Each and every day, we learn more about the extent to which NSA's spying and data collection are being targeted not just toward foreign threats, but toward American citizens.
Thursday night, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. PST/ 10 p.m. EST, Governor Johnson will host a special Google Hangout to specifically discuss the NSA, its abuses, and what can be done to protect our 4th Amendment rights.
Gary Johnson looks forward to hearing from you!
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How to watch Google Hangout!
If you are unable to join the hangout via webcam, you can either watch it live on Google Plus or YouTube.
If you can't join us live, you can watch the Hangout later on YouTube.
How to participate in the Google Hangout!
To participate, you will need a web camera with a microphone, and we recommend you use Google Chrome as your web browser to minimize any technical issues.
If you have a Google Plus account, make sure to add Gov. Gary Johnson to your circle or click here to email us with your email address so that we can add you on our end ahead of time.
So how do you join?
A few minutes before the Hangout goes live, we will paste the private hangout link on our social media pages: Google+ Event page, Facebook etc.
Next, the first nine people to click on the Hangout link and join the event will be first in line to ask questions. If you are one of those first nine, you should you see your picture at the bottom of the screen.
If you are in line to ask a question, please be sure to mute your mic until Gov. Gary Johnson says your name -- to avoid background noise.
Finally, after you have asked your question, please leave the live Hangout and continue to watch on YouTube or Google+ so others can get a turn to ask questions.
For those who are waiting to ask a question, we recommend you have two screens open: one to watch the town hall and one to click on the link to join the online Google Hangout. If you are unable to join at first, keep trying.
Please note that, once you see your video pop up along the bottom of the Hangout screen, close your other screen to avoid audio feedback, -- and wait for your turn.
I often speak about the nation’s “unsustainable debt”. That isn’t just a phrase; it’s a reality that the politicians in Washington simply refuse to face.
If we needed proof, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office this week released a report that described the growing national debt in precisely those terms. CBO said, “President Obama and lawmakers have been cutting the wrong kind of federal spending as they try to avoid the unsustainable buildup of debt that is projected in the coming decades.”
While CBO puts it a bit more politely, what they really said is that Obama and Congress are nibbling around the edges with temporary sequestrations and “cuts” in programs while refusing to do anything about the real causes of a debt that is on the verge of hitting $17 Trillion. Those real causes, of course, are Medicare and other “nondiscretionary” expenditures that are literally consuming the private economy.
So what are the President and Congress doing? They are taking to the airwaves for “made for TV” political posturing about raising the debt ceiling and playing chicken with threats to shut the government down at the end of the month. Nowhere in all this drama are any real efforts to reduce the size of the government -- and therefore its cost...or any mention of the entitlements that are the true drivers of that “unsustainable” debt.
Instead, we are getting the same old song: We aren’t going to touch Medicare or Social Security, and we aren’t really going to cut defense spending, but we HAVE to get the budget and deficits under control. Friends, it can’t be done! You know it, I know it, and the American people know it.
We have to call them out. Republicans and Democrats alike. We have to say, “Quit playing games with our financial future. Quit pretending you are doing something when you aren’t. And take a break from the Fox News and MSNBC appearances and get to work.
Calling the politicians out is up to us. It is up to the Our America Initiative to be a powerful voice -- and it is up to liberty-minded supporters such as you to make that voice heard. Your contribution at OurAmericaInitiative.com today makes it possible to reach more and more people via the Internet and the media, and mobilize those Americans to put the heat on Washington, DC.
In less than two weeks, Congress and the President will make some kind of deal to avoid another budget “crisis”. Of course, that deal -- whatever it is -- will actually do nothing about the real crisis. It will just put the hard work off to another day, and our financial security will just keep disappearing.
We can’t let them get by with another back room deal that risks our economic freedom. Go to OurAmericaInitiative.com and help us call them out.
Thanks, as always, for your generous support of liberty -- and for joining me in this fight for America’s future.
Gov. Gary Johnson
This week, a prominent Republican pollster said, “The perfect storm is being created between the NSA, the IRS, the implementation of Obamacare and now Syria. People are looking at the government more suspiciously. They’re looking with deeper scrutiny and reasonable suspicion.”
She said this in the context of yet another national poll showing a significant shift toward “libertarian” priorities -- smaller, less intrusive and less costly government.
At the Our America Initiative, we are seeing this shift first-hand. Tuesday night, so many people tried to participate in my live, online Google Hangout that the site “crashed”. That never happened before. Our social media posts about issues of the day are routinely being viewed by 100,000 or 200,000 or sometimes even half a million people.
All of this confirms what I have long believed: As the government’s abuses of power, whether they be domestic spying, using the IRS as a political weapon, or threatening military attacks without authorization, seem to increase every day, the American people are collectively trying to say “enough is enough”. They’re trying, but they need help. They need a voice.
Otherwise, the politicians will continue to ignore the majority and just keep abusing the power we have let them grab.
A few days ago, I asked you to contact your representatives in Congress to let them know that going to war in Syria is a bad idea. From everything I’ve seen, a great many of Our America’s supporters did just that. While we certainly didn’t do it alone, it is obvious that the outcry against an ill-advised military intervention made a difference. President Obama is frantically looking for a way out of the irresponsible threats he made, and the politicians in Congress are breathing a sigh of relief that a vote on that military intervention has been put off -- at least for a while.
Grassroots activism WORKS! That’s why the Our America Initiative is launching a new project to more than double our database of liberty activists. Whether it be stopping a disastrous military intervention on the other side of the globe or fighting a local ordinance that attacks liberty, we must have the strength of numbers. If 100,000 emails to Congress can help stop a needless war, 200,000 -- or a million -- emails can do even more.
Expanding our network of Americans who are ready to fight for liberty is the most important thing we can do. And we need your help. Buying and “renting” lists, advertising on social media, and sponsoring the events that will help increase our grassroots strength all require funds. Your contribution of $25, $50, $100 or more will make a real difference, and go directly to support our effort to organize, mobilize and give voice to the growing number of Americans who are turning to the principles of liberty.
Please go to Grassroots Our America today and make that contribution!
In the next very few weeks, the politicians in Washington will be making decisions about Syria, the debt ceiling and a host of other issues that impact liberty. We MUST be heard -- in greater numbers than ever before. Your contribution at Our America today will make that possible.
Thank you. We can do this.
Governor Gary Johnson
P.S. In less than 3 weeks, Congress will be deciding whether to raise the limit on the nation’s credit card -- or actually cut spending. We must let them know the borrowing and printing of money we don’t have must stop.
I’m going to keep this short. We only have a few days to stop the United States from launching yet another ill-advised military intervention on the other side of the globe.
After first insisting he didn’t need it, President Obama has decided to seek approval from Congress before launching missiles or dropping bombs on Syria. While the whole idea of intervening militarily in Syria’s civil war is a bad one, asking Congress for authorization is the right thing to do.
Now it is time for us to step up and do our part as concerned Americans who abhor the use of chemical weapons, but do not see how launching an attack on Syria will serve ANYONE’s interest, especially the Syrian people’s -- or make us safer here in the United States.
Now that Congress will have a say in the decision to launch the missiles -- or not, we have a few short days to let our Senators and Representatives know that military intervention is a bad plan, plain and simple. Emails and phone calls to Senators and Members of Congress make a difference, especially if they receive a lot of them.
To contact your Senators, simply go to U.S. Senate. For your Representative, go to U.S. House. Send a short email or call their offices, and tell them “NO” to a military intervention that will only hurt America’s interests.
In addition to sending emails such as this to our supporters and friends, the Our America Initiative will be utilizing social media -- Facebook, Twitter, etc. -- to encourage hundreds of thousands of Americans to also contact Congress. We need your help to do that. Go to Our America and make a contribution of $10, $25, $50 or more that we will use to reach as many people as possible to urge them to act.
Contact your Senators and Representatives TODAY. They will likely be voting next week. We can stop Obama’s plan to launch missiles and drop bombs into a war that is not ours to fight.
Thanks for your help! Together, we can prevent the politicians from making a very serious mistake.
Gov. Gary Johnson