Gary Johnson is an American businessman, author, politician and the Libertarian Party nominee for the post of President of the United States in the 2016 election. Johnson was also the Libertarian Party presidential candidate for the 2012 presidential election. People are not as familiar with him as they are with the other two candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but all this might change if Johnson is invited to take part in the coming presidential debates. Many people are not even aware of the Libertarian Party. Don’t worry, we will tell you all about it right here.
The Libertarian Party
The Libertarian Party is a libertarian political party in the United States that promotes civil liberties, non-interventionism, laissez-faire capitalism and the abolition of the welfare state. The Libertarian Party was formed on December 11, 1971 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Johnson is an outspoken supporter of the Libertarian Party and says that it is more culturally liberal than the Democrats and more fiscally conservative than the Republicans. However, Johnson hasn’t always been a supporter of the Libertarian Party as before December 2011, his loyalties were elsewhere.
Young and Ambitious
Johnson was born on January 1, 1953 in Minot, North Dakota to his mother, Lorraine, who worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and to his father, Earl, a public school teacher. After completing his education from Sandia High School in 1971, Johnson attended the University of New Mexico from where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. It was here that he met his future wife, Denise Simms. Johnson worked as a door-to-door handyman, while he was still in college. Buoyed by his success, Johnson started his own company called “Big J Enterprises” in 1976. When his business took off, Johnson enrolled into a time management course during night school, so that he could better manage his business. Johnson says that taking this course made him heavily goal driven.
Johnson turned his company into a multi-million dollar corporation, with more than 1,000 employees, before selling it in 1999. By then, it had become one of New Mexico’s largest construction companies. Prior to this Johnson entered politics in 1994 as a member of the Republican Party! Johnson ran for the State Legislature and his ambition was to bring a “common sense business approach” to the office. He even spent $500,000 of his own money! Johnson’s campaign slogan was, “People before Politics.” Later Johnson ran for the office of the Governor and was successful in becoming the Governor of New Mexico for two successive terms.
Tough Time Ahead
Johnson’s agenda during both his terms was the same. He emphasized tax cuts, job creation, less state government spending, law and order, cutting bureaucracy and improving schools. After joining the Libertarian Party, Johnson became very ambitious. He started working towards becoming the Libertarian Party nominee for the president of the United States. He was unsuccessful in his 2012 presidential bid, but is more optimistic about his chances in the 2016 election. So far, he has not made an ideal start. When recently asked about what he would do about Aleppo as President, he replied “What is Alepo?” This showed his ignorance about the war in Syria. This was embarrassing for Johnson, as candidates are expected to be thoroughly prepared in matters regarding America’s foreign policy.
Johnson’s anti-war stance and his strong support of civil liberties are striking a chord with potential voters. However, he is quite far behind both of the other candidates in all the pre-election polls. His anti-socialist agenda might not endear him to the majority of Americans, who cannot do without government aid. Johnson takes himself very seriously, as every candidate should. Only time will tell if the people of America will take him seriously, as well.