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Friday
Mar212014

OurAmericanInitiative - Nobody will talk about it 

Friends,

 

We who care about liberty often speak about the heavy hand of government -- and the need to remove it from our daily lives.

 

A couple of weeks ago, that heavy hand came down in my own backyard, at the ski area in New Mexico near where I live and where I ski all winter long.  On a normal Saturday -- with families gathered for a fun day on the mountain and activities such as a cancer benefit taking place, the United States Forest Service showed up at the Taos Valley ski area with four uniformed, armed “law enforcement” agents and a drug-sniffing dog.  They proceeded to search the parking lots, “sniff” the cars of guests and employees, and then stop vehicles for such grave offenses as cracked windshields and unbuckled seat belts.

 

You can read about it here: Taos Ski Valley Drug Sweep.

 

I am livid. These Federal Agents didn’t just stop by. They traveled 150 miles, along with their drug-sniffing dog, on a Saturday for the express purpose of raiding a family ski area where, trust me, there were no threats to national security.  I probably shouldn’t share it, but this clip from an Albuquerque TV newscast will give you an idea of what I think about this kind  of government thuggery: "Somebody needs to lose their job."

 

And, my op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal about it: Only Threat Was the USFS.

This kind of Big Government abuse happens every day, all across the country. But who in Washington, DC, is demanding that it stop? In reality, no one. Sure, some politicians talk about reining in federal agencies, but it obviously isn’t happening. It isn’t happening because Big Government = Power, and the politicians don’t really want less power; they want more.

 

I have told you about the Our America Initiative’s effort to break the two-party control of Presidential Debates. This episode, right in my neighborhood, is a perfect example of why the all-important nationally-televised debates must be opened to qualified voices other than just the Republicans and Democrats -- both of whom thrive on the power they get from big government.

 

 

Until someone who truly believes in liberty and freedom from federal overreach is allowed on the stage, there will be no debate about why armed federal agents need to harass ordinary citizens going about their daily lives. There will be no hard questions about spending thousands of tax dollars on a “sweep”  to round up four -- yes, four -- people for minor drug possession and write a couple of tickets for cracked windshields.

 

Our America is fighting to put these issues on the debate stage, both in court and at the grassroots. And you can help.  Go to Open the Debates today and contribute $10, $50, $100 or more to help pay the legal costs of challenging the private Presidential Debate Commission and to help us mobilize millions of Americans to demand an end to control of the debates by the Republicans and Democrats.

 

To win this fight in time for the 2016 election, we must act now. We have a good case -- and a good argument. We just need the resources to take that case to the courts and to the American people.  Your contribution at Open the Debates will make the difference.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.  Thanks!


Gov. Gary Johnson

Honorary Chairman

 

P.S. Our America’s legal team is working hard  right now, and your support is essential!

Tuesday
Mar182014

OurAmericanInitiative - Join Gov. Gary Johnson for a live Tweet Chat Tuesday 

Friends,

 

Are you on Twitter?  Are there issues you would like to “chat” about?  If so, I hope you will join me Tuesday evening, March 18, for a live Tweet Chat.  I will be on Twitter for an hour beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 PT, and will respond to as many Tweets and questions as time allows.  

 

My personal Twitter handle is @GovGaryJohnson, and we will be using the hashtag: #GovGary.

 

From health care reform to the NSA to Ukraine, there is much to talk about -- and it is my hope that opportunities such as Tuesday night’s Tweet Chat will help to bring a true small government, liberty perspective to these and other critical debates.

 

I hope you will join me.  With more than 122,000 Twitter followers, I look forward to reaching a wide audience. If you don’t have a Twitter account, just go to twitter.com and create one. It’s easy.

 

This chat is only one of the many activities the Our America Initiative sponsors to help give individual freedom, real spending restraint and smaller government the voices they deserve as the politicians and policy-makers make decisions that impact each and every one of us.

 

Your support of Our America Initiative makes these efforts possible. With many critical policy decisions being made in Washington, DC, your support is more important than ever. Please take a moment to go to Our America and make a contribution, large or small, that will help restore liberty to the national agenda.

 

Thanks, and I look forward to “chatting” Tuesday night.

 


 

Gov. Gary Johnson

Honorary Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 

OurAmericaInitiative.com

Wednesday
Feb262014

Our America Renews Debate Lawsuit 

Friends,
 
In January, Gallup released results from a number of polls that, when combined, showed 42% of Americans identify themselves as political independents. Only 25% consider themselves Republicans, and 31% Democrats. In other words, independents outnumber Republicans and Democrats by a wide margin.
 
Yet, in 2012 and the past several presidential elections, when it came time for nationally televised presidential debates, only the Republican and Democrat candidates were on the stage.  
 
The Our America Initiative believes that is just wrong. If you agree, go to Our America's Debate Challenge today and help us fight to put Liberty on the debate stage in 2016.
 
If you understand the truth about the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has an exclusive contract with the news media to monopolize presidential general election debates, it is not surprising that only the Republican and Democrat candidates are allowed to appear before millions of Americans in what are indisputably the most important events of any presidential election.  
 
It’s not surprising because, despite its official-sounding name, the debate commission is actually a private organization owned and operated by the two “major” parties. That’s right. The organization that controls the debates was created by the Republican and Democratic national committees -- for the mutually beneficial purpose of creating the impression that their candidates are the only real choices for President of the United States.
 
As candidates in 2012, Judge Jim Gray (Ret.) and I challenged this unfair duopoly in Federal Court, and that case has still not been decided. With the 2016 election approaching, the Our America Initiative is renewing this legal challenge to a rigged system by refiling the lawsuit in a different venue: Washington, DC. Our legal team is confident that moving the case to the nation’s capital will dramatically increase the pressure on the courts to act.
 
Even with a great deal of volunteer legal support, this crucial legal challenge is expensive. To get the necessary work done and paperwork filed in a timely manner, Our America must raise $30,000 by March 15. We don’t have big corporate “sponsors” like the ones who pay the Debate Commission’s legal costs. Rather, we only have supporters like you -- supporters who understand the importance of putting Liberty on the debate stage in 2016.  
 
I’m counting on you to make sure we have the $30,000 we must have by March 15.  Please go to Our America's Debate Challenge today and contribute what you can to this vital effort.  $10, $25, $100 or more will go a long way toward making sure the 2016 debates are not controlled by just the Republicans and Democrats. 
 
Our demand is simple:  If a candidate for President, regardless of party, qualifies for enough states’ ballots to be elected in the Electoral College, that candidate will be included in the debates.  No arbitrary polling thresholds designed to exclude lesser-known, but qualified, candidates. In 2012, had our proposal been in place, there would have been four candidates in the debates, not just the Republican and Democrat -- and America would have seen real choices.
 
Simple fairness is clearly on our side, but winning that fairness in Court means taking on the huge special interests who have the money and motivation to protect the status quo. We can’t win without your help. Please go to Our America today and help make certain we have the funds to take the fight to the next level.
 
Opening the presidential debate process to other qualified candidates will change the political landscape in America -- and we all know that the landscape MUST change.  This is our chance, and I welcome your support.
 
Thank you!
 
 
Gov. Gary Johnson
Honorary Chairman
 
P.S.  Time is of the essence.  Our America must raise at least $30,000 by March 15 to mount this renewed legal challenge in time for 2016.

 

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Tuesday
Feb112014

OurAmericanInitiative - Join Gov. Gary Johnson for a live Tweet Chat Tuesday 

Friends,

 

Are you on Twitter?  Are there issues you would like to “chat” about?  If so, I hope you will join me Tuesday evening, February 11, for a live Tweet Chat.  I will be on Twitter for an hour beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 PT, and will respond to as many Tweets and questions as time allows.  

 

My personal Twitter handle is @GovGaryJohnson, and we will be using the hashtag: #GovGary.

 

From health care reform to the NSA to yet another federal debt ceiling “crisis”, there is much to talk about -- and it is my hope that opportunities such as Tuesday night’s Tweet Chat will help to bring a true small government, liberty perspective to these and other critical debates.

 

I hope you will join me.  With more than 122,000 Twitter followers, I look forward to reaching a wide audience. If you don’t have a Twitter account, just go to twitter.com and create one. It’s easy.

 

This chat is only one of the many activities the Our America Initiative sponsors to help give individual freedom, real spending restraint and smaller government the voices they deserve as the politicians and policy-makers make decisions that impact each and every one of us.

 

Your support of Our America Initaitive makes these efforts possible. With the new year underway and critical policy decisions to be made, your support is more important than ever.  Please take a moment to go to Our America and make a contribution, large or small, that will help restore liberty to the national agenda.

 

Thanks, and I look forward to “chatting” Tuesday night.

 


 

Gov. Gary Johnson

Honorary Chairman

 

P.S. ICYMI, during my recent visit to New York City, I appeared on a number of national news programs.  If you missed them, go to Our America’s  News page and take a look.

 

 

 

 

 

OurAmericaInitiative.com

Thursday
Jan302014

OurAmericanInitiative - GOV. GARY JOHNSON’S REACTION TO THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

January 28, 2014, New York, NY -- Former New Mexico Governor and 2012 presidential candidate Gary Johnson released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

 

“Since President Obama’s State of the Union speech last year, the national debt has increased by more than $700 billion.  Millions of Americans are or will soon see their insurance cancelled, altered or rendered substantially more expensive -- and their health care choices now made by the government.  And when it comes to civil liberties and fundamental freedoms, Americans are today more fearful of their own government than of outside threats.

 

“These are realities that no rhetoric can disguise. The President spoke of building “new ladders of opportunity”. As long as our President and the Congress continue to add to the burden of debt on every American and continue to make us less free, the ladder of opportunity will just become more and more difficult to climb.  

 

“Americans don’t need a speech to know that the state of the Union is precarious, and will remain so until politicians of both parties abandon the failed idea that the federal government can somehow spend and manipulate us into prosperity and real opportunity.

 

“We’ve tried the approach of addressing the nation’s challenges with more government, more programs, and dollars we don’t have.  The President’s speech tonight suggested more of the same. I believe America is ready to try something different, like less government, less debt and more freedom to build our own ladders of opportunity.”

 
 

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 six of the seven continents, including Mount Everest.

 

OUR America Initiative seeks to broaden the parameters of the public policy debate in the national arena. We look to enlighten Americans about civil liberties, free enterprise, limited government, and the traditional American values of freedom and liberty. It is our aim to increase discussion and involvement regarding all-important issues of the day.