Not so fast, Mr. JohnsonSubmitted by Sincerus on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 15:56
The revolution continues, and so does Ron Paul's campaign. The articles and comments I have been reading of late state how similar Paul and Johnson are, but, during my own research I have come across significant differences.
I'll start with foreign policy, since that is an issue that I hold near and dear to my heart. It would seem that Johnson is not a non-interventionist. He has justified continuing undeclared wars under the guise of 'humanitarian' reasonings, and is in support of continued drone attacks. He has also stated he would not close Guantanamo and supports military tribunals. Paul, on the other hand, is in opposition of undeclared wars, targeted assassinations via drone strikes and Guantanamo. I stand with Paul on these issues.
Johnson's views on immigration, an open border policy and his support of the mis-named "free trade" agreements are also in contrast to Dr. Paul. I was surprised to learn of the open border policy, afterall, what is a country without borders?
Johnson promotes the so called "fair tax" as a replacement for the federal income tax. Paul said he could go along with that if the tax rate was zero.
One of the most important differences between the two is monetary policy. Johnson has not given me any reason to believe that he realizes financial fraud is doing more harm to our country than any terrorist ever could. Paul does realize this and has been fighting against it for thirty plus years. The monetary system is the driver and the power behind ALL political issues, without exception. Johnson seems to be content to work with in the Federal Reserve, whereas, Paul would like to see it abolished.
Yes, yes I know when Johnson was governor of New Mexico he left that state with a surplus. I do, however, find it interesting to note that Federal government spending was a major driver of the New Mexico economy. In 2005, the Federal government spent $2.03 on New Mexico for every dollar of tax revenue collected from that state. During Johnson tenure, it was about dollar for dollar.
Another difference can be found at opensecrets.org. Johnson is running his campaign in the red, whereas, Paul is running his campaign debt free. It would seem that Paul walks the walk, and Johnson talks the talk.
My apologies to those who might perceive this post as an anti-Johnson rant, for that is not my intent. I am just sharing some of my perspectives in hopes of opening an honest dialog. I feel debate is healthy, and I might learn something new. The recipe for perpetual ignorance is being satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.
The libertarian in the video linked below, doesn't seem to care for Johnson, but I posted it for a bit more insight. I would love to find a "ronpaulican" to cary our movement forward, should Paul not get the nomination, I am just not sure who to trust and haven't been convinced to jump on the Johnson brandwagon.