June 22, 2012
In February, I endorsed libertarian-Republican Ron Paul. My confidence that, if elected, he would be the best president in generations is unshaken. Naturally, I voted for him in Michigan’s presidential primary. Unfortunately, by Dr. Paul’s own admission, his nomination at the Republican Convention in Tampa is extremely unlikely. In fact nothing short of Romney’s exit from the contest would make it possible.
I don’t wish to discourage Ron Paul delegates. They have an unprecedented opportunity to give the Republican Party a more libertarian national platform, and they have the numbers to do it; delegates are committed to a candidate on the first ballot, but no such restraints apply to matters of policy.
So where do we go from here? There will be a number of choices on the ballot. The typical approach for supporters of a Republican candidate is for those people to rally around their party’s nominee, but Ron Paul supporters are not motivated by a love of politics as usual. Rather, they are motivated by a message of maximum liberty in the context of a constitutionally limited republic, and a desire to elect a president who feels as they do.
The good news is that they still have an opportunity to elect such a president! The Libertarian Party has nominated New Mexico’s former two-term Governor Gary Johnson as their presidential candidate. Governor Johnson has been the most libertarian governor in United States history:
- He vetoed 750 of the bills that were passed by the New Mexico legislature; more than all other governors combined.
- He cut over 1,200 government jobs without firing anyone.
- He got government out of the way thereby allowing for the private creation of 20,000 more jobs.
- He left New Mexico with a budget surplus.
- He cut taxes 14 times while never raising them.
…the list goes on. Throughout the early Republican campaign for the nomination he repeatedly advocated libertarian solutions for national problems, and as a two-term governor he enters the race with stronger political credentials then any other Libertarian nominee, and he has more executive experience then Barack Obama and Mitt Romney combined.
Furthermore, a vote for Gary Johnson is a vote for the party of principal. The Libertarian Party has been the choice for advocates of individual liberty and limited government for 40 years. Many of it’s founders were Goldwater Republicans who were disgusted with Nixonian statism. In 1988 Ron Paul was the Party’s nominee President. At the 2012 convention, delegates nominated Judge Jim Gray as Gary Johnson’s running mate. Judge Gray is an outspoken critic of the war on drugs.
For these reasons, I wholeheartedly endorse the Libertarian candidate, Governor Gary Johnson, as my choice for President of these United States.