Why It is More Advantageous For Libertarians to Vote for Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton or Hope for a Miracle in Gary Johnson
By Lee Enochs
A Vote for Gary Johnson is a Vote for Hillary Clinton
As a life-long Republican with Libertarian ideas concerning the need to reduce the national debt and drastically reduce the size and expansive power of the federal government, one might assume that I will be voting for former New Mexico Governor and current Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Gary Johnson. However, this assumption could not be further from the truth and in this essay I would like to argue with certain caveats, that it is more politically advantageous for Libertarians to vote for Donald J. Trump than Gary Johnson.
Notice that I did not state that Donald Trump is more Libertarian than Gary Johnson which is a debate in itself since Governor Johnson is far from being the Libertarian purist that Ron Paul, the godfather of American Libertarianism is. Far from it, Gary Johnson is a pro-choice social liberal with distinctly Libertarian ideas on things such as the legalization of marijuana and limiting the government’s ability to spy on us. Yet, these are things that the self-professing Democratic-Socialist Bernie Sanders agrees with. However, no one is accusing Vermont’s independent Senator of being a Libertarian.
The notion that Gary Johnson is the 2016 incarnation of Ron Paul is dishonest and misleading. Johnson is far from being a Libertarian on many crucial issues such as his public statement that if elected President he would force Jewish bakers to make Nazi wedding cakes and would continue federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
As a champion for pro-life causes, I utterly reject Gary Johnson’s support for Planned Parenthood and abortion and believe that the federal government exists to protect the lives of all of its citizens including the unborn. Gary Johnson’s slogan, “Appreciate life, respect choice and stay out of personal decisions” is an affront to the pro-life movement and that he should be a dedicated opponent of Roe v. Wade and abortion on demand like Ron Paul is.
Gary Johnson Will Not Be Our Next President
Besides Gary Johnson’s unfortunate social liberalism, another crucial issue is his electability. With exactly seventy-eight days away before the general election, Johnson has essentially no chance of winning the election. Realistically only Donald Trump can defeat Hillary Clinton.
I have no illusions that Donald Trump is a Libertarian. In fact, he has made some very statist and authoritarian comments that greatly bother me. However, I disagree with the notion that some how Trump will be worse than Hillary Clinton. I believe Trump, to govern effectively at all, must do so from a conservative pro-second amendment perspective. Maybe that is asking a lot and maybe Trump would change his views if elected and essentially be no-different than Hillary Clinton. However, my bet is that the political positions that Trump is campaigning on now will stay with him if he should win the White House.
In any event, it is not that this Libertarian conservative likes Trump much at all. However, Hillary just seems infinitely worse and she will make it open season on the second amendment and other liberty and constitutional issues if elected.
This is a “damned if you do and damned if you don’t” scenario. And yes, I am arguing that voting for Donald Trump is voting for the lesser of two evils because Hillary Clinton is simply evil it the most outrageous manner possible for this conservative. I take Donald Trump at his word that he will appoint conservative Supreme Court justices to our nation’s highest court and that prospect is causing me to hope against hope that Trump can storm all the way back and pull off the upset and defeat Hillary Clinton come November 8th, 2016.
Yes, I am rolling the dice and hoping against hope that Donald Trump can pull off the upset and become our next President. It does not look good and we will probably be stuck with our worst nightmare in Hillary Clinton. An utterly abominable proposition to me. Gary Johnson can’t win, Trump probably won’t but if he does, it will be better than having evil incarnate in the White House.
I know that many of my Libertarian friends want Gary Johnson to somehow win this year’s Presidential election. I am not sure why exactly. Johnson is not really a Libertarian and has no realistic shot at being our next President. We are stuck with either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and my best instincts are telling me that Trump will at least preserve the 2nd Amendment and appoint conservative Supreme Court Justices.
Lee Enochs (B.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), is the founder and CEO of Conservatives for California, a small-government and U.S. Constitution based non-profit organization dedicated to the revival of conservative political ideas in the great state of California. Lee is also a graduate student in Princeton, New Jersey and is the author of two books entitled, “The Case for Rand Paul” and, “A Biblical Defense of Capitalism” which can be purchased at Amazon.com.