Ron Paul is Not on the Ballot, But Gary Johnson Represents Liberty in Election 2012

The 2012 elections have stirred up quite the season for political controversy. The Democrats want more progress and the Republicans are fearful of four more years of President Obama in office. This election has also proven to be a large battleground for independent and libertarian voters. The increased support for Ron Paul and libertarian in election 2012 shows Americans are getting more and more fed up with the whole political system, as the the overall direction of government remains constant despite the party in charge.

A Rasmussen Reports survey found 62 percent of Americans surveyed say government does not represent voters. For decades, average Americans have felt a growing frustration with politicians and government. Now, more than ever before, Americans are realizing that government does not represent the governed and are losing faith in their choices for president.

So what alternatives to the two party political machines do we have? Some have suggested voting for Jill Stein (Green Party), Virgile Good (Constitution Party) and finally Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party). With national polls listing Gary Johnson with as high as 10 percent support, most have considered him the viable alternative to the current candidates that face off in the larger arena. Latest polls from Politico show Johnson with 5% in Colorado (Obama—47% and Romney—47.7%). In an important election swing state, this could be very important for the outcome of the 2012 election.

Gary Johnson has run an honorable campaign this presidential season and tackles all of the main issues facing this country. Although critical of the establishment, he has never once run an attack ad. He’s a candidate for Democrats who have become disenchanted with their own party’s economic policies, and also for Republicans who want to go back to the Goldwater years of believing in small government.

While governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson focused on the most important issue: debt. He not only turned around the state debt and balanced the budget, but he was also able to pull off an 11.6 percent job growth rate. New Mexico had the best job growth rate in the country under Gary Johnson. With a $16 trillion national debt and a souring deficit, Gary Johnson knows that America has to get its finances under control. He said, "The math is simple: Federal spending must be cut not by millions or billions, but by trillions. And it must be done today.”

Ron Paul may not be on the ballot, but liberty is. Gary Johnson opposes the Patriot Act, NDAA, TSA Security, police stop and frisks, racial profiling, Internet censorship, UN suppression, reproductive choice, education choice, unwarranted searches and seizures, military torture and any other liberty-leeching laws, departments, and practices that threaten our freedoms. Gary Johnson does not believe in sacrificing liberty for safety. ACLU rated Gary Johnson the highest on their Presidential Report Card.

Johnson is the only candidate that opposes all foreign intervention and vows to bring all the troops home. “You can’t have limited government at home, but big government abroad,” says Johnson.

Gary Johnson will not win, but that should never keep one from protesting the system and voting for him. One may, or may not, remember when Ross Perot won nearly 20 percent of the vote in the 1992 election. Although he did not win, the debt and other issues became a hot topic for most Americans. Third parties shake up the playing field. Do not let your two-party friends bully you into voting against Johnson if you believe he’s the best candidate.

In his new book, In Search of Self-Governance, Scott Rasmussen observes that the American people are “united in the belief that our political system is broken, that politicians are corrupt, and that neither major political party has the answers.” Americans can unite and take a stand by voting third party for Gary Johnson.

Beth Lancaster said it best, “I don’t go to the polls to vote against someone, I go to the polls to vote for the person I believe will be the best person for the job. The only way to bring about true change is to vote for someone who’s proven they can change things for the better. Gary Johnson has done just that.”

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Michael Mangin

As a Bachelor of Innovation Student at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Michael seeks new ideas, concepts and goals. The unprecedented Bachelor of Innovation degree is uniquely designed to foster an environment that encourages innovative thinking, development of new skills and radical collaboration with multidisciplinary teams. With a core disciplinary area of study in Creative Communications, Michael has the skills necessary to effectively communicate through a wide array of resources including public speaking, video and web communications. After obtaining his Bachelors of Innovation in Business Administration and his minor in Economics, Michael plans to then study Intellectual Property law at Denver’s Sturm College of Law. Michael is the current UCCS chapter chair and Colorado State Chair for Young Americans for Liberty and takes great interest in economics, political philosophy and history. He also works as a Students For Liberty Campus Coordinator. Michael has promised to dedicate his life to increase the motivation and determination to fight the chains of oppression!

MORE FROM

Movement for Black Lives activists disrupt Minneapolis Pride to protest Philando Castile verdict

Protesters reportedly held signs with messages like "No KKKops at Pride."

Protesters reportedly arrested near NYC's Stonewall Inn, Pride March endpoint

The reason for the arrests were not immediately known.

Marchers arrested in Istanbul as Pride parade continues despite cancellation

The organizers' decision to move forward with the previously cancelled march led to clashes with police.

Car slams into Eid celebrants in UK, injuring 6; police say terrorism isn't suspected

Police say they believe an Eid celebrant was behind the wheel of the car that injured six outside a mosque.

Oil truck explodes in Pakistan, killing at least 153

The deadly fire broke out as residents rushed to collect the leaking oil from the overturned tanker.

Will Justice Anthony Kennedy retire at end of Supreme Court term? Here's what we know.

Rumors that the 80-year-old swing justice may leave the bench are fueling fear of a second Trump pick on the nation's high court.

Movement for Black Lives activists disrupt Minneapolis Pride to protest Philando Castile verdict

Protesters reportedly held signs with messages like "No KKKops at Pride."

Protesters reportedly arrested near NYC's Stonewall Inn, Pride March endpoint

The reason for the arrests were not immediately known.

Marchers arrested in Istanbul as Pride parade continues despite cancellation

The organizers' decision to move forward with the previously cancelled march led to clashes with police.

Car slams into Eid celebrants in UK, injuring 6; police say terrorism isn't suspected

Police say they believe an Eid celebrant was behind the wheel of the car that injured six outside a mosque.

Oil truck explodes in Pakistan, killing at least 153

The deadly fire broke out as residents rushed to collect the leaking oil from the overturned tanker.

Will Justice Anthony Kennedy retire at end of Supreme Court term? Here's what we know.

Rumors that the 80-year-old swing justice may leave the bench are fueling fear of a second Trump pick on the nation's high court.