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Quantify the Movement: The Case for Gary Johnson

Quantify the Movement: The Case for Gary Johnson
Written by a Massachusetts Delegate

The Liberty Movement has a tremendous amount of momentum, and with the convention behind us we must set our sights on November and the next four years. We have made great strides in winning offices at the grass-roots level and must continue to do so if we are to affect change, but there is one thing we have not yet been able to accomplish, and that is to show the world exactly how big our movement can be in a general election. We all know there are droves of Ron Paul and Liberty-minded supporters who did not cast votes in primaries either because they are Democrats, Independents, or only interested in participating in a general election. By all casting votes for Gary Johnson we can in the course of just one day show the world how strong we truly are. I call this "Quantifying the Movement" and venture to list several rationales for a Johnson vote below.

The Case for the Republican Party: Often times, out of love, children must be disciplined to help shape them into better people. So is the case with political parties. It is no secret the Republican Party has gone out of their way, even breaking their own rules, to kick the sand in the face of the Liberty Movement. It is true we must transform the party from within in order to change this, but we must also show in no uncertain terms that the Republican Party needs to want and accept this change if it is to maintain and grow the support of such a critical wing of the party. The two agendas are mutually beneficial, not mutually exclusive.

The Case for Rand Paul: If Mitt Romney loses the election "because of Gary Johnson," how powerful would it be for Rand Paul to be able to approach the Republican Party with a quantifiable number of how many voters he could potentially bring back to the party if he were to become the next nominee? Some would argue that Liberty supporters voting against the party would hurt Rand Paul's chances – in truth it only makes them stronger.

The Case of Conscience: For too long have people been subscribing to the notion they must vote for the lesser of two evils. We are at a point in American history where 40% of the population does not identify as either a Democrat or a Republican. This presents an incredible opportunity to show the two parties that the system must evolve in order to survive.

The Case for the Message: A large voter turnout for Gary Johnson and Libertarian beliefs will force the general public to at the very lease ask why, and asking this important question is the first step towards discovering what the Liberty Message actually is.

In the following sections, I would like to offer several alternatives to the Johnson vote and why they are not as supportive of the Liberty Movement.

The No-Vote: Not voting is the weakest form of protest vote an individual can ever perform, simply because it is a protest that will never be heard. Staying home and not voting is quite possibly the worst thing a supporter of the Liberty Movement can do on Election Day.

The Write-In: The unfortunate truth of the matter is that write-ins simply are not counted. The candidate has to make themselves eligible as a write-in in most states and therefore a write-in is the practical equivalent of a no-vote. Gary Johnson will be on the ballot in all 50 states, guaranteeing that those votes for the Liberty Movement have the highest likelihood of being counted.

The Other Third Parties: The other third parties will most likely not be on the ballot in all 50 states. Therefore, not all of the Liberty Movement will be able to cast a unified vote at the national level.

The Romney Vote: The proper way to affect change within the Republican Party is to get and stay organized at the local and grass-roots level. Members of the Liberty Movement must get themselves elected into positions from school boards and town committees all the way up to the Senate. However, thinking change will come by voting for a man who has repeatedly shunned the Liberty Movement is unrealistic and effectively gives permission to the Republican Party to continue business as usual.

The Obama Vote: Many Liberty supporters were once Obama supporters, but it is clear that he has failed in his promise to end wars and promote Liberty. In fact, he has done the exact opposite by creating more wars and passing legislation that erodes personal liberties. The Liberty Movement cannot endorse this and still call itself a Liberty Movement.

Finally, those who take issue with Gary Johnson’s position on abortion must keep in mind that although Ron Paul and Gary Johnson’s personal opinions on abortion differ, their actual policy opinions are not all that different. Both believe that legislation should happen at the state level and not in the courts.

Whatever you do in November, do it at the polls and feel good about the vote you place in the box. We are in a unique position as a movement to parlay great momentum into a very loud and clear message to the Republican Party and the Nation as a whole that the Liberty Movement is alive, well, and indeed the future. Let's show the world what the Liberty Movement means numerically in a General Election so that we may grow in strength and continue to right the path of These United States.

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If Ron Paul was to run as the Libertarian candidate...

that would be the ultimate game changer and go down in political history as the savviest political move of all time.

The Republicans would drop dead, Democrats would feel confident they have it wrapped-up with many not voting and Ron Paul could be the next President of the United States.

Don't think for a second this

Don't think for a second this isn't heavy on his mind right now... America is left with no choice (Obama/Romney). Ron and US his grass roots are the only viable alternative. He owes the Republican party nothing after the treatment he received from them. He has never not once said he would not run third party!

Are you serious?

Do you think Gary would really step down and is there a remote possibility Ron Paul will run? That would be so incredible!!! Everyone who kept verifying, "You're sure Paul is not going to run Independent, right? Great, because we're going to run him over with a Mac Truck, abuse his delegates, relegate everyone liberty minded to the sidelines; but thanks for verifying we have nothing to worry about by way of competition." They would be so shocked if he ran Libertarian and of course would take a huge percentage of the vote - in fact, he could even win. For real. Ron Paul is the only one who could run third party and win.

I love to bash both Romney and Ryan (Ryan's my Congressman), its so easy, but everyone wonders why at this point? "Do you really want Obama again?" they ask because Romney is the only one who can beat him at this point." I'd just absolutely love it if Ron Paul would run!!!!!

gtfo out of here

this is seriously on the homepage? fuck off!

I guess Nystrom drunk the GJ Koolaid?

Vote for the guy who has an L next to his name just like Rombots and Obamabots.

This place is being overrun by GJbots.

There goes the liberty movement's values.

You know who else has an L next to his name?

- Bob Barr
- Jon Huntsman

Do I really need to go on?

Fight the Ron Paul blackout on the Daily Paul (now 'P AU L'), put his removed poster back as your avatar:

talk issues not parties

Last I checked Jon Huntsman was Republican. He was a Republican Governor of Utah for a couple of terms and ran for President as a Republican. If he changed recently so what. Gary Johnson has been a Republican as well until he decided to run for the Libertarian ticket. Which I will add is the same thing Ron Paul did in 1988. Does that make him horrible too?

Now if you don't think they are libertarian enough for you that is another issue. Some would argue the same of Dr. Paul.

I Drank the Liberty Kool Aid

What Kool Aid are you drinking? The Non-effectiveness Kool Aid. I for one have to at least try.

Let me guess you will write

Let me guess you will write in Ron Paul?

aka Not sell out for a politician with a spotty past

Just because he has an L next to his name.

What about you?

What's your excuse--let me guess you frame it with being being desperate and not having an option?

Hmmmm... so you went for what you perceived as the lesser of 3 Evils?

You decided to eat bird crap instead of dog or cat?

Do you really feel excited about chewing on that GJ?

Fight the Ron Paul blackout on the Daily Paul (now 'P AU L'), put his removed poster back as your avatar:

No answer?

No answer?

Simple Johnson doesn't have a

Simple Johnson doesn't have a chance at wining. A vote for him is a vote for the Libertarian Party. A viable third party sure could not hurt.

So enlighten me with your wisdom... Who is so pure to deserve your vote?

John Travolta > GJ & has a billion times more chance of being


Plus he makes good movies.

Why would anyone vote for GJ other than the L next to his name?

Also who is GJ's VP, some no named loser?

You know who is Travolta's running mate?


That's right, he diffused missiles in The Rock and sent bankers to Hell as Ghost Rider.


Fight the Ron Paul blackout on the Daily Paul (now 'P AU L'), put his removed poster back as your avatar:

gj's vp is not a no name loser

it is ron paul...that's what he said: http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/

Lets see what happens

Not convinced it will work sorry

It's Called Daily Paul NOT Daily Gary Johnson!

Sorry but I will write in Ron Paul and any push for this guy is a total lost cause. Get mad at me if you like I don't care. He should have convinced the public a long time ago. I know the Media ignored him and that sucks... The media ignored Ron Paul but the whole world knows who he is, Why?

All Ron Paul videos go viral.
Never wanted to share one Gary Johnson video ever.

There are people in other countries who Love Ron Paul
Mention Gary in Poland and I bet you will hear, "Gary Who?"

DailyPaul.com NOT DailyGaryJohnson.com let it be please we are pissed off enough after this RNC crap!

P.S. Do I like his stance on many things yes, but don't try to sway me at this point...

I'm from germany

and I would vote for gary johnson... are you seriously waiting for somebody who is exactly like ron paul? then you should be very patient... gary johnson is a step closer to freedom and liberty...it is not the same thing that ron paul would give you, but it is a small taste of it and I believe that as soon people taste liberty then they want more...

I live in "other countries"

all the ron paul fans here in Italy knows gary johnson as well, and for what I can see, they like it. I like it.

RP's cause is LIBERTY

Matt and everyone else,

Let us not get torn apart on this issue. I and everyone else are huge supporters of Dr. Paul and the message of liberty. The main goal of this campaign for Ron Paul was to win this election, his secondary goal was to awaken the cause for liberty within me, and everyone else who heard his message. In 2008 I was a young republican to the core who had heard the name Ron Paul but until right before the 2008 election I was voting for McCain. I feel grateful to Dr Paul because without him I probably would be voting Mitt this election cycle however Dr Paul influenced me in 2008 and I have been listening to him ever since. Ron Paul's message is not to idolize one man, Ron Paul. RP is humble enough to realize that he is a messenger of liberty and that we, his supporters, not focus on RP the person but the message of liberty he awoke within us. Let's work together in an intelligent way... Ron Paul will not be on the ballot for the 2012 election, plain and simple. The Republican Party must be changed from within and it simply will not happen by writing in our champion of the constitution. If Gary Johnson were to receive a sudden surge in votes and cause Mitt Romney to lose the election it only gives our movement bargaining power in the future and will further RP's cause of promoting Liberty as many will be forced to take a second look as to why Mitt lost.
Writing in RP simply dosn't do this. Lets honor RP not by idolizing him but by fulfilling his intent and furthering the cause of liberty.

I Agree

Let's not our love of THE MAN, ruin the MESSAGE of LIBERTY. It has been and always will be about the message. Ron Paul sadly is leaving political life and we need to keep the message alive and well. If we have to wait for another person that we love as much as Ron Paul I fear we will be waiting a very long time, possibly our children and their children will still be waiting.

Special Announcement Sept. 4th!!!

Ron is making a special announcement on Jay Leno on September 4th. I know many of us are hoping it's that Ron is running Indy or third party. Some are hoping he will endorse Johnson.

I just got off the phone with someone very close to Ron and want to tell everyone that a third party run is possible. At this point that is not what the announcement is going to be. It's also not a Johnson or Romney endorsement, so says my well placed source. Again, take it worth a grain of salt, but I trust that this person is close enough to Ron to know.


And you are all betraying that cause

I am not American, i can't vote, i live on another continent. I have been following RP since before 2008 election. I watched a lot of debates, debated online and tried to campaign for liberty movement as much as i could from here. I couldn't donate so i bought shirts.

I just wanted to say that it hurts to see what dailypaul has turned into. Instead of serving as a central point for strengthening the message, a group of people that once stood for hardcore principles, a group that argued that no matter what establishment does, we will write in Ron Paul, now servers as a central point for deluding the message, splitting the movement and alienating people, convincing them not to write in Ron Paul. A guy that supports going into wars, looks at drug laws as cost-benefit analysis only, wants FED to continue controlling prices and backstabs Ron Paul during live debate, is really a guy that would send all our alarm bells off a few months ago. No such thing as an important cost-benefit analysis when weighing on whether person has a right to chose something that affects only him. Every war you as a country ever went into had a cost-benefit analysis behind it :(, and his FED politics just ensure that the ruling elite stays the same.

I see this as betrayal.

ANY government existing is coercive

and a "betrayal of principles" if you want to be extreme about it. Because any government violates the non-aggression principle. So Ron Paul isn't perfect either by libertarian standards in fact no politician is or could ever be. But politics is a necessary evil because not enough people support libertarianism to make a stateless society or 'anarchy' a viable option.


Then you my friend are part of the problem. Open your mind and be amazed at what you might find.


a can of worms...

um...is your name

"Only Ron Paul 2012"? Does that mean you are going to write him in at this point or pray he runs Libertarian?

I will be voting Gary Johnson

Ron Paul is not suggesting we write his name in. In most states Ron Paul would have to apply for a write in. He is not running for President as of yet, if he ran 3rd party Im sure everyone here would vote for him. So far all we have is which Candidate Ron Paul likes the most. That would be Gary Johnson. He hasn't said anything good about any other candidate, and he can't officially endorse any other candidate. I believe he has made a deal with the RNC to not endorse anyone else if he won't endorse Romney, for the sake of his name and Rand Paul's future. As of now in a round about way Ron Paul is telling us to vote for Johnson. Until Ron steps in and runs for president on any other ticket, Gary Johnson should have everyone's support to keep the momentum of the movement going forward! This is just my opinion, I'm not telling anyone to vote against their conscience.

If we don't drink the GJ Koolaid, then we're the enemy


GJ is nothing like RP and never will be.

He's just some guy with an L next to his name so you worship like an Obama bot.

Fight the Ron Paul blackout on the Daily Paul (now 'P AU L'), put his removed poster back as your avatar:

What Problem?

Because I won't fully support Gary Johnson I am part of what problem? It is a problem you create by trying to divide us and vote for someone other than Ron Paul. Gary IS cool but he will Never get my vote and a for for him clearly takes away from any write in votes Paul could get guaranteed.

Ron Paul on Gary Johnson:

Ron Paul on Gary Johnson:
"I think he's wonderful and I think he's doing a good job and people should look at him - and every individual should make up their own mind!" Matt I love RP, this is about LIBERTY. Please vote your conscience. I have been doing research and reading between the lines and I will be voting for the only LIbErTY candidate that will be on the Ballot in all 50 States. Please check out this link when considering a write in for Ron Paul(something Ron Paul himself is not telling you to do):

"every individual should make up their own mind" -RP

This would be RP's response no matter what question he was asked. This is why we are voting for Ron Paul!!! !!!

Law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love, unless they first become the objects of our knowledge.

James Wilson