I think I’ve lost count on how many Non-Republicans that former State Senator Stan Adelstein has supported in the past, but apparently, he’s adding another one to the list:
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Senator Stanford Adelstein <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Stanford Adelstein <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2016 3:50 PM
Subject: An opportunity for our small state to make a big difference in the presidential election
After careful thought, I have agreed to be South Dakota chairman of the Johnson/Weld presidential campaign.
In a presidential election year when both major party candidates are so unsuited for the position, many of us are wishing for another option. Fortunately Gary Johnson, former Republican Governor of New Mexico, and his running-mate William Weld, former Republican Governor of Massachusetts are that option.
Yes, we are a state fiercely proud of our Republican identity and values. Sadly, we will have to look outside our party to find a candidate whose values are in-step with our own this presidential election.
More so than in previous years, we will have to look personally at the substance of those we are electing more than the letter next to the name. With Governor Johnson on the South Dakota ballot we can enter the voting booth with excitement to cast our vote for a president with the experience, heart, and judgement that this country needs.
The Johnson/Weld ticket will appear on the ballot in all fifty states for the Libertarian Party. If Governor Johnson can secure enough votes to deny both the Democratic and Republican candidates a majority of electoral votes the House of Representatives could still eliminate still both candidates—and our magnificent Constitution might rescue us once again.
The Johnson campaign considers winning South Dakota to be important and will have staff visiting the state next week. You are among a small group on individuals who I am reaching out to first, because of my respect for your leadership and experience, to ask to help this strong ticket achieve a majority vote in South Dakota.
I believe that South Dakotans of both parties care more about what happens in the future, than partisan politics. Also, we are a small state whose people are rather connected together—we are uniquely positioned to take this opportunity to make a difference in this year’s presidential election.
I will call you in the coming days to discuss what a win for the Johnson/Weld ticket could mean for America and with the hope that you will agree to join the campaign.
So, when you do get that call, at least you can let it die on voicemail, and not wonder what it was about.
In case you were wondering about Johnson’s positions….
Johnson supports “a woman’s right to choose up until the point of viability” and wants to keep abortion legal. He has been very vocal in his beliefs. He supports legislation banning late-term abortions and mandating parental notification for minors seeking an abortion. Johnson believes Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and should be overturned because it “expanded the reach of the Federal government into areas of society never envisioned in the Constitution.” He believes that laws regarding abortion should “be decided by the individual states.”
Johnson asserts that much of the violent crime in the United States stems from the failure of the federal drug policy of the United States, just as occurred with the Prohibition of alcohol in the United States between 1920 and 1933. He says, “Since only criminal gangs and cartels are willing to take the risks associated with large-scale black market distribution, the War on Drugs has made a lot of dangerous people and organizations very rich and very powerful.” He says that, like alcohol prohibition, prohibition of drugs creates “overdose deaths, gang violence, and other prohibition-related harm.” He points to his views on ending the War on Drugs as a remedy for most violent crime in America.
Johnson believes that crimes “committed online,” including “fraud and child pornography,” “should be investigated and treated identically as crimes not committed online.”
Johnson opposes the death penalty completely. Initially, as Governor of New Mexico, he had sought to expand capital sentences to minors, while limiting appeals; he now calls that position “naïve.” He believes government inevitably “makes mistakes with regard to the death penalty,” and does not “want to put one innocent person to death to punish 99 who are guilty.”
Johnson is in favor of lowering the legal drinking age to 18, or eliminating the drinking age outright.