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The Next Ron Paul

...is Gary Johnson.

Talk is cheap. Every politician says what most Americans want to hear, that he/she is going to spend responsibly, fight corruption, keep America out of open-ended wars, rise above partisanship, and choose principle over party. Even Bush and Obama said they'd do all those things.

One of the things that sticks out the most about Congressman Ron Paul is that he is one of the very, very precious few politicians whose record matches his words. While we may only be seeing the tip of the iceberg in terms of Ron Paul's impact on American politics, at 74 his chance at our nation's highest elected office may have passed (he'll be 76 at the time of the 2012 election).

Enter libertarian Republican Gary Johnson, the two-term Governor of New Mexico who wowed the audience during his endorsement of Ron Paul at Dr. Paul's Rally for the Republic. At a youthful 56 and with an impressive number of triathlons and other feats under his belt (he summited Mount Everest in 2003), he has the vigor, health, and longevity that we need in a president. And unlike our current president, Johnson doesn't even smoke.

Why do I think Johnson would make the Republican's best choice to oppose Obama in 2012? First of all he'll win. Period. We can have that debate in the comment threads or on another post if you'd like, but I say Johnson has a better shot than Palin or any other GOP hopeful at actual victory. But more importantly, Johnson is policy-driven, principled, dedicated to limiting the size, role, and influence of government, and has the toughness we need to make that happen.

Here's proof:

-A self-made business man with no political experience, Johnson exploded onto the scene of New Mexico politics and won a tough Republican party primary and then the governor's seat in a state where Democrats outnumbered Republicans two-to-one, all without mentioning his opponents even once in print, radio, or television.

-During his 8 years as governor, New Mexico experienced the longest period without a tax increase in its entire history.

-Instead of growing, the state government shrunk by 1,000 employees with no firings.

-At the end of his two terms, the state had a budget surplus.

-During his tenure, he vetoed 750 bills, more than the vetoes of the governors of all other 49 states over the same period combined!

-He was the only Republican governor not to endorse George W. Bush in 2000.

-He opposed the Iraq War from the very beginning.

-In 1999, Johnson became the highest office-holder in the U.S. to advocate an end to the War on Drugs and decriminalization of marijuana.

Who has a better record of executive experience than Gary Johnson of turning around a failed government and preventing it from growing and wasting ever more money? I humbly submit that the answer is: no one.

That is why I am excited to announce that I will be interviewing Gary Johnson live this Wednesday, Dec 2 at 6:00 PM Central / 5:00 PM Mountain Time and urging him to make a run for President in 2012. The show will stream over the Internet for one hour.

You can check out the details here. On Wednesday at 6:00 PM Central you can listen to the show here.

W. E. Messamore blogs at The Humble Libertarian

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The Next Ron Paul

The Next Ron Paul is You!

You are the next Ron Paul - all of you! This site and others, and this movement is overflowing with people so full of understanding, reason, passion, ability, persuasion, compassion, eloquence and motivation. This movement is an overflowing cornucopia of talent. Every one of you is filled with talents, and you have the most important tools of all on your side - truth and understanding.

The next Ron Paul is not one person, but many. Imagine not a single Ron Paul but ten Ron Pauls, a dozen, hundreds, a thousand, multiple thousands. You are that resource, and the truth is your tool.


Let it not be said that we did nothing.-Ron Paul
Stand up for what you believe in, even if you stand alone.-Sophia Magdalena Scholl

Dilon Ratigan vetted him and it was ugly.


I can say no more.

Lost my vote.

I was listening to the interview right up to the part where he said that Ron Paul was against free trade, then he went on to say that he strongly supports NAFTA. Gong!

I see your point, but let's not self-destruct over one issue

If we wait for a candidate who agrees with Ron Paul on everything, election of someone we otherwise like to national office may never happen.

Not that NAFTA isn't important. But I think I read that even Rand Paul doesn't agree 100% with his dad on Afghanistan. Does that make him bad?

I've been leaning towards libertarianism since about 1966, after my college roommate attended some sort of freedom school in Colorado. This was years before the LP was founded. But later I lost interest after decades of bickering over minutae. Purists ruled the party, insisting that every candidate, and sometimes seemingly every member, must adhere to everything the party espoused.

What kind of freedom is that?

Not to mention that after nearly 40 years, the number of LP candidates elected to national office remains zero.

I came back to the philosophical fold like a lion in heat when Ron Paul ran in 2007-2008. Created my own radio spot for him, then spent like a drunken sailor to air it in four states. Given how things ended, I'm undecided about whether I will ever do that again. Here it is, with video added by a supporter in Texas. More than two years after I wrote and announced it, the first three topics mentioned are still making headlines:


Please don't eliminate candidates based on one position. There are so many issues it's virtually impossible to agree on everything. Plus it's counterproductive; it could mean we'll never find anyone else who measures up.

If we don't allow just a teensy-weensy bit of flexibility, we'll scare away candidates who actually have a chance to win. Certainly Gary Johnson, as a successful businessman and two-term governor, warrants such a chance. But if potential supporters rule him out because of a single issue, we're never gonna get anyone elected to national office.


I wouldn't say that I need someone to agree with Ron Paul on every issue, but I would say that I need a candidate to agree with me on an issue that is as important as NAFTA. I am quite tired of calling a customer service number, and getting someone in India who barely speaks English. I am also concerned about the quality of life my son will have if all of the jobs continue to be outsourced to 3rd world countries in the name of free trade. I haven't really heard his reasoning for supporting NAFTA, so I will keep an open mind, but frankly I cannot imagine anything that would change my opinion. NAFTA benefits the rich and elite.

There will never be a "Ron Paul"

The corporations won't allow it. They can buy enough ad space now to convince you that Ron Paul is a racist paedophile. I know I'm hardly a breath of fresh air, but the game has changed.

In his speaches all he talks about is himself.

Why doesn't he tell us what he is going to do?

The next Ron Paul is RAND PAUL.

RAND PAUL, US Senator from Kentucky

Gary Johnson a pro-abort? No Thanks

Abortion should be 'left up to the woman'?, as posted below. Would not vote for an abortionist even if they tag the ''libertarian'' label. he is no ron paul. any man, or person who supports infanticide, is a wicked person. It really is that simple.

Pro-Choice Anti-Abortionist??

From Johnson for America Website:


Protecting the Unborn
While Gary himself is personally pro-choice, he understands the proper role of government, and would return the abortion issue back to the 50 states to decide, as the US Constitution mandates. In order to put the abortion issue back under the proper jurisdiction, Gary would seek to have Roe v. Wade repealed. As Governor of New Mexico, he received the endorsement of the Right To Life Committee for his work in reducing abortions through parental consent, informed consent, banning partial-birth abortion, and ending Medicaid funding for abortions. As Governor, he supported every piece of legislation offered by the Right To Life Committee.

so where do you draw the line?

if you are Libertarian, it means you understand the non-aggression axiom. i agree that abortion is morally wrong - but im not about to advocate the use of police force to imprison, kill, or tax someone that has an abortion. but also, no tax-payer funds should ever go to finance these horrible acts.

Some people are more then one issue!

If he is ''libertarian'' then he will vote against any bill that takes money from one person to kill another, simple as that!

I'm still rooting for Ron

I'm still rooting for Ron Paul, but Gary Johnson definitely sounds like a good 2nd choice.


Paul/Johnson in '12

assuming RP does indeed run. Hope they don't compete.

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

Why Gary Johnson should be President

According to http://www.JohnsonForAmerica.com, Gary Johnson was known for:

* Vetoing 750 bills (more than all the vetoes of the other 49 Governors combined).
* Reducing taxes $123 million annually.
* Cutting the rate of government growth in half.
* Eliminating the state’s budget deficit.
* Leaving the state government with 1200 fewer employees (without firing anyone).
* Leaving the state government with all-time high bond ratings.
* Enacting major welfare reform, which cut government welfare spending by 30%.
* Shifting state Medicaid to managed care.
* Bringing the New Mexico state government and the Navajo nation leadership together to finally resolve century-old disputes over water, gaming, and other issues.
* Privatizing half of the prisons in the state.
* Shooting down campaign finance legislation.
* Increasing the percentage of the budget devoted to improving the state’s education system.
* Repealing the Little Davis-Bacon Act, thereby allowing non-unionized labor the ability to be employed in construction of new schools and other public works.
* Overseeing the construction of 500 miles of new, four-lane highway (designed, financed, built, and guaranteed by the private sector).
* Running 100% positive campaigns, never mentioning his opponents once in print or ads.
* Coming from outside of politics with no political machine behind him to beat a former Republican Governor in the Republican primaries and then unseat an incumbent Democrat Governor in the general election by a 10 point victory margin, even at a time when Democrats outnumbered Republicans 2-1 in the state.

Johnson on abortion

He was interviewed by PLAYBOY on a host of issues in 2000:

PLAYBOY: Where do you stand on abortion rights?
JOHNSON: It should be left up to the woman. If my daughter were pregnant and she came to me and asked me what she ought to do, I would advise her to have the child. But I would not for a minute pretend that I should make that decision for her or any other woman.

PLAYBOY: But you have supported legislation that requires parental consent and signed a ban on partial birth abortions.
JOHNSON: I think the decision can be made at an earlier stage. That's why I don't support partial birth abortions. I realize it's a fine line, but I generally come down on a woman's right to decide.

PLAYBOY: Do you disagree that parental consent is problematic for teenagers who can't talk to their parents?
JOHNSON: I believe that parents ought to know. Where that can't occur, there needs to be a process in place, which we have in New Mexico.

Some will object to his stance. I do not. Abortion studies place women's reasons for abortion in a number of categories but they all boil down to two considerations: 1) health of the mother and fetus and 2) money. If you could wave a magic wand and make all expecting women millionaires, few of them would abort. So the way to reduce abortion is to increase economic opportunity for women. The way to do that is to increase their freedom. Johnson stands for eliminating central banking, fiat currency and fractional reserve lending; sharply curtailing the scale and scope of the federal government; and engaging a foreign policy of freedom. Johnson has the right agenda.


How clean is his personal and financial life? We can't afford any more Mark Sanfords. Ooo, he really let me down.


I still wish Paul would run. Ill support Johnson 100% if Paul endorses him.

Im loyal... I cant help it.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

Gary Johnson

He would be my 2nd choice if RP doesn't run. Secession is my first.

The Iron Man AND the Gold Standard

Why not both?

I'd much rather be able to vote for a Paul/Johnson ticket in '12, then a Johnson-on-top ticket in '20. Both men are healthy, eat right, and exercise regularly. Admittedly, at 76, The Good Doctor would be at a greater statistical risk of mortality, which is why we need the insurance policy of Governor Johnson in the number two position for the first eight years of the New American Renaissance.

I have been pimpin' for Paul since 1988, and watching Johnson since 1999. My only caveat to the above analysis is one of political cynicism -- it would be nice to be able to appeal also the shallow-minded melanin-rich or vaginal voters, who constitute hefty blocs in their own right. It would be ideal if Sarah Palin had Walter Williams' brains and skin tone.

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dont know much about Johnson

but what is so attractive about Ron Paul is EVERYTHING. he is a world class Austrian Economist. he believes all political action should be aimed at maximizing individual liberty. he is principled, consistent, and in tune with the world around him.

there is no next Ron Paul - maybe another great man... but few men in history have done as much as Ron Paul for human liberty

The Next Ron Pual IS RON PAUL!

Ron Paul is Running 2012! In the C-span call in the last caller asked the question again and he stated if we still had a $ problem he would have to speak out! That says to me he is running! Check out the last minute of the interview for yourself!

Is he pro-life?

I like Johnson a lot and loved that he was one of the few "majors" who came out and endorsed Rep Paul in 08.

My question is has not so much to do if he is personally pro-life or pro-choice, but whether he understands that Roe is horribly unconstitutional and was a huge breach of "states' rights." AND if he would nominate strict constructionists which would by default rule to overturn Roe.

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I don't know how I missed

I don't know how I missed this guy. But I'll be checking out more of him.

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I felt the same way when I

I felt the same way when I heard about him. Then again, that's what I thought when I first heard about Ron Paul in 2007.

Wes Messamore blogs at http://www.humblelibertarian.com


I watched the videos of his speech at The Humble Libertarian (thanks for the link) and read his Wikipedia entry. I gotta say, I'm really excited about this guy. His stance on capital punishment was the clincher; that is an issue near and dear to me, as a person who has been connected to the criminal justice system on both sides of the bars since the age of 16. I'd like to know, though, are there any areas where Mr Johnson disagrees with Ron Paul? I'm very wary of politicians who cast themselves in the mold of venerable elder statesmen. It smacks of the '08 Republican primary contest of who can be most like Ronald Reagan. That's entirely ridiculous to me. I'd like to hope that Gary Johnson is an individual, and not just Ron Paul 2.0. W.E., would you mind asking Mr Johnson if there are any areas of disagreement between him and Ron Paul? It'd be nice to know if there are. Thanks!

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That is an excellent

That is an excellent question, and I will be sure to ask that this evening when we talk about his endorsement of Ron Paul in 2008. Though you don't have to worry about Johnson trying to cast himself in the Ron Paul mold- he has a two-term, eight year record of actually implementing the kind policies we need to see in government as the Governor of New Mexico.

Wes Messamore blogs at http://www.humblelibertarian.com

I Nominate Lew Rockwell...

I agree with Bmore Brawler that there will likely never be another Ron Paul, but Lew Rockwell is a great man in his own right, who, because he is humble like Ron Paul, goes somewhat unnoticed.

he is too busy telling us to

he is too busy telling us to stop wasting our time with political action to run.

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Rockwell ROCKS, but...

I would never contest the genius or just plain "rightness" of what Lew Rockwell has to say, but I think Gary Johnson has a leg up on him because of his 8 year record as the chief executive of a state. Not only does he share many of Rockwell's and Paul's beliefs, but he has proven that he is very effective at implementing and fighting for those beliefs as an executive in government.

Wes Messamore blogs at http://www.humblelibertarian.com

On Gary Johnson

I didn't mean to ignore Gary Johnson in response to your post. In fact, I was following him and admiring him long before I even heard of Ron Paul. No doubt he would make a GREAT president, and I was wishing for that back in the 90s. The only knock on him is that his delivery can be a bit aloof, sometimes even a little strange, and I think the mainstream media would try to destroy him for that. I've always wondered if he was aware that in New Mexico, deep underneath Victorio Peak on the White Sands Missile Range, there are 10s of thousands of bars of gold bullion, not to mention a vast network of caverns and tunnels once inhabited by a lost civilization. No one knows this better than me, as I spent 3 years in the top secret excavation of this mountain from 1992-95. We were unsucessful in making the discovery not because the gold wasn't there, but because of the interpersonal dynamics of our group and some ill-advised strategic decisions. Sure would love it if you asked Mr. Johnson about this. I'd love to see your interview posted somewhere.

There will probably never be

There will probably never be another Ron Paul, but Johnson is a decent substitute and a candidate that can win. Unfortunately, he is pro-choice and is probably worse than RP when it comes to charisma and rhetoric, and also will not be able to avoid the drug issue as well as Ron and Rand have. I'll take what I can get, though.

Johnson is probably our best chance in 2012, followed by Ventura(because he can break the media blockade). He would practically co-host Larry King every night, lol.

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Hey thanks for your

Hey thanks for your feedback! As for your concerns- like Ron Paul, Gary Johnson believes in overturning Roe v. Wade and returning that issue back to the states to decide, which would likely improve things for pro-lifers (and fetuses). Also as "Governor of New Mexico, he received the endorsement of the Right To Life Committee for his work in reducing abortions through parental consent, informed consent, banning partial-birth abortion, and ending Medicaid funding for abortions. As Governor, he supported every piece of legislation offered by the Right To Life Committee." (source: http://www.johnsonforamerica.com/issues.php)

I think the drug issue will actually give him a net gain in votes, and as for alleged lack of personality, charisma, or rhetoric- you have GOT TO SEE THIS MAN SPEAK! He has even more personality than Obama's supporters think Obama has. Click that link in the article above for details and it will take you to my website where I have two videos embeded of Johnson speaking at the Rally for the Republic. It's an incredible talk.

Wes Messamore blogs at http://www.humblelibertarian.com

Great Article!

I have started to learn more and more about Gary, and I am constantly impressed. You may not agree with every little detail, but he really does put "people before politics." His new website was just launched (www.ouramericainitiative.com) and he is starting to create a great buzz. I think that we are going to be hearing a lot more about him in the coming year.

The drug issue might help

The drug issue might help him in the general election but not the GOP primary. I HAVE heard him speak. I was VERY dissapointed. However, I know that that is just a matter of opinion, and I HOPE that more people agree with your opinion of his speeches than they do with mine. I

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