Reason magazine posted yesterday their responses from various libertarians they sent a set of questions on the 2008 election. Following is the response I sent them last week. (Their initial article did not include my responses, but they added them in after I sent a YO DUDE! email their way.)
** I will post some further thoughts on this subject periodically between now and Tuesday evening.
WHO’S GETTING YOUR VOTE? REASON SURVEY OCTOBER 2008
1. Who are you voting for in November?
Bob Barr. He is the most pro-freedom candidate. He has long done great work against the Surveillance State, in favor of the Second amendment, and on other issues. (Disclosure: I have done some work for the Barr campaign).
2. Who did you vote for in 2004 and 2000?
I voted for Badnarik in 2004, and didn’t vote in 2000.
3. Is this the most important election in your lifetime?
It is the most important election since 2006, and maybe even 2004. Elections are vastly overrated as a means for restraining government abuses. The more people who believe that the 2008 election will end the abuses of the Bush era, the easier it will be for the next president to perpetuate Bush’s noxious principles and precedents.
4. What will you miss about the Bush administration?
If Obama wins, a torrent of Washington conservatives will suddenly proclaim that the federal government poses a dire threat to our rights and liberties. I will miss the honest conservatism of the GWB era – when many conservatives stopped pretending to give a damn about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and denounced as traitors anyone who did not kowtow to the Commander-in-Chief.
5. Leaving George W. Bush out of consideration, what former U.S. president would you most like to have waterboarded?
I would not want to see any of them waterboarded, but I would like to see all of them forced to disclose all of their presidential papers and compelled to sit under cross examination for as many weeks or months as it takes for Americans to learn the extent of their abuses in office. And they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for any crimes they committed.
James Bovard is the author of eight books, most recently Attention Deficit Democracy.