The Case for Gary Johnson

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Jonathan Loesche makes the case for Libertarian Candidate for President of the United States, Gary Johnson.

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The Kafkaesque 2016 election cycle has now brought the American people the two most unfavorable major party candidate for president in living memory. In one corner we have Republican nominee Donald Trump who can charitably be called naive and inexperienced and more accurately called a narcissistic bully who is doing this all for his ego. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton barely escaped a federal indictment over her handling of classified e-mails, pay for play political appointments, and has offered little reason to vote for her other than her entitled sense of destiny.

The seemingly daily stream of scandals coming from both camps has lead to a record number of Americans saying they will consider a third party alternative come November.  

In steps Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee for President. A former two-term governor of New Mexico, Johnson is running on a platform of “socially tolerant and fiscally responsible” that he has repeatedly said represents the majority of Americans. He will likely be the only other candidate on the ballot in all 50 states and represents the best alternative for those disgusted by the two major party candidates.

Donald Trump constantly talks about his expertise as a business person, despite his abysmal record when someone peaks behind the curtain. Gary Johnson started his own handyman business to help pay for college. Over time he grew that business to employ over 1,000 people and become one of New Mexico’s largest employers.

While Governor of New Mexico, Johnson enjoyed highly favorable ratings despite being a Republican in a mostly Democratic state.  He voted over 750 bills during his time in office, more than most other Governors around the country combined. In addition, he became the highest ranking elected official at the time to openly advocate for the legalization of marijuana and to end the Drug War. The Marijuana Policy Project, the largest marijuana legalization think tank in the US has openly endorsed Johnson for 2016.

While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was one of the chief architects of President Obama’s various policies that were in many ways sadly a third term of the Bush years. Drone bombings of American citizens, the continued growth of warrantless searches by the NSA,  and a general disregard for the Bill of Rights.

Johnson is the only candidate running that truly cares about the civil liberties of all Americans. In 2012 he received the highest scores of any Presidential candidate by the ACLU. He has pledged to end the NSA’s warrant less domestic surveillance and their collection of cell phone metadata. With the government now even demanding that it be granted special "back doors" into encrypted, private information held and moved by Internet providers. The excuse is security, a laughable concept from a government that has proven time after time to be incapable of protecting even the most basic data. Gary Johnson has consistently opposed these attempts at government interference with the Internet, and as President, would return the government to the side of freedom and innovation--not regulation.

In addition, Johnson has vowed to allow the Patriot Act to expire, calling it a “direct assault on privacy & due process” with all of the unconstitutional powers it granted the federal government. Johnson has been unabashedly Pro-Choice both in office and in his campaign rhetoric.

Thanks in part to his time as a border state governor, Gary knows the complex issues associated with immigration reform first hand. Solving immigration problems are not as easy as building a wall or simply offering amnesty. He has proposed a work visa program for all undocumented workers already in the United States and those who may want to come to our country to find jobs in the future.

Governor Johnson is the only candidate proposing a truly balanced budget with across the board cuts. Sometime during the next President’s first term our national debt will exceed $20 trillion. Governor Johnson has pledged that his first major act as President will be to submit to Congress a truly balanced budget. No gimmicks, no imaginary cuts in the distant future. Real reductions to bring spending into line with revenues, without tax increases. No line in the budget will be immune from scrutiny and reduction. And he pledges to veto any legislation that will result in deficit spending. No excuses. No games. A real balanced budget.

Johnson’s foreign policy views are not rooted in isolationism as some claim, but rather a critical look at where the United State’s current policy head lead us. The  War on Terror has caused an exponentiation growth of the national debt during the Bush and Obama administrations. What have we bought with these trillions of dollars? Over 8,000 US soldiers will still be in Afghanistan on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. The War in Iraq only helped spur ISIS into action. It is becoming increasingly clear the United States can no longer engage in “nation building” and “police actions” unilaterally around the globe.

Gary Johnson is focused on getting America out of foreign conflicts. He's not focused on planning where next to bomb, invade, or send weapons to. It's the policies, not the geographic trivia, that matter.

The people who care whether or not Johnson knows how to find Aleppo on a map are the same people who care more about which email account Hillary used, as opposed to what Hillary's actual foreign policies are.

Gary Johnson has a great foreign policy of non-interventionism that applies to Aleppo and everywhere else. The American people aren't asking "where's Aleppo", they're asking where's all our money getting wasted. ("The Middle East" is one correct answer.)

Written by Jonathan Loesche