On November 3, 2020, Americans will vote who will be their next president over the following four years. There are three candidates who will be on the ballot in all fifty states; Joe Biden (Democrat), Jo Jorgensen (Libertarian) and Donald Trump (Republican and incumbent). Trump and Biden are the presumed presidential nominees for their respective parties; however, it is not yet official. The Libertarian Party officially nominated Jorgensen at the second-ever virtual national political party convention in May 2020. There are 270 electoral votes up for any of the three candidates and it will be an interesting election season.
The question most voters will need to ask themselves is which of the three candidates is most in line with my personal values. If you are conservative, then Trump and Biden would be a challenge as both have spoken out against gun rights and are not fiscally conservative. Jorgensen seems to be the only one of the three congruent with the intention and wording of the Second Amendment while holding steadfast for a balanced budget and a reduction of federal spending.
Trump has been good on reducing federal regulations, as one would assume Jorgensen would be, while Biden is for more regulation. To Trump’s credit, he has been working to enact criminal justice reforms which both Jorgensen and Biden have said they are committed to doing the same, if not more.
Perhaps the largest criminal justice reform that can be in the form of eliminating the War on Drugs which would immediately reduce the amount of crime in the United States while promoting legitimate businesses, and perhaps tax revenues in place of taxpayer expenses for law enforcement. This would dramatically reduce the number of interactions with law enforcement and reduce the police brutality claims. It would also reduce the amount of gun violence in the United States because it is related to the unlawful use of firearms to the illegal drug industry. This would be a hard pill to swallow and therefore unlikely for both Trump and Biden who have promoted it. Trump and Biden have been hardcore advocates for increasing enforcement on the illegal drug trade, while Jorgensen is in favor of bringing it in out of the darkness and legalizing drugs.
The economy is a challenge at the moment for any of the three candidates based on what governments on all levels have chosen how to deal with COVID-19. Through arbitrary government shutdowns of businesses and limiting the movement of American citizens, they have shattered the economy these last few months. While fears of COVID-19 would have affected business, it is clear the government mandates have made things worse financially for businesses and individuals while skyrocketing federal debt levels by trillions of dollars. Trump and Biden seem in agreement on the economic aspect of COVID-19 response. Biden has stated on his website, “Pursuing decisive economic measures to help hard-hit workers, families, and small businesses and to stabilize the American economy.” This is precisely what the Trump administration has done, so no difference there. In a recent Reason article, Jorgensen stated, “But the [COVID-19 reaction] has been the biggest assault on our liberties in our lifetime, and it’s two-pronged. There’s the personal assault, with us all under house arrest. We can’t go to our jobs, we can’t go to funerals, weddings, can’t see our families.”
We will tackle more about the presidential campaigns, issues, and state and local campaigns as the election season rolls forward.