Why I’m going LibertarianSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 16:12
The public hears many names in the clamor surrounding the presidential election. We hear about Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Maybe if we’re lucky, we even get a little Sarah Palin. Unfortunately, there is a much more relevant man that most of the American public has never heard of: Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.
The Demopublicans would sure like to keep it that way. A recent poll showed Johnson receiving six percent of the American public’s votes. Such a popular voice deserves to be heard in the media and in debates. Unfortunately, the Commission on Presidential Debates—formed by Republicans and Democrats—requires a candidate to reach 15 percent in national polls before inclusion. This requirement essentially disqualifies third party members from participating in debates, severely limiting their exposure and chance at winning.
“Someone has to stand up and call this what it is—a rigged system designed entirely to protect and perpetuate the two-party duopoly,” said Johnson spokesman Ron Nielson. “That someone will be the Johnson campaign.”
Johnson began his business career while attending college by opening a door-to-door handyman business that helped fund his education. After his graduation, Johnson expanded the business into one of the largest and most successful construction companies in New Mexico. Throughout his life, Johnson has also had a passion for the outdoors. His accomplishments include a summit of the highest peaks on four continents, including Everest and several participations in Hawaii’s invitation-only Ironman Triathlon Championship.
Johnson began his political career in 1993 when he ran on the Republican ticket for Governor of New Mexico. In stark contrast to Obamney, Johnson ran a total of zero negative campaign advertisements. He chose, instead, to focus purely on the issues. The citizens of New Mexico, a state that traditionally votes Democrat, appreciated this fresh voice. They elected Johnson to be their governor.