Gary Earl Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico is leading the polls for the Libertarian Party. Critics are questioning if his actions are aligned Libertarianism. James Spiller of National Review writes, “Write in a name if you must, but don’t be misled by the label ‘Libertarian’.”
The primary philosophy of Libertarianism is small government and individual liberty, common with principles of Conservatism. Other branches believe in no government such as Anarcho-capitalism.
However, for Spiller, Johnson defies the Party’s core principle. “As with so many big-government types, government growth under his administration was greater not only quantitatively but qualitatively.”
Prior to Gary Johnson, representing the Libertarian Party was Ron Paul who sought the presidency as nominee in 1988, and 2008 and 2012 as a candidate in the Republican primaries, who vouched for smaller government and known for ending the Federal Reserve.
Spiller ends his in-depth criticism of Johnson in his article, “As Libertarian-party activists like to say, don’t vote for the lesser evil….By all means, give up on this year’s presidential race if you must, but please don’t throw away 2020.”
You can read Spiller’s expansive article on the subject here:
What to do? The awfulness of Donald Trump and the awfulness of Hillary Clinton can make conservative Republicans feel helpless. We shouldn’t. We still have the power to do tremendous good – or harm. Whoever wins, we have lost this presidential election, but we may still end up with most of the governorships and control of most state legislatures.
Gary Earl Johnson is an American businessman, politician and the Libertarian Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election. He served as the 29th Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003 as a member of the Republican Party.