I’ll start this post by clearly stating that Gary Johnson’s character as a man is light years beyond 99% of the politicians serving in office today. His positions on “the issues” are in the same boat, in that they are not even in the same class as those who claim to present equally valid alternatives.
With that said, the REAL reason Gary Johnson does not have a snowball’s chance in hell in winning the 2012 presidential race has nothing to do with what the mainstream political and media establishment has told you — it is smack dab in the banner above.
It is one of his official campaign slogans.
That slogan is “live free”, and it is representative of Gary’s deepest philosophical convictions.
And what’s wrong with “live free”?
It lacks it’s other half: or die.
It is the political equivalent of
A = ?
Instead of A=A.
Without it’s other half it refrains from being a black and white political statement.
This is the other half of “live free” expressed in physical reality.
It’s a picture of a man with brass balls and a loaded gun openly strapped to his thigh (video interview of him after this).
When someone says “live free or die“, this is what they are accurately referring to as an ultimate conclusion: that freedom is worth fighting for and defending by any means necessary, including violence.
Saying “live free” is like saying “let’s ‘fight’ the American Revolution, and if it gets violent, we’ll quit”.
“If the odds look tough, we’ll quit.”
The idea and phrase “live free”, is ironically, antithetical to a truly free society.
This is largely the same reason the Libertarian party has never gained any meaningful political traction, and why it never will.
On the flip side, this is a core reason Ron Paul has gained so much traction in recent years. Enough people have heard his message and his message fundamentally includes the entire phrase.
“Live free or die”
“Give me liberty or give me death”
There is very little pragmatism in Ron Paul’s campaign. He does not promote liberty because it is efficient, convenient, popular, or “nice to have”, he promotes liberty first and foremost because it’s right. And for it to be right, it has to be a complete, coherent idea.
Live free or die is. “Live free” is not.
This is the reason Gary will never win a presidential race, and it is the reason he does not have the attention and enthusiasm Ron Paul has gathered.
— Anthony Dream Johnson