Why we should ALL support Gary JohnsonSubmitted by OriginalEMZ on Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:21
To kick things off I would first like to say that I 100% support Dr. Paul and I want to see him in the White House as much as anyone else here. I firmly believe that he has a shot at winning the nomination barring any funny business by the RNC between now and Tampa. That being said, we should also be supporting Gary Johnson with just as much enthusiasm. Why? Wouldn't it be nice to have Dr. Paul AND Gary Johnson up on a stage against President Obama? By upping his polling numbers, he will have the opportunity to participate in the presidential debates. Imagine, two liberty minded individuals speaking against one tyrant. I think a two-on-one scenario would be very advantageous to our message and pursuit of liberty. I understand that there are those that will say that by having Gary Johnson in the run against Dr. Paul he might filter away votes costing Paul the election. It is entirely possible that could happen, but I believe that people would mostly vote Republican in that scenario simply because of the proliferation of the two party system.
I know there are those of you out there that are going to wait to find out how things play out at Tampa. I understand your goal of getting Dr. Paul the nomination, as that is my goal as well. But, if we do not show support for Gary Johnson and Dr. Paul does not receive the nomination, it may be too late to have Gary Johnson polling high enough to be a part of the debates at all, and we as liberty seekers would have lost a valuable voice at a crucial time. We lose nothing by supporting BOTH Gary Johnson and Dr. Paul. Both are fighting for liberty at a time when we need it most. I understand that Johnson may not be our ideal candidate, but I would rather we fight to give the American people the option of evil vs. really really great vs. really really awesome. Goldman Sachs supports two candidates, why shouldn't we?
Update: I am seeing down votes and negative comments (which I half expected), but I am not sure why. Yes, I advocated on behalf of someone other than Dr. Paul. I understand that this is a pro-Dr. Paul website, but I also thought this was a place where we gathered to work together, "Dedicated to restoring constitutional government to the United States of America." At least, that is what it says at the top of the page. I re-read my post and no where does it say, "Do not vote for Dr. Paul," so why all of the assumption and hatred? Was I wrong about the Daily Paul being a pro-liberty site for pro-liberty people? Or has it become a strict Paul fan club where the liberty movement hinges on Dr. Paul? If so, what is going to happen if Dr. Paul does not win the nomination? What about when he retires? Will we all just pack up and go home so to speak? Please tell me, what is so wrong about saying, we as Dr. Paul supporters, a man who supports liberty, should also support Gary Johnson? See that word, support? Not vote, support. I am not asking to replace Dr. Paul with Gary Johnson, I am merely saying if we care about the liberty message and getting it out to as many people as possible, why would we ignore Johnson? If he is polling at 15% he can attend the presidential debates. If both he and Dr. Paul are there, we have TWO people talking about pro-liberty solutions. For once, this is just about the liberty message! If we want to change people's perception, we need to show them as much as we can. We need to make it too hard for them to ignore the message. Please, someone explain how the message of liberty is harmed if we, as Dr. Paul supporters also support Gary Johnson.