This past weekend, Former Governor Gary Johnson of New Mexico was officially awarded the Libertarian Party nomination after an increasingly heated Primary fight between a handful of other candidates. Former Governor William Weld of Massachusetts was also awarded the Libertarian Party Vice-Presidential nomination.
The response was muddled: the media roared, and Liberty activists snored.
The idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except the sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all of man’s relation to man. Like Reagan once said, the issue of this election is the same that it has been throughout our short history as a country on this planet. Do we believe in our capacity for self-government, or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far distant capitol can plan our lives better than we can ourselves?
Their intellectual capacities might often be challenged, but do you really want Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to plan our lives better than we can plan them ourselves?
Individual liberty must be consistent with law and order or else liberty will take a turn toward totalitarianism. The choice offered between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton provides a quick and sudden jolt toward totalitarianism. The problem is clear: individual liberty is not consistent with law and order. Those who traded our freedom for our security have embarked on this downward course.
We are told that we are required to choose between two personalities, that the 2016 United States Presidential election is a choice between one man and one woman. But what if the winner would destroy the ideals that this great country was founded upon? What if the winner would destroy the ideals that you and I believe in?
An effort to suggest that there aren’t any real differences between Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Gary Johnson is currently underway. The differences between the three are fundamental, and involves the different approaches in government. Clinton, for the last twenty five years, has been responsible for governing her state as a Senator and her country as a first lady and Secretary of State. For most of her adult life, she has been apart of the Washington Establishment. Trump, for the last twenty five years, has been responsible for governing and marketing a corporation. For most of his adult life, he has paid for and contributed to the success stories of political elites such as Hillary Clinton, while closely aligning himself with the Washington Establishment in hopes of getting political favors. Gary Johnson was responsible for the state of New Mexico for eight years; and has remained a politically-active private citizen since. He has owned a successful marijuana business and ran as a Washington Establishment outsider for President in 2012, against the institution of government.
The next President we choose should be one who has not devoted their entire adult life to a career in politics. It was once said that, “Government hires a rat-catcher and the first thing you know, he’s become a rodent control officer.” In the eight years in office, the next President should never lose the feeling that they are representing the people against the institution of government. When they begin thinking of government as “we” instead of “they”, they have been there for too long.
Those who insist that Gary Johnson is worse than Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump; or who simply refuse to vote for Gary Johnson because his views on a couple topics differ from theirs, have a utopian solution to peace without any possible chance of victory. They call Johnson a “fraud” or “sellout” or even “Republican lite”. They encourage people to vote for the two most evil choices that our country has ever had in spite of their candidate(s) not being treated better by the party, media, and public. Yet, is it not Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that believe in a higher elite than the sovereign people of this nation?
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton do not hold the ideals that this great country was founded upon. The two are centerpieces for government corruption and deceit; their lust for power is singlehandedly the most dangerous obstacle this country has faced since the rise of terrorism.
Let’s have the courage tell our elected officials that we want our national policy based on what we know in our hearts our morally right; that they are beholden to the American people. That time is now. Gary Johnson is the only candidate running that favors reducing the size and scope of government in any shape or form, a government that is far closer to home than that of Donald Trump’s or Hillary Clinton’s. Is that not what we believe in our hearts to be morally right? Is that not what this country was founded upon?
We cannot buy our security from a billionaire; we cannot save our freedoms by electing a crook who cannot cherish her own. Freedom lies in being bold; not by complaining about the lack of ideology that one candidate may or may not share with you, not by being stuck up and insisting you and your friends vote for the candidates that will surely destroy this country, and certainly not by trying to silence the voices and opinions that differ from your own.
The problems that our country are facing do not bear any party label. We created government as our servant, beholden to us and possessing no powers except those voluntarily granted to it by us. Right now, a self-anointed elite in our nation’s capital, and two that are running to live there, would have us believe that we are incapable of guiding our own destiny. They practice government by mystery, telling us it’s too complex for our understanding. Believing this, they assume we might panic if we were to be told the truth about our problems.
Why should we become frightened? No people who have ever lived on this earth have fought harder, paid a higher price for freedom, or done more to advance the dignity of man than the living Americans – the Americans living in this land today. There isn’t any problem we can’t solve if government will give us the facts. Tell us what needs to be done. Then, get out of the way and let us have at it.
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.
This country needs to become, once again, a country where a little six-year old girl can grow up knowing the same freedom that we all knew when we were six years old, growing up in America. If this is the America you want for yourself and your children; if you want to restore government not only of and for but by the people; to see the American spirit unleashed once again, then you must do everything in your power to stop Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.
Excerpts of article taken from Ronald Reagan’s “A Time For Choosing” and “A Better Choice” speeches.