Last night they broadcasted the Libertarian townhall on the Fox Business Channel. Both Gary Johnson and Bill Weld were there taking questions and answering them to the best of their abilities, which sometimes falls extremely short. Here I would like to point out just a few of the things I saw from it and maybe spur your interest.

As a couple they have experience, they are both former governors from mainly Blue states. They both believe in free markets to a high degree and they both want people to be left alone to be able to do what they want with the money that they make. Each has his flaws and each has their strength. Gary is a soft-spoken man who believes that he can win the hearts and minds of many people by not being brash and speaking from the heart. Bill is more of the raw raw guy, although he doesn't speak very loud. Together they make up the Libertarian ticket. Their favorite saying is that they are fiscally conservative and socially inclusive. They believe, for the most part, that everyone should be able to do what they want how they want without hurting other people. They also believe that government should get out of peoples wallets and out of their businesses. Too much crony capitalism, not enough freedom and free markets. I believe in this as well, but on the details, they fall short and come across not as Libertarian but as panderers.

Their view points on religious liberty and gun control are not Libertarian at all. On religious liberty, they say that a Christian must bake a cake for a gay couple. I have no objection except for the word "must". That is not a stance that Libertarians believe in, no one should make you have to do anything you don't want to do. If a person of faith doesn't believe that someone of the same sex should marry another then let them believe that, but the government should not force them into accepting that and be forced into creating something for that event if they do not want to. They will lose business and that will hurt them. On Gun control, they say they want people with mental disabilities to not be allowed to purchase firearms, also people on any terror watchlist should not be allowed either. Bill is the worst of the two on this position, he is more of a leftist republican, not a true libertarian. People should be able to purchase a firearm if they so choose. It is stated in the constitution, the one that so many discard and write up as out of date but keeps all of us from being put into a police state, that everyone has the right to keep and bear arms. I understand that is a sensitive issue, but people have rights and once we start taking those away, where does it end. There are other issues as well that they seem to pander more towards the democrats. I encourage you to look into each of their positions. I believe that Gary is closer to a Libertarian than Bill is. Bill is just a Democrat who believes in a market economy. 

Regardless of who you are voting for, I think you should know all the facts before writing their name down. For some this may be a deal breaker, for others this is eye opening and I may have helped these two is some small way. In my opinion, a good voter is an educated voter. I may vote for these two, I may not, but if you are someone looking for something else other than the two from the big parties, this may be the ticket for you.

Published by Cody Turner