Written by Reid Finchem
Sunday afternoon, The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ran a piece harshly criticizing the Libertarian Party presidential ticket, based on statements made by writer Adam Dick, a senior fellow at the institute and a former congressional aide to Paul.
The Ron Paul Institute writes that Bill Weld’s nomination to the vice presidency is particularly concerning, claiming “[Weld] is not a Libertarian.”
Weld’s past support for the reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act and for the Iraq war of 2003 are both cited as extremely problematic positions for a true philosophical Libertarian; while Weld’s current support for Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court and calls for legislation to limit firearm sales to suspects with no due process show “extreme disrespect for the liberty at the core of the libertarian message.”
Worse yet, Johnson has stated his intention to differ these issues to Weld in a bizarre “co-president” arrangement.
Dick and the Ron Paul Institute predict a poor performance by the Libertarian Party in the 2016 election because of Johnson’s “wishy-washy” leadership, which will fail to attract and inspire supporters who will actually mobilize for the campaign. Even a strong performance by the two would be a major loss for the root principles of Libertarianism, according to Dick, as “they’ve drug [Libertarianism] through the mud, and made it difficult for people to understand what [Libertarianism] even means.”
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