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Gary Johnson, More Consistent Libertarian than Ron Paul, Wins Nomination

“Individual choice and responsibility have been eroded by our over-reaching government. A woman’s right to choose is no exception. The decision to end a pregnancy is one of the most difficult a woman can face. I believe that choice is hers alone to make.” – Gary Johnson

LIBERTARIAN GARY JOHNSON won his party’s nomination this weekend. He’s a lot more consistent when it comes to Libertarian principles than Ron Paul, whose philosophy falls apart on women’s individual freedoms, because Paul thinks freedom is just for men, like most Republicans and even some Democrats.

Johnson’s vice presidential running mate is Judge Jim Gray, who speaks about the drug war in the video below [h/t reason]. Gray makes more sense than the Democrats and Republicans combined on this subject. “Regulate it, control it, tax it,” says Judge Gray, also talking about “the Holland effect.”

Republican voters are too ignorant about the drug war to begin to grasp his points, with Democrats too afraid they won’t be centrist enough to win if they actually propose a solution.

Johnson lashed out at the intolerance of Republicans, which the recent disgrace of Mitt Romney’s handling of Richard Grenell highlights perfectly.

“I believe the majority of americans are fiscally responsible and socially tolerant,” Johnson told BuzzFeed in a phone interview. “I believe the majority of Americans could care less about whether or not there is a gay individual working in the Romney campaign.” Romney’s newly hired foreign policy spokesman Richard Grenell was openly gay, a fact that raised the ire of social conservatives, whose reaction resulted in Grenell’s leaving the campaign. “It speaks volumes to the intolerance that continues to be present in the Republican Party,” Johnson said. He said he doesn’t attach that intolerance to the majority of Republicans but to “the activists driving that agenda.”Buzzfeed

How many state ballots they can get on and whether they can compete remains their biggest challenge, but that’s the case for anyone outside Democrats and Republicans. The other reality is most people still can’t get out of the either-or choice to give an outsider a chance.

This is where the media comes in.

Traditional and new media, including and cable networks, need to open the playing field to other parties, covering Johnson and others, but that will only happen if people demand it. Debates should expand to also include Gary Johnson, but again, the American people would have to show an interest, which can’t happen if they don’t get press, which is where social media and the web comes in. It’s the first step in challenging the current political landscape that’s going to take a very long time to change.

Ron Paul voters could consider Johnson, because his platform is Paulesque, but also includes the principle that women deserve to be as free as men.

What a 21st century concept.

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4 Responses to Gary Johnson, More Consistent Libertarian than Ron Paul, Wins Nomination

  1. ladywalker68 May 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Considering that Obomney is not much of a choice, this ticket sounds as if it is worth consideration. Thanks for the post.

  2. secularhumanizinevoluter May 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    For all his warts…and LAWDY knows he’s got more of them then a Toad….President Obama at this point in time is…to me anyway…a clear choice.
    This guy at least isn’t the gibbering misogynict RP is but in the end Libertarians are just the I got mine screw you vote.

  3. fairmindedindependent May 6, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    I might consider this ticket also. I won’t vote for Romney and looking like I won’t vote for Obama either, So I am looking at third party choices this year. With a former Governor and Judge, they can govern and no the law. So yes, if they make it on my states ballot, I will look at my options and might vote for them.

  4. Cujo359 May 7, 2012 at 12:29 am #

    Real libertarians are for a government of laws, which to my way of thinking puts them way ahead of either Obama or Romney. I doubt I’ll vote for Gary Johnson, but he’d be ahead of either major party’s candidate if I made a list.

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