Chicago Tribune Endorses Gary Johnson for President

The Chicago Tribune has taken the measure of a “dismayed, disconsolate America” and asks:

How has our country fallen so inescapably into political and policy gridlock? How did pandering to aggrieved niche groups and seducing blocs of angry voters replace working toward solutions as the coin of our governing class?

The Tribune then points out The Republicans have nominated Donald Trump, a man not fit to be president of the United States. We first wrote on March 10 that we would not, could not, endorse him. And in the intervening six-plus months he has splendidly reinforced our verdict: Trump has gone out of his way to anger world leaders, giant swaths of the American public, and people of other lands who aspire to immigrate here legally. He has neither the character nor the prudent disposition for the job.

The Tribune then notes of Hilary Clinton that because of “her intent to greatly increase federal spending and taxation, and serious questions about honesty and trust — we cannot endorse her.”

Clinton’s vision of ever-expanding government is in such denial of our national debt crisis as to be fanciful. Rather than run as a practical-minded Democrat as in 2008, this year she lurched left, pandering to match the Free Stuff agenda of then-rival Bernie Sanders. She has positioned herself so far to the left on spending that her presidency would extend the political schism that has divided America for some 24 years.

The Tribune then looks at the third choice:

“Libertarians Gary Johnson of New Mexico and running mate William Weld of Massachusetts are agile, practical and, unlike the major-party candidates, experienced at managing governments. They offer an agenda that appeals not only to the Tribune’s principles but to those of the many Americans who say they are socially tolerant but fiscally responsible. “Most people are Libertarian,” Johnson told the Tribune Editorial Board when he and Weld met with us in July. “It’s just that they don’t know it.”

Full editorial, with videos @ http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-gary-johnson-president-endorsement-edit-1002-20160930-story.html

So far, six daily newspapers have endorsed the Johnson/Weld ticket.  Many more newspapers have endorsed Hilary Clinton. No daily newspaper has endorsed Donald Trump, although the Pyongyang Times has published a column urging support for Donald Trump.

46 thoughts on “Chicago Tribune Endorses Gary Johnson for President

  1. ATBAFT

    What, no mention of nazi cakes or burqas? Aren’t these the most important issues of 2016?
    I guess the clown and the crook are just so bad the editorial staff felt it best to overlook
    Johnson/Welds ‘shortcomings in libertarian theology.

  2. Tony From Long Island

    There “shortcomings” are what kept me intent on voting for them. After the Chris Matthews thing and the tongue thing with Kasie Hunt, I dunno . . .

  3. Gene Berkman Post author

    Tony – I saw the clip with Chris Matthews. Matthews is actually misrepresenting the situation. Gary Johnson actually had a foreign leader in mind that he admires – former President Vicente Fox of Mexico.

    Vicente Fox was elected President of Mexico in 2000, ending one-party rule by the Institutional Revolution Party. President Fox instituted free market reforms that have made Mexico more prosperous. And for several years, former President Fox has campaigned for marijuana legalization.

    Gary Johnson was trying to remember the specific name of Sr. Fox, not trying to remember if he knew the names of any foreign leaders.

    And if Gary has had memory issues a couple of times, how many times did Secretary Clinton fail to remember something when questioned about her emails or about Benghazi. Nobody has a perfect memory.

  4. Andy

    “ATBAFT
    September 30, 2016 at 14:59
    What, no mention of nazi cakes or burqas? Aren’t these the most important issues of 2016?
    I guess the clown and the crook are just so bad the editorial staff felt it best to overlook
    Johnson/Welds ‘shortcomings in libertarian theology.”

    You are aware of the fact that the Council on Foreign Relations, and other establishment organizations, like the Bilderberg Group, are all tied in with the mainstream media/press, as are the government intelligence agencies (do a search for the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird), right?

    Did you consider that this endorsement may have nothing to do with adherence to libertarian ideology, and more to do with Bill Weld’s membership in the Council on Foreign Relations, and his close ties with the Clinton and Bush families?

    Check out this quote from David Rockefeller:

    “We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years.”

    He went on to explain:

    “It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries.”

    — David Rockefeller, Speaking at the June, 1991 Bilderberger meeting in Baden, Germany (a meeting also attended by then-Governor Bill Clinton and by Dan Quayle)

  5. ATBAFT

    Andy, the way you continue to expose all these all-powerful international conspiracies should have you looking over your shoulder and starting your car by remote control.

  6. Andy

    “ATBAFT
    September 30, 2016 at 16:13
    Andy, the way you continue to expose all these all-powerful international conspiracies should have you looking over your shoulder and starting your car by remote control.”

    You can bury your head in the sand if you want to do so, but this does not make the facts go away.

  7. steve m

    Anybody besides me ever dial a phone number and in the interim forget who you were calling and why?

  8. Jim

    Andy – you ought to read the Tribune’s endorsement. They specifically said they were endorsing Johnson despite disagreeing with him on foreign policy. They openly support a globalist foreign policy agenda and then say that they don’t think Johnson does, and that’s one of his failings.

    “Johnson’s foreign policy stance approaches isolationism. He is too reluctant to support what we view as necessary interventions overseas. He likely wouldn’t dispatch U.S. forces in situations where Clinton would do so and where Trump … who can reliably predict?”

  9. George Dance

    ATBAFT – “What, no mention of nazi cakes or burqas? Aren’t these the most important issues of 2016?

    Only to the “libertarian Libertarians” Ordinary “Libertarians” dont seem to give a damn, while anti-Libertarians prefer to focus on the platform, including its advocacy of repealing the Civil Rights Act non-discrimination titles.

    I guess you’ll have to wait until Liberty Hangout makes an endorsement.

  10. George Dance

    Jim – “Andy – you ought to read the Tribune’s endorsement. They specifically said they were endorsing Johnson despite disagreeing with him on foreign policy. They openly support a globalist foreign policy agenda and then say that they don’t think Johnson does, and that’s one of his failings.”

    IIRC, all of the 5 dailies that have endorsed Johnson (all of them traditionally Republican papers) have said something like that.

  11. Andy

    “Jim
    September 30, 2016 at 17:14
    Andy – you ought to read the Tribune’s endorsement. They specifically said they were endorsing Johnson despite disagreeing with him on foreign policy. They openly support a globalist foreign policy agenda and then say that they don’t think Johnson does, and that’s one of his failings.”

    “‘Johnson’s foreign policy stance approaches isolationism. He is too reluctant to support what we view as necessary interventions overseas. He likely wouldn’t dispatch U.S. forces in situations where Clinton would do so and where Trump … who can reliably predict?’”

    Well, maybe Johnson is not enough of an imperialist for them (although keep in mind he did come out in favor of “humanitarian wars,” whatever he meant by that), but do not forget his VP running mate, Bill Weld, who was fully on board with the war in Iraq and the so called “War on Terror” in general, including the domestic police state measures that were enacted in its name such as the Patriot Act.

    Gary Johnson obviously defers to Bill Weld on lots of things, and he has even said that if he were elected President, that Bill Weld would be his co-President. The establishment likes this, and it is certainly one of the reason that Johnson is getting more attention that Libertarian Party candidates usually get.

    Also, keep in mind that even if the unlikely scenario of Gary Johnson winning the election were to happen, “the powers that be” could just have Gary Johnson “offed” (as in Johnson would get shot by a “lone nut” gunman, or he’d die in an “unfortunate accident,” like a plane crash or something like that) if he does not go along with every part of their agenda, and then their guy, Bill Weld would be President. I doubt that it would be necessary for them to have to bump Gary Johnson off though, because he’d likely sell out every principle he says that he has once getting into office, or he’d be too timid to do anything to stop them so he’d just let Bill Weld run the show and he’d pretend to be President.

  12. Andy

    George Dance said: “IIRC, all of the 5 dailies that have endorsed Johnson (all of them traditionally Republican papers) have said something like that.”

    You do know that the mainstream media/press pass around “official talking points” that they all regurgitate. They could simply be repeating something that was handed to them from some stooge from the Council on Foreign Relations or the Central Intelligence Agency, or from some neo-con from the Republican Party who is close to the Bush family or Mitt Romney or somebody like that.

  13. Jim

    The Winston-Salem Journal and the Chicago Tribune endorsed Obama in 2012, so they’re not strictly Republican.

    The Detroit News, like the Chicago Tribune, was negative about Johnson’s foreign policy, saying: “Our apprehension about Johnson rests with foreign policy. He holds to conventional libertarian non-interventionism. But he understands America’s position in the world, and we are certain that once the weight of leadership is on his shoulders, he will meet that responsibility.”

    The Winston-Salem Journal was somewhat positive about Johnson’s foreign policy saying: “Johnson does have much to learn on foreign policy. But we like his emphasis on a strong military, and that he says we can’t be the world’s police…”

    The Richmond Times only reported Johnson’s positions, saying “He advocates significant cuts in defense spending — and in the rest of the federal budget. “We should have an impenetrable national defense,” Johnson said, and we should strike back with overwhelming force whenever attacked. But he does not believe in nation-building.”

    The Caledonian Record said nothing specific about foreign policy, but said “We like the Libertarian candidate across the board.”

    The NH Union-Leader said nothing about foreign policy in its endorsement.

  14. Jim

    Andy – I agree that it’s possible that Weld persuades Johnson to be less libertarian. But I don’t agree that Johnson would be too timid to stop the CFR agenda when left alone. Timid governors do not veto 750 bills.

    In one of Johnson’s best interviews – Penn Jillette, pre-nomination – Penn asked Johnson if he ever got … I’m trying to remember Penn’s wording… he didn’t say “threats” or “intimidation” but it was something along those lines. He was talking about crony capitalist bills that Johnson was pressured to sign off on.

    Johnson, to Penn’s surprise, said that yes, there were three instances of that. He recounted one humorous story about a guy who wanted a really awful bill passed, which Johnson vetoed. The guy then called Johnson demanding to know why and pointing out that he had donated $50,000 to Johnson’s election campaign. Johnson replied with “Well… did you want your money back?”

  15. Andy

    “Jim
    September 30, 2016 at 18:36
    Andy – I agree that it’s possible that Weld persuades Johnson to be less libertarian. But I don’t agree that Johnson would be too timid to stop the CFR agenda when left alone. Timid governors do not veto 750 bills.”

    Oh, you mean like the Gary Johnson who only pardoned about 128 people over the 8 years that he was Governor, and this was AFTER they had already served their time in prison.

    You mean like the same Gary Johnson who INCREASED government debt in New Mexico from $1.8 billion to $4.6 billion over the 8 years that he was Governor.

    You mean like the same Gary Johnson who endorsed George W. Bush for President in 2000 (and note that Gary Johnson claims to have been a libertarian since the 1980’s).

    You mean this Gary Johnson?

    Johnson is ALREADY pushing the CFR agenda. The TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), the United Nations, Carbon Taxes, etc….

  16. Jim

    Well that took a left turn from foreign policy…

    Johnson toyed with the idea of a carbon tax as a *replacement* for regulations and subsidies. He then said, after thinking it through, that he didn’t think it would work.

    Johnson is a tepid supporter of the TPP because he believes it is net beneficial. Free market think tanks have come to the same conclusion. Johnson has acknowledged that it does have negative aspects and has said that it isn’t the kind of deal he would negotiate as President.

    The debt wasn’t entirely Johnson’s fault. Especially the final year, when Johnson vetoed the entire budget, but it got overridden by the state legislature.

    I agree that Johnson should have pardoned more people who were imprisoned for victimless crimes.

  17. Andy

    “Free market think tanks have come to the same conclusion. ”

    No, you mean establishment paid off so called “free market” think tanks that merely dress up corporate fascism with free market rhetoric so gullible people will buy into it. You are talking about the sell out, beltway “libertarian” phonies, NOT real libertarians.

    Real pro-free market people do NOT support the Trans Pacific Partnership.

  18. Rev. James Clifton

    While great news, endorsements don’t really amount to much anymore. John Kasich received a plethora of major newspapers endorsements and it didn’t get him anywhere. Johnson need to be in the next two debates, plain and simple.

  19. Andy

    Johnson and Weld are on board with the New World Order. They support the TPP, Carbon Taxes, the Fair Tax (Johnson, although Weld wants to keep the present tax system, but the Fair Tax that Johnson supports is no improvement), 1,000 person gun control task forces, background checks for gun sales (turns a right into a privilege that can be revoked by the state, also creates a database of gun owners and gun sales), the United Nations, bring in more 3rd world refugees (at tax payer expense) and make no effort to keep them off of welfare (this is part of the plan to destroy the country by adding lots of people to the welfare rolls who will vote for more government and more gun control laws after they are fraudulently sworn in as “American citizens”), Hillary Clinton is a “wonderful public servant,” etc….

    Weld is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations who served on the CFR Task Force to study creating a North American Union. He’s also a long time close associate of the Bush and Clinton families and of Mitt Romney.

    Do they have to rip of their shirts to reveal their NWO t-shirts for you to understand what is really going on here?

  20. Andy

    Before you watch the video below, note that Gary Johnson claims to have been a libertarian since sometime in the 1980’s, and note that he was a Libertarian Party member for one year in the early 1990’s. Also, note that he was not running for re-election by the time the year 2000 came along, because he had been re-elected in 1998, and New Mexico has term limits for Governor, so he could not run for Governor again at that point, so it was not like he needed a Bush endorsement to get re-elected as Governor.

    Would any libertarian endorse George W. Bush? He’s either not really a libertarian, or he’s got really bad judgement, or both.

    Gary Johnson endorses George W. Bush

    “George Bush would make a great president.” Gary Johnson

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4553152/gary-johnson-endorses-george-w-bush

  21. Andy

    “Jim
    September 30, 2016 at 19:44
    Andy – The world isn’t black and white.”

    So you think that Weld is a good guy, or a sort of good guy? Do you believe that Weld is really on our side? Do you agree with Gary Johnson, that Bill Weld is the “original libertarian”?

  22. Jim

    Donald Trump isn’t a Libertarian, but some libertarians are supporting him, so, yeah, some probably supported Bush in 2000. Probably fewer did so in 2004.

    Seriously, Andy. Understand the phrase “the world isn’t black and white.” Gary Johnson will move the country in a generally libertarian direction. He is not a libertarian purist. Everyone knows that, but you keep screaming about his flaws as if you think you can change someone’s mind if only you repeat them often enough.

    If I had to make a list of the five federal issues that I believed were the most pressing, it would look something like this:

    Domestic surveillance
    The Obamacare individual mandate
    Aggressive foreign policy
    Imprisonment for victimless crimes
    ZIRP

    Johnson will move all of those in the right direction both in absolute terms and relative to Trump and Hillary. Weld will do so to a lesser extent, especially on the Obamacare mandate, which he supports.

    Whether or not Johnson calls Weld the original libertarian doesn’t mean shit to me.

  23. Andy

    Jim said: “Johnson will move all of those in the right direction both in absolute terms and relative to Trump and Hillary. Weld will do so to a lesser extent, especially on the Obamacare mandate, which he supports.”

    Gary Johnson won’t change a goddamn thing. He’s controlled opposition. I’d love to see a FOIA on him and and Weld and all of their top handlers and supporters. I would not be a bit surprised if some of these people are CIA or FBI spooks who have been sent in to squash a real libertarian uprising from taking place.

    “Whether or not Johnson calls Weld the original libertarian doesn’t mean shit to me.”

    Gary Johnson calling Bill Weld “the original libertarian” ought to scare the shit out of you, because it either means that Gary Johnson is a corrupt fraud, or he’s an idiot, or both.

  24. Jim

    Give me a break. Calling Weld the original libertarian was just a way to hype him up to the convention delegates.

    Would you believe it if I said the CIA told Johnson to call Weld the original libertarian to hype him up because that phrase was a trigger for the delegates that they had under mind control to tell them who to vote for?

  25. Andy

    “Jim
    September 30, 2016 at 21:21
    Give me a break. Calling Weld the original libertarian was just a way to hype him up to the convention delegates.”

    Does anybody besides Gary Johnson think that Bill Weld is “the original libertarian”?

    Calling Bill Weld “the original libertarian” is such laughable bullshit that it should have insulted every Libertarian delegate so much that NOBODY voted for Gary Johnson and he should have been booed out of the convention hall for having uttered this nonsense.

  26. Joseph Buchman

    I thought the Chicago Tribune article was spot-on.

    I’m guessing I’ll wind up voting for the least of three evils.

    Andy, what did you think of the endorsement? And if you had only those three, what would you do?

    (At least it’s fun to be talking about the “Least of Three” and not “The Lesser of Two” yes?

  27. Tony From Long Island

    Gene Berkman: Your attempt to somehow bash Mrs. Clinton is completely ridiculous and completely off topic. That is what a Trump surrogate does – take a question and refuse to answer it and them immediately switch the topic to Clinton. It happens so often that some journalists are now calling them on it and calling it a “technique.” Do you really want to use her Benghazi testimony? Those 11 hours went quite well for her if I remember.

    You just employed it. I know full well that Gov. Johnson was trying to say Vincente Fox. He kept saying “the former president of Mexico . . .” He really couldn’t remember the name of the President of Mexico during the time he was Governor of New Mexico?” It was embarrassing. The town hall had been going quite well until that point.

    Your history lesson regarding former President Fox was interesting, but as much as I like Gov. Johnson (and voted for him in 2012) I seriously doubt he would have used the same well-thought-out explanation you gave if Matthews asked “so, what do you admire about Vincente Fox?”

  28. Tony From Long Island

    Andy: ” . . . . “the powers that be” could just have Gary Johnson “offed” (as in Johnson would get shot by a “lone nut” gunman, or he’d die in an “unfortunate accident,” like a plane crash or something like that) if he does not go along with every part of their agenda, and then their guy, Bill Weld would be President . . . ”

    You really are frickin twisted man! What the hell is wrong with you?

    Andy: ” . . . . Operation Mockingbird: CIA Control of Mainstream Media – The Full Story . . . ”

    Do you have any hobbies besides conspiracy theories? Do ya like to play frisbeee? Maybe watch Australian rules football . . . play the kazoo? The Pan flute? If not, you need some hobbies. – The world needs more Pan Flute players.

    I wonder what the burden must be like for you to live with knowing that you know all the real “secrets . . .” wow. you are very important – and a total frickin weirdo!

  29. Tony From Long Island

    so·ci·o·path. NOUN

    1.a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.

    If the shoe fits . . .

  30. Gene Berkman

    Tony – I have certainly attacked Donald Trump on my blog and in many comments. So I also bash Hilary Clinton. I was not changing the subject – if the subject is forgetting. If there is some other subject under discussion which makes possible attacking Trump, I will do it. Tastefully, of course.

    I hand out a newsletter promoting the Libertarian ticket @ my bookshop – you can read it @ https://calibertarianreport.com/2016/06/05/spoiler-alertgary-johnson-bill-weld-dont-plan-to-throw-the-election/

    It is mostly devoted to attacking Trump. I support The Libertarian Party, and also promote alternative parties more broadly. Since The Libertarian Party is an opposition party, it makes sense to attack the major party candidates. Each where appropriate. You don’t have to always attack both pro-government party candidates – you just have to attack whichever, and offer The Libertarian ticket as the alternative.

  31. Tony From Long Island

    Gene: your explanation for your Hillary-bash was satisfactory and acceptable, though I thought it was out of left field. There’s just so much more to bash Generalissimo Trump on 🙂

    I can’t believe it’s 3am and I’m still at work . . . . zzz

  32. Tony From Long Island

    That apparently is one columnists editorial, not a formal endorsement by the paper.

  33. Gene Berkman

    Tony – I would think that you would say criticizing Hilary came “out of right field.”

    Face reality. Hilary Clinton is committed to intervention in the Middle East, even if it means war and more casualties and debt for Americans. Hilary supports “active government” both at home and internationally. She deserves to be opposed.

    And I have devoted much more effort to exposing Donald Trump – but the Libertarian critique is a balanced critique of both pro-government parties.

  34. Tony From Long Island

    Gene: You are right. I am fine with policy differences, but that Benghazi thing is so Fox News. It’s not nuanced and, frankly, it’s getting old. You can disagree with our policy with regard to Libya – I certainly do. I am a strong non-interventionist. – but there is no “there there.”

    Your above post is a much better critique.

    Sometimes I just wish parties could stress why there candidate is better and point out differences in policy ideas. It’s really getting ugly.

    Just look at what Generalissimo Trump hath wrought: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/curt-schilling-elizabeth-warren-gary-johnson-hillary-clinton-228994

    The language he uses in that article would be shunned and laughed at two years ago. Now, it’s just “normal.”

    I’m no moralist – I’ve been known to have broken some social mores in my life, but the direction of discourse just saddens me sometimes. We’re all guilty of it,, myself included.

  35. Gene Berkman

    George – the column b Jeff Jacoby attacks Trump and Clinton, and he declares he will vote for Gary Johnson. I fail to see an issue with the Boston Globe column to which you linked.

  36. George Dance

    George Phillies – “Boston . . .
    http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2016/09/30/character-matters-electing-either-clinton-trump-would-moral-disaster/DFUra308mm5PWC1s7HHTfI/story.html”

    Interesting:
    “I plan to cast a ballot for the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson. I don’t agree with every position Johnson endorses (though I certainly share the libertarian tropism for smaller government, lower taxes, free trade, robust immigration, and individual autonomy). Nor, to be fair, do I disagree with every proposal and priority of the Trump and Clinton campaigns.

    “But I’m not voting for president this year on the basis of traditional issues. I’m basing my vote on character. Johnson’s is acceptable — he appears to be honest, friendly, capable of self-criticism, and not egomaniacal. That puts him miles ahead of Trump and Clinton, incorrigibly mendacious self-aggrandizers for whom personal ambition always supersedes ethical standards or the national interest.”

    Thanks for finding it.

    GP – “Jacoby is their *libertarian* columnist.”

    But, since he’s voting for Gary Johnson, obviously not a “real libertarian” or “libertarian liberarian”.

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