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Gary Johnson included in first national presidential poll!

In Barack Obama,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Mike Huckabee,Mitt Romney,Newt Gingrich,Polling,Sarah Palin on May 12, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson was, for the first time, included as a major Republican presidential candidate in a national poll.  Public Policy Polling released the results of a public opinion survey today, which asked respondents whether they would rather vote for Barack Obama or a Republican presidential candidate.  The Republicans that were polled were Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and Gary Johnson.

Gary Johnson, having the lowest name recognition of the group, garnered 28% of the vote in this poll, but he also succeeded in holding down Obama’s numbers the lowest.  Obama only received 46% of the vote against Johnson.

According to this poll, 81% had still yet to form an opinion of Gary Johnson.

For the full results, click here.

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Gary Johnson on FOX News’s Hannity Show

In Abortion,Barack Obama,Drug reform,Economy,Education,Foreign policy,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Interviews,Our America,Ron Paul,Taxes,Tea Party on May 8, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Gary Johnson joins Sean Hannity on FOX News to talk about the Tea Party movement, the GOP, the economy, government spending, education, abortion, taxes, Barack Obama, drug law reform, foreign policy, his mantle as the “new Ron Paul,” his Our America Initiative, and the 2012 presidential election.

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSsW4abdPg0
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zXaPIc5bMc

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Salon.com: Gary Johnson, the most interesting Republican you’ve never heard of

In Abortion,Barack Obama,Cultural issues,Deficit,Drug reform,Economy,Entitlements,Foreign policy,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Immigration,Our America,Ron Paul,Taxes,Tea Party on May 5, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Salon.com did a piece on Gary Johnson recently called “The most interesting Republican you’ve never heard of,” where they talked about his views on drug law reform, abortion, foreign policy, cultural issues, immigration, his views of Barack Obama and the Tea Party movement, the state of the GOP, the economy, government spending, deficits, taxes, entitlements, his Our America Initiative, his similarities to Ron Paul, and the possibility of a 2012 presidential run.

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2010/05/05/gary_johnson_most_interesting_republican

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Important Voices: JohnsonForAmerica.com interviews Kristofer Lorelli, publisher of RightOSphere.com

In 2010 elections,Barack Obama,Drug reform,Economy,Environment,Foreign policy,Gary Johnson,GOP,Government spending,Immigration,Judiciary,Taxes,Tea Party,Term Limits on April 26, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

This is interview #31 in JohnsonForAmerica.com’s “Important Voices” series, where we talk with key figures, such as elected officials, candidates, authors, commentators, and policy experts, about the issues of the day.  A new interview is released every Monday, so check back often!

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Our guest for today’s Important Voices interview is Kristofer Lorelli.  Kristofer is an American former political organizer and fundraiser, residing in suburban Toronto, Ontario. He is a self-described ‘Goldwater Conservative’.  Kristofer is the publisher and business affairs manager of the conservative news and opinion website, RightOSphere.com.  In that capacity, Kristofer has been a courageous and leading voice persuading conservatives to call for an end to the failed drug prohibition.

Josiah Schmidt: What is the best part of being the co-Publisher of Rightosphere?

Kristofer Lorelli: It allows me to interact with and learn from the grassroots, which is significantly more desirable than speaking to political insiders and members of the media.  I view it as a privilege that the Rightosphere platform allows me to communicate with interesting people from across the United States and the world, as they provide me with far superior insight to current affairs compared to what I absorb from mainstream periodicals and the talking heads on cable news. 

On a selfish note, it has allowed me to make better use of my 25+ hours of weekly reading and an opportunity to work closely with my good friend Kavon W. Nikrad and our Editorial staff, who’s coattails I plan on riding for many, many years.

I am very satisfied that finally we all have a fully dedicated networking site for conservatives!

Josiah Schmidt: How did you become a conservative, and what does conservatism mean to you?

Kristofer Lorelli: I was influenced the most by my 94 year old Grandfather, who for as long as I can remember has displayed color photographs of Ronald Reagan at his home in Hackettstown, New Jersey.  I was very lucky that he retired early and spent many summers with us, protecting me from my liberal friends, liberal teachers and the liberal media. 

Most conservatives of my age group (I’m about to turn 33) were heavily influenced by the reform movement in the early 1990′s.  The early success of the Contract with America and the wave of Governors elected to office (Engler, Thompson, Johnson, etc.) created a new generation of conservatives, which sustained the GOP majority for over a decade, until our leadership lost its way.

I am very interested in learning about the next generation, which is one of the reasons why I have your web site and Facebook page bookmarked.  I am fascinated and encouraged with how young libertarian-leaning Republicans are engaged in the political process and leading the path to change in our party and political system.        

As for what conservatism means to me?  I’ll let a former conservative leader http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GITwqqE72N8 and a future http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94lW6Y4tBXs conservative leader speak on my behalf.
 
Josiah Schmidt: Do you think there is a place in the GOP for small-l libertarians?

Kristofer Lorelli: I most certainly do.  I know the term “conservative fusion” is very much overused, but it is the most accurate way to describe the modern conservative movement in America.  When libertarians and social conservatives (and everyone in-between) compromise and unite, the American conservative movement is unstoppable. Unfortunately for the last several years, one wing believed it could go it alone without the other.  I believe this attitude has changed.  

I describe myself as a minarchist, which is about as close as one came come to being a small-l libertarian, while maintaining many modern conservative foreign and economic policy positions, and I can tell you that not unlike the feelings that have been expressed by many of your members, it has been a long and lonely last 10 years in the political wilderness.  Finally, we have been welcomed back (or forced ourselves back) inside the jalopy.  

Josiah Schmidt: What is the significance of the burgeoning Tea Party movement, in your view?

Kristofer Lorelli: The Tea Party movement is having little effect on the progressive movement and its leaders, who truly view the Tea Party movement as a fad.  They make this assumption at their own peril. 

The real value of the Tea Party movement, is that it is positively influencing the Republican agenda and its leaders.  To the core, most Republican politicians are not Tea Partiers themselves (yet), but most have been awoken to the power of this grassroots operation.      

I believe we have yet to experience the full impact of the movement. 

Josiah Schmidt: Do you think the tide is finally turning against the Drug Prohibition within the Republican Party?

Kristofer Lorelli: I do in the case of soft drugs.  Our overall approach to the drug war policy of the last 40 years and the failure of our governments and non-profits to focus on prevention.  I recognize that generation ‘Y’ and generation ‘X’ have a significantly different opinion on this matter than their parents’ and grandparents ‘ generation, but I believe the movement from prohibition we are seeing in polling on this issue is coming from young parents.   

President Reagan said; “All great change in America begins at the dinner table”, which is true in this case.  Parents do not want their children to face an uncertain future, because they were convicted of smoking pot or experimenting with ecstasy at a young age.  I do not believe the majority of Republicans are ready to adopt the legalization policies found in The Netherlands, but they are ready to look at alternative solutions to the existing possession laws and how our government allocates resources to the drug consumption and trafficking issues.   

This is one example of where libertarians and social conservatives need to seek compromise and meet in the middle of the issue.  

Josiah Schmidt: What is the most important lesson conservatives ought to take away from George W. Bush’s presidency?

Kristofer Lorelli: It is difficult for me to be critical of President G.W. Bush’s presidency, as he served two full terms, which is usually the high level gauge for a President’s political success.  All I will say is that the American people are desperate for a President that will not walk lock-step with Congress.  President Bush failed to hold the Republican Congress accountable on corruption and spending, which resulted in the Republican defeats of 2006 and 2008, a mistake which is being repeated by President Obama and his Democratic controlled upper and lower Houses. 

I supported President Bush’s decision to increase funding of our military, reforming our immigration laws, cutting taxes and appointing Judges that strictly interpreted our constitution.       

Josiah Schmidt: What do you think will be the biggest issue in the 2012 presidential election?

Kristofer Lorelli: Domestically, I expect unemployment to remain above 6% and underemployment to remain above 10%.  A simple and pragmatic (and easily repeatable) platform that focuses on growing employment through the private sector is what will probably resonate most effectively with voters in 2012. 

In addition, I believe a majority of voters will be frustrated by the size of our federal government and many of the intrusive laws that the liberal administration and Congress are planning on passing in 2010.

Internationally, I believe Iraq could possibly reemerge as a critical issue.  The most under-reported story so far in 2010 are the set-backs that are being experienced in Iraq.  The Bush plan (adopted by Obama) may still yet succeed, but if it does not, similar to the financial meltdown of late 2008, Iraq could be the unexpected issue that turns the tide in the next campaign for President.  Although I believe we have a strategic and moral obligation to stabilize Iraq, I am not sure if the American public will be in support of a troop build-up in 2011/2012, so the prospective candidates better be prepared with well rehearsed talking points and a clear strategy.

Josiah Schmidt: Assuming Governor Gary Johnson is running for President in 2012, what advice would you give him if you could?

Kristofer Lorelli: He should not allow the establishment media to portray him as the ‘pro-drug’ candidate.  Although I believe it can be a winning issue in 2012, it is not one that has been embraced by a Republican leader who had or has White House aspirations (although I know of one that quietly supports Governor Johnson’s platform).  As I believe the Governor will be breaking ground on this policy position, he cannot allow it to be a dominant theme.

It is important that his campaign (and his supporters in the Rightosphere) educate voters on his many successes as Governor of New Mexico.  Governor Johnson’s first term in office was probably the most successful results-oriented term of any United States Governor in the last 25 years.  Many of the common-sense budgetary and legislative initiatives enacted by Governor Johnson are the same solutions that are currently viewed by American voters (citing 2010 polls) as most favored to help our country overcome the existing economic, corruption and bureaucratic challenges.   

The words and phrases that should be plastered on his campaign manager’s wall, are; ‘New Hampshire’, ‘Osama bin Laden’, ‘employment’, ‘clean water’, ‘independent female voters’, ‘Romneycare’, ‘nanny state’, ‘balanced budget’, ‘term limits’, ‘over-taxation’ and ‘small business owners’. 

Josiah Schmidt: Anything else you’d like to say our readers?
 
Kristofer Lorelli: I would like to thank you for our friendship and for the efforts of your members to change our political system and for being an example on how conservatives must communicate, network and mobilize in the 21st century. 

I would like to encourage each one of them to remain politically active, but to be wary of any politician that has a desire to remain in Washington for longer then two terms.  The political proletariat is infected by swine and our only hope of changing the system is through a grassroots intervention in November of 2010 and November of 2012.  True conservatives do not view the establishment as an abode to life, but instead as an institution to constantly question.  Your members have chosen wisely, as Governor Johnson is one of our conservative leaders that is looking to vicissitate the establishment, not exist within in.    

The Republican hierarchy is losing it’s stranglehold on the party to the grassroots, which is led by libertarians, conservative independents and right of center reformers who are not connected to the establishment. Although it is a diverse group, this conservative reformers coalition must not let up until it has won this battle.  Even though lobbyists, career pols and the power-addicted insiders are trying to discourage these efforts, discredit its leaders and infiltrate its trickle up infrastructure, we must recognized that this is a historic opportunity to regain control over the conservative movement and the Republican party.

Fight on within the movement and the party, my brothers and sisters.

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Gary Johnson on the Jason Lewis Show, KTLK-FM

In Abortion,Barack Obama,Deficit,Drug reform,Economy,Foreign policy,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Immigration,Interviews,Our America,Ron Paul,Tea Party on April 24, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Gary Johnson speaks out on KTLK FM’s Jason Lewis Show, on such issues as foreign policy, drug policy reform, the economy, government spending, the deficit, immigration, abortion, Barack Obama, the state of the GOP, the Tea Party movement, his gubernatorial experience, his Our America Initiative, and the 2012 presidential election. (Gary Johnson comes on at the 19 minute mark.)

http://podcast.com/episode/54892381/203109/?cp=1125

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Gov. Gary Johnson and Other Popular Super-Cool Guys at SRLC

In 2010 elections,Barack Obama,Deficit,Economy,Entitlements,Gary Johnson,GOP,Government spending,Health care,Interviews,Our America,Taxes on April 9, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Gov. Gary Johnson speaks with Robert Stacy McCain in New Orleans, during the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, about the 2010 elections, the state of the GOP, the economy, deficits, government spending, taxes, entitlements, health care, and Gary’s Our America Initiative PAC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8I3RETPLHs

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Gary Johnson interview at SRLC Media Filing Center

In Barack Obama,Economy,Education,Federal Reserve,Foreign policy,Free trade,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Interviews,Our America,Ron Paul on April 9, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Gary Johnson gives another great interview at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.  He talks about his Our America Initiative, his admiration for Ron Paul, the economy, free trade, the Federal Reserve, government spending, education, foreign policy, and the 2012 election.

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/04/09/srlc-interview-gov-gary-johnson/

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GOP 12: Johnson hits Obama’s “socialist” actions

In Barack Obama,Economy,Gary Johnson,Health care,Interviews,LGBT rights,Taxes on March 13, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

GOP12.com recently questioned Gary Johnson on Obama’s economic record, health care reform, and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell:

Q: The word socialist is getting thrown around a lot lately, particularly when it comes to some of the President’s policies. At the same time, he came out in the State of the Union and talked about cutting capital gains taxes, among other things. Do you think Obama is socialist?

A: Well, OK. So he talks about cutting capital gains, but it doesn’t happen. He talks about cutting health care costs, but it doesn’t happen.

So the actions are socialist. The words aren’t necessarily socialist, but the actions are.

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Important Voices: JohnsonForAmerica.com interviews Kavon Nikrad, creator of Rightosphere

In Barack Obama,Deficit,Economy,Foreign policy,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Important Voices,Interviews,Tea Party on March 4, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

This is interview #16 in JohnsonForAmerica.com’s “Important Voices” series, where we talk with key figures, such as elected officials, candidates, authors, commentators, and policy experts, about the issues of the day.  A new interview is released every Monday and every Thursday, so check back often!

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Our guest for today’s Important Voices interview is Kavon Nikrad.  Kavon is a prominent Republican blogger, and was the founder of the popular conservative websites, Race42008.com and Race42012.com.  He now runs Rightosphere.com.  Kavon and his wife hail from Minnesota.

Josiah Schmidt: How did Race42008.com come about, and how did it evolve into Rightosphere?

Kavon Nikrad: It’s slightly embarrassing story actually…

Since early childhood, I have always been fanatical about politics, and the actions/policy that our government is debating/undertaking have always mattered a great deal to me on a personal level. Perhaps that is a personality flaw? I am not really sure…

So when it became apparent in the spring of 2004 that John Kerry had an excellent chance of being elected President of the United States, the horror of that realization started to really negatively affect my health.  I began developing stomach aches and headaches every time I watched or listened to the news. So for the sake of my health, I placed myself in to a total media blackout from mid-April to 8pm on election night.

It sounds rather childish now, looking back. I probably could have handled it if it were anyone besides the total zero of a human being that I consider John Kerry to be.

So after the election was over and I knew that the country I love spared itself from a John Kerry presidency, I began consuming all of the media that I had denied myself and realized that I missed one of the most exciting political races in the history of American Politics. I became really deeply regretful that I missed it. So I made the commitment that I wouldn’t miss anything the next time around. The best way to do that seemed to be to start a blog about it. Race42008 began in June of 2006 and we have been going strong ever since.

What made R4’08 & R4’12 so special was the vibrant conservative community it evolved into; and that is really what I am the most proud of. I believe that it evolved in this way because I made it a policy to allow almost total freedom when it came to the ideas that could be expressed by our community. Really, the only limits I have ever placed on what people could say were in regards to profanity, graphic descriptions of sexual acts, and obvious trolling.

This is a radically different policy than the big name conservative sites that, for the most part, will ban anyone who even hints at disagreement with their editorial board. The results speak for themselves. On days were there were major events such as a primary or a debate, our open threads would generate a thousand comments or more compared to the 50-100 on the “big name” sites.

Rightosphere.com is a re-launch of Race42012 that Kristofer Lorelli and I have been working on for over a year now. Basically, we wanted to give our community tools that will enable unlimited participation and opportunity for involvement and expression. So the new site is the opposite of “top down” model that most sites use. Rightosphere exists for and will be driven by our community.

As far as describing the tools and infrastructure that Rightosphere provides to its community, I would encourage folks to head on over and check it out for themselves. There is no site on the Left or Right that has the features/tools we do. The possibilities for our users are endless.

Josiah Schmidt: What is the best part about running Rightosphere?

Kavon Nikrad: Without a doubt, it is the interaction that I have with grassroots conservatives that I would never have met had I not founded the site. Every day, I am in awe of the talent and intelligence that is rampant among the Rightroots. If the Republican Party was able to fully engage the conservative grassroots, we would take this country over in a heartbeat. Maybe that’s what’s going on right now in spite of the Republican Party?

Josiah Schmidt: How did you become a conservative, and what does conservatism mean to you?

Kavon Nikrad: I came to conservatism from libertarianism actually. My first ever vote in a U.S. Presidential election was for Harry Browne in 1996.

To me, conservatism is about creating the smallest possible government, whose sole purpose is to foster an environment in which people can provide for their own needs. It is about equality of opportunity, not equality of outcomes.

If you were to ask a thousand people for their definition of happiness, you would get a thousand different answers. So the idea that the government could be capable of satisfying everyone’s “wish list” of what it would take to provide them with a “happy life” is ludicrous beyond belief and runs counter to everything I have observed in my three decades of life on Planet Earth.  

Government’s proper role is to establish an environment where every person is free to pursue the heights to which their talents can take them.

In the contemporary Republican Party, this places me squarely in the “Reagan Conservative” camp.

Josiah Schmidt: Do you think there is a place in the GOP for small-l libertarians?

Kavon Nikrad: Absolutely. In fact, I would go so far to say that it is essential that conservatives and libertarians reach some sort of covenant if we are going to save this country. Focusing on what divides us, rather than the many things in which we agree, is exactly what liberals/progressives want as they know that the more we argue, the more they will be able to permanently expand government.

The divide between conservatives and libertarians is not even close to the divide which separates progressives and moderates in the Democratic Party. Not by a long shot.  

Ronald Reagan himself described libertarianism as the “very heart and soul” of conservatism.

Josiah Schmidt:  What is the significance of the burgeoning Tea Party movement, in your view?

Kavon Nikrad: I think it is one of the most important political movements of the past fifty-years.

One of the most important aspects of the Tea Party Movement is that fact that one of its major facets is economic conservatives standing up and saying that “they are not going to take it anymore” with the same vigor as social conservatives have had for years; and it is Obama’s presidency which is responsible for awakening this “sleeping giant.”

If Barack Obama is sent back to Illinois in January of 2013, it will be because of the Tea Party Movement. Of that, you can be certain. It is in this way that Barack Obama has sown the seeds of his own political demise. It is pretty amazing to be stating that with all conviction, considering where this country was at in November of 2008 isn’t it?

Josiah Schmidt: What is the most important lesson conservatives ought to take away from George W. Bush’s presidency?

Kavon Nikrad: That a Republican president is going to lose his or her base if he or she ignores one of the “three legs of the stool” which make up modern day conservatism.  Conservatives are simply not going to accept liberal fiscal policy any longer.

Josiah Schmidt: What do you think will be the biggest issue in the 2012 presidential election?

Kavon Nikrad: It’s hard to say. I would have never imagined that the Iraq War would have played such a relatively small role on the 2008 presidential election in 2006. It is hard to image that government spending, the national debt, or the budget deficit will not be an enormous factor with the looming fiscal Armageddon that Obamanomics is creating now.

Josiah Schmidt: Assuming Governor Gary Johnson is running for President in 2012, what advice would you give him if you could?

Kavon Nikrad: To make it clear from the outset that he is a Republican and that he is looking to effect change within the Republican Party. If he is coy about leaving the party to pursue a third-party run, most Republicans will view him with suspicion and close their hearts and minds to him from the outset.

This is why I think that many Republicans, despite their vehement disagreement with him on foreign policy, view Ron Paul and the Campaign for Liberty as positive and constructive voices within the party.

If Gov. Johnson does not make the commitment to stay in the GOP from the very beginning, he throws that all away.

Josiah Schmidt: Anything else you’d like to say our readers? 

Kavon Nikrad: I would like to thank them for their time for reading this interview and to extend my hand in friendship. I am really excited to meet and interaction with as many of them as possible on this site and at Rightosphere.com.

Josiah Schmidt: Thanks for answering our questions, Kavon.  And another reminder to our readers to visit Rightosphere.com for news and opinion from a conservative perspective.

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