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Who Is Gary Johnson? The Good And The Bad

I recently put up a post asking people to add links on things they know about Gary Johnson. Good or bad, that would shed some light on where he really stands on the issues. I got some great responses from users including Illusi0nz, GBAmerica and compromise.


We have seen many scattered posts stating a few good things about Gary and a few bad things and I wanted to get some of the facts all gathered together so that we could all see where he really stands and decide if we support him based on the facts.

I will first list his positions on certain issues that contradict Ron Paul.

Abortion: Ron Paul says, "Unless we resolve this and understand that life is precious and we must protect life, we can’t protect liberty."


Q: You have unorthodox takes, for a member of the GOP, on abortion.

A: I support women's rights to choose up until viability of the fetus. I've supported the notion of parental notification. I've supported counseling and I've supported the notion that public funds not be used for abortions. But I don't want for a second to pretend that I have a better idea of how a woman should choose when it comes to this situation. Fundamentally this is a choice that a woman should have.
Source: Tim Dickinson in Rolling Stone Magazine , June 15, 2011


Foreign Policy:

Johnson said that while he wants to end the war in Afghanistan, that doesn’t mean he would necessarily stop drone attacks against terrorists in Pakistan or Yemen, even though he believes they create more enemies than they kill.

“I would want leave all options on the table,” Johnson said.

One intervention Johnson said he supports is the U.S. mission to help capture Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, which Johnson believes is arguably the “worst terrorist” group in the world.

“Based on what I know, yes,” Johnson said, indicating his support for the mission to capture Kony.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/09/thedcs-jamie-weinstein-gar...

More on Humanitarian interventionism...


Federal Reserve:

While Gary Johnson says he is for auditing the Federal Reserve he is not totally for abolishing it.

Q: What is your position on the Fed and the gold standard?

A: The Federal Reserve deserves full responsibility for the housing bubble and as well deserves credit for mitigating the bust. Overriding that, the dollar is now worth a nickel. I understand the arguments for a free market in money and I support them. I shy away from the phrase “regulate the Fed” because I do not want Barney Frank deciding monetary policy. I wouldn’t say the Fed needs to be abolished. I understand the argument for a gold standard, though. The US government should be pursuing a strong dollar policy, which the Fed hasn’t done.

"We own the Federal Reserve. There is this misconception that the Federal Reserve is some private entity. But if I might give an analogy here, we - U.S. taxpayers - own all the stock in the federal reserve." -Gary Johnson

At 7:08 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbWo2CY766Q

Guantanamo Bay:

Most of us already know about this one...

Gary Johnson says. "I will not close Gitmo..."



Gay Marriage:

Ron Paul wants the Federal Government completely out of marriage while Gary Johnson wants gay marriage protected on the Federal level.


- Many feel that with all the contradictions listed above, he is just another candidate who will follow what he is pressured to do in Washington and does not deserve our vote.

- Others argue that we should not support Gary because Ron Paul dedicated most of his life trying to take over the GOP from within and we would be reversing everything he did if we suddenly all joined the libertarian party.

These are just a few of the common arguments that are used to oppose voting for him.

And now for some reasons to vote for Gary Johnson...

I think we all can agree he lines up the closest with Ron Paul's philosophy in general compared to Mitt Romney and Obama. Just look at there web-sites.




For some logical arguments to vote Gary Johnson...

- We need the Libertarian Party to receive over 5% of the vote so that future candidates in the LP will have equal ballot access and receive Federal funding.

- It will be a protest vote against the two-party system.

- Ron Paul said “I think he’s wonderful, and I think he’s doing a good job and people should look at him and every individual should make up his own mind,”


- And finally I think some people are more libertarian and find some of Johnson's views more lined up with there own.

I have tried to come across as neutral and please say in the comments if there is anything that you think I am portraying unfairly. I knew I couldn't of counted everything but I hope this has shed some more light on Gary Johnson's views and policies. I again want to thank Illusi0nz, GBAmerica and compromise for there help in gathering these links.

Thanks for reading and I hope this has helped make up anyone's mind who hasn't decided yet.

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He supports the Fed

He supports the Fed, so he supports giving an obscene amount of power to a tiny group of bankers. He supports manipulating interest rates and the money supply, and he doesn't support competing currencies. If even the libertarian candidate supports the Fed I don't know what hope there is for mankind.

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I have to admit

My opinion of Gary Johnson has lowered thanks to this post. Solid facts being stated here. I perfectly understand why people have issues voting for this man.
I still think he's a pretty good guy...and a sincere one. Just because he's wrong in certain areas doesn't mean we should totally give him up. He's done great things this year for the liberty movement. I don't think it's fair to say he's "corrupt and just like Willard".
I think Ron Paul needs to give him a few lessons on foreign policy though. ;)

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Anonymous

Very nice

The only part I disagree with is the assumption that if Gary Johnson disagrees with Ron Paul on an issue, it's an automatic strike against him. I see those differences as simple differences of opinion between two honest people, not signs of corruption.

It is good to see the few ways that he's different from Dr. Paul. I already know from his record that he's a true fiscal conservative and that he has a sense of boundary, a kind of "is this my business?" sense that prevents him from exercising more power than he should.

I'm still torn between writing in Ron Paul and voting for Gary Johnson.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine


I can't believe you think Johnson has a viable enough chance of getting elected, that you felt this was important enough to put forth the effort. None of it matters if he doesn't get elected. It only matters if your goal is to prevent the Libertarian Party from having equal ballot access for the next 4 years.

You seem upset...

at the mere listing of Gary Johnson's positions. Why is that?

And then you speculate about a diabolical agenda. Not impressed.

~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

I think every voter should be

I think every voter should be informed and that is why I posted this article. If you take offense... oh well.

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As promised

Voting Conscience

I promised myself to never vote against what I believe in again...no matter what. Johnson isn't even in the same ballpark as Dr. Paul. Just another DC politician...and the 5% is a joke. Even if by some miracle he got it, they would change the rules in 2016. They can do that you know. :/

For the LORD loves justice, And does not forsake His saints; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off. ~ Psalm 37:27-29

How can you tell it was a biased analysis?

Because all the Gary Johnson supporters disagree with it and all the Gary Johnson haters love it.

THAT should tell you something abou this thread.

SAYING it is fair and actually BEING fair are two completely different things.

Read the comments. All the Ron-Paul-write-in people loved it.

All the Gary Johnson people didn't.

If there's one thing I learned this election

It's that big "L" Libertarians act no differently than the 2 parties they say they oppose. Jetguy and legalizeliberty, among many others, have proven that time and time again with their willfull ignorance to the facts and the use of words like "haters" "Romney supporters" and the most insulting one: "cult". I for one am waiting for this election to be over so you and the rest of the GJ trolls can finally shut up.

I am stating facts. I

I am stating facts. I perfectly understand the argument to vote for Gary Johnson. Compromise is not always the worst way. A protest vote is a very good argument and I respect you and maybe me for your support of Gary Johnson.

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In a recent debate Gary Johnson said "We have to stop with the

drone attacks."

Yet you want to dwell on the fact that earlier he said he wanted to leave all options on the table. That doesn't mean he will continue them as you jump to a conclusion. It simply means he wasn't prepared to announce what he would do or wouldn't do.

Since then he HAS announced what he would do - he would stop the drone attacks.

But you not-so-cleverly mislead by making assumptions on his earlier statement.

Flip-Flop Gary.

He's about as trustworthy as Willard.

I don't play, I commission the league.



"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Anonymous

How is it flip flopping to refuse to be specific and then later

to be?

Gary Johnson said all options are on the table. What does that mean? Does it mean he will do ANYTHING? No. It simply means that he was not willing to show his hand and say what the limits were at that moment.

I am sure he never thought that he would be subject to accusations that he would continue drone attacks.

Since that time he had been more specific and has SHOWN his hand. But you refuse to accept it and choose to jump to ridiculus assumptions for the past for your OWN hatred (that he ISN'T Ron PAul).

He's not Ron Paul, but Ron Paul isn't a candidate. Get over it.

And accept reality for a change. You might get used to it.

I'm not voting for Gary. Get

I'm not voting for Gary. Get over it.

Blessings )o(

I give the link to his

I give the link to his website. People will see where he stands now. And BTW that sounds like flopping to me. Announcing something right when you are trying to court a certain voting block.

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Not at all.

In both a recent debate and an interview in Business Insider, Gary Johnson said he was in favor of abolishing the Fed. Yet you say he only wants to regulate it.

Fed Shill Gary...

said himself in an LP debate that the Fed is a public entity and that everyone is a shareholder. He delusionally thinks it can be micromanaged by the people. Look it up.

I don't play, I commission the league.

If anything you are simply

If anything you are simply stating all Gj's contradictions. Which is really hurting your man's credibility.

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It is NOT a contradiction for Gary Johnson one minute to refuse

to be pinned down on what military tactics were allowable - and the next to be more specific in the face of ridiculous assumptions regarding what his refusal to be pinned down actually meant.

I'm talking about the fed

I'm talking about the fed jetguy.

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What is the alternative to Gary Johnson?

It borders on the bizarre to stage a write-in campaign completely without any suggestion that the man being written in even wants it. That is so far out in left field, it is ridiculous.

Romney and Obama are of course unacceptable.

Gary Johnson is BY FAR the best choice.

I am glad that this post has

I am glad that this post has helped you or rather reaffirmed your position on Gary Johnson. That is exactly what it was intended to do. :)

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is upset that you listed GJ's positions. :p

~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

The facts hurt sometimes.

The facts hurt sometimes.

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screw it

im writing in Murray Rothbard. I refuses to live in a society that believes using FORCE can be a good thing. Ⓐ

His name is Edward Snowden

What is Capitalism?

Thank you all

for laying this out in a format that makes it easy and brings up good discussion. People are downvoting this and that is so nonsensical, they obviously aren't reading the whole thing. Anyhow, keep up the good work guys!

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-Thomas Paine

Thank-you. It took alot of

Thank-you. It took alot of time. And help.

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