Obama vs. McCain: Who’s Better ?by Doug Mataconis
Nick Bradley has an interesting piece at Lew Rockwell’s blog where he essentially argues that, from a libertarian point of view, Barack Obama might just be better President than John McCain would be:
In the grand scheme of things, Obama is far less statist than Hillary (socialism at home, hegemony abroad) and McCain (fascism at home, endless warfare abroad). If Obama wins the democratic nomination, I suspect he’ll run with Bill Richardson (who likes market solutions on pragmatic grounds as well), as he can help shore up Obama’s dismal support among Hispanics, which could cost him Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada (19 electoral college votes). Don’t get me wrong: in a hypothetical match up in the fall between Obama and McCain, I’ll either abstain from voting or write in Paul’s name. But for the electorate as a whole, Obama would be the more liberty-minded choice over the statist, warmongering, ill-tempered and possibly unstable John McCain.
Like Bradley, and unlike Mark at Publius Endures who clued me in to Bradley piece, I am unlikely to vote for Obama in the General Election based largely on his statist economic policies and the fact that an Obama Administration would, of necessity, be populated by left-liberal Democrats who are already salivating at the prospect of increasing the power of the state. That said, like Bradley and Mark, I find myself thinking that I’d much rather live in President Obama’s America than President McCain’s.