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11-12-2012, 02:00 AM
Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson won 1.1 million votes on Tuesday, more than any other Libertarian presidential candidate in history. In an interview with TIME, Johnson talks about his campaign, the consequences of re-electing Obama and his plans for the future.
Was it worth it?
As I told the students every time I visited a campus, you are the director of your own movie, and if you arenít enjoying what you are doing, change it. Thatís the way I operate, and if this campaign hadnít been worth it every day, I wouldnít have been out there. The ideas we are promoting are important, and having the opportunity to go out and promote them every day is not only worth it but essential.
What was the high point of the campaign for you?
There were many great moments, but the most heartening experience was visiting college campuses around the country and having hundreds of young people turn out to ask the tough questions, enlist in our movement and display a level of energy that was truly encouraging for the future.
Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2012/11/09/qa-gary-johnson-on-his-failed-presidential-bid-and-whats-next/#ixzz2BzsuM5p8
11-12-2012, 08:37 AM
Gary's prediction for the next four years seems highly probable.
Regardless of who wins, an election should be a time for optimism and fresh approaches. It obviously remains to be seen if that will be the case in a second Obama term. I fear that it will not be. I am actually one of those who took President Obama at his word when he first ran ó that he would get us out of ill-advised wars, that he would do something about health care costs and that he would protect civil liberties. Like many Americans, I was disappointed. If the President somehow sees his re-election as an endorsement of his first term, I fear that we could be in serious trouble. We cannot sustain another four years of growing debt, wars we cannot afford and ever expanding government. Based on the outcome of the election, I frankly see a continuation of gridlock as Washington puts politics ahead of the good of the country and refuses to truly address the challenges we face. If that is the case, I am afraid the next four years may look a lot like the last four.
11-12-2012, 10:40 PM
Taco mentioned his name and I wanted to see who else was tracking him. I do not know anything about him and no threads were posted. I think the next election is ripe for a third party candidate and all the third party groups need to figure out how to change election laws so that the BEST candidate can be selected and the BEST candidate can be elected without party politics, partisan bickering, gridlock, and stupidity being the rule of the day. What if the Tea Party were no co opted? What would they be about? What if some of more progressive candidates had a voice where the ideas could be heard? Where is our clear and open forum? How do we bypass a biased media? Why do elections have to cost billions on dollars? How do we get a voice for every American? Obama says that we did that this last time. I disagree. A freedom to express ideas includes all ideas not just what can be paid for.
11-13-2012, 10:15 AM
i voted for him and would love to see a third party candidate not get ousted just because they dont have a flow of money like the top 2 have.
He is doing the right thing by hitting the colleges, because us young people are not as set in our ways
11-13-2012, 10:22 AM
He and ron paul are poster boys for what is wrong with the GOP. These guys were kicked to the curb because the establishment didn't want truth, they want power. The ideas that GJ and RP bring to the table are worth discussion, particularly because they really do appeal to young voters, but will not see the light of day in this Rove-ish GOP. As GJ has said before, you deserve what you get, GOP.
11-13-2012, 01:30 PM
Props for posting this, Ody. Johnson had some decent momentum going, the thing is that 3rd parties need to get together and start forming some actual alliances in order to build their base. I understand that there are some fundamental things that right-leaning Libertarians and left-leaning Greens will never agree on, but at the same time, there are some fundamental issues - corporate bailouts, counter-productive overseas wars, the decline of civil liberties, and the out-of-control influence of money within politics - that just about all of the 3rd party candidates this year agreed on.
It's time to start banding together, compromising on the fringe issues, and focusing on the important ones.
11-14-2012, 01:09 AM
Why isn't there a forum, debate, or some venue where ideas can be met during, before, or after election in a non partisan forum?
Why are there zero think tanks where ideas can be discussed?
Why is the world divided into DNC versus RNC? Does nobody else exist in the political landscape?
Perhaps those independent votes are really NOT independent but are actually ideas which need to considered instead of compromised?
How do we get money out of the elections?