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Gary Johnson Considering Senate Run In New Mexico

Spencer Neale | @TheNewTreasury

Two-time Libertarian presidential candidate and former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson is “strongly considering” a last-minute Senate run from his home state of New Mexico. He would replace the current candidate for Senate, State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, on the ballot and compete against Democrat incumbent Martin Heinrich and Republican Mick Rich.

71 Republic reached Libertarian Party of New Mexico Chair Chris Luchini by phone on Friday: “We are getting a bump in donations and interests, much higher than normal in both of those areas. We saw a jump in donations at the beginning of this week. I have not spoken to Gary Johnson. I have spoken to people close to him and they seem to think it’s real.”

Mr. Dunn’s son Blair confirmed that more details will be released on Monday as to his father’s current campaign. Dunn had been polling between 7-10% in some estimations but other polling centers have shown that Johnson could come into the race at 20-30% with a significant amount of support behind him. Johnson is well liked in New Mexico where he is seen as both an outdoorsman rebel and honest politician. His governance was characterized by open, frank dialogue and New Mexico saw rejuvenated financial surpluses during his years in office.

Johnson’s candidacy would be among the most publicized and discussed Libertarian federal campaigns in the history of the almost 50-year-old political party. His campaign for President in 2016 won 4% of the electorate, nearly quadrupling the previous highest vote get for a Libertarian candidate and capturing the minds and spirits of disenfranchised voters across the country.

With news of Johnson’s possible bid spreading throughout the media on Friday, some commentators have suggested that the former presidential candidate could come financially prepared enough to give Heinrich & Rich a real run for their money.


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Santa Fe Didn’t Fit The Left’s Narrative, So We All Stopped Talking About It

By Clint Sharp | United States

On February 14, 2018,  19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School around 2 o’clock in the afternoon. In only a few short minutes, the young man killed 17 people and injured 17 others with an AR-15 style rifle before being apprehended by police.

This horrid act sparked outrage across the nation. For months, gun control was the main topic of conversation across the nation with walk-outs, protests, debates, and gun bills popping up around every corner. Television, newspapers, and social media outlets streamed nonstop updates on the mass shooting and followed all of the controversy surrounding it. Although many believed that this shooting meant the end of our 2nd Amendment rights, it soon faded from headlines, leaving behind a trail of people still fighting to remove the rights of individuals.

Fast forward to May 18 of the same year, and a very different story is told. 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis killed 10 people and wounded 13 others at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. Armed with a sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun and a .38 revolver, the student walked into the school’s art complex and began shooting at approximately 7:40 AM before being brought into custody. Explosives were found at the scene but were unused.

Although this shooting was reported on major news outlets, it was very quickly passed off as old news within a couple of days. So why did a shooting like the one that happened at Stoneman Douglas cause such a national stir while the shooting at Santa Fe was only mentioned in passing? Simply put, it did not match the agenda of the left-wing activists and politicians.

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was exactly what the left had hoped for. A young man with known mental issues and of legal age to purchase a gun obtained an assault-style rifle with multiple high-capacity magazines and shot up a school in a conservative state (according to 2016 poll results).

Truly a perfect storm.

From this, they could argue that it was too easy for Cruz to obtain an assault-style rifle. They could argue that he was mentally ill, yet still managed to purchase a firearm due to his age and lack of criminal record. They could argue the purpose of high capacity magazines and assault-style rifles in the hands of non-military personnel and whether they were protected under the 2nd Amendment. The left could appeal to the emotions of the entire nation, after all, is the individual’s freedom worth forfeiting the safety of our children?

Santa Fe on the other hand, while still a tragedy, is the antithesis of the Stoneman Douglas shooting. A minor stole a legally obtained pump action shotgun, perhaps the most common long gun in the United States, and a 6-shot revolver from his father. He saws the barrel of the shotgun off, an illegal action, and carries the two guns to school to commit his heinous actions.

This proves that the type of gun, the capacity of the firearm, the age of the shooter, and the means by which the weapons are obtained are mostly arbitrary to the amount of damage that can be caused by an evil individual, thus rendering the left’s points null and void.

It is for this reason that the Santa Fe shooting was swept under the rug. It proved that shootings and mass violence are not caused by assault-style rifles, high capacity magazines, lax gun laws, and the 2nd Amendment, but rather by evil and twisted individuals who desire to be nothing more than the genesis of grief for people all over the nation. It didn’t fit the agenda of the overwhelmingly liberal media so it was only mentioned, not covered.

The act of ignoring this tragic loss of human life brings to question what other things remain hidden in the dark shroud outside of party and ideological agendas, on both the right and the left.

How many people have been murdered silently due to apathy? How many bills have been passed without question because the public did not know?

Until agendas are put aside for the sake of information, more and more will remain hidden from the public and more and more will happen without anyone’s knowledge otherwise.


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Personal Responsibility and The Quest for Blame

By Fritz | United States

As the year 2018 continues ahead into the Summer Season, we have yet again in America come across what has become a rather typical news story: multiple teenagers dead in a shooting carried out by a lone gunman in a high school. Not even an hour after such news breaks, before there are even details that have been disclosed, the politicization of the event is underway.

That is true on both sides of the spectrum: Immediately there are those offering condolences, thoughts, and prayers. They are almost always quickly scrutinized and belittled by a segment of individuals who are angry (rightfully so, it is quite sickening to read or watch a breaking news story in which children are dying), but they are more than angry, a quick search of whatever hashtag is being branded on the incident will show you some pretty vile responses to someone expressing their sorrow.

Then there is the wave of gun control now statuses, where you typically will read lines such as “all assault weapons need to be banned,” “we need common sense gun control,” and now even more so, the bolder “ban all guns.” The latter is becoming more and more prevalent, as the most recent shooting which claimed the lives of 10 people, most of whom were young teenage students, was not carried out with the usual AR-15 Rifle, rather this time it was a .38 revolver and a shotgun, two guns that a few weeks ago any gun control advocate would have probably argued are completely fine because they aren’t “assault weapons.”

After a few days, what then happens is what I call the “quest for blame.” It is a natural occurrence because we all typically agree that no decent, sane human being carries out such acts of unspeakable violence. In the latest case, a number of issues have been brought up for discussion, including alleged bullying of the culprit, ease of access to guns for the culprit (they .38 and shotgun in question were legally purchased and owned by his father) and even Ollie North, the next NRA President, suggesting a combination of overexposure to violence and prescribed medication as a factor.

This is exactly what it becomes: Who or what caused this to happen? And the answer, unfortunately, is not a simple one. Some people try to pin it on a culture of violence: Television is more violent, movies are more violent, video games are not only violent but nearly at the peak of realism. Yet despite these facts, almost every major study conducted on video game violence shows no data to suggest that consumers become more violent due to the content of the games themselves.

Glenn Beck and numerous voices at The Blaze are arguing that still, culturally there is an overall lack of respecting the sanctity of human life. Beck argues that it boils down to the very issues such as abortion, where everything has been stripped down to the simple mechanics of a woman having the absolute right to control anything to do with her body, including whether or not she completes a pregnancy or terminates it. (Note: I am not arguing for or against the issue here, merely presenting someone’s opinion.)

My argument is that it well may be a blending of multiple things. Take myself as an example: At the time of High School, I had already experienced losing a parent, my father, when I was merely 4 years old; when I was 9 my 12-year-old sister was diagnosed with cancer and months later passed away; I was shy, introverted, not outgoing, quiet, kept to myself, played video games and struggled with my religious beliefs. Technically, you could profile me with that information.

At that time, I probably suffered from depression, but I dealt with the issues that life threw at me in my own way. My outlet was discovering music, and I fell in love with bands that people have never heard of and discovered Power Metal, which is my musical getaway from the world and helps me tackle my spiritual struggles.

During that time, I never sought to blame something or someone for life. It simply was. I never had a violent thought in my head, yet I played the first installments of Call of Duty and God of War. I went to the gun range with Scouts. Because of my religious beliefs and personality at the time, I was kind of an outcast and a weirdo. I dealt with my fair share of bullies, but never did I want to wish harm on people because that was the complete opposite of key things I was taught growing up.

As we all continue on, the struggle remains the same: Nobody wants to wake up and see a story of kids getting killed, but not everyone believes stricter gun laws will actually accomplish the goal of reducing violence. We then remained stalled, where we currently are, and that is not a good thing either.

You can never find a true solution, but we seemingly do not examine the entire picture in trying to find several solutions that could work for the better.


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New Mexican Libertarian Lloyd Princeton Runs For US Congress

By Spencer Kellogg | New Mexico

Lloyd Princeton is the founder of Design Management Company, a national recruiting firm. He has recently announced his candidacy for the 1st Congressional District of New Mexico as a Libertarian. 71 Republic’s Spencer Kellogg sat down with Mr. Princeton to discuss his thoughts on the 2018 Congressional Race.

Why Are You Running As A Libertarian?

I didn’t want to be forced into a brotherhood or sisterhood that is not there to serve the people. I believe that the main political parties have lost sight of what their purpose is. They make promises to get into office and gain power and then they play a political shell game that ultimately continues old destructive programs while introducing new destructive programs. The Democrats and Republicans weren’t working for me. I have not spoken to one Democrat or Republican who is happy with what is happening here in New Mexico. They feel disenfranchised and they can’t stand what’s going on at the national level with Donald Trump. People are fed up and I’m fed up. The writing is on the wall.

On War, the Military and Intervention:

I am a non interventionist. I believe in supporting our military, having a … strong defense domestically and I am concerned with protecting our borders, but I don’t believe we need to be the world’s police force. It is arrogant for us to suggest our sons and daughters fight in a war that does not directly affect America. While I am an advocate for democracy, I do not think that America needs to risk its lives and money to enforce it.

When we interfere, what happens? The backlash of our interference brings terrorism back to our shores. Why are we antagonizing everyone? Couldn’t the money that we spend on military intervention be better spent on education or health? Rather than be the world’s police force, I’d prefer to be the world’s Red Cross. India is one of the largest democracies in the world and do you know what’s particularly interesting? Gandhi had no official authority; he led with moral authority and the people followed him. That’s powerful.

On Healthcare:

I advocate a cash-based payment system. You’d have your primary care physician and they would charge you $50-100 dollars a month and that’s what you pay to be part of the doctor’s practice. We will still need major medical insurance for hospital-required procedures but for basic coverage we need to simplify. If you need something, you walk into the office and there’s no additional charge. If you need a suture or examination, there would be no additional charge. Also, doctor’s can dispense medication that they buy at a discounted rate. If you have a drug that you buy at CVS for 50$, your doctor can dispense it for about $2. The markup on pharmaceuticals is so dramatic and there are simple ways to eliminate these issues.

On Veterans

Veterans are often hampered when they get out of the service even though they have real training and skills. When they get home they can’t get jobs because they have to take additional training and additional hours in the fields we’ve already trained them in. What happens? They get depressed and they turn to unhealthy alternatives. In one way or another we’re paying for all of this. Why not just eliminate the occupational licenses so they can get a job in what they have been trained to do?

On Marijuana & Drugs:

Using marijuana is a victimless crime. Why is it illegal? Who benefits from that? The for-profit prison industrial complex. It’s an industry. I believe we should legalize it and tax it. Why not make it a revenue stream for us? Last year, Colorado made $250 million dollars from legal marijuana.

New Mexico could use that economic stream. Right now, one of the major problems created by Big Pharma and doctors is the opioid pandemic that we see across America. Arizona decriminalized marijuana and opioid deaths went down 9%. Why should I tell you who you can kiss and what you can smoke? It’s not efficient. I want to take the judgement and regulation out and let people go about their business.

On Immigration & Borders:

I am not for open immigration. I believe that every country has a right to regulate their borders and that includes America. I’ve traveled throughout the world and there are countries that are much more stringent than the United States. My application to get into Russia was three pages long! We’re actually quite liberal when you think about it. That being said, people who are here currently & are undocumented should be given work visas. The idea that we would break up a family and send back people who are already integrated into the community makes no sense. Why not just give them work visas so that we can charge them taxes and they can use whatever systems they contribute to legitimately.

Many immigrants, legal and otherwise, are doing the jobs that your average American does not want to do. Who do you think is taking care of our elderly people? Who is freezing their asses off doing gardening in the winter time? Who do you see working in a hot kitchen? I don’t know anyone in one of those groups who is not highly employable right now.

On Gun Rights:

I’m a gun owner and I believe in background checks for the primary and secondary market. I think that some oversight is appropriate but if someone wants to own a gun then they should be able to own a gun. At the end of the day, I recall 5,000 people dying because of planes crashing into the Twin Towers. I recall a truck driving into a crowd and murdering innocent citizens. And I recall a bomb blowing up runners in Boston. If someone wants to create mayhem, they’re going to do it.

Yes, guns make committing violence easier. Most of my neighbors, who are absolutely lovely people, are gun owners. How long do you think it would take, if you’re getting burgled right now, for the Albuquerque police to respond? Three hours. Adding cops is not going to make a meaningful difference to that figure. Why shouldn’t I be able to protect my own home? Or children? It goes back to personal responsibility. Instead of making the issue about guns, why don’t we address the underlying systemic problems of poverty, mental health and addiction?

On Higher Education & Welfare:

Government-guaranteed loans cause education institutions to raise fees higher than people can afford. Then, because you’re getting a loan, you’re less likely to prudently select a field of study that will result in employment. Now you’re saddled with debt that you can’t afford to pay off and what do you end up doing?Becoming a barista. Being a barista is honorable employment but you don’t need to go to college to become to do it.

We have increasingly become a welfare-minded state and that extends to our colleges. One of my competitors was making a speech at a recent town hall meeting in Albuquerque and they were banging on the table yelling “Free Education! Free Healthcare!” and all I could think was, who is paying for it? It all sounds great, but who is paying for it? A brain unused, a muscle unworked does not expand: it atrophies. You get a free handout and you advance nothing.

New Mexican Libertarians Achieve Major Party Status

By Spencer Kellogg | NEW MEXICO

On Monday night in downtown Albuquerque New Mexico, Libertarians were in celebratory mode as they presented a bold and diverse set of candidates set to challenge local and national races across the state. In Santa Fe earlier that day, state election officials announced that Gary Johnson’s performance in the 2016 Presidential Election had ensured the Libertarian Party of New Mexico receive major party status in the upcoming election cycle. The significance of this announcement lies in the vast reduction of required registrations needed to appear on the ballot and means that running as a Libertarian has never been easier in the State of New Mexico.

Bolstered by the relaxed registration rules and a newfound energy in the post-Gary Johnson era, the list of candidates running in New Mexico include the current State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, who has left the Republican Party due to dissatisfaction with their policies that have hurt the state economically. If Mr. Dunn wins as a libertarian he will become, arguably, the highest office holding libertarian in the entire country. His son, A. Blair Dunn (A. Blair Dunn Runs For New Mexico Attorney General), was the de facto spokesman of the night and his words rang through the conference room to roars of applause. A. Blair Dunn is running for Attorney General and has claimed current AG Hector Balderas to be one of the most corrupt lawmakers in state history. Besides his own campaign, A. Blair Dunn has been instrumental in leading and organizing a group of diverse and impassioned candidates seeking to displace corruption and restore civil liberties throughout the Land of Enchantment.

Former Democratic State Representative Sandra Jeff, running for New Mexico Secretary of State, took questions from intrigued and skeptical libertarians. She showed a video that highlighted the political and judicial scandals of the New Mexican legislature while also suggesting she was railroaded by the Democratic Party for voting against their wishes (New Mexico Corrupt Politics). Jeff’s inclusion at the event and her campaign at large brings political weight and tactical know how to the party infrastructure. Jeff is known throughout the state as a straight shooter willing to vote for what is right and her entry into the party signals a pragmatic model of libertarianism in the vein of former Governor Gary Johnson.

Entrepreneur Lloyd Princeton made perhaps the biggest splash at the event with his charming personality and impassioned advocation for impoverished New Mexicans. Owner of a national recruiting service and recent transplant to New Mexico, Princeton is running for Congress out of the 1st District of New Mexico and he was interviewed by two major outlets regarding his candidacy. A former New Yorker, Princeton displayed all of the qualities we associate with the Big City, and his well-spoken defense of principled and pragmatic libertarianism should quickly assert him as a major player in the national party structure moving forward.

The night felt like a fresh chapter in many ways and the new leadership of the LPNM could be proud of the 50 person strong turnout at the rooftop bar. Newly elected Party Chair Chris Luchini and Vice Chair Helen Milenski were beaming as interested onlookers showed up to meet the candidates. Both Luchini and Milenski live and work in Los Alamos, the county that received the highest Johnson vote total in the entire country and have been integral in leading an upstart revolution of the state party infrastructure. Luchini, a ballistics expert, announced his candidacy for Sheriff of Los Alamos with Milenski, a tough no-nonsense chemist, setting her eyes on a City Council seat.

Other candidates present at the meeting included Grady Owens and Chris Manning. Owens, who works at an observatory nestled deep in the Sacramento Mountains, is running for Republican Steve Pearce’s empty congressional seat in District 2. Mr. Owens made fiery remarks about our impossible path to legal citizenship and the utter ridiculousness of spending billions of dollars of taxpayers money on a border wall with Mexico that will not work. Manning, running for District 3 in the northern part of the state, is a former National Guardsman who spent 6 years deployed in Afghanistan and has the disposition of a man about business. Manning is running on a platform of education reform, expansion of civil liberties and a reduction of government in the lives of its citizens.

The onslaught of new candidates and interest in the Libertarian Party of New Mexico represents a victory of sorts for the former candidacy of Gary Johnson. While some members of the libertarian lexicon bemoaned what they saw as a poor performance by the Johnson campaign in 2016, here on a crisp and warm night in Albuquerque New Mexico, the evidence of Johnson’s success was on display. Because of his vote-getting total in the state, the LPNM has expanded exponentially and with relaxed regulations on ballot access, the sky seems the limit for the libertarians of New Mexico. For more information about the LPNM and their candidates please visit their website: Libertarian Party of New Mexico.