Romney on GOP side; while also backing Gary Johnson as a Libertarian
By National Co – Chairman Kevin Bjornson
In regards to recent discussions of the Libertarian Defense Caucus endorsing in the GOP primary, I was thinking Mitt Romney might be the best bet. He is good on Israel. He is more electable than Newt Gingrich; and if elected, more competent.
I believe Romney’s support for Israel is sincere (probably because he identifies Jews as a persecuted minority like Mormons), and he has called for standing strong against Israel’s enemies.
Unfortunaely, both Gingrich and Romney oppose medical marijuana, but Gingrich really believes what he is saying and would radically escalate the War on Drugs; while Romney might change his position once elected and has not called for an escalation.
This is relevant to foreign policy, because the War on Drugs subsidizes Islamism through the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Gingrich has taken a number of Rockefeller positions and is left of center on domestic policy. His personality is not suited to management, and is prone to over-evaluate his intellectual abilities. Where he is wrong, he is strong; where he is right, he is weak. He is prone to harshly judge others for the same behavior to which he is prone.
Unfortunately there is no viable alternative to Romney for the GOP nominee.
Wayne Root told us at last summer’s Liberty Camp-Georgia that he would not run this year so that he does not take votes away from the GOP nominee. If Obama wins again, or the GOP candidate messes up, Wayne is open to running for the 2016 GOP nomination.
Since the Libertarian Defense Caucus is loosely affiliated with the Libertarian Party,
I think we ought to also endorse Gary Johnson for the LP nomination. He won’t take many votes so isn’t likely to do much harm, while still representing the LP respectably.
Kevin Bjornson lives in Seattle. He joined the Society for Rational Individualism in 1968 and the Libertarian Caucus of YAF in 1969, and has served in numerous capacities in the Libertarian Party of Washington. Currently he serves as co-chair of the Libertarian Defense Caucus.
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