A.J. Castellitto
September 12, 2016
Gary Johnson and the libertarian myth
By A.J. Castellitto



Presidential candidate Gary Johnson recently displayed the major rational and philosophical chink in the libertarian armor. The former governor of New Mexico was asked if marriage between people of the same sex (SSM) should be legal, and he responded in the affirmative. But when asked about polygamy, he resorted to the more traditionally consistent libertarian position that it should be a "state issue."

But wait a second. He's okay with SSM not being a state issue? Should the people have the right to decide such issues via majority vote or not? Where's the consistency?

If one truly seeks smaller government, he will agree that it should have no place defining and redefining marriage. I never thought a marriage license could be so complicated.

Libertarians portray themselves as tolerant and accepting, but remove moral principles – including when it comes to government-sanctioned infanticide – and your political ideology takes a major hit. This is the major difference between classical liberalism and today's libertarian. You cannot have a workable political philosophy that accommodates atheism to the extent that "by necessity" it serves as a foundational governing principle. This is where we so often miss the mark. Not by punishing sin, per se, but by accommodating it – and making laws to make it more palatable and widely acceptable.

The reason libertarians sometimes open themselves up to criticism is the prideful way they place themselves above and beyond ideological reproach. However, if your system of thought is ultimately N/A, why bother? It's just an attempt to do the right thing without expressing the only true incentive and foundation for the right thing to be achieved – God! So what good is your philosophy if the culture is too messed up for it to be embraced. If the fear of the Lord was maintained, classical liberalism would have continued to thrive. But the elites in the shadows are now the defacto gods ... and they reek.

The other problem with libertarianism is the 'anything goes' over the 'anything goes as sanctioned by the government' selling point. It's a desperate attempt to get the power back to the people. However, only the integrity, ethics, and morality of a transparent society driven by righteous men who value faith and sovereignty (over mere earthly gain and pleasure) can truly set things right again.

As for today's GOP, the major issue has nothing to do with Trump being more objectionable than prior GOP candidates. It is actually our whole political system that is detestable and objectionable. No true "citizen-first" public official can rise to the top in this faux Constitutional Republic that is "America Inc." In fact, Trump is already falling in line.

With globalists and lobbyists determining our national direction and presidential options, is it some sort of hysterical exaggeration to imply that the liberty we seek is unobtainable? In fact, the case continues to reveal itself in real time that our liberty was irreparably compromised well over a century ago...and that it's probably never coming back.

Originally Published by American Thinker: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/09/gary_johnson_and_the_libertarian_myth.html#ixzz4K2acpOJZ

"There is this test going on in America. The thesis is that the people will vote for the lesser of two evils. The question is, how evil do those evils have to get before the people will stop voting for either of them – or is there even a line? So the evil gets worse with every election, and those who cower in fear lest the wrong side win keep pulling the lever for evil. Americans knowingly vote for evil in every election (albeit the "lesser of two"), then complain that it has been in power for too long. Vote your convictions, America, not your cowardice." ~ American citizen Michael Ramey

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A.J. Castellitto

A.J. Castellitto is a freelance writer who resides in NJ with his wife and five children. He holds a B.S. in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton and his writings have been published at The Center for Western Journalism, The Christian Post, Intellectual Conservative and Reformed Perspective Magazine.

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