Tulsi Gabbard has been in the limelight recently for libertarians thanks to her recent commentary. Sadly, not because the DNC decided to put the focus on someone other than Beto, Biden, and Sanders, but rather for the following tweet:
Trump awaits instructions from his Saudi masters. Having our country act as Saudi Arabia’s bitch is not “America First.” https://t.co/kJOCpqwaQS
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) September 16, 2019
Gabbard has taken Trump to task on twitter recently regarding his statements about potentially attacking Iran on behalf of “the Kingdom” of Saudi Arabia, as Trump himself put it, calling him their “bitch” and saying that he can’t “pimp” out our armed forced. Going further, libertarians got excited when they heard her proclaim “Taxation is theft when the taxes are used for things that do not serve our interests.”
This, coupled with her refreshing anti-war stances, have made her a potential candidate for POTUS in the eyes of many libertarians. The problem is everything else about her.
Even the quickest skim through the candidate’s website showcases some very anti-libertarian stances that are core to her platform. For her Second Amendment rights portion, Gabbard suggests banning devices that modify semi-automatic weapons to speed them up, voting against a concealed carry bill to allow concealed carry of firearms between states that already allow for it internally, and more restrictive reforms on background checks.
Economically, the story gets worse. Gabbard wants to massively restrict investment banking, increase the extent of consumer protections (which isn’t always a bad thing, but it’s not a point in favor of calling her libertarian), and to completely ban/transition away from fossil fuels through the brute force of legislation.
Gabbard is also on the “Healthcare for all” train which, as we’ve seen in the numerous take downs of Sanders, is so costly a proposition that it’s practically laughable to any with even a minor level of economic understanding. Her “College for all” plan is similarly foolish She is also interested in forming a commission to review paying reparations to all descendants of slaves. That last one can be seen as a noble cause, but holding the taxpayers today accountable for the sins of their forefathers (or someone else’s forefathers in the case of those that immigrated after slavery times or simply did not participate in the act) isn’t right.
There’s a lot of other items that could be reviewed in her platform regarding proposed economic controls, various forms of social engineering, and generally anti-libertarian legislature, but I think I’ve covered enough of it to make the case clear. Tulsi Gabbard is no libertarian, and isn’t even libertarian leaning. She’s simply a democrat that isn’t as insane as the others. There’s some good proposals in her platform, and from what I’ve seen so far, if any democrat has to take the office, there’s worse choices amongst the current batch running. Finding an existing politician that slightly comes close to valuing liberty doesn’t cut it. None of them, even Gabbard, truly stand for liberty any more. That should be the most worrying part.
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