November 27, 2011. Santa Fe. Popular former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has been running for the Republican nomination for President. Most voters however, have never heard of Governor Johnson and that is no accident. His own Republican Party doesn’t want him and is giving him no help or credibility. The national corporate media is no friend of Johnson and is also making the former New Mexico Governor’s road to the White House as difficult as possible. After months of frustration, Johnson announced he may run for President this cycle as an independent.
Gary Johnson is known for being a staunch supporter of liberty and the US Constitution. He breaks with the GOP in his support for the legalization of marijuana and his support of the 99 percenters and the Occupy Wall Street movement. A fierce defender of the Bill of Rights, the populist Johnson is also vehemently opposed to the Patriot Act. It’s moderate positions like those that make Johnson a favorite of independent voters everywhere.
Speaking to his hometown newspaper, the Santa Fe New Mexican, former Governor Johnson explained his feelings of helpless frustration.
“I feel abandoned by the Republican Party. The Republican Party has left me by the wayside” Johnson said in the interview earlier this week, “If I’d have been included in sixteen of the last debates we wouldn’t even be having this conversation.” In all fairness, Johnson has a legitimate complaint. Read the article, ‘CNN Changing Election Outcome’ or the November 13 issue of this column, ‘CBS debate earns widespread criticism’ for specific details.
In short, Johnson and many other candidates have complained that America’s electoral system has been hijacked by the country’s corporate media. Each of the nation’s major media outlets is owned by a different multinational corporation. Those corporations are financial contributors to most of Johnson’s establishment opponents. And while the news media is supposed to remain impartial while covering elections, it has instead blatantly campaigned for certain candidates, and used dirty tricks and unscrupulous tactics to attack others. The days of fair and impartial reporting are long gone.
According to Johnson, and many other disenfranchised candidates for all levels of elective office, this is how the conspiracy works:
Well before any candidates announce their intention to run, news outlets compile a list of candidates they’d like to see run and win. The outlets create polls that include those names and only those names. As the election gets closer, the media outlets hold nationally televised debates to introduce the candidates to the voters. The criteria however, insists that candidates must poll above a certain level to be invited to participate. As Johnson and others rightly point out, it’s impossible to poll anything other than 0 percent if your name is intentionally left off the poll. In reality, the corporate media selects a list of acceptable establishment candidates who are allowed to run and then the American people get to choose from that corporation-approved list, and only from that list.
Responding to a letter the former New Mexico Governor sent to the Republican National Committee in complaint, the RNC’s chief lawyer gives the same tired explanation. “We simply have to have some minimum criteria in order for candidates to participate in these debates” Phillippe wrote Johnson, “Otherwise, the debates would be utter chaos and unhelpful to Republican voters as we select our nominee.” As Johnson repeatedly points out, it’s physically and mathematically impossible to poll a certain percent if you’re not included in the poll.
When the GOP’s debate season began months ago, former Governor Johnson not only satisfied all polling criteria, he was actually ahead of Ambassador Jon Huntsman, former Senator Rick Santorum and tied with businessman Herman Cain. Still, Johnson was the only one excluded from the debates, in violation of their own criteria.
“They certainly don’t want anything to do with ideas, only protecting the status quo” Johnson said of the Republican national party. So the GOP broke its own rules. What’s a Republican candidate to do? Johnson’s answer – run against them as an independent.
Gary Johnson confirmed he’s received informal invitations to join the Libertarian Party and seek its nomination for President. He also confirmed that he’s seriously considering it. Texas Congressman Ron Paul ran on the Party’s ticket for President in 1988. Unfortunately for the Libertarians, while the party has won numerous local elections, their Presidential candidate has never received more than 1 percent of the popular vote. Much of that is due to the nationwide media black-out the American news industry has regarding independent and third party candidates.
If Gary Johnson were to withdraw from the Republican nominating process and run in the Libertarian primary instead, he wouldn’t necessarily be a shoe-in. While the GOP has 21 official candidates running in the first primary state of New Hampshire, the Libertarian Party has a similarly large number of hopefuls. The former New Mexico Governor wouldn’t be the automatic Libertarian Presidential nominee, but at least he would have the same fair and legitimate chance as everybody else. And that’s all Gary Johnson, and the American people, are asking for.
For more information on the Johnson for President campaign, visit his website at www.garyjohnson2012.com.
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