Why are all these people voting for Johnson?Submitted by JayDee on Fri, 09/07/2012 - 01:16
I seen a question in the comments as to why would anyone vote for Gary Johnson and I wanted to write a long winded answer to that question but first I want to talk to the Ron Paul only people out there, yes you know who you are. Please understand that the majority of Johnson supporters would be happy to support Dr. Paul any day of the week. They understand the message, they are not Johnny come Lately's, they are not the unwashed and unclean.. they are your brothers and sisters of this revolution and they get it. So you may want to give them a little credit and listen to what they have to say before you go with your gut reaction. The following is what I, one of them, has to say to the following question.
Why are all these people voting for Johnson?
Harry Browne was an author and the Libertarian Party candidate for President in 1996 and 2000. He is the person who brought me to liberty, just like Ron Paul brought many of you to liberty, Browne was the person who opened my eyes and cured my apathy. Harry Browne had a radio show in the past, and he was once asked the question, "Is is better to advocate for Anarchy or Limited Government?" .. Browne's answer surprised me at the time because he said, it is an impractical argument and doesn’t matter because we are so far away from a free society that we can have that argument once we get closer to having a free society. (I've actually found the show if you would like to listen to it, as long as this link holds out. https://www.dropbox.com/s/7lozno1fy84jzdy/Harry%20Browne%20o... )
We do not and it is not practical for us to continue to argue who is better, Ron Paul or Gary Johnson. If I agree with Paul 90% of the time and Gary 80% of the time does that mean I should throw my vote away because neither are 100%? No, the message must move forward. Gary openly admits he smoked marijuana. Calls for an end of all wars. Will tell the American people you have to stop government spending now. This is our message, it is my message and I want it out there.
It's simple really. When you are in a hole, you need to go up by any means necessary, just because you have a ladder and not a jet pack doesn’t mean you throw the ladder away and pray for a jet pack to materialize to get you out of the hole. We have to continue to move up be it by rope or our bare hands we have to move forward.
We are voting for Johnson because, like it or not, believe it or not, Ron Paul is not running for president in 2012 in any way shape of form that would indicate he wanted anyone to actually vote for him. Vermin Supreme is a crazy crackpot but he is running for president, we know because he says so, and despite the fact that he will never be on a ballot anywhere and wears a boot on his head, he actually indicates to us by saying so that, Yes, he is running for president. Ron Paul was on the Tonight Show, with millions watching.. including a vast number of potential voters and he did not tell people to vote for him. So we know for sure that Ron Paul is not a candidate in 2012. We lost, I'm sorry.. if you've been around the liberty movement for any amount of time you'll know this is not an uncommon outcome.
Why now Johnson? Because Gary Johnson is the smallest "small government" Governor in the entire history of the United States. If your looking for someone who is on equal stature as Ron Paul you won't find it, but Gary stands head and shoulders above all the other potential politicians running for president. Clearly he is the logical choice for liberty minded people. It is the most effective thing you can do with your voice as of right now. (and if someone has a better plan, lets hear it. I'm all ears.)
Don't worry about the argument if Ron Paul is better than Gary Johnson or vice versa, that’s not the argument to have now. The argument to have now is how we can further the message of liberty and bring this to more people and awaken more even more of us. We can argue the finer details when we are at a point where we can actually do something about them as Harry Browne had suggested.
Writing in Ron Paul will effectively have about as much impact as voting for Mickey Mouse. On election night our voice will read "other" on the CNN news feed (if it's listed at all) .. wouldn't it be great if instead of "other" it said Gary Johnson? People would flock to the web to see who this person is who could get so many votes and in turn learn about the message of liberty.
The people of this country HATE their choices for President, but they don't believe there is a viable alternative. What we can do this election is unite the Ron Paul Revolution around Gary Johnson and get more than 20% of the general vote. If we achieve that it will shock the world and in our loss we will advance the message more than anyone could dream. The message needs to continue to be out there and it needs to look viable to the main stream to get traction. This is our chance to do some good here even in defeat.
This is why those of us are voting for Johnson, and I'm sure you'll see many comment below on their own reasons... If you are a "Dr. Paul only" please read them and consider our words.. We are with you, we just disagree on the finer details of what to do now.. And remember this movement has never been about the man, it's always been about the message.