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Our American Initiative - Gary Johnson: ISIS is today's Nazi fascism 








November 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT -- Former New Mexico Governor and 2012 presidential candidate Gary Johnson issued the following statement today regarding ISIS and violent extremism:


“It is time that we have an open, honest dialogue about the politics of Sharia law. It is time that we face the reality that, while Islam is a faith that must be granted the same freedoms of religion as all others, Sharia is a political ideology that cannot coexist with the constitutional and basic human rights on which the United States is founded.


We must face the fact that ISIS is a murderous, violent movement driven by Sharia ideology, not by the religion of Islam. We need not and should not be Islamophobic, but all who are free and wish to be free should be Shariaphobic. In its determination to impose a “law” upon us  and to kill, maim and terrorize in the process -- as seen most recently in Paris, ISIS must be stopped.


I opposed the Iraq War. I supported going after Al Qaeda in Afghanistan after 9/11, but opposed -- and continue to oppose -- our failed attempt at Afghan nation building. And I opposed our involvement in overthrowing the government in Libya.


The list goes on and on. Our ill-advised attempts to shape the outcomes of civil wars and replace bad guys with slightly less bad guys have not only failed, but have created vacuums that are today being filled by the politics of Sharia.


The cost of those interventions has been tremendous, with too many of our young men and women of the military killed and wounded...and trillions of dollars spent ineffectively.


Libertarians believe freedom and opportunity require limited government. Government costs too much because it does too much -- and a government that does too much erodes liberty. But one responsibility of government is clear: To protect us from those who would do us harm and who would take away our fundamental freedoms. We believe liberty is the true American value, and that our government has a solemn obligation to preserve it.


We cannot dance around the fact that destroying human liberty and doing us harm are what Sharia law dictates. Whether it be mass murder in Paris, downing a Russian airliner in the Sinai, gunning down innocents in a Kenyan shopping mall, beheading Christians, or flying airplanes into the World Trade Center towers, ISIS and other like-minded Shariaists are engaged in a decades-long campaign to eradicate freedom and replace it with a Sharia political system that is antithetical to everything for which America stands.


In World War II, too many, including the U.S., stood by for too long as Hitler’s Nazi fascism spread across Europe, with horrendous consequences. Sharia and its ISIS fanatics are today’s Nazi fascism.


Let’s be clear. Stopping ISIS and Sharia have nothing to do with religious freedom or the rights of Muslims -- here or abroad. It has everything to do with protecting people who are free or wish to be free from murderous fanatics who will stop at nothing to establish a global caliphate under which no one would be free.


Dealing with this threat is the most American thing we can do.


Putting tens of thousands of American troops on the ground in Iraq or, especially, Syria, won’t work. We have learned that the hard way. Those realities, however, do not mean that we do nothing.


First, even barbarians and fanatics need money. ISIS is collecting an estimated $1 million per day in profits from oil sales. That buys a lot of terror. Reducing or stopping that flow of money will do more to stop ISIS than bombing a training camp here or there, and the United States -- along with our allies -- must get serious about turning off the ISIS oil spigot. While ISIS is receiving support from sympathic individuals and organizations in the region, even the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are taking concrete steps to cut off ISIS’s daily oil windfall. The U.S. must do the same. The finances and transactions of ISIS and their brethren must be disrupted.


ISIS’s recruitment and attacks are being executed largely via cyberspace. There will be no invasion that can be repelled with missiles or warships. Rather, they will enlist, plan, finance and coordinate with believers who are already here to conduct their murderous campaign. Paris was just the latest example. We must deploy our formidable technological might to join the battle in cyberspace -- and win.


And while invasions and doomed-to-fail attempts at imposing Western democratic values on unwilling peoples will not work, reviving and supporting strategic partnerships with those who are fighting ISIS in Syria and elsewhere just makes sense. The U.S. must assume a stronger, more committed role to galvanize and lead an alliance based on those partnerships that will first contain and ultimately neuter ISIS.


Fighting and defeating ISIS wherever they are is not “intervention”. It is stopping violent jihadists whose stated objectives are to kill Americans, wipe Israel off the map and destroy the very freedoms -- including religious ones -- upon which our nation is founded. It is protecting us from those who would and are doing us harm.”


Governor Johnson is the Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative, a nonprofit advocacy organization supporting individual liberty, free markets and limited government.




Our American Initiative responds to 2016 debate requirement 



CPD Keeps Polling Threshold for Participation Despite Legal Challenges


October 30, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT -- A senior advisor to the Our America Initiative is calling the announcement by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) that a 15% polling threshold will once again be used to determine participation in the 2016 presidential debates “disappointing but certainly not shocking.”


The Our America Initiative, a nonprofit political advocacy organization, is supporting a lawsuit filed September 29th in Federal Court charging that the CPD’s control of the general election presidential debates constitutes an illegal monopoly and unfairly excludes qualified candidates other than the Republican and Democrat nominees. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include fmr. New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, the 2012 Libertarian presidential nominee, and Jill Stein, the Green Party’s 2012 candidate, as well as the Libertarian and Green national parties.


The CPD announced this week that participation in the 2016 debates will be limited to candidates with at least 15% support determined by averaging 5 national polls selected by the Commission itself. This polling requirement was also used in 2012, and limited participation to the Republican and Democrat nominees, despite the Libertarian and Green party nominees having qualified for enough states’ ballots to potentially secure a majority in the Electoral College.


Responding to the CPD’s intention to again use the polling criterion, Ron Nielson, senior advisor to the Our America Initiative, said, “It is disappointing that the CPD is doggedly hanging on to an unfair and arbitrary polling requirement that is clearly designed to exclude qualified candidates other than the Republican and Democrat from the nationally-televised debates. However, it is certainly not shocking, given that the CPD was created by and is, in reality, a product of the Republican and Democratic national parties.


“The real majority in America today is made up of independent voters who do not identify with either of the two so-called ‘major’ parties. Poll after poll shows that voters welcome the participation of qualified independent and third party candidates in the process and would consider those candidates if given a real opportunity. Excluding them from the debates robs voters of that opportunity, and is just wrong.


“Our lawsuit seeks not only to end this unfair and partisan exclusion, but to make the American people aware of the reality that the official-sounding Commission on Presidential Debates is a private creation of the Republican and Democratic parties, and exists to control the debates for their exclusive benefit.”



Cruz For President - Cruz Scores Major Upset Among Libertarian Voters 

Earns 51% of voter approval in Republican Liberty Caucus Straw Poll -- just a few points behind Rand Paul, among Libertarians
HOUSTON, TEXAS - Presidential candidate Ted Cruz continues to shore up his strong support among libertarian voters, earning 51 percent support from voters participating in the straw poll held at the Republican Liberty Caucus in Nashua, NH over the weekend. 
Cruz received 399 votes (51%), just a few points behind Rand Paul's 445 votes (57%). 
“We are very encouraged by the growing support we are seeing among liberty voters in the early states and across the country,” Cruz said. “I have spent my career defending the constitutional liberties that our nation was founded upon, and that are increasingly under assault today. From free speech and religious liberty to our right to bear arms and our right to privacy, I have been proud to lead on all these issues, whether before the Supreme Court or in the Senate. If I'm elected president, libertarian voters across the country can be confident that I will continue to stand for the U.S. Constitution at every turn.”
Sen. Cruz’s strong performance in the straw poll comes at the heels of a growing coalition of libertarian voters organizing in the early states and across the country for the Cruz for President campaign. The campaign’s Liberty Leaders coalition is chaired by former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr (the 2008 Libertarian Party presidential nominee), with 25 former Ron Paul organizers and supporters leading efforts in the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
Sen. Cruz continues to expand his base among Tea Party, evangelical, and libertarian voters. He has won multiple recent straw polls demonstrating his deep base of support across the spectrum of Republican voters, including decisive victories in both the Freedom Works and the Values Voters straw polls.
Members of Sen. Cruz’s Liberty Leaders coalition include:
New Hampshire
Rep. Rick Christie, Goffstown
Rep. Christie is known as a strong Liberty leader in the State House.
Barbara and Rep. Guy Comtois, Center Barnstead
The Comtois’ are former Ron Paul supporters.  Rep. Comtois is a strong liberty leader in the State House and he and his wife are Belknap County Chairs for Cruz for President
Former Reps. Carol & Lucien Vita, Middleton
The Vitas are former Ron Paul supporters
Rep. Dick Gordon, East Kingston
Rep. Gordon is a former Ron Paul supporter and strong Liberty leader in the State House
Andrew Harris, Epping
Harris is a former Ron Paul supporter
Steve Kenda, North Hampton
Kenda is a small-business owner, prominent Liberty leader in the Granite State, and former candidate for State Senate
Rep. Walter Kolodziej, Windham
Rep. Kolodziej is a strong Liberty leader in the State House.
Paul Marquis, Litchfield
Marquis is a former candidate for State Representative and strong Liberty activist.
Rep. Katherine Prudhomme-O’Brien, Derry
Rep. Prudhomme-O’Brien is a strong Liberty leader in the State House.
Emily O’Neil, Bedford
O’Neil is a former candidate for State Representative, liberty activist, and former Ron Paul supporter.
Pam Smith, Manchester
Smith is a prominent Liberty activist in Manchester
Rep. Len Turcotte, Barrington
Rep. Turcotte is a former Ron Paul supporter and strong Liberty leader in the State House.
South Carolina
Senator Lee Bright, Spartanburg
Sen. Bright is endorsed and worked to get Ron Paul elected in 2012 and is a Cruz for President South Carolina Co-Chair
Sherriff Ray Nash, Dorchester
Nash is president of the Low Country Republican Liberty Caucus and a South Carolina Cruz for President Co-Chair
Steven Long, Spartanburg
Long is a South Carolina Liberty Activist and 2012 Ron Paul supporter
Shawn Dietz, Hampton
Franklin County Republican Party chairman, former Hampton mayor, 2014 candidate for Iowa State Senate, endorsed by Liberty Iowa and Rand Paul
Tom German
Ron Paul 2008, 2012 Ida County Co-chair
Joel Kurtinitis, Des Moines
Kurtinitis is founder of Liberty Iowa, and Ron Paul 2012 Regional Director
Kelsey Kurtinitis, Des Moines
Ron Paul 2012 volunteer, pro-life grassroots leader
Crystal McIntyre
Warren County, Iowa Supervisor
Vance Nordaker
2012 Ron Paul supporter
Jason Schultz
District 9 Iowa State Senator, endorsed Ron Paul in 2011
Tony Seliquini
Campaign for Liberty Precinct Coordinator, ‘Voices of Reason’ Podcast Founder and Co-host








What: On Tuesday, September 29, a lawsuit will be filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia charging that the exclusion of qualified candidates from the general election presidential debates by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) violates federal anti-trust laws.


When: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Where: United States District Court for the District of Columbia, 400 Constitution Avenue NW, DC.


Who:  Bruce Fein, attorney representing the plaintiffs, will file the complaint, and will be available for interviews with the media outside the Courthouse.


Plaintiffs are: 2012 Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson; Jim Gray, 2012 Libertarian vice-presidential nominee; Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party presidential nominee; Cheri Honkala, 2012 Green Party vice-presidential nominee; the Libertarian National Committee, and the Green Party of the United States.


About: The lawsuit challenging the exclusion of candidates from CPD-sponsored debates is backed by the Our America Initiative, a not-for-profit advocacy organization, through the Fair Debates project, Former New Mexico Governor and 2012 presidential candidate Gary Johnson is the Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative.


Our America - Coalition for Fair Debates Announced 


September 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT -- Our America Initiative today announced the formation of the “Coalition for Fair Debates”, comprised of political parties, media outlets and advocacy groups who oppose the exclusion of qualified candidates from nationally-televised presidential debates.


Fair Debates (, is a project of the Our America Initiative (, a national advocacy organization, which has long supported opening the general election presidential debates to all candidates who are constitutionally eligible to serve and who appear on enough states’ ballots to potentially achieve a majority in the Electoral College. In 2012, those criteria would have allowed participation by the Libertarian and Green Party nominees in addition to the Republican and Democrat candidates.


The private Commission on Presidential Debates, created by the Republican and Democratic Parties in 1987, uses polling criteria that effectively limit participation in the nationally-televised debates to only the Republican and Democrat nominees.


Joining in the Coalition for Fair Debates are the Libertarian and Green parties, as well as organizations ranging from the Liberty Roundtable to Downsize DC. Independent media outlets joining the coalition include Truth in Media, the 1787 Radio Network, Ballot Access News and others.


The complete list of coalition members, along with background information regarding the presidential debates, can be found at


Announcing the coalition, Ron Nielson Senior Advisor said, “For more than 20 years, the Commission on Presidential Debates -- a private organization created by the Republican and Democratic national parties -- has monopolized the nationally-televised general election presidential debates. They have intentionally excluded other qualified candidates from participating by applying arbitrary polling criteria that are virtually impossible to meet by independent or ‘third party’ candidates.


“Today, a majority of Americans do not believe the Republican or Democrat parties represent their views, and are more ready than ever to consider alternatives to the status quo. They deserve the opportunity to see and hear from all the viable candidates -- not just the Republican and the Democrat. The Our America Initiative is fighting for fair, open debates, and we are proud to have such a diverse group of organizations, political parties and others joining that fight.”


In addition to a major grassroots effort to achieve reform of the presidential debates, the Our America Initiative is leading a legal challenge to the “monopoly” on televised debates exercised by the Commission on Presidential Debates.