Gov. Gary Johnson: A remarkable thing happened today

Our America Initiative email blast:


Something remarkable happened today. Business-as-usual in Washington got a wake-up call — and that call came from a small group in Congress who refused to go along with the way the establishment politicians have been doing things for decades.

Here’s what happened: The majority party in the House of Representatives, the Republicans, met to select their candidate for Speaker of the House. The establishment plan, as with the Democrats when they were the majority, was to then vote in lockstep to elect that candidate in the full House later this month. For as long as anyone can remember, that’s the way it’s been done.

But this time around, 40 or so Republicans made it clear that they wouldn’t necessarily vote for the candidate that was nominated. And if they didn’t, then no one could get to the 218 vote majority of the full House to be elected Speaker. Whether you agree with the politics of this small group of ultra-conservatives or not, they proved a very important point: When those who refuse to accept the status quo take a stand and refuse to cave in to the tired and failed two-party duopoly, it upsets the apple cart.

And the apple cart needs to be upset.

Why is this important to those of us who want to see liberty restored as the bedrock principle of America?

Today’s events show exactly why Our America’s fight to change the presidential debates is so critical. Just as the two-party power brokers have long controlled the process for electing the Speaker of the House, they have, since 1987, controlled the process by which we elect the President. And a huge part of that is their absolute control over the debates.

Imagine what can happen if a third or fourth candidate is allowed to share the debate stage with the Republican and the Democrat. Fewer than 10% of the House of Representatives just brought the “system” to its knees. The presidential debates are arguably the single most important events of modern presidential elections. Allowing credible, qualified independent or “third party” candidates on that debate stage has the potential to do the very same thing.

As you know, Our America’s lawsuit to force the Commission on Presidential Debates to stop using arbitrary polls to exclude candidates was filed a few days ago in Washington, DC. Equally important are the grassroots and media campaigns we are kicking off to make Americans aware of the unfair — and illegal — control the two “major” parties exercise over their presidential elections.

Today’s events in Congress will help open Americans’ eyes to the possibility of really and finally changing the way business is done in Washington. We MUST seize this opportunity to make the same kind of disruption happen in the presidential debates.

That’s why I’m asking you to take a moment, go to, and contribute $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or more to our legal and grassroots fight to give liberty a place on the presidential debate stage.

It’s time for some disruption, and your support will make it happen.

Thank you! I look forward to hearing from you.

Gov. Gary Johnson
Honorary Chairman
Our America Initiative

16 thoughts on “Gov. Gary Johnson: A remarkable thing happened today

  1. NewFederalist

    It just seemed overkill to put the “ultra” on it. I thought he was driving at something else.

  2. jim

    To the left, anyone who wants to reduce (I mean, actually REDUCE, not merely lower the rate of increase: “Horrors!”) the size of government is an “ultra-conservative”, or “far-right” person.
    People who want to balance the Federal budget without raising taxes are similarly terrible people.

    Gary Johnson shouldn’t buy into that, however.

  3. Mark Axinn

    I saw Gov. Johnson last night at a small gathering in the Gramercy Park section of Manhattan. Good discussion and red wine.

    He will be LibertyFest NYC in Brooklyn tomorrow late afternoon.

  4. paulie

    To the left, anyone who wants to reduce (I mean, actually REDUCE, not merely lower the rate of increase: “Horrors!”) the size of government is an “ultra-conservative”, or “far-right” person.

    I’m not aware of any of these ultra-conservatives in congress wanting to actually reduce the size of government. On the other hand, they want to make government really big in the areas where it suits them.

    The Real Reason Rand Paul is Losing to Trump and Carson: Republican Voters Want Bigger Government

    It’s long past time that libertarians stop buying into the reich wing lies about how they are for any less government than the leftists, much less any less government than the status quo. They are lying, and they know it.

  5. jim

    Paulie: Well, you HAVE noticed how angry rank-and-file Republicans have been about their own party leaders, haven’t you?!? If I were a Republican, I’d be pizzed off too! And yes, I think the Repubs long ago realized how bad George W Bush was, especially when he started Iraq War II, wasting at least 100 billion dollars per year.

    I was watching a channel you probably hate: Fox. (Because there is no libertarian TV channel that I am aware of…yet.) Newt Gingrich was quoting some recent poll that said that by about 60 for against 30%, (numbers approximate) Republican voters want a SMALLER government. But he pointed out that the Republican leadership isn’t providing that, and thus the Republican voters hate that.
    Your statement that “Republican Voters Want Bigger Government” is, therefore, nonsense. You are pretending that the problem is with the GOP voters, NOT the GOP leadership. The truth is that the Republican leadership is not willing to, or able to, give the Republican voters what they want.

  6. paulie

    It’s not a statement Jim, it’s a link to an article. Follow the link and examine it the evidence for yourself. I think the poll Gingrich cites is the nonsense. If you ask a very general question like that they may tell you that but once you get into specifics you’ll realize they misled you.

    You are pretending that the problem is with the GOP voters, NOT the GOP leadership.

    I’m not pretending. The problem is with both of them.

    The truth is that the Republican leadership is not willing to, or able to, give the Republican voters what they want.

    Again, see the link.

  7. jim

    Paulie: I had already read that link BEFORE I posted my previous note. Essentially, it’s more Huffington Post screed, and the essential ‘spin’ is this:

    “The answer is Republican voters don’t really want those things. They’re fed up with the GOP leadership, but not because it’s failed to make the government smaller or less powerful. They’re fed up because it hasn’t made the government bigger, in the areas they want it to be bigger.”

    Now, I admit that I have not yet found the poll Gingrich referred to. (but see below) But a big problem with this HP article is that it completely contradicts what the poll was claimed by Gingrich to say: The author, Tom Mullen, seems to concoct out of whole cloth his assertion that individual Republicans want BIGGER government. With no apparent evidence whatsoever: Mullen does not even bother to claim that he can back up that assertion with facts. Why not?

    While this might not be the poll Gingrich referred to, it is not merely of Republicans, but Americans in general:

    “By David Sherfinski – The Washington Times – Friday, October 9, 2015
    Six in 10 Americans say the federal government has too much power, tying the previous high for the question since Gallup started asking in 2002.

    In 2012, 51 percent said the federal government had too much power, which was 60 percent in 2013, 59 percent in 2014, and 60 percent now, the Gallup survey said.

    The level was also 51 percent in 2009, before increasing to 59 percent in 2010 after the passage of the Affordable Care Act and ticking down slightly to 57 percent in 2011.

    The average annual percentage during President Obama’s first term was 54 percent, which has increased to 60 percent this term.

    While around eight in 10 Republicans and conservatives said they think the government has too much power during both of the president’s terms, Democrats, moderates and liberals are now increasingly saying it has too much power.

    Twenty-four percent of both Democrats and liberals said the federal government has too much power during the 2009-2012 time period, compared to 37 percent from 2013-2015. The percentage of moderates saying so ticked up from 44 percent to 57 percent over that time period.

    The largest increase was among blacks; 28 percent said the federal government had too much power during the president’s first term, compared to 48 percent during his second term thus far.

    “In the years prior to the election of Obama as the first black president, blacks generally were more concerned than the general public about the federal government having too much power,” Gallup’s Jim Norman wrote. “Obama’s victory in the 2008 election led to a huge drop over the next year in the number of blacks having these concerns. Since Obama’s re-election, polls the past three years have all shown a resurgence in blacks’ concerns about government power.”

    The survey, conducted Sept. 9-13, was based on interviews with 1,025 U.S. adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

    [end of quote from article about Gallup survey]

  8. paulie

    I think the HuffPo article speaks for itself and makes perfect sense. If anyone does not believe me they should go read it. The ones you cite lack issue specifics.

  9. Andy Craig Post author

    The top issues for the GOP in Congress and among their presidential candidates this year have been immigration, abortion, same-sex marriage, military spending, and war and foreign policy (Iran, ISIS, etc.). Whatever you think of the typical Republican positions on those topics, on none of them are they fighting for “smaller government.” Not even on “defunding” Planned Parenthood, which under their plan would see no reduction in total spending.

    When was the last time the GOP base got excited and organized over actually reducing government, as opposed to demanding more or bigger government action in areas they want it? There are maybe some examples, but they aren’t the top-tier issues that turn out the crowds these days. Even their partisan opposition to Obamacare is a mixed bag, in terms of wanting to replace it with smaller-government free-market reform.

  10. paulie

    Exactly the point the HuffPo articles makes. It’s both the leadership and their followers. The “cut government” preference they claim to have falls away as soon as you get into any details at all.

  11. Andy Craig Post author

    That’s why I don’t get excited over the “anti-establishment” Republicans, too. If you look at the House Freedom [sic] Caucus and their list of demands, it’s about half things Libertarians could support (though might not necessarily prioritize), and half things where they’re actually worse from a libertarian perspective than the “establishment” GOP.

    And it isn’t like Boehner, McCarthy, Cantor, et al. are a bunch of liberal-centrist Rockefeller Republicans, either. There really isn’t that much difference on the issues between them, and the ones pandering to GOP primary electorates back home in gerrymandered deep-red districts. In terms of the ideological differences, it isn’t anything like the relative ideological diversity both parties have had in the past.

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