The Irony of Religious Values in Politics

One of politics biggest ironies to me is when people try to line up their vote with their religious beliefs, and then get self-righteous about it.

“I voted for Obama because he will help the poor.”

Alternatively…

“I voted for Romney because he will keep America’s traditional values and a God-Fearing man.”

Really people? I’m about to reduce your soapbox to kindling. Let’s look at a few relevant scriptures in the Ten Commandments first.

“You shall not murder.” Exodus 20:13

If you were bombed at a wedding, would that be murder? What if, you were minding your own business and someone kicks open the door, you run and get shot down. Oh, it was a drug task force, raiding the wrong house. Murder? Let us go on…

“You shall not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14

How many politicians have been caught doing this? Clinton, Gingrich and the one Governor with the Brazilian mistress spring immediately to mind. Not exactly people you can trust, let alone with a tool as powerful as the government.

“You shall not steal.” Exodus 20:15

Taxes? Civil Asset Forfeiture? Eminent Domain? Answer this honestly, how big of a check are you willing to write to the government? Should I have to write one too? What if I don’t want too? Then what? It is my money, I gave up time and effort to earn it, so who has a right to it?

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Exodus 20:16

What are politicians caught in all the time? Lies! Yet, people elect a person who has proven they cannot be trusted and get all self-righteous that they voted for them and when caught in a lie they cannot escape from, they quickly make excuses for them. Way to live by your principles people.

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” Exodus 20: 17

What is Obama practically famous for? His ‘spread the wealth’ line in that interview. If you think along those lines then you are coveting.

Let’s look at the Golden Rule.

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12

Good Principle? I think so, lines up well with the Non-Aggression Principle; however, when you force your morality on others but recoil when they do the same, then you both have broken the Golden Rule.

Now some may quote the Sermon on the Mount’s Beatitudes to me, however that is Jesus advocating charity from the goodness of your heart and property. That can be admirable, however saying ‘those poor souls, you go help them or else’ isn’t by any stretch. One is charity, the other is welfare.

Think about all this before you consider yourself a good Christian by voting for your particular political flavor to act as your proxy. For them to do what you ask they are committing sin so do not be so proud of yourself, after all you’re an accomplice to everything you proclaim to be against.

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Is A Voter Accountable for the Ballots They Cast?

One of my favorite podcasts/radio shows is Free Talk Live and one of the hosts Ian is fond of saying, “not my government” which to a point is correct. However recently I have been thinking voters should be held accountable for the actions of those they voted for, especially if it is an incumbent politician! They have a track record you can look at, instead of the big game they talk. Technically, they do “work” for you in theory.

What if you had not voted though?

I would ask why? Was it apathy, or none of the several (there are more than two) running just didn’t line up with your principles? I can respect the second. If you are not involved in politics and making sure the government does not overreach then we will have few option since diplomacy failed. Fight or retreat. With the state of the electorate, I would leave and let the country fall, they deserve everything that comes to them.

People complain about things that affect them (understandably) but are so damn short sighted they do not realize and/or care about the ill effects on others. Yes, you may be having a hard time making ends meet and sign up for government assistance; but do you realize that your neighbors on the block just got saddled with the burden of your life as well as their own. Selfish if you ask me. Yet your vote in November made it possible by keeping the status quo.

On the other hand, as another example, you see unrest overseas and say someone should do something about it, so you vote for the neoconservative politician that will send troops overseas. The admirable thing would be if you went, not by sending proxies. That vote you just cast does more than waste money on things that does not matter to our well-being as a whole, you just ripped men and women from families to handle someone else’s business instead of their own. Because you are such a busybody, some will not make it home on his or her own. You were an accessory in their death, and a family loses a father/husband/son or mother/wife/daughter because you chose someone with a track record of sending troops overseas.

A voter’s hands are not clean. Those hands hit a button far more powerful than the trigger of a fully automatic weapon. It keeps a government that steals (taxes), enslaves (prison), murders (current wars/death penalty/civilians killed in battle or police raids), invades your privacy and subjugates everyone (victimless crimes). The common criminal only wishes they had it so good and Al Capone would be jealous he hadn’t thought of it.

Voting has consequences and you are fully accountable for those votes.

All Life Is Precious, Not Just Americans Lives

Is the blood of an American innocent worth more than the blood of a Pakistani innocent? Or any other innocent?

People are sympathetic for the parents at Sandy Hook, which is a good thing, but do they realize how many innocent kids and adults have died overseas? Obama’s strategy of drone strikes has killed multiple innocents. The Guardian has an article here on it.

In America when this happens someone’s going to face the consequences. Why different there?

A favored technique is the Double Strike, bomb a place, wait till someone comes to help, bomb it again. How do you know they were guilty? Wouldn’t you see if there were and survivors if it happened here?

Or the bombing of funerals? Who cares, guilty by association, sucks to be you. Would you stand for that here?

We cry over the massacre of kids here, but not the slaughter of kids overseas by a kid in a room at a video game controller in New Mexico, ordered by our Nobel Peace Prize winning President. Twisted priorities.

Humanity knows no borders.

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Time For A Change In Tactics In The War of Ideas

I learned a lesson last Tuesday. On a national scale, pushing back big government and statism is like a minnow swimming up a open dam gate. You’ll be washed downstream.

So what to do? I’m disheartened that Obama won reelection. Even though Romney is a statist I figured America was smarter than giving the incumbent another term.

I was wrong. Gary Johnson, a candidate who supports right and left views but leaves it for the individual to decide, not the government set a record of between 1% and 2%. 

Depressing and demanding of a change in tactics. Ground up. So I’m changing focus, instead of trying to stick a needle in the government leviathan, I’ll stay closer to home. Locally, no bigger than state level. It effects me quicker, and I can make a difference. Where my needle prick is felt.

Like a small fire, I’ll try to spread Libertarianism in Arkansas. Now if people across the 50 states do the same with activism, electing Libertarian candidates, and make a difference; then it’ll grow. And the two party power struggle will take notice and pander. Just know, it’ll be talk only. Just push them out of the way by winning over voters by actually standing by and articulating principles. The  closest thing to a Libertarian state is New Hampshire due to the Free State Project. Though strategically picked, its an example to follow.

Then, with a majority of ‘free’ states, we can make a national difference. So, you gonna bitch, or do something about it?

Gary Johnson Weekly News Update 10-26 to 10-31

Probably the last Gary Johnson Weekly News Update with elections so close. November 1-5 is a final push with another Nationwide Sign Waving. Last Friday I participated in. We were interviewed by the local paper the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette here I even got two paragraphs in the paper…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The  Facebook Event page for the next sign waving is here

Onto the news!

Gary Johnson’s closing pitch: ‘Waste your vote on me’

October 23, 2012

Washington Post

By Felicia Sonmez

Gary Johnson, who has caused some agita among Republicans who fear he may cost GOP nominee Mitt Romney some votes on Nov. 6, addressed head on the question of whether he might act as a “spoiler.”

“Wasting your vote is voting for somebody that you don’t believe in,” an impassioned Johnson said. “That’s wasting your vote. I’m asking everybody here, I’m asking everybody watching this nationwide to waste your vote on me.”

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Gary Johnson for president

October 24, 2012

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Editorial Board

For more than 80 years, the Free Press editorial page has been a voice for free market economic philosophies, personal responsibility and limited, responsible government. Endorsing the presidential candidate who most thoroughly represents those values has been an important function of the Free Press editorial page for nearly as long.

For most of those election cycles, we have endorsed Republican candidates for president. The GOP candidate, even when flawed, generally provided the best platform for ensuring that the United States remained on a path of limited, constitutional government and free market economic policies.

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Gary Johnson: Obama, Romney are ‘Tweedledum’ and ‘Tweedledee’

U.S. News & World Report

October 24, 2012

By Kenneth T. Walsh

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson called the major-party nominees “tweedledum” and “tweedledee” during a third-party debate in Chicago Tuesday night and he urged Americans to “waste your vote on me.”

Johnson is causing angst among some Republicans who consider him a potential spoiler.

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Frightened Republicans Try to Close Down Election Competitors, Such as Gary Johnson

The Huffington Post

October 24, 2012

By Doug Bandow

The Republican Party claims to believe in freedom. But not really. Certainly not if that means being able to vote for someone who truly believes in liberty.

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, a Republican who cut spending while advocating legalization of marijuana, originally ran for the GOP presidential nomination. But most of the debate organizers refused to let him join the largely undistinguished candidate herd which included another unknown former governor (Jon Huntsman) and a businessman with no political experience (Herman Cain).

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Alternative Presidential Candidates Face Off in Third Party Debate in Chicago

PBS

October 24, 2012

Reported by Kwame Holman

Four alternative candidates to Mitt Romney and President Obama — Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Virgil Goode and Rocky Anderson — met in Chicago for a third party debate to discuss everything from halting the war on drugs to reducing military spending to curbing the influence of money in politics. Kwame Holman reports.

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Gary Johnson For President

FitsNews.com

October 25, 2012

This website is proud to lend its support to the only 2012 presidential candidate with a proven track record of fighting for the fiscal values and individual liberties that we hold dear: Gary Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico (and the Libertarian Party nominee for president).

Johnson is a tireless supporter of free market reforms like universal parental choice and an outspoken critic of failed government interventions (like America’s ‘War on Drugs‘).  He’s also a fiscal conservative rock star who makes the Chris Christies and Mark Sanfords of the world look positively timid by comparison.

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Gary Johnson Launches First TV Ad Touting His Dovish Foreign Policy

Reason.com

October 25, 2012

By Garrett Quinn

With less than two weeks remaining until the presidential election, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson is airing an ad in select markets touting his dovish approach to relations with Iran. In the ad Johnson speaks over a computer simulation of a drone strike before speaking directly to the camera, imploring viewers to “Be Libertarian with me for one election.”

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 RT to Host Final US Presidential Third-Party Debate

RT.com

October 27, 2012

Libertarian Party candidate Gov. Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein will sound off once more before Election Day, with both presidential hopefuls now slated to debate live from RT’s Washington, DC studio on November 5.

Tens of thousands around the globe watched earlier this week when broadcasting legend Larry King moderated a debate between the top third-party candidates live from Chicago. As those politicians continue to be shunned by the mainstream media and political establishment alike, though, they remain excluded from presenting their platform to the country on the eve of a historic election. RT aims to make a difference, however, and will host Johnson and Stein to speak their minds on the topics Americans really care about in 2012.

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Johnson Weighs in on Spoiler Factor

CNN

October 26, 2012

Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson talks about his potential impact on the tight presidential race.

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A Vote for Gary Johnson Definitely Not a Waste

Albuquerque Journal

October 29, 2012

By Tom Mahon

Instead, as seems to be the case with most Romney supporters, the only case they can make for “their guy” is that “the other guy” (Obama) is so bad that supporters of limited government should abandon their principles and support Romney. I strongly disagree. In fact, throughout this campaign, I have seen far more examples of agreement between Romney and Obama.

It is only Johnson who will, if elected, bring the ideas of limited government to Washington.

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Johnson’s Pro-Pot Spiel Wins Over Boulder Crowd

The Durango Herald

October 29, 2012

By Joe Hanel

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson riled up young supporters Monday night with a message of legalized marijuana, an end to U.S. involvement in wars and massive cuts to the federal government.

A crowd of 600 spilled out of a lecture hall at the University of Colorado in Boulder to hear Johnson’s message, the same day that his running mate held a rally in Durango.

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Gary Johnson Weekly News Update 10-19 to 10-25

YAL UCSD w/ Gary Johnson

YAL UCSD w/ Gary Johnson (Photo credit: YalSandiego)

Well the Debate Commission has successfully kept the anyone that bucks the status quo out, even with Twitter Bombs, sponsors leaving and waves of email. So the next option is to replace them. Their is a group called Free and Equal Foundation who is unafraid of differences opinions.

 

Gary Johnson Shut Out of Second Presidential Debate, But Polls Show He May Swing Election 2012

October 16, 2012 PolicyMic By Jake Horowitz

Johnson only has small support nationwide in the presidential polls, but he enjoys a dedicated following of young people and former Ron Paul supporters, enough to actually make a difference in election 2012. He is on the ballot in almost every state (not Michigan or Oklahoma), so he has the potential to have a major impact on either Obama or Romney’s chances.

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Larry King To Moderate Third-Party Presidential Debate

October 17, 2012 LA Times By Meredith Blake

Larry King will moderate a debate among the third-party presidential candidates on Oct. 23, the Free and Equal Elections Foundation announced on Tuesday.

The debate, which will be held in Chicago, will feature Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Rocky Anderson  of the newly formed Justice Party.

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NPR’s Planet Money Endorses Gary Johnson for President

October 19, 2012 Reason.com By Ronald Bailey

Not exactly, but more closely than one might expect. The producers of Planet Money are running a terrific series in which they asked a panel of economists whose views span the political spectrum what policies they think the perfect presidential candidate should adopt. It turns out that a lot of them echo the policy proposals of Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson.

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Gary Johnson Urges Voters To Support Candidate ‘We believe in’

October 19, 2012 Laramie Boomerang By Joshua Roberts

The campaign for Gary Johnson, a Libertarian presidential candidate, touts his agenda for the U.S. as putting a stop to frivolous spending, ending wars and rebuilding America.

The former two-term New Mexico governor stood before a crowd Thursday night at the University of Wyoming wearing a T-shirt with a peace symbol on the front and surrounded by signs describing him as “the people’s president.”

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Gary Johnson’s Third-Party Presidential Bid: A Real Factor or Just A Footnote?

October 19, 2012 The Washington Post By Sean Sullivan

Gary Johnson, the Republican-turned-Libertarian Party presidential candidate, won’t come close to matching the vote totals of President Obama and Mitt Romney next month. Nonetheless, he’s a variable in a handful of battleground states that could determine the outcome of the election.

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Gary Johnson Wants To “shout from the rooftops” That Colorado Can Change the World

October 22, 2012 Denver Westword By Sam Levin

Election day is rapidly approaching and it couldn’t be clearer in Colorado where residents are bombarded with nonstop ads and weekly traffic jams due to Obama and Romney rallies. But those two aren’t the only presidential candidates showing the state some love.

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian pick, stopped here Friday — and shared with us his predictions for November 6 and his hopes for the state’s marijuana amendment.

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Frightened Republicans Try To Shut Down Election Competitors

October 22, 2012 Forbes By Doug Bandow

The Republican Party claims to believe in freedom.  But not really.  Certainly not if that means being able to vote for someone who truly believes in liberty.

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, a Republican who cut spending while advocating legalization of marijuana, originally ran for the GOP presidential nomination. But most of the debate organizers refused to let him join the largely undistinguished candidate herd which included another unknown former governor (Jon Huntsman) and a businessman with no political experience (Herman Cain).

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Larry King Hosts Third-Party Faceoff

October 22, 2012 Politico By Mackenzie Weinger

Larry King says Gary Johnson should have been on stage with Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama — but the libertarian presidential nominee’s only chance to debate comes during the third party showdown that King will moderate on Tuesday.

The talk show host, who is moderating the Free & Equal Elections Foundation’s independent candidate debate, said he thinks any candidate who is on the ballot in at least 40 states should be invited to all the major sanctioned debates.

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Gary Johnson Weekly News Update 10-13 to 10-18

Misbehaved Woman with Gary Johnson. Recognize the book?

Another week of Gary Johnson in the news. And he’s getting to people…

Spoiler Alert! G.O.P. Fighting Libertarian’s Spot on the Ballot

October 14, 2012 The New York Times By Jim Rutenberg

When he was running for the Republican presidential nomination last year, Gary Johnson, the former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico, drew ridicule from mainstream party members as he advocated legalized marijuana and a 43 percent cut in military spending.

Now campaigning as the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee, Mr. Johnson is still only a blip in the polls. But he is on the ballot in every state except Michigan and Oklahoma, enjoys the support of a few small “super PACs” and is trying to tap into the same grass-roots enthusiasm that helped build Representative Ron Paul a big following. And with polls showing the race between President Obama and Mitt Romney to be tight, Mr. Johnson’s once-fellow Republicans are no longer laughing.

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Libertarian Nominee Gary Johnson Makes A Hometown Visit

October 9, 2012 KOB 4 By Stuart Dyson

Gary Johnson brought his long-shot Libertarian campaign for president to New Mexico Tuesday, with a rally at the University of New Mexico Tuesday evening and a fundraiser high in the Sandia Mountains foothills earlier in the day.

It was barbecue and bucks at the County Line restaurant on Tramway, a fundraising luncheon for the former two term New Mexico governor.

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Read Misbehaved Woman’s account of the Hometown visit here

Let Gary Johnson Debate

October 11, 2012 Fox News By Judge Andrew Napolitano

President Obama has been a failure. On his watch, the American economy has significantly deteriorated largely because he has stifled free market forces by over-regulating them and because he has laden taxpayers with debt.

Those two factors alone — the federal government increasing the cost of doing business by telling businesses from physicians to major industries how to do their work, and the federal government spending trillions it doesn’t have and pushing the debts onto future generations — are enough to sink any economy.

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Anti-Johnson Crowd is Full of Cowards

October 11, 2012 United Liberty By Jeremy Kolassa

Not a day goes by when I get a message from a conservative telling me that I must vote for Mitt Romney, not just because a vote for Gary Johnson (or anyone other than Romney or Obama) would be a wasted vote, but that we must vote for the one guy who has a shot of defeating Obama to save our country. That we absolutely cannot vote for anyone other than Romney, because if Obama gets another four years this country will no longer exist. There’s a reason for this.

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Gary Johnson, Libertarian Presidential Candidate, Wants To Outperform Mitt Romney In D.C.

October 11, 2012 The Huffington Post By Arin Greenwood

Johnson is scheduled to meet Thursday night with with prospective voters at Dupont Circle’s new game-themed bar Board Room, explaining how he can — and why he should — beat Mitt Romney in the  nation’s capital.

In advance of Thursday’s visit, Johnson’s campaign spokesman Joe Hunter clarified the candidate’s local D.C. record. The Democrats and GOP may have disappointing positions on D.C. statehood, but Johnson is in favor of “full voting representation in Congress,” he says. “Obviously, statehood would provide that representation.” Hunter says that Johnson is also in favor of D.C. budget autonomy.

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The More the Merrier?

October 12, 2012 The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd

Today’s Deep Dive featured a look at third party candidates and their role in battleground states. Gary Johnson, Libertarian presidential candidate, offers his unique perspective as a third party candidate on the ballot in 48 out of 50 states.

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Gary Johnson Eyes a Second-Place Finish in D.C.

October 12, 2012 The Washington Post By Mike DeBonis

While Barack Obama and Mitt Romney scurry across swing states, appearing at packed rallies and high-stakes debates, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson stood in a Dupont Circle bar specializing in board games Thursday evening, vying for the unswingiest of America’s electoral votes among a cozy group of small-government true believers.

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Gary Johnson: Mitt is “without one molecule of brain”

October 13, 2012 Salon By Alex Seitz-Wald

Gary Johnson served eight years as the Republican governor of New Mexico, where he endeared himself to libertarians by vetoing hundreds of bills that conflicted with his small-government worldview. An avid extreme sports enthusiast, he’s climbed Mount Everest and run Ironman triathlons since leaving office in 2003, while also becoming one of the country’s most outspoken voices against the drug war.

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Gary Johnson Makes the GOP Nervous

October 15, 2012 The Maddow Blog By Steve Benen

Unlike Virgil Goode’s candidacy in Virginia, which will appeal almost exclusively to the far right, Johnson has the capacity to appeal to likely-Democratic voters — he wants to legalize marijuana, supports marriage equality, and takes a Ron Paul-like approach to foreign wars.

Still, Johnson seems to be rattling Republicans’ nerves a lot more than Democrats’. The Libertarian doesn’t have much money, and will almost certainly fail to reach more than a few points in any state, but in an exceedingly close contest, his tallies will be worth keeping an eye on.

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The Passion Play and Cold Reality of Gary Johnson

October 15, 2012 Esquire By Charles P. Pierce

There’s a lot of talk today regarding the front-page story in the New York Times about Republican efforts to keep libertarian candidate Gary Johnson off the ballot in various states in which his candidacy might make a difference, some of which are borderline thuggish, and all of which bespeak a fundamental insecurity on the part of the GOP.

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GOP Suddenly Not Laughing About Gary Johnson

October 15, 2012 Comedy Central’s Indecision by Dennis DiClaudio

By all accounts — or at least all the accounts that are actually worth listening to — this election looks like it might be heading for a photo finish. Hopefully, it’ll be a Polaroid photo and not something we’ll have to send that photo off to Congress of the Supreme Court for developing.

With that in mind, there is very little room for mistakes from here on out. From either candidate. Romney got to make all his his mistakes over the course of the last 15 months, and Obama hurried up and crammed them all into one abysmal debate. So, that’s it. No more. One candidate stubs his toe on camera, and it’s all over.

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