Press "Enter" to skip to content

Thomas L. Knapp: Just Say No to William Weld!

The following is a podcast released today by Thomas L. Knapp, a libertarian writer and frequent IPR commenter, in which he discusses his take on the recent selection by Gary Johnson of William Weld as his vice-presidential running mate. (Source: Knappster)

About Post Author

Krzysztof Lesiak

I've been a contributor for IPR since January 2013. I consider myself to be a paleoconservative. I'm also the founder of American Third Party Report. Email me at


  1. Andy Andy May 23, 2016

    Should read, “minarchist libertarian direction…”

    Damn autocorrect.

  2. Andy Andy May 23, 2016

    Should read, “aananarho-capitalist…”

  3. Andy Andy May 23, 2016

    Tom, I am not saying that you should vote for the Constitution Party ticket (depending on who the LP nominates), but I recall you said that you voted for Green Party candidate for President, Cynthia McKinney, in 2008. I am not criticizing you for having done this as a way to protest the LP’s Barr/ Root ticket, but Cynthia McKinney is not a libertarian. I actually think that McKinney is pretty good for someone on the left (and note that she changed her position on guns after realizing how corrupt the government is), but she is still not a libertarian, and she is almost certainly further from being a libertarian than Darrell Castle is, and like I said above, when I met Castle he said that he’d probably be in the Libertarian Party if not for the fact that the Libertarian Party refuses to take a strong anti-abortion stance. Castle is not an anarchy-capitalist, but he does lean strongly in the monarchist libertarian direction. I am sure you could find things to disagred with him on, but even so, I suspect that he is more libertarian than you are giving him credit for being.

  4. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp May 23, 2016

    I just can’t bring myself to vote for the Constitution Party under any circumstances. I hope the LP will nominate a ticket I can make myself vote for. Extra credit if I don’t have to choke back vomit to do so.

  5. Andy Andy May 23, 2016

    Should read, “we could have some votes that would otherwise….”

  6. Root's Teeth Are Awesome Root's Teeth Are Awesome May 23, 2016

    In 2008, Chuck Baldwin was a registered write-in candidate in California. (As was Ron Paul.) So I assume that Darrell Castle will have no trouble becoming a write-in candidate in 2016. All that’s needed is 55 qualified signatures — 55 people who’ll agree to serve as Electors in the Electoral College.

  7. Andy Andy May 23, 2016

    Root’s Teeth Are Awesome, I missed the part where you said right in vote. Yeah, that is probably the only way you will get to vote for Castle in California (even then, Castle has to register as a write in candidate and submit a slate of presidential electors in order to have his votes counted).

  8. Andy Andy May 23, 2016

    The Libertarian Party is in real danger this year of having at least one candidate on our ticket, and quite possibly both candidates on our ticket, being less libertarian than Constitution Party candidate for President, Darrell Castle. I met Darrell Castle in person back in 2008, and he is pretty libertarian. He said that he opposes the War on Drugs at both the federal and state level. I told him that I am a member of the Libertarian Party, and his response to this was that he would probably be a member of the Libertarian Party as well if not for the fact that he is strongly opposed to abortion, and the Libertarian Party refuses to take a strong anti-abortion stance. So depending on who ends up on our presidential ticket, would could have some votes that would otherwise go to us end up going to Castle.

    One thing that will hurt the Constitution Party is lack of ballot access. Root’s Teeth Are Awesome, Castle is not likely to be on the ballot in California due to the American Independent Party disaffiliating with the Constitution Party, and the Constitution Party not having ballot access in California.

  9. NewFederalist NewFederalist May 23, 2016

    I’m considering Castle as well. have voted for the Libertarian national ticket every year since 1976 (except 1984 when the ticket did not appear on the ballot in my state and write-ins were not tallied) but this year, ironically, I may look elsewhere. I would have selected Baldwin over Barr in 2008 but Baldwin did not appear on the ballot in my state.

  10. Root's Teeth Are Awesome Root's Teeth Are Awesome May 23, 2016

    If Johnson is the LP nominee, I’ll likely cast a write-in vote for Darrell Castle in California.

    As — I think it was Knapp? — once said, I’ll compromise and vote for a “lesser evil” on a non-Libertarian ticket, but I expect a libertarian on the Libertarian ticket.

  11. Bondurant Bondurant May 22, 2016

    Weld is a horrific selection for VP. What favorable views of Johnson I had have been destroyed over the past few days. I voted for Wrights in Vegas but had no qualms when Johnson won. Wrights was the superior libertarian so he earned my vote. No disrespect to Johnson in that regard.

    My opinion of Johnson began to slip after Phillies’ reporting on his finances. They began to sink more after repeated bad debate performances & giving bad answers to simple questions (including his belief that government should force a Jewish baker to do business with Nazis). Bringing Weld into the fold sunk him like a stone.

    I still believe he will secure the LP nomination despite these outrageous faults but hope the win won’t come easy and I hope the delegates that still like him play hardball with Weld and keep him off the ticket.

    If the ticket is Johnson/Weld then I’ll have no moral choice other than staying home on election day.

    This podcast is a great brief synopsis of Weld and why he should not be trusted nor deserving to be on our ticket.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

2 × one =