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.”

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.

 

 

Israel, Scotland, and Liberalism

I’ve transferred myself to a new hostel. The experience has been pleasant and the people are generally nice. Last evening I found myself talking to a small group consisting of a young American from Seattle, a Brit, a very proud Scotsman, and a young woman from Israel. Absolutely, Israel was the hot topic of the evening.

Apparently, meeting an Israeli is rare. This young Israeli had just separated from the Israeli Defense Forces and has been spending her new found freedom traveling the world. As interested as everyone seemed to be about her homeland the conversation didn’t take long until it turned to politics. Not surprisingly, I observed the Scottish man slowly maneuver this conversation as he would gradually input his opinion regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Of course, he was never out right be rude about it. To an extent, I think he knew better. The Israeli seemed to tread carefully as the conservation went on but it also felt more like she had been here before. It was later confirmed that she gets asked about this very topic just as much as Americans get asked about the election.

I made several attempts to defend Israel as the sole functioning democracy in the middle east. I even reminded the group that Israel has large political parties that consist of Islamic Arabs which she confirmed. That conversation ended calmly. However, a later conversation took a strange turn. Probably because, at this point, most of us were intoxicated. No real shame there.

It started from a conversation about the election until I was trying to explain my disdain for Hillary Clinton and my own views regarding foreign affairs. It felt like she was trying to attach US foreign policy to me. She tried to make US foreign policy my views on foreign policy. Which I shouldn’t exactly be surprised about. I’ve discovered that when you travel abroad you act as though you’re an ambassador for your own country to other travelers. I had to keep clarifying that I could disagree with my own government and even the historical actions of my own government.

I thought for a moment that maybe she felt as though the actions of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria played in favor of Israel and she didn’t want me taking a position of abandonment. I’m probably also over thinking that considering our mental state. She could easily just be a liberal Israeli. I was often reminded that Israel is a country like any other. There are those in Israel that don’t support Netanyahu and that Israeli is far from a one party state.

As for Scotland… as friendly as this guy turned out being, he was the epitome of how I stereotyped on Scots. Typical socialists.

Time for Part Two

Wellington Central

So it’s been something like five or six days since I’ve arrived in Wellington. I got off the Kiwi bus and had to say goodbye to all the people I had met on there. It was pretty sad to see them go. I didn’t click with them when I first met them but by the time the trip was over I learned to appreciate having them around. Even the one English girl, Lucy, who I thought was incredibly annoying when I first heard her speak turned out to be a sweetheart with an interesting story behind her.

A few from the Kiwi bus stayed a couple extra days in Wellington but eventually they’ve all moved on to the South Island. The past few days have been almost dull while I’ve been waiting for something to happen. I’ve only just started applying for jobs and I hope to find one soon. Not because I am endanger of going broke but because I am getting so damn bored.

Hostels

Back in Auckland I stayed in a hostel that was smack in the middle of the CBD. Great location. However, more importantly, it wasn’t a dry hostel. Every hostel I’ve been to since I left Auckland has been a dry hostel which I think contributes to a poor social atmosphere in the common areas. I’ve stayed in two hostels in Wellington and so far they have been dry and they have been relatively quiet.

I am not trying to get shit faced every night but I am trying to meet people. I met two girls in my current hostel and I have a feeling it is only because I recognized them from one of the Kiwi bus stops.

I feel as though I am off to a rough start in Wellington. Orlando was rough for me and I don’t have the same amount of time to waste here like I did back in Orlando.

Auckland-Wellington

A few days in we decided to hop on a tour bus operated by the Kiwi Experience. It’s a bus a lot of young people take to see as much of the country as you can. Our bus takes us from Auckland to Wellington with numerous stops in between.

I haven’t quite made it to Wellington yet but, right now I am in the small town of Taupo, smack in the middle of the north island. We have a two days to enjoy the town but every other stop has been a one day stop each. It’s been quick and a little hectic but very entertaining.

First stop was Hot Water Beach, where I did three hours of kayaking in the ocean through Cathedral Cove experiencing some of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. Everything looked like a painting. After kayaking we finally went on over to Hot Water Beach where we dug holes in the sand making our own hot pool.

Next stop was Waitomo which is probably my favorite stop so far. “Wai” means water and “tomo” means hole in the native Maori language and that basically what we did. We spent five hours exploring caves where these glowing maggots called glowworms reside. We zip lined and went tubing through the cave. Crawled through narrow passages and finally climbed waterfalls to find our exit. It was probably the coolest thing I had ever done.

From Waitomo we traveled to Rotarua, the Maori culture capital of New Zealand. Before arriving at Rotarua, we stopped at “The Shire” or also known as Hobbiton. This was the movie set for the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, but I thought it was so much more than just a movie set. The level of detail put into this place was astounding. The movie crew created an entire village with over 30 hobbit homes and various gardens. The movie tour ended with a stop at The Green Dragon pub where we all enjoyed a pint before leaving for Rotorua.

Our time in Rotorua was much more relaxed. We spent the evening learning about the native Maori tribe. All our groups had assigned chiefs who participated in a short presentation of Maori tribe warriors sizing them up and determining whether we had come for war or for peace. I was able to briefly partake in learning the “Haka” which is a war cry dance before the Maori’s fnally treated us to a Polynesian style dinner. Chicken and Lamb looked in the ground. Potatoes, Oysters, and Fish. Absolutely delicious.

So far the Kiwi Experience has been exciting. The majority of people on the bus seem to be English followed by the second largest group being German. There seem to be only three Americans on our bus. I did expect some hostility for my nationality, everyone turned out to be very friendly.

I was hoping that the Kiwi bus would consist of more people who first began their travels in New Zealand but this was not the case. There were already groups on the bus who had been traveling the Island for sometime and cliques had already been made. It was a little more difficult to make friends then I hoped.

Only a few more days until we arrive in Wellington.

The Ignorance of the Outside World

A few days ago, news emerged that the Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, died after ruling the island of Cuba for over 50 years. Having grown up in Miami and being the son of a Cuban immigrant, I am lucky enough to have a wholesome perspective such an event. Unfortunately, I was out of town when the news came out. If I was around, I’d probably be partying in the streets with the rest of the Miami Cubans.

Now, I am only 25 years old. I didn’t experience the oppression of the dictator first hand but, I do have family who were literally chased away from their livelihoods because of this man. My father’s family used to own a coffee farm before the land was seized by the government. Not only was the land seized but all the equipment that was used to operate it. After this occurred, my grandparents took what they had left and fled the country. This is a similar situation most Cubans faced before coming to America.

What strikes me the most is the complete ignorance of leftists who sit outside of the South Florida area. Being a leftist and being ignorant is synonymous but, I don’t think I’ve even met a Democrat in the Miami area who had anything nice to say about the Cuban government. Most immigrants from the Caribbean and South America have witnessed socialism and communism firsthand which sets them apart from liberals outside the area.

After Fidel Castro died, left wing media and liberals I’ve met from outside the Miami area and abroad wasted no time in trying to mourning the loss of their great leader. They all used the same excuse, “He wasn’t perfect but he did a lot of good for the Cuban people”. If zero economic growth, shit healthcare, firing squads, and re-education camps is your idea of progress then please get in contact with me. I will pay your one-way ticket to Cuba as long as you can show me proof that you plan on staying there forever.

The American Enterprise Institute posted an interesting fact on the welfare of Cuba. Cuban Slaves received better rations than the Cuban citizens received from the communist government in 1962. The AEI continues to state that the rations haven’t improved much since. Face it, there is a reason Cuban athletes defect when they compete overseas. There is a reason Cubans continue to flee to the United States every year.

Go screw yourself Trudeau.

The Final Stretch

This is basically the final stretch. Today is my last day wearing the uniform. I’ve talked enough about my Air Force experience. I’m proud of it. I wish I had done more, but I’m ready to do something else. I am not leaving out the possibility of re-entering the service when I return. However, if I do decide to do that, I think I would be wise to cross train into a new field of work. That’s a long way from now. A lot can happen in the year to year and a half I plan on being away.

As far as the rest of my time here goes, It’s all smooth sailing from here on out. I will be seeing my friends one more time in Orlando then I am off to spend the week of Thanksgiving at my mother’s house. My brother and niece will be spending time there as well. It’s another chance to see the family before my departure. Of course, my father will return from Europe only a few days prior so I will get a chance to see him as well. I’ve spent time away from family in the past but this will be the first time I won’t be able to see them on any major holidays. Traveling home is always easy within the states. Being on the other side of the world is a different story.

I’ve made a number of purchases as prepare for my departure. Other than clothes, tools, and entertainment, I’ve decided a stock up on a number of books. I have to admit, a big portion of this trip might end up being a bunch of partying and drinking. I will have to keep my brain from going dumb somehow. I purchased one book that I studied briefly while at university: The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. I had only read excerpts from it while studying so I figured it would be valuable to take in the entire piece. The other book I bought was the Art of War. Not necessarily because I am interested in it ,but because you always hear about it from one of those successful businessmen as a must read. I’m just curious I suppose. It will be a time killer on the plane to New Zealand.

Now the last book that I bought I am actually interested in. “Reagan’s Revolution” is about the first unsuccessful attempt Reagan made to run for president. Now, as a libertarian, you quickly learn that not every president was this perfect figure that you had in your mind prior to being red pilled. However, after my internal reformation, I learned that I appreciated Reagan for his character and personality rather than his performance as Commander in Chief. I want to start reading it but I need to make sure I have something to read on the way to the other side of the world.

Best Wishes!

Yahoo’s Katie Couric collaborate with HRC on articles

Earlier this year, a Wikileaks E-mail reveals Yahoo.com’s Katie Couric reaching out to John Podesta seeking to collaborate on articles to benefit the Hillary Clinton Campaign.