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Ama-Gi interviews Josiah Schmidt of JohnsonForAmerica.com

In Abortion,Cultural issues,Deficit,Drug reform,Economy,Entitlements,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Immigration,Inflation,Interviews,LGBT rights,Taxes on May 16, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by the great new libertarian blog, Ama-Gi, regarding former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and his 2012 prospects:

Ama-Gi:
Who is Gary Johnson and why do you think he should be our next president?

Josiah Schmidt:
Gary Johnson is the former two term governor of New Mexico, who came
from outside of politics to beat a former Republican governor in the
Republican primaries, and to then unseat an incumbent Democratic
governor by a ten point margin, in a state where Democrats outnumber
Republicans 2 to 1.  Gary Johnson was a governor who vetoed more bills
than all his other contemporary governors combined, who cut taxes 14
times, and who balanced the New Mexico state budget.

We need to send Gary Johnson to the White House because our very
survival as a nation depends upon whether or not the government gets
out of the way and stops suffocating this society and this economy to
death.  We have a mountain of debt, regulations, and malinvestments,
thanks to the federal government, and this lethal cocktail will
devastate America for decades to come.  That is, unless we take our
medicine, stop trying to stimulate and bail our way out of this
recession, and let the free market work.  Gov. Johnson is the only one
who can be trusted to make the right decisions for our future.

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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 Robert Broadus, candidate for US Congress, Maryland-4

In 2010 elections,Civil liberties,Cultural issues,Deficit,Economy,Education,Energy,Entitlements,Foreign policy,GOP,Government spending,Gun rights,Health care,Immigration,Important Voices,Interviews,LGBT rights,Ron Paul,Taxes on February 22, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

This is interview #13 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 Robert Broadus.  Robert graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD in 1994, and served in the US Navy until 1999.  Since then, he has worked in real estate and software development, and has traveled to over 14 countries around the world.  Robert lives in Mt. Rainier, MD, and is a Republican candidate for US Congress in Maryland’s fourth district.

Josiah Schmidt: What compelled you to enter elective politics?

Robert Broadus: In 2007, I was greatly disappointed with the state of our government.  Both Democrats and Republicans were supporting unconstitutional wars and irresponsible spending, while also enacting policies that violated our civil liberties under the Bill of Rights.  I became interested in running for Congress because it is Congress that has the Constitutional role of declaring war, which sets tax policy, and which appropriates funds from the treasury. 

Josiah Schmidt:  How did you come to hold such a liberty-oriented philosophy?

Robert Broadus: Since I was in the military, I swore an oath to “uphold and defend the Constitution…”  I always assumed that our politicians did just that.  When I realized this was not the case, and that many in our government are spending their time and resources trying to figure out how to defeat the Constitution, I became more interested in fighting for Liberty.  It was Ron Paul’s presidential campaign that taught me there are a handful of politicians who truly believe in upholding the Constitution, so I decided to support him, and then Chuck Baldwin for the presidency.  It was also Henry David Thoreau’s work, “On Resistance to Civil Government” (Civil Disobedience) that woke me up to the fact that we as Americans have forgotten what matters most.  As a black person who was taught the history of my people who suffered through slavery, I also hold close to my heart the consequences of what can happen when people do not guard their liberties and cherish them even more than life.  I am resolved to fight against slavery in all its forms, and I believe that it is the sovereignty of the individual that matters most.  Only when the government protects individual rights does it protect everyone’s rights.

Josiah Schmidt:  What issues are most important to Marylanders?

Robert Broadus: Maryland is facing the problem of being almost completely dominated by Progressive Democrats.  Although the people of Maryland are largely a mix of conservatives and libertarians, the people elected to high office tend to come from Progressive areas, and have led us away from our personal values.  Maryland is facing an insurmountable debt, having to lay off school employees and furlough government workers.  Maryland is also suffering economically from a recent tax increase which targeted millionaires, causing those who could afford it to leave the state, resulting in a 10% drop in revenue.  Maryland is facing increasing crime from gang activity, as a “sanctuary-state” policy toward illegal immigration has made the state attractive for some of the most violent international gangs, including the Latin Kings and MS-13.   These are all issues which Maryland can turn around by electing politicians to office who will be responsible to the people for results, not just their good intentions. 

Josiah Schmidt:  What do you offer that your opponents do not?

Robert Broadus: I offer an across-the-board set of values that are conservative and in-line with the the values of the people in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District.  Being born and raised in the area, and even having attended college in Maryland (unlike my opponent), I can say that we are a church-going people who believe in God and the Bible.  I value religious freedom, not government imposing a secular or irreligious state upon us and requiring us to check our values at the door when we enter the workplace.  I am Pro-Life, and I am for parental notification for minors to receive medical treatment.  I support traditional marriage and the right for people to express their religious views without being accused of “hate speech.”  I support the right to home-school, and for parents to control what their children are taught.  I support the right to keep and bear arms, in order to protect ourselves from violence.  We seek job opportunities for the legal residents of our State, and I seek to have new residents admitted to the nation by getting in line and going through the proper legal process.  I am against amnesty for illegal immigrants.  Most importantly, I support the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  The Constitution protects our liberties and limits the Federal Government to those powers enumerated in Article 1, Section 8.  Although certain of my opponents uphold one or two of these values, I am the only candidate who upholds all of them.

Josiah Schmidt:  What is the first thing you will do as a US Congressman?

Robert Broadus: As soon as I am able, I will introduce a bill to repeal the 16th Amendment.  It is through this that the Federal Government can levy a tax on incomes, which act as collateral for the credit which is used to engage in deficit-spending, finance socialist entitlement programs, and spend future generations into perpetual debt.  I will also take the first opportunity to cut off funding for any undeclared wars and any other policies which violate the Constitution.

Josiah Schmidt:  Which area of government spending would you most like to cut?

Robert Broadus: Socialist entitlement programs need to be cut first.  These include Social Security and Medicare.  However, there will need to be a period of transition to wean off those who have become dependent on the programs.  After that, it will be important to remove funding for programs that are not within the authority of the Federal Government, such as the Department of Education and the Department of Energy.  Cutting money for unconstitutional wars will also be important for the purpose of reasserting the warmaking powers of the Congress.

Josiah Schmidt:  How should health care be reformed?

Robert Broadus: Healthcare should NOT be reformed by the Federal Government.  If State or Local governments wish to reform their existing healthcare systems, they should be allowed to do so.  At the Federal level, all restrictions on healthcare (such as the restriction against buying insurance across state lines) should be listed.  Tax credits could also be given for anyone who is willing to invest in medical savings programs.

Josiah Schmidt:  What changes would you like to see in our government’s foreign policy?

Robert Broadus: The Federal Government should bring its troops home from around the world.  We should continue working to ensure our national security, but not through policing the world.  We should immediately cease all nation-building operations, and we should encourage free-market capitalism as a solution for resolving the economic woes of other nations.  We should strengthen our border security and our defensive posture at home, lending military support to our allies only when requested.  We should re-consider our foreign aid to the rest of the world, again returning the taxes taken back to the People of the United States. 

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

Robert Broadus: Our nation is at a turning point, where we must decide if we will continue to be a Federal Republic, or if we will become a Social Democracy.  The current administration and those who support its agenda are poised to “fundamentally change the United States of America.”  We can uphold the values laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, or we can abandon them to those who think this nation’s founding was unjust, and that we should somehow give it back through redistribution of wealth, land reform, and other forms of socialism.  Comprehensive Healthcare reform is one of the main instruments being used to engineer this transformation, but this issue was not the concern 3 years ago that it has become since Barack Obama became President.  We have been hurried to a point where our most cherished values and even the fabric of our Constitution are thrown into doubt over a policy where most Americans will not see any difference even if we change the system now.  The uproar that has been generated over what was previously a background issue is evidence that we have been manipulated into a discussion that should not even be happening.  Healthcare Reform is outright unconstitutional, as it violates the 10th Amendment.  Everyone should know this, yet this fact has not deterred the Progressives who seek to impose it on us against our will.  We must fight if we are to remain “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”  Please help me by offering your prayers, your time, and your financial support to my campaign.  Together, we can save the Republic.  Together, we can win!   

Josiah Schmidt:  Where can people go to find out more about you and contribute to your campaign?

Robert Broadus: At my website: www.justiceandliberty.us

Josiah Schmidt: Thanks, Robert, and the best of luck to you and your campaign!

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Important Voices: JohnsonForAmerica.com interviews Barry Goldwater Jr., former US Congressman (R-CA)

In 2010 elections,Civil liberties,Cultural issues,Economy,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Immigration,Important Voices,Interviews,LGBT rights,Ron Paul,Taxes on February 18, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

This is interview #12 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 Barry Goldwater, Jr.  He is the son of the late Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, the Republican nominee who ran against Lyndon B. Johnson for President of the United States during the 1964 Presidential election.  Barry Goldwater, Jr. graduated from Staunton Military Academy in 1957 and Arizona State University in 1962.  He has worked as a stockbroker, public relations executive, and an entrepreneur.  Barry was elected to US Congress in California’s 27th district in 1969 and left office in 1983.

Josiah Schmidt: To start out, would you mind telling our readers what you’ve been up to over the past couple of years?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: Well, every day I get out of bed, and I try to figure out how to make a buck.  And I do that in a variety of ways: I do a little consulting on finance and business, to other businesses; I do a little lobbying back in Washington for companies that have problems with government regulations; I’m on the board of directors of several companies, and I own a company that I’m growing and trying to make successful.  So that’s about what I do every day.

Josiah Schmidt: Great!  How did you come to hold such a liberty oriented philosophy?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: There’s nothing like getting out of school with your idealistic attitude, and then getting a job and all of the sudden, the first paycheck you get, half of it’s gone in the form of a variety of taxes, to make you a libertarian.  That was a rude awakening to me.  All of the sudden, a certain percentage of my freedoms were taken away from me and put in the hands of somebody else who thought they knew better how to spend my money.  And that right away gave me an idea that perhaps we have more government than we need, and maybe more government that we can afford.  Of course, I’ve grown up in a political family.  So that kind of translated itself into following a philosophy of general libertarian leanings.

Josiah Schmidt: What is one of your greatest memories from your father’s presidential campaign?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: Well, there were so many!  I sure met a lot of nice people along the way.  Probably the most exciting memory was the 1964 Republican Convention in San Francisco at the Cow Palace.  I celebrated my–I can’t even remember what birthday it was–perhaps my 21st birthday, on the steps of a hotel with about 500 people, who are just milling around, singing Happy Birthday to me.  But, I remember the Convention, I remember the fun, the camaraderie, the excitement, and the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that was going on with my father’s campaign workers to secure that nomination.  They were running around, strategizing with the different delegations with walkie talkies, reporting in to headquarters.  It was a lot of intrigue.  It was a lot of excitement.

Josiah Schmidt: What was it, do you think, about your father that made him such a great communicator and leader for the cause of freedom?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: Well, I think several things.  One, he’s always had compassion for other people.  So he was comfortable–comfortable being around people.  Second of all, I think his upbringing, from primarily his mother, in a very Western atmosphere which is fiercely independent and patriotic instilled in him a sense of right and wrong.  And having served four years in the military during the Second World War, and coming home to work in his family business, all helped to mold the man who eventually became the Republican candidate and one of the many spokesmen for the conservative cause.

Josiah Schmidt: Right.  What was your experience in Congress like?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: That was like being back in school.  It certainly underscored the fact that we are a government of the people, because most of the Congress were like me.  Each one of them had only a small area of expertise, and the rest of it they had to learn.  That was exciting and fun and challenging, of course.  The most I enjoyed was learning.  We would sit there in those committee rooms, and we’d have some of the best minds on different issues come and talk to us.  I remember I was assigned to the science and technology committee, and the subcommittee on energy–research, development, and administration.  I didn’t know a light bulb from a nuclear particle!  Yet, I was given the responsibility to generate research programs in the area of renewable energies.  This was back in the 1970′s.  The goal then, was–maybe most will not remember–we had an embargo in 1974 from Saudi Arabia, and everyone was standing in line to get gas in their car.  That was under Jimmy Carter.  He declared that this country “will become energy independent”.  That was 35 or 36 years ago, and every President since then has made the same declaration, and I would suggest that we’re probably no closer to energy independence today than we’ve ever been.  But sitting on those committees was really educational, to learn about wind power, solar power, portable tanks, electric automobiles, coal gasification, magnetohydrodynamics, and all about peaceful use of nuclear energy.  It was a real education, and a lot of fun.

Josiah Schmidt: What’s the most important lesson that you’ve learned in your experience with politics?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: Wow.  I  mean, I think it’s important that a politician stand for something.  His positions on issues are not as important as the philosophy that he follows in formulating his positions on issues.  What is his basic belief about our country and about our freedoms?  What does he think about liberty and the best way to achieve it.  That’s the most important thing for a useful, contributing politician to have.  Unfortunately, I think, on the left, you’ll find too few people that have basic fundamental issues on how to live their life, and how their country should live.  Their philosophy tends to be one of putting your finger up in the air and testing to see how much of the people’s money you can give away on some foolish program.  On the other hand, the libertarian or conservative believes in the tenets and the preaching of the Constitution: that we are endowed by our Creator and put on this earth as free individuals.  And the more freedom we have, the more productive we are, the better we can take care of ourselves, our families, and our communities.  So therefore, limited government, less taxes, and less regulation really sets us free.  We need government, but we need effective government.  But again, it’s all based on a philosophy of perpetuating and promoting freedom.

Josiah Schmidt: Exactly.  What do you think is the future of the American liberty movement?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: I think it’s bright, I think it’s terrific, and I think it has great potential.  We live in a society where there’s constant conflict over ideas.  And the politics of today is this debate over ideas.  Liberty values and liberty ideas are very significant and as long as man has a taste of freedom, liberty will continue to thrive and be healthy.  It will constantly be challenged by those who feel their compassion, which I never doubt, can only be achieved by taking something away from somebody else in order to help another person.  Now, that should only be done on a voluntary basis–that shouldn’t be done by coercion.  Of course, that isn’t what the liberals’ driving force is.  They see somebody that works, and they tax them and take that money and put it to work for somebody else who’s not working.

Josiah Schmidt: What do you think the GOP needs to do to revitalize itself?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: You know, I just wrote Senator McCain a letter about this.  I can read it to you: “Back in those days, when I was in Congress with my father, everyone knew what a conservative was.  There was no question.  We were all on the same page.  Today we seem to be without leaders, and have no clue as to our philosophy or our identification.  Are we traditional conservatives?  Neoconservatives?  Compassionate conservatives?  Social conservatives?  Christian conservatives?  And then there was President Bush that came along, and our heads are still shaking.  We really don’t know who we are.  Up until Brown and the victory in Massachusetts, and the victories in New Jersey and Virginia, there was a listless attitude–a defeated morale and a lack of leadership.  We were sadly trounced in 2008.  Christopher Buckley left his father’s National Review and endorsed Barack Obama, basically saying he had no clear idea of what the modern conservative movement stands for.”  But there is discussion today about the future of the party.  And I suggested to Senator McCain, that “Goldwater, Reagan, and Buckley would all urge us to use today to get back to our core values.  Limited but effective government, federalism, hard work, strong family units, personal responsibility, a marketplace free from regulation and taxation, and decency.  This is what we have always believed in, and what we represent.  Who could argue against liberty?”  Basically what I suggested to him is that the Republican Party, in the future, needs to get away from issues and get back to talking about philosophy.  So many of us are divided by those who feel that abortion is the most important issue, or gay rights, or gun control, the definition of marriage, immigration, and the Bush legacy.  All of these are divisive because they are issues.  What we need to do if we’re going to win, is to unite under one tent and talk about a Republican philosophy for the future.  It’s important that we talk about and emphasize what we stand for, not our positions on issues, if we’re going to succeed.

Josiah Schmidt: Now, you don’t have to give an endorsement here, but what are your impressions of Governor Gary Johnson, and what advice would you like to convey to him if he were to run for President?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: I’m impressed with Gary Johnson because of his success in two terms as Governor of New Mexico.  He demonstrated his ability to govern with extreme opposition.  I definitely think he’s qualified, if for no other reason than that, to be President of the United States.  He’s got more experience than Obama ever hoped to have in managing government and governmental affairs.  My advice to him would be to stick to what he’s done well, and to talk about liberty and freedom and leadership.  That’s what I would tell him.  Just to keep doing what he’s doing.  He’s got a successful track record, and he has the tools he needs to lead.  Just stick to the libertarian philosophy.  Libertarians are going to do well this year.

Josiah Schmidt: You’ve become something of a hero to libertarian Republicans since your involvement in the Ron Paul campaign.  Are you aware of the movements to draft you to run for elected office once again?  I think I’ve even seen a whole website dedicated to persuading you to run for Governor of Arizona.  What are your thoughts on that?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: Every once in a while, people ask me about that, and, boy, that’s very nice–I’m humbled by it.  But to be honest with you, I spent 14 years in Congress, I’ve been in and around politics most of my life, I know what it takes–the dedication that it takes–to be elected and to go to work and work hard.  I know what it takes to run a campaign.  And you know something?  I think it’s time for us to look to the next generation–the newer generations–for leadership.  I’ll always be involved, but I think from an energy point of view, and a capability point of view, you’ve got to get some younger people in there.

Josiah Schmidt: Is there anything else you’d like to say to our readers?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: Well, golly, I think that we as concerned libertarians ought not to give up on America’s future, and we ought to live up to America’s greatness.  As long as we continue to fight the good fight, we’ll do okay.

Josiah Schmidt: I want to thank you so much for talking with us today, Mr. Goldwater.

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: My pleasure.

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Gary Joins Wayne Root on G Gordon Liddy Show

In Deficit,Drug reform,Economy,Education,Energy,Foreign policy,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Interviews,LGBT rights,Our America on December 29, 2009 by Josiah Schmidt

Former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson joins guest host and former Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee Wayne Allyn Root to talk government spending, deficits, taxes, foreign policy, cap & trade, drug law reform, gay marriage, education, the future of the Republican Party, Gary’s experience as Governor and as Chairman of his new Our America Initiative, and the 2012 presidential race on the conservative talk radio G. Gordon Liddy Show.  Listen to the podcast here.  (Gary Johnson comes on at about 22:00)

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