Sept. 13, 2012
While Republican presidential nomineewas trying to cast President Obama as some kind of apologist-in-chief in responding to the Islamist rage and violence in Libya, another presidential candidate – a former Republican governor who left the GOP in hopes of getting a chance to debate substantive policy matters with both Romney and Obama – was focused on honoring the victims while simultaneously looking at the larger picture.
Libertarian presidential nominee, who served two terms as New Mexico governor and currently has more executive-level experience in government than Romney and Obama combined, on Thursday released a statement about the tragedy.
Johnson had no time for petty partisan jabs and blame games; he was too busy asking an important question that neither Romney nor the president seem to be capable of asking: Does it serve our national interest to be in places where we are not wanted, not appreciated and targeted for violence by American-hating extremists?
Johnson’s statement read, in part:
It is tragic when Americans serving their country are murdered, and we both mourn their loss and honor their service.
Part of honoring that service is to ask the obvious question: What U.S. interest is being served by putting our people – and our money – in places where U.S. personnel can be killed by extremists over a video?
Protecting America with a strong national defense and a rational foreign policy is our leaders’ most basic responsibility. But let us not confuse national security with senseless intervention where our interests are clearly not being served.
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As Romney spews nonsense about Obama standing by a statement that sympathized with the killers, his words are all the more reason for voters unsatisfied with the choice between the two major party candidates to take a long, hard look at their alternatives. By any reasonable standard, Johnson represents the best alternative a non-major party has had to offer since former President Teddy Roosevelt ran on the Bull Moose ticket in 1912.
Since The Rasmussen Report included Johnson’s name in an Aug. 22-23 poll, he has seen a 300 to 400 percent surge in support, going from 1 percent in that Rasmussen poll to 3 or 4 percent in a Sept. 7-9 CNN/ORC poll, depending on whether likely or registered voters were surveyed.
If you haven’t heard much about Johnson, it could be because he doesn’t have the mind-boggling financial support that Romney and Obama have. In addition, much of his campaign’s time and money has been spent battling Romney in various states where the GOP nominee is using questionably ethical tactics to try and keep him off the ballot.
On a recent radio program, end of the Republican Party. But in Johnson’s eyes, the Republican Party he once belonged to ceased to exist a long time ago. Long before former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist told the Democratic National Convention that he didn’t leave the Republican party, it left him, Johnson was telling supporters more or less the same thing.opined that if Romney doesn’t win, it will be the
If Limbaugh is right – and voting patterns since the Tea Party movement began a few short years ago indicate he may be onto something – it means that Johnson is a true visionary, ahead of the curve when so many others can’t see the forest for the trees. As Johnson’s visibility increases, the words of former Republican political operative Roger Stone ring truer than ever:
If Johnson and his eventual running mate can win 15% of the vote in three succeeding polls, the former governor would be included in the nationally televised debates. If Johnson can win exposure for his ideas before a television audience of millions, all bets are off on the outcome in 2012.
If Johnson’s popularity continues to grow exponentially, he should reach that 15 percent mark in time to be included in the first presidential debate Oct. 3 in Denver. And with the Romney-Ryan campaign looking more like an “amateur hour” proposition with each passing day, voters looking at other options need look no further than Johnson, who is ready, willing and more than able to hold his own and then some in any debates with the president and his not-so-presidential Republican challenger.
(Full disclosure: The author of this column has donated $25 to the Johnson campaign).
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SOURCES AND RESOURCES:
Five Crucial Factors to Watch, Just 58 Days From the Election, New York Times, Sept. 8, 2012
Gary Johnson’s official campaign website
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