Libertarians Need to Wake Up and Realize that by Voting for Gary Johnson, They Will Only Help to Get Hillary Clinton Beat Donald Trump in the General Election
By Lee Enochs
A vote for Gary Johnson is really only a vote for Hillary Clinton since the vast majority of Libertarian voters would vote for Trump over Clinton on any given day.
A vote for Libertarian Presidential nominee Gary Johnson will only serve to help take votes from Donald Trump and contribute to the electoral success of Hillary Clinton. This is my conclusion after reflecting on Gary Johnson’s chances at the White House and after trafficking in conservative and Libertarian circles for the last year or so.
As a life-long conservative Republican with Libertarian sympathies, I walk on the razor’s edge between two camps.
My love for Rand and Ron Paul has brought me in direct contact with many Libertarians across the country who actually think that Gary Johnson has a legitimate chance of being a viable candidate in this year’s general election.
I think my Libertarian friends have a condition called “myopia,” also known as near-sightedness and short-sightedness, since in reality, most Libertarian-leaning voters would never vote for Hillary Clinton whose platform and policy positions are diametrically opposed to Libertarianism.
Case in point, a faithful Libertarian’s pro-second amendment sympathies directly contradict Hillary Clinton, who is campaigning right now in favor of strict gun-control measures.
Article 1.7 of the Libertarian Party Platform says,
The only legitimate use of force is in defense of individual rights — life, liberty, and justly acquired property — against aggression. This right inheres in the individual, who may agree to be aided by any other individual or group. We affirm the individual right recognized by the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms, and oppose the prosecution of individuals for exercising their rights of self-defense. Private property owners should be free to establish their own conditions regarding the presence of personal defense weapons on their own property. We oppose all laws at any level of government restricting, registering, or monitoring the ownership, manufacture, or transfer of firearms or ammunition.
Please see: https://www.lp.org/platform#3.1
On the other hand, Hillary Clinton is campaigning on a pro-gun control platform and has co-sponsored and voted for liberal legislation to extend and reinstate an assault weapons ban.
On Hillary Clinton’s views on Gun Control, please see:
However, Donald Trump’s gun control activity in the past, his statements now reflect a staunchly pro-Second Amendment agenda that is congruent with the Libertarian Party platform.
Trump’s campaign website on the Second Amendment says,
PROTECTING OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN
Donald J. Trump on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.
The Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right that belongs to all law-abiding Americans. The Constitution doesn’t create that right – it ensures that the government can’t take it away. Our Founding Fathers knew, and our Supreme Court has upheld, that the Second Amendment’s purpose is to guarantee our right to defend ourselves and our families. This is about self-defense, plain and simple.
It’s been said that the Second Amendment is America’s first freedom. That’s because the Right to Keep and Bear Arms protects all our other rights. We are the only country in the world that has a Second Amendment. Protecting that freedom is imperative.
While some Libertarians might want to play the game by saying that there is an equal chance for a Libertarian to vote for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump if Gary Johnson is taken out of the equation, the reality is, the vast majority of Libertarians would rather vote Republican over a Democrat in any given election year.
Libertarianism, which has many admirers in the GOP and has influenced and shaped Republican policy and legislation, is the direct antithesis of Hillary Clinton’s progressivism, which argues for high taxation and wealth redistribution.
In my opinion, voting for Gary Johnson will only serve as a protest vote against Donald Trump and ultimately contribute to getting Hillary Clinton elected President.
While Donald Trump is oblivious to Libertarian political philosophy and no friend to true Libertarianism, his statement that he wants to end America’s military entanglements in the Middle East is an aim of most Libertarians I know.
Trump’s desire to nominate conservative Supreme Court Justices may aid the Libertarian cause as well, since conservative jurists, more often then not, will attempt to curtail government approachment upon the business sector and will directly aid free-market capitalism, another quintessential economic tenet of Libertarian orthodoxy.
Ultimately, I do not believe voting for Gary Johnson will do much more than helping Hillary Clinton get elected President because most Libertarian voters would never vote for Clinton in the first place.
Like it or not, a Donald Trump presidency is the “lesser of two evils” over a Hillary Clinton presidency.
Hillary Clinton’s progressive economic views and neo-conservative foreign policy views are the direct antithesis of Libertarian values on these matters.
I do not believe voting for Gary Johnson will do much but take votes away from Donald Trump, who would be a better president than Hillary Clinton.
Libertarians are free to vote for who they want, but I do not think this will do much more than get Hillary Clinton elected President.
I understand that some Libertaians believe they need to vote for the candidate that best supports their view irrespective if that in voting for their candidate, it might help the worst candidate elected President, but too me, pragmatism in this matter sounds better than a Hillary Clinton presidency.