This is an editorial by the owner of Independent Political Report. It reflects Mr. Redlich’s views only. He does not speak for the IPR community.
Libertarians of the world unite! We have nothing to lose but our freedom!
We libertarians are a fractious bunch. But it is time for us to come together and support Gary Johnson in his run for President.
This election year presents a tremendous opportunity to build the Libertarian brand. Like him or not, Johnson is getting more press and raising more money than any previous LP candidate. He is polling extremely well with national numbers approaching 10% and even getting 15% in Colorado recently. He has made some excellent campaign videos as well.
We should not delude ourselves into thinking he has a strong chance of winning the election. Personally I doubt he will get more than 2% of the popular vote. I hope I’m wrong. He may get 10% or more and has at least a very small chance of winning. Those odds will only improve if libertarians get behind Johnson.
Our tendency to snipe at candidates who don’t meet our libertarian standards is widespread. I’m certainly guilty of doing that. Johnson is not even close to my ideal libertarian. I’m over it for now.
The country is presented with two horrible candidates from the major parties. Donald Trump is an ongoing disaster for the GOP. His campaign incompetence threatens a stunningly poor result in his race, and major problems for “down ballot” candidates who will be hurt by a weak voter turnout.
On the other hand Hillary Clinton is the most incompetent and corrupt candidate I have ever seen run for any office in the US. Read Clinton Cash to get a thorough but understated analysis of her abuse of power for money.
As November approaches, more and more voters will be sickened by the two choices presented by the larger parties and their mainstream media accessories. We need to let the voters know they have other choices, including the Green Party’s Jill Stein, but especially Gary Johnson. A good result will build the brand and help libertarian candidates over the next several years.
Governor Johnson – I’m in.
Warren Redlich was the 2010 Libertarian candidate for Governor of New York and is the owner of Independent Political Report.