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Once upon a time, back when I was young and stupid enough to think that 30 was old, I thought that one magical day in the indeterminate future I’d just naturally age out of my predilection for smoking pot. That never happened. And why would it? Weed is awesome. I’ve always preferred it to alcohol. It doesn’t have the calories or the hangover.

And I’ve never had a glass of wine and been captivated by children’s books like I have after smoking a bowl. Staring at a page for God only knows how long, I caught myself saying very seriously, “Where is Waldo? I don’t think he’s in this one. Is he definitely always in it?”

The point of all of this is that I know I’m not the only one, and I know I’m in good company, but I wish that more parents were open about smoking pot in order to reduce the stigma associated with it. You know, I’m a mom, but I’m also a person. Don’t put me in a box. Unless it’s a hot box.

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?