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HuffPost: Gary Johnson, Antitrust Plaintiff, Sues Major Parties for Monopolizing Politics

Lawsuits are common in politics, but there was one filed recently that is not common at all: someone has brought an antitrust suit, alleging that the major political parties have monopolized politics, and it is not exactly some crackpot who did it. The plaintiff is Gary Johnson, who is the Libertarian Party's nominee to be President, and who was not long ago the Governor of New Mexico. Governor Johnson's campaign filed suit on Friday in a California federal court, alleging that the Democrats, the Republicans, and the Commission on Presidential Debates have conspired to exclude other candidates in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. Governor Johnson seeks to enjoin the Presidential debates until other candidates are permitted to participate, so as to "restore competition and a level and honest playing field amongst those persons seeking the presidency . . . ."

Initially I thought the press release announcing the suit might be bogus; it went out on Friday, and was picked up by quite a few libertarian websites, but has been largely ignored in the mainstream media. But it's for real, as both the campaign and the federal courts' online dockets database confirmed for me.

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Any updates on the Johnson suit?

Gary Johnson's VP pick Judge Gary P. Gray has an impressive back ground as being a great judge.

For more information on him visit the link below!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_P._Gray

The Winds of Change!

YEA

This is what I am talking about, the second I heard GJ on Kokesh way back when I knew GJ was the real deal. Folks we are being challenged, lets see what the liberty movement can do without the Jesse Benton problem.

You just got PAULED!

My sentiments as well!

I’m tired of piss poor campaign managers!

The Winds of Change!

My comments to the Commission running the presidential

debates:

Yes, Gary Johnson Must be included in debates if we give a damn about America. The two party system has been corrupted for decades but now you can't tell the difference between Republicans and Democrats. Romney is so Not conservative that he really is a democrat at heart, and of course, Obama, who is most likely not even American, is a dictator who sees the U.S. Constitution as a hindrance to his ideals. Romney is okay with the Patriot Act, the NDAA, and the Federal Reserves QE3, and thinks as Obama does, that we can print money enough to get out of this depression. Romney has no clue how economics works. Romney can't wait to kill Iranians but Obama is hesitant to kill his brother Muslims. Israel will make us go to war with a false flag op - wait and see.

If there are intelligent people in your organization, why are you letting a stupid rule like 15% stop you from helping America, this is not a time to be picayune, besides, most are unaware of GJ and he will garner 40% within two debates for certain. If we do not do an about face and lower taxes substantially across the board, with much deregulation, and curtail spending, we will have a crash t hat may literally end America for all time because there will be country wide riots, a civil war will ensue.

I have another comment: This is to castigize your behavior in not allowing a Constitutionalist join the debates.

You and the world should be or become aware that the RNC only a month ago has literally ended for all time the possibility of fair elections in the Nominating process at the Republican Convention. Why, because they made a rule that states in effect, only candidates who are "approved" by the GOP can participate in the RNC, which means that a grass roots candidate will be shut out, period. To make certain the RNC did not miss any loopholes, they created an end all rule: "the RNC can create a new rule at any time, even during the RNC proper." In other words, there will Never be fair elections in America again where nominating a Republican candidate is concerned because the RNC/GOP will decide for us. Our votes are meaningless.

Now, why are you not aware of this - you, who hold the authority as to who is in the debates and who is not? Until proven otherwise, I find you guilty of voting for the Almighty Dollar rather than for what is Right and Just. You who are a not for profit organization, I suspect of being a not for America organization. With the most important elections in the history of America about to unfold, it is time to show your colors.

Do what is right.

I admire Ron's notion of change through

peace, but these two parties have such a stranglehold over the election process, the debates,the MSM, and each cycle it only seems to get worse. The MSM and the Republicans did all they could to block out Dr. Paul and this is what they are going to continue to do to those who go against the status quo. I jumped on board the liberty movement to try and get involved in the Republican party and change it from within, but sometimes I wonder if barging into the debate hall with 10,000 angry citizens carrying Gov. Johnson to the platform and demanding he be included is really what needs to happen in order for the two-headed snake to understand that we have all just about had enough of their crap!

We will change this

"but these two parties have such a stranglehold over the election process"!

We will change this

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WOW! A man with a real set of balls!

This is the kind of guy I want to back. A man who's NOT afaid to fight back, with everything he's got!

GO Johnson!

The Winds of Change!

Absolutely

This guy has courage. He vetoed hundreds of bills in NM.

I like Johnson. He doesn't

I like Johnson. He doesn't just talk; he does.

All Willards talk about his

All Willards talk about his lawyers controlling him. Why dont we just require his lawyers to get up there and answer his questions?

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GJ's VP, Judge James P Gray is

really COOL! I hope they prevail decisively.

I have a feeling

The GJ campaign will win.
But instead of inviting GJ they will cancell the debates.

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Too late for Denver Debate

There is no way they will cancel the debate. But the action & continued pressure on sponsors may get the Governor into the 2nd or 3rd debate.

He only needs to get into the 3rd one. It would rock the RepubliCrats.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

Sean

The Judge has to decide on this case before the first debate -- by law.

GJ can still be debating on Oct. 3rd.

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Injunction

I do not expect to see an injunction. Remember: the Attorney General works for the President.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

if

if they don't include GJ in the debates there should be 100K folks out there demonstrating....sit-ins hunger strikes etc.

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Fine

Then use the lawsuit as it is intended. It is not the solution or the answer. It is a catalyst.

The Judge is a shrewd man.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

Inertia

On your side Liberty and being hopeful is positive. Respectfully:

Do not expect the Democrats or Republicans to honor the court ruling. They will come up with logistic reasons, etc... why they could not accommodate the Governor at the last minute. In the same breath they will be filing an appeal which will create a second delay. Judge Gray will file another complaint, etc.. and the 2nd debate could pass. In fact, the RepubliCrats could push all the way through the 3rd debate, not include the Governor and then "lose" the case & pay a minor fine.

The RepubliCrats have inertia and the raw power to ignore the ruling and then counter-punch... all behind the thin veil of the "neutral" Debate Commission.

How does the campaign extract value from the lawsuit? Publicity, public support and blowback in the form of sponsor petitions.

Forget the lawsuit - GTWO and generate financial pain. Beat the Commission with its own rules: get the Gov. to 15.1% before the 3rd debate.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

GJ can go viral

All this will expose millions of people to GJ.

He already has over 1 million followers on Google+ social site.
He is starting to go viral.

Romney and Obama are the worst candidates ever -- folks are looking for an alternative.

GJ can win.
Ross Perot did not have the internet and he got 20%.

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No internet but Perot had unlimited cash

Plus, he had the League of Women Voters who were truly neutral.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

Sure, the Internet was

Sure, the Internet was accessible to many as BBSs, AOL, CompuServe, etc., even though there was no "World Wide Web" in the very early 90s...

1992 - not a factor

4 years later, different story.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

old days

Perot did not have the internet.
1992 is not 2012.

We can have GJ go mega viral within 24 hours by posting just one YouTube vid.

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Correct

But we can't get the League of Women Voters back. Plus, money still buys influence whether it is 1912 or 2012.

Viral - get it. The lawsuit helps build the narrative.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

Thank God

Our activism is going viral.

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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

The Lawsuit is a shrewd publicity stunt

So, spend your time writing editors, editorials and getting this into the press and local papers.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

not at all

GJ chose Judge Gray as VP so he can win.
Research Judge Gray.

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Can GJ & the LP get a restraining order?

Before the first debate?

Edit: ok, helps to read the article before commenting. I see that it says they'll file for a temp restraining order.

Would be referred to as an injunction

Injunction: A court order by which an individual is required to perform, or is restrained from performing, a particular act. A writ framed according to the circumstances of the individual case.

Even if an injuction is issued is has to be enforced. Courts can award damages. Police or the FBI have the authority to arrest.

Actions:

1. Imposing damages based on the cost of the violation to the aggrieved party or the benefit to the violator (or some other measure). (Big deal, the RepubliCrats have billions)

2.Impose a condition intended to compel the violator to comply. Ex: a daily monetary penalty. (Same as #1)

3. Order the violator confined in jail until he or she relents. (Not going to happen.)

4. Find the violator in criminal contempt, in which case the violator may be jailed or fined as a criminal penalty. (Jail not going to happen, fine is meaningless as per #1)

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

Sherman Anti-trust act

Was an atrocity aimed at the consumers to protect the producers when it was passed. He should not give anti-trust a good name by using it. That being said, the two parties suck and I would take great pleasure in seeing them suffer.