By Kimberly Morin
Yesterday, Gary Johnson and Bill Weld held a rally at New Hampshire’s State House in Concord. It was a rainy afternoon with around 100 to 150 people in attendance. The two spoke about a range of topics but one thing became quite clear from Johnson – they are not the ticket of liberty. Unfortunately, this seems to be a pattern of behavior for both Johnson and Weld.
Weld spoke about freedom and liberty but he’s the guy who was for an assault weapons ban in Massachusetts. Weld also incoherently talked recently about some 5-shot rifle being a “weapon of mass destruction.” It’s unclear what he was talking about but it was painfully clear that he is not only clueless but is still a gun banner.
From Bearing Arms:
“The five-shot rifle, that’s a standard military rifle; the problem is if you attach a clip to it so it can fire more shells and if you remove the pin so that it becomes an automatic weapon, and those are independent criminal offenses,” Weld said. “That is when they become, essentially, a weapon of mass destruction. The problem with handguns probably is even worse than the problem of the AR15.”
Apparently he has rubbed off on Johnson. During the rally Johnson mentions that he and Weld support the 2nd Amendment BUT. Any politician who uses the word “but” when claiming to support it absolutely does not support the 2nd Amendment. Johnson then ties mental illness to firearms and claims they have to somehow keep firearms out of the hands of terrorists. He doesn’t explain how he’ll do either of these things but it seems neglecting due process would cover the terrorist part.
We support the 2nd amendment but we’ve also got to be open to a discussion on how you keep the hands out …
That Johnson ties mental illness to firearms is egregious. Like most leftists and gun control addicts, Johnson would prefer to assume all mentally ill people are potential murderers rather than dealing with the real issues of mental illness – the restrictive laws in place that don’t allow family members, medical practitioners and even law enforcement to do anything about severely mentally ill people who may hurt themselves or others. Johnson and Weld are not 2nd Amendment supporters.
Johnson also isn’t a fan of Religious Liberty or the 1st Amendment. He has stated in the past that he doesn’t care about someone’s religion, if they are a private business owner they have to violate their religious beliefs regardless. From The Federalist:
Johnson badly flubbed a question about religious liberty, for the second time, coming out in favor the state’s right to coerce you into compliance with its notion of what your religious values ought to be. He wrapped up by declaring, “I just see religious freedom, as a category, as just being a black hole.” This sort of thing is Libertarianism 101, and Johnson just flunked it.
Apparently Johnson isn’t really a proponent of the free market. Otherwise he would understand that the free market would decide whether or not a business stays in business based on their business practices. Government intruding into private business is the anti-thesis of Libertarian ideology.
Johnson also had to backpedal on two big issues: mandated vaccinations and carbon tax. Recently Johnson claimed in an interview that he was for the government mandating vaccines. He was dead serious. From Vermont Public Radio:
“You know, since I’ve said that … I’ve come to find out that without mandatory vaccines, the vaccines that would in fact be issued would not be effective,” he said. “So … it’s dependent that you have mandatory vaccines so that every child is immune. Otherwise, not all children will be immune even though they receive a vaccine.”
He most likely “changed his stance” after being hammered by Libertarians and others for his ridiculous, statist stance.
Johnson still admits he agrees with a carbon tax but claims it looks good on paper but is probably not possible. Basically Johnson admits he’s part of the “Al Gore man-made global warming hoax” crew. He’d charge that carbon tax (he calls it a “fee”) but he can’t really get away with it or implement it. Again, proving he’s anti-liberty.
Johnson and Weld are the epic failure of the Libertarian Party. They make a mockery of Libertarian principles and are truly two anti-liberty candidates. They are essentially nothing but progressive Republicans. In an election year when the Libertarian Party could have had stellar candidates who truly stood for Libertarian principles to stand out against the obnoxious liberals running in the two main parties, they blew it. Nominating two anti-liberty candidates to represent the Libertarian Party shows the party still hasn’t grown up and still can’t be taken seriously.
You can watch the video of their speeches here: