Article by Tim Dionisopoulos. A clash between the Paulistas and the Johnsonians could prove interesting. Ron is the more radical of the two, but Johnson is the more culturally liberal.
Gary Johnson, the former Governor of New Mexico, has announced that he will be running as a Republican in the 2012 presidential campaign.
Johnson announced on his blog that;
“It is with great excitement that I announce my candidacy for president. America needs someone who will say ‘NO’ to the insane spending and stop the madness that has become Washington It is time we put one of our own in the White House. I have the qualifications, the ability and the know-how to do the job.”
I admire Johnson’s gutsy individualism on a variety of issues, but regarding immigration, he just does not understand the importance of what I like to call the national question. Johnson takes a very pro business approach to any situation, so restrictionists should be wary as immigration falls under this pragmatic approach. To Johnson, America is just an economic construct, nothing more, nothing less.
As I wrote in a recent Dagger Post, with Ron Paul looking set to announce his own presidential ambitions, the stage could be set for a showdown of epic proportions among he liberty movement. Johnson’s bid will gather support from the more socially permissible, free society type, left libertarians, while the more right wing libertarians are likely to keep roost in the Ron Paul camp.
This could be the start of a significant rift in the liberty movement, and it will be particularly interesting for both paleoconservatives and libertarians in this upcoming 2012 presidential race. Dependent on the way in which the ball bounces, immigration restrictionists could benefit from this type of battle, in which the left wing libertarians are forced out of the Ron Paul camp which would as a result become increasingly more right wing.