When the president of the Columbia Libertarians introduced Gary Johnson last night, she described him as a man who believes in “liberalism in its truest sense.” This might sound strange, considering Gary Johnson was the Libertarian presidential candidate in 2012 (and is likely to be the Libertarian candidate again in 2016.) However, throughout his talk, which was cosponsored by the Columbia Libertarians and Columbia Voting Week, Mr. Johnson proved that his standpoints and ideas are much more liberal than one might expect, and explained the flaws he sees in America’s current two-party system. […]
Other positions Mr. Johnson mentioned were the importance of a balanced budget, a drastic decrease in military spending, legalization of marijuana, relaxation of drug sentencing laws, education reform, marriage equality, and a woman’s right to choose. Most of this politician’s social policies can be summarized in one statement: “I don’t care what you do with your life as long as it doesn’t affect mine or anyone else’s.”
So, this guy seems to have a fairly good grasp on what many Americans want from a presidential candidate: fiscally conservative, socially liberal, with an emphasis on individual rights and freedoms.