Gary Johnson Is No Libertarian Of Mine: Could He Be The Candidate For Black Lives Matter?
The Misanthropist strikes again by: D.S. Wood
Meaningful criminal justice reform, check. Over-aggressive foreign policy that needs to be cut back dramatically, check again. Civil liberties of all Americans from privacy to marriage, religious freedom as well as speech, check check check. Internet freedom, check. Local and state governments having more control over their educational destiny while inviting competition into the market so our children can learn from the best and not from a lousy, no-good, drunken teacher with tenure protected by a union. Checkmate! So far, so good.
Above is the platform or where presidential candidate Gary Johnson stands on the key issues. A very libertarian platform on a majority of the issues if one must say. So why am I not in line with the likes of entertainer Penn Jillette, Comedian Joe Rogan, Former Governor and Wrestler Jesse Ventura, The Price Is Right Drew Carey, and other professional wrestlers?
Simple. But before I dress the wound, what is this weird fetish-like association with wrestling and wrestler endorsements? Anyways.
It’s simple why I am not in line with the aforementioned group of people to support Gary Johnson. For starters, I was never sold on his character and character has a lot to do with winning one over especially someone as stubborn as myself. Johnson just doesn’t possess the flare I feel that is needed to convey Libertarianism to the general audience. I also believe he has a soft spot for neo-liberalism, which I will get into in a moment.
G.J. has his work cut out for him. It’s a success to get your name on every state ballot, good job. But, once again, earlier this week, a federal court struck down a third-party attempt to make it a guarantee that third parties are included in presidential debates. Awe.
Buuut, Gary Johnson got some good with the bad. In a McClatchy survey, Johnson polled ahead of Trump when it came to under the age of 30-year-old voters. However, he polled behind Hillary Clinton.
This may present an opportunity to win over Republicans of the yester-years that aren’t very pleased with Trump’s behavior.
This is all good for his campaign, something to work and build with. However, is it good for libertarians?
On Wednesday, Gary Johnson and his running-mate, William Weld, both attended a town hall meeting on CNN. Now, this is like the second time they have held a town hall meeting. I think CNN is aware their numbers are dipping and because libertarians have been isolated for so long and because we turned to the social media in creating an alternative to the corporate brand, thus stealing scores of their viewers, CNN thinks they can gain some back? I don’t know.
Anyhow, once again Gary Johnson was asked about racial relations and Black Lives Matter. Not a big whoop or surprise considering the amount of race baiting going on today by the media and the Republicrats.
But it’s how both Johnson and Weld answered this question that caught my attention and raises question about their libertarian ideals.
Courtesy of U.S. News.com:
“I think we’ve all had our heads in the sand. And let’s wake up. This discrimination does exist, it has existed, and for me personally, slap, slap, wake up.” He said he believes that when he makes a mistake, the best approach is to admit he was wrong and move on.
William Weld, the Libertarian vice presidential nominee, added: “I think we have a national emergency in the number of male black youth who are unemployed without prospects. They’re four times as likely to be incarcerated if they have intersection with law enforcement as white people are.
“Their educational opportunities are not there. We have to get them into education and just concentrate the power of the government, trying to make sure that there are jobs available for them. It’s a national emergency and when there’s a national emergency, the government has to respond, libertarian or no libertarian.”
The Black Lives Matter group isn’t waking anyone up other than a group of angry blacks that are looking to alienate and isolate themselves from everyone else. As I’ve noted, this group has used some disturbing tactics and language in conveying their frustrations. And they don’t take kindly to opposition. But remember , if you are white, and by just simply waking up in the morning, if you aren’t part of a social justice group, you’re supporting racism. At least that’s what these social justice groups believe.
I’m going to take Johnson’s statements to heart because BLM has behaved like a bunch of radicals. They haven’t sought out unification, they are seeking division and favors. Gary Johnson, by working with this group, it shows me you are no different from the Hillary campaign when it comes to race pandering.
But what Weld said was even far worse and far less libertarian. Who is this schmuck? ‘We have to concentrate power of the government for black people?’ Weld knows better than most that government intervention, such as The Great Society programs didn’t and doesn’t and won’t work. For one, it builds generational dependency. Second, it’s devalues self-worth and a sense of inferiority.
Libertarian or not, ‘we will get involved in making sure that black people will get their jobs and educational opportunities.’ Seems awfully similar to the Democrat brand. Perhaps this a campaign tactic. Perhaps they are trying to get the Bernie Sanders vote. We know they want to get the Republicans of yesterday’s vote. But in doing so, you are hurting the image of libertarianism. You are selling out the ideals of being a libertarian for a status quo friendly message. And it’s no message at all.
Carol Anderson, the author of White Rage, claims that there’s a large number of white rage towards blacks due to black people advancing in society. If this is true then her message and others are at odds with the BLM. You see you have a conundrum from these leftist, racial relations groups. One is saying white people are holding back black people due to racism. Not true. The other is saying we are racist because we don’t like how far blacks have come in this country. Which is it?
But if you were to ask, black economist and author of many great books on social issues, Thomas Sowell, he would answer differently.
We are told that such riots are a result of black poverty and white racism. But in fact — for those who still have some respect for facts — black poverty was far worse, and white racism was far worse, prior to 1960. But violent crime within black ghettos was far less.
Murder rates among black males were going down — repeat, DOWN — during the much lamented 1950’s, while it went up after the much celebrated 1960’s, reaching levels more than double what they had been before.
Most black children were raised in two-parent families prior to the 1960s. But today the great majority of black children are raised in one-parent families.
Black Lives Matter Rally In Solidarity With Baltimore
More than 50 people gathered outside the Capitol on Saturday in a show of solidarity with the protests against racial inequality and social injustice and the calls for reform happening in Baltimore and other cities around the nation.
Such trends are not unique to blacks, nor even to the United States.
The welfare state has led to remarkably similar trends among the white underclass in England over the same period.
Just read “Life at the Bottom,” by Theodore Dalrymple, a British physician who worked in a hospital in a white slum neighborhood.
You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization — including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain — without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large.
Non-judgmental subsidies of counterproductive lifestyles are treating people as if they were livestock, to be fed and tended by others in a welfare state — and yet expecting them to develop as human beings have developed when facing the challenges of life themselves.
One key fact that keeps getting ignored is that the poverty rate among black married couples has been in single digits every year since 1994. Behavior matters and facts matter, more than the prevailing social visions or political empires built on those visions.
Gary Johnson, I know you are familiar to Sowell’s work. I also belive you to be familiar with unpopular and uncomfortable facts. You know or should, that government programs, create more harm than good no matter the rhetoric arguing its good. If you are interested in selling out libertarian ideals, certainly your running mate is, then count on losing a lot of your faithful following as a result.
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