Commentary: Of the three presidential candidates, who would maximize the freedoms of individuals in America?

Today, we look at the three presidential candidates who will be on the ballot in all 50 states and D.C. this November 3, 2020, seeking who is for maximizing the freedoms for Americans. We are living in an era where people constantly ask, “Is this really the best two candidates they could come up with?” And my answer is “Yes, because they know you are going to vote either for the Democrat or the Republican, and as with all monopolies, you are not getting the best quality candidates.”

Joe Biden and Donald Trump have track records we can review while with Jo Jorgensen we can review her principles she has consistently held through the years. We will set aside the allegations women have made against Joe Biden and Donald Trump and focus on policy. For the record, Jorgensen has had no sexual allegations made against her.

Joe Biden, Jo Jorgensen, and Donald Trump

Joe Biden and Donald Trump both support nationalistic and protectionist policies. Much of Biden’s “Bold Vision” on his website could have been taken from Trump’s vision for America — almost verbatim when it comes to Made in America, creating millions of American jobs, etc. Both Biden and Trump have been fear-mongering during their campaigns, while Jorgensen has been more positive while focusing on the issues. The “America will die if you vote for the other guy” rhetoric heard from the two old white rich men is the same we hear from candidates every four years. Biden and Trump agree with expanding the federal debt and increasing federal spending with apparent disregard for fiscal responsibility. Biden and Trump have shown that they can compromise the Second Amendment, and both have promoted limiting one’s free speech and would like to change Section 230 protections of the federal code (read further for links to examples). Both promote bigger government rather than smaller government involvement in our lives. As different as they try to say they are, Biden and Trump are often on the same page.

Joe Biden has made a bedrock of his campaign that if voters elect him, he will require everyone to wear a mask in public. Setting aside the Constitutional questions such a policy raises, it is in lock-step with his past Draconian voting record and his statements as Vice-President. Joe Biden is also in favor of limiting one’s constitutionally protected right to free speech.

Like Donald Trump, Joe Biden favors powerful use of expanded presidential powers if he doesn’t get his way with Congress. Biden has been a vigorous supporter for the War on Drugs which has, in part, created the Black Lives Matter movement because of the militarization and abuse by the police. Biden also would like to further limit American’s Second Amendment rights. Besides the Drug War policies which caused so many problems for blacks, Biden was a firm supporter of school segregation. So, Biden’s civil rights record is spotty, to be generous.

Jo Jorgensen is promoting freedom of the individual, so long as the individual is not violating the rights of another. Under Jorgensen, one would not be forced into particular health plans and instead would be given broader choices, she would reschedule some drugs thereby making them legal and engage true criminal justice reform, and save social security from the unsustainable Ponzi scheme it has become. I expect that if Jorgensen is elected, she would lift many Americans out of poverty while working to return control of education from the federal level to where it belongs — with parents,  teachers, and students.

Donald Trump has started the First Step Act, which is a first step in criminal justice reform, and he gets credit for signing it into law. Trump has not detailed how he plans to build and expand his criminal justice reform actions if he is re-elected. Trump also deserves credit for lessening the regulation burden and reducing taxes. Taxpayers reporting between $40,000 and $50,000 per year had the largest percentage tax cut of any group, with a 14.5% tax cut. Overall, those who earned less than $200,000 per year saw a 10.96% tax reduction with the sharpest reductions for those who earned between $25,000 and $100,000. However, his 2017 tax cuts should have been combined with a reduction in spending for it to have been effective, which it has not. Like Biden, Trump is a promoter of big government. Like Biden, Trump is not a supporter of the Second Amendment as he has supported red flag laws (“I like taking the guns first, go through due process second.”), banned bump stocks, is not supportive of 3D printed guns, and we could go on. Trump also is supportive of violating one’s constitutional right to be left alone via Stop and Frisk. Trump also seems to have trouble with Section 230 of the federal code and free speech.

Through Biden’s decades-long political career and Trump’s almost four years in office, they have given us:

  • Over $26 trillion in debt, trillion-dollar deficits, plus trillions more in unfunded liabilities
  • Non-Stop Involvement in expensive and deadly foreign war
  • Skyrocketing health care costs
  • The highest imprisonment rate in the world; even higher among racial minorities and the poor
  • A broken retirement system unable to pay promised benefits
  • Tariffs that are destroying markets for American farmers and raising consumer prices
  • Energy policies driven by special interests

Big government federal mandates and programs created these problems. To solve them, we need to make government smaller — much smaller. The issue Americans will have to make in casting their vote for the person to lead our country from 2021 to 2025, is do they want more of the same, or someone new who respects individual freedom?

The only candidate running for president who will be on the ballot in all 50 states prepared to do this is Jo Jorgensen, which is why she has my vote this November 2020. I have chosen principle over insanity (“repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein). Jorgensen is also someone who does not need to “evolve” on the issues, all the while Biden begs forgiveness for his past and Trump changes from day to day, apparently lacking any set of principles.

As for those who say, “I agree with Jorgensen, but this election is just too important this year so I am voting for the rich old white guy, maybe next election I’ll vote for the Libertarian;” you are right and wrong. This election IS too important, which is why one must vote for the candidate who is the most freedom-based on the issues. Even if Jorgensen does not win, the more votes she can garner will set things up to end the duopoly Democrats and Republicans have on Americans, enabling voters to have better choices in the future.

Another misconception about voting for Jo Jorgensen is a wasted vote. One of many responses comes from Vice Presidential nominee Spike Cohen, “The only wasted vote is a vote for someone you don’t believe in.” Another great response is from Harry Browne, “For the life of me, I don’t understand how people can hope they will ever get any better choices than they’re getting now from the Republicans and Democrats if they keep choosing the ‘meaningful alternative’ or the ‘lesser of two evils.’ If you’ll vote for them despite what they do, what incentive do they have to offer you more of what you really want?”

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