Continuing our exploration into the possibilities for 2012. The candidate must be top-notch. Good looking. A strong orator. Smart. Funny. Truly Conservative (preferably with Libertarian leanings). And did I say good looking? It's important.
We'll look at their personal lives, at their voting records, at their soundbites, at what the Left thinks of them and then we'll discuss their strengths and weaknesses...
This is the one people... NOT the one I'm picking (it's WAY too early for that),but the one where the Conservatives,the Republicans and the Libertarians will have to duke it out. A VERY Libertarian-leaning Conservative (from all that I can tell): Fmr NM Gov. Gary E. Johnson
He put himself through college going door to door as a handyman and then parlayed that success into a company that he built into a multi-million dollar cooperation. A hard-working, self-made man...gotta love that.
Johnson's "Seven principles of Government" (keeps this in his wallet at all times):
1. Become reality driven. Don’t kid yourself or others. Find out what’s what and base your decisions and actions on that.
2. Always be honest and tell the truth. It’s extremely difficult to do any damage to anybody when you are willing to tell the truth–regardless of the consequences.
3. Always do what’s right and fair. Remember, the more you actually accomplish, the louder your critics become. You’ve got to learn to ignore your critics. You’ve got to continue to do what you think is right. You’ve got to maintain your integrity.
4. Determine your goal, develop a plan to reach that goal, and then act. Don’t procrastinate.
5. Make sure everybody who ought to know what you’re doing knows what you’re doing. Communicate.
6. Don’t hesitate to deliver bad news. There is always time to salvage things. There is always time to fix things. Henry Kissinger said that anything that can be revealed eventually should be revealed immediately.
7. Last, be willing to do whatever it takes to get your job done. If you’ve got a job that you don’t love enough to do what it takes to get your job done, then quit and get one that you do love, and then make a difference.
Here's the thing, some of you will certainly take issue with the fact that he is pro-drug legalization. And not just the skunky stuff...everything. He is also pro-school voucher and pro-states' rights and pro-limited government.
I am liking the fact that though every politician claims to be able to stand their own ground and claims they're "not a Washington insider"--Johnson actually sticks to his beliefs whether is politically expedient or not.
I can't find ANYTHING about his views on abortion or the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (the reason we need to dig up his position on military issues is that Ron Paul people like him and that makes me a bit nervous...)
Here is what we have so far On the Issues.
As always, I only know what I am able to dig up in articles/voting records/interviews. We need to hear from people in his state and people with first hand knowledge of him as a person...
I have to say, he's the first one to actually pique my interest.
(Past Meet & Greets: Bobby Jindal and Mike Pence)