Entries in Our American Initiative (5)
A few days ago, I announced the schedule for the first leg of our Live Free campus tour. The response so far is amazing! Hundreds of young people and liberty activists are already signing up to attend. If you missed it, here is the schedule.
Also, in case you missed it, we will be hosting informal gatherings at each stop to give us all a chance to catch up, share ideas and talk about what we’re doing with the Our America Initiative. Details for each of these gatherings can be found here. If you live nearby -- or even if you don’t -- please join us!
The response we are seeing so far to these upcoming events confirms something I have believed for a while now: I am convinced that liberty is reaching a tipping point in America. The positive reaction to the filibuster of the CIA Director’s confirmation over drone policy, the emergence from the shadows of so-called conservatives in support of marriage equality, and even the Washington Post’s scoffing at Obama’s handling of the miniscule sequester spending “cuts”... All of these are signs that the fundamental ideas of smaller government, greater individual liberty and social acceptance can no longer be pushed aside by the big government establishment.
This will either be a brief moment in history, or the beginning of a real return to the principles of liberty. Which of those it is frankly depends on us. The Our America Initiative was created precisely to foster the kinds of debates that are beginning to occur -- after decades of false policy “debates” among politicians who are really just slightly different versions of a statist, big government status quo.
Indeed, I see a real opportunity, a real tipping point. But opportunities are meaningless if we don’t seize them. The liberty movement must come together, adopt smart strategies, and take our ideas to the millions of Americans who, perhaps more than ever, are ready to hear them.
To that end, April 11 - 12, Our America is hosting a Liberty Strategy Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Experts and panelists from both inside and outside the liberty movement will join us to lead discussions about strategy, messaging and organizing. And we’ll have plenty of time to exchange ideas, make plans and identify ways to have an ever greater impact on both politics and policy.
I invite you to join us in Salt Lake for what I am confident will be an extremely productive gathering of leaders and activists from across the country. Go to www.facebook.com/event for the conference schedule and details -- and to register.
We have much to do in the months ahead. Our Live Free campus tour, the Strategy Conference, and a range of other activities are all geared to build momentum for the ideas we share -- the ideas that will set America free from stifling big government. Your support is critical. I can’t do this alone. If you can’t join us on the Tour or at the Strategy Conference next month, you can can still be involved by simply going to Our America Initiative and making a contribution to Our America that will help make ALL of these efforts successful. We can’t do it without your help!
We are in exciting times. Your support is essential -- and greatly appreciated. And I hope to see you soon!
Governor Gary Johnson
Our America Initiative
P.S. Don’t forget to check the schedule for the first phase of our Live Free Tour, which kicks off April 1 in Ohio. Join us if you can!
FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.OurAmericaInitiative.com
Why is it that Government almost always responds to a crisis or tragedy by attacking the rights and privacy of law-abiding citizens?
After 9/11, we got the Patriot Act, which put into motion one of the most unpatriotic attacks on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and individual liberty in our lifetimes. Everything from our phones to our emails to even our library cards and bank accounts became the government’s “business”. Under this continuing attack, the NDAA and other laws have taken us to a point where citizens can be detained indefinitely and, in fact, assassinated in the name of protecting us.
Now, in the aftermath of Newtown and other recent tragic and senseless crimes, Obama and his friends in Congress are reacting by -- you guessed it -- doing two basic things: First, they are rolling out Executive Orders and legislation to further chip away at a Second Amendment that even the Supreme Court has ruled grants us individual rights to keep and bear arms to protect ourselves. And second, they are clamoring for deeper and broader background checks and looking for ways to get more information about our “mental health”.
In short, their solution is more government, less freedom for us, and more of our information going into massive government databases. Somebody has to say: STOP.
Somebody has to speak the truth and stand up for the fact that, even in the wake of despicable criminal acts, less freedom for us and more power for government does NOT MAKE ANYONE IN AMERICA SAFER.
Speaking these truths -- and mobilizing Americans who don’t want to let an ever-growing government take away more of their freedoms -- is the entire idea behind the Our America Initiative, of which I am the Honorary Chairman.
Today, it is the Second Amendment and our privacy. Tomorrow, it will be greater government control of the Internet. And in the weeks ahead, it will be critical decisions about the debt ceiling and whether Washington will finally have the guts to cut spending and face the reality of an unsustainable $16 Trillion debt.
My intent as the Honorary Chairman is to help the Our America Initiative defend our liberty and our economic freedom from the nonstop attacks by the government. But we need your help as well. Our planned campus tours, advertising, media appearances and events all require the financial support of friends and activists such as you.
We have worked very hard to put an organization in place that can have a very real impact on the public and policy debates of the day -- but not without your help.
I am more convinced than ever that America is ready to reject Big Government as the solution to all our problems, and return to the idea that a strong and prosperous America is one where freedom and liberty are valued and protected -- not taken away by the politicians.
I hope you will take a moment to go to www.OurAmericaInitative.com today and make a contribution that will help us give liberty a voice in the conversation as the politicians make decisions that will shape our futures for decades to come. You have my personal assurance that your contribution will be used wisely and carefully to give voice to the principles and concerns we share.
Since the Our America Initiative is a non-partisan advocacy organization, contributions are not limited and can be accepted from not only individuals, but also corporations and other organizations. Every dollar counts! Please contribute today at www.OurAmericaInitative.com, or send your check to the address below.
Our America Initiative
PO Box 1985
Salt Lake City, UT 84110-1985
I hope to hear from you soon. We have a lot of work to do!
Governor Gary Johnson
Our America Initiative
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