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Governor Gary Johnson: Bring U.S Troops Home NOW

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Statement by Two-Term Governor Gary Johnson,
Libertarian for President
In 2001, I supported going into Afghanistan to uproot al Qaeda. We succeeded in a matter of months. The Taliban was humbled and al Qaeda scattered to the winds -- all within a year.

But rather than leave immediately, the United States stayed -- for another 11 long years. We’ve lost too many lives and spent too many hundreds of billions of dollars, trying to build a nation that doesn't want to be built.

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney want to keep troops in Afghanistan until at least 2014. I’m Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for President, and I won’t wait.

As president of the United States, I’ll immediately order our troops home from Afghanistan. We will no longer put American lives in harm’s way or rack up more government debt that we simply cannot afford.

We must bring troops home from around the world NOW.

We must cut military spending dramatically NOW to avoid becoming another Greece - a country that’s awash in debt, unrest, and massive unemployment.

Nearly a quarter-century after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we still maintain nearly 54,000 American troops in Germany, 11,000 in Italy and over 9,000 in Britain. More than 39,000 are still stationed in Japan.

This is all being funded with money we just don’t have.

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney want to keep these costly and unnecessary military bases open. Obama wants to spend more money on the military, and Romney wants to buy the Navy more ships.

During my presidency, I will bring many of these troops home and close hundreds of unneeded bases overseas, saving over $1 Trillion within five years.

I will reduce military spending by 43 percent -- yet there will be no shortage of American troops, military hardware or military force to defend our country if there’s ever a need.

The United States will still be the preeminent military power in the world -- and defense will actually mean defense.

This will reduce hostility towards America and make us safer.

More countries will be willing to import American goods and services - which will create more jobs here at home.

American will be, not just a military power, but also an economic power -- with a solvent and strong economy.

Let’s make America the land of Peace and Prosperity.

Join me at Lp.org and get involved!

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No, he's arrogant enough to

No, he's arrogant enough to make everyone else pay for it.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
"Annoyance is step one of thinking"
"We're all in the same boat, it doesn't matter if you like me"

You missed my point that

You missed my point that spending in your personal life or on your campaign has nothing to do with political ideology. Where exactly did you get the 10:1 number from? Johnson won't win because he's a third party candidate and unless you're a wealthy billionaire/famous celebrity, you don't have a shot that way

1776Free4all likes to post made up numbers and such with his

opinion on any Gary Johnson post. If Ron Paul does not get the nomination this post details all the laws that will effect Ron Paul being able to run 3rd party or as a write-in. I support Ron Paul but if he doesn't get the nomination then that is it for him. That is where Gary Johnson comes in as the next best thing. I will never attack a liberty candidate. I wish you would not either.

Considerations on a Ron Paul - 3rd party or write-in campaign and the future of the liberty movement:

Anonymous Libertarians


Is pro fed, pro choice, pro empire.
Those ARE NOT liberty qualities no matter how you try and paint otherwise and GJ will NEVER get my vote.
Once Paul returns to the stage, GJ will be a fleeting glimpse.

1777 free 4 all says GJ is a ZERO and thats not a made up number.

"OH NO! He has a SON?" Neoconservatives and Liberals EVERYWHERE!

Rand Paul 2016

Gary Johnson is far from

Gary Johnson is far from perfect, but it's also unfair to portray him as if he's exactly the same as Obama or Romney. While he might not go as far in opposing war and "empire" as Ron Paul in principle, he's opposed the recent wars as much as RP has, and he supports an across the board 43% cut in spending, including the military. Again, I'm not saying he's the ideal candidate, nor that he's better than Paul, but he is clearly the best candidate that will be on the general election ballot

GJs moneybombs bomb nobody bets on a lame horse

Gary Johnson "Climb Mt. CNN" Moneybomb | Facebook
June 11, 2011
(failed 3,418 invited 150 "showed" no mention of how much was raised)

Now onto may May 30, 2012
Mt. Everest money bomb for Gary Johnson exceeds original goal


Wow they exceed a whopping $29,035 by what $0.03 cents?
edit: what is that 11 1/2 people maxing out?

Gary Johnson raised in the 3rd quarter $236,193.77,he spent $231,317.99 he has $10,882.33 cash on hand with a total debt of $240,066.88
Are you kidding continuing to push this loser here? There is no support for him and there will not be. He is a dead end.

November 6th 2012 I voted for Dr.Ron Paul
"We must remember, elections are short-term efforts. Revolutions are long-term projects." ~ Ron Paul

Derpity Derp Derp

So Ron Paul should have just given up back in 88 when I voted for him for the first time and I was just a fool then? That's what it sounds like your saying . . . Or maybe you are saying I should just vote for Mitt Romney then? He raises way more money than any of these other guys . . .

Anonymous Libertarians

TrevorDarden in the spirit of you unending GJ spam

I hand it right back to you. Gary Johnson is a lowdown,self centered punk who Ron Paul will no longer endorse so go ahead with your crappy little GJ post because from now on this is all you get.


Gary allowed this article on his official 2012 campaign website.

The Pragmatic Libertarian

As we pleaded for the longest time what was done? He put it on his facebook page to boot complete with the word racist that was a hyperlink to this "newsletter expose" on Ron Paul. http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/angry-white-man

How soon you people forget.

And that was after Ron Paul endorsed Gary in 2011 before Ron entered the race. Gary has never apologized for this to my knowledge and I think it really hurt Ron that he would stoop that low to try to make himself appear a better candidate than Ron and providing links to the famed "racist newsletters" on his campaign website.

And that I surmise is why Jesse Benton stated unequivocally a few weeks ago that Ron will not endorse him.

November 6th 2012 I voted for Dr.Ron Paul
"We must remember, elections are short-term efforts. Revolutions are long-term projects." ~ Ron Paul

You are not telling the truth

The part of the story that you are talking about was not on Gary's website you are the one posting links to the New Republic racism story. You are not telling the truth. Gary's website quoted the story at the daily and it did not quote anything at all that portrayed Ron Paul in a negative light. You sir have failed!

Anonymous Libertarians

Cannot you read anything and understand it when it's clear?

And you know what that makes you.


"The word 'racist' is a link in the site to the New Republic hit piece on the old newsletters."

I went to Garys official campaign website and saw it when it happened as did countless others here and at RonPaulForums the word racist WAS a hyperlink to the New Republic hit piece because I clicked on it and read it.

You can live in your fantasy la-la land of denial all you want we know the true story and Gary Johnson is crap in many's book because of this. This is probably one of the main reasons why Ron will not endorse him any longer I believe. He is non gratis for endorsements any longerin Pauls eyes because he rode on his coattails,got an endorsement and then turned around and stuck a knife in his back.

I didn't fail at anything, Gary Johnson failed at having any real integrity.

Didn't you see before Gary quit the republican party at the debate where the question was asked "Who would you endorse?" Paul wouldn't endorse anyone after Gary said he would endorse Paul. Telling.

November 6th 2012 I voted for Dr.Ron Paul
"We must remember, elections are short-term efforts. Revolutions are long-term projects." ~ Ron Paul

Show me the link

Show me the link on Gary Johnson's web page and his facebook page. I saw links to newsletters thousands of times and I don't recall ever seeing it on Gary Johnson's campaign web site.

Anonymous Libertarians

The scumbag

finally cleaned it up after so many complaints.

November 6th 2012 I voted for Dr.Ron Paul
"We must remember, elections are short-term efforts. Revolutions are long-term projects." ~ Ron Paul

Supporting Johnson violates my principles

Abortion is a form of aggression thus violates the Libertariab NAP. Therefore I cannot support Gary J

Libertarians can or cannot favor abortion according to a simple

principal. (This isn't really a new concept).

IF you define the fetus (embryo, zygote, fertilized egg) is a person then obviously that person has rights. And killing that person for any reason is 100% wrong.

If you define the fetus (embryo, zygote, fertilized egg) as simply a mass of tissue until, birth/viability/whatever event - then of course until that time it has no rights, and the sanctitiy of the woman's rights and her body is utmost.

So you can be the strictest libertarian and still have very much different views, depending on your definition.

PERSONALLY I think that life begins at conception - and I am glad that my birth-mother (though not the rest of her family) felt the same, because if not there is a 100% unquestionable chance that I would have been aborted.

Just playing devil's advocate....

The people that support and have abortions do not view the zygote/fetus as a person, therefore they are not consciously committing agression. I don't know Johnson's position, but like Ron Paul may be personally against it, but I haven't gotten into it.

To be perfectly honest I don't care right now. Voting and support based on one issue that effects 0.5% of the population just seems silly considering all we are up against. I would never denigrate your stand on principle, you are honorable in doing so. It is, however, in my opinion a mirrored image of the Liberals on forums (and a few I know personally) that agree with everything Ron Paul says but will not vote for him because he is against abortion. Both sides seem counterproductive.

We need to face facts. Nothing is going to change on the abortion question, especially in the short term -- maybe never. Republicans held all 3 branches of government 18 years since Roe v Wade, they did nothing.

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain

Yeah, also they could be fakes.

Look at Bush for instance. He claimed he was 100% pro-life but made the decision for war...killing many in other countries as well as many from ours. Makes no sense what so ever.

So You Support War (and Chicken) Hawks Obamney Rombama Then??!?!

I know the overwhelming majority of us are staunch Ron Paul supporters. I am absolutely one as well. GJ is a very distant 2nd to RP for me. But GJ is a million times better than Obamney Rombama. You don't like GJ's abortion stance? Well would you prefer Romney's pro-life stance (for the unborn) but also accept his pro-death stance on these unconstitutional wars that are there to financially support the MIC (and the war-mongering Bush dynasty since they're Mittens' advisers).

How can Ron Paul supporters down-vote an "end the wars" post, even if it's by GJ. That's throwing the baby out with the bathwater.


I support Principle. Do you have principle? Is abortion agression or is it not? Did you condemn Rand Paul?

I Was Upset At Rand (though I'm still generally a fan)

If the election choices are Mitt, Obama and GJ, who would you vote for? I know it's the lesser of evils pick if you're pro-life but Mitt and Obama will cost countless lives with their aggressive, unconstitutional wars. GJ is certainly not perfect (listen to his interview w/ Bob Wenzel for proof of that) but, overall, he has a good number of positives (IMO anyway).

Once Ron retires, we'll never have a candidate like him again. We're going to have to get used to voting for candidates "with warts". It will be a huge black mark in the history of this country if Ron Paul is not our next president.

Honestly I agree

I am just making a point to the Libertarian Party Community here who have bashed Rand Paul on 'principle'.

We are $15T in debt, we've

We are $15T in debt, we've been at war for 10 years, entitlements have become rights, the FED is operating in secret, taxes and regulations are out of control, the bill of rights is being shredded, and a dollar crisis is imminent. People who refuse to vote for a Libertarian because of abortion are, well, not making a good decision to say it nicely. But hey, Santorum is there for those who think a lack of abortion laws is the big issue in America right now.

"Where liberty is, there is my country." -Benjamin Franklin

Its about principle

Abortion is agression. I believe in NAP. Gary Johnson does not.

Respect for all human life...

...including an unborn child that cannot fend for itself yet, shows true character and integrity of those whom are willing to stand up for the innocent.

I don't agree with Johnson's stand on abortion either BUT

I agree with 95% of everything else he says. And I don't agree with even 20% of anything Obama or Romney say.

So if Ron Paul (my 100% guy) isn't on the ballot - its Gary Johnson.

I will vote constitution

I will vote constitution party.

Did you condemn Rand Paul

First off, in matters of Principle there can be no compromise position. Either you believe in NAP or you do not. Gary clearly does not....That said; Did you condemn Rand?

SOMEBODY is going to be our President for the next four years.

They aren't going to simply hang a sign on the White House door saying "Sorry - but nobody I agreed with 100% was running, so this house will be vacant for the next four years. Signed 'Me'"

And if you advocating that people not vote for anyone unless they have the same carbon copy set of beliefs and values as the candidate - then maybe 8 people will vote in the next Presidential election.

So I don't CARE if Johnson doesn't have exactly the same political phylosophy as I do. If he is the best candidate he gets my vote.

And I did not condemn Rand. I wasn't happy with his timing. But I didn't condemn him.


fair enough you are not a hypoctrite

Now? You mean while they're

Now? You mean while they're over there spreading democracy and goodness and unicorns and pink fluffy clouds? Don't you know that people around the world need and beg America to invade them and share our great goodness and moral purity with them?

Sorry I was listening to my dad earlier and it must have bled over.

I know where it comes from.

I rented the Color Honeymooners from Netflix. Its the Jackie Gleason, Art Carney show, but it was filmed in color and in Miami.

Ralph and Ed win the Flakey Wakey, Sweepstakes and get a trip to Europe. And this is where the fun begins.

We are talking here about the way, supposedly, that Europeans viewed Americans in 1967 (or at least the way that we thought they viewed us).

EVERYBODY falls all over themselves for the Americans. Everyone loves the Americans and since no European has any money, Ralph (a bus driver) and Ed (a sewer worker) can buy anything - impress anyone.

I remember hearing about the "ugly American" from that period. All I can tell you is that if our perception of THEIR perception of US is even 1% accurate - then Americans really did think their sh...t didn't stink.

A lot of older people grew up during this era. Most saw plenty of movies about how we were the envy of the world and most Americans have never traveled internationally.

OF COURSE other countries envy us for our prosperity (chuckle chuckle) and our goodness. (And our unicorns and our pink fluffy clouds.)