Bush: The ambassador that wasn't

For Immediate Release Monday, August 11, 2008

Bush’s deplorable track record with civil liberties and regulatory policies makes him an unfit ambassador of American values

If it weren’t for a history of abuses against civil liberties and a penchant for regulatory economic policies, President George Bush could have been an ambassador of freedom and capitalism during his Olympic visit to China, says the Libertarian Party.

“It would have been nice if Bush could have gone to China as a symbol of American freedom and capitalism,” says Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew Davis. “But throughout his administration, Bush has produced policies more reflective of those of Communist China than a nation based upon the principles of individual freedom and free market economics. The abuse of civil liberties and the push for central control of the American economy are certainly not values we wish the President to represent to other nations.”

The Libertarian Party has been a frequent critic of the Bush administration’s war against Constitution, in which Bush has vastly increased the power of the federal government. The Party calls for the restoration of civil liberties lost during the Bush administration and a rollback of regulatory policies that seek to micromanage the U.S. economy.

“Bush was the ambassador that wasn’t,” says Davis. “He had a unique opportunity to present freedom and capitalism to a communist nation, but the policies of his presidential administration undermine both of these fundamental American values.”

The Libertarian Party is America’s third largest political party, founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political parties. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party by visiting www.LP.org . The Libertarian Party proudly stands for smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.

For more information on this issue, or to arrange a media interview, please call Andrew Davis at (202) 731-0002.