Skip to comments.Top Five Issues Where Gary Johnson is More Libertarian than Rand Paul
Posted on 08/09/2016 9:39:47 AM PDT by ek_hornbeck
On immigration, Rand Paul is much less libertarian and moreso paleoconservative. He supports deploying more patrol agents on the southern border and building a border fence. He also has challenged the notion of birth-right citizenship and wishes to eliminate so-called sanctuary cities. He supported SB1070 in Arizona, which allowed for easier deportations of undocumented immigrants. During the Syrian refugee crisis, Paul staunchly opposed their immigration. He also at one point supported pausing immigration from countries in the Middle East. To his credit, he does support an expansion of work visas. Also, his rhetoric is much less draconian than Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, but much room for improvement still remains.
Gary Johnson has said that a bigger border fence will only produce taller ladders. He has therefore continually mocked Donald Trumps idea to build a wall. Johnson opposed the SB1070 bill in Arizona, saying it would lead to racial profiling and discrimination. He supported the immigration of Syrian refugees, as he claimed that because the U.S. bears some responsibility for the situation in the country, it ought to therefore take in a share of the refugees. In 2001, Johnson went as far as to support open borders with Mexico. Johnsons campaign website states that his goal is to create an efficient system of providing work visas, conducting background checks, and incentivizing non-citizens to pay their taxes, obtain proof of employment, and otherwise assimilate with our diverse society.
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In other words, Gary Johnson is to the Left of Hillary Clinton on this issue. No wonder Mitt Romney and the Bushes can't decide whether to vote for Gary Johnson or Hillary Clinton in November.
Libertarians would let a billion Chinese come to the United States.
Scratch a Libertarian, find a Liberal.
Johnson should not be part of the debates. He will side with Hillary. I guarantee it.
I do not mean to sound harsh here but the government should look out for its own citizens not foreigners, I ask why does the elite care more for others than their own people, we do have needy poor folks here in the U.S.
>>Gary Johnson has said that a bigger border fence will only produce taller ladders.
Taller ladders are more difficult to transport and are more expensive. Sounds good to me.
Well, one difference between Rand Paul and Johnson would be that Paul currently holds office. In that sense, Johnson is definitely more Libertarian.
People who want Hillary to win should definitely vote Libertarian. By the way, I’m a libertarian with a small “l.” Gary Johnson is no libertarian, in my view, however much of a Libertarian he may be.
More importantly they would let a million members of IS come in
That’s not harsh.... that’s what Trump says
I’m a thousands of times more likely to be killed on an overcrowded US road than by a terrorist of Middle Eastern origin.
We need to curtail immigration.
Better a business shuts down due to a labor shortage than me being killed on an overcrowded highway.
yeah so what’s your point???
Are you for Trump or not????
And Johnson supports “bake the cake” anti-religious state fascism. No thanks.
Johnson - Meh. We need a powerful change for the country and he isn’t it.
The fact that Johnson explicitly said that private entities, including the self-employed, getnoo religious freedom first amendment protections and have to “bake the cake” because he is okay with outlawing discrimination, shows he has no interest the the underlying principle of libertarianism, and in fact puts no check on the state’s authority over any man’s life.
And that is the tell right there, people like Ron Paul would be against that, and would be for property rights, he is no libertarian, but a LINO.
I'm undecided on what would be best for us strategically. The Democrats and a good portion of the GOP establishment think that promoting Johnson will guarantee the Hillary victory that they want, but I suspect they'll be in for an unexpected surprise. A lot of Democrats for whom social issues are more important than their love of high taxes and big government may vote for Johnson.
Although I have libertarian (constitutional) tendencies, in my circle of acquaintances, most who identify as libertarians are 1) atheists, 2) globalists and 3) completely lacking in empathy for others. One might say that many libertarians (Gary Johnson included) are globalist, atheist, sociopaths. I apologize in advance to any freepers who think of themselves as libertarians - just drawing an inference from the libertarians I know.
Rand Paul is a mixed bag, but some of his nuttier Libertarian tendencies have been tempered somewhat by common-sense conservatism. In Johnson's case, there is no sanity for counterweight.
Agree. Johnson is neither a libertarian nor a Constitutionalist. He's mostly just a liberal Democrat who wants a tax cut. Johnson says some things that I agree with (opposing the Patriot Act, decriminalizing some drugs), but that isn't nearly enough to outweigh his negatives on nearly everything else.
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