I don’t always vote in presidential elections. And when I do, I don’t kid myself into thinking that my vote is going to make any measurable difference on the outcome. When I vote, I vote in order to express my principles. But only when I can find a candidate whose principles I admire. And that’s pretty rare.
Enter Gary Johnson. Not only is he a sweet, likable guy. Not only is he one of the only presidential candidates the Libertarian Party has ever put forward with serious executive experience. He’s also, and more importantly, the only candidate for president on the ballot on all fifty states who
- opposes bombing Iran
- wants to bring an end to the war on drugs
- wants to bring our troops home from Afghanistan now
- supports the immediate repeal of the PATRIOT Act and the National Defense Authorization Act
- supports marriage equality as a fundamental constitutional right
- supports the abolition of the Federal Reserve and legal tender laws, and the establishment of a competitive market in currencies
- is serious about fighting crony capitalism.
These are policy positions that should resonate with libertarians. But they’re also positions that, I think, should resonate with anybody who’s concerned about the freedom and welfare of the least-advantaged in society. The cases of government injustice that Gary is fighting against are ones that are especially hurtful to the poor and the socially and politically marginalized. That’s a message worth fighting for. At the very least, it’s a message that we ought to be let heard in the national debates.
Gary was kind enough to model a BHL t-shirt before his speech at the P.A.U.L. Festival this past weekend. I think it must have inspired him because that speech is one of the best I’ve ever seen him give. If you still need another reason to support him, check it out below.