The Man Who Should Be President: Gary Johnson

Today I learn that Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico for 8 years is seeking the Republican nomination. And the party could not get a better man. A realist. Someone who’s actually done something and not just made a celebrity name for themselves. Someone who has both business and government experience. More than the others combined almost. The man built a one man operation into a 1,000 employee business; he must know something of the issue. What does Trump know about building a business? He was given $25 million by his father and told to go play. That’s easy to do and even be successful.And he still went bankrupt, while shtupping his way through the chorus line for families values and running a casino to grasp fiscal prudence. Yah.

But to start from zilch and get to the top, ah, now there’s something. The guy hasn’t spent his life in politics like say Newt Gingrich who hasn’t done anything but sell his books and change wives while denigrating his own sister for the families values he doth profess too much. Huckabee is a preacher for rapture or higher TV ratings. Pawlenty is sure the biggest menace to the nation’s defense is a gay soldier telling the truth; while NATO is running out of bombs for the one week war now into its second month in Libya and we still can find the guy in the weird outfit.

One presumes a dash of foreign policy experience, too, if only because his state borders old Mexico. Perhaps he speaks a bit of Spanish, which is likely; I don’t know; his site doesn’t say. But he’s also been around the world climbing 4 of the tallest mountains, one per continent. And entering mountain biking competitions, which at least got him overseas somewhere; and not just golfing away his life.

Then too, there’s his decision to just jump in without all the nonsense about thinking about discussing the setting up of an exploratory committee to think about running if something better doesn’t come along. The dither and dally of many a “potential” contender is like a tease. Either do it or shut up already. You either want to be president to help the country or yourself, or you don’t. You shouldn’t have to wait to see if there’s a bunch of people who might give you some funds to travel around the nation to discuss the issue of “maybe.” So, there, Johnson just up and announced. Oh sure, there was speculation, but he wasn’t all over the place saying “Hey, maybe I should run for president, what do you think? And buy my book on my ideals and my vision for America.”

That’s because he doesn’t have a “vision” for America, of starry eyed hope and change, or a “better tomorrow,” or some other focus group slogan. No, well, Mr. Johnson is putting out the book later, but it’s called “Seven Principles of Good Government” and not “I’m the most wonderful thing since cheesecake.” Not some sob story of adversity with Lincolnesque musings of personal philosophy and faith and mush and the remaking of the American public – no, “good government.” What’s not to like?

Meanwhile, on the “social” issues – the drug war – he says it’s as pointless as Prohibition. And it sure is. And the gay issue – let those people go. That’s the best way to put it – he doesn’t even consider us an “issue.” We are just not part of the equation – we’re not related to the economy (except our contribution to it and our suffering as it suffers too) and we’re not related to the deficit. And we’re not related to any known governmental thing – other than the bizarre fear that if someone says one thing nice about us all of civilization will fall apart. Meanwhile, while having scorn heaped upon us daily – from “sick and demented” to “satanic” the country’s heterosexuals have made a fine mess of the place. Apparently sissy stomping is not the lynchpin to it all. And Mr. Johnson recognizes that, which is good enough for me. I don’t care if he appoints one or two, like Obama, and then his position on marriage is evolving. No, Johnson is clear: he’s for gay marriage because it’s just the American liberty thing to do. Like Barry Goldwater said too.

But his website doesn’t have a word about it, for it is truly unimportant to the nation, and is only important to us – and the craven few whom think they’ll hound me forever unless I submit to their demands that I be whom they want me to be – and the morons don’t even present a suitable woman for me to date. Instead they seem to want a foreign concept –

Where in which some 70 “effeminate” boys were sent off to be together to make men of them, and stomp the sissy out of ’em. Sure, sure. And what those morons haven’t realized is that they just created a very weird gay dating service – for the gay boys are still going to be gay – but now, instead of knowing none or a few, and probably only older men at that – they are now being herded together like pink sheep. And they will come to know each other, these boys, and form the civil rights leaders of tomorrow, and perhaps a couple or two. Lovely. Counterproductive to the strange intent of it all, but still, lovely. For the future; even if terrible right now. But it portends a good future.

But that’s what Santorum, Gingrich, Trump, Huckabee, Pawlenty – that’s their take on it, even if they don’t say it themselves. But when one meets with people like Bryan Fischer who want to do the same thing as the Malaysians are doing, well, what can I say? It’s craven stupidity, but hey, they’re just running for president on the sissy stomping platform. All these guys are known more for their position on gay marriage and gay guys than they are for any particular economic policy. Can you tell me what Newt’s education plan is? Other than to stop the mentioning of gay people’s existence? This is the weirdest group of god-hope-not potential candidates ever assembled. Santorum is on national TV the other night calling for the arrest under felony charges of every single gay man in the nation. That’s what “outlawing” gay smooching is – a call for rounding up millions of American citizens and incarcerating them for cuddling through the use of a police state – exactly like Malaysia is doing. This is brain dead.

And Johnson sees it, and ups the ante and wants to remove the issue from consideration so doesn’t utter a word about it except “leave those people alone” of sorts. And I’m happy with that.

So, here’s his words on the important stuff right from his website (I didn’t follow the links – the opening statements are strong enough – and – I’ve been following the man for a decade.)


He has been an outspoken advocate for efficient government, lower taxes, winning the war on drug abuse, protection of civil liberties, revitalization of the economy and promoting entrepreneurship and privatization.

As Governor of New Mexico, Johnson was known for his common-sense business approach to governing. He eliminated New Mexico’s budget deficit, cut the rate of growth in state government in half and privatized half of the state prisons.

The Economy and Taxes

Americans are more concerned than ever before about the future of our economy, and those concerns are well-founded. As a nation, we simply can’t afford to continue borrowing 43 cents…

Spending and the Deficit

Government spends too much because it does too much. Unchecked deficits are the single greatest threat to our national security. Unless we take significant steps soon, our federal debt will…

Education and School Choice

American education is at a crossroads. We can either choose to continue down the path of higher costs, poorer results, and top-down thinking, or challenge the status quo by …

Drug Policy Reform

Despite our best efforts at enforcement, education and interdiction, people continue to use and abuse illegal drugs. The parallels between drug policy today and Prohibition in the 1920’s are obvious, as…

Overall Accomplishments

Left office with New Mexico as on of the only four states in the country with a balanced budget

Left New Mexico with a budget surplus

Used Line Item Veto thousands of times to trim the budget

Vetoed 750 bills during his time in office; more than all other governors combined

Cut over 1,200 government jobs without firing anyone

Created more than 20,000 new jobs

First New Mexico Governor to challenge education status quo and propose statewide voucher program

Resorted State General Fund reserves to more than $222 million from a low of $28.1 million

Limited annual state budget growth to 5.0% during eight years in office

Cut taxes 14 times while never raising them—a first for New Mexico

Vetoed 32% of the total number of bills submitted for his signature

And so, I think Johnson would make a fine president. And this is my start of working for him. I’m volunteering, even if I don’t quite tell him I’m doing it. I don’t like getting involved with committees, I don’t play well with others. But here, on this blog, well, he’s got my support. I’m not sure there’s anyone else around who could get it.

The only other person might be Palin – and only because she’s pretty blunt and riles up the socialists and might actually be so new and different that it will shake things up. For if there’s one thing this nation needs – it’s a clean sweep of the crud that saunters around Washington DC. If you spent time there, you’re soiled goods. And all the current crop of contenders are soiled.

And the weirdest thing about Johnson’s entry is this – There are now Two Republicans for gay marriage seeking the nomination – the other is Fred Karger – and none on the Democratic Side.

Strange bedfellows time for gay men, eh? I think. Just don’t touch my junk and I’ll be a perfect gentlemen.

So, Johnson for President. Think about it. Or we’ll get someone a lot worse.


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