Anti-prohibitionists Need to Vote Republican in 2012 — At Least Once

Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson

Sometime in the near future–I’ll need to gauge the calendar for strategic reasons–I will register to vote as a Republican. I will do this despite the fact that the current Republican party has become an insane fever dream in which its adherents believe Ayn Rand and Jesus Christ are peas in a pod. Thus, I better have a good reason.

I do.

Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson last week announced that he will run for president as a Republican. But more importantly, he’s running as the candidate of marijuana legalization. And like all longshots with pet issue, Johnson cares less about winning than bringing attention to his issue. So he’ll probably hang around long enough to force a real debate over marijuana and drug war policy and win my vote in the Florida Republican primary.

This is what I’ve wanted to hear from a politician for quite a while.

“I’ve debated this issue more than any politician on the planet. And this is an issue that under the light of day does really well.”

Yes, it does. If Johnson somehow won the Republican nomination, I’d think very, very hard about my vote in the general. It would depend on how much Johnson bowed to the crazy.

Regular readers know how I feel about the utter disaster of drug prohibition in this country, how it nearly destroyed us in the 20s and how it is a massive bleeding sore now. I wish a Democrat or independent or Grady Judd had gotten their first, but they didn’t. Too much cowardice.

Maybe it will fall to an obscure Republican in border state to start to change history. And if you’re a Democrat or independent around here who cares about this issue like I do, you need to register with the party of Sarah Palin–painful as I know that is. There’s no primary worth voting in anyway in this state of pathetic Democrats.

Vote Johnson 2012.

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One thought on “Anti-prohibitionists Need to Vote Republican in 2012 — At Least Once

  1. He would certainly be a more desirable candidate than many that the Republicans will field. His candidacy would help me feel much less of that “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” when selecting between presidential candidates. He’s not a libertarian, but he’s quite a distance from the typical neocon. It’s a pity that his likely chances for election are somewhere around Ron Paul or Herman Cain’s. Obama’s going to be a Billion dollar candidate this time around. While money isn’t all that matters, this particular election will likely be so close as to make it more important than ususal. With all that money and a loyal Press Corps, I don’t see any likely Republican candidate beating him. Maybe Pawlenty or Daniels *might* be competitive, but I’m not sure they will be able to capture the nomination.

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