Fox Business Network host John Stossel recently hosted a televised forum featuring some of the top contenders who seek to become the Libertarian Party’s chosen nominee for president. The winner will square off against whoever is chosen by the Republicans and Democrats to be their standard bearers for the presidency in November.
Media moguls ignore and exclude Libertarian Party candidates due to the fact that they get too little support from the public. But the Party is certified in all 50 states, unlike most of the rest of the third party organizations. It should be noted, however, that the very reason the networks use to justify their exclusion of Libertarians has hamstrung their ability to garner more support and publicity. If the networks gave equal coverage to Libertarians, then perhaps the Party’s lack of support would shift dramatically.
Of all among the Libertarian contenders the three who appeared on the Stossel show are former Gov. Gary Johnson, R-N.M., John McAfee who pioneered antivirus software for computer programs and systems, and Austin Petersen, who owns and manages his own media company. The forum was civil and substantive.
Out of the three who participated in the forum, McAfee was perhaps the one who stood out the most. As a privacy advocate he was most passionate about the loss of liberty through serious gaps in computer programs that have made individuals and corporations vulnerable to malicious hacking, not to mention the penchant of big government to go snooping around in the computerized files of its citizens without a warrant. McAfee was also passionate about the individual citizen’s right to keep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Gary Johnson makes an attractive candidate due to his experience as a two term governor, during which he succeeded in totally wiping out New Mexico’s deficit without raising taxes. When it comes to fiscal responsibility, he and Republican candidate John Kasich have much in common.
Austin Petersen has made his mark as an advocate for a transitional government that he would implement as temporary stop-gap measure until the nation is brought back to its constitutional principles. The goal is smaller and limited government that is very similar to the views of Thomas Jefferson, the nation’s third president.
Each of these candidates, of course, go into much greater detail concerning their views — details that can be found by doing the necessary search online. And these details make for a much more substantive overview of the candidates and their views than one finds in the so-called “debates” conducted by the major television networks.