Back in 2012, I posted about how I left the Republican party I wasn't really a member of, and became a "Ron Paul Republican", aka Libertarian.
Now, I guess I will have to find a new Party. The Libertarian Party is on the same road to ruin as the Democrat and Republican Parties took.
Back in 2012, I agreed with what I read on Gary Johnson's website, but as I really preferred Ron Paul, I didn't delve too much more into Johnson.
Following the RNC's blatant cheating in 2012, and this election year's fiascos - the biased and ridiculous Republican "Debates", the rigged DNC, the nomination of Hillary after all she's done, the nomination of the Clinton's good pal, Donald Trump - I had to give Gary Johnson a more serious look-at.
So I read some things, which sounded good, but then I heard him speak, and No.
Someone else is apparently writing the things on his website, but if they are telling him what to say in interviews, he's not listening.
I was for Rand Paul originally (Republican, but his Party didn't matter, I like him personally). I didn't agree with him about everything, but those were things I could agree to disagree about, like the controversy of the Confederate flag and, well, I forget what else exactly, but nothing serious.
I wanted to like Johnson, I really, really did. I tried. I told myself, well, those aren't really Big Issues....but you know what? If someone screws up so bad on the little issues, how can they possibly be any better dealing with the larger issues?
The Libertarian Candidates had a Debate, and Gary Johnson said - to sum up - he believed some people should be forced to bake other people cakes.
Most people are like, blah, who cares, but that's actually a Biggie for Libertarians. We don't believe in Government force. That might mean some people can discriminate, but we believe the Free Market will work it out.
He took a lot of heat for saying that, and then wrote a statement defending his position, which you can read at his facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/govgaryjohnson/posts/10153109454754364.
Where he absolutely and completely lost me was with this statement: "I responded to that question in the legal context of whether a public
business has the right to refuse to serve a member of the public, as
distasteful as it might be."
I'm sorry but I just can not get behind someone that doesn't even know the difference between a private and a public business.
That is a big, big deal to me.
If I use my money, put my skill, my time and effort into opening my own business, then it's my private business, and I should be able to decide who, what, how, or when I want to do business with.
Next they'll tell me who I have to let into my own home.
Yes, it is the same thing. Sometimes I allow people that don't live here to come into my house for various reasons, that doesn't make it a "public house".
After that he's just made one stupid comment after another that makes us all look stupid.
"After his speech, Johnson wandered around the convention greeting voters
and conducted a round of interviews. One reporter asked him about the
lack of diversity in the Libertarian Party, which, as some people
remember from college dorm-room discussions, tends to attract a
disproportionate number of young white males. Johnson said that there
was no diversity problem, and that the Party would do better in nonwhite
communities as he became better known. A few minutes later, an aide
directed him to a room in the convention center that was named for
Harriet Tubman. “Who’s Harriet Tubman?” Johnson asked. (After the aide
reminded him who Tubman was, Johnson recalled that she will appear on a
new twenty-dollar bill.)" Via Via
"What is Allepo?" Via
"I'm just grateful that nobody got hurt." Via
As if all that weren't bad enough, some of my Ultra Liberal family members/friends has come out in support of Gary Johnson.
That tells me all I need to know about Gary Johnson.
Libertarianism is - supposed to be - the complete opposite of Socialism, even so-called "Democratic Socialism".
That Liberals like Gary Johnson tells me - although I had already determined it myself - he's not Libertarian.
It also tells me it's the beginning of the demise of the Libertarian Party as we know (knew) it.
It's going to be just one more thing the Liberals take and muck up and change from what it was, to something completely different, kind of like they did with "Liberal" (not Liberal), "tolerant" (not tolerant), and "Socialism" (it's not Socialism, it's Democratic Socialism). Ugh.
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