Paul Ryan is not exactly a “small government” conservative. And he surely isn’t an anti-war advocate. Not that anyone expected Mitt Romney to pick a Ron Paul-like VP choice, but Republicans may be underestimating their ability to win the votes of the libertarian-right and independent voters. Although Rand Paul is speaking at the convention and there is no sign that his father is going to leave the Republican party, the GOP should not be quick to associated the “tea party” with the vocal libertarians who brought many of Ron Paul’s ideas to the mainstream. Here are 4 reasons why the Romney/Ryan ticket helps Obama and benefits Gary Johnson.
1. Libertarian-leaning Republicans will not Support Ryan, because he Supported TARP and the Auto-bailouts.
For those who don’t remember, the tea party started in 2007 as a grassroots fundraising rally cry for Ron Paul; while Bush was still in office. The movement exploded after the first bailouts were passed by congress and Rick Santelli called for a Tea Party on MSNBC.
Why is this significant? Because, at the time, the GOP was trying to rally their base around John McCain. But, even with Sarah Palin, a favorite of the modern-day tea party, as his running mate, the Ron Paul tea partiers wanted nothing to do with the party nominee.
So this time around, expect a similar reaction from the small government, anti-bailout libertarians. Many of them consider the leadership of the current Democratic and Republican parties to be almost indistinguishable. Like they did with Ron Paul, they might just flock to Gary Johnson in hopes of giving him enough votes to affect the dialogue. And unlike Ron Paul, who is strongly pro-life and has ideas that are quite ‘extreme,’ Gary Johnson’s more temperate libertarianism may be attractive to many voters hesitant to jump onto the Ron Paul bandwagon.
2. Conservative Anti-War Advocates will Fear Paul Ryan because he is a Staunch Interventionist
As the wars continue, non-partisan voters are becoming increasingly disenchanted with our interventionist foreign policy. But, Paul Ryan is a staunch advocate for an agressive foreign policy. Further, his economic plan slashes the budget for diplomatic purposes.
Although the pro-war Bush-era policies of the Republican right may still be attractive to the GOP as a whole, Americans are increasingly weary of calls for war with countries like Iran and Syria. Anti-war advocates would rather promote a non-interventionist like Gary Johnson than support a VP who would cut domestic programs ahead of the defense budget.
3. Gary Johnson has More Experience and a Higher Approval Rating than Romney and Ryan
The two-term governor and successful business man has solid credentials as a conservative business-friendly leader. From Wikipedia:
According to one New Mexico paper, “[Governor] Johnson left [New Mexico] fiscally solid,” and was “arguably the most popular governor of the decade . . . leaving the state with a $1 billion budget surplus.” The Washington Times has reported that when Johnson left office, “the size of state government had been substantially reduced and New Mexico was enjoying a large budget surplus.” According to a profile of Johnson in the National Review, “During his tenure, he vetoed more bills than the other 49 governors combined — 750 in total, one third of which had been introduced by Republican legislators. Johnson also used his line-item-veto power thousands of times.”
Whether or not Johnson has a chance of making significant headway in the polls, his small-government record as a popular governor is undeniable. The GOP should not expect the small-government conservatives on the right to be satisfied with Romney’s more liberal record or his low approval rating as Governor of Massachusetts.
Adding Paul Ryan to the ticket may be of immediate benefit, but his lack of experience and his support of government intervention, domestically and abroad, do not bode well for the long-haul scrutiny.
4. Gary Johnson will Appeal to Independent Voters that are Tired of Partisanship
As polling, micro-targeting, and a divided media control the political debate, consultants now conduct campaigns by galvanizing their base, rather than persuading voters. But, voters are increasingly frustrated with partisanship that defines the discourse. This sentiment is evidenced by the 40% of American voters now self-identified as non-partisan voters. Support it or not, Paul Ryan’s partisan budget does nothing to quell the extreme partisanship that pervades the political dialogue.
With a Google+ following of over 1 million, over 56,000 followers on twitter, over 200,000 followers on Facebook, and a reputation of appealing across party lines, Gary Johnson may just pull some critical votes away from Romney from all different directions.
Like the 1988 Libertarian presidencial candidate, Ron Paul, the support Johnson is likely to build will create a large enough base of supporters to give him a more powerful political voice in the future. And with voters becoming increasingly disenchanted with the parties, combined wit the ability of social media to galvanize movements rapidly, the future may come pretty quickly.
With the addition of Ryan to the Romney ticket, any voice Gary Johnson injects into the dialogue before election day could be a welcome one for Obama.
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Gary Johnson appeals to people on the left as well as the right. However the threat of Romney and Obama taking his votes is real, especially if the mainstream media collaborate with the GOP and Democratic establishment in pretending the race is only between the Republican and Democrat nominees, as they often have in the past, and shut him out of the debates. Will the American people waste their votes on the status quo candidates again, or has the situation gotten serious enough that they will demand real change?
The Rayn pick with be net neutral. It energizes both bases. If I lived in a state where it was going to be close it would make me consider holding my nose and voting for Obama. But I still intend to write in Buddy Roemer
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Steven Ritter: He is a former Republican Governor of New Mexico and Libertarian Presidential candidate
Why would we want to see Obama helped? He's just as bad as Romney. They are both owned by big money and both war mongers. There is nothing good about Obama or Romney. VOTE FOR THE GREEN PARTY ! http://www.jillstein.org/
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i am independent and voting for ROMNEY / RYAN !!! i never have voted for obama, and never will !!! ( not a racist reason, but political )
Romney blew it BIG TIME. Now, Obama has the Independents virtually locked up in November. We will witness the most lopsided election in the history of this nation. Will Herman Cain please come out of hiding?
He spends a whole year putting dead on arrival bills on the floor. He spent billions of our tax dollars for selfish show. It is not like there wasn't tons of things that we the people agree on that needed to be addressed and fixed in Washington! After all that is how he got elected but no he chose to do the same ole crap of dead end bills to pander to the Christian Right, Teavanglist terrorist, Kissinger/Reaganomics new world order thinkers of wealth & power in the hands of a few for worlds safety. ie: a class of elitist. That is who Paul Ryan is!
He didn't want to put any of those bills in play because what we all agree on is that those in government & the 1%ers should not be living by a different set of laws and rules then the rest of us Its called.doing away with elitism in this country. Thats not socialism that is real Americanism to have the American dream equally available to all citizens. America was and is built on earned class structure not a inherited or entitled class structure.
Paul Ryan is the poster boy for anti equality! Women's rights equality, equal access health care, equal access to the American dream, gay rights equality. How any American who believe in democracy can vote for a guy like that is beyond me. I may not vote for Obama but I sure as heck won't be voting for the anti equality poster boy!
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I completely agree Chad. Ron Paul has been dubbed the name "Godfather" of the Tea Party, but the movement's leadership and stars are not entirely libertarian-friendly.
It seems more and more likely that Gray Johnson will be the element that splits the conservative vote just enough to give Obama an easy victory. More, specifically the "do or die" Ron Paul supports who should understand the importance of compromise.
I think Obama is secretly just as fearful of Johnson as Romney is. Johnson will pull away more voters away from Obama in states with marijuana legalization initiatives, like Colorado and Oregon, because of Obama going back on his promise in 2008 to leave growers and dispensaries operating within the law alone. Obama has busted more growers and dispensaries in three years than Bush did in eight. And all those people who were sold on Obama's promise of ending wars and butting out... remember Libya? Yeah, probably a lot of former Obama supporters do too. Then there is the renewal of the Patriot Act three times, which Obama lambasted Bush over. NDAA and the suspension of due process. CISPA. So many thing where Obama has turned into an Orwellian nightmare to those he conned into his hope and change message. Hopefully the rest of the Obama supporters will stop chugging the Kool-aid and wake up to realize Obama is everything they voted again.
Gary Johnson is also for open borders which will annihilate the white people. No libertarian has ever won in a non-White majority district.
This country is already suffocating from more than 330 million people, or 0.7 million people per congressman. No political system can survive this population expansion.
Whites are not having children. White women are sterile feminist, white males are eunuchs. No faith, no families, no children. No ambition.
In 1960, When America was 90% White, it was a good country. A net creditor, white families were having 4-5 babies.
A vote for Romney is a vote for Obama. Romney can't win, so don't throw your vote away. Vote Gary Johnson.
Libertarianism is based on all individuals having equal rights to freedom and equal treatment under the law where government exists. Racism and nationalism are forms of collectivism that are anti-libertarian and anti-freedom. No government has the right to discriminate against people on the basis of ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, or similar personal characteristics. Offensive racial and gender stereotypes fail to recognize or respect the fact that each person is a unique individual. The problem is not "too many people", or "the wrong people" -- the problem is too much government. Peace, prosperity, and progress can happen again in America -- or in any other country -- where government is rolled back and kept in check. Romney and Obama represent the failed, statist past. Gary Johnson's forward-looking libertarian approach offers hope for the future.
Did you actually research anything you said? Ron Paul won Virginia's 3rd Congressional District in a one on one primary with Romney. That is a heavily gerrymandered district and is minority majority. Your bigotry isn't even worth addressing except to ask which is your plan: 1. Do you want to make this a country only for original Americans and reject the white strangers' metal technology a la Handsome Lake? or 2. Are you advocating a new colonization society focused on sending minorities to some far flung part of the world?
Elizabeth is spot on - Obama is just a different version of George Bush.
Sanjay, your arguments are so inane and disingenuous that I can only assume your actual goal is to act as a discredit to Independent community. Unless you are trying to make us all look like xenophobic, bigoted, intolerant morons, please stop posting here. Thanks.
It was even better before ANY immigrants started coming in. In 1491 my Ojibwa ancestors enjoyed 100% employment, a legendary safety net for the ill and elderly, and absolutely NO banking scandals.
I think you should all go back where you came from.
Do they have signs that say "Irish need not apply" in your town still. And there used to be the same sentiment about those "oily Italians." And the 1800's is was "those Germans" immigrating to America. Quotas to keep Chinese and Japanese from immigrating into the US up into the 20th century. As for all those "non-whites" streaming in U.S., assimilation always bumps in the road. As for your assumption they are taking away jobs, look to Obama's policies for taking jobs away. And ROmney's record of 1.5% while governor is nothing to brag about.
Gary Johnson has a job growth record of 11.6% during his two terms as governor (number one in the nation). If he gets elected, there will be plenty of jobs to go around for everyone. The private sector will know that uncertainly and regulating them to death is a thing of the past.
you are gullible and sickeningly ignorant. So Chinese mass immigration to Tibet is genocide, but non-White mass immigration to America is "Assimilation" and "diversity".
The same media who promotes wars, suppresses banking fraud, federal reserve fraud also promotes mass immigration to suppress wages, suppresses white solidarity and white interests and white families. Do not be a gullible fool.
Elizabeth: The difference between the immigrants of early America is they came here and lived here and didn't veg off the system like the ones that are coming here today. It is so disgusting to pay taxes for so long in this country and see illegals use our medical care, food stamps, schools and reap off tax payer benefits. They illegally will cross borders to have babies and use our system and then take back to their country of origin.
There isn't anything we can do or say about it.
This country is disgusting.
You are asking him to fix it, while you sit on your ass. How many immigrants live in your house? Are we going to make this overpopulated like China or India?
All immigration needs to be stopped. Enough is enough.