As I watched the last debate, I was frustrated by what seemed to be the very expansive view of the role of the federal government being promoted by both candidates.   To me, the fundamental question is “who decides?”  And generally, I support decision making at the most local level possible, within the bounds of practicality and the Constitution.  Neither candidate stood for that proposition in this week’s debate.  The underlying premise of the entire debate seemed to be that all the solutions to our problems emanate from Washington DC.

One of my favorite commentators from Reason is Nick Gillespie.  I’ve had the privilege to be on John Stossel’s show with Nick several times now and he’s a great in person as he is in writing or on TV.  He’s got a sharp wit and an impressive command of the issues.  Here’s his take on the Presidential debate and the issue of who speaks for those that think government should do less?

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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