Former New Mexico governor and Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson wants your vote this coming November.
Voters opposed to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump might feel tempted to vote for Johnson.
Such voters ought to think twice before doing so.
Although Johnson explains why he is running for President, he doesn’t explain why he would be better than Clinton or Trump.
In his Time commentary, Johnson doesn’t mention any of the the top issues that voters are most concerned with.
Instead, he mentions marijuana as if it were a pressing issue. That is not surprising considering the fact that he was the CEO of a marijuana company before stepping down to run for President again.
Sure, he mentions what he is for and against in stump speeches, but what specifically is his plan?
To find that out, one needs to look at the 2016 Libertarian Party platform.
When it comes to illegal immigration, the Party is more extreme than either Clinton or Trump. The platform states, “Economic freedom demands the unrestricted movement of human as well as financial capital across national borders. However, we support control over the entry into our country of foreign nationals who pose a credible threat to security, health or property.”
On other words, the Party wants completely-open borders, but with foreign terrorists blocked from entering the USA. How the government is supposed to do the latter while having the former isn’t explained.
The Platform includes a plan pertaining to Social Security: “Libertarians would phase out the current government-sponsored Social Security system and transition to a private voluntary system. The proper and most effective source of help for the poor is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals. We believe members of society will become even more charitable and civil society will be strengthened as government reduces its activity in this realm.”
Sure, physically-disabled adults don’t need SSDI. They can simply beg for alms.
In a perfect world, the government wouldn’t need to be involved in welfare, but we aren’t living in a perfect world now are we? The government got involved with welfare in the first place because private charity proved to be inadequate.
The Libertarian Party’s platform also contains this little gem: “We assert the common-law right of juries to judge not only the facts but also the justice of the law.”
The job of a jury in a criminal trial is to decide whether or not a defendant has violated a particular law, not to decide whether or not that law should exist. The Libertarian Party would rather have 12 people sitting on a jury thwart the legislative process. That would be as bad as a judge legislating from the bench.
Anyway, now you have a peek at what the Libertarian Party and its presidential candidate stand for.
Johnson will get the Cheech and Chong votes. Will he get yours?