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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Liberty Pen: John Stossel- Threats to Liberty

This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat: Liberty Pen: John Stossel- Threats to Liberty

Other than Martin O'Malley for the Democrats and Gary Johnson for the Libertarians, I don't see anyone who truly represents my liberal democratic values. Hillary Clinton, is probably too hawkish for me when it comes to foreign policy. And to weak when it comes to protecting our civil liberties. Neoconservatives, should actually love her in those areas. Bernie Sanders, Far-Left Democratic Socialist, who can guarantee every one in America one thing. Higher taxes on everyone who at the very least is currently paying Federal income taxes. He would argue that we would get that money back in better government services. He'll be swimming up stream with one arm trying to make that argument though.

You go other to the Republican Party and their best most qualified candidate Governor John Kasich, would probably actually make a pretty good Republican president. The Republican Party that is supposed to be the party of conservatism, only has too fiscal conservatives running for president right now. Governor Kasish and Senator Rand Paul and they're both around 5-10% in the national GOP polls right now. Donald Trump, a one-man reality show who is currently doing his impression of Joe McCarthy right now. Almost impossible to imagine how anyone like that could become President of the United States today. Senator Marco Rubio, nothing fiscally conservative about his neoconservative police the world foreign policy. But it would be a big boom to the military industry.

The rest of the Republican field, you have a bunch of candidates who claim they'll reduce government spending, but don't know how they'll do that. And the Ben Carson's and Senator Ted Cruz, could promise middle class taxpayers a tax increase with their flat tax plans. And go to Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum and you have two Republicans who might get big government out of our wallets, but then put it in our bedrooms and personal lives instead. Jeb Bush, still doesn't know why he wants to be president and you might be able to argue that he doesn't and feels some family obligation to do it. Similar to Ted Kennedy in 1979-80. So other than Kasich and Paul, I don't see anyone in the GOP who would perhaps even try to protect both our economic and personal freedom.

I want a presidential candidate a real liberal, who'll protect both our economic and personal freedom. Who won't put national security over civil liberties, but will instead weigh them equally. Who won't put their cultural and religious values over freedom of choice and personal freedom. Who'll will allow free adults to be exactly that as long as we aren't infringing on someone else's freedom. And holds us responsible for the choices that we make. Who won't try to contract economic freedom, but instead try expand it for people and communities who currently don't have it. Through economic development, infrastructure investment, job training, education, small business loans. Things that government can actually do to expand economic freedom. And right now other than Governor O'Mallley and Governor Johnson, I don't see that presidential candidate.