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Jul 15, 2012

Johnson at 5%?; Claims Washington the real threat to freedom

Newsmax is reporting on a recent Zogby poll indicating that Governor Johnson is polling 5% of the vote and is making inroads into Romney’s support base. This is based on Romney’s support dropping by a couple of points when Johnson is in the mix. Polls though, seem to be telling all sorts of different stories at present.

Rasmussen has both major candidates running neck and neck at around the 45% mark. Interestingly, 5% prefer ‘some other candidate’ but this may not mean Johnson, some of these probably mean that they prefer anyone to Obama or Romney.

Meanwhile Gov. Johnson has released a major statement on threats to freedom, declaring that the real threat is from Washington, not overseas:

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Speaking Saturday at the annual Freedom Fest in Las Vegas, Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson charged that the greatest threats to freedom in the U.S. today are not foreign aggressors, but the federal government itself.

Johnson said, “We have reached a sad point in history at which Americans’ freedom is not being threatened from outside, but rather from our own government and the politicians who run it. Yes, there are many around the world, whether they be terrorists or nations who harbor them, who would do us harm if given the opportunity, and who would love to rob us of our liberties. But with a national defense that represents almost half the entire world’s military spending, we are well-equipped to deal with those external threats.

“What we are failing to deal with is the fact that Congress and the past several Presidents have systematically done to freedom a nd liberty what no foreign enemy could do. If another nation robbed us of hundreds of billions of dollars of wealth, it would be an outrage we would not tolerate. Yet, we have watched helplessly as the politicians and the Federal Reserve have done precisely the same thing by racking up trillions in debt, devaluing our currency with wrong-headed monetary policies, and placed our dollars on the verge of collapse.

“If a foreign aggressor threatened to take away our rights to privacy, due process under the Constitution, or the fundamental liberties granted in the Bill of Rights, it would be an act of war. Yet, we need the government’s permission and must endure its probing to board an airplane, we can be stopped and frisked for simply walking down the street in New York, and we have government drones flying over farms in the Midwest to make sure manure is being disposed of legally.

“We can be detained indefinitely by our own government under the guise of protecting us. Our cell phones and Internet can be monitored. And even our reading habits can be examined at our public libraries.

“If Iran actually acted to do those things to us, we would be launching missiles in an instant. But, in reality, Iran nor any other foreign aggressor has done anything to us – and probably can’t – to rival the loss of freedom and rights we are suffering at the hands of Washington, D.C.

“To a former Republican, the sad irony of these realities is that it is impossible to lay the blame for the destruction of our liberties on one of the two major parties more than the other. They are equally guilty, and equally willing to continue to spend, tax and legislate freedom into oblivion.”


  1. Alas, probably only about 5% of the population even knows who he is.

    There are a few of us, but if neither the media nor the two-party oligarchy acknowledge his existence he effectively doesn't exist in the public mindset.

    Even with the 'net...well, it's not like we have an educated and informed electorate.

  2. Its like having the best dog in the hunt (and he is) but the system wont allow the chain to be slipped.

    In my late teens I was inspired by Goldwater, even with the limited coverage we had over here at the time. This is Goldwater's time with the movement toward small government growing. I have no idea how he ever managed to get the nomination, but there is no way it would happen now.

    Gary is the only candidate who has ever given me the same feeling as back then, and is better qualified for the position.

  3. Hi Chris, glad you don't mind. I have been saving that one ever since it appeared, just knowing that it would fit a post.

    Thanks for it.