Forget the people that call this a “binary” presidential election. That is nonsense. I like the way this explains it:
If you are like me and have decided not to vote for either the Democrat or Republican nominee, it is important to remember that there are other choices on the ballot. The Libertarian Party nominee is Gary Johnson and the Green Party nominee is Jill Stein. I’m not sure if Stein will be on all 50 state ballots but Johnson will. There will probably be others on the ballot but those two are the ones with the most publicity. Of course, most of that publicity is negative because our system is designed to demean and mock people that are not part of the dominant two parties. Still, if you search around, you can find out a lot about Stein and Johnson and much of it is pretty good. Especially compared to the two nominees at the top of the D and R tickets.
The best article that I can find on Johnson comes from the Washington Post with the headline “Years before ‘Aleppo moment,’ Gary Johnson showed little interest in details of governing“. Clearly the headline writer is not a Johnson fan and since most people don’t bother to read more than headlines, you would expect the article to be negative. Instead, it is full of information that should make any conservative smile. Here are a few snippets:
As governor, he imposed schedule discipline. His Cabinet would meet precisely at 8 a.m. every Monday, power bars and water at the table. Each member had only two minutes to deliver a report.
“If you can’t explain it in two minutes, it doesn’t need to be done,” said Diane Kinderwater, Johnson’s former communications director.
The first time the legislature sent a budget to Johnson’s desk, Ingle said, lawmakers thought they had done well by allotting only “a couple hundred-thousand dollars” more than Johnson’s goal of $2.8 billion.
Johnson vetoed it.
“We couldn’t believe it,” Ingle said. “But I said, at least he told us what he was going to do. This man is honest.”
Steven Neville was a Republican county commissioner in rural San Juan County, in the state’s upper northwest corner, when the legislature agreed to spend $1 million in preparation for a national rodeo competition being held there. Johnson vetoed the measure. As a result, the county had to find money on its own.
“We actually did what we needed to do to have a good rodeo,” said Neville, now a state senator. “It was annoying, but he was fair.”
An examination of eight years of legislation showed that Johnson vetoed a bill to create specialized license plates because he thought it was too costly. He vetoed the formation of an African American affairs committee and a task force examining how to get equal pay for women because he thought they were a waste of time and money.
Although he describes himself as a social liberal, Johnson angered many on the left when he ended collective bargaining for state employees and cut off Medicaid funding for abortions that doctors deemed medically necessary. Johnson now says he regrets the Medicaid decision.
By the end, Johnson praised himself for delivering a tax cut worth at least $60 million, expanding the highway system and repealing a gas tax. He left with a $1 billion state surplus and, according to the Albuquerque Journal, a 45 percent approval rating.
(click here to read Robert Samuels’ complete story in the Washington Post)
Like I said, good stuff for any conservative or freedom loving person. You should also read the comments.
Dr. Jill Stein
I don’t know much about Dr. Jill Stein and her overall philosophy is certainly different from mine. But former presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul likes her:
“If you have a sincere progressive, I knew ’em, I’ve worked with ’em, and they say ‘one of the most important issues to me is civil liberties and change in our foreign policy,’ Jill Stein, vote for her….”
Well, those are also important issues to me. Extremely important. If Johnson wasn’t on the ballot, I’d vote for Stein on those issues alone. Here is a short introduction to her while she answers foreign policy questions from Charles Krauthammer and George Will.
Like I said at the start of this post, don’t believe those who claim this is a “binary” election and you MUST vote for the D or the R. Study the candidates, find one that best matches your own issues and beliefs, then vote your conscience. That is the only path to real change.