Who Is Gary Johnson? The Good And The BadSubmitted by Viperscale on Sun, 11/04/2012 - 19:20
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
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.
More on Humanitarian interventionism...
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
Most of us already know about this one...
Gary Johnson says. "I will not close Gitmo..."
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.