Is it a stretch to say that George Washington would support Gary Johnson for president? Call me crazy, but let me make a brief case here.
Washington’s Farewell Address is widely regarded as one of the great political statements of all time. Although he likely could have served as president for life, Washington believed it important for him to step aside so the union could outlive him. His Farewell Address, the final precedent of his historic first presidency, is marked with graciousness and humility.
Two themes emerge in Washington’s Farewell Address.
- Beware the formation of political parties.
- Beware foreign entanglements.
Regarding political parties, Washington wrote, “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.” The first political parties in America formed within Washington’s own administration and he was keenly aware of their toxicity.
As a life-long Republican and political observer, for me, this is a strong case for Gary Johnson. Our two party system is broken. If Hillary Clinton is elected president, all Republicans will neatly line up against her. If Donald Trump is elected president, all Democrats will neatly line up against him. Presidential candidates are constantly touting their ability to reach across the aisle but it never happens. Republicans oppose Democrats. Democrats oppose Republicans. It’s just the way it works.
Because he’s neither a Republican or Democrat, a Gary Johnson presidency throws a wrench in the system. Even if you’re not comfortable with some of Johnson’s policy positions, you need not worry. If Gary Johnson is elected president, Libertarian positions won’t suddenly be the law of the land. He’s a wrench that messes with the Washington system, and I’m telling you, that wrench is desperately needed.
On the second issue of foreign entanglements, I don’t think it’s any accident that Johnson polls as well as he does with military vets and active military personnel. It’s easy to support a war that you won’t fight in, and Johnson is far less likely to send American men and women to fight and die in foreign wars.
It’s safe to say that Johnson is the candidate for president, who, if America is to go to war, it will be because Congress declares war and drives the issue forward. That is, I should add, the way it’s supposed to work. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are hawkish. The main difference in their foreign policy being the tone not the substance.
I’m voting for Gary Johnson for president. I think George Washington would approve.
My book, Backdoor to the White House: The 2016 Election and the Crazy Story that Might Come True, is the story of what happens from Election Night to Inauguration Day after Gary Johnson wins his home state of New Mexico and neither Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump reach the necessary number of electoral votes to be elected president. You can get it in paperback or Kindle on Amazon.