He isn’t though
His views on incarceration/mandatory minimums, abortion, drug laws, the opiate crisis, freedom of expression, homosexuality align with authoritarian principles.
He is the antonym of the authoritarian woke warriors. Who interestingly are in favour of drug liberalisation, the right to an abortion, opposing mass incarceration… But not freedom of expression, freedom for the mentally competent to own a firearm and now… Freedom of movement (I find this very pressing).
You’ll find authoritarianism on both sides of the spectrum. I know you may think it’s the holy grail, but from what I can perceive the Trump/Pence paradigm isn’t your idea of libertarian optimisation. Pence has connections to high profile libertarian politicians. But the man himself only abides by this philosophy pertaining to narratives that suit his party
What does he ACTUALLY believe if you remove political reputation from the equation? Who knows… I find it hard to believe the man actually believed “tobacco doesn’t kill you” post 2000. Obviously there is a spectrum, a fluid medium. I happen to believe pence hovers more towards the authoritarian spectrum.
Trump praised Duterte for his approach pertaining to the war on drugs. Aside from mass shootings, the Phillipines has used extrajudicial killings, false pretences to justify killing or incarcerating political opponents, journalists and activists. Praising this approach is not only praising inhumane action, but also praises anti-democratic principles. This isn’t the candidate you’re going to want to bank on if you wish to uphold personal choice.
There is a portion of the Republican party that certainly caters towards individualism, personal choice even for matters that include subject matter generally opposed by mainstream Republicans. But Trump? No… He isn’t a libertarian politician. Neither Trump nor Pence is as authoritarian as Daniel Andrews, Gladys Berijiklian, Anastacia Palaszczuk or Mark McGowan… But he is collectively more authoritarian than Scott Morrison.
A true libertarian candidate will cater towards personal choice even when relating to subject matter that sits outside of their given parties mainstream ideology. There are major shortcomings with libertarianism… But the alternative… Well… Look at Australia.
I think America is a great country, however fundamentally the societal dynamic isn’t one I find optimal. As a broad generalisation, I found swathes of America to be too societally conservative for my liking yet on the other opposite of the spectrum large portions were too woke. It felt like, and still feels like as if there is little in the way of a middle ground.
Healthy debate, a rigorous back and fourth is healthy as to avoid one side dominating. But political bipartisanship in the USA seems like a foreign concept totally alien to the country. Why not a healthy balance?
It seems people either take on ‘republican’ as if it’s a part of who they are and thus take bullets left right and centre for the dodgy shit the Republican party pulls … Or they staunchly identify as a democrat and once again take bullets left right and centre, coming up with ridiculous justifications to defend all the stupid shit their party advocates for.
Why not say “these democrat policies work” and “these Republican policies work”.
Universal healthcare and a net zero emissions target is a good idea… Democrats win those
A citizen ought to have the right to defend himself… Republicans win
Lockdowns aren’t sustainable… Conservatives win
Cannabis needn’t be illegal… Left wing wins
But in the USA there is this very irritating paradigm wherein people vehemently opposed any and all policy from the party they don’t identify with.