At a recent Occupy rally in Los Angeles, Jones bashed libertarians, telling the crowd:
“They’ve taken their despicable ideology and used it a wrecking ball, that they have painted red, white and blue, to smash down every good thing in America.”
Jones went on to say, “They say they’re patriots but they hate everybody in America who looks like us. They say they love America but they hate the people, the brown folk, the gays, the lesbians, the people with piercings, ya know, ya’ll.”
This assertion is one that would make even an editor at the Soviet-era Pravda blush.
The front-runner for the Libertarian Party’s nomination is former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson who — unlike Jones’ former boss, President Barack Obama — actually supports same-sex civil marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. Indeed, while Obama’s campaign seeks to keep gay activists from pushing for a marriage equality plank in the Democratic Party’s platform, the Libertarian Party’s platform is expressly pro-gay. It reads:
“Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the government’s treatment of individuals, such as in current marriage, child custody, adoption, immigration or military service laws. Government does not have the authority to define, license or restrict personal relationships. Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships.”
The Libertarian Party and its likely nominee are infinitely better on gay issues than the Democratic Party and President Obama. The same is true in regards to the “brown folks” that Jones spoke of.