Ron Johnson’s definition of freedom

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Ron Johnson, the Republican who hopes to take Russ Feingold’s U.S. Senate seat, is willing to spend a good portion of his personal fortune on political ads. But he does not appear to be very concerned about the details of actual public policy.

It seems that everything Johnson says is a political slogan.  We heard a good example of this very early in his campaign when he was interviewed on a conservative talk radio show. “The theme of my campaign will be freedom,” he declared.  The right-wing group FreedomWorks calls Johnson a “champion of freedom.”

But Johnson’s definition of “freedom” does not include LGBT people.

On his website, Johnson declares himself “a pretty traditional guy” and goes on to say that he believes “marriage is between one man and one women.” He assures visitors to his site that he will “take these principles with him to Washington and will stand up to those who would attack these cherished traditional values.”

Johnson apparently backs the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that prevents out gays and lesbians from serving in the armed forces. In a March 26 interview on Wisconsin Eye, he observed that “it’s been a policy that has probably worked pretty well.”

In complete and total contrast to Johnson’s exclusionary definition of freedom, Feingold emphatically states that he believes in the civil rights of all people, including those in the LGBT Community. He’s backed up that statement with very strong action.

Feingold supports marriage equality for all and was one of only 14 Senators to vote against the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. He has long opposed the “don’t ask” policy and was a co-sponsor for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

When talking to Wispolitics on June 14, Johnson was again asked for his views on gay rights issues. He responded with a complaint that he usually gets “asked this question by reporters, but nobody brings it up.  It’s not much of an issue here in Wisconsin.”

Perhaps someone should notify Johnson that there are many LGBT families all across Wisconsin who are struggling for their freedoms every day. But for those families the word “freedom” is not just a campaign bumper sticker or a cheap political slogan.  For them it is something very real that they live without every day – and will continue to if this “champion of freedom” has his way.


-1 4 wobi sobi 2011-12-31 17:45
Ron johnson is almost impossible to contact.He voted himself a tax cut as he wanted all along. Now that he seems to not want contact will Wisconsin why doesn`t he just go away.PLEASE
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+1 3 SG 2010-11-17 11:42
And likewise Mr. Rodriguez "Good," is simply a value judgement.Thus we all have much to learn..
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0 2 Hi 2010-08-31 17:19
Ron Johnson is not doing anything GOOD or JUST for LGBT citizens. What is your point? Someone didn't display your version of the definition of freedom? Your reply to the author is itself intellectually lazy and uses language and concepts equivalent to pig latin.
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0 1 Zeus Rodriguez 2010-08-14 09:33
Do you?

The true definition of freedom is the choice and decision to do what is GOOD and JUST, not simply to do what one feels like doing.

If you knew anything about philosophy you would understand that "freedom" based solely on what one wants to do is full of logical fallacies, irrational behavior and in most cases the opposite of being free.

So before you go criticizing Ron Johnson for his definition of freedom maybe you should learn it yourself.

But then again I know that it is much easier to be intellectually lazy and use vague and demagogic language to take a political stab at an adversary.
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