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The Telegraph: Meet Gary Johnson, The Most Libertarian Candidate Ever To Seek The US Presidency

August 5, 2011Posted in Afghanistan, Blog, Facebook, Foreign Policy, Gov. Gary Johnson, Issue, Job Creation, Liberty, Marijuana Decriminalization, Marijuana Legalization, News, Small Government, Spending, Twitter

British MEP Daniel Hannan writes a glowing review of Gov. Johnson’s record, in Britain’s Telegraph:

Here’s someone you might not yet know about, a sea-green incorruptible who is surely the most anti-government candidate ever to have sought the GOP presidential nomination: Gary Johnson, twice governor of New Mexico.

Gary Johnson’s philosophy is easily summarized. He thinks the state is far too big. He wants to balance the federal budget – not 20 years from now, but immediately – and has identified the requisite spending cuts. He understands that an adventurist foreign policy, as well as being expensive, diminishes domestic liberty: that there is a contradiction, in Russell Kirk’s phrase, between an American Republic and an American Empire. Accordingly, he was against the attacks on Iraq and Libya and, though he supported the overthrow of the Taliban, he opposed the elaboration and prolongation of the US mission in Afghanistan.

Gary Johnson is a libertarian on social issues, grasping that the American constitution rests tacitly on tolerance, privacy and equality before the law (see above clip). He was unusual among Republicans in strenuously resisting the various erosions of civil liberties carried out under the guise of anti-terrorism legislation. He sees the “war on drugs” as a misapplication of state power. In short, he believes in personal freedom, states’ rights and the US Constitution.

Read more here.

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