Answering Reason.com’s questionnaire
Reason.com has posed its questionnaire concerning the upcoming election to a variety of folk. Here are my answers:
1. Which presidential candidate are you voting for and why?
I’m leaning toward Gary Johnson, now, although I was ready to vote for Virgil Goode a couple of weeks ago, because of the antepartum infanticide issue. Well, since millions of “pro-life” Christians are quite willing to vote for Romney, who is effectively pro-choice, then no one can really say anything against a pro-life Christian who is voting for Gary Johnson. I’m unsure how committed he is to non-interventionism, while I’m pretty sure that Goode is solidly opposed to the “War on Terror.” On the other hand, Goode is clearly insane when it comes to that police state-creating initiative popularly known as the “War on Drugs.” I care not one whit for narcotics, and advise anyone who considers using them to “just say no.” But the “War on Drugs” is not about ending drug use. It is, rather, the gov’t's way to implement the legal and logisitical framework for martial law.
Free Trade is also another major issue where G. Johnson is superior to Goode. The Constitution Party incredibly believes that free trade leads to socialism, and so they oppose it vociferously. This means that Constitution Party candidates are in reality in favor of government control of people’s purchasing decisions. Just like Mitt “I’m a buffoon when it comes to economics” Romney.
2a. Between Barak Obama and Mitt Romney, who do you think would be worse regarding economic freedom, including such things as industrial policy, free trade, regulation, and taxes?
It’s really hard to say. Romney has a bit of the rhetoric on his side, but his China-bashing shows he has very little understanding of the free market. Obama is a thorough moron on the subject. If one could trust a candidate’s rhetoric, I’d say that Romney is better, but one must remember that Romney thought that the government forcing people to purchase health insurance (which his Massachussetts health care plan did) was a “free market solution” to the “problem” of people not having health insurace (regardless whether or not they actually needed it.) AND Romney thinks that trade is a zero-sum game. The man’s a buffoon. He’ll get into office, and try the same Keynesian nonsense that George “I had to violate free market principles in order save the free market” Bush did, resulting in more monetary inflation (which will, at some point, turn into price inflation with a vengeance), more regulation, lower production of goods and services, and a lower quality of life for any and everyone who does not work in an industry favored by the FedGov.
2b. Between Barak Obama and Mitt Romney, who do you think would be worse regarding social freedom issues such as gay marriage, free speech, school choice, and reproductive rights?
Both of them have openly stated a desire for (and in Obama’s case actually took action to effect) the power to throw American citizens in prison without a trial. What is so astounding to me is so many so-called conservatives aren’t in any way upset about this. If Romney came out and said that he believes that the FedGov has the authority to go into people’s homes without a warrant and confiscate their firearms, I would at least hope that “conservatives” would be up in arms, demanding that Romney retract that position. Well, his support for the NDAA of 2012 is actually worse than such a supposed attack on the 2nd amendment. If the president can throw you in prison without a trial, then he can take your firearms away at a whim; he can, in fact, do any variety of unConstitutional activities with impunity.
As to the social issues, Obama is openly for child-murder, Romney is secretly for it (when he says he supports the right of a woman to get an abortion for “health reasons”, that includes “mental health”, which means basically anything. If a woman feels depressed about having a baby, then she can go to the doctor and get permission to kill the child to “protect her mental health.”) Antepartum infanticide is a clear violation of the “non-aggression principle”, so it’s hypocritical for self-describe libertarians to support the heinous practice. On the other hand, the crime of murder is a state matter; Federal Authorities rarely investigate murders, and it’s better for liberty generally that murder be prosecuted by state and local authorities.
There’s no such thing as “gay marriage”, as marriage, by definition, is a heterosexual union. I don’t care if two men (or two women) want to hold out the preposterous idea that they’re married to each other, what I’m opposed to is them getting the government to use violence to try to force me to say the same thing.
2c. Between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, who do you think would be worse regarding foreign policy, military interventions, and the global war on terror (including domestic restrictions on civil liberties)?
As I mentioned before, both loonies are in support of the NDAA of 2012, which should be a deal-breaker for anyone who considers himself a devotee of the Constitution. On the war itself, Obama is clearly Bush’s third term; if he were a Republican, then you would hear no end of praise for him from the likes of Muttonhead Limbaugh and Snotnoggin Hannity with regard to his foreign policy. This is the opposite of the economics question, in which both are approximately equally bad though Romney has better rhetoric. Obama’s 2008 anti-war rhetoric is better than Romney’s insane proposals to continue the puerile, counterproductive, stupid policy of perpetual war, but Obama never even tried to live up to his campaign rhetoric. It’s a bit ironic, but had Obama followed through with his campaign promises, then the economy would be doing quite a bit better than it is currently doing; the wars are destroying the American economy more quickly than even “Obamacare” will when it gets fully implemented.
3. Who did you vote for in 2000, 2004, and 2008? Bush, Bush, and McCain. What a hideous thing to have to live down, too.
4. Apart from the presidency, what do you think is the most important race or ballot initiative being decided this fall? There are various state initiatives that seek to legalize marijuana. While I oppose marijuana use, I support state governments trying to thwart the will of the Federalis in every issue that they can.
5. Reason’s libertarian motto is “Free Minds and Free Markets.” In contemporary America, is that notion a real possibility or a pipe dream? Well, when the Federal Government eventually collapses under its own weight, then the free market, at least, will become a reality posthaste. Until that time, it will grow in power whether the Republicans or the Democrats are in charge.