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Re: “Long Shots: Why Gary Johnson Isn’t Worthy of Millennials’ Protest Votes

Mr. Blest's article is just another in a long line of logically strained, contradictory, and ultimately failed attempts I've heard over the years to argue against and discredit libertarians and the libertarian philosophy. One of the great ironies of our current political environment is that for all of their differences the Left and the Right can come together on one thing ; their fear and loathing of libertarians. They have good reason to be afraid. Be very afraid. Maybe not today, or tomorrow, but eventually millennials and the younger generations after them, are going to tire of this business as usual that the author (and other "progressives" and conservatives) implicitly support in his article.

As a previous poster pointed out, the author's attempt to link Johnson to HB2 and Pat McCrory are indeed feeble and unconvincing. Blest mentions Johnson's support of LGBTQ rights, marijuana legalization, his pro-choice and pro gay marriage positions, his criticism of HB2, and then turns around and state that Johnson "is effectively the same brand of conservative as the governor of North Carolina."

Huh?!

Blest then attempts to support this non sequitur with a statement of pure speculation that assumes mind reading abilities by saying "it's hard to see how a law sold as relieving a burden on businesses wouldn't have met with his approval" . Well, clearly we KNOW that the law did not meet with his approval because (drum roll) that's what he ACTUALLY SAID ! Regardless of weather he may have approved of some other portions of the law, he voiced opposition to it based on moral and civil libertarian grounds, which makes the gulf between him and McCrory pretty wide actually. The simple fact of the matter is that for decades the political establishment as represented by the Left and the Right have been in control and have arrogantly strutted the American political and social landscape like Negan in The Walking Dead with its baseball bat composed of equal parts expanding government power, regulation and soul crushing "social safety net" and other "social programs", and failing government schools, of the type that Mr. Blest apparently thinks are so sacrosanct that they should never be criticized, reformed, or, parish the thought, done away with. Additionally, fear and class warfare mongering and race baiting make up important components of their weapon. Through in an expanding surveillance state and a foreign policy that under the past two administrations has indeed been reckless and costly (a truth regardless of whether any of us knows off the top of our head where Aleppo is. That's what an atlas or Google is for.)

To paraphrase Mr. Blest, if that's your thing sure vote for Hillary, or Trump. But if you, do it's hard to see why you would consider yourself a thinking, or moral person that actually cares about yourself, others, or your country.

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Posted by Montag on 11/06/2016 at 12:28 PM

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