Libertarians’ Pick for VP Is a Globalist Liberal
What was the Libertarian Party thinking? Bill Weld for VP? Definitely not a Constitutionalist. – Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor
by Steve Byas
In 1776, William Floyd signed the Declaration of Independence, marking America’s secession from the British Empire. Yet his descendant William Weld (shown), now the vice-presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party (on a ticket led by former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson), was once part of a plan that would greatly diminish America’s national sovereignty, if not eventually abolish it completely.
In what a 2004 WorldNetDaily article called a plan to virtually eliminate the national borders of North America, the scheme envisioned a continent-wide, customs-free zone with a common approach to trade, energy, immigration, law enforcement, and security. The model for this effort to integrate the United States with Canada and Mexico was the European Union (EU). Under this plan, for example, illegal immigration among these three nations would end, because all such movement of people would be legal.
The 2004 panel, the Independent Task Force on North America — a project of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), of which Weld is a long-time member — was co-chaired by former Liberal Party Deputy Prime Minister John Manley of Canada; Pedro Aspe, a former Mexican finance minister; and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld.
Other panel members included Canadian Finance Minister Michael Wilson and Nelson Cunningham, the latter an associate of the (Henry) Kissinger-McLarty consulting firm.
WorldNetDaily labeled the plan “NAFTA on steroids.”
As one would suspect, the Libertarian Party has long claimed to be the party of liberty; however, its selection of William Weld to run for vice president should certainly throw that idea into question.
Weld supports continued U.S. membership in the United Nations. Noteworthy is that Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson dodged that very question (should the United States withdraw from the UN?) during the presidential debate. The Liberty Conservative website noted that Weld was a “vocal proponent of the Iraq War,” and signed a letter in support of the PATRIOT Act in 2005.
Weld even backed Democrat Barack Obama for president in 2008, although he supported fellow Republican Mitt Romney in 2012. In the Republican primaries this year, Weld backed Ohio Governor John Kasich. Matt Welch, editor of the libertarian magazine Reason, expressed amazement, calling Kasich’s foreign policy views an “interventionist nightmare.”