Gary Johnson vs. Ron Paul
I think that comparing these two libertarian citizens is a very important topic. I may not be the best person to comment, but I want to urge my support for both of these candidates and I would hope to see them join together to make this happen for liberty and the restoration of our republic.
I have been pushing for more liberty and in that I have adopted the struggle to raise awareness to the National Initiative for Democracy because I have very little hope in our two party political process.
But in the light of both Ron Paul and Gary Johnson (not necessarily in that order) I have renewed hope for seeing liberty restored in this country.
Here is what I like about Gary Johnson. I like that he is a responsible businessman, who built a large construction company with only starting out as a handy man. That tells me that he could certainly rebuild our fallen infrastructure. I think he knows how to be responsible for the good of the ‘company’ even if it means making tough decisions like cutting the budget as he did in New Mexico several times as Governor.
I think that Gary Johnson is making a good first step on the idea of legalizing (NOT decriminalizing) cannabis. I think he is making a good political move by not supporting legalizing all drugs. But even he agrees that Portugal’s model of legalization (of all drugs) has worked best out of all drug policy models.
I think that Gary Johnson’s view on abortion fits mine identically which is something that I didn’t even realize until today. I have always been against late term abortions, and in fact I think that abortion is a very serious matter, and not just a women’s matter, but a matter of life and liberty and it should not be taken lightly. I do however support the morning after pill, and abortions that are required to save the life of the mother and the baby. I think that this model is constitutionally correct as we all (even unborn babies) have a right to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. I heard Johnson say that once a baby can be self supporting, even if that means on life support, that the abortion issue is no longer a topic. Which again is the whole liberty idea of we all have certain inalienable rights.
I think that both Gary Johnson and Ron Paul have it right on giving power back to the states and reducing the size and power of the federal government.
I think Ron Paul feels differently about abortion than Gary Johnson personally, but in regards to policy I think that they agree almost 100%.
I’ll use this clip that I found from Ron Paul’s website on the topic to illustrate, and this also get back to other topics discussed previously about states rights and liberty, etc:
At the GOP Values Voter Presidential Debate on Sep 17, 2007, Ron Paul was asked what he will do to restore legal protection to the unborn:
“As an O.B. doctor of thirty years, and having delivered 4,000 babies, I can assure you life begins at conception. I am legally responsible for the unborn, no matter what I do, so there’s a legal life there. The unborn has inheritance rights, and if there’s an injury or a killing, there is a legal entity. There is no doubt about it.”
At the GOP YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Nov 28, 2007, Ron Paul was asked what a women would be charged with if abortion becomes illegal and she obtains an abortion anyway:
“The first thing we have to do is get the federal government out of it. We don’t need a federal abortion police. That’s the last thing that we need. There has to be a criminal penalty for the person that’s committing that crime. And I think that is the abortionist. As for the punishment, I don’t think that should be up to the president to decide.”
For many years, Ron Paul has been speaking up for babies’ rights. He passionately defends those who cannot speak for themselves because they haven’t been born yet.
In order to “offset the effects of Roe v. Wade”, Paul voted in favor of the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. He has described partial birth abortion as a “barbaric procedure”.
At the same time, Ron Paul believes that the ninth and tenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution do not grant the federal government any authority to legalize or ban abortion. Instead, it is up to the individual states to prohibit abortion.
That really is a tell tale sign of how Ron Paul as well as Gary Johnson might personal feel a moral constitution in one regard, but realize not everyone share’s their moral values. Which is another thing that I like about both of them.
Ron Paul believes in the Portugal model of legalization, and I think that is wise in theory but possibly unwise politically. But I still support his determination in this matter over Gary Johnson’s. Im tired of giving consent to prohibition, and to reduced liberty. Ron Paul is certainly no suck up in these matters.
But all in all I think that the best way for them to succeed is to join together, create a new political base who can effectively gather the support of liberty minded folks all over. I think that as a team that they can succeed. Gary Johnson’s political stance is more palatable for more people whether Republican, Democrat, or 3rd party. Ron Paul’s integrity as not being a suck up politician and ability to raise money is so very effective and possibly a greater strength in the election than Gary Johnson’s political correctness.
With their political views, regardless that they have a lot of supporters in the public, in the media and even in politics it is unlikely that they will get a fair shake at the National Debates as the National Debates are run by the two party system that are sponsored by corporations that have something to lose by hearing these two fine gentleman debate. It is obvious that the Debate Committee is not interested in the democratic process by seeing how they treated Ralph Nader in the 2000 debates, by using the state police to block him from even attending the audience.
I still favor and I have more confidence in the National Initiative for Democracy, however I think that Gary Johnson and/or Ron Paul have a much better chance of getting elected and restoring vital freedoms that we have lost in this country than the NI4D does of getting passed.
To learn more about Gary Johnson:
To learn more about Ron Paul:
To learn more about the National Initiative for Democracy:
In my ideal world, Ron Paul and Gary Johnson would run together and they would both support the National Initiative for Democracy!
By Reverend Ryan Thompson