I’m not going to include the traditional KABOOM! graphic of a head exploding, since the explosion that has evidently occurred inside Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s head is the issue here. Normally I wouldn’t care about a third party candidate and few others would either, but many voters who recognize how certifiably disgraceful the choices presented to us by the two major parties. They are desperately looking for an alternative. How nice, and timely, and opportune it would have been if the Libertarian Party had come through in the clutch and nominated someone who presented themselves as competent, honest, and trustworthy! Unfortunately, it nominated Gary Johnson.
Asked on MSNBC to explain his twin failures to show that he ever reads the World News section (showing complete unfamiliarity with the epicenter of the Syrian disaster in one interview and not being able to name a single world leader in another—he has yet to offer any explanation for his bizarre tongue episode), Johnson took another leap into weirdness. Instead of offering one of the excuses his supporters defended him with on Ethics Alarms and elsewhere (“It was a simple lapse;” “it wasn’t significant;” Trump and Hillary are so bad that he’d be a better choice if he couldn’t remember his own name…), Johnson came up with the head-exploding argument that it’s good for him to be ignorant. He really did., espousing this original theory to Andrea Mitchell
“The fact that somebody can dot the i’s and cross the t’s on a foreign leader or a geographic location then allows them to put our military in harm’s way,”
There is no way to spin this idiocy. What Johnson was literally saying is that it’s better for Presidents to be clueless about the rest of the world—you know, like Johnson; all the better to keep them from sending troops anywhere. To be fair, I have a hard time believing that even Johnson believes this. I suspect he may have been trying to use his gaffes to pivot to a classic libertarian talking point. Unfortunately,this is the classic libertarian talking point that disqualifies libertarians from serious consideration as national leaders—that, and their willingness to see what happens to society when teens can order up meth or heroin like a pizza. The ideological position that the United States must never use its military power to assist other nations in peril is disqualifying even without Johnson’s endorsement of geographical and geopolitical apathy as a tool of peace. The second a libertarian is elected President, Taiwan, Israel and whatever real estate Putin has his eye on might as well read up on Massada, for the end will be nigh, and the U.S. won’t be paying attention.
World War II always poses a problem for libertarians when they are advocating isolationism, and it would be especially fun to use that existential crisis to examine Johnson’s theory.
“Mr. President, the Japanese are killing and raping their way across Asia, Hitler just took over France, and England may fall any minute. Meanwhile, he’s exterminating the Jews.
“I’m sorry, what? I have no idea who these people are or where they are, and don’t want to know. Get out.”
You find this to be an attractive scenario, do you, Gary?
Donald Trump may be the worst Presidential candidate this country has ever had, but Gary Johnson is the silliest. In another election, at a happier time, he would have been welcome comic relief. Unfortunately, this election needed someone competent. This isn’t funny.