Washington Times Blog: Gary Johnson: On fire for freedom in third party debateSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 10:42
by Danny de Gracia
WAIKIKI, October 23, 2012 — America owes Larry King a debt of gratitude for giving an audience to third parties tonight. Rocky Anderson, Virgil Goode, Jill Stein and Gary Johnson all come from differing ideologies and have vastly contrasting visions of reform, but share the united belief that America deserves better than the two party system.
Tonight, everyone who participated in the third party debate was truly a winner. We witnessed a perestroika of American politics as candidates who had been suppressed by partisan stratification and media lockout spoke with palpable emotion and deep seated sincerity. As someone who voted absentee for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, I was especially moved by the former New Mexico governor’s incredible tour de force rebuke of the ongoing war in Afghanistan, the post-9/11 security state, the inability of the two parties to balance the budget and cut spending and the need to put morals back in the lap of families and local communities instead of government.
Johnson has always been an inspiring public figure and an adept orator, but tonight we saw the “bingo” moment for the Libertarian Party with him on fire for freedom and speaking boldly and unrestrained about the need to vote on principle. So stunning was Johnson's debate performance that I was quickly reminded of Ron Bloom's epic 1988 liberty anthem In Your Eyes - tonight, America could clearly see the love of freedom shining in his eyes.