Local Libertarians, It Looks Like You Might Have to Up Your Game

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Sponge-filter portrait of Eric DonderoHowever pissed off you may be about the results of last week’s Presidential election, you are less pissed off than libertarian firebrand and consummate Islamaphobe Eric Dondero.  He is seriously pissed off.  He is so pissed off that you really shouldn’t make fun of how pissed off he is.

And yet here we are.

New York Magazine recently chose to poke a stick at him to see how mad he really is.

Republicans around the country are responding to President Obama’s reelection in a variety of ways — among them: anger, depression, finger-pointing. But nobody had the same reaction as Eric Dondero, a former Ron Paul aide who blogs at LibertarianRepublican.net. In a post yesterday, Dondero, reasoning that the only recourse to Obama’s victory is “outright revolt,” laid out the terms of the “personal boycott” against Democrats which he plans to maintain for the rest of his life and that he hopes his followers will as well. What does the boycott entail? Cutting all ties with Democratic family members, friends, and lovers; refusing to work for a Democratic boss; spitting on the ground when a Democrat talks to you; and possibly shitting on your Democratic neighbor’s lawn, among other things:

All family and friends, even close family and friends, who I know to be Democrats are hereby dead to me. I vow never to speak to them again for the rest of my life, or have any communications with them. They are in short, the enemies of liberty. They deserve nothing less than hatred and utter contempt.

I strongly urge all other libertarians to do the same. Are you married to someone who voted for Obama, have a girlfriend who voted ‘O’. Divorce them. Break up with them without haste. Vow not to attend family functions, Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas for example, if there will be any family members in attendance who are Democrats.

Do you work for someone who voted for Obama? Quit your job. Co-workers who voted for Obama. Simply don’t talk to them in the workplace, unless your boss instructs you too for work-related only purposes. Have clients who voted Democrat? Call them up this morning and tell them to take their business elsewhere.

Have a neighbor who votes for Obama? You could take a crap on their lawn. Then again, probably not a good idea since it would be technically illegal to do this. But you could have your dog take care of business. Not your fault if he just happens to choose that particular spot.

It sounds like a great idea in theory, sure, but in practice? We wondered if sticking to the boycott all the time was truly feasible. So we e-mailed Dondero to see if he’d explain how he’d handle certain hypothetical situations. At first, he told us to “fuck off. And shove your silly little communist rag up your ass.” This seemed fair — after all, talking to the writer of a communist rag is probably a violation of the boycott. A short time later, however, Dondero wrote again, telling us that, on the advice of his co-editor, he would grudgingly answer our questions. His answers are reprinted below, verbatim, as promised.

I almost hesitate to urge you to do this — and yes, I’m joking about hesitating at all — but you’ll have to read the rest on your own at the link above to get the full measure of just how mad Dondero is — and let’s be clear, his burning scalp is experiencing a really bad case of Donde-rough.

While Dondero had until last year been a long-time Ron Paul aide, he then split with Ron Paul over the candidate’s non-interventionist foreign policy, leading to unkind articles like this one, which is also worth reading.

Orange County is famed as a libertarian Mecca (sorry!) homeland, but most of the libertarians I know here seem to be taking the election result with rather more equanimity.  Some didn’t even vote for Romney in order to kick the Kenyan usurper (man, I really have to do something about that automatic spellcheck) President out of office, choosing instead to vote for the ticket of Gary Johnson and our own Judge Jim Gray.  So the question is: is Orange County going to let itself be bested by some beefy puka-shelled porn star in commando gear (dammit!) foreign agent (oh, for God’s sake) Dana Rohrabacher impersonator (TECH SUPPORT!) guy who’s not from from Orange County?  Or are our libertarians going to up the wrath and creativity to stay competitive?

We’re not suggesting that anyone do that — because some of what Dondero pledges to do is illegal, most of the rest is immoral, and much of it may be, strictly speaking, insane.  We’d be happiest if everyone stayed respectable.  But, if our libertarians readers would like to let us know how upset you are, and rate yourself on a 0-to-100 scale where 0=”Sasha Obama” and 100=”Eric Dondero” (and the scale could conceivably go way past 100 because LIBERTY!!!), this is your chance.  You can answer some of the questions in the NY Mag article for yourself and post your thoughts here.

(Note: commitments to engage in actual illegal behavior, especially against specifically defined targets, is subject to deletion and/or redaction and/or rewriting in a way that you would not enjoy or possibly even find amusing.)

Public Notice: Orange Juice Blog shall not be held responsible for having asked this question.  Yes, we know that that container over there was labeled “Pandora’s Box,” but we thought there might be some pizza in there so we opened it.  Then, bam!  We’re sorry, OK?

About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.