Reprinted from Facebook:
Many have asked why I didn’t vote for Donald J. Trump. After all, he comes across as a fearless, anti-establishment renegade who won’t be bowed by political correctness or social rules. Comparatively, Gary Johnson seems overly polite and unwilling to offend. Many friends and family have commented that Trump, at least behaviorally, seems more my style.
I’ve never cared much for social convention in any part of my personal, social, or political life. My opposition to Trump has never been his impoliteness. To be honest, I’ve mostly found it amusing, (although there have been a few obvious exceptions).
To me, the problem with Trump is the same as the problem with Hillary. When you get right down to it, he’s just a pro-establishment loudmouth.
He hasn’t, and will not, fight military spending and overreach. In fact, he’s increasing it. He fears the free market and favors crony capitalism. His aversion to open trade competition is the most obvious example, but not the only one. Given that he is a crony capitalist himself, it’s no big surprise.
I’ve spent far too long around people who aren’t limited by social rules, and have been one myself for far too long, to be impressed by someone who can be rude in public. Anyone can do that. What’s impressive to me is the ability to dismantle military cronyism, to eliminate impediments to small business and free trade, to allow people to enjoy the freedoms that lead to major change. In my view, Gary Johnson had that ability and willingness. Trump does not.
In 2018 and 2020, I will be voting for candidates who are serious about dismantling government, not just willing to break a few social rules.
Vice Chair, Libertarian Party
Author, Why Hillary Lost