The 2016 presidential election is shaping up to be one of the most-interesting in our nation’s history. On the Democrat side, we have a slugfest between a devout socialist to whom big government and failed socialist ideas are the answer to every conceivable problem and a similarly socialist candidate with a body count and who remains under four federal investigations for very serious federal offenses.
On the Republican side, Americans endured a jam-packed race where the most-outlandish was ultimately rewarded. Donald Trump, the GOP nominee, has crawled his way to the top of the GOP heap by cultivating a cult-like following and smearing any and all who have gotten in his way.
In this view, it’s understandable why some might want to vote Libertarian. However, that might not be a better option…
Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has walked away with the Libertarian nomination. However, while Johnson is a fine Libertarian choice, one should be skeptical of his capacity for leadership.
At the close of the Florida convention, Johnson had vanquished his primary opponent, Austin Petersen. As a gesture of party unity and reconciliation, Petersen offered Johnson a ceremonious and generous gesture; Petersen gave Johnson a flintlock pistol that is an exact replica of the one owned by George Washington- an item cherished by Petersen and surrendered to the victor like a vanquished general surrendering his sword.
“It was a symbolic gesture of solidarity and respect,” Petersen later explained.
After receiving the gift on stage, Johnson exited the stage and promptly chucked the pistol in the trash in full view of several delegates. The pistol was later fished-out by witnesses and given back to Petersen.
This slight was hardly representative of a leader who hopes to take on the entrenched two-party system. Still, Johnson’s people offered a quasi-apology while still half-explaining that Petersen supposedly deserved the slight for criticizing Johnson’s unpopular choice for running mate, former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, a past governor who has largely been absent prior to coming out of the woodwork to ascend to the running mate position.
If Johnson’s less-than-diplomatic move was not enough to turn you off of him, his choice in running mate ought to.
Weld has been alienated from the Libertarian Party for over ten years, but re-emerged on the scene very recently. His credentials as a serious political force is less than stellar as he has embraced John Kasich for president as recently as 2016 and supports U.S. membership in the United Nations- an odd position for someone hoping to represent the fiercely anti-globalist Libertarian Party.
Weld has also irked conservative and constitution supporters by embracing leftist gun control measures. He made matters worse by defending his position by asserting that he’s a “lifelong hunter,” a misstep in conservative circles as such an assertion is often uttered by anti-Second Amendment tyrants who labor under the belief that the Second Amendment protects hunting rifles and little else.
Perhaps most egregious, however, is Weld’s recent defense of Hillary Clinton regarding her email scandal. Weld recently asserted that Clinton was a good Secretary of State and stated that he saw nothing criminal in her use of a private email account through which she transmitted thousands of classified and top-secret documents in violation of her employment contract with the State Department and sheer commonsense.
Weld’s positions coupled with Johnson’s personal conduct and his decision to back Weld should be enough to cast serious doubt on the duo’s ability to lead and make gains in a tough election year.
Trump may be a bully and Clinton may be an unindicted felon, but at the very least, they are being taken seriously and that more than one could say about the Johnson-Weld ticket.