Gary Johnson Strikes Back! (Does Better in Part 2 of Libertarian Forum)

Thoughts on the Second Part of Stossel’s Fox Business Network Libertarian Forum

by Lee Enochs

The Libertarian Shaman


Gary Johnson is back baby!

Not that the leading candidate for the Presidential nomination for the Libertarian Party really left us, but his performance in the second part of the Libertarian Forum hosted by John Stossel was powerful and showed us all why he very popular in Liberty circles.

The second part of a two-hour Libertarian Party presidential debate aired on Stossel on Fox Business tonight at 9:00p.m. ET. The debate, hosted by John Stossel, featured 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate and former Republican New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, software guru John McAfee, and Austin Petersen, who founded

Petersen worked on Fox Business’ FreedomWatch with Judge Napolitano from November 2010 until its cancellation in February 2012.  According to, the three finished at the top of a poll commissioned by the Libertarian Party.

One of the questions posed to Stossel last night pertained to having more Libertarian candidates on the stage.  Many of my friends felt there should have been at least five, but Stossel’s response was that he did not believe having more candidates was conducive to really hearing what a candidate out.

Fair enough, any one that watched the Republican debates where in the early stages had more than 15 participants can readily attest to why having a format with less candidates is probably best.

As for the second part of Stossel’s Libertarian Forum itself, while I know it was ultimately all taped at one time and split into two segments, it just seemed like Gary Johnson did much better in the second part.

In my estimation, Gary Johnson fared very bad in the first segment of the forum due to his scattered performance and his comments about forcing a baker to bake a cake for a Nazi.

“I think that if you discriminate on the basis of religion, I think that is a black hole,” Mr, Johnson said. “I think you should be able to discriminate for stink or you’re not wearing shoes or whatever. If we discriminate on the basis of religion, to me, that’s doing harm to a big class of people.”

Mr. Petersen wanted to know, however, whether a Jewish baker should be required to bake a Nazi-themed wedding cake.

“That would be my contention, yes,” Mr. Johnson replied.

Ouch. That is not Libertarianism my friends by any stretch of the imagination since non-intervention and non-coercion are fundamental principles of the Libertarian ethos and ideology.

Yet, Gary Johnson did much better in the second part of the Forum since he tauted his business record as a two-term governor of New Mexico. Johnson said he never used eminent domain one time as the chief executive of New Mexico and vetoed every bill placed on his desk that was not pro-business.

Johnson was equally strong when he argued that government did not create one single job during his tenure as governor.

I believe Gary Johnson ultimately calmed down and did much better in the second segment ultimately due to the reality that he was the only person on that stage that has any real experience in office.

Johnson is the only one of the three candidates that has actually been elected to anything that I know of and that is significant. With this, I believe Gary Johnson faired far better in round two of this forum when he shared with his audience his actual real-life experience as an executive officer and elected official.



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