I flirted with the idea of voting for Gary Johnson for a while. He lost me when he said that unless the Government forces Christians to bake cakes for gay weddings, then the streets will run red with the blood of religious violence. He also lost me on his “no limits” mass immigration policy; he’s actually a ranting lunatic on the topic of illegal immigration. Also, because he picked a running mate who thinks using a secret Government list with no Constitutional protections to bar people from exercising their human right of self-defense is a good idea.
‘The Atlantic’ — a place where pompous left-wingers publish articles for other pompous left-wingers also find Gary Johnson appalling. But they find him appalling for the only things I actually like about him.
The Libertarian candidate’s economic ideas are so radical they make Trump seem downright moderate. He would abolish federal income taxes, replace the current tax code with a more regressive national consumption tax, cut Medicare and Medicaid by 40 percent, push for a constitutional amendment to forbid the U.S. to run deficits even during downturns, ban federal bailouts of states, and seek to eliminate the Federal Reserve.
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. And Yes. More economic freedom! Less intrusive Government! An end to crony capitalism! A thousand times yes. But not at the expense of religious freedom and the import of hundreds of millions of third-world migrants who will drive down American wages and vote for socialists. When they’re not driving around listening to raps and shooting all the jobs.
The notion that Government should be reduced to a manageable size, that the economy should be allowed to grow with minimal interference, and that people should be… well, free… is the stuff that absolutely turns the stomachs of left-wingers. They want to run our lives, and want us to pay them for the privilege.