The Real Reason Gary Johnson Will Lose the 2012 Presidential Race

I’ll start this post by clearly stating that Gary Johnson’s character as a man is light years beyond 99% of the politicians serving in office today. His positions on “the issues” are in the same boat, in that they are not even in the same class as those who claim to present equally valid alternatives.

With that said, the REAL reason Gary Johnson does not have a snowball’s chance in hell in winning the 2012 presidential race has nothing to do with what the mainstream political and media establishment has told you — it is smack dab in the banner above.

It is one of his official campaign slogans.

That slogan is “live free”, and it is representative of Gary’s deepest philosophical convictions.

And what’s wrong with “live free”?

It lacks it’s other half: or die.

It is the political equivalent of

A = ?


A =

Instead of A=A.

Without it’s other half it refrains from being a black and white political statement.

This is the other half of “live free” expressed in physical reality.

It’s a picture of a man with brass balls and a loaded gun openly strapped to his thigh (video interview of him after this).

When someone says “live free or die“, this is what they are accurately referring to as an ultimate conclusion: that freedom is worth fighting for and defending by any means necessary, including violence.

Saying “live free” is like saying “let’s ‘fight’ the American Revolution, and if it gets violent, we’ll quit”.


“If the odds look tough, we’ll quit.”

The idea and phrase “live free”, is ironically, antithetical to a truly free society.

This is largely the same reason the Libertarian party has never gained any meaningful political traction, and why it never will.

On the flip side, this is a core reason Ron Paul has gained so much traction in recent years. Enough people have heard his message and his message fundamentally includes the entire phrase.

“Live free or die”

“Give me liberty or give me death”

There is very little pragmatism in Ron Paul’s campaign. He does not promote liberty because it is efficient, convenient, popular, or “nice to have”, he promotes liberty first and foremost because it’s right. And for it to be right, it has to be a complete, coherent idea.

Live free or die is. “Live free” is not.

This is the reason Gary will never win a presidential race, and it is the reason he does not have the attention and enthusiasm Ron Paul has gathered.

— Anthony Dream Johnson


About Anthony Dream Johnson

CEO, founder, and architect of The 21 Convention, Anthony Dream Johnson is the leading force behind the world's first and only "panorama event for life on earth". He has been featured on WGN Chicago, and in the NY Times #1 best seller The Four Hour Work Week.    His stated purpose for the work he does is "the actualization of the ideal man", a purpose that has led him to found and host The 21 Convention across 3 continents and for 6 years in a row. Anthony blogs vigorously at and

10 Responses to The Real Reason Gary Johnson Will Lose the 2012 Presidential Race

  1. mikeg February 12, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    your right he wont win, but that for sure has nothing to do with why, can u imagine how he would get lit up media wise for that. I agree, but no way because of his slogan

    • Anthony Dream Johnson February 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

      Ron Paul gets “lit up” by the media all the time for much more “extreme statements”.

      He seems to be doing pretty well.

  2. Matt February 12, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    Hey Anthony,

    Seems to be a weird assumption here that truth = electability, I’ve seen this in some of your Ron Paul things to.

    And yet, this doesn’t seem to mesh with my direct experiences.

    Was just wondering what causes you to hold this belief.

    • Anthony Dream Johnson February 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

      Lying is detrimental to all parties involved in any given interaction on any given scale. It harms both the receiver and the teller. Lying is anti-reality.

      In a free and rational society, the degree to which you tell the truth would largely determine your election results. This is not the society we live in. If it were, Ron Paul would be in first out of the given candidates, and Gary Johnson second, with the rest trailing far behind.

      Because this is not the case Gary had to drop his bid for the republican nomination, because he could not even compete. Ron Paul can compete even with the best liars because his truth is essentially complete and fully coherent.

      Ron Paul = Live free or die
      Gary Johnson = Live free

      Ron Paul’s commitment to reality is the reason he will get the nomination and win the general election.

      • JohnBalzer February 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

        It is always interesting to read predictions about the outcome of the election although I believe the authors guess is premature. Gary Johnson is receiving more and more support on a near hourly basis. Articles are appearing all over the net about disaffected long time GOP and DEMS switching affiliations. When Ron Paul loses the Republican nomination, his supporters will likely go directly to Gary Johnson. As near as I can project, Johnson could garner 15% of the vote. But again, it’s really way too soon to make such predictions. One thing is for sure, Gary Johnson will be a game-changer in this election.

  3. Evan Lord February 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    You’re dreaming an old dream, friend. Live Free — without the dying is the point, Anthony. This revolution has to be different. We will never change institutions founded on fear and deception. We change America by first changing its heart. Those in the law enforcement community have already had a taste of what a united and cyber-armed populace can do. As they see members of their ranks being destroyed globally for anti-constitutional activities, they will think twice before being made the next example. Ditto their chain of command. Ditto the military. A big ditto is coming soon for members of the House and Senate. LIke my forefathers and mothers, I would die for the cause of freedom, but I’m betting I won’t have to. Neither will you. That is why I support Gary Johnson and gave him the slogan LIVE FREE. Like Gary, it’s my mantra and my mission statement. It’s a positive affirmation of what we wish to create. Liberty needs all of US. I’m IN.

  4. mikeg February 14, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    that has nothing to do with anything, thats just how you think/hope/ feel it is or shoudl be, but has no presence in reality, your an idyllc. ROn P has never said anything like live free or die, nor will he, it will send his run into a unrecoveralbe tailspin. You just really want him to and intepret his messages as implying that, but nope.

    “”In a free and rational society, the degree to which you tell the truth would largely determine your election results”” if you think the usa is rational than youve lost it completley, rational countries dont have bible belts among other things laden in the usa

    I hope Ron paul wins, and if he does it will have nothing to do with the american public recognizing “truth power in reality”

  5. LibertarianGirl February 28, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    Whereas “Hope and Change” was that much different? It could be said that when people voted,
    they hoped things didn’t change for the worse. Which they did.

    If anything, LIVE FREE embodies the opposite of what people have felt under Obama, which is “we will shove legislation down your throat even when you jump up and down saying ‘no’ and will probably be found unconstitutional by state courts.”

  6. Bill Duke April 11, 2012 at 2:24 am #

    Bottom line the Republican GOP has shot it’s self in the foot. They could have got behind Ron Paul and won this thing. But no they would rather have another four years of Obama rather than choose Ron. I wonder what the Republican GOP offered Santorum to get out of the race. Santorum said he was in until the convention. Just another lie. I was hoping that he would stay in and keep Robme from getting the 1144, but I don’t think it is possible to keep him from getting those delegates now. So we can not count our selves screwed. The Independents and young college students will never vote for Romney. They will either go with Gary Johnson, sit home or write in Ron Paul and Obama will skate right back into office.

  7. mootsagootsa April 15, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    Actually Gary Johnson will win the election. Click my name to see why.

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