions, tunnel vision, brain damage and mental disability. It’s hydrocephalus, also known as “water on the brain.”
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