The reason I forwent sleep to plug out this entry at 3am was in response to a posting on On Top Magazine's site entitled "Gary Johnson Joins Libertarian Party; Gay Rights A Motivator."
As someone who is committed to supporting President Obama, as well as insuring returning the House of Representatives to Democratic control, I admit the candidacy of former New Mexico governor, Gary Johnson has flown under my radar. Ironically, it's taken exchanges with the Twitter troll I mentioned in an earlier post, to make me at least open the curtain on the Republican also ran, who has now declared a switch to the Libertarian Party.
I find do agree with 3 key points of Governor Johnson's platform. The draw down of our military presence abroad, the legalization of marijuana, and protection of everyone's civil rights, including the rights of gays and lesbians to marry.
For me, the road ends there for Mr. Johnson.
Governor Johnson, like a majority of Libertarians, is one of those limited government types that hearkens back to the late 1800s when the world, and America, was far less complicated. Though not stated in his website, Johnson assuredly would work to eliminate New Deal and Great Society programs that have allowed the less fortunate to obtain food, shelter, and healthcare. As fewer Americans that were alive during the Great Depression are with us today, the "screw the poor" rally cry of Libertarian types will only grow louder.
I have been called out by those who claim there is a difference between Conservatives and Republicans. That may be so, but it's painfully obvious that the Republican Party has been hijacked Libertarian types, who fully understand that our (sometimes flawed) two party system will be with us for the foreseeable future. One needs to go no further than the growing popularity of Ron Paul to understand that point.
This whole process started for me when I questioned a gay man's support for Conservative (Republican) politicians. This may have come off as me thinking that the GLBT community were single issue voters. I assure you that is not the case.
I shared my show for almost a year with one of the nicest men I ever knew, Roger Shaver. I learned a lot from Roger. Such as, most gays are very much in touch with the economy, environment, and poverty. I learned that a majority of them are extremely caring individuals, which flies in the face of those Libertarian types, who would pull the rug out from under the neediest in our society.
It has been speculated that Gary Johnson may pull a few votes from the GLBT community away from President Obama. That may be, but mark my words, if a Republican is elected to the White House, along with majorities in the House and Senate, any gains made by gays, such as serving openly in the military will vanish. And while Conservatives say they are for "state's rights," watch how quick laws that allow gay marriage will come under attack.
Let's call a spade a spade here. Gary Johnson has as much a chance of winning in 2012 as I do. I admire his courage in trying to separate himself from the Republican field, but on most issues of importance to a majority of Americans, he's just another voice from the right.
Voting has consequences, we all learned that in 2010. But when you go to the polls in less than a year, you better know what your priorities are. If you are gay or lesbian, voting for the wrong candidate could literally shove you back into the closet.