John McAfee likely rings a bell for most, simply by virtue of his cyber-security noteworthy surname — which makes his September announcement of his bid for president as a member of the Cyber Party quite logical.
As Americans’ faith in, well, just about everything surrounding traditional elections wanes to perilously close to an all-time nadir, McAfee’s platform shows surprising glints of common sense worth more than a simple passing glance.
McAfee’s reasons for running, as well as his stance on a number of pertinent issues currently asked of major party candidates, were clarified in an interview with S.M. Gibson on a recent edition of Anti-Media Radio.
“Quite frankly,” McAfee opens with his reason for jumping into the field of presidential hopefuls, “I would much rather go fishing than run for president; but my advisors and my friends, and particularly my fans, finally threatened to break my kneecaps if I didn’t do it.
“Here’s the issue: they’ve been urging me to run for about a year, and I finally looked at the field of candidates and realized that we don’t have anybody running [who’s] qualified to fix the problems of this country.
“I mean, we live under an insane government — this is the absolute truth — if you look at the simplest things, like the TSA [Transportation Security Authority]. They tell us that they’re there to protect us; yet, when I’m standing in line, with my belt and my shoes off, and they’re scrutinizing my belongings and my hands are in the air while they’re frisking me — I don’t feel protected. I feel like the enemy. And sometimes when you feel like the enemy, maybe to the government, you are the enemy.
Listen to the full Anti-Media interview with John McAfee below:
“They tell us they’re doing this to assure us that we are not the enemy they’re trying to protect us from.”
Moving on to the State’s inability to balance its checkbook, McAfee hit on the absurdity of fiat currency.
“We live in a country that’s illiterate in cyber security, yet we’re in an age where the next war will be a cyber war. We are dysfunctional. Our government is $19 trillion in debt — it doesn’t have any money. When you’re in debt, with zero money, a friend says ‘loan me $20,’ you can’t do it. Another country comes to the U.S. government and says ‘we need money, can you help us,’ the U.S. government prints money — out of nothing. The government is living a fantasy — it’s a dream. It’s a dysfunctional government from every standpoint: it’s paranoid, it’s afraid of its own citizens, it’s incompetent, and it’s living in a fantasy world. This has to change. And I don’t see anyone in the line-up of candidates that has the understanding, the qualifications, or the nerve to make the changes necessary.”
McAfee discovered, as many of us have, the two-party system — the paradigm itself — is purely a hollow, artificial construct.
“Here’s the thing with the two-party system: the parties are machines [with] over a hundred years of stagnation. If you become a representative of the party, you simply become a part of the machine. You become a cog in that big wheel. The machine has no heart. It has no soul. It is a mechanical gadget designed to self-perpetrate.
“We need to get back to a government with heart. Our government was founded on the principle that government is a service to the people. Now, it’s become a seat of power. People want to become congressman and senators and the president because it’s a seat of power. They hunger for power.”
There has, of course, been a major shift in government work: where service of constituents once drove a person’s position in Congress or even the highest office, lack of accountability has translated service to corporate and private interests.
“When’s the last time you felt ‘served’ by your government. You looked at your government and said ‘Oh, gosh, you’ve done such incredible things for me.’ I can’t remember it.”
Service to the country has been lost for the blinding desire for power.
“I’d like to return it to that age where everything is possible; and the government serves you; and life is sweet. We’ve lost that.”
Part of that return to responsibility will be achieved through his return to ‘fireside chats’ with a modern tech twist — an app — where he will be able to hear people’s concerns weekly.
“Why would I waste my breath debating Donald Trump? I’d rather debate the American people. Talk to them. Listen to them. Find out what their feelings are — what do they want. What are their problems. Then try to solve those jointly, as a group, as a collective nation. That’s never been done — and I truly believe that will change the landscape of politics, the landscape of elections, and the entire American system.”
Whether or not his ideas would have that dramatic an effect on politics-as-usual is unknown; but McAfee’s aversion to the two-party paradigm and desire to serve the people over the system are worth consideration if you are the voting type.
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