Why This Witch Supports Gary Johnson

Before he asked Pagan troops to fight overseas, and give their life for their country, then-Gov. George W. Bush told Good Morning America that he didn’t think the military should give Pagan servicemembers equal rights with servicemembers of other faiths:

“I don’t think witchcraft is a religion. I would hope the military officials would take a second look at the decision they made.”

Last year, Christine O’Donnell asserted that she was NOT a Witch, as if that was a bad thing, to which I (and others) responded with “I’m a Witch. I’m You.

Last night a handful of Witches, Pagans and a Hindu interviewed Gov. Gary Johnson, and it was a productive, pleasant experience. A liberal since before I could vote, this interview has convinced me that should Gov. Johnson make it to the primaries here in Georgia, he will have my vote and it’s likely he will have my vote in the general election should he make it that far. He’s like a Gary Cooper-esque character that has waltzed in from a Capra film and it’s a rather refreshing, if somewhat bizarre, turn of events in in the 2012 campaign.

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My father was an elected local rep for the UAW at the Doraville GM plant for a single term. He eventually decided not to run again but he had a conversation with a union member he never forgot. A man pulled him aside at work to ask him about his position on an issue. My father explained his position and why he felt it was the best position. The man then told my father that he disagreed with him. In fact, he disagreed with my father on a lot of issues, he said. Yet he would vote for my father if he ran again, because he felt that my father was an honest decent man who always took time to discuss the issues facing the union. That fact that he was willing to listen to people who disagreed with him, and take the time to explain his positions to them, won over people who otherwise wouldn’t have voted for him. This story came to mind after speaking with Gov. Johnson because it explains why I support him.

I voted for Obama, but I’ve frankly been disappointed in him. His change didn’t really change that much. A lot of the issues I counted on him to affect when I cast my vote have either remained unchanged or gotten worse. He’s managed to effect some compromised healthcare reform and repealed DADT, which isn’t nothing but it’s hardly the FDR-level of change I was expecting. Everyone is upset, everyone is tired of the status quo and everyone wants change, but the candidates we keep seeing on tv are the Same Old Thing. That’s what makes Johnson so refreshing, and probably the reason mainstream media has completely shut him out.

Johnson will not lie to get your vote. Think about that. He told a gay activist in the that he wouldn’t vote for federal legislation to prevent workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians even though he believes it’s wrong to be fired due to sexual orientation. He told a group of Pagan journalists that although he thinks we need to keep researching green energy he believes the bulk of our focus should be on responsible local oil and coal. If he wanted our vote at any cost, he wouldn’t have told us that.

Johnson thinks you should vote for him if you like what he has to say. I asked him directly why a liberal should vote for him. He didn’t try to sell himself to me. He said if I liked what he had to say then he hoped I would vote for him. He didn’t tell me he was the best, the greatest, or that he was going to make my wildest dreams come true. He thinks voters are intelligent people and can make up their minds on the issues and the track records of the candidates without being told what to believe.

Johnson recognizes that the military has become overtly Christian and recognizes this is a problem. He told us (and I’m paraphrasing) that if there are religious minorities in the military, then there should be religious minority chaplains, or perhaps there should be no military chaplains.

Johnson is willing to listen to average citizens and explain his views to them. You can schedule a Google+ hangout and talk to Johnson yourself. None of the other Republican candidates are doing this. Can you seriously imagine Herman Cain sitting down to answer the questions of the Pagan Newswire Collective?

Johnson admits he’s made mistakes, along with talking about his successes. He doesn’t pretend he’s a political superman who has never made a misstep.

Johnson thinks government needs to stop regulating marriage. He thinks government should only issue civil unions regardless of the makeup of the union, and that marriage should be the domain of religion. Therefore, as a straight woman in Johnson’s view of government I and my male partner would file a civil union with the government, and seek out a spiritual union, or marriage, from our religious community. Gay and straight people would have legal domestic union equality in Johnson’s view.

Johnson represents real change. I’m not sold on the Fair Tax and some of the other stances Johnson holds, but I also know our country needs real change to survive. Johnson is a completely different kind of political animal and as president he’d represent a serious change from the status quo of the previous administration and current administration. Our country was founded on the idea of government as an experiment and the Founder’s of our country experimented with a lot of different forms of government on the local and state level before they created the government we have today. They were innovators and they never intended our government to become a static institution. I think Johnson’s innovative ideas are worth trying, because it’s obvious what we have now isn’t working.

Johnson may be the most religiously friendly candidate out there. It’s true that Johnson isn’t a member of the Religious Right, but he’s not anti-religion either. If you’re not an Evangelical Christian, Johnson may be the candidate who protects your best interests and stands for religious equality. I believe with all my heart after speaking with him that Johnson will treat Hindus, Buddhists, Pagans, Atheists, Catholics, Mormons, Baptists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Muslims, Jews and Sikhs with equal respect and consideration.

When Johnson says he can balance the budget and level the playing field, I believe him. I honestly believe he can effect deep, constructive and positive change if he’s elected. I may not agree entirely with his particulars, but I do think he’s a decent, honest man with a good deal of common sense. He’s the only candidate out there right now that I think could be safely turned loose with the executive power of the Oval Office and something truly positive could come from it.

Obama has hearkened back to Abraham Lincoln as a role model. Yet Lincoln was unable to effect change without war. Johnson reminds me more of Jefferson, someone who was able to effect change with determination, clear speech and innovation. I’m still a liberal at heart, but for as long as he has a dog in this fight, Johnson has my support.

I want to thank Gov. Johnson for taking the time to speak with Pagan media (something I never thought I’d see a Republican presidential candidate do in my lifetime), and I’d like to thank Cara Schulz for her tireless efforts in putting this opportunity together.

Gov. Johnson’s website has more information on his campaign and how you can speak with the candidate via a G+ hangout.

Watch the interview and make up your own mind.

About Star Foster

Polytheistic Wiccan initiated into the Ravenwood tradition, she has many opinions. Some of them are actually useful.

  • P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

    While I do agree that his honesty is refreshing, I still can’t agree on many of his positions, even independent of his somewhat ambivalent LGBTQ stances.  The energy/environmental issue is worrying; the relegation of a lot of things to state level is a little worrying; and, as a professor, the fact that he was bragging about making state scholarships available in New Mexico to any high school student with a C average quite frankly frightens me, considering that high school students with Bs and As these days don’t know how to read or write.

    But, each to their own.  It was very good of him to make himself available in this fashion.

    • http://www.patheos.com Star Foster

      We have a similar scholarship program here in GA and it’s been very successful. The scholarship doesn’t only work for traditional colleges, but also trade schools.

      I find his ambivalence a bit comforting. When he talks about gay marriage he talks about leveling the playing field for everyone. He’s not against the GLBT community, he just intends to treat them like everyone else. He seems to have the same attitude towards religion. I’d expect him to treat Selena Fox the same way he’d treat Rick Warren, and I’d think that would mean special treatment for neither of them.

      No candidate is going to get us off of oil, not at this point in history. If his stance on it is to increase our own control and security over our oil supply, I think I trust him to ensure it’s done in an enviromentally responsible way. He’s a big outdoors guy. I don’t think he’s anti-enviromentalism, but just pragmatic about the reality of our energy situation.

    • AQ

      I was a C student in high school, and the language classes (along with English and English Comp) were the classes I did best in–what killed me were the math classes that I took, because I kept over-complicating them.

      So don’t immediately assume that a student with a C average is an illiterate dullard.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hardymacia Hardy Macia

      Johnson is pro environment. 

      While he does want to hand things back to the states so we “50 laboratories of innovation” trying to innovate and find better and cheaper ways of doing things. He also knows the federal government has roles to play. 

      When he was Governor of New Mexico he called on the EPA to stop a big corporation from polluting a river. The corporation had been polluting for a long time and Johnson finally put a stop to it.

      His energy policy is just pragmatic. He realizes green energy will become cheaper and more efficient and make up a larger segment of the energy mix in the future. It’s just not there yet.

  • P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

    While I do agree that his honesty is refreshing, I still can’t agree on many of his positions, even independent of his somewhat ambivalent LGBTQ stances.  The energy/environmental issue is worrying; the relegation of a lot of things to state level is a little worrying; and, as a professor, the fact that he was bragging about making state scholarships available in New Mexico to any high school student with a C average quite frankly frightens me, considering that high school students with Bs and As these days don’t know how to read or write.

    But, each to their own.  It was very good of him to make himself available in this fashion.

    • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

      We have a similar scholarship program here in GA and it’s been very successful. The scholarship doesn’t only work for traditional colleges, but also trade schools.

      I find his ambivalence a bit comforting. When he talks about gay marriage he talks about leveling the playing field for everyone. He’s not against the GLBT community, he just intends to treat them like everyone else. He seems to have the same attitude towards religion. I’d expect him to treat Selena Fox the same way he’d treat Rick Warren, and I’d think that would mean special treatment for neither of them.

      No candidate is going to get us off of oil, not at this point in history. If his stance on it is to increase our own control and security over our oil supply, I think I trust him to ensure it’s done in an enviromentally responsible way. He’s a big outdoors guy. I don’t think he’s anti-enviromentalism, but just pragmatic about the reality of our energy situation.

    • AQ

      I was a C student in high school, and the language classes (along with English and English Comp) were the classes I did best in–what killed me were the math classes that I took, because I kept over-complicating them.

      So don’t immediately assume that a student with a C average is an illiterate dullard.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hardymacia Hardy Macia

      Johnson is pro environment. 

      While he does want to hand things back to the states so we “50 laboratories of innovation” trying to innovate and find better and cheaper ways of doing things. He also knows the federal government has roles to play. 

      When he was Governor of New Mexico he called on the EPA to stop a big corporation from polluting a river. The corporation had been polluting for a long time and Johnson finally put a stop to it.

      His energy policy is just pragmatic. He realizes green energy will become cheaper and more efficient and make up a larger segment of the energy mix in the future. It’s just not there yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hardymacia Hardy Macia

    Star,

    Great interview with Gov Johnson yesterday and write up on it.

    I want to make pitch for the pagan community who decides that they’d like to buy Johnson a bigger megaphone to donate to his campaign.

    In NM in his race for governor he shot from 2% three months out to squeaking out a win. He’s in the same exact position in NH. NH is ripe for him. He’s been here a lot. He just needs to raise the money to introduce himself to NH voters on the radio and tv.Once the momentum starts it will be hard to stop. McCain came out of nowhere to win NH by a huge margin. Johnson could do it. He needs money. The pagan community is large enough to give him the financial support needed to shoot past many of the other candidates. In fact there are many groups – LGBT, poker players, marijuana smokers, FairTax supporters who have the base and probably have at 50% of more of them who would like to vote for Johnson. We need to support Johnson now so all these individuals do get the chance to vote for him.If any one of these communities or all of them started getting behind Johnson by letting their friends know and making a $10 or $100 donation then you would see the seismic shift in the GOP race toward the only sensible candidate in the race.Use the referral code “pagan” and donate to Johnson’s campaign and encourage your circles of friends to do the same.
    https://donate.garyjohnson2012.com

    • John Trease

      I agree,
      I have never contributed to a politician before but when candidates who I can’t stand receive millions I feel I have to give something to him.
      He is the first candidate I’ve ever been excited about.
      Thank you Star for your objective evaluation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hardymacia Hardy Macia

    Star,

    Great interview with Gov Johnson yesterday and write up on it.

    I want to make pitch for the pagan community who decides that they’d like to buy Johnson a bigger megaphone to donate to his campaign.

    In NM in his race for governor he shot from 2% three months out to squeaking out a win. He’s in the same exact position in NH. NH is ripe for him. He’s been here a lot. He just needs to raise the money to introduce himself to NH voters on the radio and tv.

    Once the momentum starts it will be hard to stop. McCain came out of nowhere to win NH by a huge margin. Johnson could do it. He needs money. The pagan community is large enough to give him the financial support needed to shoot past many of the other candidates. 

    In fact there are many groups – LGBT, poker players, marijuana smokers, FairTax supporters who have the base and probably have at 50% of more of them who would like to vote for Johnson. We need to support Johnson now so all these individuals do get the chance to vote for him.

    If any one of these communities or all of them started getting behind Johnson by letting their friends know and making a $10 or $100 donation then you would see the seismic shift in the GOP race toward the only sensible candidate in the race.

    Use the referral code “pagan” and donate to Johnson’s campaign and encourage your circles of friends to do the same.

    https://donate.garyjohnson2012.com/?refcode=pagan

    • John Trease

      I agree,
      I have never contributed to a politician before but when candidates who I can’t stand receive millions I feel I have to give something to him.
      He is the first candidate I’ve ever been excited about.
      Thank you Star for your objective evaluation.

  • Anonymous

    Gary Johnson is now espousing the same as Ron Paul, who has a thirty year record in Congress . The best ticket for America will see the two of them as the Pres. & Vice Pres. candidates. We have supported Ron Paul in every try he has made, and have stayed registered as Republican, even before Regan. We have kept a low profile to keep letting the (R) send us their twisted logic mailers. We will vote for Ron Paul in the Floriduh Primary, and again in the finals. We did think the Hawaiian Guy represented real change. We voted for him, supported him. Then, wooom boom, he let the unknown factors entice or tell him to sign to keep the Patriot Act & the Cheny/Bush tax breaks for the wealthy. Wealth is not evil, it is misused as extortion by some. For our President to go along with keeping the U.S. Constitution irrelevant, we are done with him. To not tell his A.G. to go after the criminals who destroyed our economies, world wide, is almost as evil as now allowing the new age drug war on medical cannabis to escalate. Sixteen States and the District of Columbia have chosen to allow Medical Cannabis, and now, Mr O’Bama is letting the evil ones go after the rights of the states and the people who voted to allow it. SHAME is his new name.

    • http://www.patheos.com Star Foster

      He’s the President of the United States, not “The Hawaiian Guy.” Bashing the president isn’t kosher on my blog.

      Ron Paul is never going to be elected and has no chance against Obama. He’s too old, too out of touch and has far less charisma than any other GOP candidate.

      • Don

        And Gary Johnson isn’t out of touch and charismatically limp? Neither Paul nor Johnson have a good chance at the presidency, but as recent polls indicate, Paul by far has a better chance than Johnson.

        • http://www.patheos.com Star Foster

          I just spoke to the man and I don’t think he is. He has charisma, but it’s not the kind of charisma we expect from politicians. I’ve followed Ron Paul for years and I just don’t think he has what it takes. Polls also indicated Johnson would lose in NM, but he didn’t.

          You should also be aware I reserve the right to delete comments that use fake emails.

        • K3425848

          Wait for it.Wait for IIIIIIIT…!

      • K3425848

        While I don’t agree with what you say,I’ll defend -to the death-your right to say it!

  • BeachD1

    Gary Johnson is now espousing the same as Ron Paul, who has a thirty year record in Congress . The best ticket for America will see the two of them as the Pres. & Vice Pres. candidates. We have supported Ron Paul in every try he has made, and have stayed registered as Republican, even before Regan. We have kept a low profile to keep letting the (R) send us their twisted logic mailers. We will vote for Ron Paul in the Floriduh Primary, and again in the finals. We did think the Hawaiian Guy represented real change. We voted for him, supported him. Then, wooom boom, he let the unknown factors entice or tell him to sign to keep the Patriot Act & the Cheny/Bush tax breaks for the wealthy. Wealth is not evil, it is misused as extortion by some. For our President to go along with keeping the U.S. Constitution irrelevant, we are done with him. To not tell his A.G. to go after the criminals who destroyed our economies, world wide, is almost as evil as now allowing the new age drug war on medical cannabis to escalate. Sixteen States and the District of Columbia have chosen to allow Medical Cannabis, and now, Mr O’Bama is letting the evil ones go after the rights of the states and the people who voted to allow it. SHAME is his new name.

    • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

      He’s the President of the United States, not “The Hawaiian Guy.” Bashing the president isn’t kosher on my blog.

      Ron Paul is never going to be elected and has no chance against Obama. He’s too old, too out of touch and has far less charisma than any other GOP candidate.

      • Don

        And Gary Johnson isn’t out of touch and charismatically limp? Neither Paul nor Johnson have a good chance at the presidency, but as recent polls indicate, Paul by far has a better chance than Johnson.

        • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

          I just spoke to the man and I don’t think he is. He has charisma, but it’s not the kind of charisma we expect from politicians. I’ve followed Ron Paul for years and I just don’t think he has what it takes. Polls also indicated Johnson would lose in NM, but he didn’t.

          You should also be aware I reserve the right to delete comments that use fake emails.

        • K3425848

          Wait for it.Wait for IIIIIIIT…!

      • K3425848

        While I don’t agree with what you say,I’ll defend -to the death-your right to say it!

  • Anonymous

    We do not refer to Barrack O’bama as the Hawaiian Guy out of disrespect . It is a way to denounce the birthers, the racists, all the far out haters. The man came across as a real progressive, yet has bent over for the Republi_U_cants repeatedly.
    Ron Paul & Gary Johnson both are the really closest to being what we need. BOTH of them. Age matters, as a 60+ Veteran, I am aged enough that my war wounds now have me in a wheelchair after 40+ yrs. stubbornly staying erect.
    My White Witch spouse is my ally, knows of my fervor to help change the morass our nation has become mired in.
    We know of some of the reasons a President may act so oposite of their campaign rhetoric. We saw what happened to our hero, JFK, then , the real target of the guyz who ordered the hit, Bobby. Be careful what you pray for, as the dieties do have a twisted sense of humor.
    Survival first, then action to repel the evil . ~ NAMASTE ~

    • Jason McDeavitt

      Let us not forget that ANY president is pretty much shackled by the other branches of the Government, not to mention any special interests that helped them get where they are. We have reached a point where one man can’t do much to bring about even if he is the president. We need drastic reform across the board. As Jefferson said “A little rebellion now and again is a good thing.” I’m not a flag waving anarchist or anything like that, but I do believe the most problematic thing about our government is that it has become extremely sluggish. It takes years to do anything of value and frankly, I don’t see much of a difference between the right and the left other than what they complain about. We don’t need a change of one person, we need a sweeping reform of tired, outdated systems that just aren’t cutting it anymore. 

  • BeachD1

    We do not refer to Barrack O’bama as the Hawaiian Guy out of disrespect . It is a way to denounce the birthers, the racists, all the far out haters. The man came across as a real progressive, yet has bent over for the Republi_U_cants repeatedly.
    Ron Paul & Gary Johnson both are the really closest to being what we need. BOTH of them. Age matters, as a 60+ Veteran, I am aged enough that my war wounds now have me in a wheelchair after 40+ yrs. stubbornly staying erect.
    My White Witch spouse is my ally, knows of my fervor to help change the morass our nation has become mired in.
    We know of some of the reasons a President may act so oposite of their campaign rhetoric. We saw what happened to our hero, JFK, then , the real target of the guyz who ordered the hit, Bobby. Be careful what you pray for, as the dieties do have a twisted sense of humor.
    Survival first, then action to repel the evil . ~ NAMASTE ~

    • Jason McDeavitt

      Let us not forget that ANY president is pretty much shackled by the other branches of the Government, not to mention any special interests that helped them get where they are. We have reached a point where one man can’t do much to bring about even if he is the president. We need drastic reform across the board. As Jefferson said “A little rebellion now and again is a good thing.” I’m not a flag waving anarchist or anything like that, but I do believe the most problematic thing about our government is that it has become extremely sluggish. It takes years to do anything of value and frankly, I don’t see much of a difference between the right and the left other than what they complain about. We don’t need a change of one person, we need a sweeping reform of tired, outdated systems that just aren’t cutting it anymore. 

  • http://www.tequilaandjavalinas.com/ Gordon

    Jason, that’s a feature, not a bug. Our system is not geared for sudden change for a good reason; such change is usually impulsive and not well thought out.

    We didn’t reach our state of impending bankruptcy just because of President Obama. We started down this path in the 1930s. FDR, emulating the populist themes of fascism and National Socialism, created Social Security, even though he knew the system would run out of money eventually. He did it for votes.

    Successive administrations, Republican and Democrat, didn’t correct this problem. They made it worse by adding benefits, and looting the trust fund.

    Fixing these problems will take many years, assuming we elect people who are willing to do it.

    • K3425848

      No one is claiming that the problems will be fixed over night,but the first step MUST be transparency in government and a balanced budget-both things Gary Johnson has promised to deliver.The reason I believe Johnson will deliver on these things is not because of his campaign promises,but of his track record,which speaks volumes.

  • http://www.tequilaandjavalinas.com/ Gordon

    Jason, that’s a feature, not a bug. Our system is not geared for sudden change for a good reason; such change is usually impulsive and not well thought out.

    We didn’t reach our state of impending bankruptcy just because of President Obama. We started down this path in the 1930s. FDR, emulating the populist themes of fascism and National Socialism, created Social Security, even though he knew the system would run out of money eventually. He did it for votes.

    Successive administrations, Republican and Democrat, didn’t correct this problem. They made it worse by adding benefits, and looting the trust fund.

    Fixing these problems will take many years, assuming we elect people who are willing to do it.

    • K3425848

      No one is claiming that the problems will be fixed over night,but the first step MUST be transparency in government and a balanced budget-both things Gary Johnson has promised to deliver.The reason I believe Johnson will deliver on these things is not because of his campaign promises,but of his track record,which speaks volumes.

  • bodybyjonathan

    I will be voting for Governor Gary Johnson! End the wars, balance the budget, equal rights for LGBT and legalize marijuana! This guy is exactly what America needs! The People’s President.

  • bodybyjonathan

    I will be voting for Governor Gary Johnson! End the wars, balance the budget, equal rights for LGBT and legalize marijuana! This guy is exactly what America needs! The People’s President.

  • Joshnoblett31

    I will be voting for Governor Gary Johnson! End the wars, balance the budget, equal rights for LGBT and legalize marijuana! This guy is exactly what America needs! The People’s President.

    Gary Johnson is hands down the most fiscally conservative GOP candidate. When he first got into office he was asked by his staff how he wanted his name on the state welcome signs. He said Don’t put my name on those signs! If we spend money to change them lets put Welcome to New Mexico from the Citizens of New Mexico so we don’t have to spend money changing them in the future. He is a good steward of tax dollars and looks at everything from a cost benefit Analysis. He balanced the heck out of 8yrs worth of budgets as governor. Johnson is the only candidate talking about submitting a balanced budget in 2013.

    Why is former two term New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson being excluded from the Washington Post-Bloomberg Republican presidential debate being held tomorrow, October 11, 2011, at Dartmouth College? Gov. Johnson was not just elected, but overwhelmingly reelected as a Republican governor in a majority Democrat state. Governor Johnson has a proven track record of cutting expenses, and balancing budgets while in office.

    Prior to his election as Governor, Gary Johnson built a one man handyman business into a major construction company employing over a thousand people. In his personal life Governor Gary Johnson has climbed to the summits of Mount Everest, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus, and Mount McKinley—plus completed more than thirty marathons.

    Governor Johnson remains highly popular in his home state of New Mexico. My personal belief is that Governor Gary Johnson is by far the most qualified man to run for President of these United States in at least a generation or two. Please join with me in asking that voters be allowed to hear from Governor Gary Johnson tomorrow evening, at the Washington Post-Bloomberg Republican presidential debate at Dartmouth College!

  • Joshnoblett31

    I will be voting for Governor Gary Johnson! End the wars, balance the budget, equal rights for LGBT and legalize marijuana! This guy is exactly what America needs! The People’s President.

    Gary Johnson is hands down the most fiscally conservative GOP candidate. When he first got into office he was asked by his staff how he wanted his name on the state welcome signs. He said Don’t put my name on those signs! If we spend money to change them lets put Welcome to New Mexico from the Citizens of New Mexico so we don’t have to spend money changing them in the future. He is a good steward of tax dollars and looks at everything from a cost benefit Analysis. He balanced the heck out of 8yrs worth of budgets as governor. Johnson is the only candidate talking about submitting a balanced budget in 2013.

    Why is former two term New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson being excluded from the Washington Post-Bloomberg Republican presidential debate being held tomorrow, October 11, 2011, at Dartmouth College? Gov. Johnson was not just elected, but overwhelmingly reelected as a Republican governor in a majority Democrat state. Governor Johnson has a proven track record of cutting expenses, and balancing budgets while in office.

    Prior to his election as Governor, Gary Johnson built a one man handyman business into a major construction company employing over a thousand people. In his personal life Governor Gary Johnson has climbed to the summits of Mount Everest, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus, and Mount McKinley—plus completed more than thirty marathons.

    Governor Johnson remains highly popular in his home state of New Mexico. My personal belief is that Governor Gary Johnson is by far the most qualified man to run for President of these United States in at least a generation or two. Please join with me in asking that voters be allowed to hear from Governor Gary Johnson tomorrow evening, at the Washington Post-Bloomberg Republican presidential debate at Dartmouth College!

  • Hava

    This was a terrific article. I really, really like how balanced it was – how you were able to look at what Gary is saying and decide that although you don’t agree 100% on everything, he’s still the right guy for you. I feel the same way. What we forget sometimes is that no candidate will ever agree with own personal opinions 100% of the time. You just have to decide to elect the person who has the personal integrity to make the decisions that are the best for the country. And personal integrity is something Gary has in spades.

    In case you haven’t seen it yet, there is a TERRIFIC article on Gary in the latest edition of GQ: http://www.gq.com/news-politics/politics/201111/gary-johnson-republican-candidate-debate-interview

    One quotation that I loved from that article, that really summed it up for me, is this:

    “But in fact, Johnson is fundamentally incapable of bullshitting, which is one of the many, many things that make him so unusual for a presidential candidate. (When a reporter asked him, after he gushed about how great New Hampshire voters are, if he says the same thing in Michigan, he replied, “No, Michigan’s the worst.”)”

    If that doesn’t tell you everything that you need to know about Gary, I don’t know what would.

    Anyway, thanks again for the terrific article. :)

  • Hava

    This was a terrific article. I really, really like how balanced it was – how you were able to look at what Gary is saying and decide that although you don’t agree 100% on everything, he’s still the right guy for you. I feel the same way. What we forget sometimes is that no candidate will ever agree with own personal opinions 100% of the time. You just have to decide to elect the person who has the personal integrity to make the decisions that are the best for the country. And personal integrity is something Gary has in spades.

    In case you haven’t seen it yet, there is a TERRIFIC article on Gary in the latest edition of GQ: http://www.gq.com/news-politics/politics/201111/gary-johnson-republican-candidate-debate-interview

    One quotation that I loved from that article, that really summed it up for me, is this:

    “But in fact, Johnson is fundamentally incapable of bullshitting, which is one of the many, many things that make him so unusual for a presidential candidate. (When a reporter asked him, after he gushed about how great New Hampshire voters are, if he says the same thing in Michigan, he replied, “No, Michigan’s the worst.”)”

    If that doesn’t tell you everything that you need to know about Gary, I don’t know what would.

    Anyway, thanks again for the terrific article. :)


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