I watched with great interest the Libertarian town hall last night on CNN. I knew of William Weld’s tenure as Governor of Massachusetts back in the 90’s but I was not terribly familiar with Gary Johnson or his policies. Wikipedia (yeah, spare me) defines Libertarianism as, “a collection of political philosophies that uphold liberty as their principal objective.” The roots of Libertarianism date back to the founding fathers to be exact. In a matter of speaking, this country was founded by a dedicated group of Libertarians who believed that a country could and should be able to govern themselves based on the principals of liberty
I was struck immediately by the two candidates and their intelligence and their measured responses to the questions put before them. They were well versed on the subjects and did not come across as wacky or out of touch as the mainstream media would have you believe. The best I can glean from the town hall is this; less government interference in our lives, a smaller federal government and a common sense approach to the problems that face this country. I don’t believe they wish to cede every government program to the states but I do think that they believe that the federal government has too big a role in too many issues. National problems demand national solutions and I think they understand where the boundaries are. They talked about appointing the most intelligent Democrats and the best Republicans to positions of power in their administration and talked about a true partnership in the running of the country.
Jerry Garcia said that constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil. Unfortunately in today’s highly charged bi-partisan atmosphere in Washington something has to break the logjam or this government will atrophy. Both of the major party candidates have incredibly high negative approval ratings and no one seems to want to support either of them. They seem to just want to vote against someone. Perhaps it is time for us all to give the Libertarians a good hard look and think about what might be best for this country. I can’t say with certainty that it is the Johnson / Weld ticket but I do think they deserve a seat at the table a place in the debates and a sober examination of what they stand for and the direction they would like to take the country