Governor Gary Johnson Best Choice For President
By Mike A. Bozarth
I, and The Telegraph, endorse former two-term Governor and professional Handyman Gary Johnson of New Mexico for President.
I haven’t, but if I were to take a poll of our talented and appreciated staff, I think we would find 3 for President Obama, 2 for Governor Romney and 2 supporting Governor Gary Johnson for president.
In light of such a diversified staff, making an endorsement required some soul searching.
There are some things I like about President Obama. I don’t feel he is as “evil” as some conservatives make him out to be.
There are some things I like about Governor Romney. I don’t think he is as “cold” as some folks make him out to be.
But when I measure the President and Gov. Romney on key issues, I don’t find a lot of differences.
Both candidates agree on supporting the Patriot Act, agree on leaving our troops in harm’s way in Afghanistan for at least another two years, and agree that balancing the budget and dealing with our $16 Trillion debt can wait for decades.
I took an online quiz a few weeks ago at www.isidewith.com It simply asks your opinion on a variety of issues and then assesses your positions with those of the various presidential candidates.
I was not surprised to find I agreed with Governor Johnson–the Libertarian Party nominee–97% of the time.
That compared to a 75% match with Virgil Goode, of the Constitution Party; 71% with Mitt Romney; 69% with Jill Stein of the Green Party; and 56% with President Obama.
Out-Of-Control Federal Spending
I think as a nation we are at a critical crossroads.
We cannot borrow money and spend ourselves into prosperity. It doesn’t work in our personal lives and it cannot work as a nation.
We need to quit talking so much about tax cuts or tax increases.
We have a dog-gone spending problem! We have to get federal spending under control, that’s all there is to it. That means cutting programs that will make some of us uncomfortable.
Only Gary Johnson is talking about making the serious spending cuts that need to be made.
We have more people in prison than any other country in the world. We have a higher percentage of our population incarcerated than any other country in the world. Think about that for a minute. I’ve always heard how repressive China, North Korea, Cuba, Syria and Iran are. And we lock up more than they do?
Maybe, just maybe, we need to take a second look at some of our laws that are putting people there.
Neither Obama nor Romney want to talk about that. Both candidates find reason to support the Patriot Act, our insane airport security, and all the other ways our government spies on us and treats us all like we’re criminals. How dare any of us talk about the Bill of Rights or we will be labeled a fanatic.
Governor Johnson–and his running mate–California Superior Court Judge Jim Gray–have both authored books on decriminalizing marijuana.
What about the Citizens United decision that treats corporations like people? This is what has unleased millions of dollars in mostly negative television advertising by corporations and special interests. Neither Obama nor Romney want to speak out on this because both enjoy the benefits.
Corporations are not people. Only people are people. Until the people get fed up enough to do something about it things are going to continue to get worse–regardless of whether a Democrat or Republican lives in the White House.
Gary Johnson promotes himself as ‘the People’s Candidate.” I’m convinced he is.
Governor Johnson has been called the most fiscally conservative, socially rational leader in the country. He earned a record during his two four-year terms as Governor of New Mexico for being honest, effective and smart.
He cut taxes 14 times, reduced the size of government 10% without firing a single state worker and left office with a billion dollar surplus.
What a record!
“We the People will never agree on all the small things,” Johnson says. “But let’s agree on the big thing: our leaders have blown it. If we don’t get control of this ship together, and fix it together, we will all go down with it together.”
“Join me in trying something that’s never been attempted in America. Let’s put parties and differences aside while we solve our problems,” Johnson says.
“Be Libertarian for one election. Together, we’ll stop the spending and end the wars. Together we’ll restore our industrial might. Together, we’ll rebuild our roads, bridges, schools and hospitals instead of building them for countries half a world away. And if, in four years, we as a people decide we didn’t like peace, prosperity and freedom, we can always vote tyranny back into office again.”
Don’t listen to people who claim you waste your vote if you vote for a third-party candidate. You only lose your vote if you let someone else make up your mind for you. Vote your conscience.
I think the people lose, regardless of whether it’s the President or Romney.
Government will only continue to grow unless we put someone in there who will make a difference.
I’m proud to endorse Governor Gary Johnson for President of the United States. Maybe The Telegraph is the first newspaper to endorse Johnson. Live free.