Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Johnson: We Can’t Depend on the Elite Media

Friends and supporters,

We are different.

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.

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