Bruce Burleson -- July 22, 2017

At various points in my political development during the past 25 years I have at times embraced Marxism, the Democratic Party, and in the past decade or so, conservatism. For a few years I registered as a Republican, but recently ditched them as they remain infected with the establishment virus—national, state, and local.


Marxism didn’t pan out.  It has failed to realize the utopian vision of its early adherents including Uncle Karl himself.  In fact, virtually every attempt at constructing socialism or communism has collapsed in a heap of misery.  Case in point—Venezuela is imploding at this very moment.  That being said, I agreed with the Marxists back in 2003 that the Iraq War was a bad idea.  I participated in a protest march involving 500,000 participants in February 2003, just a few weeks before the war got under way.  And during that protest, I tried to serve eviction papers on George W. Bush, but needless to say was turned away from the White House by the Secret Service.


The Democratic Party?  Well to anyone with conservative leanings, it’s a lost cause.  Back in the day, I used to attend parties in South Boston where I got to know quite a few conservative Democrats.  There is in fact a lengthy tradition of conservative Democrats here in Massachusetts, and they may well be the bulwark against the excesses of the liberals on Beacon Hill.  But increasingly the leftists who have railroaded that party have sidelined the conservatives.  So as far as I’m concerned, they’ve struck out.  There is almost no difference anymore between Democrats and Communists.  In fact, even as long ago as 1998 when I was a member of the Communist Party USA, I could see that the party was functioning as the left wing of the Democrats.  Now at least in terms of ideology, they are the Democrats, and vice-versa.


I became a conservative about ten years ago for a variety of reasons.  Firstly, I got to know Curtis Sliwa and started listening to his radio program.  Secondly, I visited Venezuela and saw first hand what socialism does to a country.  These experiences drove my politics sharply rightward.


I registered as a Republican a few years ago and started attending local City Committee meetings.  But I became disillusioned when I was blocked from giving a plug for Geoff Diehl, who is running against Elizabeth Warren.  You’d think that backing Diehl would be the top priority of the local GOP as we really need to drive the screeching rooster from her perch.  But the local party brass shut me up before I could speak.  That was the end of that.


My politics in many ways have recently been drifting in a libertarian direction.  I can’t say I agree with every position of the Libertarian Party, but I like their platform of keeping government out of the lives of citizens.  I think that approach applies to any number of issues, from abortion to gay rights.  And on the latter, I do not think it is the government’s place to dictate to taxpaying Americans what they should or should not be doing in their bedrooms.  I’ve no issue with gay marriage, and I reject the notion that it somehow wrecks the institution of marriage in general.  How is it that a couple of gay guys who wish to be married are somehow going to destroy my own choices in who I choose to be with?


It’s time our country looked beyond the Democrats and the Republicans.  It may well be time to take a fresh look at politics in this country, and not through the cloudy lens of the two major partiesl


That all being said, I remain a supporter of Donald Trump as I believe he is taking our country in a positive direction including removing hundreds of regulations that impose excessive restrictions on economic activity.


I believe in unfettered, laissez-faire capitalism and the power of market forces to address many of the problems our country face.  Problems with which the two major parties have consistently dropped the ball.


Will I take the plunge and go libertarian?  We’ll see.  I’m a reader, a student of politics and an activist.  I may go the libertarian road or I may just stick with being an independent.  We’ll see.