Formerly known as the Governor of New Mexico as well as the CEO of Cannabis Sativa, Inc., Gary Johnson announced his second bid as the Libertarian nominee in the upcoming 2016 presidential election this past week. Known mostly for his pro stances on marijuana reform and leading Cannabis Sativa, Inc. as a premiere innovator in future branding and marketing of cannabis related products, Johnson vows to raise political standards, as well as add a refreshing Libertarian view to a the current political system past due of a serious make-over.
Not Getting His Hopes Up
Although his recent announcement as the next pro-pot politician should come as great news for those in the marijuana industry, the former marijuana CEO has "no delusions of grandeur"
in regards to him actually winning the nomination for presidency. Running for president before in 2012, Johnson knows all to well about being snuffed from the limelight, especially when it comes to getting the national attention needed to win elections in a political climate dominated by corporate sponsored media.
Making up for being snubbed from the 2012 and 2016 presidential debates , Johnson is currently in the process of suing the Commission on Presidential Debates to allow third parties, such as his, more access to the general election debates. A candidate must poll at least 15 percent or above to qualify as it stands now.
Basing the bulk of his campaign strategy on reconstructing crony capitalism in a presidential debate spectrum dominated by a two party system, Johnson stated to RT News
how he is running his campaign similar to the Republican presidential forerunner Donald Trump, receiving no outside political contributions from sources other than the American people.
"Look, I'm not for sale. I'm paying for my own campaign. I'm gonna get in and do the right thing.' The system is corrupt.”
A Libertarian View For America
Citing his distaste with the current political process, military industrial complex objectives, and the national debt which will exceed $20 trillion by the time Barack Obama leaves office, Johnson stated in his recent blog post via Sunshine State News
, that "America needs a president who will push back against the growth of government — and mean it." Johnson, like so many other Americans, views the current two party, scratch-my-back-and-I'll-scratch-yours-process, as a broken political system that has fed the voice and needs of the American people to corporate wolves. Regardless of his views about marijuana and his proposal to end the federal ban on medical and recreational marijuana, Johnson points out deep concerns about the current political climate in the states, and how the 2016 presidential election will be a "tipping point" for the American people.
"Our system is broken. The two “major” parties have become slightly different shades of the same big government, big debt and ineffective status quo. I am convinced that Americans are ready to send Washington, DC, a message, to reject the status quo and break up the political duopoly that can’t even come up with a real budget and that is fundamentally incapable of change."
Winning the 2016 Presidential Election, Not An Objective
Johnson maintains the idea that his running in the 2016 presidential election is not for the sake of political power, but rather to voice the belief that our modern government is too big for its own good, mentioning debt, a chaotic foreign policy, fear-mongering, and surveillance as key issues in need of change.
Whether or not Johnson builds up enough support to take the pull out of the Clinton and Trump bandwagons is not the main objective of the 2016 presidential candidate's strategy. Simply providing a voice of reason for a small yet potent sector of the American public fed up with being lied to continually from politicians will suffice.
"On my deathbed, I'm hoping that I look back and believe that I was the voice of reason in all this, regardless of how many votes I end up garnering."
Even though Johnson may not win the 2016 presidential election, his sacrifice, courage, and voice of reason in the face of a dilapidated political system might be the ingredient needed to wake up America's conscience.