by John Stossel
Asked on a TV show to name a foreign leader he admires, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson choked. He couldn’t produce a name. He said he had “a brain freeze.” The media pounced.
“Unable to name a foreign leader,” sneered NPR. “Cannot name one,” echoed USA Today.
But that’s just unfair. Johnson wasn’t asked to name a foreign leader. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews asked him to name one he admires.
Why should he admire any of them?
Johnson should have dismissed the question outright for its pro-government bias. Why presume that everyone should venerate “leaders”? If we’re free, we lead ourselves. Stop giving the politicians the credit.
We libertarians admire free individuals, entrepreneurs and sometimes activists whoresist government. We don’t idolize politicians…
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