If there was ANY doubt that our liberty, our privacy and our freedom are under attack from the same government that is supposed to be PROTECTING our rights, revelations of the past few days should remove those doubts once and for all.
First, we learn that the IRS, one of government’s most powerful tools of force, has been targeting so-called “conservative” non-profits for not just intense scrutiny, but pure harassment. You can read the official report from the Treasury Department’s own Inspector General here: IG Report.
Then, in a truly ironic bit of news, we find out that the Department of Justice secretly seized the records for more than 20 phone lines used by hundreds of people at the Associated Press -- a disclosure that has prompted all kinds of outrage. Of course, my question is: Where is all that outrage when the rights of ordinary citizens are trampled? Now that the media is the target, it’s a big deal. How about when you and I are the targets?
And...for those in Congress who are suddenly rushing to the aid of AP, my question is: Where was all that concern for privacy and free speech when you voted for the Patriot Act, which arguably “legalized” precisely the kind of spying on Americans that DOJ was conducting? Perhaps Congress needs to be a bit careful before crucifying federal investigators for simply doing what Congress told them to do.
The American people need to understand that these types of government abuses of power are happening every day. As long as we have an IRS and a tax code that is designed to reward some and punish others, it will be used as a massive tool of government force. And when laws such as the Patriot Act and the NDAA are enacted, the provisions of those laws WILL be used to trample our rights.
Spreading that understanding and mobilizing Americans to stand up for our rights is exactly why the Our America Initiative was founded, and exactly why we want and need your support for our Live Free Projects. Your contribution today at Our America allows us to sponsor the campus rallies, arrange the media appearances and use state-of-the-art communications tools to reach the millions of individuals who can, when organized, push back against the very abuses that are dominating the news these past few days.
I have made the personal decision that I cannot sit by and let liberty and freedom be destroyed by our very own government. I hope you will make that same decision, and join me in supporting Our America. Your contribution, no matter how small -- or how large, goes directly to finance the fight for liberty. Please take a moment to help.
We can win this fight. Never before in our lifetimes has the nation been more ready to demand a smaller, less costly and less abusive government. The Our America Initiative has a critical role to play in restoring liberty, and you have a critical role to play in making our work possible.
Thank you, and let’s get to work!
Governor Gary Johnson
Our America Initiative
P.S. Next Tuesday, May 21, I am hosting a Google Hangout. I hope you can participate -- or simply watch if you prefer. Online activism is a big part of our effort, and these “virtual” town halls are an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas, talk about the issues and engage more and more people in what we are doing. Here is the information you need to watch or participate: Google Plus Event.
About Governor Gary Johnson: A two-term governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003, Gary Johnson has been a consistent advocate for limited, efficient government and personal liberty. As the Libertarian candidate for President in 2012, he received more votes than any Libertarian candidate in history. An outspoken pro-Constitution libertarian, Johnson opposes American involvement in foreign conflicts with no clear U.S. interest. He opposes the failed multi-billion dollar war on drugs and demands greater transparency at the Federal Reserve. Johnson advocates cutting federal spending dramatically to achieve a balanced budget and make government live within its means without raising taxes. He believes real job creation and economic opportunity can be best achieved through smaller government and less regulation. The National Review rated Johnson as "#1" in job creation as governor. An avid skier and bicyclist, he has reached the highest peaks on five of the seven continents, including Mount Everest and, recently, Aconcagua in Argentina.