Posts Tagged ‘Ross Perot’

This Man Could Cost Mitt Romney The 2012 Election (& It’s Not President Obama)

There is a Republican that I would vote for, but, unfortunately, he doesn’t stand a chance.  However, he will shape the outcome of the 2012 Election.

An average of the latest polls posted on Real Clear Politics shows that President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney are pretty much neck and neck in the 2012 race with President Obama up less than three points at 48.1% to 45.4%.  (At this point in 2008, Barack Obama had a 7.6% lead over John McCain.)

Those percentages will fluctuate until the first presidential debate on October 3rd and it’ll be interesting to see what happens after the vice presidential debate eight days later.

Let me introduce or re-introduce you to former (January 1, 1995-January 1, 2003) two-time Republican New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.  This man will be instrumental in whether Barack Obama wins a second term as president or if the Republicans take back the White House.

Johnson will be running on the Libertarian ticket this election.  He’s still awaiting a decision in Michigan and Oklahoma of having his name put on the November ballot.  If he succeeds, he will be the ONLY challenger to President Obama and Governor Romney in all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC).

Meanwhile, the Green Party ticket of Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala will appear on ballots in, at least, 33 states and DC.

Gary Johnson’s running mate is Judge Jim Gray of Newport Beach, California.

So, what are Johnson’s political views?  He’s fiscally conservative, he believes in limited government and military non-interventionism (which means he wants to stay away from alliances with other nations that could involve us in wars that are not for direct territorial self-defense).

He’s opposed to foreign wars and says he’ll cut military budgets 43% in his first presidential budget.

Johnson received the highest score of any presidential candidate from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  He announced in 2011 that he’s for same-sex marriage, he criticized President Obama’s May announcement that while he believe in marriage equality, it should be thrown back to the states to decide, and Johnson wants a constitutional amendment to protect equal marriage rights!

Johnson is pro-choice when it comes to abortion and he’s opposed to the Patriot Act.

And, there are people who believe in his message.  A recent CNN poll (9/10/12) that finally added Johnson and Green candidate Stein to the polling shows that both candidates are scoring points:

Barack Obama (D) – 50%
Mitt Romney (R) – 41%
Gary Johnson (L) – 4%
Jill Stein (G) – 2%

And, the news gets even better for Johnson if you believe polling.  Zogby International, a leading polling firm in the United States, released this information about Johnson:

  • 10.1% of Independent Voters plan to vote for him
  • 7.5% of Hispanic voters plan to vote for him
  • 7.0% of 18-29 year-old voters plan to vote for him
  • 5.9% of 30-49 year-old voters plan to vote for him

It’s going to be a tough road for Johnson.  While he really doesn’t stand a chance of winning the 2012 election, he will shape the outcome of this fall’s race like Independent candidate Ross Perot did twenty years ago.

Most will not deny that the 19% of the popular votes that Perot earned in 1992 likely put Democrat Bill Clinton in the White House and kept Republican George H.W. Bush from earning a second term.  Clinton won that race with 43% of the popular vote to Bush’s 37.5%.

I recently read that a vote for Johnson is one vote against President Obama and two votes against Mitt Romney, which basically means that if more people vote for Johnson and he loses, chances are that Romney will lose, too.

Could that be true?  Consider the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.  In each of those states, polls show that the two leading candidates (Obama and Romney) have leads of only 0.2% to 4.8%.

If you throw Johnson in the mix, that could easily sway the race.  Arizona is currently leaning toward Romney.  However, a recent poll there shows Johnson picking up 9% of the vote.  That could turn Arizona blue.  In New Mexico, where Johnson was the former governor, he is polling at 13% and while the state is leaning toward President Obama, that’s a huge percentage that could turn the state red.

You will definitely be hearing a lot more about Gary Johnson (and Jill Stein) in the next seven weeks.  And, I would not be surprised to hear Mitt Romney not only going after President Barack Obama, but also Libertarian Gary Johnson.

Anthony

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It’s Time For a Revolution In America

It’s time for change in America and I’m not talking about the promised changed that President Barack Obama or Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney can bring.

I’m talking about bringing hippies back.  Is that word even politically correct?  I can tell you that if I wasn’t just an infant in the mid-1960s, I could see myself as one, minus the drugs that were associated with that subculture.  That group of hip, youngsters was known for its awareness of the issues, especially politics and for bringing those issues front and center in a non-violent way.

Change was needed in this country 50 years ago.  Change is needed now, too!

The Civil Rights Movement gained ground in the 1960s and across college campuses around the country, anti-war protests dominated the mid-1960s and the early-1970s.  Sadly, at one of those protests on May 4, 1970, in Ohio, at Kent State University, the  Ohio National Guard shot and killed four people and injured nine others.

And, just last year, massive protests in the streets of  Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, and Libya, just to name a few, prompted major changes in the government and some of these protests evicted leaders that had been in power for decades.

I believe that people should be able to speak out against government and leaders in a non-threatening fashion.  Leaders need to know what the people they lead are thinking. From this point on, I’m talking about the United States.

We need a revolution here in America just like the one that John, Paul, George, & Ringo sang about in the fall of 1968 on the flip side of the “Hey Jude” single!

“You say you want a revolution/Well, you know/We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution/Well, you know/We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction/Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right/all right, all right”

At the onset of this blog, I mentioned President Obama and Mitt Romney.  While there will be other candidates running on various other tickets, the reality is that in America today, only a Democrat or a Republican will win the White House.

I looked at the presidential elections from 1980-2008 and the best year for a party other than the Democrats or the Republicans was 1992 when Independent candidate H. Ross Perot earned a surprising 19% of the popular vote that year.  While Perot received no delegates, his 19.7 million votes probably made George H.W. Bush a one-term president.

(1992 Popular Vote:  Red indicates the 43.3% of the votes cast for Bill Clinton, the blue for George H.W. Bush’s 37.7% of the votes, and the green is for Ross Perot’s 19% of the votes.)

In 1996, as a candidate for the Reform Party, Perot earned 8 million votes, which was 8.4% of the popular vote.

While I will be voting for President Obama in November, I would love to live in a country where the election could be won by a party other than the big two!

Recently, I took an online quiz that matched me with a candidate that shares my views and while I wasn’t surprised to see that I should vote for President Obama, the runner-ups surprised me because I had never heard of some of them!

Candidates you side with…

88%

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

on economic, social, foreign policy, science, and immigration issues

82%

Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson

on social, domestic policy, immigration, healthcare, science, and environmental issues

67%

Jill Stein

Jill Stein

on foreign policy and environmental issues

63%

Ron Paul

Ron Paul

on domestic policy, healthcare, and science issues.

So, who are these other people who I agree with on many things that are important to me?  And, why, in America, can’t they really have a chance to be my next president?

Jill Stein is a doctor, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is running on the Green Party ticket.  Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is vying for President on the Libertarian Party ticket and U.S. Representative Ron Paul from Texas was one of the many candidates that tried to secure the Republican nomination for President before losing out to Mitt Romney.

We live in the greatest country in the world and it’s time for us to make a third and fourth party viable to win a November election and take the White House.  Maybe if that was a possibility, we’d have politicians that really worked for the people they represented and elections wouldn’t just be the lesser of two evils.

I think it’s time we let our hair grow, wear fun, colorful clothes, work toward peace, and make love, not war.  Maybe then, our voices would be heard — again.

Anthony