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New Libertarian Presidential Nominee Gary Johnson Slams Republicans For Gay Staffer Flap
Buzzfeed ^ | 05/06/2012 | Rosie Gray

Posted on 05/06/2012 7:15:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson officially became the Libertarian Party's nominee for President on Saturday with 70 percent of the vote, and one of his first acts as an official candidate was to issue a strong indictment of the Republicans for the situation surrounding Mitt Romney's gay former foreign policy spokesman.

"I believe the majority of americans are fiscally responsible and socially tolerant," Johnson told BuzzFeed in a phone interview. "I believe the majority of Americans could care less about whether or not there is a gay individual working in the Romney campaign." Romney's newly hired foreign policy spokesman Richard Grenell was openly gay, a fact that raised the ire of social conservatives, whose reaction resulted in Grenell's leaving the campaign.

"It speaks volumes to the intolerance that continues to be present in the Republican Party," Johnson said. He said he doesn't attach that intolerance to the majority of Republicans but to "the activists driving that agenda."

"That intolerance is why the world vilifies Republicans," Johnson continued. "It’s why I have never worn a Republican t-shirt in my life. There is a certain Republican dogma I just cannot defend. Homophobia is one of those issues."

The Romney campaign tried to persuade Grenell to stay after criticism both of his intemperate tweets and his sexuality, and Romney's aides -- who knew Grenell was gay when they hired him -- heatedly deny conservative attacks marginalized him internally.

Johnson said the only reason he's never been a registered Libertarian is because "I have a notion of governing and winning," and "I have a lot of Republican friends who have just had it with the Republican Party."

Johnson described his plans for the kickoff of his general election campaign, saying he's planning a New York trip to "take advantage of the fact that there's a lot of media there."

He also said he thinks that Ron Paul's staying in the Republican race will benefit him, saying "I think a buzz within the Ron Paul support movement is there’s an alternative." Johnson assessed his chances at getting on the debate stage as "not an expectation that you can say categorically is not going to happen."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: garyjohnson; homosexualagenda; libertarian; libertarians; medicalmarijuana; nevada; newmexico

1 posted on 05/06/2012 7:15:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

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2 posted on 05/06/2012 7:16:13 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

3 posted on 05/06/2012 7:17:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL, pretty sure the pro-choice, pro-gay Libertarian party will be racking up its usual .4% of the vote again.


4 posted on 05/06/2012 7:22:15 AM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Longbow1969
"I believe the majority of americans are fiscally responsible and socially tolerant," Johnson told BuzzFeed in a phone interview. "I believe the majority of Americans could care less about whether or not there is a gay individual working in the Romney campaign." Romney's newly hired foreign policy spokesman Richard Grenell was openly gay, a fact that raised the ire of social conservatives, whose reaction resulted in Grenell's leaving the campaign.

So, this lib in libertarian clothing doesn't think it has any real significance, yet he uses it as a bludgeon. None of the parties' names have any grounding in their original meanings.

5 posted on 05/06/2012 7:36:39 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: SeekAndFind

You know what, Gary, I’m not afraid of gays, I just don’t support them, their lifestyle choice, their political agenda, I don’t want them around kids at all, I don’t want them in positions of power over me, I don’t support marriage of them, and I don’t feel particularly sorry for them, and that is NEVER GOING TO CHANGE, so stuff it.


6 posted on 05/06/2012 7:37:14 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: trebb

Well, I truly hope Gary Johnson keeps this up and makes it the cornerstone of his campaign. I would like nothing better than for the Libertarian party to be the quasi-official Gay Party. If all the homosexuals vote Libertarian, it will be a lot less votes for the Democrats. It would also dramatically reduce gay political power since they’d be of no use to the Democrat Party anymore. Heck, if gays would all vote Libertarian they’d be marginalized to such a degree that we could probably roll back much of their agenda. The more the public thinks of the Libertarian Party as the Gay Party, the better!


7 posted on 05/06/2012 7:46:50 AM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: chris37

Precisely.


8 posted on 05/06/2012 7:51:35 AM PDT by Sister_T
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To: SeekAndFind

Buzzfeed is run by gay leftist Benny Smith former from Politico aka Leftici .
Ben is a documented JournOlist Obama cheerleader


9 posted on 05/06/2012 7:51:45 AM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: SeekAndFind

Frankly, Mitt Romney agrees with him. He called moral conservatives “forces of intolerance” this past week, and used the opportunity to equate “sexual orientation” with race or ethnicity.


10 posted on 05/06/2012 7:56:37 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Act in faith, not out of fear.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Were Republicans not being socially tolerant? Did I miss the lynch party, or name calling? It was the media who made an issue out of Grenell’s gayness, to point out Romney’s weakness for the gay agenda. Now Gary has to play the game to get the get the Log Cabin vote. What a putz.


11 posted on 05/06/2012 7:57:05 AM PDT by pallis
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind.
"I believe the majority of americans are fiscally responsible and socially tolerant," Johnson told BuzzFeed in a phone interview. "I believe the majority of Americans could care less about whether or not there is a gay individual working in the Romney campaign." Romney's newly hired foreign policy spokesman Richard Grenell was openly gay, a fact that raised the ire of social conservatives, whose reaction resulted in Grenell's leaving the campaign. "It speaks volumes to the intolerance that continues to be present in the Republican Party," Johnson said.

12 posted on 05/06/2012 8:03:38 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: pallis; trebb; chris37; Longbow1969; Sister_T; ncalburt

/bingo


13 posted on 05/06/2012 8:06:57 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SeekAndFind
In a pronoucement, this Libertarian candidate said a majority of the american people could care less.... Could care less? I thought those Libertarians were so much smarter than the rest of us.

One couldn't tell this by their use of language.

14 posted on 05/06/2012 8:15:30 AM PDT by Stepan12
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To: SeekAndFind
I would be more "libertarian" towards gays if they were more "libertarian" towards straights...but they won't be happy until every elementary school, public or private, is forced to teach the kids all about the wonderfulness of gay sex, complete with live battery-operated polyurethane phallus insertion demonstrations. They want first graders to dress up as their favorite gay historical figure during the Sadie Hawkins/Harvey Milk unigender rave as part of the Rainbow Tolerance Awareness Week. They want the Boy Scouts to give out fisting badges. They want the Girl Scouts to sell mint chocolate flavored condoms.

Gary Johnson can gay pander all he wants, but they won't vote for him...they want to use the power of the government to crush "intolerance".

15 posted on 05/06/2012 8:18:00 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: EternalVigilance

“Frankly, Mitt Romney agrees with him. He called moral conservatives “forces of intolerance” this past week, and used the opportunity to equate “sexual orientation” with race or ethnicity.”

I guess when bishop Romney becomes a god, and creates his own planet and human beings to inhabit it, it will be full of bath houses and steam rooms and little boys will only be allowed to wear chaps until the age of 13.

I never knew magic underwear came in code pink.


16 posted on 05/06/2012 8:20:06 AM PDT by AnTiw1 (Men who stand firm against an army of thousands, run when a tiger appears among them. ~ShirKhan~)
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To: chris37

I don’t understand the point of a Libertarian using the homophobia name calling nonsense.

I’m not afraid of homosexuals either but I do believe the Bible when it talks about Sodom and Gomorrah.


17 posted on 05/06/2012 8:45:31 AM PDT by MulberryDraw (He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind;)
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To: SeekAndFind
There's not a single example of a society for which the normalization of homosexual behavior wasn't symptomatic of its decline. 
 
Why is that, Gary?
 
"I KNOW BUT ONE CODE OF MORALITY FOR MEN WHETHER ACTING SINGLY OR COLLECTIVELY"
--Thomas Jefferson
 
Got Natural Law?
 
 
Sex, Evolution and Behavior
By Martin Daly and Margo Wilson
 
 
Got Socio-Biological Fitness?
 
 "Gay" penguins don't - not even in the San Francisco zoo
http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&source=hp&q=San+Francisco+gay+penguins
 
FAIL.

18 posted on 05/06/2012 9:09:08 AM PDT by wm25burke
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To: SeekAndFind

How dare you have an opinion!

Libertarians don’t want you to have an opinion contrary to theirs.

If you are not for sex and drugs for all without limit, then you are all kinds of bad things.

These are the only things libertarians are interested in.


19 posted on 05/06/2012 9:16:54 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SeekAndFind

To paraphrase: The onerous Romney has 99 problems, but having a homosexual staffer isn’t one of them.

Paying attention to something so petty is just a waste of time.


20 posted on 05/06/2012 9:20:47 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: GeronL

The Liberterians were not always associated with fringe causes. I’m not sure how/why they evolved that way. But Americans have ignored 3rd parties for so long that they get dominated by fringe causes when the more normal supporters give up and revert to the “2 parties” that are promoted by the MSM. Where’s the Reform Party today as an example? They gave up. Perot even tried to use the TV to reach people, with his own money, but he tried to talk sensibly to them instead of entertaining.


21 posted on 05/06/2012 10:31:03 AM PDT by wrencher
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To: GeronL

The consequences of which all result in calls for more statism and socialism, thus defeating the whole libertarian “I’m a social liberal but a fiscal conservative” type of argument.

As far as 3rd parties, I’m far closer to the Constitution Party than to the Libertarian partiers(oops!) party.


22 posted on 05/06/2012 10:47:43 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Tex-Con-Man

So how about a policy of “the government shall have nothing to do with gays, pro or con?” Government is not the HOA of our souls.


23 posted on 05/06/2012 2:48:17 PM PDT by BlazingArizona
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To: BlazingArizona

They’ll never go along with that. They’ve already been seduced by the power of using an enlarged government to punish anyone who disagrees with them. It’ll be very interesting if and when the Islamists take over and they turn around and use big government’s power against them.


24 posted on 05/06/2012 6:42:52 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: SeekAndFind

Gary, if you’re trying to out-gay Willy Mitt, you’ve got a tough task ahead of you.


25 posted on 05/06/2012 6:49:06 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Obama vs. Romney: Zero x Zero = Zero.)
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To: wrencher

Excelent analysis. I actually voted for Ed Clark in 1980 when it looked like the LP might have a future as a mainstream party - at least to me.

The problem with 3rd parties is that they tend to be dominated by the most doctrinaire, with purity tests becoming more and more rigid with each election cycle since, with no real prospect for electoral success, ideological purity is really all they have to argue about. The left has experienced this forever - look at how many Socialist parties there are, each of whom passionately despise each other over issues of doctrine so obscure you need an electron microscope to find them.

The LP has gone from being mostly a bunch of devotees of Milton Friedman to mostly a gaggle of eccentrics who think you’re a hopeless statist if you don’t believe the military can and should be privatized.

Sad, really. I find most libertarians I encounter to be intelligent and interesting - and on most matters I generally agree with them. The LIbertarian Party, though, has pretty much achieved its apparent goal of total irrelevance.

Hank


26 posted on 05/06/2012 10:04:55 PM PDT by County Agent Hank Kimball (Screw it. Newt's the smartest candidate and the guy I want to see debating Obummer. Flame away.)
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball

Thanks, we seem to have a similar view of it. I believe I voted with you then, since I used to support the LP too. I voted for Perot also. So some will blame me for Clinton I suppose.

I’m not satisfied with either party and haven’t been for a long time. The US has not evolved to the current welfare state overnight, it’s been going on a long time and both parties are culpable. Ultimately it is a distracted, disinterested citizenry’s fault also.

Maybe the TEA party approach to convert the Republicans back rightward will work, as it is now there is not much opposition from them at the top level. That would only be the same process you described, that has turned the Dems into raving Communists. Issa’s attempt to make Holder accountable is an oppostition action I like.

Obama himself is the culmination of Affirmative Action, which is why his records are missing and it appears he went through the witness protection program.


27 posted on 05/07/2012 7:27:11 AM PDT by wrencher
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To: SeekAndFind

IOW he is a washington dc style politician who does not see conservative as conservative but rather as various social balkans to manipulate.


28 posted on 05/07/2012 7:34:49 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: SeekAndFind

Now the Romney RINO cheerleaders & the left are making this up. I haven’t seen a single conservative complain about the fact that the guy was gay - it was that National Review reported that he had an “unhinged devotion” to the left-wing gay social agenda AND sent rude tweets attacking social conservatives. Nothing more, nothing less.


29 posted on 05/07/2012 2:43:25 PM PDT by CountryClassSF
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