Presidential candidate Gary Johnson just released a bold campaign video that will resonate with a lot of political independents in New Hampshire and around the country. In the advertisement, Johnson, a Libertarian former Governor from New Mexico, says Barack Obama and Mitt Romney would give America four more years of war, more debt, more taxes, bigger government, reduced privacy, and diminished personal liberty. Johnson sees little difference between the President and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.
The major media and the political pundits that dominate their airwaves are offering a different narrative. Corporate media outlets rely on advertising revenue for their survival, and they get a lot of it from the Republicans and the Democrats. Consequently, they like to promote simplified sound-bites from well-funded candidates that they can portray as polar opposites. However, as Johnson points out in this persuasive ad, the major candidates may actually be more alike than different.
Governor Johnson has a different plan and it is very specific. He has a proven track record in New Mexico. If elected, Johnson says he would end the wars and bring the troops home. He would cut spending immediately and dramatically. He would make taxes fair, rebuild industry, win the war on drugs, and battle political corruption. He believes the American President is elected to promote peace and to ensure individual freedom.
Johnson and fellow liberty champion, Ron Paul have been making the case that Republicans and Democrats are equivalent throughout the campaign. Many Americans agree with them, but still choose to support one of the major candidates because they fear that support for a third party candidate would lead to the election of the guy they like the least. Libertarian-leaning Republicans are not thrilled with Governor Romney, but they despise President Obama. Moderate Democrats are not thrilled with President Obama but they despise Republicans more. This election has largely been reduced to voting for the least worst candidate.
Johnson and Paul have been asking people to vote their conscience instead of selecting the lesser of two evils. It will be interesting to see if this latest message from Gary Johnson is able to change the hearts and minds of independent voters who are increasingly frustrated by the choices they are given from the Democrats and Republicans.
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