Gary Johnson launches Our America Initiative

California Libertarian Alliance reports that

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has launched a new campaign organization to promote libertarian policy issues and back libertarian candidates for public office.

Governor Johnson calls his committee Our America Initiative with a website @

Johnson has (at least in the past) been a member of the Libertarian Party, and there has been a good deal of speculation that he may run an anti-establishment Republican presidential campaign with significant support from libertarians in 2012, a la Ron Paul.

20 thoughts on “Gary Johnson launches Our America Initiative

  1. Adrian Scott

    I like Gary Johnson okay, but this site is very low quality. If I were the conspiratorial type, I’d suggest that it’s an attempt to make him look amateurish as early as possible.

  2. Robert Milnes

    Oh goody. Another Ron Paul. So if RP/RP doesn’t run, or even if he does, another grab at the 35 million in 2012. Wasted $, wasted votes, on a reactionary guaranteed loser. When are libs going to wise up?

  3. Robert Capozzi

    I dunno, I kinda like the look of this site.

    I would strongly suggest a re-shoot on the video. I like what they were TRYING to do, but gj needs to gesticulate more. Sometimes he’s literally twindling his thumb!

    His eyes are cast downward too much…perhaps a prompter is there. Raise his head a bit.

    Interesting development.

  4. Adrian Scott

    I’ll give you one thing. It’s mighty clean, but still, there’s something that doesn’t fit well with it. The video is terrible though, I agree.

  5. paulie Post author

    I think we’ll see more of this sort of thing in coming years.

    Yes…I think the Campaign For Liberty paved the way.

    Johnson’s views are more moderate in many areas than Ron Paul’s, and he doesn’t have the newsletter issue, so he may be able to get more traction. We’ll see.

  6. NewFederalist

    I lived in New Mexico when Gary Johnson was governor and he did a good job. He suffers from the same malady as Ron Paul when it comes to public speaking. I fear the MSM will not be kind to him.

  7. Robert Capozzi

    rp is notorious for not wanting to be “handled,” but prepping and keeping on message is how the game is played. Pols like rp and gj may recoil in fear that they’ll become homogenized, but raw and rambling doesn’t play on TV. I hope gj will learn from rp’s frequent poor performances, when he rambles and his message bounces around.

  8. Adrian Scott

    Robert makes a good point. Say what you will about Ron Paul, but a lot of times he did get off-message and he refused to court voters or make appearances in early primary states. The man also couldn’t have picked a worse crop of people to run his campaign, I think. It leads me to wonder if his prospective administration would have a scandal similar in size to Harding’s.

  9. Robert Milnes

    “…his prospective administration…”. Forgetaboutit. Not gonna happen, thank God. He’s getting The Libertarian Vote 13-20% nationally. Little more, little less. I’ve analyzed this phenomenon very carefully. IMO the only way RP can win is if the entire country collapses like Chile circa 1970. AND he switches to the Constitution Party (Chilean Nationalist party equivalent). Even then it would be a close race with the leftists. So, give it up, libertarians. Support the LP & BTP & GP & forget this dinosaur fossil.

  10. Joey G. Dauben

    Gary Johnson’s last year was not good; he came into a lot of opposition to his decriminalization viewpoints. They need to shorten that URL. It’s horribly prone to misspelling and cybersquatting (of similar-spelled URLs.)

    I really don’t see the Ron Paul effect in 2012 unless he gives it one more go-around. Gary Johnson is unknown nationally. He’s the GOP’s Steve Kubby.

    If Palin runs in 2012, you guys can forget about a second RP or clone RP candidacy. She’ll galvenize everyone, just watch.

  11. Gary Johnson 2012

    According to, Gary Johnson was known for:

    * Vetoing 750 bills (more than all the vetoes of the other 49 Governors combined).
    * Reducing taxes $123 million annually.
    * Cutting the rate of government growth in half.
    * Eliminating the state’s budget deficit.
    * Leaving the state government with 1200 fewer employees (without firing anyone).
    * Leaving the state government with all-time high bond ratings.
    * Enacting major welfare reform, which cut government welfare spending by 30%.
    * Shifting state Medicaid to managed care.
    * Bringing the New Mexico state government and the Navajo nation leadership together to finally resolve century-old disputes over water, gaming, and other issues.
    * Privatizing half of the prisons in the state.
    * Shooting down campaign finance legislation.
    * Increasing the percentage of the budget devoted to improving the state’s education system.
    * Repealing the Little Davis-Bacon Act, thereby allowing non-unionized labor the ability to be employed in construction of new schools and other public works.
    * Overseeing the construction of 500 miles of new, four-lane highway (designed, financed, built, and guaranteed by the private sector).
    * Running 100% positive campaigns, never mentioning his opponents once in print or ads.
    * Coming from outside of politics with no political machine behind him to beat a former Republican Governor in the Republican primaries and then unseat an incumbent Democrat Governor in the general election by a 10 point victory margin, even at a time when Democrats outnumbered Republicans 2-1 in the state.

  12. Robert Capozzi

    jgd, hmmm, Ron Paul and Sarah Palin were both national relatively unknowns pre-08. So were Huckabee, Romney and Obama! So was Clinton in 92.

    Running for prez is how a person becomes nationally known.

  13. paulie Post author

    I really don’t see the Ron Paul effect in 2012 unless he gives it one more go-around. Gary Johnson is unknown nationally.

    He’s at least as well known as Ron Paul was four years ago.

    If Palin runs in 2012, you guys can forget about a second RP or clone RP candidacy. She’ll galvenize everyone, just watch.

    LOL. Just how will Palin “galvenize” people who are against the wars in the middle east and the war on drugs, when she is for them?

    What about the federal reserve – is she against that?

    I could go on, but why bother?

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  16. CFroh

    As the Recession and debt exacerbate and as Afghanistan implodes, Obama will dispirit his cultists, letting the GOP rise. Palin’s neoCon demogoguery and weakness before reporters will open the gates for former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. And Palin won’t be able to attract progressive independents and GOP moderates, like Johnson will, for his tolerant stance on personal issues (addiction treatment, not caging, for drug users; autonomy in family planning) and minorities (opposing demonization of immigrants); and realistic foreign policy (strong natl defense and free trade, with no nationbuilding). And Palin won’t get the Ron Paul voters, who will support Johnson’s Ron Paul-like stances on financial/economic issues.

  17. Jane Dowe

    Gary Johnson will regret contracting with RON T. NIELSON/NSON OPINION STRATEGY. RON NIELSON IS A THIEF; HE IS A FRAUDSTER. Specifically RON NIELSON MISAPPROPRIATES FUNDS so that NO MONEY IS AVAILABLE FOR PAY CHECKS to be cashed by his employees. Pretty much everybody from managers to rank-and-file subordinates often are NOT ABLE TO CASH THEIR PAY CHECK BECA– USE RON NIELSON TOOK THE MONEY AND SPENT IT MISAPPROPRIATELY.

    Additionally RON NIELSON IS INDEBTED TO several CHECK-CASHING COMPANIES. In other words RON NIELSON OWES MONEY EVERYWHERE because of bounced payroll checks.

    Then Ron Nielson instructs his employees to cash their pay check at the bank. So employees are deprived of free choice of where to cash their hard-earned pay-check.

    Almost worse is that RON NIELSON MAKES HIS EMPLOYEES look like CRIMINALS. Such is the case if a pay-check is cashed when no money was in the payroll account to cover the amount of the check.

    NSON OPINION STRATEGY IS A FRONT for questionable activities. This company is a facade, in other words.

    For about 4 years RON NIELSON HAS MADE PAY-ROLL PROBLEMS FOR HIS EMPLOYEES. This is about the time he actively became involved politically. So RON NIELSON in other words IS FINANCING HIS POLITICAL ACTIVITIES BY DEFRAUDING HIS EMPLOYEES.

    By the time Gary Johnson discovers this it probably will be too late, for him. He’ll either be broke or very near not having any money because RON NIELSON STOLE FROM HIM (GARY JOHNSON).

    And how RON NIELSON RUNS GAME, on his employees. He promises them work and being able to cash their pay-check only for them to get to the bank and be told no funds are available then asked to wait additional days to cash their pay check. In the mean time people are deprived. NSON OPINION work NEVER HAS BEEN STEADY even though new-hires are always told they will have steady work.

    This is all going to be too bad, for Gary Johnson. He’ll never get to be president, contracting with a THIEF like RON NIELSON.

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