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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Isn’t Much Better Than Joe Biden or Donald Trump – Orange County Register

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Isn’t Much Better Than Joe Biden or Donald Trump – Orange County Register

Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. delivers a speech outlining his foreign policy vision at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Last week, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. asked me to moderate what he called “The real debate.”

Kennedy was angry at CNN for not allowing him to participate in the Trump-Biden debate.

His people convinced Elon Musk to put his Real Debate on Twitter. They asked me to ask RFK Jr. the same questions, with the same time limits.

I agreed, hoping to hear some good, new ideas.

I didn’t do that.

As you know, Joe Biden was asleep and Donald Trump lied. Well, Biden lied at least nine times, even by CNN’s count.

Kennedy was better.

But not much.

He did acknowledge that our government’s deficit spending is terrible. He said he would cut military spending. He criticized unscientific Covid lockdowns and had kind words about school choice.

But he, too, dodged questions, babbled about old deadlines and promoted big-government nonsense like, “Every million dollars we spend on child care creates 22 jobs.”

Give me a break.

This week is Independence Day.

As presidential candidates promise to subsidize flying cars (Trump), free tuition at community colleges (Biden), and “affordable” housing through government-backed bonds paying 3% interest (Kennedy), I think about how stunned and shocked the Founding Fathers would be by such promises.

On July 4, nearly 250 years ago, they signed the Declaration of Independence, marking the birth of our nation.

They did not want life to be dominated by politicians. They wanted a society made up of free individuals. They believed that every human being has “inalienable rights” to life, liberty and (rightfully acquired) property.

The blueprints created by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution gradually created the freest and most prosperous nation in the history of the world.

Before 1776, people thought that kings and nobles had a ‘divine right’ to rule over them.

America was successful because its founders rejected that belief.

In the Virginia Declaration of Rights, George Mason wrote, “All power is vested in, and therefore emanates from, the people.”

Kennedy and Biden, on the other hand, are making promises that resemble the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. UN bureaucrats say everyone has the right to “paid vacations … clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.”

The Founders made it clear that governments limited. They didn’t think we deserved our neighbors’ money. We shouldn’t force them to pay for our food, clothing, housing, prescription drugs, tuition…

They believe that you have the right to be left alone so that you can pursue your happiness the way you want.

For a time, the American government remained modest. Politicians largely allowed citizens to choose their own paths, where they lived, what jobs they took, and what they said.

There were a small number of ‘civil servants’. But they were not our bosses.

Patrick Henry declared: “The rulers are the servants of the people.”

Yet there are now 23 million government employees. Some think she are responsible for everything.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, promoting her Green New Deal, called herself “the boss.”

The Biden administration wants to dictate what kind of car you can drive.

During the pandemic, politicians ordered people to stay home, schools to close, and businesses to close.

Then, as often happens in the “Big Government World,” people who have suffered harm from government decrees ask politicians for compensation.