16 things Barack Obama could do to win support of libertarian without pissing off his Democratic base

Since many of my Progressive friends like to argue that libertarians are just like conventional Republicans in that they oppose President Obama on absolutely everything, I thought it appropriate simply jot down, off the top of my head, 16 things the president could fight for that could win him fawning praise from intransient libertarians, without pissing off left-liberals.

  1. Advocate full repeal of the USA PATRIOT Act and restore the Fourth Amendment against the surveillance state
  2. Work toward legalizing all “illegal” immigrants and promote open travel between borders
  3. Repeal the Controlled Substances Act and legalize all drugs at the federal level
  4. End all foreign wars and engagements
  5. Normalize relations with Cuba
  6. Repeal the Indefinite Detention Clause of the National Defense Authorization Act
  7. Restore the freedom of the press and stop the prosecution of journalists
  8. Shut down (for realzies) Guantanamo Bay concentration camp
  9. Pardon all nonviolent offenders in prison
  10. Legalize adult prostitution
  11. Audit the Federal Reserve’s bailout of Wall Street banks
  12. End foreign aid to dictatorial regimes
  13. Deny any federal funds to all state and local governments that use eminent domain to enrich private interests
  14. Repeal legal immunity for telecomm companies that supply private user information to the government
  15. Deny federal assistance to state and local law enforcement that engage in civil asset forfeiture
  16. Pass legislation banning the arming of drones on domestic soil
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