If Johnson is the next Ron Paul, then President Obama was not only born in Hawaii, but he was delivered by Jack Lord.
I took a look at Johnson back in March. Here's what I found:
As for Gary Johnson, he is carrying some form of the freedom message, but I am not at all convinced that he puts liberty above getting in the White House, and I am not sure how well he understands the freedom principle. I did quite a bit of research on the net trying to find where Johnson stands on issues, and then I came across this youtube video of Johnson's speech at the 2008 rally for Ron Paul in Minnesota.Here's a YouTube video that Johnson has on his campaign web site. (EPJ was able to get a view of the site on Wednesday before it was unlocked for the public.)
What struck me first of all about the video was that Johnson didn't say much about Ron Paul at all in his speech. Secondly, he didn't really talk about liberty as much as he did about what he had done in New Mexico while he was governor. Now, maybe, the Ron Paul Rally people set aside time for high profile people to talk about themselves at the event, but I still found it odd that there was so little mention of Ron Paul and liberty.
But what was most alarming given that this was, afterall, a Ron Paul rally and that the people in attendance would really get liberty, is that Johnson said a number of things that suggest that underneath his pronouncements that he is a Ron Paul supporter and pro-liberty, he still needs some brushing up to do on what liberty is all about.
Of note, he said that he takes a common sense business approach toward government and that he wanted to make government more efficient. You would never catch Ron Paul saying such a thing. And it clearly suggests that Johnson has either never read, or perhaps never understood, Friedrich Hayek's Road to Serfdom, which warned that the rise of tyrants is often based on the fact that those tyrants call for more efficient government. Freedom lovers don't want more efficient government, they want less government, a lot less.
He then explained how, while he was governor, the number of government employees declined by one thousand, but then he said, and seemed to be proud of this, and I remind you he said this to as hardcore a libertarian audience as you are likely to get in front of, that he did not fire any government employees. He was clearly tone deaf to this audience, where not firing government employees should not be carried around as a badge of honor.
He then took pride in the fact that he privatized prisons. There's a number of problems with bringing this up to a libertarian crowd. The first being that most libertarians think there are too many people in prison that shouldn't be there. Johnson may understand this view somewhat because he is against the criminalization of marijuana, but, if so, why is he bragging about making the prison system more efficient?
Second, he used the word privatization in a sense that I doubt Ron Paul would ever use. Johnson privtization talk was about keeping the government rule over an entity, but allowing private contractors to run it. Ron Paul would consider privatization the elimination of government involvement in an agency. If Ron Paul called for the privatization of education. He would not mean that government set the standards and pay the bills. He would mean getting government out of the education business entirely. Admittedly, prisons are a different topic, but Ron Paul would not call what Johnson did in New Mexico "privatization", though many use the term that way.
Johnson also bragged, to a libertarian audience(!), that he increased four lane highways by five hundred miles, which means he has never read any of Walter Block's work on private roads, or not understood Block's argument, if he did read it. (See Block's most recent book, Privatization of Roads and Highways for a compilation of his work in this area).
He went on to tell this crowd that he was responsible for raising penalties for driving under the influence. This means he isn't thinking about driving under the influence the way liberty advocate Lew Rockwell does on that topic.
Johnson also said he had "cut the growth of government" in New Mexico, which everyone in that libertarian crowd would know means that he INCREASED the size of government.
Most remarkably, he said he was against the Fed, and then went on to say that he was in favor of a strong dollar, indicating he has no clue that the end of the Fed most likely means the end of the dollar as the medium of exchange, that it may mean competing currencies and most likely a return to gold as money.
This is a very bizarre video, with bad music that only gets worse as the clip moves along, but what is most bizarre is the scene at roughly the 1:05 minute mark, which appears to endorse riots and burning down of the country. I have to think Johnson is clueless and tone deaf to put this video on his site.
The other video he has up at his campaign site is this video that makes him sound like an ordinary politician. There's nothing here that Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich wouldn't say.
In the video he says that he wants to make government better, that he wants government to deliver a "better product". You would never catch Ron Paul saying anything like this. Ron Paul knows that first and foremost to bring the country back toward liberty, you must dramatically shrink government, not make it deliver a better product. What the hell better product is the FDA, the SEC or any other of the alphabet agencies going to deliver? These agencies simply hinder free markets, Ron Paul knows this. It doesn't appear Gary Johnson does.
Johnson also says in the video that good government is about "putting people first". What politician hasn't said that? Good government isn't about putting people first, it is about getting the hell out of the way. Johnson is going to die on the vine. He's boring, tone deaf and seems to have an extremely limited understanding of liberty. There is no chance serious Ron Paul supporters will go near him. I have no idea where Johnson is going to pick up a base of supporters beyond a bunch of inside the beltway "libertarians" who are trying to get behind Johnson because he is so much more "rreasonable" about government than Ron Paul. David Weigel calls Johnson more "cosmopolitan" than Paul. When all is said and done, cosmopolitan means that Johnson would be so much more willing to sit down as President with John Boehner and Harry Reid and slowdown the growth of government (instead of cutting governmentt), just as he did in New Mexico. No cuts, just slowing growth. That's about as libertarian as making prisons more efficient and spending more government money on highways.