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Gary Johnson: Bringing Fresh Pragmatism to Stale ‘Bipartisanship’ Through The Jack News

Some things about the American experiment aren’t looking very good right now. They are the political things. And that’s a little bit odd. Because, thanks to technology, we have more entrepreneurship and transparency in society than ever before.

Indeed, technology continues to offer opportunities to get a new perspective on old problems. And that’s why I’m happy to play a role in this new media venture. The Jack News brings a fresh pragmatism to re-evaluating the political things that aren’t going so well.

You know that in the past two presidential elections, I’ve played a part in contributing to making politics more like entrepreneurship.  Last year, I was proud that – together with former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld – our two-governor ticket offered a sweet alternative to two very sour political philosophies.

A fresh alternative to nationalism and progressivism

Younger voters and independent voters couldn’t care less about the pieties of the so-called “Grand Old Party” or the contortions of Democrats under Hillary Clinton.

We don’t want this two-party system set of answers. The majority of voters don’t like the choice between a nationalist, xenophobic party on the one hand, and an elitist, government-knows-best party of progressives. They want candidates that combine skepticism about government with simple pragmatism and courtesy that is devoid of exaggerated egotism.

The Jack News will contribute to this voice — and I plan to, as well.

I expect that we’ll help keep the focus on why smaller government — and more local government by states, counties and cities — is better for Americans than rule from Washington.

Notwithstanding some recent setbacks, Americans still want their county to be a land that is welcoming to immigrants. We need to make this process simple, and base immigration on economic demand. This should be a matter of work visas, not citizenship. We can keep the bad guys out without destroying our rich and welcoming traditions toward immigrants.

Freedom to trade in goods, services and health care

There’s never been a better time to make the case for the economic logic of free trade — including trade in services.

And that freedom to trade should also apply to health care. Forget the Washington debate over Obamacare, Trumpcare and Ryancare: We need to identify free-market systems and solutions that are working on the ground.

If the groundswell of citizens can help make it plain that the benefits of free trade are widespread and universal, America’s role as a world leader will not be irretrievably lost.

Look, I’m not a Panglossian optimist. But I do believe that, ultimately, the people will get it right, and if we raise our voices – and votes – we can push government in better directions.

I did what I could to offer an alternative. And now Americans of all sorts — Republicans, Independents and Democrats — need to take up the mantle of engaged public service. Stop being stuck in partisanship!

Bring the creativity of your life’s experiences to our broken national politics.

It’s my hope that The Jack News can play a role in breaking down barriers, and building innovations and solutions that will make America better than it seems to be right now.

(Photo of Gary Johnson at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference by Gage Skidmore used with permission.)

Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson is an entrepreneur, served two terms as Governor of New Mexico, and in 2016, as the Libertarian nominee for President of the United States, garnered more votes than any third party or independent candidate in twenty years.

In addition to his success in business and public policy, Governor Johnson has reached the summit of the highest peak on each of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest, competed in numerous Iron Man Triathlons, and tackled some of the most grueling cycling challenges in the world.

Governor Johnson currently serves as the Honorary Chair of the Our America Initiative, out of a deep desire to insure that future generations of Americans have the same opportunities for personal and financial freedom that he has enjoyed.

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