Gary Johnson just revealed why disaffected, displaced conservatives should give up hoping the Libertarian Party will ever be a serious political party they can call home.
Johnson describes the Libertarian Party as a “six lane highway down the middle” between the Democratic and Republican Parties.
When you define yourself by where you stand relative to others, instead of what you stand for, you are pretty much conceding that you stand for nothing. When you describe yourself as being in the middle of the atrocious choices of Trump and Clinton, it’s hard not to concede you’re an equally atrocious alternative. The mere fact of not being Trump or not being Clinton is neither a badge of honor nor a qualification for the Oval Office.
Instead of Ronald Reagan’s “bold colors,” Johnson’s comment indicates he would put everything into the blender. That gives you a lot of gray. His comment doesn’t constitute a plan. It constitutes action, but you can have action from chaos as well. That isn’t leadership; it’s following the herd and hoping serendipity improves things around the turn.
In a year where presidential politics give us the odious choice between tribal hard-core socialism and tribal crypto racist crony capitalism seeking to capitalize on and manage the transformation to socialism, Johnson’s comments indicate that a vote for him and his fellow former Republican running mate Bill Weld is a wasted vote that will stand for nothing and have no effect on future political races post-November 8th.
Make no mistake about it, this year’s election is not about 2016. It is about the next election cycle, possibly the next decade, and the next generation.
Taking the long view, this year is the election which confirms that the “tipping point” or “point of no return” has either been reached or is fast approaching. (I will concede the possibility it is already passed) At the very least, those who disagree should admit the existence of a tipping point.
The Johnson-Weld ticket is not an alternative to the two major party nominees. Nor is the Libertarian Party a viable alternative for conservatives. The Libertarians’ fatal mistake is operating within the same paradigm.
If conservatives look to the failed candidates and parties of the past, our future will simply repeat those failures and the only change will be that we are getting older, poorer and weaker. The conservative solution is to look and work outside the box.
If a better tomorrow is truly your objective, you have to be brave and go outside that box.