NASHVILLE (IVN) — Saturday morning in Huntersville, North Carolina, libertarian voters gathered for a “Liberty 5K Fun Run” fundraiser. Then during a packed lunch fundraiser at Fox and Hound in uptown Charlotte, Libertarian Party presidential candidate, Gary Johnson didn’t hesitate to distinguish himself from President Obama and Gov. Romney in an energetic campaign speech. North Carolina’s Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate, Barbara Howe was present throughout the day’s events.
Speaking to the attentive crowd, Johnson asserted that he will be the only candidate on the ballot that wants to end the wars and bring the troops home, reduce the US military footprint around the globe, employ a noninterventionist foreign policy, eliminate foreign aid, slash federal spending– including the big three: Medicare, Medicaid, and military/defense– and balance the federal budget in year one (entailing a $1.4T or 43% reduction), veto legislation when expenses exceed revenue, repeal the PATRIOT Act and NDAA, abolish the Department of Homeland Security, TSA, and the federal Department of Education, fight for marriage equality, and end the decades-long War on Drugs. Gov. Johnson’s economic plan should also appeal to Ron Paul supporters:
“I’m also the only candidate that’s advocating abolishing the IRS, the income tax and the corporate tax. I am advocating on the part of the Fair Tax […], which I think reboots the American economy. When it comes to American jobs, if the private sector doesn’t create tens of millions of jobs with a zero corporate tax rate environment, I don’t know what it’s going to take to create tens of millions of jobs in this country. I think manufacturing jobs will flock back to the United States. There is nothing in my resume to suggest that I am not going to doggedly pursue this agenda and that it won’t make a huge difference. If I’m in the national debates against Obama and Romney I think anything is possible.”
A resounding ovation followed his remarks, and the enthusiastic crowd proceeded to nearby Midtown Park for Gov. Johnson’s speech at the Conservatives Against Unconstitutional Wars rally. Complete with Goldwater-style conservative Republicans, libertarian Ron Paul supporters, and general antiwar protesters, Gov. Johnson delivered a passionate speech to a crowd of about two hundred. Johnson was visibly fired up with indignation at what he characterizes as politicians’ perpetual, cavalier practice of placing service men and women in harm’s way with little consideration of the unintended consequences:
Ron Paul supporters in attendance were very vocal of their support and determination to ensure Gov. Johnson gets a podium in the national debates. They also pledged their votes to him. “The message of liberty must carry on and be heard,” said one attendee, “Ron Paul supporters need to start contacting polling organizations now. Don’t wait until after Tampa. It only takes a few minutes, and I think we’re smart enough to multitask support for both Gary and Dr. Paul. But after Tampa we need to stay active and focus all of our efforts on supporting Gary Johnson.”
Johnson was quick to credit Paul’s accomplishments and underscore his own support of the Texas congressman:
“Ron Paul has made a huge contribution, bigger than anyone else regarding the liberty movement. I’ve seen Ron Paul supporters throughout the entire three years I’ve been doing this, and [today] isn’t something new. It’s been, ‘Hey if it’s not Ron Paul it will to be you,’ and that’s always been terrific. And I’d just like to reiterate that Ron Paul asked me for my endorsement in 2008 and I readily gave it. When I dropped out of the Republican primary I asked everyone that was going to vote for me to vote for him.”
Following the rally, the Raintree Country Club hosted a cocktail hour and dinner fundraiser. Once again Gov. Johnson delivered his message to a full room of inspired, excited supporters and left feeling energized and encouraged:
“The events here in Charlotte were just terrific. We raised a lot of money and there were a whole lot of people here with a whole lot of enthusiasm. I just think this is a portend for what is going to happen going forward. I’m not the third choice. I’m the only choice.”
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I applaud his efforts, don't necessarily agree with all of them, but to stand on your beliefs and be willing to do something about it is to be commended. However, my biggest fear is the end result will be a guarentee for Obama to serve another 4!
If the fair tax did not tax the necessary commodities, it would not damage the economy, if it did prices would increase and qges would increase. (see Adam Smith)
All those concerned with scrapping the existing code and replacing it with one federal consumption tax, please read Will Wilkinson's great piece from The Economist entitled "Tax Policy: In an ideal World."
LOL, we did it for most of our nation's history. So obviously it isn't impossible. People just have to have the courage to live without the safety nets that ensnare us.
It will be impossible.. because where will the money come in from? talk is free, but to act on these .. it will be impossible!!
I am convinced libertarianism is the way to go. Not sure about the Libertarian Party, but the ideas and philosophy of libertarianism most closely resembles my own values.
Not that Johnson or the LP has a chance to get elected, but Johnson's a FAR better choice that either of the two candidates in the media's limelight.
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Johnson has my vote. I live in California, so the democrats drown out my vote anyway. Fair Tax is a good way to remind all people just how much our federal government costs, each time they walk up to the cash register.
Sales taxes are highest for people who must spend all they make in order to stay alive. That $2 trillion in cash businesses are holding on to will stay untaxed. Totally a plan to help the rich stay rich....
They all advocate abolishing the IRS. Nothing new and different there. I'm voting for Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein. What we need is a female president.
Mr. Johnson's proposal would bankrupt the American economy by increasing the national deficit, create double digit inflation and add large number of people to the welfare lines.
And the problem with Fairtax is that it's easy for politicians to play with. It also places a huge tax on consumer goods, which could discourage buying, which still is what this economy needs for companies to make money. Also, taxes depend on a good amount of revenue. I do like quite a few of Johnson's views, a libertarian society is just a pipe dream in modern times IMO
libertarians tend to be very right on fiscal issues.That's why i backed away from the party. I'm conservative in that Keynesian economics won't work and that we have to cut and reform entitlements, but that's far from what libertarians want
Would they support the end of net neutrality under the guise of free speech? Yes. And that's stupid.
Furthermore, the Ron Paul influx in Republicanism has accounted for things... and certain Libertarian tentpoles like massive deregulation are very "wrong place, wrong time" in a society teetering towards plutocracy.
Green values are actually LESS authoritarian than the status quo in Washington. Going green would mean more personal liberty and less abuse from corporate interest. Government overseeing the big entities and not the small ones. Fairness. Oversight of business, the environment etc for the purpose of bringing MORE freedom to the people.
@Kevin MacDougall. The Republicanism of today has nothing in common with Libertarianism. Would the Repubs cut military spending? Would they put an end to crony capitalism? Would they stop trying to be the world's policeman (an excuse to bully other countries)? Would they opt for a truly free market? Would they overturn the Patriot Act? Would they end the totally useless and failed War on Drugs? Seems that you don't have very good information.
Funny, the Republicans see the Libertarian stance on social issues to be too similar too those the ugly Democrats of today hold dear.
not sure... but I believe it could cost the republicans an election... & give the democrats another win... under the circumstances... I think that would be very bad for the US... just sayin...
...except the green party wants rampant government control of almost every aspect of your life. There's no way a libertarian would support the green candidate.
Libertarians have too many of the same ideas that the ugly Republicanism of today holds dear. The ideas are not bad in and of themselves, but present an abuse within today's context.
The better alternative third party is not Libertarian, it's GREEN!
This just in from the Johnson campaign: "Elect one of our own"
I contend that Romney will be just as bad as Obama and Bush. It seems like the "best outcome" (and I use that term VERY LOOSELY), aside from Gary Johnson or Ron Paul becoming President, will be to have Obama serve four more years and have primaries in every party in 2016. If Romney is elected, the Republicans can't conceivably run Rand Paul (or another liberty minded candidate like Justin Amash) in 2016. The fears over Obama being in office for four more years as a reason to vote Romney just play into the lesser of two evils narrative and undermine the independent, third party cause.
Why taxing the wealthy won't fix the debt/deficit problem: http://ivn.us/2012/07/03/federal-revenues-are-historically-unresponsive-top-marginal-tax-rate/
Here were my thoughts on DHS when Bush first launched it: His reasoning was that 9/11 happened in part due to an over-complicated national security and intelligence apparatus that could not successfully share information and collaborate to defeat threats. If that was really the problem-- and I'd tend to agree that it was a big part of it-- then creating an entire new, cabinet level department to throw into the already over-complicated, bureaucratic mess would only exacerbate it. Instead of a new department, post-9/11 reforms should have *streamlined* our national security apparatus, eliminated extraneous bureaucracy, and merged different agencies into the DOD so that national defense could be better coordinated. Since then, DHS activities, such as the ongoing operations of the TSA to give one example, have been constitutionally dubious, established new precedents of concern to civil liberties advocates, and are questionable in terms of cost-benefit efficacy. For all the billions we've spent on the TSA, have you heard of a single terrorist attack foiled by the agency? Even though folks like Glenn Beck (with his 912 project) want us to constantly feel like we did on 9/12, I think that is actually the strategic goal of the terrorists who carried out those attacks. I'd like to see America go back to its pre-Bush/Obama roots. Remember the 1990s? Those times weren't so bad after all, right?
THIS! I think the only thing TSA hasn't found yet is a terrorist. Apparently, Gov. Johnson has been detained at least twice by TSA for failure to comply, and everytime he flies he fills out a complaint card against TSA - which is quite often!