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Chuck Baldwin: Ron Paul’s Choice for President

Complete Score: 26.5 / 42 = 63%

Chuck Baldwin is running for president under the Constitution party, with a strong emphasis on governing under the powers allowed under the constitution, no more nor less. To any fans of Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin has many of the same platform stances, such as sound monetary policy, withdrawal of all troops and focus on actual defense, and a complete free market.

Value

Much like Bob Barr, Chuck Baldwin represents a much better choice for conservative voters than John McCain. Chuck seems very, very genuine in his stances and truly does practice what he preaches (literally, he is a pastor at a Baptist church in Florida). Much in the same way that Barr would be a boost to the U.S. economy, so would Baldwin as they represent very similar stances in that they both place emphasis on free market solutions. Though I disagree that the free market can truly solve everything (for instance, it cannot be its own regulator for safety and fairness), it is a valid argument. Also, by limiting the federal government and its expenditures, Baldwin would return power to citizens and spur economic activity.

Score: 4 / 5

Chuck Baldwin & a fan
Chuck Baldwin & a fan

Photo credit to peace chicken.

Quality

Unlike Bob Barr, Chuck Baldwin did stand with Ron Paul, Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney in a declaration that they are all united in four main goals and are all better choices than McCain or Obama. This decision proved hugely beneficial for Baldwin as he later earned the endorsement of Ron Paul. To me, a third party needs as many allies it can get and Barr oddly decided to cancel on Ron Paul and the other third parties and it’s hurt him dearly. I believe Barr might have gotten Ron Paul’s endorsement otherwise and thus received a huge, huge boost from Paul and most likely from Baldwin dropping out and endorsing Barr too.

Further, Baldwin has debated with Ralph Nader numerous times now and shown that and his vice-presidential candidate, Darrell Castle, are calm, collected and rational (unlike Wayne Allen Root). Showing that Baldwin can work with Ralph Nader to setup debates shows that he like Nader can co-operate and compromise and that is a much needed quality in any president or leader.

Score: 3.5 / 5

Innovation

Like Barr, Mr. Baldwin advocates a return backwards, to a time when Americans had more civil liberties. Though I agree with Mr. Baldwin that we need to remove the restrictions on civil liberties that President Bush has put in place, I believe that simply wiping out the Bush laws and signing statements will not ensure that a similar situation happens again. Mr. Baldwin does not seem to have a strategy for ensuring that we citizens have more power to prevent future government abuse.

Score: 3 / 5

Social Benefit

Though Chuck Baldwin’s stances on wiping out the Federal Reserve and the IRS would benefit our society, his pro-life, and anti-gay marriage stances will be an obstacle to moving this country towards a more progressive, diverse, and equitable country. To me freedom means allowing for freedom of choice on these issues, not restricting others on acting on their beliefs. Chuck also stands for greater energy independence but does not believe that humans are affecting the climate. To me it’s obvious that pollution is not a good social externality and that we should work to minimize our negative impact on the environment, whether or not climate change is affected by humans.

Score: 3 / 5

Freestyle!

Chuck Baldwin is a great choice for the socially and fiscally conservative voter. However, for voters like myself who lean towards social liberalism and fiscal conservatism, Baldwin’s social stances prove a bit too far to the right.

Score: 13 / 22

You can read more about Chuck Baldwin at Baldwin 08.

Complete Score: 26.5 / 42 = 63%