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LIVE BLOG — Gary Johnson/Jim Gray @ Freedom Fest

This is the Live Blog.

Judge Gray — We do things we say we will do.  It’s 10:30, we start on time!


If we get our message out here — this man right here, Gary Johnson, will be the next POTUS!!


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Joe Buchman


  1. paulie paulie September 10, 2015

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  2. Ad Hoc Ad Hoc July 19, 2012

    Thanks for the report.

  3. George Whitfield George Whitfield July 14, 2012

    Thanks so much Joe. I was heartened to hear that Gary Johnson would abolish the FED.

  4. Be Rational Be Rational July 14, 2012

    Yes, Thank you to Joe Buchman for all your hard work and reporting to your readers at IPR.

  5. Bill Wood Bill Wood July 14, 2012

    Thanks Joe, great job!

  6. Joe Buchman Joe Buchman Post author | July 14, 2012

    What about immigration — I’m concerned about open borders.

    Making it as easy as possible to get a work visa. To come to the USA to visit. I am not in favor of a fence. Legalize marijuana and 75 percent of our border violence goes away.

    What about suitcase bombs?

    Let’s face it, we have a risk of terrorism. If we’re going to bankrupt ourselves over preventing a suitcase bomb from coming over the border, then what kind of nation do we have?

    What about the 11 million illegals here now?

    In the case of New Mexico we have people in New Mexico who are technically illegal, but are productive citizens with grandchildren. Reagan caused this with federal quotas. If there are jobs, it works. If there aren’t they will go back.

    What about Syria and the UN?

    The UN will see a 43 percent reduction in funding from the USA.

    What about Obamacare?

    First — we’re telling all our kids that we will retire and have health care, but you will NEVER be able to retire, and not have healthcare when you are our age. This has all fallen on our kids. I would love to repeal President Obama’s healthcare plan — but it can also be amended in ways that open up the floodgates of free markets.

    At the basis of healthcare need to be free markets — the only way to blow the lid off of supply.

    Jim Gray — I can tell you that taxation with representation isn’t all that great either!

    (Introduces his wife Grace).

    Introduces Gary Johnson’s fiancee Kate . . .

    We are going to have a White House wedding!

    Gary Johnson — Jim will you officiate?

    Jim Gray — I have the authority.


    Joe Hassen (GaryJohnson’s finance director for Nevada)

    If you like Romney now, just imagine Romney when Gary Johnson is in the debate with him. You will like him even more then, because based on his past performance — Romeny will become more like Gary!!!


    The Governor is available to autograph your books, and answer your questions.

    End of LIVE BLOG

  7. Joe Buchman Joe Buchman Post author | July 14, 2012

    What about waste and fraud in government?

    I personally lost a bunch of money in ERON. I put a whole lot of money into ERON, and now they come up with more government regulation that caused the 2008 mortgage meltdown. CEOs had to recognize the actual worth of the asset. Everyone becomes insolvent. The point here is that there is an unintended consequence for everything the government does. The regulations to prevent ENRON caused this latest collapse.

    I have three questions for you.

    Please explain what you mean by marriage equality?

    That it is Constitutionally guaranteed. On par with Civil Rights in the 1960s. That the Federal Government recognizes marriage between same sex couples for our tax code. The FAIR tax does away with with most of those issues.

    Second — Do you envision possible advantage if you joined with the Constitution Party?

    Ideas are more important. The candidates matter more than the parties. Look at Democrats and Republicans? Aren’t we all about the ideas of Liberty and Freedom here at Freedom Fest?

    What about the millions of people who have representation without taxation? This is the growing part of the electorate. What about a Constitutional amendment to have those people on welfare to give up their right to vote?

    I’m advocating the FAIR tax, so that would not be an issue.

    I’d like you to clarify about the war on drugs? Would you legalize all drugs?

    Yes. The world would be a better place if all drugs were legal. But I’m only advocating marijuana legalization for now. When we legalize marijuana and see the world is a better place — that police go after real crime, that when release the 2.3 million people behind bars for drug crimes, that 90 percent of the drug problem is prohibition caused, not use caused, the world will be a better place.

    What about military bases around the world?

    I am proposing a 43 percent reduction in military spending — cutting the military footprint in Europe, Japan, South Korea, cutting nuclear warheads . . . Those discussions are ones I look forward to conducting.

    How do I respond to my friends who think you won’t be elected? What about running as a Republican in 2016?

    There’s only one choice for POTUS, and that’s Jim Gray and me. There’s no real choice in the lesser of two evils. Vote for what you believe in. That’s how we will change the world.

  8. Joe Buchman Joe Buchman Post author | July 14, 2012

    What’s your position on free trade?

    I think we should get rid of central banking in general. I stand for free trade. No tariffs. Genuine FREE TRADE.

    How do you feel about secret military research.

    We need a transparent government. Non transparency does not make us safer. We need a strong defense — but not secrecy around offense. A 43 percent cut in military spending takes us back to 2003. We’re spending more than half of all military spending worldwide and we are 5 percent of the world’s population.

    The biggest threat to our national security is our debt.

    What about illegal immigration?

    Work visas are the key. We need a line that is moving. You cannot get a work permit today, that’s why we have 11 million illegal immigrants. I’m calling for a 43 percent reduction in federal benefits — that will impact immigration as well.

    Can you paint a picture of a coalition government?

    Historically democrats were good on Civil Liberties, historically republicans were good on dollars and cents. Imagine a cooperation with a POTUS on those traditional agendas.

  9. Joe Buchman Joe Buchman Post author | July 14, 2012

    Will you protest Rand Paul with me later today?

    Rand Paul promised in his primaries to endorse the nominee. I think he contributes to the US Senate. I got it. I wish he would not have done it, but I’m glad he is in the US Senate.

  10. Joe Buchman Joe Buchman Post author | July 14, 2012

    Should people who cannot vote be subject to tax? This nation was founded on no taxation without representation.

    Under a consumption tax, you’d pay tax. That really can’t be avoided.

    How will you enforce a 25 percent national tax when some states already have a 10 percent sales tax? Won’t everyone avoid sales tax by going to a cash underground?

    The FAIR tax proposal addresses these concerns — only applies to new goods and services, not for B2B transactions. Embedded non transparent tax will go away, even with the FAIR tax, the absolute price of goods should drop.

    The FAIR tax does away with the IRS, Income Tax, withholding, etc.

  11. Joe Buchman Joe Buchman Post author | July 14, 2012

    What’s your policy on the FED?

    I would abolish it. I would also work for sound currency.

  12. Joe Buchman Joe Buchman Post author | July 14, 2012

    Romeny and Santorium zero liberty torches out of 24 from ACLU.

    16 Obama

    18 Ron Paul

    21 out of 24 for Gary Johnson.

    What’s the definition of insanity? Voting the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

    This just one time, as a favor, give the LP a chance. VOTE LIBERTARIAN with me. If it doesn’t work out, then we can return to what we have — erosion of Civil Liberties and economic collapse.

    Now, let’s open this up to questions . . .

  13. Joe Buchman Joe Buchman Post author | July 14, 2012

    Gary Johnson is the only candidate who will abolish the TSA, The IRS, the Corporate Income Tax.

    I do not want to tariff China — Free Markets, sound money.

    I am the only candidate who wants to abolish the department of education. Back to 50 state laboratories of excellence.

    I’m the only candidate talking about immigration, work permits, one consumption tax and immigration is no longer a tax issue.

    I am the only candidate that wants to GROUND AIR FORCE ONE. It needs to be done!

    I have more executive experience than the other two candidates . . . COMBINED.

    There were over 300 candidates that registered with the FEC . . . my executive experience — I VETOED over 750 bills, collectively I’ve said NO to government spending more than the other 300 COMBINED.

  14. Joe Buchman Joe Buchman Post author | July 14, 2012

    Now I give you the man who has everything you want in POTUS, and nothing you don’t want — GARY JOHNSON.

    CHEERS!! Applause.

    Gary Johnson —

    So who is Gary Johnson?

    First I am an entrepreneur,

    Second I am the former two-term governor of New Mexico. People in my state waive at me now with all five fingers . . .


    Third, I am an athlete. I’ve climbed Mt. Everest.

    Fourth, The Libertarian ticket will govern by the Constitution. The first thing we will do is Declare Peace.


    Let’s only use the military for DEFENSE. And if there is a need for that CONGRESS will declare it, not us.


    I am the only candidate promising to submit a balanced budge in 2013. If we don’t do that we will have a monetary collapse.


    I am the only candidate that will end the Drug War. Let’s legalize Marijuana now!!!


  15. Joe Buchman Joe Buchman Post author | July 14, 2012

    In 1992 as a sitting trial court judge, conservative, never used a drug — I called a press conference to say what we’re doing on drugs isn’t working.

    In 1999 I saw that the sitting governor of New Mexico had the courage to call, also, for an end of the war on drugs. This is a man with courage — the courage to end the TSA — an atrocity to people of Liberty.

    Governor Johnson asked me to be his running mate. I said yes on one condition — that we RUN TO WIN. No moral victory, no nice showing.

    Then he said, Jim, during this campaign, if you disagree with me, feel free to discuss it publicly. He is such a man of integrity that he want’s the best ideas. I am proud to be his running mate.

    Copies of his book, The Seven Principles of Good Government, available right over there . . . (reads intro to book).

    1) Become reality based
    2) Always be honest and tell the truth.
    3) Always do what’s right and fair.
    4) Determine a goal and plan for reaching it.
    5) Be sure everyone who should know your goal does.
    6) Acknowledge mistakes immediately
    7) Love what you’re doing.

  16. Joe Buchman Joe Buchman Post author | July 14, 2012

    You will waste your vote by voting for the Republican or Democrat for four reasons:

    1) Vote FOR someone who will do a service to our nation. Be Proud of your vote!

    2) If you vote for the lesser of two evils you have evil.

    3) The R&Ds cannot work with each other. They’ve proved it. We can work with them by MERIT, not party.

    4) Our values — from the LEFT –Civil Liberties, repeal the Patriot Act, and marriage equality. From the RIGHT — we will reduce the size and intrusion of government.

    We get our message out, we win.

    I’ll will be the first Peace Corps volunteer to be elected to this office. Depending on who Governor Romney chooses, I may be the only former member of the military to be on a ticket.

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