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My name is Gary Johnson. Today I reach out to you: members of all political parties.

I reach out to everyone with a vote and an axe to grind.

From the Tea Party to the Constitution Party, Green and Libertarian Parties: I call out to all of you. Including the disaffected and disillusioned among the Republicans and Democrats.

Today, there’s a handful of people in Washington ruining America for three hundred and thirty million of us. They’ve kept our nation in a state of perpetual war; and increasing, unsustainable debt. This small group has presided over the elimination of our Bill of Rights, and the systematic dismantling of our freedoms guaranteed us under our constitution.

It is them we should be fighting, not each other. We the people will never agree on the small things, but let’s agree on the big things.

Our leaders have blown it. if we don’t get control of this ship together, and fix it together, we all go down with it together.

I ask you to join me in something that’s never been attempted before in America: let’s put our parties and differences aside one time. Be libertarian with me for one election.

Together, we’ll stop the spending and end the wars. Together, we’ll rebuild our own roads, bridges, schools and hospitals instead of building theirs half a world away. Together, we’ll restore our industrial might and our economy.

And if, in four years we as a people decide we don’t like peace, prosperity and freedom, we can always vote tyranny back into office, again.

America is better and brighter than this. Be libertarian with me this one time, and I’ll prove it to you. Live free.

Former Republican Gov. Gary Johnson was the top elected official in New Mexico from 1994 through 2002. He took office after beating a primary opponent backed by the Republican party and he won election twice in a state that has two-to-one Democratic registration. 

This is an interview with reason.tv.

alittlepieceoflove:

Honestly, I just discovered him. Ha. But looking into him a bit more, I agree with him on just about 80% of the issues. There’s some things I don’t like but that goes with just about any candidate.

But ugh, he’s a third party candidate. I don’t know if I would just be wasting my vote or not.

But right now I’ve narrowed it down to him or Obama.

What state do you live in?  I’m in Georgia, so I don’t think I’d be wasting my vote at all.  Obama is not going to carry Georgia.  If I ever get polled, I’m certainly going to talk about Gary Johnson.  If he gets to 15% in five polls, he can be invited to the presidential debates.  

The following is from a reddit post by user Soonerz:

If I told you there was a pro-marijuana legalization, anti-Patriot Act, anti-war, pro-marriage equality, anti-TSA, pro-free internet candidate on the ballot in all 50 states, would you help get him to the 15% support he needs to take the national debate stage?

There are only 3 candidates on the ballot in all 50 states: Obama, Romney, and Gary Johnson. Don’t get me wrong, there are some ideals of Gary Johnson’s I don’t support either. But we as a nation finally have a chance to have a real debate about the issues that truly matter to many Americans. Help get this man on the national debate stage with 15% support. Or we as a nation will probably have to endure another great round of debates about who is or is not wearing an American flag pin.

This man is the real deal. As a 2 term governor, he had more vetoes than all other governors at the time combined. This man would have the courage to veto the NDAA. He would have the courage to veto the Patriot Act. He would have the courage to veto whatever version of SOPA/PIPA the legislature is trying to shove down our throats in the future.

Help support a candidate who would truly change the disastrous path this country is taking in terms of civil and human liberties around the globe.

I made this a self-post so I get no Karma out of it. This is solely for the purpose of spreading knowledge.

For more information on his beliefs, visit this page.

The Commission on Presidential Debates was started by the Democratic and Republican parties as a way to keep third parties out of the debates, after the League of Women Voters balked at a secret 1988 deal between Bush 1 and Dukakis to keep third parties out the debates. (The League of Women Voters previously sponsored all the Presidential debates.) However, the CPD has openly published its criteria for inviting candidates to the debates as:

In addition to being Constitutionally eligible, candidates must appear on a sufficient number of state ballots to have a mathematical chance of winning a majority vote in the Electoral College, and have a level of support of at least 15% (fifteen percent) of the national electorate as determined by five selected national public opinion polling organizations, using the average of those organizations’ most recent publicly-reported results at the time of the determination.

Johnson is Constitutionally eligible and on the ballot in all 50 states, so basically spread the word about Gary Johnson and get people to answer “Gary Johnson” when asked who they plan to vote for. You can obviously vote for anyone when you get in the booth in November, but get Johnson to 15% in 5 national polls and he’ll get invited to the debates with Obama and Romney to bring up all kinds of topics that make them uncomfortable (the unpopular and failed drug war, indefinite detention of American citizens without charges, the Presidential “kill list”, corporate welfare, the absurd military budget, etc.)

I don’t know as much about Johnson as I do about the other two candidates, but that’s because he gets very little attention from the machine that feeds us news. I have to agree that the nation would benefit from having him in the debate. 

This might be a good time for a candidate like Gary Johnson. I can see him getting 15% support in a few polls. If he is then invited to a debate or even multiple debates and performed well, it could make for a very interesting race. I think there are a lot of people disillusioned with both candidates in this race. 

Thoughts?