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Vote for the GOP Libertarian   1 comment

Rand Paul is a curious guy. He has espoused some very libertarian ideas, but he has also compromised those ideals to get along in the Republican Party, which in the minds of many libertarians, disqualifies him for their vote. I like his dad’s philosophies, but didn’t vote for him for President.

So I’m a libertarian (small l intended). Does Rand match up with my principles?

He would fund community health centers instead of Planned Parenthood (not a very libertarian concept, but better than PP). He is right that we have coarsened our culture with 50 million murdered unborn babies.

He wants to audit the Fed and provide actual oversight of it. Gotta love that idea! The government should audit the national bank on a regular basis and the Fed has never been audited in its almost 100-year existence. More, he wants to audit all of the federal agencies, another thing that has never been done in whole.

“America needs Adam Smith, not Robin Hood.” He would reduce spending on both domestic and military programs. He filibustered raising the debt limit and wants to roll back federal spending to 2008 levels. That’s a start and a refreshing change from the idea of just slowing future spending growth down.

His stand on civil rights is refreshing. He doesn’t believe the government should be involved in your rights. Stay out of marriage … women are no longer downtrodden — let states decide … make government truly color-blind. Yes! Finally, someone who actually believes in getting rid of special interest groups.

He views corporations as welfare cheats and wants both the individual and the corporate cheats removed from the system. He was insulted by Obama’s “You didn’t build that” speech.

He is a vociferous advocate of equal rights under the law — seal non-violence criminal records from employers, defend trial by jury, get rid of laws that cannot show criminal intent, stop locking up so many people. YES!

He would apply the 10th amendment to many issues, including education. Devolve to the states, reduce the power of the Federal government. Return to a more federalist governmental system, more in keeping with the Constitution.

He is a strong civil rights advocate and a defender of the Constitution.

He is almost as much of a dove as Bernie Sanders. He believes in a strong defense at home, but thinks other countries don’t really need our help.

He is very free market and does not feel that environmental regulations do what they claim they do.

He wants to see a return to the checks-and-balances of the Constitution. He opposes Presidential executive orders. He doesn’t think the government needs to regulate us on everything. “Liberty thrives when government is small.” He wants to end the career politician profession with term limits, which would infuse Congress with new ideas and make it much more difficult to continue a Beltway elite. He supports early voting, but also believes voters ought to show ID. He encourages conservatives to criticize the GOP when they grow government. He wants to link every new congressional bill with the Constitution and those that cannot justify their existence from the Constitution would be automatically eliminated.

He’s strong on gun rights, but he recognizes something that the other candidates don’t appear to — the 2nd amendment is only as good as the 4th amendment. If your privacy isn’t protected, confiscation of guns is an extremely simple matter. He would end the surveillance of American citizens.

He opposes the ACA and, as a doctor (you knew that, right?), he actually knows what he’s talking about. This is not a political issue for him as it is for, say, Hillary. He actually recognizes the impacts. He sees the ACA as a wrong-headed response to a health care system that was already messed up because of over-regulation. It limits our medical care and medical insurance choices. I agree with him that the Supreme Court has signed off on unconstitutional laws before (Dred Scott, Plessy v Ferguson, Social Security) and it signed off on the ACA despite its clear violation of the Constitution.

Some people view him as weak on Homeland Security, but I think he’s just thought it through. Iran is no different than the Soviet Union during the Cold War, so why do we act like they’re the Big Bad and we need to threaten their sovereignty every few months? He believes in talking with them rather than bombing them. On the other hand, he opposed Obama’s treaty with them because of the lack of transparency. He sees what a lot of people suspect — the US has been funding allies of ISIS. National defense should be unemcumbered by nation building. We have over-militarized our foreign policy and that is harming us both abroad and at home. The US military should be second to none, which is why he wants to audit the Pentagon. National defense is important, but that doesn’t mean the military should get a blank check. His view on corporation extends to military contractors. He filibustered against drone strikes on Americans accused of terrorism.

So then we come to immigration. I didn’t vote for his father because Ron is a pretty open borders kind of guy and I find that incapable with the idea of private property. If I have a right to control access to my property for my personal benefit, to my mind, the community also has a right to control its borders for the benefit of the people who have contributed to that society.

Rand is much more of a realist on the immigration issue. He wants a Supreme Court case on birthright citizenship — there has never been one. He would secure the border with Mexico and do away with sanctuary cities. He wants legal status for illegal immigrants after we secure the border. He would replace pathway to citizenship with work visas. He does not favor amnesty because he feels it engenders a disrespect for all other laws.

His views on entitlement programs are largely my own. They mostly were never constitutional, but even if they were, they are unsustainable under current configuration. Private retirement works and there’s actual money in those accounts instead of the promise of funds like Social Security.

I agree with him on the flat tax and disagree with him on VAT tax. He would apply free market principles to the US economy and let people figure out how to make things better rather than having the government pick winners and losers.

 

 

I think you can tell that I’ve decided he’s who I am going to vote for in the GOP primary. I know he’s at 6% in the polls, but I don’t care anymore. I don’t think our votes count anyway. The GOP will pick who it wants regardless of our votes. I’m voting maybe to prove that to myself.

If Rand were to win the primaries and the GOP actually nominated him, I would vote for him in the general.

Currently, to be perfectly honest, I am planning to vote for the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in the general because as far as I can see, the GOP is not a conservative political party and they fully intend to give us another progressive like McCain and Romney again. I cast a protest vote in 2012 and I will do it again this year if needed. If that means the Democrat wins … okay, because I fully believe that progressives are the termites in our woodshed. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Democratic progressive or a GOP progressive … both grow government and suppress liberties.

It’s time we chose to change our system of leadership in Washington. I’ve decided how I’m going to do my small part toward that goal. Have you?

 

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