"Republicans and Democrats are the two mainstream political parties but many Americans are getting tired of just those choices. Too many Americans believe the left and the right are one in the same, so is it the perfect time for a third political party to emerge? Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico, went from GOP hopeful to the presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party. He joins us for more on why he switched parties leading up to Election Day." ("Gary johnson: Americans," 2012)
Gary johnson: Americans become more libertarian. (2012, May 22). Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qR8KTcsjY8 ("Gary johnson: Americans," 2012)
Calling it proof that last year’s budget agreement was a “charade”, Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson today criticized the U.S. House of
Representatives for voting to “renege” on scheduled budget cuts for next year. Led by Republicans, the House voted late last week to exempt $55 billion in military spending from automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect next year as the result of the failure of the deficit reduction “super committee” to reach agreement on a budget.
Johnson made the following statement today:
“When the purported conservatives in Congress, the House Republicans, vote to renege on a deal to cut defense spending by $55 billion, how are we supposed to believe that anyone in Washington really means it when they say they want to eliminate deficits? It is clear that the ‘budget deal’ Congress concocted last year was, and is, a charade.
“Maintaining a strong national defense is obviously important. But violating their own budget agreement with the excuse that a 10 percent reduction in military spending would somehow be disastrous is classic Washington. We spend almost as much each year on defense as the rest of the world combined. If Congress can’t figure out how to reduce that spending by $55 billion, we need a new Congress.
“Before last week’s vote in the House, we heard all kinds of pained cries that a $55 billion cut would mean troop strength would have to be reduced, bases would be closed, and that we would have a smaller Navy and Air Force. To that, I say: Exactly. That’s what happens when you reduce spending to rational levels we can afford. We are bankrupt. We simply cannot afford to have hundreds of thousands of troops in places like Europe and Japan, we can’t afford hundreds of bases scattered around the globe, and yes, if the alternative is to keep borrowing from China to pay for them, we are going to have to live with slightly smaller air and naval forces.
“Congress’ refusal to face the reality of unsustainable deficit spending is a far greater and real threat to our national security than an entirely manageable 10% reduction in the Pentagon’s budget.”
Johnson, who received the Libertarian Party’s nomination for president May 5, has called for an immediate end to U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, and reductions in all federal spending of 43%, including the Pentagon’s budget.
Karl Dickey has been a resident of Boca Raton since 1979. During his early years and throughout his life he always had an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong commitment to the environment. Karl has worked on various libertarian committees. Send comments to email@example.com .
It was 03:44 hours EST at Cape Canaveral on May 22 2012, I was watching live via the companys Livestream video feed and got to watch the launch go off with out a hitch, unlike the last launch in December 2010 in daylight all you got to look at this time was a very bright fire plume rocketing into the atmosphere ever faster until it left visual range, followed by a brightly cherry red engine bell on the 2nd stage. The video feed was excellent all the way to 2nd stage engine cutt off and then further to just a minute forty seconds later when the Solar cell array deployment that was met with a loud cheer from the gallery at Spacex's Hawthorne California facility. The hosts were visibly shaken as they realized, hey we really are in the space launch BUSINESS. My hearty and HEART FELT compliments to Spacex, every milestone you've set you've hit, maybe not the first time but, but you did hit them. With the Falcon 9 you so far havent missed, a far cry from the early days of NASA, Excellent work one and all.
Now on to the reason for the Blog, like it says IT Started in 2002 when Elon Musk decided to build space hardware to put things in orbit. I heard of it and said, well he's smart and after a few years he'll figure out its too hard and fold his tent and go on to other more profitable endeavors, after all the recent spat of rocket companies like roton and a list of others had only just failed very recently then. And elon and company weren't planning any special ultra high tech revolutionary system , hell they were building stuff just like the other space hardware vendors were building, multistage rockets, albeit from scratch. Oh well just one more reason to doubt right, after all the design and qualification of any space hardware was just too prohibitive in the real world.
But lets look at the logic behind these observations I was comparing Spacex to everyother neer do well that tried in the 90's to become the next phase in space access. Well for one everyother approach attempted was what is termed as bleeding edge technology that was questionable to begin with, an example roton or the rotary rocket had planned to use a rotating set of wings like a unpowered helicopter to allow the ship to reenter and then autogyro unpower except for the wind through the blades just like an amergency helicopter landing uses. The problem was they never got enough funding and were never able to resolve technology issues that dogged the design, eventually in the early 200's it foled and its assest sold at auction.
Spacex on the other hand looked at the system design based on one pragmatic principle, how do we make a profit with this? Then looked at the presently successful list of Space harware vendors and saw they were using multistage rockets, so Spacex mimic'd the concepts there in. But Spacex was also started with an agenda to enable a permanent off planet human presence, so as part of the plan the Dragon space capsule was always part of the plan, with the loss of Columbia and the Shuttle retirement the Drsgon was in a position to take over the manned spaceflight function.
In 2006 NASA planning for a gap in its manned and unmanned ability for space access then let what is known as the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) contract, so far only of the included competitors for the contract including Orbital Sciences, Spacex is the only COTS contractor to actually launch a space craft to orbit and to recover it safely on 9 December 2010, a feat until that point only done by the American and Russian and Chinese space programs.
I could belabor the point, but lets be blunt, the Falcon/Dragon program has done what no other space program has done in the last 40 years, lived up to its budget and to its stated goals. the Constellation could never get its design together in eight years and was cancelled in 2010, in 2011 the Obama administration redirected NASA to develop the Space Launch System a NASA alternative to the Aries, in both cases, the designs either never or are years if not decades away from spaceflight, the Aries did do a boileplate mission on October 28 2009, one month and 10 days prior to the Dragons first successful launch and rentry test mission, but that was only a suborbital design test.
The reason for this success was simple, Spacex was designing their hardware from scratch to make a profit, they knew they needed to be able to economically justify their existence, not just to the government but to other users as well, thats why you can go to Spacex's website and they'll quote you how much it will cost to launch to orbit on a falcon 9, $54,000,000.00. Why list the price when others wont, because this is their BUSINESS and they want you to use it.
Whats in store for Spacex includes a project to devlop a totally reusable version of the Falcon/Dragon system, with the stated goal of dropping the price per pound to orbit below $1000.00. Lets see if they are successful, their track record suggests they just might be.
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney support the Patriot Act. I will advocate repealing it.
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will keep waging war in Afghanistan. I will get us out immediately.
Neither Obama or Romney has proposed actually cutting government spending. I will propose a balanced budget in 2013.
Mitt Romney, in a speech three days ago at Liberty University, repeated that he is against marriage equality. Barack Obama now says he supports gay marriage, but says he will leave it up to the States . I believe the right to marry under the law is a constitutionally-protected right the Federal government is obligated to defend.
Both Obama and Romney have pledged to continue the failed War on Drugs – even if it means sending federal marshals to shut down medical marijuana businesses operating legally under state law. I have pledged to not only call off the marshals, but legalize marijuana.
On issue after issue, when you look past the rhetoric, there really isn’t a great deal of daylight between the Democrat Obama and the Republican Romney.
And America is looking for daylight: The daylight between the tired business-as-usual that has driven us to the brink of bankruptcy, kept us in Afghanistan 10 years longer than necessary, and inserted the government into more and more corners of our privacy and daily lives – and an America that is living within its means, ending senseless intervention abroad, and where government protects our liberties rather than destroying them.
America is longing for a real choice in November, and with your support, we can tell America that the choice they are looking for will be on the ballot. Please go to www.garyjohnson2012.com and help deliver that message.
A few days ago, after months of hard work by many great supporters like you, I received the Libertarian Party’s nomination for President. Former federal prosecutor and California Superior Court Judge Jim Gray was nominated for Vice-President, with my enthusiastic endorsement. With those nominations, we will be on the ballot in every state as the candidates who truly offer voters something different: The Governor Gary Johnson difference.
Voters will have a chance to vote against war. Against the Patriot Act, the NDAA and other assaults on civil liberties. Against deficits as far as the eye can see. And vote FOR marriage equality and ending the War on Drugs. And all you have to do is look at the polls to see that millions of Americans are not just ready, but anxious to cast those votes.
In short, we have now put ourselves in a position to make history. To give voters the choice they REALLY want, not just the ones offered by the two ‘major’ parties.
It is now up to us to capitalize on the incredible, historic opportunity our hard work has created.
In the few short days since becoming an official nominee for President, I have appeared on Cavuto, CNN, Newsweek/Daily Beast, C-SPAN and a host of radio talk shows across the nation. That news coverage certainly helps, but you know as well as I that we cannot depend on the media elite to get our message out – and let frustrated voters know that there will be a real choice in November. A choice that reflects their own views of liberty: Freedom from a government that does too much and spends too much.
We cannot wait for someone else, like the news media, to carry our message. We have to do it ourselves, and that, my friends, requires money. Real money. Right now, our campaign is identifying states, media markets, available voter lists and potential coalitions where we can get the most ‘bang for our buck’. But none of that will matter without your financial support.
We have come an amazingly long way on very little funding. The fact that I am already earning 6-9% in national polls, without buying a penny of TV or radio advertising, is nothing short of remarkable. And we owe much of that to supporters like you.
But now the real work begins. We have to reach voters in key states, and we have to reach them directly – not through the whims and biases of the news media. In short, we have to buy it. Advertising, direct mail, social media tools. And we have to step up our grass-roots efforts. All of those require funds, no matter how frugal and efficient we are.
The nomination and the wake-up call it has given the tired two-party establishment have given us momentum. But without the resources to seize that momentum, it will be forgotten in the wake of the next big news story. Your contribution today will provide those resources. Please go to www.garyjohnson2012.com and help make absolutely certain that voters know that liberty, freedom, and a real choice are on the ballot.
Thanks for your friendship and your support. We can do this!
Governor Gary Johnson
P.S. Now that the Libertarian Party nomination is secured, we must mount a truly national campaign. Help us reach voters in your state and all across the nation by sending your contribution. Go to www.garyjohnson2012.com.
May 10, 2012, New York, NY – Libertarian nominee for President and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson today said he’s “disappointed” with President Obama’s position on gay marriage. Obama told ABC Wednesday he would let each individual state decide the gay marriage question instead of seeking federal protection of the right to marry. Johnson noted that more than 30 states already ban same sex marriage in one way or another.
In a statement, Johnson said, “Instead of insisting on equality as a U.S. Constitutional guarantee, the President has thrown this question back to the states. When the smoke clears, Gay Americans will realize the President’s words have gained them nothing today, and that millions of Americans in most states will continue to be denied true marriage equality . I guess the President is still more worried about losing Ohio, Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia than he is in doing the right thing. What is the President saying — that he would eat a piece of cake at a gay wedding if the state the happy couple lives in allows it ?. Where is the leadership? While I commend him for supporting the concept of gay marriage equality, I am profoundly disappointed in the President.”
Hearing my name placed into consideration for the Libertarian Party's nomination for President of the United States was the proudest moment of my life. It was a privilege and an honor for me to be considered for that august office by my family -- the Libertarian Party.
When I started my campaign for the nomination I said that I was determined to ensure that whatever else happened the Libertarian Party would talk about war during the 2012 national convention. We did that. Every American who watched the presidential candidates debate or the convention proceedings on CSPAN heard that message loud and clear – stop all war.
They also were treated to a fine example of how political discourse should be conducted in America. During the debate, they didn't witness the spectacle of two men going after each other, out for blood and tearing each other apart. They saw two rational and reasonable people discussing alternative ways that liberty and freedom can bring peace and prosperity to our nation.
Yes, there were contentious debates and votes – several votes – over electing members of the national committee. But no blows were struck, no blood was spilled, and no one stormed out of the room. We resolved our differences peacefully and nominated candidates for President and Vice President every Libertarian can and should support.
We showed America that Libertarians are not the bogeymen the mainstream media and establishment politicians make us out to be. We showed America why libertarians are different and how, by being different, the Libertarian Party will make a difference in the 2012 election. I left the convention proudly wearing a Gary Johnson for President button.
My entire staff and I are unwaveringly committed to working for the Johnson-Gray ticket, and continuing the Million Vote March to get one million votes for the Libertarian candidate for President of the United States – to get one million votes for peace, prosperity and progress.
Even after taking off a week to rest and recuperated in Vegas, I'm still at a loss for words to express how grateful I am to the members of my staff, all the volunteers who worked so hard on this campaign, the donors and supporters who made this campaign possible – and my family, the Libertarian Party. I could not have done anything without your hard work, dedication, and perseverance.
I would thank you all from the bottom of my heart … but for you, my heart has no bottom.
R. Lee Wrights has resumed his career as a writer and political activist living in Texas. He is currently the vice chairman of the Libertarian Party national committee. He is the co-founder and editor of the free speech online magazine Liberty For All. Contact Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.