Gary Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico and longtime advocate of civil liberties and economic freedom, is traveling the country as part of the Our America Initiative. He is speaking to all types of groups to promote common sense, pro-liberty solutions to put America back on the track to prosperity.
This fall, he will be speaking at two Students For Liberty Regional Conferences. These are one day events that are free and open to both students and non-students who are interested in learning more about liberty and how to advance it:
- Southern California SFL Regional Conference featuring Gary Johnson
- Saturday, October 23rd
- Pepperdine University
- More information: http://politicalconferences.org/2009/10/southern-california-conference/
- Texas SFL Regional Conference featuring Gary Johnson
- Saturday, November 6th
- University of Texas – Austin
- More information: http://politicalconferences.org/2009/11/texas-regional-conference/
While Governor Johnson is not running for president, that has not stopped political commentators from speculating about what would happen if he declared. While much of his support has come from the liberty movement, recently he has been gaining traction with the progressive community.
On Wednesday, the Daily Kos declared that Governor Johnson should be the GOP nominee for president.
A Republican nominee opposed to the War, Wall Street and the War on Drugs would force Obama to the left. Because those are issues where there is some agreement between left and some on the right – the war needs to end, Wall St bail outs are corporate welfare and wrong, and the war on drugs is a waste of money and lives. What if Obama were free to run a Presidential campaign on those terms. Would he win? I think he would. Would he be governing more progressively? Yes.
That said, the one viable Republican who brings all this to the table is Gary Johnson. There are a lot of issues where Gary Johnson would be a disaster: taxes, school choice, many entitlement programs, etc. But there are a few issues where he would be a very rational alternative to Obama, which is a GOOD thing.
Read the full article here: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/8/18/894283/-The-man-who-SHOULD-be-the-GOP-frontrunner:Gary-Johnson
Obviously the author is not exactly a champion of liberty, but it is interesting to see those in the progressive community taking note of Gary Johnson’s efforts, especially in giving him (and by extension, other liberty advocates) credit for civil liberties and anti-war positions.