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.
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 , and won.
As president, Trump took very-different actions :
Kennedy: Trial Law, Advocacy, Government-Centric Focus
The celebrity Robert Kennedy, Jr. has a record of litigation and outspoken activism:
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 .
DeSantis: Limiting Other Governments, Nurturing His Own
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has a mixed record:
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  were adequately informed ,  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% .
Biggs ran for speaker, and led the opposition that voted against Kevin McCarthy, using strong minority power to change the current house’s processes .
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 .
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% .
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 , or accepted war powers that were not constitutional . 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 .
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  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 . 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 . We definitely shouldn’t compromise now, while the races are just getting started.
A republican form of government  is a terrible thing to waste.
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.