By Kevin Price, Publisher and Editor in Chief, US Daily Review.
In Part 1 in this series I introduced the reader to former Gov. Gary Johnson, a very likable, but lower tier candidate for President of the United States. For several reasons, and for one in particular (in my opinion, as I discuss here) he has failed to catch on. This is, in spite of the fact that he may be the most qualified (see part 1).
In Part 2 I began an interview (on the Price of Business show) I had with the governor that went straight to the issue of drugs, and stayed there. I argue that it is because of the governor’s “obsession” with this issue, he may never be seriously considered by Republicans for President of the United States.
In Part three, Johnson had just said that his efforts at drug legalization was one of the “three” things he was noted for as governor of New Mexico. As you will see in the remainder of the interview, it dominates the rest of the conversation. As a result, his other achievements often do not get discussed. Emphasis is added as necessary and appropriate. There is only slight editing and all quotes (of the governor) are in their entirety.
I gotta tell you, my board is lighting up at priceofbusinesstv.com. Lots of comments and questions. I encourage people to be a part of that discussion. I hate to tell the folks here at priceofbusinesstv.com, I’ve got lots of questions that unfortunately, that don’t relate a lot to it, but I think the audience in going to like. I have to say, I would have to agree with you that I don’t think there’s a federal solution to the drug problem. It should be returned to the states. It’s clear after decades that the federal government has done a horrible job. On the other hand, I do believe the majority of crime is related under the influence of drugs. I used to work for a district attorney and I came to that conclusion. But, let’s talk little bit about a couple of things that are interesting about you. You not only heavily endorsed and supported Ron Paul in 2008, you actively campaigned for him. And there’s a rumor out there, a pretty strong one, that you’re considering a run for president yourself in 2012. Talk a little bit about both of those.
First off, I’m a Ron Paul fan, and then secondly, I’m a 501C4 right now. Kevin, ouramericainitiative.com. I would love for those listening to get online and tell me what they think, but as part of a 501C4, I can’t make forward statements regarding political office of any kind. I get to raise money. I get to speak out on the issues of the day, so how’s that for a copout on what I’m going to do politically.
That’s pretty good, actually, fairly standard in the copouts department, no comment, ask me later, or whatever. And I understand, it’s a little early. I think we’re all kind of somewhat in a hangover state, even though, most of us, at least I, was happy with the results (of the 2010 elections). I’m kind of wait and see, but you’re really trying right now to just to continue to move the country towards more and more interest in liberty, which I think is at an all time high, your thoughts?
Well, I would agree. I was on Neil Cavuto earlier this week on Fox and you know, I know that Republicans right now want to repeal President Obama’s healthcare plan. I just said in the spirit of bipartisanship, how about republicans then, turning and repealing the prescription healthcare benefit that they passed when they controlled Congress and the Whitehouse. I think that both parties bear responsibility for where we’re at right now, which is that we’re bankrupt as a nation. We’ve made political promises over the decades that should have never been made. They were made, and now they’ve got to be addressed. There’s no kicking the can down the road anymore and both democrats and republicans both need to share in the solutions here as they shared piling it up on us.
Yeah, no question about it, in fact, we’re running out of road. If we have it. In fact we’ve already run out of road. All right, people can check out and learn more about Gary over at ouramericainitiative.com, great looking website, encourage people to check it out and get more information. Also, you can hear Gary and myself, we’re speaking tonight, and you and I differ a little bit on some of these issues. We need to have a certain amount of breadth as well as depth in our philosophical commitment when it comes to liberty, you think?
Well, I agree. Like I said, when it comes to marijuana, it’s never going to be legal to smoke pot, become impaired and do harm to others. That’ never going to be legal. I would disagree with you, Kevin, on the fact that most people that commit crime are under the influence; that somehow it’s drug-related, yes. You know, we rob and steal to have to pay for it. I would argue, take the money out of drugs, so goes the violence, so goes the crime.
As the reader can see, I actually try to move away from the “marijuana discussion,” because I was a little sympathetic. He insisted on going back to the issue. The audience response was overwhelmingly negative, but Johsnon clearly did not care.
Yeah, interesting. Of course, drug addicts; once they’re on drugs, they only need the drugs. They aren’t going to work legitimately; they’re only going to work for the drugs. But again, we’ve got a minute left; we’re not going to go there. What I like is the fact that you are out there speaking candidly where you stand on these issues. We need more candor out there and we need to have fiscal responsibility and certainly that’s a part of your message as well, so Gary, thanks for being with us…
Clearly if time allowed, we would have been back in a drug debate. This is too bad, because as I pointed out in Part 1 and what the governor clearly began to articulate in the first half of our interview (part 2), he has one of the strongest records of any of the candidates. Unfortunately, that message gets lost in his clear obsession with the legalization of marijuana. Gary Johnson is smart, interesting, capable, but arguably out of touch with average voters when it comes to the issue of drugs.