If you have been living in this country for the last ten years, chances are that you have switched politics (both local and national), onto autopilot. Even though politicians claim that the situation is better or worse some years (depending on what side you are on), chances are that most Americans don’t notice much of a difference if the President has an R or a D associated with their name.
How about the L?
Once again, the GOP isn’t interested in modern-day solutions for Modern-Day problems. And once again, a group of fiscal conservatives find themselves ignored. Yes, the GOP took another shot at Ron Paul. The Media doesn’t like him, the Democrats don’t like him, his “own party” doesn’t like him… where does that leave Mr. Paul and his ideas of government responsibility?
In comes Gary Johnson. A Republican two-term Governor from New Mexico, nicknamed Governor Veto.
Ron Paul and Gary Johnson are two of the leading Libertarian voices spreading their message of Limited-Government, Fiscally-Conservative, Socially-Progressive ideology.. As more Americans are exposed to this type of thinking, they are left pondering where has this message been all along.
Here are some excerpts from the first paragraphs of his wikipedia page.
“He cut the 10% annual growth in the budget: in part, due to his use of the gubernatorial veto 200 times during his first six months in office,
Johnson sought re-election in 1998, winning by 55% to 45%. In his second term, he concentrated on the issue of school voucher reforms, as well as campaigning for marijuana decriminalization and opposition to the War on Drugs. During his tenure as governor, Johnson adhered to a stringent anti-tax and anti-bureaucracy policy driven by a cost–benefit analysis rationale, setting state and national records for his use of veto powers: more than the other 49 contemporary governors put together. Term-limited, Johnson could not run for re-election at the end of his second term.
Johnson has taken part in several Ironman Triathlons, and he climbed Mount Everest in May 2003.
After leaving office, Johnson founded the non-profit Our America Initiative in 2009, a political advocacy committee seeking to promote policies such as free enterprise, foreign non-interventionism, limited government and privatization.
Johnson announced his candidacy for President on April 21, 2011, as a Republican, on a libertarian platform emphasizing the United States public debt and a balanced budget through a 43 percent reduction of all federal government spending, protection of civil liberties, an immediate end to the War in Afghanistan and his advocacy of the FairTax. On December 28, 2011, after being excluded from the majority of the Republican Party’s presidential debates and failing to gain traction while campaigning for the New Hampshire primary, he withdrew his candidacy for the Republican nomination and announced that he would continue his presidential campaign as a candidate for the nomination of the Libertarian Party. He won the Libertarian Party nomination on May 5, 2012. His vice-presidential nominee running mate is Judge James P. Gray. ”
In an otherwise boring election, where the two teams are competing for attention; with their pep rallies and fancy advertising, I have chosen to find a candidate I believe can actually make a difference.
To read the his entire wikipedia entry, visit http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Johnson