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Sep 27, 2012

Johnson speech at Duke

"I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden" - Barry Goldwater, a real Republican

Until now there has never been a Presidential Nominee with the courage to speak his mind for what he believed right rather than politically expedient quite like Barry Goldwater. Barry was the guy who referred to the Eisenhower Administration as a ‘dime store new deal’, which promised to give the voters all the Democrats promised, but at a discount.

He was for gay rights before it was chic, and warned of the danger and authoritarian nature of the religious right in the party. He was ignored, and now Republicans have to live with the embarrassment of justifying the candidacy of idiots like Todd Akin.

 Would Romney be still dragging his sorry arse around swing states trying to cobble a win together, or cruising to victory, if he was able to make the statement quoted up top?

 Gary Johnson is reminiscent of Goldwater in his speech at Duke University:
Gov Gary Johnson at Duke University from CineFilm Media on Vimeo.

Johnson is not a slick talker like the other Nominees, but is interesting enough to make the 22 minutes of the speech pass fairly quickly. I was fortunate enough to attend an address by 1976 LP Nominee, Roger McBride to the Progress Party in Brisbane way back when, and found him impressive. Johnson is just as good.

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