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January 24, 2010

Ron Paulies Rejoice: Gary Johnson Is Coming To Town

by lewwaters

Okay all of you starry eyed Ron Paul worshippers that haven’t heard yet, you have cause for rejoicing as you will soon have the opportunity to see and hear Gary Johnson, popular and well-like former governor of New Mexico and who many Libertarians feel is the “next Ron Paul.”

Johnson is slated to appear at Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 East 18th Street in Vancouver on the evening of February 5, 2010 at 6 PM for a “Training Seminar.”

If you arrive early, you may be able to participate in a “dignitary type reception” of sorts that “costs a bit more than the entry ‘suggested donation,’” as was stated to me by a self described luminary with Campaign for Liberty.

Johnson is billed as “a successful two-term governor who actually cut taxes and shrank state government” by “eliminating New Mexico’s budget deficit and reduced the number of state employees by more than 1,200” during the time he served as New Mexico’s governor, 1995 to 2003, stepping aside due to term limits.

He advocates the legalization of Marijuana and decriminalization of drugs, referring to the War on Drugs as “an expensive bust.” He does not advocate recreational drug use and strongly supports a “don’t do drugs policy,” he being a strong advocate of physical fitness, having climbed Mt. Everest in 2003 at the age of 50 and is also an “avid triathlete who runs extensively and abstains from all recreational drug use, caffeine, alcohol, and some sugar products.”

Johnson early on opposed the invasion of Iraq and now says “the mission in Afghanistan has crept away from finding Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda,” adding, “I don’t believe that our national security interests are being threatened in either location.”

In a very recent interview he said of National Security, “I believe we should pull out of [Iraq and Afghanistan] and return our focus to fighting terrorism. The focus needs to be protecting America.”

Like Paul, he advocates a “noninterventionist national security policy.”

As a Politico profile puts it, “and he shares some of [Ron Paul’s] libertarian alarmist views, but without the penchant for gold standard wonkiness.”

Johnson resisted efforts by Libertarians to draft him for a presidential run in 1999 citing his “political life will end when his second term expires in 2002.”

Johnson has now set up a website, Our America where you may purchase a signed copy of his book, “Seven Principles of Good Government” for $100.00 and another, Gary Johnson for America.

Johnson initiated a separation from his wife of 28 years, Dee in 2005, who died of “hypertensive cardiovascular disease” at the age of 54 the next year, according to an article appearing in the Santa Fe New Mexican, Feb 11, 2007.

The couple had 2 grown children, a son and a daughter.

Although some I have corresponded with see Johnson as the third coming, Ron Paul being the second, it remains to be seen if he can articulate pretty much the same message as Paul did in the 2008 election any better.

If, as Politico says, he doesn’t have the “penchant for gold standard wonkiness” that Ron Paul is noted for, he should fair much better in 2012.

January 24, 2010

Anne McErney-Ogle Should Be Appointed To Vancouver’s Open Council Seat

by lewwaters

I often receive emails from citizens active in Vancouver or Clark County matters. It isn’t always that I agree with them, but I always appreciate seeing what others think about the goings on in our community.

One such person I often receive email from is retired Navy Commander Larry Patella who many elected officials look upon as a “thorn in their side.” While they may scoff at Larry, politicians need those “thorns in their sides” if we are to remain a free nation of “We The People.”

As we all know, Mayor Royce Pollard was defeated by challenger Tim Leavitt this past November and his being worn in to office has left an opening on the city council for Vancouver. Current council members have won their elections for their seat, either this past year or in years past.

To fill the seat now a replacement for Leavitt must be selected, but it will be by council members, not an election. This is by design and the process our nation and community has set-up.

The danger in this process is council members who may ignore the voices of the people and choose a replacement based upon an agenda or someone who they fell will just rubber stamp proposals of the mayor or the council.

It is in regards to this selection process that Mr. Patella was addressing those on his email list this morning as he sent out the following,

“Finalist for Vancouver City Council;

In reading the article in today’s copy of the Daily Fish Wrapper, I must take issue will some of the criteria for who will be selected.

Having been advised that some applicants were not nominated to fill the seat vacated by the current mayor because there was fear among current council members that they would not be team players or that they had the audacity to challenge some council members’ positions and decisions I am concerned that whomever gets elected will be just another Bobblehead.

Didn’t we just throw out of office a dictatorial administration that not only ignored the voice of the People but in almost every instance passed every piece of legislation brought before it by a 6 to 1 or 5 to 2 vote. Comments such as “it’s going to be spirited dialogue about who the six of us believe will be the best fit”

Ladies and gentlemen of the council, need council members who will Listen to the people, ask probing question, and above all vote on the merits of what is placed before them, not just another vote in someone’s pocket. It is not the best fit that “We The People” are seeking, it is someone who will represent “We The People”.

In my most humble opinion, Anne McEnery-Olge is the people’s choice.
She has the Experience, the Backbone and the Will to represent us.

L. M. Patella
CDR USN (ret)

P.S. Let The Council Know your choice and let me know. I will tabulate the people’s vote and compare it to what the council vote and let you know if they are listening to us..”

Finalists are, if you don’t already know, Anne McErney-Ogle – Active in Neighbor Association, Member of Planning Commission, served on City Budget Review Committee, Ran for council in 2009 and came in second.

Eric Olmsted – Challenged Jeanne Stewart in 2005 and was defeated

Lee Rafferty – Community Volunteer

Bart Hanson – Works For PUD, ran for council in 2009 and came in third.

Larry’s email, if you wish to contact him with your preference is lmpatella@comcast.net

My choice would be Anne McErney-Ogle to take the seat, as she is very community oriented, she does get out amongst the people and she does have the needed experience to represent citizens of Vancouver, Washington.

This is also why Clark County Conservative strongly supported Lisa Walters in the Battle Ground Council Race against all too obvious Democratic Party choice and supported Michael Dalesandro in last years race.

Lisa, much like Anne McErney-Ogle, when necessary would ask probing questions, oppose a lock-step attitude and actually represent the people.

Anne ran against deeply entrenched incumbent council member, Jeanne Harris, who has been on the council since 1997.

I’m not at all convinced that Vancouver citizens’ voices have been heeded in the past and a burgeoning budget deficit reflects that. All too often, council votes on matters supported by special interests and opposed by citizens, such as light rail and a new I-5 bridge replacement.

Millions of dollars of our tax money has been spent “studying” projects that have been voted down by the people in the past and that the current council will not bring back before the people.

Clark County Conservative proudly supports Anne McErney-Ogle to be selected for appointment to the Vancouver City Council. I feel she would be a much-needed dissenting voice from time to time.

Throughout the history of our nation, opposing views on matters came together for compromises that benefited “We The People” most and not extremes or special interests.

It was dissension that often found common ground and built the nation to greatness, not far left, far right or special interests that sought only obscene profit.