Clinton threat to core principles of freedom, liberty

Freedom New Mexico

Despite polls showing Barack Obama surging, and despite his surprise victory in several states on Super Tuesday, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday widened her lead and apparently strengthened her grip on the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

Thanks largely to a sizable win in California, Clinton more than off-set smaller state wins by Obama earlier in the evening.

Democrat primaries apportion delegates proportionate to votes received by candidates, rather than on a winner-take-all basis as did several Republican primaries.

After some wins and several relatively close second-place finishes, Clinton pushed well ahead with California’s big victory.

As a result, Clinton ended the night extending her delegate lead over Obama.

Still, there will be no victory laps quite yet. It’s likely she faces many contested races in upcoming primary ballots, perhaps even through the final scheduled contests on June 3.

But incrementally it seems increasingly clear, it is Clinton, of universal health care and $218 billion in proposed new government spending, who will face the Republican nominee in November.

Despite the media’s fanfare over the charismatic Obama, Super Tuesday’s vote shows Democrats are selecting a candidate broadly preferred by a solid majority within the party.

But if polls are any measure, Clinton also is presumed to be more beatable than Obama in November — at least if the Republican candidate is John McCain, which also looks increasingly likely.

Unfortunately, a Clinton-McCain face-off means little difference on matters of statism versus individual freedom.

From our perspective, McCain stands closer to Clinton’s preference for government intrusiveness than to mainstream conservative thought, let alone libertarian ideals.

If Clinton continues solidifying her lead, there’s the small consolation her Democrat opponent, Barack Obama, would have outspent her in office by about 40 percent, according to his tax-and-spend proposals.

We’re disappointed Republicans seem to be choosing a nominee who looks more like Hillary Clinton than Ronald Reagan.

And while Clinton is marginally more palatable than Obama in policy outlook, her costly,

big-government approach is an offense to cherished principles of freedom and liberty.