Posts Tagged ‘ Libertarian Party ’

This is the one thing Libertarians need to do to win

November 22, 2016
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The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by Jacob Nestle  

"There have been plenty of explanations bandied about why Gary Johnson under-performed his polling numbers so badly in the election, even though he did manage to absolutely smash the Libertarian Party record. Heck, he even got blamed for Trump's win. That's not what I'm going to talk about. Dozens of people just among my own personal circles are annoyed that he didn't do better. Not just at Gary, either. That's definitely part of it. The more die-hard members of the liberty movement are almost angry. 2016 was our big chance, they say. But Johnson/Weld blew it. It's not enough for a lot of people to look at just what Weld did. Aleppogate wasn't the culprit. Let's get one thing straight: If the Libertarian Party wants to consistently win elections, it needs a consistent message." (11/21/16)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/one-thing-libertarians-win/  

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Federal funding: Libertarian Party will take the money and run

November 21, 2016
posted by

Garry Reed HubPages
by Garry Reed  

"A few thoughts on the 2016 election before putting it in the rearview mirror and driving on. 1. Blind devotion to authoritarianism is clearly alive and well in America. Whining petulant government-worshipers protested in the streets for several days because the statist corporatist politician they wanted for their master lost an election to a statist corporatist politician they didn't want for their master. They will likely protest again during the swearing-in ceremony of the master they didn't want for the same blind reason." (11/19/16)

http://hubpages.com/politics/Federal-Funding-Libertarians-Will-Take-the-Money-and-Run  

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What’s next for future of Libertarians?

November 17, 2016
posted by

Northwest Florida Daily News
by Pete Blome  

"Gary [Johnson] did compete, and win, in an open nomination process that brought literally thousands of Libertarians together like never seen before. He gave our party a glimpse of what it may mean to have ballot access, money, media coverage and compete as a real political force to be reckoned with. That's a lot. ... He increased Libertarian votes nationwide from .99 percent in 2012 to 3.2 percent in 2016, and he is the most voted for Libertarian presidential candidate ever. But he also chipped away at the bedrock of what it means to be Libertarian. On such varied topics as mandatory vaccinations, banning guns from people on watch lists, carbon taxes, eminent domain, drug legalization, increasing the number of agents for the FBI, and even forcing bakers to work for those they prefer not to, Johnson made Panhandle Libertarians wince. He reinforced the already skewed public view of Libertarians as Republicans who just want to smoke pot." (11/15/16)

http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20161114/guest-column-whats-next-for-future-of-libertarians  

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Libertarians, what next?

November 10, 2016
posted by

Aria DiMezzo The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo  

"Last night's election was not just a repudiation of liberal arrogance and media condescension, although it was certainly that. Other things happened. For example, the Libertarian Party failed to reach its most recent goal of 5%. This is big news and, in an election that featured the two most reviled candidates in modern elections, a reality that must be addressed. Johnson failed. Centrism failed. The 'moderate libertarian' failed. 'Fiscally conservative, socially tolerant' failed. Johnson was unable to reach 15% to enter the debates, and then unable to reach 5%. At each interval, Johnson supporters lowered the bar of what they considered success. First, they were going to win. When that failed, they were going to be in the debates. When that failed, they were going to reach 5%. Now, they are surely saying, 'Next election is ours! Rand2020!'" (11/09/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/11/09/libertarians-what-next/  

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Bruised Democrats blame third party voters for their own poor choice of presidential nominee

November 9, 2016
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New York Daily News    

"Unexpected victories for Donald Trump led angry Hillary Clinton supporters to lambast voters who cast their ballots for third parties. The vote totals between the Republican and Democrat in battlegrounds such as Florida and Pennsylvania were close enough to have been swayed if minor party voters had supported Clinton. Green Party nominee Dr. Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson were immediately compared to 2000 Green candidate Ralph Nader, whose 97,000 votes in Florida could have given the presidency to Al Gore instead of George W. Bush." (11/09/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/party-voters-criticized-slim-trump-margins-article-1.2865342  

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Gary Johnson’s refreshing foreign policy skepticism

October 19, 2016
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"One of the few appealing aspects of Donald Trump's presidential campaign has been his criticism of Hillary Clinton's reckless interventionism. But the bellicose billionaire combines that criticism with promises of a gratuitous military buildup, a casual attitude toward the use of American weapons, and a disturbing tendency to view trade and immigration as acts of war. To get a sense of what a more disciplined, consistent, and thoughtful critique of Clintonian warmongering sounds like, listen to Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee for president. Notwithstanding the popular portrayal of Johnson as a foreign policy ignoramus based on his embarrassing 'Aleppo moments,' the former New Mexico governor offers a bracing alternative to Clinton's supposedly sophisticated yet consistently careless embrace of violence as a tool for reshaping the world." (10/19/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/10/19/gary-johnsons-refreshing-foreign-policy  

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Do Millennials really support libertarians and the Libertarian Party?

October 18, 2016
posted by

Garry Reed HubPages
by Garry Reed  

"Are Millennials really the most libertarian generation in modern American history? Are they really supporting Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson and other LP candidates in local, statewide and national elections? And are they philosophically supporting the Modern American Libertarian Movement in general? ... Progressives love to claim Millennials as their own. So did self-identified socialist Bernie Sanders. Conservatives want them too but don’t seem likely to get many. Unfortunately, poll after poll and survey after survey, depending on how and where and why and by whom they’re conducted, always seem to muddy rather than clarify the picture." (10/17/16)

http://hubpages.com/politics/Do-Millennials-Really-Support-Libertarians-and-the-Libertarian-Party  

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Trump supporters flee his campaign, will Johnson be the beneficiary?

October 9, 2016
posted by

Palm Beach Free Press
by Karl Dickey  

"Coming off the revelations in yesterday's Washington Post article, Republicans are looking for a place to flee as they distance themselves from Donald Trump. According to the article, which was verified as true by Trump, the Republican candidate boasted, 'And when you're a star they let you do it. Grab them by the p--y. You can do anything.' The video, when taken in culmination with his many insults to women, have put his supporters in a tough spot; whereas they don't want to be seen aligning with him and his comments. So where can Republicans go? Will they suck it up and check his name anyway in the voting booth? Will they go over to Gary Johnson? Will they stay home? Or will they ignore the presidential campaign and vote Republican down the ballot in the November 8, 2016, general election. Perhaps they may follow the many war hawks and neocons who are supporting Hillary Clinton." (10/08/16)

https://palmbeachfreepress.com/2016/10/08/trump-supporters-flee-his-campaign-will-johnson-be-the-beneficiary/  

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The left’s attacks on Gary Johnson

October 8, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Polls have shown that Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson is attracting an extraordinarily large number of votes from millennials and also that he is taking more votes away from Hillary Clinton than from Donald Trump. That has put liberals, including those in the mainstream press, in a quandary. Should they ignore Johnson or should they attack him? After initially deciding to ignore him, liberals have recently changed course and decided to go on the attack, no doubt owing to Johnson's growing support among young people. In my 30 years in the libertarian movement, I have never seen so many op-eds and editorials, especially in the mainstream press, going after the Libertarian Party candidate for president. The attacks on Johnson come in two forms: substantive and silly." (10/07/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/07/lefts-attacks-gary-johnson/  

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New York Times attacks Johnson for equating US, Syrian war crimes

October 6, 2016
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"Following an interview with the New York Times, Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson is coming under fire for noting a moral equivalence between killing civilians in airstrikes, and killing civilians in airstrikes. ... While charges of 'moral equivalence' against antiwar candidates are a recurring theme in US elections, they have tended in the past to center around at least moderately different methods of killing civilians, like arguing suicide bombings to be 'worse' than airstrikes. In this case, however, it's difficult to avoid equating the two incidents, since they both involve remarkably similar aircraft dropping remarkably similar ordinance on hospitals run by international aid groups." (10/05/16)

https://www.antiwar.com/blog/2016/10/05/ny-times-attacks-gary-johnson-for-equating-us-syria-war-crimes/  

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The Atlantic’s Keynesian attack on Gary Johnson

October 6, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"If you want to get a good idea of the damage that is done to students who take economics courses in most colleges and universities, just take a look at a The Atlantic's October 3 attack on Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson, entitled, 'No, Not Gary Johnson: The Libertarian Candidate Puts a Likable Face on a Deeply Troubling Economic Policy' by Derek Thomas, a young man who graduated from Northwestern University with majors in journalism, political science, and legal studies. Lamenting the fact that so many of his fellow millennials are supporting Johnson, Thomas provides a perfect summation of the Keynesian economic nonsense that students, including those who don't major in economics, are taught in college." (10/06/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/06/atlantics-keynesian-attack-gary-johnson/  

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The left-wing panic over Gary Johnson, part 3

October 6, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Given that Hillary Clinton is unable to use her support of indefinite war in the Middle East and Afghanistan and her commitment to continue the drug war indefinitely, both of which involve continued death, destruction, and corruption, to induce young people to abandon their support of Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson ... what argument is she presenting to young people in the attempt to get them to switch to her? She is using the tried and true method that Democratic (and many Republican) politicians have used ever since the advent of the welfare state in the 1930s. She's offering young people freebies, in this case free college tuition." (10/05/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/05/left-wing-panic-gary-johnson-part-3/  

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Left-wing panic over Gary Johnson, part 2

October 5, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Why would it surprise anyone that many young people are gravitating to Libertarian Johnson, given his position that, at the very least, marijuana should be legalized, as some states are already doing? (Johnson, of course, doesn't go far enough. The genuine libertarian position calls for legalizing all drugs, not just marijuana.) Don't forget -- today there are lots of people serving out decades-long jail sentences because people like Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump don't believe that people should be free to ingest whatever they choose to ingest and want the state to continue punishing them for ingesting substances that the state doesn't favor. (Ingesting alcohol and tobacco is considered okay in the eyes of the state.)" (10/04/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/04/left-wing-panic-gary-johnson-part-2/  

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Left-wing panic over Gary Johnson, part 1

October 4, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Leftists are in a full-blown panic over Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. I've never seen anything like it. After ignoring the LP candidate for president for years, suddenly there is a spate of op-eds and editorials from all over the mainstream press feverishly coming out against Johnson and exhorting young people to vote for Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton instead. Why the panic? The reason is that an increasing number of young people are rejecting both Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump and supporting Johnson. Even worse for the Clinton and her leftist supporters, Johnson is pulling more votes from Clinton than Trump." (10/03/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/03/lefts-panic-gary-johnson-part-1/  

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Even with Johnson’s gaffes, he remains the sanest choice for president over Trump or Clinton

October 3, 2016
posted by

Palm Beach Free Press
by Karl Dickey  

"[W]hile both Clinton and Trump have a large amount of baggage, Johnson seems the sanest choice of the three presidential candidates who will be on the ballot in all 50 states in November's general election. But many Americans remain fearful to vote Johnson as they feel they may be 'wasting' their vote." (10/02/16)

https://palmbeachfreepress.com/2016/10/02/even-with-johnsons-gaffs-he-remains-the-sanest-choice-for-president-over-trump-or-clinton/  

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Breakfast with Bill Weld

October 3, 2016
posted by

Molly Ball The Atlantic
by Molly Ball  

"The question that always haunts third-party tickets is whether they will play spoiler to one of the major parties. This year, the Libertarians were initially assumed to be a problem for the Republicans: The ticket consists, after all, of two former Republican governors, Weld and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. For the many GOP voters repulsed by Trump, the Libertarians could be an appealing alternative. But Johnson and Weld also appear to be drawing votes from Clinton, particularly from young people who prefer their live-and-let-live idealism to her baggage-laden wonkery. This is not the way Weld thinks it ought to be. He believes Clinton is wrong on policy, particularly fiscal and military matters -- but Trump is unthinkable." (10/03/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/10/breakfast-with-bill-weld/502592/  

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Has Gary Johnson plateaued in his bid for president?

September 29, 2016
posted by

Palm Beach Free Press
by Karl Dickey  

"While Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson was progressing in the polls, it would appear he may have reached a ceiling. His national polling is now averaging between 8 to 10 percent. Johnson has been polling above 15 percent in several states; however, has not been able to bring those same numbers to the national stage. Johnson was on a trajectory to reach past 15 percent until recent behaviors have not gone over well. Though they are all clearly his own doing, they strangely have all happened on MSNBC." (09/29/16)

https://palmbeachfreepress.com/2016/09/29/has-gary-johnson-plateued-in-his-bid-for-president/  

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Johnson: I would pardon Snowden

September 25, 2016
posted by

The Hill The Hill    

"The Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson on Saturday said he would pardon the former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden in an interview with the Texas Tribune. 'Based on what I know about Edward Snowden, I would pardon Edward Snowden,' Johnson said." (09/24/16)

http://origin-nyi.thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/297606-gary-johnson-i-would-pardon-snowden-based-on-what-i-know  

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Why Gary Johnson isn’t in the debates, part 2

September 19, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"It proved difficult for the Republican establishment to exclude Paul from further presidential debates, in large part because he was a Republican and also because the minute he spoke the truth about U.S. foreign policy was when his campaign took off, especially among young people, who recognized he was speaking the truth. Since Johnson is a third-party candidate, however, it's much easier to exclude him. That's what the Presidential Debate Commission's arbitrary 15 percent rule is all about -- to prevent Johnson from influencing more people in the direction of libertarianism, which is the fastest growing political movement in the country, especially among young people who have become disillusioned about the welfare-warfare state way of life." (09/16/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/09/16/gary-johnson-isnt-debates-part-2/  

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Johnson-Weld 2016: A better choice

September 15, 2016
posted by

New Hampshire Union Leader
by staff  

"It's a binary election, we're told. Trump or Clinton. Pick a side. That's a lousy choice, and a false one. As our Publisher writes on today's front page, we refuse to choose the lesser of two evils. Not when there's a reasonable, and honorable, alternative. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has a stellar record as a fiscal conservative in a swing state. His running mate, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, proved that it's possible to hold off a big spending Legislature, even in Taxachusetts. They are both intelligent, competent, experienced executives." (09/14/16)

http://www.unionleader.com/Editorial/Johnson-Weld-2016-A-better-choice-09152016  

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The Lava Spurt, episode 13

September 15, 2016
posted by

The LAVA Flow Podcast The LAVA Flow Podcast
by  

"The Libertarian Party of the Seacoast of New Hampshire has asked the Libertarian National Committee to remove Johnson / Weld as the candidates. Will this have any impact? Thank you for joining me on the thirteenth episode of The LAVA Spurt, The Remove Johnson and Weld Edition." [various formats] (09/14/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/remove-johnson-weld-edition-tls012/  

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Election 2016: Union Leader breaks with 100-year tradition, endorses Gary Johnson

September 15, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"The conservative New Hampshire Union Leader, the daily newspaper in Manchester, broke with a 100-year tradition of backing Republicans Wednesday by endorsing Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson for president. The endorsement, written by publisher Joseph W. McQuaid comes as Trump is set to visit New Hampshire on Thursday." (09/14/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/14/politics/gary-johnson-joe-mcquaid-union-leader-new-hampshire/  

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Why Gary Johnson isn’t in the debates

September 15, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"The 15 percent rule that is going to prevent Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson from participating in the presidential debates is so flagrantly ludicrous that it doesn't even pass a smell test. That's the rule that the Commission on Presidential Debates has established for determining whether a presidential candidate will be invited to participate in the debates. It states that only those candidates who have reached 15 percent in five public opinion polls in which people are asked who they plan to vote for." (09/15/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/09/15/gary-johnson-isnt-debates/  

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Gary Johnson finally gets some media attention

September 14, 2016
posted by

Randall Holcombe Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe  

"I am amazed at the lack of media attention Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party candidate for president, has received. He's polling at about 10%, and despite the huge negative perception many voters have of Clinton and Trump, the media rarely notes that Johnson is a relatively popular alternative. ... But this past week Johnson did get media attention, when in an interview he didn't know what Aleppo is. Interesting that a candidate who's polling around 10% gets no media attention until he's caught in a gaffe, causing the media to jump on him. Considering his lack of media attention so far, this recent attention may actually help him, in that people will perceive that the media is taking his candidacy seriously." (09/13/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/09/13/gary-johnson-finally-gets-some-media-attention/  

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The Libertarian Party is NOT libertarian, but it could be

September 13, 2016
posted by

Garry Reed HubPages
by Garry Reed  

"There's a difference between the libertarian movement and the Libertarian Party but that's no reason for Libertarian Party candidates to compromise on principle. The libertarian movement is part of the overall 'liberty movement' that comprises everyone who wants more freedom and less government. That includes people who don't consider themselves libertarians such as Objectivists, classical liberals and traditional conservatives. It also obviously includes the Libertarian Party with its website tagline that doesn't say 'Zero Government, Total Freedom' but does say 'Minimum Government, Maximum Freedom.'" (09/11/16)

http://hubpages.com/politics/The-Libertarian-Party-is-NOT-libertarian-but-it-could-be  

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