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.