Gary Johnson on When Government Tries To Fix Things
The former two-term New Mexico Governor and 2012 libertarian presidential candidate is back at it after a post-election holiday hiatus:
Less than two weeks ago, we saw the politicians in Washington “fix” the so-called Fiscal Cliff with, you guessed it, tax increases and NO spending cuts. To no one’s surprise, they did NOTHING to reduce our $16 Trillion (and growing) debt.
On the Friday before Christmas, when they thought no one would be watching, the Obama Administration published a legally-required report outlining its proposed regulations. While lawyers and businesses are still wading through the tens of thousands of pages, one analysis has already pegged the cost burden of those new regulations at more than $123 Billion — and the time required to deal with new government paperwork at 13 million hours.
Government spends and costs too much because it simply DOES too much — way too much!
And now, we are seeing and hearing all kinds of disturbing reports from the politicians about how they are going to “fix” gun violence by taking away more of our freedoms and, yes, creating databases to keep track of our “mental health”. No one disagrees: Violence and murder, in schools or anywhere else, are tragic and gut-wrenching, and should be dealt with firmly by civilized society.
But, as is always the case, Washington’s solution is to take away the rights of law-abiding citizens — in this case, our 2nd Amendment rights. And now, they are even talking about making firearm ownership dependent on some government judgement about an individual’s “sanity”.
I don’t know about you, but having the government decide if I’m sane or not, and having my rights depend on some label they put on me, is a heck of a lot more dangerous to America than is gun ownership.
I could go on and on, but the picture is clear. Only 10 days into the New Year, those of us who regard liberty as a fundamental underpinning of America can already see the threats and battles ahead.
In a few short weeks, Congress and Obama will somehow deal with the fact that we have once again reached the limit on the federal credit card. By the end of the month, the President will roll out his plan to attack our 2nd Amendment rights. Similar battles over privacy, Internet freedom and government surveillance are looming.
And in the midst of all this, decisions are about to be made about how soon — or not — we will bring our troops home from Afghanistan, and how many will be left behind to try to control a country that clearly doesn’t want to be controlled.
The election is over, but the battles are not. I’m in this fight for the long haul, and I want you with me as we challenge the status quo, as we continue to build a grassroots organization that CANNOT BE IGNORED by the politicians, and as we mobilize the millions of Americans who want the government to just STOP trying to fix us.
Gov. Johnson is re-resuming his role as Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative and will soon be hitting college campuses (and more) across the country to continually spread the message of liberty, freedom, limited government, fiscal restraint, civil liberties, and personal responsibility.
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