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Somehow I permitted Coca~Cola back into my diet. Now I am going cold turkey (enjoyed the movie). Have had a low-grade headache for two days now . . . I am on forced self-quarantine. It certainly seems as though freedom and liberty are squelched in such times . . . Speaking of liberty, there is a call currently for those interested in running for the NJ senate next year from South Jersey as a libertarian . . . I need to cancel Audible. I have a bank of five credits, but can’t find a book to listen to. Either I can find the audiobook for free on Overdrive and Hoopla or I feel I need to have the Kindle version to read along with. And I think that’s the issue, Amazon has done a good job of creating a need for two purchases for the same story . . . Ah, I recognize just now that I am looking to do something. Reading isn’t doing it for me. Just pulled out my list of things to do. See you, I am off to do something else . . .

On Jo Jorgensen

Jo Jorgensen is the Libertarian Party candidate for president. I will vote for her on 3 November.

Over the past 13 years, I have come to understand I align quite a bit (but not fully) with Libertarians. I have also learned that no candidate/party will ever mesh 100% with my views.

I just saw a campaign commercial for Jorgensen.

Frankly, I am schocked.

One of the things that appeals to me about the Libertarian Party is that it values everyone staying in his lane. Abolish the federal Department of Education because the feds don’t have jurisdiction in this area; it’s a state and local decision. Love that!

So, what is Jorgensen touting with the occupational licensing stuff? I agree a license to cut hair is nonsensical. That, however, is not the purview of the federal government. Those are state decisions. As bad as that is, if elected (yes, I recognize that won’t happen), that is not something Jorgensen should concern herself with.

Libertarian candidates have to look at their candidacy as an educational device. Teach America about the issues so the idea grows over time. It does this poorly when the message is mixed.

I personally contend leading with marijuana/drug legalization also detracts from the message. I take it that there is polling that says otherwise. While the issue may not be prominent for me, I gather there are others for whom this is huge. I get that. Occupational licensing, however, is not a federal concern.

Aleppo

Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump meet my standards for President of the United States. I will vote for neither of them. The question then is who do I vote for?

I have swallowed hard and accepted Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate.

No candidate will be perfect, that is certain. I have realized I am far more libertarian than I once thought, although I still have reservations about foreign policy of the libertarians. Even so, I pinched my nose and accepted that I would vote for an admitted adult pot smoker who is a little zany.

The other day CNN interviewed him. He was asked what he would do about Aleppo. Johnson didn’t know what Aleppo is. Neither did I. Neither did most people, if they are honest.

Johnson was forthright in that he didn’t know, and has admitted that this may sink his candidacy. Eh. His candidacy wasn’t likely to succeed. It may have sunk any chance he did have though as he probably won’t get extra support he needs to get into the debates.

I am not concerned by not knowing what Aleppo is and I appreciate his candor and not weaseling out of a difficult issue. It doesn’t help him, and I’m probably voting for a loser, but I would be too if I pulled the lever for Clinton or Trump.

We deserve a better selection. The Republicans kept saying that and they ended up with Trump. America is being disrespected from within.