|Bob Barr knows from experience|
that getting the nomination does
not mean the LP will support you.
“The selection of former Republican New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson as its presidential nominee, and former California Superior Court Judge Jim Gray as its vice presidential nominee, brings strength and credibility to the party,” Barr observed. “Whether the Libertarian Party’s rank and file will unite behind these candidates so as to maximize the appeal of the ticket — something the party faithful have not done in the recent past — remains an open question.”No, the LP didn't unite behind the guy about whom current nominee Gary Johnson said last week:
"Somewhere between 2000 and 2008, Bob Barr fell out of bed, hit his head, and became a libertarian. I'm glad it happened."I know, because I couldn't believe in or support the conversion of the former proponent of legislation like the Patriotic Act or the Defense of Marriage Act.
This year there is, of course, a candidate with a track record of governing more in accordance with Libertarian principles than the party has ever had.
So what will the LP do? As Barr notes, leaders of the so-called radical wing will each select their particular personal key element of pure Libertarianism and denounce Gary Johnson as . . . un-Libertarian.
|Walt Thiessen: you can't be my|
candidate if you don't love you
some Austrian economic theory.
Johnson clearly does not understand (or care about) the Austrian theory of the business cycle.Damn the man! Forget the fact that no other candidate with a shot in hell at being elected President (with the possible exception of Ron Paul) has ever had the opportunity to move the discussion about the Fed as far as Johnson. It doesn't matter. Because Gary Johnson actually talks like he understands the realities of governing (which he, not Thiessen, has actually done), he is a sell-out.
Or take John Jay Myers, who is an equally radical Libertarian and equally certain that you cannot represent the LP successfully (whatever the hell that means if you aren't even going to try to win) if you don't pay unrelenting homage to his core issue:
The issue is not whether government should grant marriage licenses or civil unions. The issue is not whether government handouts should be given to insurance companies, or pharmaceutical companies instead. The issue is not what type of fuel our cars should burn, what jobs our economy should have, or who should receive the most goodies from government. The answer to these is the same – NO. These questions are bogus and they are distracting us from the real issue – and that real issue is WAR. Rigging the economy through legislation is a violent act that is no better than grabbing axes and clubs and raiding the next village for food, gold, and women. Wearing suits and giving us a “choice” does not make what our government is doing legitimate and it doesn’t make us free.
|John Jay Myers:|
reducing war is not
enough to be my
The real question is who will stop the violence? We should be more concerned not with who hates us, but with why do they hate us? – STOP ALL WAR!
We are not going to achieve liberty by keeping people comfortable with being hammered. We need to make them feel the chains around their necks and the government’s hand up their butts. They can’t feel it any more because it has become so normal. The other two candidates will tell them it’s ok, or that it’s not as bad as it seems, or that maybe being taken advantage of just a little bit less over here is the answer, NO, stop hammering us, how can we make that more clear?
We know that the popular political discourse is a front, a sham, a theater to keep us entertained and distracted from the real problem. The real problem is WAR. Government’s war on our economy, on our citizens, on other countries, and it’s ruining us all.
It does us no good to get more votes or win more elections if we do it on a Republican or Democratic platform.The fact that Gary Johnson is the only candidate running who would immediately withdraw our troops from Afghanistan and who would markedly reduce the American military interventionist footprint around the world is not good enough. He's will to consider military force in the face of genocide--damn him! The fact that he calls for a 43% cut in the Defense budget is immaterial--the hawkish son of a bitch.
How about Gene Healy at Reason, who is uncomfortable with our ticket because . . . .
|Gene Healy: all my|
candidates should be
poor and underfunded.
Johnson has told reporters he intends to seek millions of dollars in federal matching funds. If so, he'll be the first LP presidential candidate to have the taxpayers underwrite his campaign. That's a deviation that the self-styled "party of principle" should avoid.This is utter horseshit. Why? Let me paraphrase North Carolina's Michael Munger (who is in that rare camp of being a former LP Convention keynote speaker and a candidate who managed over 120,00 votes in a statewide election). (I'm paraphrasing because he made this comment about a year ago, and I can't figure out a good enough search term to go back and find it.) Munger pointed out that if you believe the government is already stealing your money via excessive taxation, it is foolish to turn down the opportunity to get some of it back just to make a point.
Best case scenario I've seen is that Gary Johnson could qualify for $5 million in Federal matching funds this year, and that scoring 5% in the General would make the LP candidate next time eligible for up to $90 million. In 2008 the Obama campaign spent ovr $750 million, and plans to raise upwards of $1 BILLION this time around.
If you come from the radical-philosophical school of Libertarianism and you just want a "message" candidate, here's a thought for you: who the hell is going to be listening? What kind of media access can you get when you have . . . nothing? How much will you affect the economy and how will you stop the war if nobody ever has to pay any attention to you?
For his angst over humanitarian intervention and Federal matching funds, Healy does get one point right:
Watching the Libertarian Party over the years, I've sometimes had the feeling that, as George Bernard Shaw once snarked about socialism, "we should have had libertarianism already, but for the Libertarians."In the US Army we had a saying (we had many sayings, actually), "The Best is the enemy of the Good."
Gary Johnson is Good. Very very good, verging on Highly Damn Excellent.
Time to quit whining and help.
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over to the right does just fine.