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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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We don't need...

to end the two party system. We don't even need a 3rd or 4th parties either.

We just need an actual 2nd party.

The Libertarian Party, irrelevant since 1971.

Where's the logic in that

Where's the logic in that statement? Break the duopoly. Neither Democrats nor Republicans have adequate incentives to change until there is a serious erosion of their support.

Read my post below please

that's exactly what I am saying, getting third party = meaningless.

having any labeled statesmen in office = victory

"Truth is Treason in an Empire that lies" - Ron Paul

Educate the masses, and win in the end.

Good post!

So now we just need to convince the 5% to get involved in an actual 2nd party as a statesmen and we are all set.

Easier said then done...

Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson "How to end the two party system"

Translation: How to make the Libertarian Party more irrelevant.

The Libertarian Party, irrelevant since 1971.

You're right

having millions of dollars and much more exposure to promote liberty makes no sense at all. Voting Gary Johnson is so obvious by this point. I have read so many BS posts about third party this, establishment that, all of your anti GJ answers don't add up to any votes, money, or exposure for liberty.


What statesmen are you talking about? How are they going to promote liberty as well as Gary Johnson is right now? How can you not want to seize such an amazing opportunity to get our message out that GJ is providing right now? Why are you working on hindering this opportunity?

What you said below

About who to rally around, we can't rally around anyone that is artificial. The reason why we liked Ron Paul was not only that he was the original with his background, but also that he understands the message completely. We just happened to rally around him, we didn't just think "I think I should rally around someone this election, let's find someone." TRYING to rally around someone does not work.

How would you know that those money will be effectively used to promote liberty? OR that the corporations won't just bust out their lobbyist money to buy the LP? My point was that giving our support for an institution won't work, but we need to focus on the people that are in it. If we are focusing on the people that are in it, boosting the LP wouldn't make it any easier.

As pollman said, GJ probably won't be allowed to get above 2%, no Libertarian candidate had and GJ doesn't excite people like RP did(He couldn't even get 1M in the course of 1 month).

Electing Liberty Candidates in local and state levels is about the only way to make a major change, as the federal election is out of our control now.

Ronpublican.com is a website where you can get list of liberty candidates.

Stop thinking a 3rd party = solution! It's like thinking changing the race of the next president will bring a solution of any kind.

"Truth is Treason in an Empire that lies" - Ron Paul

Educate the masses, and win in the end.

Especially when the Libertarian Party picks candidates like

like Bob Barr and now Gary Johnson that is not a Statesman in any sense of the word. He comes off to most as a Ron Paul Parrot that has no in depth understanding of what he is saying because that is what is transpiring.

He's fooling some people but at least he hasn't fooled the majority or even much of a minority of Ron Paul supporters and that's not hard to see.

A million followers on Google Gitmo Gary has and he couldn't even raise 1 million in an entire month preceding the election.

If Gary was real the entire Ron Paul r3volution would have recognized it and rallied behind him.

November 6th 2012 I voted for Dr.Ron Paul
"We must remember, elections are short-term efforts. Revolutions are long-term projects." ~ Ron Paul

So who then?

Who should we rally around? Do you have someone better in mind. If you do I would love to hear about him. Otherwise it's just a lot of hot air. Find me someone better and I'm there.

Who cares if he is parroting. Doesn't matter. He is getting the message out, and he still knows and understands more than most. You don't seem to get it, he is getting the message out and all you can do is try and beat him down, what a joke.

The fellow he is addressing has a clue

He know Gary will not be allowed to break the 5% barrier because for one doesn't have the money for ads and thats the name of the game to get the word out to get votes.

And also it's a fact that through the fraudulent election system in place Gary will be shut out. Done deal. If he is allowed to get 3 or 4% I'll be amazed.

Taking over the GOP piece by piece like Dr Paul has laid out is the only way.

It's a big club and you ain't in it but you could join it and and take take it over. That is what George Carlin failed to see but Ron didn't.

November 6th 2012 I voted for Dr.Ron Paul
"We must remember, elections are short-term efforts. Revolutions are long-term projects." ~ Ron Paul

The fellow you are addressing

The fellow you are addressing has a major hate-on for Gary. Ignore him.


Ignore me? I am a Johnson Hater?

No. I am not a Johnson hater, I just do not think trying to vote for him, or boosting the LP, will bring any real changes, if you actually read what I wrote.

I hope you will have something to do after the election, like, vote for a liberty-minded person in your local elections!

"Truth is Treason in an Empire that lies" - Ron Paul

Educate the masses, and win in the end.

No, "PollMan".


Are you accusing me to be a duplicate account of Pollman?

"Truth is Treason in an Empire that lies" - Ron Paul

Educate the masses, and win in the end.

Are you literally insane?

Are you literally insane?


Your comment replied to ME and called me " 'Pollman' " That was the only conclusion that you were trying to use a baseless conspiracy theory to attack me.

"Truth is Treason in an Empire that lies" - Ron Paul

Educate the masses, and win in the end.

That is Right

I have been advocating that someone run on Ron Paul's platform...but I need to qualify that it not be a parrot, but rather a Libery Loving Patriot at Heart!

Even by some miracle...

you awaken 25% of the voters, in the end you still are splitting the vote to a more unified party. Divide and conquer is an old tactic used both in political and combat arena. In a three way stand off, the two that are the closest to each other always die.

Believe me, I would be the first two support a 3rd party system, unfortunately, I've given up on the American voters for their lack of vision.

The Libertarian Party, irrelevant since 1971.

Dont you have anything else

Dont you have anything else better to do up in Canada???

Do you Google "Gary Johnson" everyday and post every article?

How many other threads do we need about how 5% is going to change OUR country?

I dont know what it will take for you to understand that the establishment WONT LET HIM GET IT!!!!!

So give up!

You think you have a better chance at taking over the Republican party. You're insane. 5% is doable. Trying to take over an entire party of Neocons, good luck!

Not only that but your argument is so weak. The "establishment" might have a say in the primaries, but when it's the general election and its a federal crime to tamper with votes and everyone involved is paranoid of voter fraud, well its a totally different story.

So take your defeatist attitude and your ridiculous "establishment" theory and cram it in your cram hole.

ridiculous????? DID YOU NOT



it wasnt an argument, it wasnt a debate.

that was facts.

gfy in your cram hole

Thats the primaries

It's not illegal to tamper with votes in the primaries. There is pretty much nothing anybody can do about it except bitch and moan. Its a federal offense to tamper with the votes in an election for any official government office.

So to answer your question, yes I saw what happened I believe there was vote flipping in many of the first states. However, this is a different ball game, different rules apply so your argument doesn't make sense anymore.

BTW cram it in your cram hole is supposed to be a joke... Ever see dodge ball? No need to get so angry.

Wow, I wish I was naive

Wow, I wish I was naive enough to believe that.

The election is rigged. Gj and Rp will lose. Obomney will win. USA will be no more.

He's right on many things!

He's right on many things! However, there's got to be a clarification on some things here:

- Ballot access: getting 5% nationwide doesn't exempt Libertarians from getting petition signatures in states; however, in general, it will qualify the Libertarians in MOST states but isn't a guarantee in ALL states, since some states have strict ballot qualification formats.

- Federal funding: the Republicans and Democrats will get $90 million in federal funds, if the Libertarians get 5%, they don't get $90 million, they get about $25 million, if I'm not mistaken.

this is

a great idea. we need to support this because voting for Dr Paul may not get us where we want to go but giving another party the ability to compete would be the second best option.

Thank you so much!

The Liberty Movement will get stronger if it unites behind Gary Johnson.


Two-party tyranny will be over!

I am trying every day and night to explain this to people.
Write-in does not effect real change!
Vote for Gary Johnson Judge Jim Gray does!
LP will obtain major party status and $90 million for the next campaign!!!


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

$90 Million from WHERE?

...the coffers/common-pot-of-wealth we're trying to eliminate, the same one that the current two party system receives exponentially more from?

The conditioned electorate will NOT abandon the two major parties, and if Ron Paul had spent a half a billion dollars the voters wouldn't vote to end their SUBSIDIES(*ahem* welfare), either corporate or social!

What's right is right, and what's wrong is wrong - sorry LL, but I'd rather keep harping on the point until I am blue in the face that we need common citizens to put STATESMEN of well-documented Christian character, personal self-restraint and reverence for a Creator in public office, rather than waste my breath saying "I'm a libertarian, vote libertarian party, we have Federal funds now"

Ron Paul said people in a free society should "seek to add virtue and excellence" in everything they do; from the Forbes article about John Ramsey I read "While his beginner’s luck didn’t hold up when he backed a black, gay libertarian businessman against an entrenched incumbent in the Democratic primary for Travis County, Texas constable, that modest $35,000 loss surely yielded valuable lessons."

George Washington said "beware of the spirit of party" ... my Christian worldview was strong enough to get me booted out of the Constitution Party because I differed with Catholics who don't like the PLAIN TRUTH of the Scriptures; so, I won't be jumping on board with a party who just needs a warm body - especially when my "narrow" worldview on abortion, homosexuality, and truly God-given/enjoyed/sustained liberty gets put/muscled/scorned/ridiculed to the back burner for the sake of "unity".

Ron Paul was ONE truly Christian-discerning VOICE out of 435; now Rand will be the closest to that one congressional voice since he grew up learning Ron Paul's faith adherents and how they relate to whether or not the citizens of this Republic will enjoy God-given liberty, or live under tyranny because we use our "liberty" to openly SIN, and brag about our Godless standing/defiance to His natural laws in the face of our Creator.

Everyone needs to look at EACH individual, in EACH individual race; and support what is closest to Ron Paul's IDEAL standards; which are in line with the SAME General Principles of Christianity our founders/framers supported unashamedly - and what led to the "throwing off" of tyranny in their day.

Divine Intervention or FAILURE; "matching funds" won't change hearts or economic circumstances enough so that rich Republicans stop voting for bailouts, or poor bought-and-paid-for Democrats stop voting for handouts!

First Muslim liberty lover to

First Muslim liberty lover to run who respects and protects the Constitution will get my vote.

My guess is many Muslims,

...like fundamentalist Christians like myself(who believe in a Supreme Being higher than Caesar) DO NOT look to politics/political figures/political movements for "salvation" - we look to INDIVIDUAL CHARACTER of those who wish to govern us...

Ron Paul is the embodiment of the General Principles of Christianity, and has the understanding of what true separation of church and state means, unlike the Neo-Cons and the Christian-right...my guess is most hard-working Muslims in America are here because they fled a hypocritical and oppressive church/state environment - which is NO DIFFERENT than putting party above an individual's personal character/trustworthiness/qualifications for serving in public office.

You haven't a clue how many Muslims would have loved to see a Ron Paul presidency - you don't have a clue!

That sounds right... EXCEPT

You never answered a few points I made.

1. Advancing the Libertarian party doesn't necessarily advance liberty. The goal is to get liberty minded people into office positions, as proposed by your method.

2. But How does advancing the libertarian party, and pour taxpayer money into their party, achieve that? Sure the party will be acknowledged as "Major party" on paper, but it's unlikely that will make people want to vote for them. Not to mention, Libertarian party, as a institution, can be made up of corporation-bought candidates or the committee can be just lobbied by the companies. I have already showed you many examples, such as the Republican Party before Neo-Con take over, TEA Party, and C4L.

3. When acknowledging the above point, you can see it's essentially MEANINGLESS to have the libertarian party to become a major party, since it can just be bought and infiltrated. Thus getting 5% doesn't actually do anything besides advancing the Libertarian party.

4. Like I said before, advancing the individuals running for office, Democratic, Republican, Green, Constitutional, or Libertarian or whatever is far more important. Liberty candidates can run for whatever party. but the thing is, Running as a Democrat or a Republican will get votes from people that just vote that way. If Ron Paul was running as a Libertarian, I doubt we would've even heard of him, or he would've been a congressman(hence why he switched)

Please, take this into consideration and stop advocating Gary Johnson as the way to "liberty". He is the way to the Libertarian Party getting more votes. Ron Paul didn't campaign on the premise of "vote for me and help me get x%!" He was educating people all around U.S.A. every time he spoke!

The federal election is essentially meaningless at this point, time to focus on local elections and elect liberty minded people.

"Truth is Treason in an Empire that lies" - Ron Paul

Educate the masses, and win in the end.

I'm guessing 90% of people

I'm guessing 90% of people vote for Obama or Romney simply because they're not aware of any better choices ("who have a chance to win").

Once the news comes out that the LP is major party status, people will look into in and possibly start voting for liberty candidates, etc.