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Gary Johnson Knows That Forgiveness is a Virtue


While the two main opponents in our nation’s upcoming presidential election can’t help but act petty and vengeful, one of the fringe candidates is dishing out forgiveness to his “enemies.”

According to The Associated Press, Libertarian candidate and former Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson said he absolves his ex-public safety secretary Darren White after the two had a very public falling out in 1999. Governor Gary Johnson’s stance on legalizing marijuana was behind the divide, and Darren White resigned from his position because of it. At the time of White’s resignation, he said Governor Johnson was “hurting the morale and credibility of New Mexico officers because of his drug stance.”

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Darren White / NM Political Report

Fast forward to 2016, and White performed a 180° on weed; the former politician is now the Chief Executive Officer and Security Director for a New Mexico marijuana dispensary called Purlife. Gary Johnson not only forgives White for his hypocrisy, but applauds his former colleague’s ability to embrace progress. Johnson told the AP that “everyone makes mistakes, but he is happy that Darren White has come around and endorsed the legalization of recreational marijuana.”

“Admitting mistakes is really (the) key to moving forward. And Darren White admitted he made a mistake,” explained Johnson. “So I forgive him, for what’s [sic] that’s worth.”

After resigning from his public safety post, White served two terms as Sheriff of Bernalillo County, where he continued to be a vocal supporter of the war on drugs until he retired from law enforcement. It wasn’t until White got fed up with the side effects of opioid painkillers that he turned to cannabis.

“Now that I have chronic back pain, I get it,” White conceded. “I’ve always said, admit when you make a mistake and I did.”

Possibly attempting to mend some burned bridges, White endorsed Johnson for the United States Presidency in June, citing the Libertarian’s drug reform stance as one of the deciding factors.

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  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Nice little story, Duke London. Thanks for the effort. Just today (Oct. 11), President Barack Obama reportedly admonished “undecided” voters across the nation that a vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson will be a vote for WreckinBallican Donald Trump. Here’s a few positive ideas as opposed to your plainly divisive ones, Mr. Obama: Support abolishment of the fraudulent Electoral College tallying system; make our direct votes decide all federal/state/local elections from here on out; pass a constitutional amendment banning secret and unlimited campaign contributions as well as the dominance of only 2 political “parties” (neither of which even really knows how to party:). Our presidential election process looks so pathetic when it goes wrong, as it did in 2000 and is doing again in 2016. For example, there is no valid reason to exclude Mr. Johnson and Green Jill Stein from the presidential debates. It’s a blatant sham imposed on us by national media corporations and their local affiliates.

    Otherwise, I salute Purlife CEO Darren White for his atonement in New Mexico. When a formerly rabid anti-“marihuana” drug warrior in law enforcement can turn around and instead feed his family with paychecks from a medical cannabis dispensary, the times are definitely changing. Just not anywhere near fast enough far to the east, here in the land of endless cannabis repression, New York state. Please get over here and help us, Gary Johnson!

  2. Not an idiot leftist on

    “abolishment of the fraudulent Electoral College tallying system”

    That’s by far one of the dumbest comments I’ve ever read. Only an ignorant fool and a socialist with a severe lack of comprehension of a basic elementary education, a complete lack of common sense and a deathwish for freedom would wish for such a thing.

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