Tuesday, September 20, 2011

If I Ran For President



...my platform would be as follows:

If elected President, I promise to do as little as possible.

I will not use my Executive powers to legislate or adjudicate.

I will push no agenda.

If a bill is put on my desk that is unconstitutional I will veto it.

I will not prop up failing companies. I will let them fail so that the capital and labor can be made available to build better companies. The market picks the winner and losers, not me.

I will not tell you that you shouldn't smoke or that you should exercise or what you should eat or what kind of car you should drive or what kind of light bulb to put in your lamp. You're all grown ups. Figure it out.

I won't advise you on your religious practices or your lack thereof. That's you're business. I'm running for President, not Pope.

I will honor treaties and agreements that we are already committed to but I will avoid new alliances whenever possible. Foreign entanglements lead to wasteful and unwinnable disputes.

However, there are a few "modest" undertakings (which I believe fall within the purview of constitutional presidential powers) that I will attempt.

I will work toward removing any and all barriers to free trade.

I will deploy the military only if there is a clear and present danger to our country or our interests. I will move toward disengaging from current conflicts. I will attempt to shrink the military-industrial complex and broker for peace.

I will advocate for liberty. I will enforce equality under the law for all citizens. I will use the power of the federal government to protect individual rights (especially property rights) not to threaten them.

Thank you.

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