The Importance of Gary JohnsonSubmitted by Redgyl on Wed, 02/29/2012 - 13:57
For a while now, Gary Johnson supporters have been pointing out one simple fact: even as a Republican, the media had completely blacked Gary Johnson out, even worse than what they did for the iconic Ron Paul. Now, after pondering that fact, I think I know why.
Gary Johnson, being so similar to Ron Paul, is a "second witness" to the political truths that Ron Paul expresses. Worse, he is evidence that those truths work.
Gary Johnson, as a libertarian-leaning Republican, ousted incumbant governor of New Mexico by a significant margin (at least 40% more than his opponent) in a state with a heavy Democrat voting population (2-1). This by itself doesn't prove much, but then he got reelected against a hispanic Democrat by a similarly significant margin, being the first NM governor in years to be elected a second consecutive term ever; in New Mexico, there was a law holding term limits to 1. That had changed in 1991, 2 years before Johnson was elected.
This is evidence that a libertarian-leaning Republican can easily compete and win against multiple establishment opponents. This record proves that freedom -- libertarianism -- is indeed popular. If Gary Johnson did it in New Mexico, Ron Paul can do it nation-wide.
While in office, Gary Johnson vetoed so many bills, and line item vetoed even more that he earned a nickname, "Governor Veto." Anytime someone approached him with a bill, he'd ask if government should be involved with that to begin with. Through cutting costs, he succeeded in balancing the budget, even as he cut taxes. He left NM with a surplus. I'm sure that if he had proposed a bill to get rid of the imposed term limits, he could have stayed in the office longer than 8 years.
Gary Johnson did this completely independent of Ron Paul. He was not a "Ron Paul Republican" following the footsteps of his hero. He probably didn't even know he was a libertarian. He just wanted to bring common sense to the governor's chair
Do you see how dangerous this story is to those trying to block Ron Paul out?
So long as Ron Paul stands alone in his convictions, and so long as his ideas remain as unproven theories, they can call him crazy and disregard his message, and that will work. In the public's mind, Ron Paul will remain an idealist, full of crazy ideas that don't work in real life (because "nobody's"implemented them in real life). They can say that a "Doctor No" in office wouldn't get anything done and would do no good. They can say that what worked for our Founding Fathers 200 years ago can't work today.
But here is Gary Johnson. Independently of Ron Paul, he had implemented those very same ideas, and they worked. Now "crazy Uncle Ron's" outlandish ideas no longer stand alone, reliant of words of obscure philosophiers from across the globe, or from heros long ago in a different life. Now we have a normal, ordinary American using those ideas on American soil, and it worked. Here and now, it has worked.
Ron Paul's iconic witness to his message does not stand alone. Gary Johnson's record and words stand with his.