Liberal Hysteria

It’s been about a week since Trump has been the President and the left continues its hysteria in regards to the Presidency. Keith Olbermann has already called for Trump to resign. He claimed Trump is not in “sound mind” and that if he continues to be president that it be the “end of civilization” as we know it. Of course, it’s not only Olbermann freaking out. The waves of hysterical protests that occurred after the election followed by the ridiculous Huffington Post headlines that imply something terrible has happened when, in reality, nothing has really happened at all.

The man has barely done a thing and the left is already losing it’s mind. Though, this behavior isn’t any different from the way the left usually acts. The left always goes to the absolute extreme in protest, especially with the XL pipeline an the Dakota pipeline. The left screamed environmental disaster and that the rights of Native Americans were being oppressed.

As the Trump administration reinstated the Mexico City policy which restricts funds from going to international organizations that perform abortions, the liberal media screamed that women’s reproductive rights were being taken away. It would seem that the left has a difficulty differentiating between what freedom and what is “free.”

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The left still has it coming

I had the interesting opportunity to view the Presidential inauguration from far away in New Zealand. I sat in my hostel lounge with a few other people watching the historic event on the TV. Everyone was making comments about how this is the end of the world or imagining watching Donald Trump be assassinated live on screen. It is pretty disgusting. Politics brings out the absolute worst in people.

I have seen disgusting rhetoric come from both sides of the aisle but I do feel that the left has taken things to an entirely new level. Over the past eight years, the left has grown cocky, elitist, and condescending when dealing with the right and the media has become their tool. When anyone gives a different opinion, they are immediately silenced as racist, homophobic, sexist, or hating the poor. As rioters storm the streets and destroy private property in low income neighborhoods, the media insists on calling them protesters who are merely misunderstood. The leftists themselves protest legitimate democratic processes by blocking the highways and creating major inconveniences for the working class. They harass the private homes of high profile individuals(that don’t even need to be politicians) or they destroy their public identity. The left will do this all in the name of tolerance and diversity or whatever.

When Trump won the election, I believed it was his protectionist message that won over key states allowing him to cross the finish line. I still believe that. Though, if the left continues these tactics while trying to critique his presidency, they will only allow Trump to win his reelection by a wider margin. Stop being bullies and get off your damn high horse.

Traveling bummers

It’s been about a month and a half since I have arrived in New Zealand. It’s been great(I promise) but, there are a few things that I have learned about New Zealand and traveling since I got here.

The Bar Questionnaire

This is probably the most important one. The problem is not exactly the bars themselves but the rules that exist around going out and drinking. It’s honestly a minor issue but I does irritate me a little. There is a law in New Zealand that doesn’t allow businesses to sell you alcohol if you are drunk are even think you are drunk. Whenever you go to enter a bar the bouncer always talks to you. “How are you this evening?” and depending on how you answer it he will follow up with “How much have you been drinking tonight?” as if you were getting pulled over for a DUI. If they are uncomfortable about your condition they may deny you entry into the bar or club. If you come how got into the bar, the bartender will just serve endless amounts of water no matter what drink you try to order.

I witnessed the worst of this a couple weeks back. There was a group of us who decided to bar hope down Courtney Place. Among us what this Dutch who had an absolute terrible accent when he spoke English. At our second bar, the bouncer continued to grill him thinking he was drunk until the rest of us had to explain that he wasn’t blasted out of his mind to the point that he can’t talk. He’s just Dutch.

The Same Introductions

When you arrive at a new hostel there are always new people to meet which means that introductions are frequent. Maybe a little too frequent.

Go ahead and picture this. You enter your new room of four or six at the new hostel.You throw your bag on the bed. If you haven’t said hello to your roommates yet then they have absolutely said it to you. Now you are automatically caught in one of those frequent introductions.

“Hey, how’s it going?”
“Where are you from?”
“When did you get to New Zealand?”
“How long are you traveling for?”

You cannot escape it.

Short live friendships

As you go from city to city and hostel to hostel, you come across so many different people. Some of these people you may find absolutely awesome after you spend a night out or even a couple of days with them. However, when i comes to traveling, not everyone is always on the same page. Some people have less flexible itinerary’s than others. Some have a goal of looking for work in specific location and others have a short amount of time to travel.

Over the holidays I met a group of some of the coolest people. We drank together in the hostel lounge and hit bars multiple nights a week. But, when the holidays ended, it was time for them to continue traveling and it was time for me to start looking for a job so that I could continue travel. This wasn’t the first time this has happened and it won’t be the last. You absolutely enjoy these awesome people and your time with them but having to day goodbye so often can be a tad bit… well, emotionally exhausting.

Every coffee shop is exactly the same!

This drives me nuts. The only reason this bothers me so much is because someone bragged to me about how great the coffee in New Zealand is when I first got here. Honestly, it’s a little overrated. There is no variety. It’s as if every coffee shop owner got together and agreed on a universal coffee menu.

Short Black
Long Black
Flat White
Americano
Cappuccino
Hot Chocolate

Holy crap guys, try to spice it up a bit. People like to rag on Starbucks back in the United States, but at least they give a constantly changing menu. I can happily treat myself with that White chocolate macho peppermint cappuccino frappe grande. Hell yes.

Also, anyone who says North America doesn’t have any decent coffee has never been to South Florida.
If you are looking to travel do not let any of this keep you from doing so. I have had a blast so far and I don’t regret it a bit. Even in the things you like most people tend to find something to complain about.This is just some of them.

“Sensible Swiss”

I was sitting in the hostel lounge recently reading Daniel Mitchell’s (Cato Institute) blog. Daniel Mitchell has become my go to guy when it comes to international economics. He doesn’t only talk about the things that have to happen but what is likely to happen and under what circumstances. He is a realist in that sense. It’s fun to hear libertarian scholars talk about the ideal conditions for prosperity but I find more worth while to hear about solutions in the situation at hand.

Of course, That is all besides the point. In his New Year’s Eve post titled “The Best and Worst News of 2016”, he used to term “Sensible Swiss” which he apparently first used back in June when Switzerland voted against Universal Basic Income in referendum. This is not the first time I’ve heard this praise for the Swiss by libertarians. The Foundation for Economic Education posted an article in 2015 titled “9 reasons Libertarians should love Switzerland” which points out that Switzerland is the fourth freest economy in the world. Libertarians tend to have this idea that the average Swiss citizen is smarter in regards to economics than the global average person. I had never met anyone from Switzerland before, at least not until New Year’s Eve in Wellington.

It was early on NYE. A group of us were sitting around the Kitchen talking about whatever came to mind. Since traveling, I’ve noticed politics and culture is a common topic. I sat next to a young blond woman and asked her where she was from (I have developed a problem that I ask people where they are from before asking their name) and we began a conversation about home. From Miami to Cuban food then finally Cuba itself. I immediately explained the event of Castro’s death from the perspective of the Cuban and South Floridian community and I received the response that I least expected. She told me how suspicious she was of the narrative she got from the media. The media was very sympathetic of Castro and his legacy. She was the first to point out the atrocities of the Castro regime to me. I was so pleased to hear that no everyone overseas was so ignorant of Communist Cuba.

Unfortunately, this is only me analyzing the judgment of one Swiss girl. Maybe they are as “Sensible” as Daniel and other libertarians make them seem.