Gary Johnson

Cornell College Republicans Decertified After Endorsing Gary Johnson

The group calls the Libertarian nominee "the true conservative in this election."

|

Fox News

Last Friday the Cornell University Republicans endorsed Libertarian Gary Johnson for president, calling him "the true conservative in this election" and saying "this election's unprecedented nature has made blind commitment to our Party unpalatable." But blind commitment is what political parties are all about, so the very next day the New York Federation of College Republicans decertified the Cornell chapter, insisting that you cannot be a true Republican if you aren't willing to swallow the steaming pile of shit that is Donald Trump.

"Clubs are within their right not to endorse certain candidates within the party and decide to reallocate their resources down the ballot," the state federation explained on Facebook. "What is unacceptable, however, is using a party-affiliated organization as a tool to support another party's candidate in an election, whomever that candidate may be and whatever office the election may be for."

The Cornell group saw things differently, imagining that principles are more important than mindless partisan cheerleading:

Cornell Republicans

Our organization does not solely represent the Republican Party. Our first responsibility is to our members: libertarians, moderates, neoconservatives, and everyone in between. We value our ideological diversity and welcome differing perspectives.

This election's unprecedented nature has made blind commitment to our Party unpalatable. The Cornell Republicans cannot, in good faith, endorse our party's nominee. Mr. Trump should not be the face of American conservatism. Instead, we are proud to endorse the true conservative in this election: Gary Johnson.

Governor Johnson's commitment to fiscal conservatism is unparalleled. Governing a blue state, he shrunk the size of the government, balanced the state's budget, and never increased taxes. While we do not agree with all of his positions, we firmly support his devotion to free trade, states' rights, and other conservative principles.

His straight candor and polite conduct contrast with Mr. Trump's visceral rhetoric and angry demeanor. When Mr. Trump insults our war heroes, Governor Johnson enjoys high support among active-duty troops. When Secretary Clinton refuses to meet the press, Governor Johnson fields questions on his policy record. He offers real solutions to our country's problems. Joined by Bill Weld, the former Republican governor of Massachusetts, the Libertarian ticket offers experienced, conservative solutions based on ideas of the free market and limited government.

Gary Johnson recently polled as high as 11%. If we can help him reach 15% in the next few weeks, he can debate Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and every American will see that he is the rational choice for office. No one wants to vote for the lesser of two evils. Together, let's stand on the right side of history.

This defection reflects not just Trump's odiousness but Johnson's strong appeal among young adults. An Investor's Business Daily/TIPP poll completed on September 1 put his support among 18-to-24-year-olds at 33 percent, far ahead of Trump's (17 percent) or Green Party nominee Jill Stein's (13 percent) and close to Hillary Clinton's (37 percent). In other words, Johnson was about twice as popular as Trump in this age group. Inside Higher Ed, which noted the Cornell controversy, reports that "Republican groups at campuses including Harvard, Penn State and Princeton Universities have decided not to endorse" Trump, while "the College Republicans at the University of Virginia are deliberating whether they will do so."

[Thanks to Ken Costantino for the tip.]

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

59 responses to “Cornell College Republicans Decertified After Endorsing Gary Johnson

  1. Our organization does not solely represent the Republican Party. Our first responsibility is to our members: libertarians, moderates, neoconservatives, and everyone in between.

    So no paleocons then?

    1. No paleocons — or paleolibertarians.

      But seriously, the Cornell Republicans were wrong to claim Johnson “shrunk the size of the [New Mexico state] government, balanced the state’s budget.” New Mexico’s budget rose faster than inflation while Johnson was governor, and the state debt more than doubled.

      Johnson is more fiscally responsible than either Clinton or Trump, who are both grossly irresponsible on fiscal matters, and who both will increase the budget deficit (especially Clinton, who will be able to get her budget-busting proposals through Congress if her coattails sweep in enough new senators, etc.). But that is not saying much.

      And on judicial nominations and a few other areas, Johnson-Weld is a less libertarian, less pro-property rights ticket than Trump, whose proposed Supreme Court nominees are more pro-property rights and more pro-free speech than those proposed by the Libertarian VP nominee Weld (Weld, who has opposed repealing Obamacare, has lauded Stephen Breyer, who joined in the awful Kelo decision, and is the most anti-free speech justice). Trump’s list of Supreme Court nominees include judges who rejected Kelo under their own states’ constitutions, and consists of experienced appellate judges praised by libertarian and conservative legal scholars:

      http://libertyunyielding.com/2…..obamacare/

      1. These are Ivy leaguers. “Shrink” means “didn’t grow it as fast is it could have been done.”

      2. Awwww… so typical of a warrior for the babies to whine about OUR inconsistency based on sth it saw on teevee. Try reading the platform. It only takes 20 minutes.

    2. I am making $92/hour working from home. I never thought that it was legitimate but my best friend is earning $14 thousand a month by working online, that was really surprising for me, she recommended me to try it. just try it out on the following website…go to this website and click to Tech tab for more work details… http://goo.gl/RSVRhj

    3. My brother’s friend Bryan showed me how I can make some cash while working from my home on my computer… Now I earn $86 every hour and I couldn’t be happier… Before this job I had trouble finding job for months but now when I got this gig I wouldn’t trade it for nothing. Start this website
      go web and click tech tab for more info work… http://goo.gl/AzTMwA

    4. My brother’s friend Bryan showed me how I can make some cash while working from my home on my computer… Now I earn $86 every hour and I couldn’t be happier… Before this job I had trouble finding job for months but now when I got this gig I wouldn’t trade it for nothing. Start this website
      go web and click tech tab for more info work… http://goo.gl/AzTMwA

    5. My brother’s friend Bryan showed me how I can make some cash while working from my home on my computer… Now I earn $86 every hour and I couldn’t be happier… Before this job I had trouble finding job for months but now when I got this gig I wouldn’t trade it for nothing. Start this website
      go web and click tech tab for more info work… http://goo.gl/AzTMwA

    6. Started working at home! It is by far the best job I have ever had. I just recently purchased a Brand new BMW since getting a check for $25470 this 8-week past. I began this 6 months ago and I am now bringing home at least $92 per hour. Go to this website and click tech tab to start your own business…. http://goo.gl/LtI1C0

  2. “Our organization does not solely represent the Republican Party”

    So why are you called the College *Republicans*?

    Change to “recovering Republicans” or something.

    1. Could the College Chapter of Coka-Cola supporters endorse Pepsi?

      (For all I know, they could both be under the same corporate umbrella by now)

      1. Could’ve sworn they already were. Guess I mixed up my soda companies!

    2. Cornell University Conservative Knights.

      1. I C what U did there.

    3. Yeah, pretty much. If you don’t want to be part of the party apparatus then… don’t be part of the party apparatus. Simple.

      1. Maybe they want to fuck with the party apparatus. If so, the Republicans are certainly within their rights to decertify them, or whatever.
        People to the right of center (or even just non-wacko-eftist) are rare enough on the Cornell campus. No need to balkanize.

  3. …insisting that you cannot be a true Repubican if you aren’t willing to swallow the steaming pile of shit that is Donald Trump.

    WRONG This isn’t about not endorsing Trump so much as it’s about actively helping Hillary Clinton become president. Unfortunately for everyone involved, that ship sailed the moment Trump got the nomination.

    This is a perfect microcosm of the GOP as a whole, both before and after Trump. There’s a wide spectrum of what is considered Republican, from RINO’s to rigthwing fascists, but libertarian, especially a labeled one, is just too far from the pole to fit inside the tent. Never mind that they can nominate someone to represent the party who was never a Republican.

    1. No, Trump is a steaming pile of shit.

      Make American Defecate Again!

    2. It appears to me that the nomination of Donald Trump is what is actively helping Hillary Clinton become president, not this.

    3. Worse than helping Hillary Clinton is helping Manchurian Libertarians like Johnson and Weld destroy the party brand. I mean, they’re for effing gun control for gawd’s sake!!!!!

  4. I don’t like them labeling things like free trade and low taxes as uniquely conservative. They are just things that conservatives (used to) support.

    Still, glad to see some young Republicans break ranks

    1. Agreed. I don’t know how helpful it is to use the terms “conservative” and “liberal”. It makes me wonder if it’s effective for Johnson to be saying “fiscally conservative” and “socially liberal”.

    2. But when Trump breaks ranks that’s very bad and he’s a pile of shit. Gotcha.

  5. I don’t like them labeling things like free trade and low taxes as uniquely conservative. They are just things that conservatives (used to) support.

    Still, glad to see some young Republicans break ranks

  6. I live in Ithaca, and this is the first I’ve heard of it.

    Though the news this week out of Cornell has been overshadowed by this incident.

    But as sarcasmic always says, ‘principals over principles’.

  7. YAF, St. Louis, 1969, baby!

  8. You know TDS has gone a long way institutionally when Jacob refers to someone as a steaming pile of shit.

  9. my co-worker’s ex-wife makes $72 every hour on the computer . She has been fired for eight months but last month her paycheck was $21092 just working on the computer for a few hours. pop over here%%%%%%

    ?????? http://www.businessbay4.com/

  10. til I saw the draft which had said $6144 , I be certain …that…my brother woz really making money parttime from their computer. . there aunt has done this for only eleven months and resantly cleard the loans on there mini mansion and purchased a great new Lexus LS400 . read here

    ?????? ??????? http://www.businessbay4.com/

  11. Brandon . I can see what your saying… Victor `s rep0rt is good, last wednesday I bought a great Audi Quattro since I been making $5790 this past 5 weeks and just over ten-k this past munth . it’s by-far the most rewarding I have ever had . I actually started five months/ago and almost immediately brought home over $82, p/h .
    +_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+ http://www.factoryofincome.com

  12. That’s not quite what happened. The party issued Cornell Republicans an ultimatum saying drop your endorsement or else. Cornell then basically told the party to go fuck themselves and immediately changed their name to Cornell Conservatives. The Republicans didn’t decertify them, the republicans got told to fuck off and the group walked away.

    1. I like this version better.

  13. i think it’s cute how they think this election is what made “blind party commitment unpalatable”.

    1. Coprophagia isn’t a popular practice.

  14. Start working at home with Google! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this – 4 weeks past. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $77 per hour. I work through this link, go? to tech tab for work detail,,,,,,,
    ——————>>> http://www.works76.com

  15. I never understood why mum and dad investors have bought into the company expecting capital growth. It makes sense for the Future Fund to sell down some of their Telstra holding just from a risk management perspective (never have so many eggs in one basked) and shift funds into businesses that can grow. Personally I was glad that the share price dropped because I looking

    samsung galaxy note 7

  16. Trump is a shitty Republican, but Johnson is an awfully shitty Libertarian.

    It’s pathetic to argue that Democrat Lite Johnson furthers the liberty movement in any way whatsoever.

    ‘Libertarians- criticizing the two major parties when they sell out principle for party, but more than happy to it themselves’

  17. Johnson’s the true conservative? Well ironically I call Trump more of the true libertarian. Anti big government, anti regulations, pro local schools, low taxes, anti EPA, anti IRS.

    1. And everything he doesn’t care enough about to stake a position is “let the states decide!”

  18. GOP delenda est!

  19. I remember reading stuff from this site a time ago and finding it really good stuff. Now you’re just cogs in Hillary Clinton’s mafia machine. Sad.

  20. Your title is incorrect. There are two post-secondary schools that contain ‘Cornell’: Cornell College (a small college in Iowa) and Cornell University (which is the school you were talking about).

    1. They are (or were) the Cornell University College Republicans. The title isn’t wrong, just confusing.

  21. Funny that Johnson is a conservative.

    That word is losing all meaning this cycle.

    1. To a conservative, the word “conservative” means “good and responsible,” so you can apply it to anyone you like.

      The word only has meaning for people who aren’t conservatives.

    2. The word conservative has meant National Socialist since 1933.

  22. And some people just can’t get over stupid no matter how much education they have. Hear this morons

    Integrity to principles always outweighs blind allegiance to a party, country etc.

    1. Individualism trumps collectivism. Pity we’re outnumbered by social-pressure morons 3 to 1, but when you consider the resources, that makes it a pretty even match.

  23. Still waiting for the Cornell University Democrats to endorse Jill Stein or write-in Bernie…

  24. Just to clarify the difference between Cornell College (in the headlines) and Cornell University (in the body of work) are different places. The college is in Iowa and the university in NY. Totally unrelated places

    1. LOL, nevermind…. missed the last couple of posts.

      1. Also, everyone knows that Republicans aren’t really allowed at Cornell College anymore.

        1. Absolutely, that closed to Iowa City, I don’t think they are allowed in the county.

  25. RE: Cornell College Republicans Decertified After Endorsing Gary Johnson
    The group calls the Libertarian nominee “the true conservative in this election.”

    One cannot flog these ideological miscreants enough. How dare they leave the republican party plantation! A good slave will inform the proper authorities that these ungrateful and selfish turds have fled and must be hunted down with dogs and guns. The republican party has done more than its fair share of enslavement and war-mongering to make any real socialist revolutionary proud. Engaging in such apostasy must be dealt with in the harshest possible manner because the LP is he most counter-revolutionary group and thus, the most dangerous. Allowing conversion to such anti-socialist activities is treasonous by nature. One only has to examine the LP’s ideals to recognize their nefarious ideals of personal freedom, financial independence and having The State reduced to the minimum shows why these traitors deserve a noose around their neck. So let us all keep our cell phones at the ready to inform the secret police of their whereabouts if we are to keep the counter-revolutionaries and their anti-socialist ways at bay.

  26. Start working at home with Google! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this – 4 weeks past. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $77 per hour. I work through this link, go? to tech tab for work detail,,,,,,,
    ——————>>> http://www.works76.com

  27. my classmate’s aunt makes $74 /hr on the internet . She has been fired for eight months but last month her paycheck was $12598 just working on the internet for a few hours. find out here now

    ?????? http://www.businessbay4.com/

  28. Olivia . I can see what your saying… Matthew `s storry is great, last tuesday I bought a gorgeous BMW M3 since I been earnin $9756 this last month and-a little over, 10/k this past munth . without a question it is the most-financialy rewarding Ive ever done . I began this 7-months ago and practically straight away earned more than $71 per hour . More Info..
    ???????>>> http://www.earnmax6.com/

  29. How delightful! This harks back to when “all three” networks were forbidden to mention the LP. Folks would read Atlas and–for lack of a serious alternative–join Young Americans for Freedom (superstitious antiabortion prohibitionists eager to nuke the commies as a rival religion–as in the 100 Years War). Chapter after YAF chapter fell before he influx of bright-eyed young objectivists, and were decertified and replaced with another chapter formed of Prohibition Party/John Birch Society clones. In Texas the YAF congregation was renamed Young Conservatives of Texas. That mutation’s ku-klux agenda TODAY is best put forth in its own words: http://www.yct.org/

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.