Thursday, 21 September 2017

Gary Johnson Smokes Too Much Weed to be President

Gary Johnson Smokes Too Much Weed to be President

If Gary Johnson smokes weed and nobody can tell, that’s okay. Him being seemingly high as fuck all the time is not. At least not while trying to be President of the United States. Over the last few weeks, Gary Johnson has had a number of bizarre incidents. To me, he just looks super stoned. In 2010, Johnson admitted to smoking weed from 2005 to 2008, but stopped in the lead up to his 2012 presidential run. In June of this year though, he admitted to being only 7 weeks removed from THC.

To me, it appears that he is an on-again-off-again smoker, who only quits when he thinks he’ll face a public backlash. My completely unjustified position is that Gary Johnson still smokes weed. Or, has been smoking recently. Think that sounds crazy? Here are a few examples that support my theory that Gary Johnson smokes weed in 2016:

Gary Johnson Can’t Name a World Leader That He Likes.

This just happened a few days ago. I would totally understand him refusing to name a world leader he respects, but he didn’t refuse. He was just unable to. Blocked by the type of mental barrier weed is renown for. He wasn’t even sharp enough to shift the messaging. He could have easily re-framed the message and said Libertarianism is new and modern, and nobody is trying it in any real way. THAT’s why he can’t name a world leader he likes. Because they disagree with him. This is simple, Gary!

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Gary Johnson Forgot About Aleppo

While the question was kind of out-of-nowhere, this is still inexcusable. Aleppo is at the heart of the biggest refugee crisis in recent history. It is in Syria, a country politicians, candidates, and world leaders are talking about on a daily basis. To me, his reaction says, “oh shit I’m high as fuuuck”.

Gary Johnson Does Weird Shit

Jesus Christ Gary. What are you doing? This is something you do when you are stoned out of your mind. I get the point you are trying to make, but a not-high person just uses their words. Certainly, your weirdo tongue-out explanation was both entertaining and got your point across, but optics matter. And this is bad optics.

Conclusion

I don’t agree with Gary Johnson on much. Drug legalization, empowering sex workers, and certain foreign policy ideas are about it. But even being pro-legalization, there is no way I want my president to be stoned. Not ever. Not when debating, not during interviews, not during a crisis. Sure, I hear some of you — “I’m better at X when I’m high”. That’s dope, and I’m happy for you. I agree with the statement on some levels. But the President can’t be high. The President can’t be suspected of being high. So in conclusion: Johnson was getting high this year, and hasn’t shown an ability to quit long term. Meanwhile, he’s shown the ability to embarrass himself and forget about important cities on Planet Earth. Even if Gary Johnson isn’t smoking pot again, he’s just not sharp enough to be President. And these last few weeks prove it.

Ryan Black is a documentary filmmaker, political consultant, and digital media professional who writes about Progressive Politics.

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