America deserves the chance to see Gary Johnson in the Presidential Debates

Now, more than ever, our national decline demands a substantive debate on the future of America. Photo: Gary Johnson Campaign Official Photo

WASHINGTON D.C., September 18, 2012 – The Filipino philosopher José Rizal warned, “The glory of saving a country is not for him who has contributed to its ruin.” Those words ring especially true today as America collapses at home and around the world from the weight of decades of bad policies, neglected priorities and bipartisanly bad presidential leadership.

Now, more than ever, America deserves the chance to hear an independent, politically uncompromised, unscripted and mature discussion about the future of our nation. Given the enormity of America’s ongoing troubles, the November election may very well be the last opportunity voters get to referendum on the issues before the combined impact of these crises fundamentally changes the structure of American life as we know it. The only way that a substantive and discerning discourse can occur is if a third party candidate is allowed to participate in the upcoming Presidential Debates.

That candidate is Gary Johnson.

You don’t need to be a Libertarian to appreciate the need for an urgent debate over the direction of America. Just last week – the eleventh anniversary of the attacks on 9/11 – massive, violent protests broke out against America all across the world. We saw the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens at the beginning of the week in Libya, and the Taliban capped off the week with a devastating suicide attack against a NATO base in Afghanistan that destroyed an entire squadron of Marine AV-8B Harriers on the ground and killed its most senior pilot – the worst single loss of aircraft since Vietnam – and in spite of this, all the clueless media can talk about right now is a hidden video of Republican candidate Mitt Romney talking about Barack Obama’s supporters.

Last week, Taliban fighters inflicted a devastating attack that destroyed eight AV-8B Marine aircraft and killed a senior fighter pilot. (U.S. Marines file photo by Lance Cpl Timothy Childers)

Last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced a third round of quantitative easing in which the Fed would purchase $40 billion a month in mortgage backed securities – even as inflation is hitting Americans hard in the price of food, fuel and the cost of doing business – and almost no serious or penetrating discussion has been dedicated whatsoever to what this will mean for America’s future. 

I’ve just mentioned two issues from last week. But how many other chronic, ongoing problems have yet to be addressed by either party? How many other outrages and oversights have been ignored by both the media and the two-party dominated campaign trail? Where is Congress? Where is our Commander in Chief? Where is the accountability?

America needs to hear more than the hollow, superficial, strategically meaningless topics that have been debated ad nauseum for the last three decades of televised presidential debates.

Do we really need to delve yet again into trite racial politics, class warfare innuendos, pedantic fact checks of trivial facts and narcissistic comparisons of prior candidate employment? America is at war. America’s economy is in ruins. An entire generation of young people are unemployed and losing hope. America deserves the chance to hear a dissenting opinion.

We owe it to ourselves to bring in a voice of reason – and if necessary, rebuke – to the public spotlight. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are filled with ultimately patriotic and well-meaning partisans who want to do the right thing, but their own flawed and outmoded primary election process has reduced both their factions to little more than soundbyte leadership. They too deserve the chance to hear a dissenting opinion.

The most “progressive” thing that you can do is to give voice to the oppressed, dejected and frustrated people who have no voice. Gary Johnson provides that opportunity. The most “conservative” thing you can do is to hold the line on America’s constitutional values and restore honor to our highest office. Gary Johnson offers that in spades.

The Federal Reserve has initiated a third round of quantitative easing, which a growing number of people feel will hurt rather than harm the economy for the average consumer. (AP file photo)

We are living in dangerous and confusing times. This is not the time to suppress dissenting opinions, but rather a time to air it publicly and to question why for so long we have been incapable of preserving the gift of liberty that America’s founding fathers won at so costly a price for us.

The Apostle Paul wrote in his second pastoral letter to Timothy, “the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” Sound familiar or descriptive of the way things are going? God forbid that those words should describe us any further.

Now is not the time for comfort, for ease, for protection of fragile feelings and sensitivity to tradition. America needs to challenge and rouse itself to ask hard questions and hear solid answers. The chaos America is steeped in affords no time for politics as usual. 

It’s time to stop being a nation whose destiny is jerked left and right by reactionary, incompetent, inexperienced, historically clueless partisan fanbois and fangurls behind smoke filled rooms and seek a real debate that’s rated “M” for mature voters.

America deserves to see Gary Johnson in the Presidential Debates. Let’s work to make it a reality.

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Danny de Gracia

Dr. Danny de Gracia is a political scientist and a former senior adviser to the Human Services and International Affairs committees at the Hawaii State Legislature. From 2011-2013 he served as an elected municipal board member in Waipahu. As an expert in international relations theory, military policy, political psychology and economics, Danny has advised numerous policymakers and elected officials and his opinions have been featured worldwide. Now working on his first novel, Danny resides on the island of Oahu.

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