Gary Johnson's Bold Attack on Freedom of Association
By David Henderson
The Our America initiative, which is headed up by 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate and former two-term New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, has produced a sharp commercial asking for donations to fund a legal challenge to presidential debates. The basic argument? The debates should be open to “all qualified candidates.” Which implies that both the Dems and Reps may have to rethink their candidate-selection processes.
This is a quote from Nick Gillespie, “Change the Presidential Debates”: Gary Johnson and Our America’s Bold New Lawsuit,” Reason Hit and Run, April 21.
Go to the link Nick supplies and you find out that:
The vast majority of Americans who rely on the nationally-televised Presidential Debates to help make their voting decisions have no idea that the “official” General Election debates are, in fact, productions of a private, nongovernmental organization comprised of representatives of the Democrat and Republican parties who exercise complete and exclusive control over the process. That is just wrong, and Our America is committed to challenging this political duopoly in the nation’s courts. Help fund the lawsuit to make the Presidential Debates fair.
So clearly, although many Americans do not understand that the organization choosing who is in the debates is “a private, nongovernmental organization,” Gary Johnson does.
One of the most basic tenets of freedom is that people should be free to associate. This means the freedom not to associate. Go to the Gillespie article and watch the video and it will tell you how horrible have been the results of the two-party system in America. But the video, which lasts over a minute and a half, doesn’t have even one sentence making the case that it’s alright to deny people’s freedom of association. I did due diligence. I looked at every link provided on the Our America site and couldn’t find even a semblance of an argument against Republicans’ and Democrats’ freedom of association. Maybe that shouldn’t be surprising. It’s hard for someone who believes in freedom to make that case.