I am a lover of liberty, no question about it. I do not feel that it is the government’s place to restrict personal freedoms unless the exercise of those freedoms presents a clear and present danger to others. Given that, I will consistently oppose authoritarian measures, whether these involve restrictions on an individual’s lifestyle, body choices, chemical intake, personal possessions, or what have you.
One area of concern is the surveillance state. I am on the record as opposing all aspects of the surveillance state. NSA spying scandals, the USA PATRIOT Act, unaccountable no-fly lists, and many other intrusions into the lives of the American populace must be repealed and prohibited. Law-abiding citizens have the right to go about their lives without worrying that their communications are being read, their friendships being studied, and their consenting recreational activities making them subject to prosecution. The state has no business enforcing a particular moral code, or treating people as though they were criminals and terrorists without clear evidence of such.
Other areas of concern involve LGBTQIA+ rights and freedoms, and the ability of consenting adults to form whateve relationship they choose without fear of legal or financial consequences. At present it is legal in many states to deny services to queer and trans persons, and this should no more be tolerated than discrimination on the basis of race, religion, or national origin.
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