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I’m A Veteran. Here’s Why I’m Voting For Gary Johnson
Editor’s note: To respect the voting process, the identities of those who responded to our prompt are being kept anonymous.
While Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump head the Democratic and Republican parties respectively, the Libertarian party has found hope in former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson. American businessman and author-turned politician, Johnson was also the Libertarian Party's nominee for president of the United States in the 2012 election. This year’s election has been epic, and we’ve only just entered the general — and this run made by a third party has sparked a debated about the two-party system that has controlled the country for decades.
Hundreds of Task & Purpose readers responded to the question: “Are you a veteran voting for Gary Johnson?” and here are 10 responses of those responses.
“He is the only logical choice. Trump is a fool and Hillary is a lying traitor. He is for freedom. Is that not what we fought for?”
“Im voting for Gary Johnson because both sides of the aisle have become too polarized. People are so stuck on left or right that they don’t realize that a third party candidate can take good ideas from both sides of the aisle and make for better policies, and that’s what the libertarian party does.”
“I took an oath in 1997 to defend and uphold the constitution, there was no expiration date. Johnson is the only candidate that has been clear on his constitutional view.”
“Hillary is a liar, cheat, and should be in jail. Donald apparently needs counselling, cause he is batshit crazy. The only SANE one in the group is Johnson!”
“He wants the government out of our personal lives. He wants to stop giving money to countries that hate us. Oh and he's neither the criminal Head of the Illuminati nor an attention-craving megalomaniac. So I mean there's that.”
“He's the only trustworthy candidate in the race who is serious about solving actual problems. The left and right are so bitterly partisan, they have no hope of actually compromising and passing reasonable legislation.”
“He has a proven track record as a governor, and he's neither an unhinged lunatic or a public servant with a very long history of questionable, unethical behavior.”
“I plan to vote for Gary again because the other two parties are exactly the damn same-- more war, more surveillance, more spending.”
“I am voting for Johnson because voting for the lesser evil doesn't cut it anymore.”
“Because he's the only candidate who isn't a total scumbag? Because he is going to decrease the amount of Americans in prisons by wielding the power of the executive branch to make marijuana legality a reality? Because he won't follow the dance of military interventionism like our past two administrations, leading to my having fewer dead friends I agree with him on almost all his issues. I believe he is what this country needs moving forward. His track record. Common sense. There is an intellect there that isn't afraid to speak out against the sound bite political culture. A real shot at bringing this country closer than it’s been for decades.”
As the US sends 1,000 more troops to Middle East, the Pentagon is a rudderless ship caught in a storm
The Pentagon is sending nearly 1,000 more troops to the Middle East as part of an escalating crisis with Iran that defense officials are struggling to explain.
While the U.S. government has publicly blamed Iran for recent attacks on merchant vessels in the Gulf of Oman, not a single U.S. official has provided a shred of proof linking Iran to the explosive devices found on the merchant ships.
At an off-camera briefing on Monday, Navy officials acknowledged that nothing in imagery released by the Pentagon shows Iranian Revolutionary Guards planting limpet mines on ships in the Gulf of Oman.
Investigation shows Lt. Col. in charge of Corps' 1st Recon was fired for alleged 'misconduct' but has not been charged
The Marine lieutenant colonel removed from command of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in May was ousted over alleged "misconduct" but has not been charged with a crime, Task & Purpose has learned.
Lt. Col. Francisco Zavala, 42, who was removed from his post by the commanding general of 1st Marine Division on May 7, has since been reassigned to the command element of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, and a decision on whether he will be charged is "still pending," MEF spokeswoman 1st Lt. Virginia Burger told Task & Purpose last week.
"We are not aware of any ongoing or additional investigations of Lt. Col. Zavala at this time," MEF spokesman 2nd Lt. Brian Tuthill told Task & Purpose on Monday. "The command investigation was closed May 14 and the alleged misconduct concerns Articles 128 and 133 of the UCMJ," Tuthill added, mentioning offenses under military law that deal with assault and conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman.
"There is a period of due process afforded the accused and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty," he said.
When asked for an explanation for the delay, MEF officials directed Task & Purpose to contact 1st Marine Division officials, who did not respond before deadline.
The investigation of Zavala, completed on May 3 and released to Task & Purpose in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, showed that he had allegedly acted inappropriately. The report also confirmed some details of his wife's account of alleged domestic violence that Task & Purpose first reported last month.
A Marine Raider convicted in a North Carolina court of misdemeanor assault for punching his girlfriend won't spend any time in jail unless he violates the terms of his probation, a court official told Task & Purpose.
On Monday, Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans received a suspended sentence of 60 days in jail, said Samantha Dooies, an assistant to the New Hanover County District Attorney.
Evans must complete 18 months of unsupervised probation, pay $8,000 in restitution, complete a domestic violence offenders program, and he cannot have any contact with his former girlfriend, Dooies told Task & Purpose. The special operations Marine is also only allowed to have access to firearms though the military while on base or deployed.