I Couldn't Help Being Reminded (From the Gary Johnson For President Campaign)
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."
As we get back to work after celebrating Independence Day, those famous words of President Ronald Reagan are worth remembering.
All day yesterday, July 4, as I visited with friends and supporters during a campaign swing through Florida, I couldn’t help being reminded that, today, the real threats to our freedom are coming from our own government.
How can we promise the next generation that they will be free if we hand them a federal debt that the Congressional Budget Office says will be 200 percent of GDP by the year 2037? No nation can sustain itself with that kind of debt, much less hold out any hope of individual financial freedom.
With a Patriot Act in force that both President Obama and Mitt Romney wholeheartedly support, how can we explain to the next generation why we allowed our own government to spy on us in ways our Cold War adversaries never dreamed of? What will we say when they ask us about the drones flying overhead watching our every move – like the ones already being used to watch farmers in the Midwest?
And what will we say when the version of freedom we are handing our kids doesn’t include the right to marry who we wish, to walk down the street in New York without fear of being randomly stopped and frisked, or to talk on our cell phone without the government knowing where we are and who we are calling?
Frankly, I fear President Reagan may have been wrong. Unless Americans who truly believe in Liberty stand up and say “enough”, the extinction of freedom may not be a generation away. It may be NOW.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. This Independence Day, with a historic election only four months away, we have an opportunity to make 2012 the year when another revolution happens – one that sees Americans rise up for liberty and tell our own government that the madness must stop. It can be the “re-revolution” that sends a message that the Founding Fathers were serious when they established a unique nation where people could live free and where government exists to protect liberty – not take it away.
That’s why I am running for President, and why I need your help.As never before in our lifetimes, Americans are ready for new ideas, new boldness from their leaders, and a rejection of the business-as-usual that is threatening the very freedoms we are celebrating this week. And I am ready to offer them what they want – with your help. Please go towww.garyjohnson2012.com today and make a contribution that will let us give America another choice in November.
With the election only four months away, we are busy preparing the radio and TV ads, the literature and the direct mail pieces that will make our case to the voters. Your support has brought us a very long way, but without the financial resources to take our message to the airwaves and to mailboxes across the nation, we simply cannot reach the voters we must reach. I have to depend on supporters such as you who understand just how important our message, and our “revolution”, are to the future of this great country. It’s time to step up, go to www.garyjohnson2012.com, and help me make a stand for freedom.
I look forward to your contribution, and as always, I am grateful for your friendship and support! We can save freedom. Together.
Gov. Gary Johnson
P.S. We are having a GREAT week campaigning in Florida – one of the key states in the November election. Great supporters, great events, and a lot of local media coverage. And stay tuned for photos next week of our campaign bus! It’s already turning a lot of heads.
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