So yeah, this just happened on the Twitter:
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Gov. Johnson released the following statement last night via Our America Initiative after President Obama’s State of the Union address:
What we didn’t hear tonight was a President telling the truth about the real state of the Union: that we are broke — and that he and the Congress are succeeding only in digging us deeper into a financial hole that is, in reality, the single greatest threat to the nation’s well-being.
Rather, we once again heard the tired argument that the challenges we face can somehow best be met by more government that costs more and taxes more. We’ve tried that. In fact, we’ve tried it so hard and so long that we have a debt totaling more than $90,000 for every worker in America.
And while he spent an hour laying out a mind-boggling list of things the government should do, from ‘investing’ in infrastructure, technology and energy to helping parents pick the best college for their kids, he assured us his plans will not increase the deficit by ‘a single dime’.
That is absurd on its face, and could only be based on the same arithmetic that has given us a $16 Trillion debt.
Once again, we witnessed a great political performance wrapped around promises that shouldn’t be made in the first place, and that we certainly cannot afford to keep.
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Gary Johnson is out of campaign mode and back to educate and advocate mode as he resumes his Honorary Chairmanship of the Our America Initiative:
Why is it that Government almost always responds to a crisis or tragedy by attacking the rights and privacy of law-abiding citizens?
After 9/11, we got the Patriot Act, which put into motion one of the most unpatriotic attacks on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and individual liberty in our lifetimes. Everything from our phones to our emails to even our library cards and bank accounts became the government’s “business”. Under this continuing attack, the NDAA and other laws have taken us to a point where citizens can be detained indefinitely and, in fact, assassinated in the name of protecting us.
Now, in the aftermath of Newtown and other recent tragic and senseless crimes, Obama and his friends in Congress are reacting by — you guessed it — doing two basic things: First, they are rolling out Executive Orders and legislation to further chip away at a Second Amendment that even the Supreme Court has ruled grants us individual rights to keep and bear arms to protect ourselves. And second, they are clamoring for deeper and broader background checks and looking for ways to get more information about our “mental health”.
In short, their solution is more government, less freedom for us, and more of our information going into massive government databases. Somebody has to say: STOP.
Somebody has to speak the truth and stand up for the fact that, even in the wake of despicable criminal acts, less freedom for us and more power for government does NOT MAKE ANYONE IN AMERICA SAFER.
Speaking these truths — and mobilizing Americans who don’t want to let an ever-growing government take away more of their freedoms — is the entire idea behind the Our America Initiative, of which I am the Honorary Chairman.
Today, it is the Second Amendment and our privacy. Tomorrow, it will be greater government control of the Internet. And in the weeks ahead, it will be critical decisions about the debt ceiling and whether Washington will finally have the guts to cut spending and face the reality of an unsustainable $16 Trillion debt.
My intent as the Honorary Chairman is to help the Our America Initiative defend our liberty and our economic freedom from the nonstop attacks by the government.
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Last week Gary Johnson sounded off against the President’s attempts to circumvent the 2nd Amendment via executive order:
In the wake of the attacks on America on 9/11/2001, the federal government’s response was, in part, the greatest assault on individual liberties and privacy on a generation. The result was the Patriot Act, unprecedented monitoring of our personal lives, indefinite detentions and the compilation of government databases that threaten our freedom in truly disturbing ways.
Now, in the wake of Newtown and other tragic criminal acts, President Obama is again reacting by trying to make government bigger and freedom smaller. Issuing a raft of Executive Orders, attempting to legislate around the 2nd Amendment, and proposing new and more intrusive ways to track us in our daily lives will not make us — or our kids — safer. It will only make us less free.
Restricting the rights of free and law-abiding Americans is not a solution to anything, and only makes government and its force more powerful.
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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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The hat tip on this gem goes to Reason’s Ed Krayewski:
The setup: New York City’s Hot 97 has a segment called “Everyday Racism” where different guests recount an experience of racism in their every day lives. The rapper Big Boi (one half of the Outkast duo) was on the show last month, and explained how a white woman came up to him at the airport the day after the election and said “congratulations on your win last night,” to which the rapper responded “bitch I voted for Gary Johnson.”
Spatial Orientation on Gary Johnson here
UPDATE: Big Boi appeared on HuffPost Live on Jan 11 and confirmed that he did indeed vote for Gary Johnson after saying he “could neither confirm nor deny it” on NYC’s Hot 97 segment above.
The following is via email, received from Gary Johnson this afternoon:
Since the election, I’ve been able to spend some time at home in New Mexico, recharge my batteries a bit, and most important, watch what’s going on in Washington, DC – which is really nothing good.
The news is filled with stories about the “looming fiscal cliff”. Of course, in Washington, their definition of a “cliff” is that government spending will be cut next year by slightly more than $100 billion – IF Congress and the President don’t come to an agreement to cut spending by LESS than that. With a $16 trillion debt and trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see, only in Washington would cutting $100 billion be viewed as an impending disaster.
The real disaster – the real “fiscal cliff” – is the one we face if spending ISN’T cut by far more than $100 billion. There are talking heads on TV saying, with a straight face, that cutting spending by a few small percentage points will devastate the economy. Where were those talking heads when the Democrats and Republicans were conspiring to run up an unsustainable $16 TRILLION national debt. Who is pointing out the obvious: That ridiculous levels of spending have already devastated the economy – and that the so-called fiscal cliff is a pothole compared to the real cliff that our Thelma and Louise government is driving us over.
And of course, the “deals” on the table to prevent those $100 billion in cuts, along with $400 billion in tax increases, look very familiar: Raise the taxes, and promise to cut the spending. Sure, the Republicans and Democrats are arguing – at least for the cameras – over what to call the tax increases, but regardless, they’re all talking about solving their problem by taking more of our money. And the spending cut promises? As Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush learned the hard way, the taxes go up, but the spending cuts seem to never happen.
And here we go again. Yes, that sound you hear is the can being kicked down the road. The politicians will spend the next three weeks posturing and posing and pounding their chests, and then go behind closed doors and cut a deal to once again avoid dealing with the disastrous debt problem.
You and I know that this is exactly what will happen, UNLESS enough voices are raised to say “STOP!” Stop the games, stop the posturing, and stop the political denial.
I will be one of those voices. And with your help, we will make them listen. It would be easy to sit on the sidelines and let this game play out, but that simply isn’t in my nature. The future of America, the survival of economic freedom, and the liberty that government is destroying are all too important.
We may not have won the election – thanks to the rigged game our two-party duopoly has created, but I would strongly maintain that we won on the issues. More than a million Americans stood up for real liberty, truly smaller government, and bold steps to actually solve the problems the politicians in Washington are today kicking down the road.
It is ironic, but after an election that obviously didn’t change anything, our message has never been more timely nor more important.
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