I don’t support any of the candidates. Why not?
These are things I’d like the next President of the United State to work on. I don’t know of any candidate who is ready, willing or able to tackle all of these things.
I know I’m going to get slapped around like the new young whitey in prison, but I’ve got to be honest, don’t I?
My ideal candidate would work with the Congress on:
Decreasing the size government – other folks think the Constitution is the lower limit of what government should do, I think it is the upper limit – I would prefer even less federal government than is described in Article 8. People are smart; we can take care of our own lives without so much interference from federal or even state bureaucracies. People are also dumb, and I don’t want dumb people telling me how I should live my life.
Lowering taxation – would be a consequence of smaller government, but I also think people should only have to pay for what they use – you know, like they mostly do with their clothes, medical care, homes, food, entertainment, and retirement, to name a few things.
Why should I have to pay for bombing people I don’t know in regions I’ll never go to again who’ve never done anything to me or anyone I know?
Why should I have to pay for sending young kids (or old geezers) overseas to do those things, and having them come home without limbs or without their psyche intact?
Pulling all troops in from the war and all bases overseas, except embassies.
Using US forces only for protection of our borders, except for the Navy and those supporting the Navy, because the Navy has become the default protector of sea transport due to the fact that we have the biggest navy, and because we benefit the most from it. The candidate should have a plan to encourage Congress to negotiate with the other countries that rely on sea transport to step up and devote more of their own resources to the effort.
Quitting NATO and all the other cold war-era treaty organizations.
Having an objective standard of diplomacy that treats other nations and their inhabitants as valuable and innocent until proven guilty.
Ending the war on terror by ending our participation in it as a war. Terrorists are criminals, they should be fought and tried like criminals, or private parties who feel they are threatened by terrorists can hire privateers to defend their private interests.
Ending corporate welfare, including current tax support to all the “bigs” in each sector: big energy, big pharma, big retail, big manufacturing, big insurance, big agriculture, etc.
Real, actual, free trade: As in we trade with companies or individuals in any nation, and they trade with companies or individuals here. We don’t set import quotas, export quotas, or any restrictions except for protecting the physical safety of people, crops and the rest of the environment.
Exiting from the WTO, NAFTA, the World Bank, and the IMF.
Real, actual, free markets: All goods and services are sold to whoever wants them at the price negotiated by the buyer and seller without interference from any third party. People can work where they want, for whom they want at the price they have agreed to. Negotiations can be done individually or collectively - no one who chooses individual negotiations is bound by contract negotiations she had no part in, no one who chooses collective negotiations is bound by contract negotiations he had no part in.
Free movement of people across our borders, so long as they are not criminals or infectious.
Non-profit, private organizations retaking control of the charity sector: Secular and religious and whatever.
Ending the war on the poor, aka the war on drugs, including full pardons for any and all federal drug trafficking or drug use offenses (whatever other offenses the person was convicted of would remain, of course).
Getting out of the money-printing business. Let financial institutions, co-ops, whatever make their own notes and people can trade them as they will, like Ithaca Hours or Liberty Dollars. If the financial institution wants to back their money with gold, they can, if they want to back it with contracts on people’s labor, they can. Very quickly the most stable forms of money will become the most widely traded, but people will also learn to not rely on only one brand of currency. This would effectively accomplish the goal of nearly zero taxation. The only way a government could raise revenue would be to provide services people really wanted, and charge user fees at a rate equal to or less than what a private entity would charge.
My ideal candidate would encourage states to secede as they would from the federal government and let them see how they could do on their own. But any state that wanted to rejoin would be welcomed back with open arms. All territories would be given the option of statehood or freedom. No more second-class status for anyone.
I now most people on these boards won’t like what my ideal candidate would ask for, but my ideal candidate would have a single-minded devotion to liberty, and my ideal candidate would recognize that the currency of liberty is respect for the liberty of others.
Any legislation sent to her/his/its desk that increased and/or protected the liberty of the people of the United States would be signed; any legislation that did less would be looked at very carefully and signed only if it had a clear objective, limited scope and time limit for accomplishment.
My ideal candidate would be ready to dismantle this pseudo-democracy and rebuild the Republic.