Gary Johnson on Principles & Values
Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor
Johnson's supporters have been pressuring Rich to drop out of the race against Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich. Tuesday is the final day for candidates to withdraw their names from the general election ballot. As fellow libertarians, Paul and Johnson share similar sentiments on limited government.
An Emerson College e-poll conducted with a small sample size of 500 registered voters showed Johnson leading Rich among Republicans.
Johnson led a failed campaign for president in the 2016 election, earning him big name recognition, and previously served as New Mexico's governor in the late '90s and early 2000s.
Johnson has been absent from the stage in all three presidential debates because he's unable to meet the national polling threshold of 15% in five major national polls. Johnson said if he were allowed to participate, he could, perhaps, force Clinton & Trump to "actually talk about issues, instead of seeing them talk about how they're going to kill one another," Johnson said.
Johnson, who has done well with millennial voters, has sought to shore up that support by reaching out to young people who backed Bernie Sanders. This week Johnson released a campaign video highlighting issues on which he says he and Sanders share common ground--among them, opposition to the Iraq war and marijuana legalization.
JOHNSON: Well, I've been an entrepreneur my entire life. I'm also an athlete, and I was the two-term governor of New Mexico, getting to be the governor in a state that's 2 to 1 Democrat, and I'd never run for political office prior to running for governor of New Mexico. Got re-elected. Of course, Bill and I are both in that same category.
Q: And what is a libertarian?
JOHNSON: In broad-brush strokes, fiscally conservative, socially accepting, tolerant. Look, people should be able to make choices in their own lives, always come down on the side of choice. And then from a military intervention standpoint, look, we're not isolationists in any way whatsoever, but we're noninterventionists. We don't want to get involved in other countries' affairs. We think that the interventions that have gone on have resulted in a less safe world, not a more safe world.
JOHNSON: I have to admit to praying once in a while, and, yes, I do believe in God.
WELD: Same on both.
Q: Do you ascribe to a particular religious philosophy?
JOHNSON: I was raised a Christian. I do not attend church. And if there's one thing that I've taken away from Christianity, do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
Q: Why don't you go to church?
JOHNSON: I don't [because] the God that I speak to doesn't have a particular religion.
The mainstream media are beholden to the two-party system. If the mainstream media were willing to cover a multi-partisan campaign, Rand Paul would run for the Libertarian Party nomination; Mike Huckabee might run for the Constitution Party nomination; Donald Trump would once again run for the Reform Party nomination. And if all of that happened, American democracy would be greatly improved--more thoughtful, more diverse, more inclusive, and, overall, more.... democratic.
And: "I do remember one of the Christian conservative leaders in New Mexico talking to me and said, 'You know Gary, it isn't so much that I disagree with what you're saying about drugs, its that God disagrees with what you have to say about drugs'. And I wanted to ask him at the time, with his intimate connection with God, could he just get a copy of next Thursday's Wall Street Journal?"
One could reasonably assume that Johnson thinks religious zealotry is kind of stupid.
Sure, Johnson was technically appearing at a forum on the future of conservatism, and sure, Johnson's Antarctic expeditions and hot air balloon hobby didn't exactly have a lot to do with that. But Johnson wasn't there to gab about the 10th Amendment. Johnson was there to let you know that bro skis, that bro mountain bikes, that bro climbed Mount Everest on a broken leg and that bro, in bro's own words, is a "fierce competitor."
My desire to serve has been with me for as long as I can remember. As early as fourth grade, I remember thinking I would like to run for high office someday. When my teacher did a class survey, I was voted most likely to become President of the US. That might have been when the political bug bit me.
Overall, I think I view big government in the same way that the novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand did--that it really oppresses those that create, if you will, and tries to take away from those that produce and give to the non-producers.
Near the end of college, I'd been working construction for a contractor who built from the ground up. It was good fortune for me: I learned electrical, foundations, masonry, sheetrock, framing and painting. But the contractor ran out of work, and I needed about $30 a week to get by. So, I started looking around for other jobs.
I passed out circulars door-to-door that read, "College student needs work. Will do carpentry, painting, cement, anything and everything." That was the origin of Big J.
Kate is beautiful, she's athletic, she's smart. We're in love. I asked her to marry me while we were on a chair lift at Taos. At one point, early in our time together, Kate asked me about my politics and political philosophy. What it was, how I'd come to it. I gave her a copy of "Atlas Shrugged." Kate and I each wear an engagement ring.
A: Steve Jobs comes to mind--he represents incredible innovation. Maybe Bill Gates. I didn't have any business heroes growing up. One of the realities of my life is that those I thought were heroes were not.
Q: Who is your favorite political philosopher?
A: [Chicago economist and Free to Choose author] Milton Friedman.
A: By giving voice to millions of Americans who are not satisfied with the traditional parties. And insuring that Republicans who are nominated will be part of the solution, not the problem.
A: The majority of Americans are classical liberals--fiscal conservatives and social liberals--who believe that the best government is the government that rules the least and the best that government can do for me, the individual, is to allow me as an individual to make the choices and the decisions that only I can make. When that crosses over the line and I potentially can do harm to others, that's when the government needs to step in.
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