What do I want in a presidential candidate - Journal of Omnifarious
Jan. 11th, 2007
06:08 pm - What do I want in a presidential candidate
- Take the constitution seriously. Including the 10th and 2nd amendments as well as the more popular 1st and 4th amendments.
- Be committed to making the federal bureaucracy at least 5% smaller by the end of h(is/er) term. Some of this should come from simplifying and/or eliminating regulatory bodies. Those eliminated bodies would be replaced with a set of rules and balances that were designed to avoid creating centralized places in government for interested parties to exercise their influence. The best place to start would likely be the FCC's regulation of telecom companies, since those regulations mostly serve the telecom company's interests now due to the strong influence they have within the FCC and the blatant conflicts of interest of most high FCC officials.
- Be committed to real government accountability. Must be willing to send government officials who fail in their duties to jail if warranted. Must be willing to assign blame to those actually causing the problem instead of a politically convenient fall-guy. For example, this person would've personally fired many of NASA's middle managers after the Challenger disaster instead of just wringing their hands at how such an awful mistake was made.
- Be committed to an honest and above-board foreign policy. Must be willing to reveal what private interests are pressuring us to do at even a micro-level in foreign countries. I'm tired of us doing things for publicly stated reasons that are clearly false and covers for actual reasons that nobody's willing to admit.
- Committed to declassifying as much information as possible so the citizens of the US can make informed decisions regarding their government.
Those are the things I most want. The war on terror and the war in Iraq and all that other stuff are secondary to those fundamental issues that have been plaguing us for many many years. I think many of the evils we're experiencing today can be directly traced to not following those policies.