Gary Johnson offers an excellent analysis of the 2012 election results in this op-ed published in Huffington Post: Standing Still On A Down Escalator. He’s right that the Democrats don’t have any kind of mandate. His truly telling comments, however, concern the GOP’s defeat:

As for the Republicans, we are reading and hearing widespread shock that they couldn’t win an election after having systematically alienated virtually every voting group in the nation other than white men over the age of 40.

It was a great plan for the Republicans: Go to shameful lengths to tell Hispanics they aren’t welcome, even though they are the fastest growing demographic in the country. Tell women their bodies really aren’t their own to manage. Call themselves small government “conservatives” while espousing that government should tell us who we can marry and supporting laws like the Patriot Act, FISA and the NDAA that give government powers the Founders never dreamed of.

While doing and saying all this, on the key issues of the economy and war, the GOP managed to conduct an entire campaign without demonstrating enough difference with President Obama to compel anyone’s vote one way or the other. “Debating” which decade in which we might expect a balanced budget and simply putting a slightly different wrapper on the same foreign policies obviously didn’t cut it as real challenges to business-as-usual.

Combine this lack of differentiation on the budget and foreign policy with scary stances on the so-called social issues and immigration, and the result is the Republicans’ embarrassing failure to replace a president who is presiding over the worst economy and the most dangerous foreign policy in a generation.

Hear, hear!

 

In Sunday’s Philosophy in Action Webcast, I took an early look at the 2012 election, then surveyed four GOP candidates — Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Gary Johnson. I’ve posted all five questions as videos, and so here they are!

The first question was:

What’s your view of the upcoming 2012 election? By what standards do you judge the presidential candidates?

My answer, in brief:

In a presidential candidate, I’m not looking for either John Galt or “Anyone But Obama.” I’m looking for someone who will do more good than harm to the cause of liberty in America.

Here’s the video of my full answer:

The second question was:

Should I support Mitt Romney for US President? What’s the proper evaluation of his principles and record on the budget and the debt, health care, foreign policy, immigration, the drug war, abortion, and gay marriage? Does Romney deserve the vote of advocates of individual rights in the primary or the general election?

My answer, in brief:

Mitt Romney is a smooth talker, but his proposal reveal that he has no understanding of individual rights or the economic problems facing America. He’s no better than Obama – and likely worse, because the opposition will vanish. I cannot recommend voting for him in the primary or the general election.

Here’s the video of my full answer:

The third question was:

Should I support Newt Gingrinch for US President? What’s the proper evaluation of his principles and record on the budget and the debt, health care, foreign policy, immigration, the drug war, abortion, and gay marriage? Does Gingrinch deserve the vote of advocates of individual rights in the primary or the general election?

My answer, in brief:

Newt Gingrich is explicitly theocratic, and a major threat to the separation of church and state. He advocates and practices “active governance,” meaning right-wing social engineering, not liberty. Like Obama, he is enamored of bold transformative ideas, which could be okay or horrible for liberty. I cannot recommend voting for him in the primary or the general election.

Here’s the video of my full answer:

The fourth question was:

Should I support Ron Paul for US President? What’s the proper evaluation of his principles and record on the budget and the debt, health care, foreign policy, immigration, the drug war, abortion, and gay marriage? Does Paul deserve the vote of advocates of individual rights in the primary or the general election?

My answer, in brief:

Ron Paul is not even libertarian, but a neo-confederate conservative Christian, albeit with some grasp of basic economics. He’s a rationalist, driven by ideology, and not open to facts. He would be very dangerous to elect as president, not just for actual policies, but as a supposed advocate of liberty. I cannot recommend voting for him in the primary or the general election.

Here’s the video of my full answer:

The fifth question was:

Should I support Gary Johnson for US President? What’s the proper evaluation of his principles and record on the budget and the debt, health care, foreign policy, immigration, the drug war, abortion, and gay marriage? Does Johnson deserve the vote of advocates of individual rights in the primary or the general election? Also, should supporters of Gary Johnson vote for him on a Libertarian Party ticket?

My answer, in brief:

Gary Johnson is not John Galt. However, he’s fundamentally oriented toward facts, plus he has good basic principles about liberty. Alas, he was shut out from the race by the media and the establishment GOP. I recommend voting for him in the primary, as well as in the general election, if he runs as the Libertarian Party candidate. I still reject the Libertarian Party, but a protest vote can be delimited to endorse him and not the party.

Here’s the video of my full answer:

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The Gary Johnson 2012 Campaign wrote the following message on their Facebook page this morning:

CNBC and the Michigan GOP are excluding Gov. Johnson from their debate next week.

CNBC Contacts: 201-735-4778, Emails: Steffanie.Marchese@nbcuni.com, Beth.Goldman@nbcuni.com, brian.steel@nbcuni.com, jennifer.dauble@nbcuni.com, amy.zelvin@nbcuni.com
Michigan GOP: 517-487-5413, email robert.schostak@migop.org

Ask them WHY Gov. Johnson is being excluded when the debate criteria specified that a candidate must have polled 3% and Gov. Johnson achieved this benchmark in a May 26 poll (http://www.gallup.com/poll/147806/Romney-Palin-Lead-Reduced-GOP-Field-2012.aspx)!

If you look at that link, Gary Johnson does poll at 3% in the second poll listed. If you’d like to see Gary Johnson included in the debate, please send a letter!

Here’s the letter that I sent:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Diana Hsieh
Date: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 12:10 PM
Subject: Please Include Gary Johnson in the GOP Debate
To: Steffanie.Marchese@nbcuni.com, Beth.Goldman@nbcuni.com, brian.steel@nbcuni.com, jennifer.dauble@nbcuni.com, amy.zelvin@nbcuni.com, robert.schostak@migop.org
Cc: email@garyjohnson2012.com

I’m writing because I’m a supporter of Gary Johnson’s campaign for President, and I’m sorely disappointed that he’s going to be excluded from yet another debate — particularly because, in this instance, he meets the criteria of polling at 3%, as you can see from the second poll listed on this page:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/147806/Romney-Palin-Lead-Reduced-GOP-Field-2012.aspx

I’m completely disgusted with the other Republicans presidential candidates. I want a experienced candidate who is pro-choice, pro-immigration, and truly fiscally conservative. As a two-term governor still popular in his own state, Gary Johnson qualifies in spades.

I’m frustrated that the news media and the GOP leadership seem determined to only have GOP candidates for president only from the religious right — which I abhor and absolutely refuse to vote for. It’s not fair, and it’s not smart.

I sincerely hope that you’ll reverse your decision and include Gary Johnson in the debate. His views deserved to be heard.

Please let the American people decide for themselves whether they like Gary Johnson or not!

Again, if you want to see Gary Johnson included in the debate, please write a brief letter in support of that! You can also call the numbers listed above. Here’s an e-mail link with all the addresses.

Ayn Rand Fans for Gary Johnson

 Posted by on 6 October 2011 at 1:00 pm  Gary Johnson
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I created a Facebook page for Ayn Rand Fans for Gary Johnson. If you’d like to see a pro-choice, pro-immigration, pro-gay, anti-runaway-government-spending Republican candidate for president, then please “like” it — and then share it on Facebook and Twitter.

Gary Johnson’s campaign web site is here: Gary Johnson 2012.

Oh, and he’s having another online “hangout” on Monday, October 10th. You can join that here: Gary Johnson Hangouts. You don’t need to host a party — although that would be awesome: you can just tune in. Here’s the full list of upcoming hangouts:

  • October 10, 7-8:30PM EDT (Part of “Get to Know Gary Johnson” Town Hall, Manchester NH)
  • October 17, 8-10PM EDT
  • October 27, 8-10PM EDT
  • November 11, 8-10PM EST
  • November 18, 8-10PM EST
  • November 30, 8-10PM EST
  • December 7, 8-10PM EST
  • December 20, 8-10PM EST
  • December 30, 8-10PM EST
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GQ published an excellent article on the only presidential candidate that I could possibly support, namely Gary Johnson. Here’s a tidbit:

A few things you need to know up front about Gary Johnson. There is nothing he will not answer, nothing he will not share. For six straight days, we spent virtually every waking hour together, which might have had something to do with the fact that there wasn’t another reporter within ten miles of the guy. Or that when you’re polling in the low digits and your campaign fund is less than Mitt Romney’s breakfast tab and your entourage is Brinck and Matt, you tend to be more forthcoming. But in fact, Johnson is fundamentally incapable of bullshitting, which is one of the many, many things that make him so unusual for a presidential candidate. (When a reporter asks him, after he gushes about how great New Hampshire voters are, if he says the same thing in Michigan, he replies, “No, Michigan’s the worst.”) He finds presidential politicking of the sort we’ve grown accustomed to—slick, scripted, focus-grouped, how-does-the-hair-look—to be “absolutely phony.”

Johnson is not just determined to eliminate the budget deficit by immediately cutting the budget by 43%. He’s also pro-choice, pro-immigration, pro-marijuana-legalization, and more. He’s not as hawkish on foreign policy as I’d like, but he’s opposed to altruistic foreign wars. You can read about his positions here.

In my view, Gary Johnson is a far better candidate than I thought possible from the GOP. And I’ll be damned if I’ll sit on my hands while something that good passes us by — particularly when our alternatives are wild-eyed Jesus freaks, slimy pragmatists, and economy-killers. Hence, I’ve donated a few hundred dollars to his campaign — and I’d urge others to consider doing the same.

If you’re not able to do that but you like what you see, please pass on the GQ article (or this blog post) to friends and fellow free-market activists.

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