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Gary Johnson’s Our America

23 Aug
             
Friends,


I am often asked: What is the fundamental purpose of the Our America Initiative? My answer: To give voice to the principles of liberty, small government and greater freedom.
 
We know that millions of Americans share our vision. They want their government to do less, spend less and protect liberty rather than destroy it.  Our job at Our America is to put that vision into action and make ourselves heard in the major debates of the day, whether they be health care, privacy and the 4th Amendment, marriage equality, drug law reform or balancing the federal budget.
 
We’re doing exactly that.  In just the past week, I appeared on Larry King’s Politicking show, where we talked about a whole range of issues.  You can watch it here: Politicking.  Last Friday, I took our advocacy of common sense drug law reform to MSNBC’s Jansing and Company
 
Also, our initiative to Stand Up 4 the 4th Amendment was featured not only by the New Mexico Watchdog, but by Human Events — one of the nation’s most widely-read “conservative” news organizations. 
 
In short, in just the past few days, the Our America Initiative has reached hundreds of thousands of Americans, giving voice to the ideas and principles of liberty and taking our message to viewers and readers of all political stripes.
 
Reaching these diverse and large audiences is important.  But we must do more, and that’s where Our America depends on your support.  Travel for media appearances, promoting our messages on social media, organizing our leadership and activists — like you — in all 50 states. All of those efforts require funding, and are made possible by your contributions. 
 
Please go to Our America Initiative today and help us restore liberty as the true American value. Our voice is critical in the fight to rein in the NSA, spread marriage equality and defend our freedoms from a government intent on taking them away.
 
Thank you, as always, for your friendship, your support and your work.  I look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,
Gov. Gary Johnson
Honorary Chairman

Gary Johnson’s Our America

23 Aug
             
Friends,


I am often asked: What is the fundamental purpose of the Our America Initiative? My answer: To give voice to the principles of liberty, small government and greater freedom.
We know that millions of Americans share our vision. They want their government to do less, spend less and protect liberty rather than destroy it.  Our job at Our America is to put that vision into action and make ourselves heard in the major debates of the day, whether they be health care, privacy and the 4th Amendment, marriage equality, drug law reform or balancing the federal budget.
We’re doing exactly that.  In just the past week, I appeared on Larry King’s Politicking show, where we talked about a whole range of issues.  You can watch it here: Politicking.  Last Friday, I took our advocacy of common sense drug law reform to MSNBC’s Jansing and Company
Also, our initiative to Stand Up 4 the 4th Amendment was featured not only by the New Mexico Watchdog, but by Human Events — one of the nation’s most widely-read “conservative” news organizations. 
In short, in just the past few days, the Our America Initiative has reached hundreds of thousands of Americans, giving voice to the ideas and principles of liberty and taking our message to viewers and readers of all political stripes.
Reaching these diverse and large audiences is important.  But we must do more, and that’s where Our America depends on your support.  Travel for media appearances, promoting our messages on social media, organizing our leadership and activists — like you — in all 50 states. All of those efforts require funding, and are made possible by your contributions. 
Please go to Our America Initiative today and help us restore liberty as the true American value. Our voice is critical in the fight to rein in the NSA, spread marriage equality and defend our freedoms from a government intent on taking them away.
Thank you, as always, for your friendship, your support and your work.  I look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,
Gov. Gary Johnson
Honorary Chairman

Libertarian Job News

19 Jun

More Great News! Last week I accepted a position as Development Director at OUR America Initiative. Governor Gary Johnson is the Honorary Chair and Honorary Board Members include John Mackey, Buddy Roemer, Barry Goldwater, Jr., and Judge Jim Gray.

The first two projects I’ll be working on are “Equal Marriage Arizona” and “Save Our Shotguns” in Colorado, plus the nine school College Campus tour coming up in Fall.

Let Freedom Ring!

Gary Johnson interviewed

2 May
Ron/Rand Paul activist Matthew Coulter (no known relation) Hurtt interviewed Gary Johnson for DoubleThink magazine:

Interview: Gary Johnson proposes Libertarian third way

by Matthew Hurtt | May 1, 2013

On Monday, April 29, former Libertarian presidential candidate and two-term Republican governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson wrapped his spring “Live Free” campus tour at George Washington University, where he was hosted by the school’s College Libertarians.
Governor Johnson “spill[ed] his guts” (as the flyer advertised) on hot-button issues like abortion (supports), marijuana legalization (supports), and the surveillance state (emphasized due process of law). He also gave students sage advice on achieving their goals, calling them “directors, producers, and stars” of their own life’s movie.
Johnson spoke for about 50 minutes before taking questions from audience members. Roughly 250 people attended the event.
After his presentation, Johnson sat down with student journalists (and yours truly) to answer a few more questions:
What are your main motivations behind the “Live Free” tour, and why are you targeting college students?
Is there anybody out there providing a voice to public policy that is fiscally more conservative than the rightest of Republicans or socially more liberal than the leftist of Democrats? I don’t think anybody’s out there providing that voice. I think it’s me. And I think it’s the way the majority of Americans think of themselves.
What do you think are the biggest problems/challenges facing college students today, and what do you think the government’s role is?
It’s the high cost of college tuition coupled with the debt that goes along with that, and I would say that government is directly responsible for the high cost by guaranteeing student loans. If [government-backed student loans] had never been started in the first place, college tuition would be dramatically lower because colleges and universities are immune from normal pricing and from a free market.
What’s the primary focus of Our America Initiative (Johnson’s 501(c)4) through 2016? And what do you think about ballot access?
I’m trying to put a voice to what I think the majority of Americans consider themselves: fiscally responsible, socially accepting, And for the Libertarian Party, I think it’ll be a lot easier this next time because of what happened [in the 2012 elections].
What affect would a Libertarian have in the public discourse by interacting with the two-party system in Congress?
I see an opportunity to say to the Democrats: Let’s get serious about drug reform and about military non-interventionism and marriage equality. And on the Republican side: Let’s balance the budget.
Plans for 2016?
As part of the Our America Initiative, this is about the promotion of ideas. No thoughts on 2016.
What is your position on the death penalty?
That was an issue that I reversed myself on [as Governor of New Mexico]. I went from being a proponent of the death penalty to believing that it’s flawed public policy. I’ve come to the conclusion that the government has made mistakes and continues to make mistakes. Everyone looks at the most highly publicized murders or atrocities and suggests that person deserves the death penalty. Try writing that into legislation, and you can’t do it. You end up putting innocent people to death.
Do you think the GOP lost the youth vote over social issues in 2012?
Yes, it’s THE reason. There’s a disconnect from the way I think the world is and the way it should be. I say I, but I think I’m speaking on behalf of a majority of Americans.
You say you speak for a majority of Americans, but why do you think more people aren’t in the Libertarian Party?
There’s a real disconnect there. If you wrote “Gary Johnson is fiscally conservative and socially liberal…” a lot of people would realize that’s a libertarian and would read on. People don’t know [about libertarianism].
Do you think a liberty-oriented candidate could be elected from either the Republican or Democratic Party in 2016?
I really do, but when it comes to “liberty-oriented,” the Republican Party right now is fiscally conservative but socially conservative. Republicans lose voters over social issue, and Democrats lose voters on the fiscal issues.
Matthew Hurtt is a libertarian activist, hell-bent on exposing ridiculous government regulations. Follow him on Twitter @matthewhurttGary Johnson image courtesy of Big Stock Photo.