In Defense of William Weld

In Defense of William Weld

Before I start this argument, I want it to be understood where I am coming from. I do consider myself a radical among my fellow libertarians. When I say radical I do not mean I think I am more libertarian than other libertarians or a purer libertarian. I mean I am the sort of libertarian that believes in his heart of hearts that there is no necessity in the evil that is government. However, because I have done some limited studying in the fields of political and social science (yay academics) I am confident enough to say that getting rid of the government overnight or over too short of a time in general is a bad idea. Most societies typically can’t handle big sudden changes but a change like getting rid of the government would make any of those other historical changes pale in comparison. So in summary yes, I am someone who embraces pragmatism when pushing political goals which is why I am willing to defend the former Libertarian vice-presidential candidate and former two term governor Bill Weld.

What Bill Weld (and of course Gary Johnson and everyone who supported the ticket) did for the Libertarian party is historical and unprecedented. The records this campaign broke alone show this. Is this to say the campaign was ran perfectly and that both Bill and Gary didn’t make mistakes? Of course not. I am unaware of a perfect candidate or a perfect campaign. Certainly, some campaign strategies are better than others especially for a given situation but I cannot recall one that is flawless.

But Bill Weld certainly has command over politics that cannot be ignored whether you agree with his politics or not. One anecdote I can recall from the election are the numerous times non-libertarians, including Republicans at an education forum I attended for my own candidacy, kept saying they would’ve voted for the ticket if Bill Weld had been on top of the ticket. The fact of the matter is that Bill Weld is highly respected among non-libertarians. This is a coalition building skill that is needed if the party is going to win elections. Look I get it; he is a moderate, he has respect for Clinton, and he is Utilitarian in his approach to governance. But these aren’t all bad things for the times. These are qualities that gain him respect that the party needs.