The Libertarian Party has nominated Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico, as its candidate for President in the 2012 election. Johnson filed for the Republican nomination for President in 2011, but was frozen out of press coverage while the clownish Donald Trump was treated as a serious candidate. There was no good reason why this should have been. Somebody pointed out that polls showed that Johnson had a positive favorability rating in his home state, unlike Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. But he goes against Washington’s bi-partisan consensus, as in advocating decriminalization of marijuana.
Barring the unforeseen, I will vote for him in November. I probably would vote for him even if I lived in a battleground state instead of New York. Philosophically, I am not a libertarian, but extremism in defense of liberty is preferable to the creeping totalitarianism represented by Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and the other Democratic and Republican leaders.
Click on Gary Johnson 2012 for Johnson’s home page.
Click on Gary Johnson wiki for his Wikipedia biography.
Click on Libertarian Gary Johnson: Spoiler Alert? for thoughts of Gene Healy, a vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute. Healy said ex-Gov. Johnson is the most plausible and qualified Presidential candidate that the Libertarians have nominated in many years. He denied that Johnson will not play the role of a spoiler by pulling votes from Mitt Romney and thereby helping Barack Obama. He saidbeca the election race is “a battle between a President who’s violated most of his campaign promises on civil liberties and a candidate who’s already promised to do worse” and therefore is “pre-spoiled.”
Click on Why I am not a libertarian for my thoughts about libertarian ideology.