Candidate Tuesday #8 – Joe Kennedy

I’ve been teasing it for a few weeks and now, finally, it is time to learn more about the only “Kennedy” in the race.  A member of the National Libertarian Party, Joe Kennedy has collected enough signatures and will be on the ballot as an independent.  Mr. Kennedy claims no relation to the Kennedy family and, in fact, has made quite clear that if any Kennedy had decided to run, he would have stayed out.  However, with none of Senator Kennedy’s family entering the race, Citizen Kennedy is in. (Confused yet?)

Kennedy is a pretty standard-issue Libertarian (if there is such a thing)  He believes in the government staying out of people’s lives (ie. same-sex marriage and, indeed, marriage in general, is not something for the government to legislate).  In fact, on his campaign website, he directs readers to the webpage of the National Libertarian Party for more detail on his positions.  Kennedy has arrived at his political perspective through concerns over the over-spending in Washington and is uncomfortable with what he sees as the long-term costs and risks of the federal government controlling so much.  Finally, this Kennedy would vote against the health care bill now in Washington in favor of free-market solutions.  He believes the increases in costs over the past 50 years have come as a result of government regulation and doctors having to insure themselves against medical malpractice cases. 

He will be on the final ballot so we will have more an opportunitiy to examine his exact positions on a variety of issues but, for now, check out his campaign website.

Posted on November 17, 2009, in Politics and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I have been a union (local 2322) Democrat for 12 years. I am posting anonymously, because I dare not support Joe Kennedy on the job.

    Simply because this is true, because the Democrats take union votes for granted (they think that they can put our brothers in jail for pot, and they think we’re not smart enough to see how they’re funding the war with newly-printed money far in excess of what they bring in in taxes) …I’m voting for Joe Kennedy on Jan 19, 2010.

    I may be the only one in my family to do so, but I may also be the only one in my family that sleeps soundly the night after the election.

    The Democratic Party was John Adams’ party. Then, for a while, the Democrats were in favor of slavery, until JFK brought them back to their roots as a civil rights leader.

    Joe Kennedy might not be related to him, but he’s the only candidate in the race that wants to continue that proud tradition.

    Yes, the Democratic Party helps protect my job. Yes, I’m grateful for that. ..But my civil liberties are important too, and my job isn’t worth anything if the dollars in my wallet can’t buy anything.

    Joe Kennedy wants to stop the exodus of dollars and soldiers overseas. He also wants to stop the insane federal “war on drugs”. Drug abusers deserve compassion, not jail (has jail ever solved any problem, or does it just postpone even worse problems?). Joe wants to apply the law equally to everyone, and stop corporate handouts. He’s not owned by any special interest, government, corporate, union, or otherwise.

    I’m willing to risk losing the security that the union gives me, in exchange for having one voice in the Senate against corporate control of my life.

    …He’s the right man for the job.

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