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Trump, Kennedy, Even DeSantis Would Be Second Best

Andy Biggs would do the most ever to limit others in government. We should call on him to start now. Wait a half-decade here, a half-decade there, and pretty soon you’re talking real time.

James Anthony
August 18, 2023

Donald Trump, Robert Kennedy Jr., Ron DeSantis, and Andy Biggs have starkly-different potential to limit governments.

Trump: Government Expansion

In the 2016 Republican primaries, voters winnowed down 17 major candidates to the celebrity Donald Trump vs. Senator Ted Cruz. Trump talked Fox-News-tough on USA-China trade, Veterans Affairs reform, tax reform, Second Amendment rights, and immigration [1], and won.

As president, Trump took very-different actions [2]:

  • Trump preemptively didn’t investigate or prosecute Hillary Clinton.
  • He kept commanding troops in existing wars and in new attacks.
  • He enforced constitutional immigration statutes only until judges opined that he shouldn’t, and eventually even supported the illegal immigrants whom Obama called dreamers.
  • He supported replacing Obamacare with continued national-government control.
  • He only nominated blank-slate justices who then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was confident would be confirmed.
  • He championed jailbreak.
  • He supported lockdowns, distancing, bureaucratic suppression of existing therapies, bureaucratic suppression of fast tests, stimulus bills, and harmful narrow-action genetic vaccines.

Kennedy: Trial Law, Advocacy, Government-Centric Focus

The celebrity Robert Kennedy, Jr. has a record of litigation and outspoken activism:

  • In 2018, Kennedy was on the legal team that won the first suit for a person whose cancer, his side argued, was caused by exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup.
  • In 2019, he was on the legal team that won a suit for more than 3,500 people whose illnesses, his side argued, were caused by exposure to river water that DuPont contaminated with Teflon-process chemicals.
  • In 2021, he wrote The Real Anthony Fauci, which extensively documented parallels in bureaucrats’ parallel modus operandi on AIDS and on coronavirus [3].

Kennedy’s campaign website lists as priorities a number of government initiatives that Kennedy says will bring valuable transparency, political unification, environmental action, economic strength, military nonintervention, and security of liberty and property [4].

DeSantis: Limiting Other Governments, Nurturing His Own

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has a mixed record:

  • As a representative, DeSantis ended up with a Conservative Review Liberty Score of 77% pro-liberty—better than average, but lower than 44 of his peers [5].
  • As governor, he used his constitutional powers unprecedentedly well against national-government agencies, local governments, and government-crony corporations.
  • He hasn’t used his constitutional powers against his own government to significantly limit the rights-violating scopes of state administrative agencies.
  • He hasn’t recommended significant repeals of rights-violating state powers such as over schools [6], licensing [7], and zoning and permitting [8], which together unduly deprive people of liberty and property and indoctrinate young people to support unlimited government.

These are the announced candidates who, given their histories, their stated positions, and, where applicable, their celebrity, look at present to be the most likely to succeed with voters.

For 2024, like they did in 2016, voters will continue to energetically seek change for the better. If enough voters [9] were adequately informed [10], [11] not one of these major candidates would stand a chance against a representative who would use all his constitutional powers.

Andy Biggs: Limiting His Own Government Using All His Powers

Representative Andy Biggs has earned a Liberty Score of 100% [12].

Biggs sponsors [13] huge numbers of bills—in the current house so far, where the second-most-prolific representative has sponsored 64, Biggs has sponsored 593 [14].

Biggs ran for speaker, and led the opposition that voted against Kevin McCarthy, using strong minority power to change the current house’s processes [15].

Biggs voted against debt “limit” spending bills from start to finish—first against the current house Republicans’ spending bill, then against the McCarthy/McConnell/Biden spending bill. By these votes, Biggs and others who also voted against these bills would have put the existing debt “limit” resolution to work. It had been passed as just another plan to borrow a specified amount more by a certain date. But voting down every replacement plan would have transformed it into an actual debt limit.

This would have finally limited our current great inflation [16].

This also would have finally started making our liberty and property secure from our governments. If taken solely through taxes on labor income, the current revenues taken by the national government would total 36%, and the current revenues taken by state and local governments would total another 36% [17].

A president has zero constitutional power to defy the Constitution—although all modern presidents have, for instance, advanced or left in place the administrative state [18], or accepted war powers that were not constitutional [19]. A president has awesome constitutional power and the clear constitutional responsibility to shut down the administrative state, or to shut down wars that are not declared, but none so far have shouldered this responsibility by using this power [20].

Both parties favor candidates who are Progressive. This crests when the seat in question isn’t merely one of the many suburban or rural House districts that Progressives have no choice but to write off [21] but instead is the presidency—a single seat that’s winner-take-all.

In the primaries, the deck is stacked as much as possible. Cronies use all the money they can earn a return on. Parties use all the processes they’ve ever invented [22]. The candidates who are nominated are as Progressive as the cronies and parties can get. We voters have our work cut out for us.

But the only currency that matters is our votes.

We would do best to not compromise ever [12]. We definitely shouldn’t compromise now, while the races are just getting started.

A republican form of government [23] is a terrible thing to waste.


  1. “Positions.” DonaldJTrump.com, 30 Jan. 2016, web.archive.org/web/20160130043620/https:/www.donaldjtrump.com/positions. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  2. Anthony, James. “Learning from Trump.” rConstitution.us, 2 Sep. 2022, rconstitution.us/learning-from-trump/. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  3. Eastman, Leslie. “Book Review: The Real Anthony Fauci by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.” Legal Insurrection, 7 Dec. 2021, legalinsurrection.com/2021/12/book-review-the-real-anthony-fauci-by-robert-f-kennedy-jr/. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  4. Kennedy 2024, 2023, www.kennedy24.com/. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  5. “Scorecard.” Conservative Review, 5 Sep. 2018, web.archive.org/web/20180905080836/https:/www.conservativereview.com/scorecard/. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  6. Rockwell, Llewellyn H., Jr. “What If Public Schools Were Abolished?” Mises Daily Articles, 14 July 2020, mises.org/library/what-if-public-schools-were-abolished. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  7. Friday, Lee. “The Problem with Government Licensing Schemes.” Mises Wire, 20 June 2018, mises.org/wire/problem-government-licensing-schemes. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  8. Anthony, James. “Keystone XL Illustrates that Zoning and Permitting by Governments Are Unconstitutional.” rConstitution.us, 3 Sep. 2021, rconstitution.us/keystone-xl-illustrates-that-zoning-and-permitting-by-governments-are-unconstitutional/. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  9. Anthony, James. “Voting Guide for Constitutionalists.” rConstitution.us, 30 Oct. 2020, rconstitution.us/voting-guide-for-constitutionalists/. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  10. Anthony, James. “Why Assertiveness?” American Greatness, 28 Oct. 2021, amgreatness.com/2021/10/28/why-assertiveness/. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  11. Anthony, James. “How the Media Can Increase Freedom.” rConstitution.us, 26 Nov. 2021, rconstitution.us/how-the-media-can-increase-freedom/. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  12. Anthony, James. “Voters’ Dilemma.” rConstitution.us, 17 June 2022, rconstitution.us/voters-dilemma/. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  13. Anthony, James. “Do You Support the Constitution? Take This Quiz and See.” rConstitution.us, 10 Dec. 2021, rconstitution.us/do-you-support-the-constitution-take-this-quiz-and-see/. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  14. “House: Sponsors and Cosponsors.” Congress.gov, 18 Aug. 2023, www.congress.gov/sponsors-cosponsors/118th-congress/representatives/ALL. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  15. Anthony, James. “House Speaker Race Showed How Standing Up for the Constitution Will Be Key to Curbing Inflation.” Daily Caller, 17 Jan. 2023, dailycaller.com/2023/01/17/anthony-house-speaker-race-showed-how-standing-up-for-the-constitution-will-be-key-to-curbing-inflation/. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  16. Anthony, James. “Money Inflation Is Baked In. Savers Need to Preserve Assets.” Mises Institute Power & Market Blog, 10 Mar. 2023, mises.org/power-market/money-inflation-baked-savers-need-preserve-assets. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  17. Anthony, James. “The True Tax.” rConstitution.us, 27 Oct. 2021, rconstitution.us/the-true-tax/. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  18. Anthony, James. “On the Reading of Old Constitutions.” rConstitution.us, 9 Oct. 2021, rconstitution.us/on-the-reading-of-old-constitutions/. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  19. Anthony, James. “Limiting War through Good Boundaries: Secrecy, Independence, Basing, ROE Cards, Declarations, Enemy Governments, Productivity.” rConstitution.us, 24 Sep. 2021, rconstitution.us/limiting-war-through-good-boundaries-secrecy-independence-basing-roe-cards-declarations-enemy-governments-productivity/. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  20. Anthony, James. “The First 1,461 Days of a Constitutionalist President.” rConstitution.us, 8 Jan. 2021, rconstitution.us/the-first-1461-days-of-a-constitutionalist-president/. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  21. Anthony, James. “Resettling for Freedom Will Work Best in Jackson, Mississippi and Birmingham, Alabama.” rConstitution.us, 12 July 2021, rconstitution.us/resettling-for-freedom-will-work-best-in-jackson-mississippi-and-birmingham-alabama/. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  22. Anthony, James. “Term Limits Won’t Fix the Problem in Washington, but These Solutions Might.” American Thinker, 14 Feb. 2023, www.americanthinker.com/blog/2023/02/term_limits_wont_fix_the_problem_in_washington_but_these_solutions_might.html. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.
  23. Anthony, James. “rSecession: County-Region Secessions to Form Small-r republican State Governments.” rConstitution.us, 9 Jul. 2021, rconstitution.us/rsecession-county-region-secessions-to-form-small-r-republican-state-governments/. Accessed 18 Aug. 2023.

James Anthony is an experienced chemical engineer who applies process design, dynamics, and control to government processes. He is the author of The Constitution Needs a Good Party and rConstitution Papers, the publisher of rConstitution.us, and an author in Western Journal, Daily Caller, The Federalist, American Thinker, Lew Rockwell, American Greatness, Mises Institute, Foundation for Economic Education, and Free the People. For more information, see his about, media, and overview pages.


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