Monday, November 05, 2012

One last plug for Gary Johnson

Then I'll shut up about him. For a while, anyway. (I fully expect he'll be running again in 2016, and I fully expect to be an enthusiastic supporter again then.)

This is one of the more interesting pieces I've seen about Johnson. It emphasizes his ability to be more a pragmatist than an ideologue: "“I think libertarians need somebody who can articulate getting from A to Z. But you know, if G is achievable, how about it? Let’s get there!”

I also like his willingness to say "I don't know" when asked about something he hadn't considered before, and his unwillingness to declare all use of military for humanitarian reasons off-limits. I think he is right that we can't stop all atrocities around the world, but that we have to remain open to stopping genocides when we can.

By the way, you can watch what should be an interesting debate between Johnson and Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, 9 pm EST/6 pm PST tonight, streaming here: http://rt.com/

Oh, and have I mentioned that Johnson is the only candidate who openly advocates your right to play online poker, and has spent time hanging out at the WSOP trying to reach out to poker players as a constituency? I have? OK, then--never mind.

I'll leave you with my two favorite paragraphs:
A curious thing about Johnson’s candidacy is that if you are not a libertarian – but you are liberal who believes in basic civil rights, the right to due process, personal privacy, an unregulated Internet, a peaceful foreign policy, marriage equality, and an end to crony corporatism and pro-wall street policy-making, for example, then Johnson – not Obama – is much closer to you on policy, but you’ll probably vote for Obama. Similarly, if you are a conservative who believes in the Constitution, small government, free markets, balanced budgets and the Fed out of huge areas of your personal and economic life that could be better handled by yourself or even the States, then Johnson – not Romney – is much closer to you on policy, but you’ll probably vote for Romney.... 
There is a greater difference between the end of the two party system and its continuation than there is between an Obama presidency and a Romney presidency. A choice between two things that are the same is no choice at all. Much nonsense is written about “wasted votes”. By any accurate definition, a wasted vote would be one that, even if repeated indefinitely, could change nothing of substance. A vote for the duopoly, whether you prefer Obama flavor or Romney flavor, would be such a vote. When you see that, you see that the only way not to waste one’s vote is to vote to break the duopoly, which means to vote for Gary Johnson.

5 comments:

Zin said...

Obama 2013, we do not need Romnesia or Pot Head Johnson running this country.

LOLfolding said...

Your information on Johnson helped sway my vote. I don't mind that you got a little politics in my poker.

roadkiller said...

I am a liberal. Gary Johnson is spot on when it comes to foreign policy, the war on drugs, due process, personal liberties, and numerous other issues. I respect his voice and honesty and certainly understand his appeal, but I cannot vote for somebody who falls so hard for the free market fantasy (true free markets don't exist and if they do come about we're doomed) and essentially believes the federal government should serve little to no social welfare purpose (not talking "food stamp" social welfare). For that reason, Jill Stein received my vote in 2012. Anybody who thinks Obama is a socialist liberal is ignorant, stupid, or (most likely) both. He's as much of a warmongering Wall Street puppet as Romney is. Do people think he raised $1 billion dollars during the campaign because corporations are scared of him? Please...

online poker said...

Obama all the way, 4 more years for a better USA

qdpsteve said...

So much for 2012. On to 2014.

In the meantime Rakewell, nothing on tbc's recent apparent meltdown? It appears he's given up on poker once and for all, and is trying to become the world's most successful VBJ player. After all, he's so much smarter than everybody else, don'tcha know... ;-)

Would love to hear your thoughts about this in an upcoming blog post. OTOH, I wouldn't blame you if you've finally given up on him.