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Gary Johnson Explains How to End the Two-Party System for Good

Gary Johnson rolled out a powerful new message in his campaign: all he needs is 5% of the vote to win monumental victory and end the two-party system that is running the country. How would this end the stranglehold Republicans and Democrats have on the American people? By giving the Libertarian Party major party status, thereby getting the Libertarian candidate on the ballot and also a cool $90 million in funding for the 2016 campaign. All it takes is 5% of the vote to gain major party status. The former governor of New Mexico tweeted yesterday: "5% ends the two-party system & allows Libertarian candidates equal ballot access."

Johnson blames the two major parties who rule the nation for "the perpetual wars" and for bankrupting, over-taxing and over-spending. More than 5% of Americans agree with Johnson on these issues, but they do not see him as a serious candidate or his Libertarian party as a serious party. Many liberty-loving people will not vote for Gary Johnson for the simple reason that they believe it would be a wasted vote. That is why he is screaming this message to voters: 5% is all he needs to really win. Johnson will not be president in 2012; he might very likely be president in 2016 if he can garner just 5% of the vote in this election. Gaining major party status would be bigger than this election or even the next one; it would "end the two-party system in American for good" according to Governor Johnson. In his newest ad "Be the 5 Percent," Johnson challenges voters to "cast a protest vote that counts" by voting for him as president.


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The two-party system is natural

as a consequence of majority/plurality rule.

The only way to end the two party system is to implement proportional representation.

Legalizeliberty needs to study game theory.

If you mean

"a consequence of majority/plurality rule."

If you mean this is caused by state laws, then yes. Most states do have laws that limit smaller parties.

I don't think it is natural, it is because of law. Check out your state and let us know if major party is defined in state law.

No, I mean it is NATURAL.

To get elected you must create a coalition to get a majority/plurality. All parties are coalitions. ALL countries that don't have proportional representation are dominated by two parties.

What is NOT natural is majority/plurality rule.

And it's crucial at this point

Majority/plurality rule has been hurting this country for decades now, and it was against the Founding Father's intentions (they wanted a party-less system, which I would still prefer over parties with proportional representation, but I think people need to have labels to make their choices and it's easier to have a "banner" where ideology can rest).

I've made a mental note that my vote for Obama in 2012 (to keep the ball rolling more than anything else, and also...Mormonism) will be the last "Major Party" vote I will cast until our two-party system is dissolved. It simply no longer serves the diverse needs of a country united under 50 very different states. The Republicans and Democrats will not like the reduction of their power structures, but it is a requirement for democracy to continue to flourish in this great nation (and to put an end to the constant swings from left to right that we often get every 8-16 years). As a Moderate Liberal, I dream of the day when a Social Democrat party successfully forms in this country...a center-left party that isn't communist OR fascist :-P


The LP of Washington State (I think it was; maybe Oregon) used their 2% vote results to suggest to state legislators that if they voted to raise taxes the LP would run a candidate against them in their next race. It worked. Taxes were defeated.

If we can do that with 2%, think how much we can do with 3% or 4%...

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

The LP should be against federal funding of parties

The LP should be against federal funding of parties and candidates, not selling themselves out to get some too.

The LP would be stronger today if they stayed principled instead of trying to "play the game" to be like everyone else.

Many Are

Many Libertarians are against taking federal funds.

But this isn't just about us, and there is a case to be made for asking taxpayers who check the box whether they want a third option with a chance to win on their ballot. After all, it is their money.

I think the best solution is to stop all federal funding, but until that day, it ought to be up to those paying. I don't check the box and wouldn't, even if I thought some of it would go to the Libertarian Candidate--I send my money directly.

I think your conclusion is incorrect. The LP has stayed principled for 40 years, and never taken federal funds, so it's hard to see how it's any different, now.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

Its different because of the quote

"By giving the Libertarian Party major party status, thereby getting the Libertarian candidate on the ballot and also a cool $90 million in funding for the 2016 campaign."

Not my words.

If this is indeed the case

Don't you think rolling out this little strategy 4 days from the election is a little late?
I'm not against Gary Johnson at all, as a matter of fact he has a decent platform for the most part. On the other hand this is a great example of how the Libertarian Party operates. It's unfortunate but this last minute revelation is how things have been run over there for years....

Just my 2 cents


For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.


Where did you get the idea the strategy is 4 days from the election? We Libertarians don't have a short view. This was part of the plan from day one.

Please do your homework and follow the campaign. Don't trust the media to bring it to you.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

The article came out on Halloween,

It's the first I heard of it....the way it reads it says he just rolled out a powerful new message

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.


Yes, well, strategies are often kept secret, unless and until it makes sense to share them.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

In this case I personally feel

They would have been better served to outline the plan on an issue like this well in advance. By doing it now your way behind the eight ball since many folks have already voted absentee. These are important votes that could have helped attain the objective.

It's just my opinion and hope they accomplish their goal. Just an observation


For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.


The two Party System was created by Congress in 1972 and 1974.

No amount of Presidential votes can change the US Code.

Free includes debt-free!

Libertarians with major party status?

What will that do to the media talking heads?

They'll Explode

I don't think they can handle more than two simple options at one time.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

great goal, but we are not even close to achieving it

first we need to eliminate election fraud so our votes are counted.

the establishment will do ANYRHING to shut out any competition.

even after finding a way to stop election fraud,we would need about 10 times as many people voting libertarian as did so in 2008.

participation on the daily paul is decreasing.

i don't say these things to discourage. my point is we have not done nearly enough and must do much more, work much harder and smarter, come up with fresh ideas, plans, and stategies.

of course we want at least 5% of voters to votel libertarian, but it just stating it as a goal without a specific plan to make it happen is totally worthless and pointless.


My bus reeeeaallly wanted to take

out a Gary Johnson sign yesterday on exit 13...

But I was able to reason with it that we only take out lawns, curbs, stop signs and ornamental trees...

Gary has been spared.

Go for it

Next sign you see near the edge of a cliff...


With you placing it in the ground at the time...

The whole scene could be a musical!

Well,well,well,well.......I'm not feeling tooWELL!!,!,!
Can't keep control, I'm out of control, please take the contollllllsssss. BAM! There goes in front of my mighty, a little abrivitie, now it's out of my sightie......

WHAT A JERK ThAT GUY IS Berserk, He's drinking a Fifth, Right next to that Cliff.....and this is a sign....oh give me a sign watch out for that sign, what did it say.... Was it Mary Watson...No it was Gary Johns..............................Boom!

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

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I was going to vote for Johnson

but then I saw this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=53pqV... and changed my mind.
I realized that when vote counts are rigged as bad as they are, checking a box on the ballot is nearly useless. Johnson will get as many votes as the ptb say he gets. The vote count for write-ins is not as easily tampered with. And with an affidavit filed, they can not rig the vote. So I've changed my mind about voting for Johnson and I'm writing in Ron Paul, here in California.
All votes for nonD/Rs will help 3rd party candidates in the future. Writing in will show our true numbers.


Writing in is useless. Nobody will know. Nobody will care. Trying to convince others to join is counter productive and hindering our most public champion for liberty.

It's time to get with the program. Do something useful and tell someone you know to vote Gary Johnson.

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Do you trust the voting machines?

I don't trust that votes for Gary Johnson will be accurately counted. Otherwise I would vote for him.

Give the paranoia a rest.

Give the paranoia a rest. Will your vote count if you vote for Obama or Romney?

do you trust your write-in to

do you trust your write-in to be counted? especially one for ron paul?

come on...

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I think it's really about waking people up

Whoever you vote for, as long as it's not Obamney, is worth it. I really have no faith in the integrity of the system. But maybe the large number of dissenting voters will somehow show though all the CNN election hoopla. This might embolden the sheeple to start looking at the 2 party system more critically.

not every state

uses voting machines in their election.

His name is Edward Snowden

What is Capitalism?

Voting for GJ

just seems more logical everyday. I support a back up plan for Liberty in case this idea of taking over a political party corrupt to its core fails.

His name is Edward Snowden

What is Capitalism?